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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

  • Friday, December 14, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Calls on Texas School Districts to Review Emergency Operation Plans
    Gov. Rick Perry today requested that Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams direct Texas school districts to review their emergency operation plans to ensure all schools are prepared respond to potential threats like today’s tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
  • Friday, December 07, 2012 • Alvin, Texas  • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Presents Milken Educator Award to Alvin Teacher
    Texas Governor Rick Perry joined Dr. Jane Foley, of the Milken Family Foundation, and Commissioner of Education Michael Williams to present a $25,000 Milken Educator Award to Kristi Plummer. The award was a surprise presentation made at a Passmore Elementary School assembly in Alvin, TX, where Ms. Plummer is a math interventionist who works with students in the 2nd through 5th grades.
    Gov. Rick Perry joined Dr. Jane Foley, of the Milken Family Foundation, and Commissioner of Education Michael Williams to present a $25,000 Milken Educator Award to Kristi Plummer. The award was a surprise presentation made at a Passmore Elementary School assembly, where Ms. Plummer is a math interventionist who works with students in the 2nd through 5th grades.
  • Thursday, November 29, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Calls for Deferral of 15 Percent Rule
    Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter to Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams asking him to defer until the 2013-14 school year the requirement that an end-of-course assessment count as 15 percent of a student’s final course grade. The governor also applauded Sen. Dan Patrick for filing legislation to give school districts permanent flexibility.
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2012 • Irving, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Gives Keynote at the United Negro College Fund’s North Texas Governor's Luncheon
    Gov. Rick Perry delivered the keynote address at the North Texas Governor’s Luncheon benefiting the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The UNCF provides financial support to small higher education institutions throughout the country to help keep the cost of education affordable for underserved populations. Proceeds from today’s luncheon will benefit scholarships for low-income college students.
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2012 • Harlingen, Texas  • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Skilled Workforce Initiative
    Gov. Rick Perry announced a collaboration between the Governor’s Office, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) that will use competency-based learning to help Texans quickly receive certifications in high demand industries. The governor was joined by Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams, Texas State Technical College Chancellor Mike Reeser, and lawmakers in Harlingen to discuss this new effort to maintain a skilled workforce to meet our state’s growing industry demands.