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It’s Final: Texas Rejects Mexican-American Studies Textbook

Posted on · On Friday (Nov. 18, 2016), the Texas State Board of Education unanimously rejected a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook that would have been used in public schools. The book, titled Mexican American Heritage, received a lot of criticism from academics and activists who argued the book was rife with many inaccuracies and stereotypes. We learn more about […]

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What Would Municipal IDs Mean for Houston Residents?

Posted on · Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s reviewing the possibility the city may create a municipal ID. Municipal IDs are identification cards issued by cities or municipalities, used for a variety of reasons – some good, and some bad, depending on your point of view. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about municipal […]

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Summit Analyzes Hispanic Community’s Impact on Houston Economy

Posted on · The inaugural Hispanic Houston Impact Summit, presented by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Business Journal and Telemundo Houston, takes place tomorrow (June 29, 2016) at the Hilton Americas. The summit is intended to analyze the impact the Hispanic community in Houston has on our economy. We learn more about the conference, and […]

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Dueling Visions for Houston’s Pensions: Tuesday’s Show (June 28, 2016)

Posted on · Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has thus far insisted that however the city’s pension woes are resolved won’t include changing from a defined benefits to a defined compensation system. On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore the differences between the two structures. We also consider what each means for city employees and why the mayor […]

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What is the Economic Impact of Undocumented Immigrants in Texas?

Posted on · An economics research and analysis firm recently released a report on the economic impact undocumented workers have on Texas. The findings were presented earlier this month at a summit hosted by the American Jewish Committee of Houston. The report updates a report the Texas Comptroller’s office released back in 2006. That’s not a typo: it’s been ten years […]

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Makeshift Border Towns: Improving Life in Texas ‘Colonias’

Posted on · All along the Texas/Mexico border — and the border of neighboring states — are residential areas that lack some of the most basic living necessities, such as potable water, septic or sewer systems, electricity, paved roads or safe and sanitary housing. These makeshift towns that offer little more than third-world conditions inside the U.S. are called “colonias.” Houston Matters’ […]

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Is Immigration Reform More or Less Likely to Happen with a New Congress?

Posted on · Amid an incoming GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, we’re learning the Obama administration is poised to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people who have entered the country illegally. Some argue such a move would be an executive overreach. We discuss whether, amid the changing winds of politics in Washington, it’s more […]

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Social Studies Textbooks and the Hispanic Vote: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Posted on · For the first time since 2002, the Texas Board of Education is considering more than 100 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks, which publishers have submitted for approval and use in public schools statewide. While the board won’t take a final vote until November, a public hearing the state board held earlier this […]

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How Houston Groups are Responding to the Issue of Undocumented Children Entering the US

Posted on · Since October, more than 52,000 undocumented children have come into the U.S. Most of these children are from Central America, and many of them arrived unaccompanied by adults. The local response here in Greater Houston has been mixed. Organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are asking for donations, foster care parents, and volunteers […]

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Border Refugees, Response & Security: Houston Matters for Monday, July 14, 2014

Posted on · Since October, more than 52,000 undocumented children have come into the U.S. Most of these children are from Central America, and many of them arrived unaccompanied by adults. The local response here in Greater Houston has been mixed. Organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are asking for donations, foster care parents, and volunteers […]