|Education plays major role in students’ lives, state’s economy|
Dear SAISD Staff,
Last week, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held a news conference at Margil Elementary School to release the findings of a paper that details the impact of education on economic development in Texas. The paper was produced in collaboration with the Intercultural Development Research Association and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Those involved with the study shared with elected officials, city leaders, educators and the business community demographic information that highlighted the growing Latino population in Texas.
They outlined four areas of focus to improve the academic preparation of Latino students, promote workforce readiness and further the growth of the Texas economy:
We realize as educators that these four areas are nothing new. However, it further validates what school districts have been saying for many years. The paper provides an obvious awareness that, as public educators, we must continue to work closely with our business community, along with institutions of higher learning, and must not work in isolation or silos.
This study also is timely as the 84th legislative session begins in January and runs through June 2015. We are hopeful that the rhetoric and promises made will translate into a serious conversation about universal pre-kindergarten. Additionally, the state should:
It is common knowledge that Texas is experiencing an economic windfall. Now is the time to invest in the future of our children.
We applaud Ramiro Cavazos, the Hispanic Chamber’s president and CEO, and all of these entities, for this paper.
"If we can help to better understand the problems of the world's children, I think perhaps the world might be well on their way to understanding itself a little better." -- Danny Kaye