Results-Based K-12, Higher Education, and Workforce Development Solutions
The Next Generation Texas campaign agenda focuses on preparing Texans to become self-sufficient, prosperous citizens through access to a quality education, abundant job opportunities, and skills development and training.
- Parents should be in the driver’s seat when it comes to their children’s education—especially in the middle of district uncertainty and economic upheaval. They need to know what their options are and how to access them.
- Families should be able to choose between in-person and virtual school. Texas should codify waivers that enable parents to access these new options. If families like their virtual school, they should be able to keep their virtual school.
- Cities should be impartial toward all Texas schools. Some districts have asked cities to contravene state authorizations and crackdown on charter schools that provide a better learning environment for some students.
- Expand new school options to fill the waitlist gap. There are over 140,000 seat requests on charter school waitlists for students looking for more personalized options for their education.
- Content mastery and comprehension should determine students’ educational attainment rather than “seat time.” Seat time places greater emphasis on student attendance, often prioritizing this barometer over student attainment.
- Social welfare programs should be temporary safety nets for those in need. Their funding should be based on how well they help their client finds pathways to prosperity.
- Access to paid, work-based learning in high school can help many students discover their unique gifts. Apprenticeships are a proven pathway to success in a number of professions.
- Students should have access to career and technical education that will provide them in-demand skills for high wage professions, whether they are planning to attend college after graduation or not. Vocational education has a clear goal – imparting specific skills that are necessary for success in the workforce. Funding for these programs should be tied to local workforce demand.
- Postsecondary vocational education in Texas should reflect workforce demand. Competition to create in-demand programs and aligning the funding incentives of institutions with dynamic local markets are two ways to ensure that students and taxpayers get the best bang for their bucks.
- Provide an elective course focusing on our country’s founding principles. America is suffering a crisis of civic illiteracy. To remedy this, Texas should allow interested high school students access to a course on America’s founding and the values that truly developed our country.
- Texas public universities should freeze tuition at the pre-Covid (2019) level for the next two academic years. Tuition hyperinflation and its accompanying student loan debt have reached crisis proportions. Covid has exacerbated this crisis. Action is needed to relieve our students.