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Majority of the Nation’s Public School Students Qualify for Free or Reduced Lunches

Posted on · According to 2013 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, 51 percent of America’s public school students were eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program in the 2012-2013 academic year. In Texas, that number rises to 60 percent. It’s the first time a majority of students in our public schools meet that […]

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Poverty, Health and Education: Wednesday’s show (February 11, 2015)

Posted on · According to 2013 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, 51 percent of America’s public school students were eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program in the 2012-2013 academic year. In Texas, that number rose to 60 percent. It was the first time a majority of students in our public schools met […]

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Mayoral Race Preview, Truancy, and MUD Districts: Monday’s show (February 9, 2015)

Posted on · While D.C. watchers salivate over the developing 2016 Presidential campaign, Houstonians engaged in city politics are keeping an eye out for signals as to who might make a run in November to replace outgoing Houston Mayor Annise Parker next year. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the likely candidates, and what they may […]

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Is There A Racial Opportunity Divide in Greater Houston?

Posted on · For the last two weeks, the nation has watched events transpire in Ferguson, Missouri. Nightly protests, occasional looting, and a general mistrust of the police by members of the community, have all been spurred by the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a Ferguson police officer. But as we've learned in the two weeks […]

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Kids Count Report and Women’s Health: Houston Matters for Monday, July 28, 2014

Posted on · The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released last week. It's the 25th edition of the report, and it once again shows Texas ranks low among the U.S. states in overall child well-being. That ranking is based on a variety of factors, including education (more than half of Texas children […]

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What Do the Latest Houston Homeless Numbers Mean for the City?

Posted on · Every January the Coalition for the Homeless brings together community resources to do a point-in-time (PIT) count. The focus is on sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in the Houston, Harris County, and Ft. Bend County areas. The rationale behind the idea is to determine Houston's homeless population. Those new numbers are out today and we […]