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ERIC Number: ED505861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
From Good To Great: The Next Phase in Improving Texas Public Schools
Governor's Business Council (Texas)
Two decades ago, the State of Texas began a set of groundbreaking reforms that made performance-based accountability the centerpiece of its public education system. Texans should be proud of this progress. But now, twenty years later, Texas must meet a new set of challenges to continue its success in educating all children at the highest levels. The State must continue its legacy of leadership in public education reform. Some of the most pressing challenges we face today include: (1) Too many students are trapped in poorly performing schools and excellent teaching is not universally available, particularly to students in lower income areas; (2) Students' academic accomplishments in the early grades are not being sustained in high school, with more than half of Texas students lacking the skills to succeed in college-level coursework: (3) Too few of our students, particularly among our minority populations, are graduating from high school and college. Texas is a rapidly growing, diverse state with unique demographic challenges and we must close the gap with other competitor states in college participation and success: (4) Taxpayers are demanding increased disclosure and transparency in the expenditure of public funds. Yet the Texas public school system lacks any clear and consistent structure for financial accountability that tells the public how their money is being spent. Establishing fiscal accountability is essential to maintaining public confidence in education. Changing the way the state finances public education is not enough to meet this new set of challenges. The reforms proposed are essential to further improve the organization, management and overall quality of the public school system. By creating a more transparent, accountable and innovative system of public education, Texas can remain at the forefront of education reform and ensure our schools are not just adequately funded but focused on results.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Governor's Business Council, Texas
Identifiers - Location: Texas