By Texas Metro News Reports
AT&T* and the George W. Bush Institute’s Education Reform Initiative are joining forces to promote best practices for school leaders and advance accountability in the classroom to create more equitable schools. A $300,000 contribution from the AT&T Foundation will support the effort and is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s initiative to help provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs.
State Rep. Morgan Meyer joined AT&T leaders and institute officials for today’s event. The Bush Institute’s Education Reform Initiative uses data and research to showcase the need for both strong accountability and effective school principals. High-quality measurements empower school leaders, educators, and parents to be informed of how their schools and students perform relative to others while providing insights into effective interventions.
Strong school leaders set a positive school culture for children and adults that focuses on student academic success. The Institute partners with nationally-known research organizations, policymakers, and school districts to generate new research to advance the field of principal leadership and to share comparable education data and promising accountability practices.
“We applaud the George W. Bush Institute for being visionaries in education, and for their steadfast advocacy for smart policies that keep us accountable to our next generation,” said Meyer, who serves on the Texas House Committee on Public Education. “There’s no doubt that leaders across our state and our nation should make providing quality education for every child a legacy because it’s an issue that impacts our families, our communities and our future.”
Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, Holly Kuzmich, added, “We rely on and appreciate the support of organizations like AT&T that understand the value of strong, capable leaders in education and the need for real data to ensure all students are getting the best education available so they can succeed in the classroom and beyond.”
The contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature education initiative focused on school success and career readiness. Since 2008, AT&T Aspire has committed $500 million to programs that help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. “AT&T is proud to support the work of the Bush Institute for Education Reform Initiative,” said Ty Bledsoe, AT&T Assistant Vice President, External Affairs.
“This contribution is part of our ongoing commitment to invest in projects and organizations that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement and address community needs. By doing so, AT&T is creating a skilled and diverse workforce that powers our company – and our country – for the future.”