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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

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Expanding Higher Education Opportunities in South Texas
    Gov. Rick Perry applauds the expansion of higher education opportunities in South Texas and members of the Texas Legislature who have worked hard to move our state one step closer to this important goal.
  • Friday, March 08, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on School Choice Legislation
    Expanding school choice in Texas will empower parents to make decisions in the best interest of their children. I applaud lawmakers for championing legislation that will benefit our students and our schools as well as the employers and industries that depend on our highly competitive workforce.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Keynotes Texas Business Leadership Council Education Summit
    Gov. Rick Perry gave the keynote address at the Texas Business Leadership Council Education Summit, reiterating his commitment to maintaining strong accountability measures in Texas public schools, and urging lawmakers to implement policies that increase options for Texas students and their families.
  • Friday, February 01, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Perry Addresses State Board of Education
    Gov. Rick Perry spoke at a meeting of the State Board of Education, and reiterated his commitment to ensuring Texas has an accountable education system that provides students with the options they need to succeed in college or their careers. The governor outlined his priorities for increasing options in public education in his State of the State address, including creating more public charter schools, introducing scholarship programs that give students a choice in which school to attend, and providing more flexibility in a student’s high school career to prepare them for different post-secondary options, while maintaining rigorous academic standards.
  • Thursday, January 31, 2013 • Houston, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Outlines Legislative Priorities at Greater Houston Partnership
    Gov. Rick Perry visited the Greater Houston Partnership, where he discussed the state of the state and his priorities for the 83rd Legislative Session, particularly his proposals for tax relief, education and infrastructure improvement.