Governor Rick Perry announced some additions to his Competitiveness Council today, including Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers.
Never heard of the Competitiveness Council? Yeah, neither had we. Seems it's a group of " industry leaders, public and higher education officials, and representatives of key state regulatory agencies" who come together to identify "impediments to the state’s ability to remain competitive in a global marketplace and recommending steps the state should take to improve its economic footing."
Hmmm, like if HISD can't up its graduation rate then high-tech companies here won't have anyone to hire? Or like we have to shut the whole city down every time it rains because we refuse to address flooding problems? Or like the fact that we have less green grass parks per person than the North Pole? Or like our dark, deserted and dismal downtown doesn't exactly welcome anyone who is trying to attend a performance at one of our world-class performing arts companies? Impediments like that?
BTW Ricky - we noticed that among the 29 people you named to the council today, none of them were named Garcia or Huang, or Ngodiki. What's up with that?
BTW #2, the title "Competitiveness Council" sucks. Whoever came up with that wasn't competing for cleverness, were they? -- Olivia Flores Alvarez