Gov. Perry Addresses TX Board of Education

AUSTIN - Governor Rick Perry said he's committed to ensuring Texas has an accountable education system to help students succeed in college or their careers.

Gov. Rick Perry spoke at a meeting of the State Board of Education Friday where he outlined his priorities for increasing options in public education. This included introducing scholarship programs that give students a choice in which school to attend. Perry repeated his previous support for "scholarships," or vouchers allowing parents in poor performing school districts to use public money to send their children to private schools.

In his State of the State address he also told State Board of Education members more students should be able to leave traditional campuses for charter schools. Current law caps licenses to operate charters statewide at 215.
The governor added that all high school students need increased exposure to technical training on everything from engineering to veterinary science. He said that leads to "stable, good paying" jobs.