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The State of Public Education in Houston

Posted on · Over these next few weeks, Houston area students will head back to school. As Greater Houston parents, teachers, students, and administrators prepare for another school year, Houston Matters thought it might be a good time to examine the state of elementary and secondary education in Houston. 

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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 8, 2013

Posted on · Major League Baseball this week suspended New York Yankees third baseman – and former Texas Ranger – Alex Rodriguez 211 games for his alleged repeated use of performance-enhancing drugs, and for obstructing baseball’s probe into the Biogenesis of America Anti-Aging Clinic. “A-Rod” continues to play and is appealing the suspension, while thirteen other players, including […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 2, 2013

Posted on · Many Houston area neighborhoods have developed their own special identity. But neighborhoods change over time, and what defined a neighborhood years ago may not define it today. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider how the personality of one such Houston neighborhood – Montrose – has changed in recent years. Also, on the heels of […]

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Diploma Mills in Houston and Across the State of Texas

Posted on · Some Houston-area high school students are leaving public schools to attend “private schools,” but on further inspection, those private schools are really non-accredited institutions, in which a student pays a fee, takes one test, and then “graduates,” diploma in hand. School board members and education experts characterize schools offering such services as essentially diploma mills, […]

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Can you Live on a Minimum Wage in Houston?

Posted on · In recent days, labor and community groups have rallied in Houston, and across the nation, calling for a raise in the minimum wage, currently 7.25 an hour, and encouraging employers to voluntarily pay employees more. Texas has more minimum wage workers than any other state, and the 2nd-highest percentage of hourly paid workers making the […]

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The Bard on the Bayou – The Houston Shakespeare Festival

Posted on · For 38 years, The Houston Shakespeare Festival has provided Houstonians the opportunity to see the Bard’s classic works performed on stage. This year’s festival runs August 2nd through the 11th at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This year, the festival features two plays – Antony and Cleopatra, and As You Like It. The latter is directed by […]

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Is Houston a Home for Introverts?

Posted on ·   We’ve noted a number of times on this program how diverse Houston is. Ethnically, religiously, socioeconomically. No matter how you slice it, Houston is a melting pot. And that goes for personalities, too. We have loud, expressive, bombastic people. We have reserved, introspective people. While we routinely hear from the extroverts among us, those […]

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The Houston/Dallas Rivalry

Posted on · The cover story of next month’s edition of Houstonia Magazine addresses the longstanding rivalry between the cities of Houston and Dallas. According to the cover, the rivalry’s over, and Houston won. We suspected folks in Dallas might feel a bit differently about that. And so, we thought it wise to explore the notion of a […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, July 19, 2013

Posted on · More demonstrations are planned here in Houston this weekend, in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The shooting and the ensuing criminal trial certainly captured Americans’ attention. There have been demonstrations nationwide similar to the ones that have taken place this week here in Houston. Now […]