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Houston Matters: Texas community colleges

Josh Wyner speaks with Houston Public Media about the Aspen Prize, the success of Texas community colleges, and how San Jacinto College has created structure and a sense of belonging for students.

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Congressional Democrats are requesting more information about a decision not to use a NASA jet to monitor air quality after Harvey. This probe comes just days after the Los Angeles Times reported that environmental regulators declined help from the space agency in the wake of the storm. Houston area Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher signed off on the letter and tells us what she wants to learn in the coming weeks.

Also this hour: San Jacinto College in Pasadena has been recognized as a finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. We learn how the institute evaluates community colleges and what the future holds for them.