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Is Houston’s Crime Lab Improving?

Posted on · The Houston Forensic Science Center – Houston’s crime lab – is being overseen these days by an independent board, which hired Dr. Daniel Garner to run it. Garner formerly managed the forensics lab for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with Dr. Garner and chairman Scott Hochberg about […]

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Are High-Stakes Tests Pushing Teachers to Cheat?

Posted on · The investigation continues into the possibility of teachers cheating on state exams at two HISD elementary schools. KUHF education reporter Laura Isensee has been following this developing story, and she’ll have an update for us. We’ll also talk with Dawn Westfall, who’s written about “high stakes” testing that may unintentionally incentivize cheating among teachers. We’ll also welcome […]

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State Bill to Reduce Testing Passes Both Chambers

Posted on · Graduation is on the minds of legislators in Austin these days. Both houses of the Texas legislature have passed a bill to change standardized testing and other graduation requirements for high school students in Texas. The proposed legislation would reduce from 15 to 5 the number of standardized tests students need to pass in order […]