Today's Texas high school graduates compete in the global workforce not just with students from Cleveland and Sacramento, but also with students from Copenhagen and Singapore. We must do all that we can to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.
The State Board of Education must put educational excellence ahead of politics. That means making Texas a leader in math and science education. That means listening to teachers and school boards and other educational partners--not to partisan attack dogs--when it comes to setting curriculum standards and adopting textbooks. And it means giving schools and school districts the flexibility to innovate and define the highest standards for college preparation and career training.