HOUSTON – Today, Dan Patrick, Republican nominee for Lt. Governor, addressed a crowd of over 11,000 students, parents and teachers at the annual FFA Texas State Convention in Fort Worth. His remarks were well received by the audience as he stressed various educational hurdles facing Texas.
Patrick’s remarks followed closely with the convention’s theme, “I Can” and challenged the young leaders of FFA to continue pursuing opportunities to learn inside as well as outside of the classroom.
As chairman of the Senate Education committee in the 83rd legislative session, Dan Patrick led the charge on giving students more flexibility to choose rigorous academic courses that fit their interests and skills. The reforms enacted last session provide additional classroom choices in CTE courses as well as opportunities for businesses to partner with school districts and develop courses to teach within the community.
“Texas is driven by a very diverse economy that demands an equally diverse and well trained workforce,” said Dan Patrick. “The reforms we passed in public education last session are going to make our schools and our economy much stronger.”
“As Lieutenant Governor, I will continue to champion the dreams of our students by maintaining high standards, providing graduation plan flexibility to our students and choice options for their parents,” said Dan Patrick. “No child should be forced down a graduation path that doesn’t inspire them and no parent should be confined to a failing school because of their zip code.”