Paige and Perry visit with ACE students
...... Like many students in Galena Park
ISD, Michael Garcia, senior, Accelerated Center for Education (ACE), has
learned to balance a job and family obligations while completing his education.
This summer Garcia and several of his classmates took some time from their
studies for an honor that many long for.
...... Garcia, his classmates and GPISD hosted
the U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Rod Paige, Governor Rick Perry and
Education Commissioner Felipe Alains as they announced that Texas’
No Child Left Behind implementation plan had received federal approval.
The approval clears the way for Texas to receive another $400 million
in new federal funds to benefit Title I grants to help low-performing
students. Texas will be getting a total of $2.3 billion this year.
...... “Texas was the model for President
Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation and we continue to lead
the nation in innovative solutions to improve our schools,” Perry
said. “The U.S. Department of Education’s stamp of approval
means we can move forward with our plan to improve early childhood education,
dropout prevention, teaching excellence, science education and our schools’
use of technology.”
...... Perry and Paige held their press conference
at North Shore Senior High School in Galena Park Independent School District
and commended the district’s alternative campus, ACE, for providing
a quality education for all students.
“I was very nervous and honored to introduce the governor of Texas,”
...... Perry explained that Galena Park ISD
was selected to host the press conference for two reasons.
...... “First, Galena Park ISD is an
exemplary school district from the stand point of how it’s run,
the focus, what they’ve done here, and the continuing example of
how an independent school district should be run,” Perry said. The
governor also sited the wonderful accomplishments of ACE as an example
to all districts in Texas.
...... ACE is an alternative campus that
succeeds at enhancing academic achievement, encouraging responsible citizenship
and maximizing employability. Since 1994, a total of 626 students have
graduated from ACE with a diploma or GED certification.
...... “We provide small classes, flexible
scheduling, computer assisted and individualized instruction to our students,”
Joyce Zotz, principal, ACE, said. “We take great pride in helping
students reach their goals by receiving an education and we are thrilled
that Dr. Rod Paige and Governor Rick Perry continue to support ACE and
innovative programs in our district.”