Second Chance Incentive

Businesses that help high school drop-outs finish their education could benefit under a proposal from Texas Governor Rick Perry. He spells it out at a business in Northwest Houston. Pat Hernandez has more.
Governor Perry is travelling the Lone Star State, stopping at businesses where he's urging employers to help high school drop-outs finish school. He's proposing a $15-hundred dollar tax credit for businesses who grant employees 2 hours a week of paid time off to return to school or study for the GED. He's also offering students an incentive to stay in school.

Governor Rick Perry speaking about education incentives"And that is if you are of high school age, and you are not in a bricks and mortar of a virtual school, you're not gonna get a driver's license, it's that simple. Sometimes people see that as a punishment, but it's not punishment, it's an incentive so, that is the type of I think, incentive based governing that works rather well."

Perry is seeking an unprecedented third term as governor. He's been sharply criticized for Texas' high drop-out rate. He was joined at the Northwest-side manufacturing company by Texas Edcuation Commissioner Robert Scott.

"As the governor said, kids drop out of school for a lot of reasons. We know they drop out sometimes because they get behind in their credits, or they gotta take care of family. And in some cases, in many cases, the kids tell us they need to work. They've got to support themselves and their family, and this proposal strikes at the heart of that by engaging our employers, engaging our business leaders, in getting kids an opportunity to get their high school diploma."

Governor Perry estimates the proposal, which requires action by the Legislature when it meets in January, would cost the state about $15-million dollars a year.

Pat Hernandez, KUHF News.
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Pat Hernandez


Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...