Dallas Morning News: White jabs at Perry over dropout rate

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From the early days of his primary campaign until today, Bill White has talked about education. While Rick Perry travels the country on his 2012 Presidential tour, Bill White is traveling the state focusing on one of the most important policy challenges facing Texas today: our high school dropout rate.

From the front page of the Dallas Morning New, White jabs at ” Perry over dropout rate:

Can the governor of Texas do anything to combat the state's mediocre high school graduation rate?

Past governors haven't had much success – if they tried at all. And Republican Gov. Rick Perry says he's making progress in cracking the decades-old problem.

But his challenger in the race for governor, Democrat Bill White, contends he would do much more, touting a dropout recovery program he started as mayor of Houston that later spread to Dallas, Fort Worth and other cities.

I will have more on Bill White's extensive focus on dropout rates later this morning…


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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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