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With Grant, Rice Partnership with HISD to Improve Education Expands

Posted on · According to Rice, since 2011, HERC has brought together Rice education researchers with HISD brass to improve the quality of education in the school district. We examine what HERC has accomplished in the past six years with its director, Dr. Ruth Lopez Turley. And, between adding more staff and extending its reach beyond HISD to […]

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ICE Raids, and Targeting Fake News: Tuesday’s Show (May 9, 2017)

Posted on · During the week of April 17, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents made 95 arrests during a five-day sweep in Houston. Most of those arrested had prior criminal convictions. Some did not. The focus of such occasional raids seems to primarily focus on dangerous criminals, but who draws that line? On this edition of Houston […]

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Study Examines Which Students Drop Out and Why

Posted on · A study from the Houston Education Research Consortium, part of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, says age and disciplinary incidents are key factors that impact a student’s decision to drop out of high school. We discuss the data and what steps may be taken to address those findings with Dr. Robert Sanborn, president and […]

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METRO Chair, Dropouts, and NFL Draft: Monday’s Show (May 2, 2016)

Posted on · In the last couple of years, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (aka METRO) has revamped its bus system and aimed to be a more transparent organization. In late March, METRO named a new chair, Carrin Patman. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Patman about the challenges ahead for METRO and welcome your […]

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Efforts Help Schools Hire More College Guidance Counselors

Posted on · Many high schools and middle schools in Houston have a shortage of counselors to help students prepare for college. Counselors at some area schools are responsible for more than 500 students, and they’re often asked to do duties outside the realm of college advising, like cafeteria duty or administrative tasks. But there are some efforts […]