Plug the leaks that stand in the way of academic excellence.
In the state of Texas, as well as nationally, leaders within public and higher education, industry, public policy and the philanthropic community have focused their efforts on raising academic standards, improving accountability, and providing essential support services through college and career readiness initiatives and support for at-risk schools and students.
Although public investment and leadership are necessary and required, individual and community organizations have an important role to play in augmenting, reinforcing and accelerating these strategies. It takes a collective effort. Whereas our public education system has responsibility to provide adequate and equitable resources, deliver effective instruction, create environments conducive to learning and imbued with high expectations, it can not achieve student success alone.
Communities have the opportunity and responsibility to fill in when the system becomes overwhelmed. Like neighbors coming together to stem a pending flood with sand bags at the base of a levy, we have an obligation to plug the leaks that stand in the way of academic excellence.