up business advisory counsels with school boards periodically
so schools can hear specifically what the inadequacies
are that businesses perceive and concrete ways to address
them, including surveys and focus groups.
education assume a higher place in the advocacy
agenda of businesses (i.e., within chambers of
to capitalize on education initiatives at a higher
involvement of employees by providing flexible
work schedules so that parents can be more actively
involved in their children's education.
vigorously any retreat from school funding equity.
Texas Business and Education Coalition adopted
a paper called "Principles of School Finance" that
raises standards that any public school finance
system must reach. It is posted on the TBEC web
site at: www.tbec.org.
Create an expectation around dialogues among the
business community, civic community, education,
and media, that any retreat from equity is not
any definition of adequacy that follows the definition
in the dictionary of barely able to meet minimum
requirements. Adequate must be related to the expectations
and standards we have for all our students.
and improve the capacity for growth in our public
schools. Texas is adding 70,000 to 90,000 additional
students to the public school system every year,
and unless the public school finance system is
designed to have the capacity to grow with the
enrollment of our public schools, we will have
under-funded public schools. No economy or community
ever flourished on a formula of low skill, low
wages, and low taxes. Our future does rest on that
formula, and if we are not willing to raise the
money to adequately fund public education in this
state, we end up with low skilled workers earning
low wages, and the kind of community none of us
want. In Texas, we have five months to have a dialog,
and create an environment where the legislature
and our state leaders become aware of the right
thing to do.
Mr. John Stevens
Texas Business and Education Coalition