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How Do Disparities in Houston Education Affect the City’s Economy?

A new report from Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability examines disparities in education and income in Houston, and its impact on the city’s economic expansion. “Houston Community Sustainability: The Quality of Life Atlas” looks at 24 social, economic, and environmental indicators of sustainability in 88 Houston “super-neighborhoods” and recommends major intervention to encourage more […]

A new report from Rice University's Shell Center for Sustainability examines disparities in education and income in Houston, and its impact on the city's economic expansion. "Houston Community Sustainability: The Quality of Life Atlas" looks at 24 social, economic, and environmental indicators of sustainability in 88 Houston "super-neighborhoods" and recommends major intervention to encourage more Houston high school grads to pursue higher education, whether academic or trade degrees. Approximately half of the Houstonians included in the report have no degree past high school, something the report's author, Lester King, finds "troubling."

We talk with Shell Center for Sustainability Fellow Lester King about his report.

Then, we explore what can be done to keep more of Houston’s kids on a college track. We'll welcome your questions and comments for David Head, Project Manager with Communities in Schools of Houston at Alexander Elementary in Alief ISD, and Dr. Ann Stiles, Executive Director and CEO of Project GRAD Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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