As a fifth-generation Texan, I know Texas is a great state! We would become greater if every business with one hundred employees or more adopted an underachieving public school. The businesses could (a) encourage and affirm the value of teachers, (b) meet the school’s material needs when possible, (c) help students with schoolwork, (d) help students “connect the dots” between a good education and a good salary, and (e) advocate for the school at board meetings and in the Legislature. Our students should never be penalized because of dysfunctional parents, educators, or politicians.

Caldwell is the senior pastor of the Windsor Village United Methodist Church, in Houston.

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