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
Friday, August 31, 2012 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Announces TETF Investment in Digital Power Conversion Technology
Gov. Rick Perry has announced the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is awarding $250,000 to Cirasys Inc. for the commercialization of its digital power converters. The company is licensing the patented technology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and will be working with the university to commercialize the technology.
Monday, August 27, 2012 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Announces Williams and Reynolds as New Leadership Team at TEA
Gov. Rick Perry named Michael Williams of Arlington the State Commissioner of Education, effective September 1, and announced that Lizzette González Reynolds will serve as chief deputy commissioner. This team will lead the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and oversee the state's 1,200 school districts and charter schools.
Thursday, August 16, 2012 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Sales Tax Holiday Gives Texas Families the Opportunity to Gear Up for the School Year
Friday, August 03, 2012 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Perry on All-Time High Texas Graduation Rate
Texas' all-time high graduation rate is proof positive that our approach to public education is paying dividends. Leaders across our state understand that high standards, accountable public schools and fiscal responsibility lead to improved educational success.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 Killeen, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: College Credit for Heroes Helps Get our Best and Brightest Back into the Workforce