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From Reduced Testing to Teacher Bonuses: What Changes Are in Store for HISD?

Posted on · In the past few weeks, the Houston Independent School District's administration has announced some planned changes, including scaling back student testing next year. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier also initially proposed to end the district's controversial performance bonus system, but he went back on that proposal earlier this week. Next week, the HISD board will review […]

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Helping Houstonians with HIV/AIDS

Posted on · National HIV Testing Day is this Friday, and the Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting an HIV/STD Conference later this summer in Austin. The city of Houston is partnering with AIDS Foundation Houston to test 15,000 Houstonians for HIV this summer. About 27,000 Houstonians are HIV positive, and thousands more are believed to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]