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Chris Bell Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s show (August 11, 2015)

Starting today, and for the next several Tuesdays on Houston Matters, we offer you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the city of Houston. We start on this edition with Chris Bell. He’s a former City Council Member and former U.S. Congressman. He’s also an […]

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Starting today, and for the next several Tuesdays on Houston Matters, we offer you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the city of Houston. We start on this edition with Chris Bell. He’s a former City Council Member and former U.S. Congressman. He’s also an attorney and one-time broadcast journalist. In 2006, Bell ran as the Democratic nominee for governor, losing to Rick Perry.

We discuss some of the issues facing Houston and what he thinks he would bring to the office. But really, this is a chance for you to ask your questions of this candidate. We field your questions.

Also this hour: Last month, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board adopted a new plan called 60x30TX. The overarching goal: to see that 60 percent of Texans between 25 and 34 have earned a college degree or certificate by 2030. The coordinating board says the goal focuses on 25 to 34-year-olds as an indicator of the economic future of the state and its ability to remain globally competitive.

The benchmark was set in the coordinating board’s 15-year strategic plan. Additional goals the coordinating board set include: ensuring at least 550,000 students in Texas earn a certificate or degree that year and keeping undergraduates’ student loan debt to 60 percent or less of their first-year wages.

To talk more about the newly set 15-year plan for higher education in the state, we talk with Dr. Raymund Paredes, the coordinating board’s Commissioner of Higher Education.

Then: Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Elizabeth Gregory, author of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood. We discuss why women are embracing having kids later in life, how attitudes have changed in the eight years since her (recently updated) book was first published in 2007, and the economic and social implications for society at large.

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