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Proposal to Close HISD Schools Draws Public Opposition

Posted on · The Houston Independent School District board met Thursday to hear public comments and share some of their own thoughts on the proposed closure or repurposing of five school campuses at the end of this school year. The meeting followed community meetings held last Monday at three of the schools. Houston Public Media's Education Reporter Laura […]

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After School Program Teaches Houston Youth to Make and Build

Posted on · We learn about Workshop Houston, an after-school program that gives middle and high school kids creative, technical and educational resources. The kids work on all kinds of projects, including: recording their own music, making music videos, building their own bikes, painting and making sculptures.

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What Are the Virtues of Alternative Education — Montessori, Homeschooling & Online?

Posted on · You may have heard that this is "School Choice Week" – it's an awareness campaign to promote alternative education options. Some see that as code for school vouchers. For others, it represents a desire to highlight the fact there are lots of educational options out there. It's with the latter in mind that we highlight […]

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Houston Chamber Choir Event Gives Young Voices A Chance to Be Heard

Posted on · For the last 15 years, the Houston Chamber Choir has been hosting a school choral evening. The idea being an opportunity to hear the future voices of the Chamber Choir itself, but also to give these kids another platform to sing to the general public. This year features Flos Cantuum from St. Theresa's Catholic School […]

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Should HISD Ban Native American Mascots?

Posted on · HISD today may take its first steps towards a policy prohibiting the use of certain Native American mascots and symbols some deem offensive or culturally insensitive. While some consider such representations offensive, others characterize them as symbols of respect. Still others see such labels as political correctness run amok. We’ll discuss.

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Teacher Says It’s OK to Text in Class: Discussing Technology in Houston Classrooms

Posted on · Many Houston schools embrace the use of technology in the classroom. Earlier this year, for example, Spring Branch Independent School District announced it was earmarking nearly $40 million for technology in its schools. Officials said tablets and iPads would be some of the devices more widely available in classrooms and libraries. But while many Houston […]

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Do You Really Need A College Degree to Work in Houston?

Posted on · There are a lot of paths to a quality education. While many may go straight from high school to a four year college, others enter the work force, or the military for a time, and then may return to school. Some attend trade schools or community colleges. Some never pursue higher education. An initiative launched […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Nov. 12, 2013

Posted on · We’ve heard about the woes facing publishing – notable newspapers have shifted to online services, reducing or eliminating their print editions. Long-standing magazines have ceased publication. But as major papers and magazines scale back or disappear, how are Houston’s local community papers doing? Are they picking up the slack? Expanding? Surviving? On this edition of […]

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SPARK Parks Bring Art & Fun to Schools

Posted on · SPARK Park is a city program that improves school parks and makes them accessible to the neighborhood after hours and on weekends. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse recently interviewed Kathleen Owmby, Exec Director of the SPARK School Park Program, at Wilson Montessori school in Montrose. The park is filled with art and interactive elements for […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 7, 2013

Posted on · Houston welcomes U.S. and Irish rugby teams to town this weekend, for a game that's bound to be filled with scrums, knock-ons, mulligrubbers and falcons. Any idea what any of that means? Producer Edel Howlin visited with the Irish squad, and will share a little rugby 101 during today’s Houston Matters. Under the Voting Rights […]