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Reflecting on the Historic Campaign to Integrate Houston Schools

Posted on · After the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation unconstitutional, there was a long battle to integrate schools in Houston. It included court orders, lawsuits, boycotts and a political campaign called Citizens for Good Schools. Two former members of that group talk about their effort to improve Houston education. Vicki Birenbaum was a young parent back then […]

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Cramming for Election Day: Monday’s Show (November 2, 2015)

Posted on · Election day is tomorrow (Nov. 3, 2015), and voters across Greater Houston will go to the polls to decide issues like the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which mayoral candidates will likely head to a runoff, city council races and term limits for council members. On this edition of Houston Matters, we help you cram for […]

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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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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 […]