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Governor's Initiatives - Education

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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.

Action Items

»  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

  • 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.
  • Friday, May 17, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Rick Perry Applauds Efforts to Improve Affordability at Texas Tech University System and University of Houston System
    Gov. Rick Perry today applauded both the Texas Tech University System and University of Houston System for approving a four-year fixed tuition rate for incoming freshmen.
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Senate Bill 441
    Lawmakers approved legislation that keeps Texas' workforce at the top of its game and ensures employers have the qualified workers they need to fill high demand fields by providing hardworking Texans with a pathway to earn technical certificates or associate degree as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • Monday, May 13, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    About Those Jobs, President Obama...
    Like many families and employers, President Obama has heard about the Texas success story, where we free job creators to grow their businesses and give families and hardworking taxpayers unlimited opportunity to keep more of their hard-earned money and a live a better life.
  • Wednesday, May 08, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement on Kountze High School Cheerleaders’ Victory
    Today’s ruling is a win for free speech and religious freedom. The Kountze High School cheerleaders showed great resolve and maturity beyond their years in standing up for their beliefs and constitutional rights.