Now that President Obama has made education a top national priority, a long-term investment by the Texas Legislature is needed: Establish new top-quality universities with professional schools where demographic growth decrees. Instead of skimping on K—16 education and lagging behind states with less resources and dimmer futures, Texas must give its 24 million people educational opportunities comparable to the state university systems of California, New York, and Pennsylvania. This expensive undertaking will be the soundest investment we can make to raise our quality of life. Nothing else will ever make a greater difference for more Texans.

Portales is an author and a professor of English at Texas A&M University.

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