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Full Show: Student Voices On School Safety, And New ‘Right-To-Try’ Law (June 11, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: Student activists want their voices heard in a new school safety committee. We learn about some errors on recent STAAR tests. We discuss new federal legislation giving terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs. Veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers questions about your pets. And we get an update on Houston sports.

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City Budget Passes and Houston Drinks More Than Chicago: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston 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. On this edition, we discuss: The […]

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Opting Out of the STAAR Test: What Are the Consequences?

Posted on · HISD says students who miss the STAAR test this year because their parents choose to have them opt out will not be disciplined. Nevertheless, will a growing opt-out movement make any difference in the purpose, value and impact of the annual standardized test? To find out, Paige Phelps talked with school psychologist Sarah Becker and […]

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Meyerland’s Second Flood in a Year: Thursday’s Show (April 28, 2016)

Posted on · Residents in the Meyerland area are trying to recover from the second flood in less than a year. On this edition of Houston Matters, we check in with Meyerland residents whom we talked with last year and see how they’re recovering and ask if another flood has dampened their enthusiasm for living there. Also this […]

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Hempstead Landfill and STAAR Test Standards: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. We ask our non-expert panel (Houston Chronicle writer Lisa Falkenberg, MochaDad.com blogger Fred Goodall, and Vladimir Davidiuk, Chairman of the College Republicans and Junior Senator in the Student Government Association at the University of St Thomas.) to […]

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Improving Literacy in Houston

Posted on · According to a report from the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, roughly 330,000 Houstonians are functionally illiterate. While some 60 percent of Houston’s kids lack requisite reading-readiness skills upon entering kindergarten. And only 20 percent of third graders performed at an advanced level on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) reading exam. Since September of last […]