It's a Texas Issue

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 14, 2014

Dear Editor:
    Re: “Public Notice: Does Business Really Hate Education?” [News, Oct. 10]: The Texas Association of Business has never advocated for fewer dollars to be spent on education. In fact, TAB was one of the few which advocated for using the Economic Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Fund) money to increase education funding during the 2011 budget crisis rather than cutting education funding. What TAB supports is responsibly spending dollars on programs and curriculum that can show proven results.
    I think Mr. Barbaro also misses the whole point of accountability. He claims we want to hold students accountable. That is not what we advocate. We want to hold schools, school districts, and the Texas Education Agency accountable for teaching our children. Without a well-educated workforce, our economy is doomed to failure.
    What we want is an education system that will prepare our children to go into higher education and eventually into the working world prepared to make a difference. We want to be able to help our children succeed, and the only way to do that is to make sure they get a world-class education.
   I’m sorry that Mr. Barbaro sees this as a left or right issue. It is not. It is a Texas issue.
Bill Hammond
CEO, Texas Association of Business
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