Wrapup from “Houston Have Your Say: Education Crisis”

I thought last night’s broadcast of Houston Have Your Say: Education Crisis went very well. You can see rebroadcasts of the show on Thursday, April 22, at 1:00 am; Friday, April 23, at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, April 25, at 4:00 pm; you can also watch it online. There will be a web-only broadcast of the 30-minute after-show discussion, which should be up later today, and of course you can see the live chat that Ree-C Murphey, Mike Reed, and I helped lead. We got a lot of feedback from folks who were watching, so check it out.

Two comments from the show that stuck in my mind: One, from a panelist whose name I did not catch, was basically that everyone in the room knew what needed to be done to improve educational outcomes. It’s just a matter of having the willpower to actually do them. The other, made during the post-show discussion, was from State Rep. Scott Hochberg, who observed that in recent years, the Legislature has had a sizable surplus at its disposal, but instead of allocating any of that money towards some of the things that everyone knows would improve education – things like pre-K and providing for more time for classroom instruction – they chose instead to cut property taxes. Which, as we know, is what has created the structural deficit in the budget that we are now dealing with. He said that until we choose to do the things we know we need to do, we’ll continue to be right where we are now (and where we’ve been before), talking about it instead.

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