TIER BOARD MEMBER SECRETARY ROD PAIGE PENS OPEN LETTER TO LEGISLATORS REGARDING PUBLIC EDUCATION
Former Secretary of Education and TIER Board Member Rod Paige penned an open letter to lawmakers in advance of the 84th legislative session. The letter, which was published in the Houston Chronicle, argues for a renewed focus on the impact public education has on Texas students and for lawmakers to put special interests aside. The letter can be read online here.
TIER HIRES CAMERON PETTY AS POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
Texas Institute for Education Reform has announced the hiring of Cameron Petty as the Policy and Communications Associate. Cameron, who is a 2013 graduate of Pepperdine University, will help to lead and oversee TIER's policy strategy during the legislative session. Prior to working with TIER, Cameron gained invaluable experience working with children in low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods with AmeriCorps’ Jumpstart program and in an early childhood development center in Shanghai, China. As a native Texan with three siblings currently in public schools, he has a vested interest in improving learning outcomes, higher education preparedness, and readiness to meet the demands of Texas’ unique workforce.
TIER RELEASES 2014 - 2015 EDUCATION POLICY AGENDA
Texas Institute for Education Reform (TIER) has released their 2014 - 2015 policy agenda outlining their core priorities for the future of education reform in Texas. The agenda, which can be viewed online here, covers topics ranging from assessment and accountability system changes, expanding educational choice for families, increasing school district autonomy, and focusing on education funding and productivity.