Contributed By: Jason E. Ebey
President & CEO League City Chamber of Commerce
It’s easy to complain. It’s easy to point fingers. It takes a concerted effort to do something. On April 14, the League City Chamber hosted business leaders and educators from across the Bay Area at a Save Our Schools Rally at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center. We are greatly concerned about the anticipated education funding cuts during the current state legislative session.
As the League City Chamber of Commerce President & CEO it’s my job to help promote a healthy environment to grow businesses, both new and old. One way to do that is to provide a top quality work force. If the current state budget woes impact public education as much as expected, I am gravely concerned about the impact that will have on workforce development.
Education and economic development are interdependent upon each other. Success in one area is contingent upon success in the other. The League City Chamber understands that education produces a skilled and capable workforce on which our members rely. Financial cuts to our school systems will affect our local economy.
The League City Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee held the rally in hopes of informing the community of the current financial shortfalls expected by both Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) and Dickinson Independent School District (DISD). We also issued calls of action to business leaders.
We are fortunate to call League City home. This community shares in CCISD’s mission to prepare our students to be successful, contributing citizens to our local economy. Education is an investment in workforce development.
I am appealing to this community to take action now to Save our Schools. Sign a letter of support seeking additional revenue opportunities for local school districts and shift the financial reductions to other agencies. Buy a Save Our Schools sign from the chamber and plant it in the front yard of your business or home. I am also encouraging all business owners and representatives to sign the letter on the Chamber’s website, www.leaguecitychamber.com
Help Save Our Schools. Together we can do it.