Today, the Commit Partnership released its 2023 legislative agenda ahead of the 88th Texas Legislative Session beginning on January 10, 2023. As a member of Early Matters, InvestEdTX, and the Aim Hire Texas Policy Coalition, Commit will continue to advocate for a strong, data-informed legislative agenda that supports public school students from early learning to earning a self-sustaining wage. Each legislative priority will help move forward Commit’s north star goal of ensuring half of all Dallas County residents between the ages of 25-34, irrespective of race, will have the opportunity to earn a self-sustaining wage by 2040. Commit’s full legislative priorities can be viewed here.
“In the wake of a global pandemic and steep learning loss, it is more critical than ever that we advocate for our students and ensure that they are front and center during the 88th Legislative Session,” said Todd Williams, CEO of the Commit Partnership. “This year, Commit will continue to push our state to utilize data-driven strategies to improve outcomes at key academic milestones for our kids. That’s why we are focusing on several education priorities spanning quality early learning to postsecondary success and self-sustaining wage attainment. To support Texas’ overall prosperity and economic competitiveness and set our students up for success, this legislative session must be the Workforce Session.”
Over this legislative session, Commit will advocate for policies that:
- Build Strong Foundations in Reading and Math with a focus on high-quality early learning opportunities, streamlined eligibility processes for Pre-K partnerships, and maintaining Reading Academies
- Leverage Data-Driven Solutions to Improve Student Academic Success by sustaining House Bill 3 (86R)’s strategies, maintaining research-backed ratios for high-impact tutoring, encouraging the use of High Quality Instructional Materials, and incentivizing rigorous education preparation programs
- Monitor and Assess Progress on Student Learning through the continuation of summative annual assessments and a strong accountability system focused on academic outcomes
- Improve Postsecondary Success for all Texans by passing legislation to implement the recommendations of the Texas Commission on Community College Finance
For Commit’s full legislative agenda, please see here.
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