Houston Matters

Full Show: Mayor’s New Commission To End Gun Violence, And Public Education Leadership Dilemma (March 26, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: Mayor Turner's new commission to end gun violence and we learn what continuity of leadership – or the lack thereof – can have on public education. Then, writer Aminatta Forna discusses her latest novel, ‘Happiness.’ And Jeff Balke gives us an overview of Houston sports.

Good, Bad and Ugly

Same-Sex Spousal Benefits, and no Additional Body Cameras: The Good, Bad and the Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

Houston Matters

The Link Between School Performance and Property Values Can Be an Economic Disaster for Some Communities

Posted on · People often choose where to buy a home based on how the schools there perform. If a school doesn’t perform as well, fewer people might choose to relocate there. A new report looks closer at the link between high school performance and property values. For every one percentage point increase in high school graduation rates, housing […]

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Pre-K Funding, Labels, and Restaurant Weeks: Wednesday’s show (August 3, 2016)

Posted on · Back in 2015, lawmakers set aside some $130 million over two years for some pre-K programs in the state. But did House Bill 4 go far enough? The Austin-based think tank the Center for Public Policy Priorities recently suggested that, while research shows positive results for state-supported pre-K programs, Texas regularly receives low marks for […]