Perry Praises Charter Schools, Voucher Plan

AUSTIN (February 1, 2013)--Gov. Rick Perry called Friday for increasing the number of public charter schools in Texas and lauded a voucher plan.

Perry told members of the State Board of Education Friday, "in terms of philosophy, this is where the rubber meets the road."

(Text Of Governor’s Remarks)

He said more students should be able to leave traditional campuses for charter schools.

Current law caps licenses to operate charters statewide at 215.

Perry also 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.

The governor said all high school students need increased exposure to technical training on everything from engineering to veterinary science.

That leads to "stable, good paying" jobs.

“Texas’ academic future must be built with the flexibility necessary to serve those different students, producing workers ready to step into any occupation or role necessary,” Perry said.

“That future will, by necessity, involve more public charter schools which offer parents a tuition-free alternative to their neighborhood school,” he said.

“It’s also time to introduce scholarship programs that give students a choice, especially those who are locked into low-performing schools,” he said.

“At the same time, we have to continue encouraging teachers and administrators in traditional schools to produce excellent students.”

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