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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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An Exit Interview With Outgoing Spring Branch Superintendent

Posted on · The Spring Branch Independent School District is preparing for a new superintendent and has picked a sole finalist for the job. It marks a major change. For the last 10 years, Superintendent Duncan Klussmann has led the district on the west side of Harris County and its 35,000 students. He announced his retirement late last year […]

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Funding Roads, Insects, and Hacking: Thursday’s Show (May 14, 2015)

Posted on · Your gas tax dollars and vehicle registration fees are supposed to cover the cost of building and maintaining our road system here in Texas, but a public interest group out of Austin says that’s not the case. A new report from the Texas Public Interest Research Group says drivers actually pay for less than half […]

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Funding Texas Schools: Is the System Fair or Falling Short?

Posted on · This week on News 88.7, education reporter Laura Isensee has been examining how schools are financed in Texas in series called “Funding Texas Schools: Fair or Falling Short?” The five-part series tells the story of parents fighting for better funding for their children’s schools. It also examines what the current school funding system means for […]

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Funding Texas Schools and Houstonians in Popular Music: Friday’s show (May 1, 2015)

Posted on · This week on News 88.7, education reporter Laura Isensee has examined how schools are financed in Texas in a series of reports called “Funding Texas Schools: Fair or Falling Short?” On this edition of Houston Matters, we present her reports on parents fighting for better funding for their children’s schools, what the current school funding […]

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The State of Education in Houston: Friday’s Show (April 17, 2015)

Posted on · On today’s Houston Matters, we conclude our week-long series exploring “The State of Houston” with a conversation about education in Greater Houston. We talk with News 88.7 Education Reporter Laura Isensee and discuss issues facing students, parents and educators in the region. Then: we parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news with Aurora […]

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The State of Houston’s Economy, Healthcare, Transportation, Environment and Education

Posted on · Houston Matters has launched a week-long series exploring “The State of Houston” — conversations about about key areas of interest in Greater Houston, from the economy, to healthcare, to transportation to the environment and to education. ECONOMY | HEALTH | TRANSPORTATION | ENVIRONMENT | EDUCATION Part 1: The State of Houston’s Economy (April 13, 2015)News 88.7 FM […]

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The Million: Stories of Houston’s Many Foreign-Born Residents

Posted on · In Harris County, more than one million residents – that’s one in four people — were born in a foreign country. Today, Houston Public Media began its first installment in a year-long series called “The Million” with our partners at the Houston Chronicle. It explores how diversity shapes our region. The series started with a […]

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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 […]

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Progress Or Precarious? Two Takes On The State Of Houston Schools

Posted on · Progress or precarious? Innovation or stagnation? How well Houston public schools are doing depends on who’s talking. At his sixth annual update, Terry Grier, the superintendent for the Houston Independent School District, said they are among the best in the country. But the same morning, dozens of activists took to the streets to highlight problems they […]