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Sports Monday: Bowl Game Previews & Life After Kubiak

Posted on · The Texans begin the post-Kubiak era, and Texas college football teams are bowl bound, including the University of Houston, Baylor, Texas A&M and the University of Texas. We’ll find out where they’re heading and who they face. And we’ll prepare you for the Rockets’ West Coast trip, with three games in four nights at Portland, […]

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Accessibility in Houston, Pet Care, and the Texans After Kubiak: Houston Matters for Monday, December 9, 2013

Posted on · When we think about “getting around” Houston, we tend to think of it from our own perspective. If you’re young you don’t think about it from the standpoint of someone who’s older. If you own a car, you tend not to think much about those who don’t. The same goes for disabilities. If you’re not […]

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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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The Impact of “High Stakes” Testing, How Houstonians Use Social Media, and a Field Trip to Buffalo Bayou Park: Houston Matters for Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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 will have an update for us on this edition of Houston Matters. We’ll discuss concerns she’s heard from parents about the cheating, and the investigation itself. […]

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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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Technology in Classrooms, Texas Gunslingers, & Passing Time in Traffic: Houston Matters for Tues., Dec. 3, 2013

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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Small Businesses, World AIDS Day and Did the Patriots Cheat? Houston Matters for Mon., Dec. 2, 2013

Posted on · Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this was a big weekend for holiday shoppers. It was also a big weekend for small businesses in Houston. That’s because Small Business Saturday encourages customers to shop local. So today, we’re taking a look at how small businesses are faring in Houston. Are they thriving or dying out? […]

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HISD Investigation and Expanding Free Press Summer Fest

Posted on · KUHF's Laura Isensee joins us to share the latest developments in an ongoing investigation that has led to the reassignment of 20 elementary school teachers in the Houston Independent School District. Then: Free Press Houston editor Omar Afra wants to expand Free Press Summerfest to three days next year, from May 30th to June 1st. […]

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Why Religious Charities in Houston Wish More People Were in Church

Posted on · Back in the early 1980s, about six or seven percent of Houstonians did not affiliate themselves with any religion. Today, that number has nearly doubled. So we consider what this trend means for established religious institutions in Houston, and the services they provide, now and in the future. We’ll welcome your comments and questions for […]

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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 Wed., Nov. 13, 2013

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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State of Community Newspapers in Houston

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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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 […]