What Do The Top Schools In Houston Have In Common
This week, the group Children at Risk released its annual ranking of all the public schools in the Greater Houston area. For the first time, schools got letter grades, from A to F. The top ten high schools in Houston include Carnegie Vanguard, KIPP Houston and Kerr High School in Alief. East Early College rose to Number 7 this year out of 150 high schools in Houston.
Those schools — and any other school with an A grade — share some common characteristics.
by Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta Lacks, a poor tobacco farmer whose cells were taken from her during a medical procedure in 1951 became known to science as HeLa. HeLa became one of the most important tools in medicine, cells used to develop the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells were bought and sold by the billions, yet she remained unknown. Henrietta’s daughter discovered accidentally that her mother’s cells generated billions of dollars, and yet she was unable to afford basic health insurance. The family began to fight for the cells.