By Bill Hammond and Kent Grusendorf
The goal for Texas is, and always has been, to be number one. Texans want and deserve a strong economy now and in the future. Texans want and deserve the best educational opportunities for every single child. Strong economies, however, are dependent on great educational results.
There is one way to assure Texas’ dominance on the economic front in future years, a way to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, a way to boost the overall economy by up to 30 percent and increase property values in Texas by 20 percent or more. In addition to those huge economic benefits, at the same time we can drive up teacher pay, improve working conditions for teachers and improve the performance of our public schools.
Grusendorf is senior fellow and director of the Center for Education Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Hammond is the CEO of the Texas Association of Business.