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Virginia Shooting, Political Roundup, and the Effect of Music on Your Brain: Wednesday’s Show (June 14, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Two people hug in an area blocked off by police crime scene tape in Alexandria, Va., after a shooting during a congressional baseball practice June 14, 2017. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) We’re learning more about this morning’s shooting in Alexandria, Va., during a Republican Congressional baseball practice. Members of Congress and their […]

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Prisons, Queso and Pints: Houston Matters Weekend for Dec. 17, 2016

Posted on · A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education says over the past three decades, state and local spending on prisons and jails has risen more than three times faster than spending on elementary and secondary education. The disparities are far greater in Texas, where prison spending grew at nearly eight times the rate of […]

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Combating Chronic Absenteeism in HISD

Posted on · The U.S. Department of Education recently released a report on chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing 10 percent of more of the school year — which equates to about two days a month. According to that report, more than 600,000 children in Texas were chronically absent during the 2013-2014 school year. A separate report from last year […]

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How Prevalent Is The “Summer Melt” Among Houston Students?

Posted on · In the summer between high school and college, some graduates enroll but never show up in the fall. In higher education circles, the phenomenon is called “summer melt.” The U.S. Department of Education estimates as many as 10 to 20% of students nationwide plan to go to college, and then don’t. Some do so for financial […]