Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas host advocacy for education forum

What is the difference in lifetime earnings of a student who drops out of high school and one who gets a college degree? $1,000,000 - one million dollars

This is just one reason the Hispanic Chamber and the United Way invited guests to discuss "college readiness" at the Beckley Saner Recreation Center this evening.

I was pleased to participate.

Entitled "Moving Students Forward in Education," the panel included state and city perspectives presented by Representative Barbara Mallory-Caraway and Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway. I was invited to be the Dallas ISD panelist. Cliff Miller moderated.

The audience, rich with questions and comments, included Dallas County Community College Chancellor Wright Lassiter and several Mountain View College staff.

Comments from DISD, community college and university graduates gave testimony to the need for community focus on education.

This was an evening of sharing resources and support -- a good example of the community's "moving forward for education" and helping to develop more more one million dollar plus student earners.