Texas Biz Partners to Address Dropouts
The Texas Association of Business (TAB) has joined forces with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Mothers Against Discriminatory Racism in Education and Society, and several local chambers of commerce to push the Texas Education Agency to more effectively measure and address the state's high school drop out rate.
This group of non-traditional partners is particularly concerned with creating a more accurate and transparent mechanism to measure drop out rates. Current rates don't reflect a large number of English second language students who drop out.
For more information, including a list of five "opportunities for improvement within the current accountability framework," link to TAB.
On the heels of the coalition's push for better accountability comes a report from the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service which found: "The students in the class of 2012 who will drop out of school are projected to cost the state and its economy $6 billion to $10.7 billion over their lifetimes."