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From Homeless Student To College Graduate

Posted on · For most students, school is place to learn and socialize with friends. But it can mean much more for kids who don’t have a home. In Texas, more than 65,000 students are considered homeless. By the time she was 17 years old, Crystal Lovings had bounced from her father to her grandmother to child protective services […]

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Inside the Classroom: How a Program Brought a Teacher Back From Verge of Quitting

Posted on · Many teachers use the summer as a time to learn new tools for the next school year. For one teacher in south Houston, that meant a new way of managing her classroom. When Verlia Reed-Byrd first taught seventh grade English at Thomas Middle School in south Houston, she struggled so much that she considered quitting. […]

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Gun Culture in Texas and Summer Melt: Wednesday’s show (July 29, 2015)

Posted on · If you live in Texas, you must be a gun owner, right? Everyone is, after all. Except…no. Everyone isn’t. In fact, a recent study suggests while Texas has slightly higher than average gun ownership rates, gun owners are, in fact, the overwhelming minority. According to the report published last month in the health journal Injury […]

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Inside the Classroom: The Teaching Experience From Two Different Perspectives

Posted on · In the effort to improve public education, some people are taking a fresh look at teacher training. That preparation can vary widely from colleges of education to alternative certification programs. Two instructors — one a veteran and the other still a student himself — tell their experience. Montrel Lacour is a senior at the University […]

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Oversight of City Jails and J.R. Richard: Tuesday’s Show (June 30, 2015)

Posted on · We all experience peaks and valleys in our lives. Great accomplishments, health scares, personal milestones, economic woes; some years you’re up, others you’re down. But you’d be hard-pressed to find many Houstonians who have been on a roller coaster ride to match J.R. Richard, a mainstay in the Houston Astros rotation throughout the 1970s, and […]

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Inside the Classroom: Two Students, Two High Schools, Two Very Different Experiences

Posted on · Just because students attend school in the same district doesn’t mean they have the same experience. In fact, their education might reveal extreme contrasts. Consider these two high schools: One campus, Carnegie Vanguard, is ranked as one of the best high schools in the entire country. The other, Westbury High, is failing to prepare students for college […]

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Flooding Update and Women in Business: Wednesday’s Show (May 27, 2015)

Posted on · <a href=”https://storify.com/KUHFNews/houston-mayor-declares-state-of-disaster-following” target=”_blank”>View “undefined” on Storify</a> We have the latest on this week’s flooding in and around Houston on today’s Houston Matters. We lead off with representatives from Harris County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service. We learn what cleanup and recovery efforts are underway, and what more we can expect in terms of […]

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What Happens When a Married Couple Gives Up Their Jobs and Become Teachers?

Posted on · What happens when a husband and wife give up their separate careers and become teachers in the same school district? One Houston couple did just that. In the latest installment of the series “Inside the Classroom,” Houston’ Public Media’s education reporter, Laura Isensee, brings us the story of Ryan and Christina Beeler. Ryan gave up his […]

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Grand Jury System and Pet Care: Monday’s show (February 23, 2015)

Posted on · Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson wants to see a change in how grand juries are selected. Grand juries of 12 people determine whether enough evidence exists to formally charge a suspect with a crime. Currently in Texas, judges are tasked with impaneling them, but it’s a time-consuming process. So, some name friends as “grand […]