Houston Matters

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 […]

Houston Matters

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 […]

Full Show

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 […]

Houston Matters

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 […]

Full Show

Costello on Transportation: Thursday’s show (February 12, 2015)

Posted on · Stephen Costello is an at-large member of the Houston City Council. He’s also expected to make fully official his run for mayor later this month. And he’s just recently been elected to chair a Houston-Galveston Area Council group tasked with developing and approving transportation plans for the HGAC’s eight county region. In those capacities, and as […]

Houston Matters

Pasadena Schools Experiment with ‘Charlas’ To Help Students By Coaching Their Parents

Posted on · It’s a common refrain in education circles: kids will do better in school if their parents are engaged in the educational process. However, an experiment in Pasadena is putting that concept to the test, by coaching parents in informal sessions called “charlas.” We learn about them, and discuss their potential impact with Houston Public Media […]

Full Show

Apathy About Police, Charlas, and Immunotherapy: Houston Matters for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Posted on · We learned this past summer about a Houston Police Department staffing study commissioned by the city, which indicated 15,000 burglaries and thefts, 3,000 hit-and-run crashes and 3,000 assaults in 2013 were set aside without follow-up. Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, at the time, noted “There has never been a time that I have been employed […]

Houston Matters

A Different College Experience: No Semesters – All Online

Posted on · This weekend, nearly 900 students graduated from Western Governors University – Texas at a ceremony in Houston. WGU is geared toward non-traditional students – the average age of their students is 39. The online university offers an approach called competency-based education, where the focus is on what a student learns and not on fulfilling a […]

Full Show

Katy, Western Governors University, and Black Photographers: Houston Matters for Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Posted on · From time to time, Houston Matters seeks to learn more about the communities that make up and surround the Greater Houston area. On this edition of the program, we learn about the city of Katy, 30 miles west of downtown Houston. The city is named for the “Katy” Railroad – which was, in turn, a […]

Houston Matters

Bullying: It’s Not Just a Problem for Kids

Posted on · HISD is implementing a new anti-bullying campaign — though it’s not aimed towards students. The district’s new policy is cracking down on bullying among school employees. The new initiative comes as a Houston-based  group prepares to host a rally bringing awareness to cyberbullying. We discuss anti-bullying efforts in Houston with Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media’s […]

Houston Matters

What Should Newcomers Know About Getting Around and Choosing A School?

Posted on · We continue Houston Matters’ annual guide for newcomers by discussing everything new Houstonians need to know about transportation and education in Greater Houston, with News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail Delaughter, and education reporter Laura Isensee.

Full Show

First Annual Newcomers Guide to Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our first annual “newcomers guide to Houston.” Whether you’re new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in H-town, this will be a must listen. We’ll cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown on everything you need […]

Houston Matters

Reinventing Texas Education: Back-to-School Means Big Changes for Texas Students

Posted on · Back-to-school in 2014 means big changes for students in Texas.  Incoming freshmen will follow new high school graduation plans that include majors — or endorsements. Plus, there’s less standardized testing and more vocational classes. It’s all part of HB5, or House Bill 5. The new law makes some of the biggest changes to education in […]

Full Show

Reinventing Texas Education and the Future of College Media: Houston Matters for Friday, August 29, 2014

Posted on · All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee has examined big changes this year for public school students in Texas. Incoming freshmen are learning about new high school graduation plans. There’s less standardized testing, and more vocational classes. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Laura Isensee about her series […]

Houston Matters

Kindergarten Boot Camp: Compressing Pre-K Into a Matter of Weeks

Posted on · This week, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announced her “Texas First Pre-K Through 12” plan. On the other side of the aisle, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, has his own proposal for education called ‘Educating Texans: Pre-K Through 3rd Grade.” Both campaigns are putting emphasis on […]