October 3, 2012 - Joe Rallo President, Angelo State University
October 1, 2012 - Texas Representative Daniel Branch, Chairman, Higher Education Committee
October 1, 2012 - Cody Willming, Student, University of Texas at Dallas
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The single most effective step a person can take toward a better life is getting a great education, and Texas has made a concerted effort toward creating better, more accountable schools to make a great education easier to achieve during a time of increasingly global competition.
While a quality education provides a strong foundation for everyone, quality education for all collectively provides a strong foundation for the state's entire economy. In Texas, our fertile business climate continues to attract employers from around the nation and around the world, largely due to our versatile, talented and hard-working workforce that can fill any position employers need.
By investing in resources and leveraging technology to prepare today's students for the challenges of the new workplace, Texas can maintain its edge in cultivating and attracting the employers of the 21st century.
Under Gov. Perry's leadership, Texas has become the first state in the nation to make the college preparatory curriculum the standard for all students, and has won nationwide acclaim for its high academic standards and efforts to battle the school dropout problem.
» Gov. Perry recently proposed expanding the Virtual School Network by creating the Texas Virtual High School that will provide students who have dropped out of traditional high schools an opportunity to earn a high school diploma without returning to a bricks and mortar school. Additionally, this expanded network will give students additional access to classes their schools may not offer, dual credit opportunities, and flexibility to help keep students in school.
» In 2011, signed HB 2910 creating the T-STEM Challenge Scholarship that will provide competitive awards to regional partnerships between community and technical colleges and local employers to help attract, retain and graduate STEM students. Gov. Perry originally announced his proposal to create this scholarship in October of 2009.
» The T-STEM Challenge Scholarship builds on the Texas High School Project (THSP), a multi-million dollar public-private partnership designed to improve outcomes for economically disadvantaged and at risk students through innovative programs such as High School Redesign, Early College High Schools and T-STEM Academies. To date, THSP has served 83,000 students in 172 schools across the state. These efforts combined with new proposals, will provide multiple avenues for Texans to earn their diploma.
» In 2007, Gov. Perry supported the creation of Texas' Dropout Recovery Program. Nationally recognized, the program recruits students who have already made the decision to drop out and offers them an avenue to complete their degree and enroll in college. The program provides maximum flexibility and is highly individualized based on students' needs. Most promising, the program has been equally successful across all demographic groups.
» Providing parents and students the opportunity to attend the school that best fits their needs is paramount to providing students a superior educational experience. Whether a student chooses to attend one of the state's more than 400 charter schools, one of our state's public schools or are educated at home or in a private school, Gov. Perry believes that having these option is a critical component of creating a robust education system. According to US Charters, Texas has the second highest number of students in charter schools.
News & Announcements
Thursday, June 13, 2013 Austin, Texas Speech
Gov. Perry Gives Remarks at the Religious Freedoms Bill Signing Ceremony
Gov. Rick Perry today signed House Bill 308, which allows public school students and staff to use traditional holiday greetings and display religious scenes and symbols on school property.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Signs Religious Freedoms Bill
Monday, June 10, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Texas Bolsters Career and College Readiness
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Creation of UT Institution and Medical School in South Texas
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding passage of Senate Bill 24, which creates a new University of Texas institution and medical school in South Texas by merging The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville.
Monday, May 20, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Creation of Texas Tech Health Sciences Center at El Paso
With Texas's unprecedented population growth comes increased demand on important services, such as health care. SB 120 will help Texas keep up with our growing population's unique medical needs, reaffirming our commitment to improving access to and the quality of health care in our state while ensuring Texas students have a variety of higher education options.