It comes as no surprise that Texas is now a “majority-minority” state or that, by 2040, Hispanics will make up 77.6 percent of the state’s population. This Texas Lyceum education and workforce meeting urges policymakers, educators, school board members, local elected officials, parents, community members and even students to recognize that it is no longer “business as usual” in our state. Changing tides require steering in new directions.
The focus of this summit is on education and the workforce. Discussion without action will allow the challenges to lead us off course. Rather, we need to face those challengesundefinedpoverty, Limited English Proficiency, lack of educational attainment and its impact on the economyundefinedand create viable plans of action to turn those challenges into incredible opportunities to thrive. We will look at the hard facts, the key players, the options, and our answers. In the end, we will have success stories and ideas on which we can base policy recommendations for legislators, as well as immediate action items for all other key players.
For years, Texans have enjoyed the financial wealth and the wealth of opportunities that define Texas. Though the faces are changing, these benefits of being a Texan should not. We often hear that if you merely talk about the problem, you are part of the problem. Instead, we are accepting responsibility to be a major part of the solution. We are committed to chart the course and then see it through so no one will need to write any more doom-filled “ifs.”
The agenda for the weekend is here.
The Lyceum has a block of rooms reserved at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1800 South Second Street, starting Thursday, August 14 for three nights. Call 956-686-3000 to get the Lyceum rate of $99/night.
No meeting registration refunds will be given after August 11, 2014.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:00 PM - Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:55 PM
Embassy Suites Hotel
1800 South Second Street, McAllen, Texas
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014