Every community has something that makes it unique, whether that community is located along the Texas coast, in a large urban city, in a small town in the piney woods, or on the south plains without a store or gas station for 30 miles. Some localities are dependent on one major industry, while others benefit from diverse opportunities and interests. Each community has its own story and a unique set of needs faced by citizens, educators, and students.
Some schools struggle to pay wages that keep pace with other opportunities in the local private sector, while others struggle to attract new teachers to communities with limited available housing.
These types of strengths and challenges make up the personality of the local school. That local school reflects the character of the community.
No one knows the needs of their local schools quite like the people of the community in which that school is located, and that is why the best decisions are made by the people who live, work and vote in each community. That’s why it’s critical for State leaders to provide the funding and the flexibility for local communities to make their own decisions about the direction of their public schools.
By encouraging state legislators to make meaningful, lasting investments in public education, you can help us keep the “local” in local schools.
it’s critical for State leaders to provide the funding and the flexibility for local communities to make their own decisions about the direction of their public schools.