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Invest in Schools to Retain Economic Edge

A commentary in the Dallas Morning News notes that when companies look to relocate or expand, they look for good local schools. “In a booming economy with low unemployment, the quality of education has become a major factor in corporate decisions to relocate and expand,” the commentary reads.

Texas ranks near the bottom in spending per public school student. Dallas business leaders are urging companies to help push for school finance reform in Austin to add clout and credibility to educators’ arguments and drive home the need for a top workforce.

Education expert Tom Luce told the state’s Commission on Public School Finance that academic progress has declined since 2011, when Texas legislators cut $5 billion in education spending. If Texas doesn’t think big when it comes to dealing with the adequacy and equity of public school finance, it won’t be a top choice for expanding employers. “Companies want to be in cities that are preparing for the future,” according to Gene DePrez, site selection expert at Global Innovation Partners.

Read “Will Texas invest in schools or lose its competitive edge?,” by Mitchell Schnurman, Dallas Morning News.

April 2, 2018