Progress: Education, awareness key to city's growth

timesrecordnews | February 24, 2019

Two things stand out.  After pursuing the PPG expansion for years, we finally landed the project when Vitro took over.  It could have gone to any of their plants, but the company chose Wichita Falls. Last year Vitro opened their new $55 million expansion, which was the biggest private capital investment here in quite some time.  In addition, we wrapped up development of our new community-wide plan to grow Wichita Falls.  You’ll see lots of activity from that plan starting to take shape this year. Education and awareness are the key to progress, whether we’re talking about an election or not.  For any entity to get a bond passed in Wichita Falls, they’ll have to do a much better job of educating the public in advance and being available to answer questions.  Let’s hope WFISD is ready.In addition, we confirmed that younger people don’t vote in near the numbers that older voters do, even when it’s an issue they favor.  We’ve looked at the numbers, and we have plenty of younger people registered to vote.  They just don’t do it. During the campaign we saw lots of social media support for initiatives that younger people typically like, including downtown, parks and trails.  That obviously didn’t translate to votes.  As our population gets older and we develop a greater need to cater to a younger workforce, we have to figure this out.

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An increase in teacher absences and the need to fill more positions than ever before have created a new set of challenges in the world of substitute teacher recruitment and retention. In December of 2019 and January of 2020, the EdWeek Research Center explored these challenges with a nationally representative, online survey of more than 2,000 principals, district leaders, and school board members. Survey results suggest that the challenge is big and getting bigger: Districts are currently able to fill just 54 percent of the approximately 250,000 teacher absences each day, the survey found.

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An increase in teacher absences and the need to fill more positions than ever before have created a new set of challenges in the world of substitute teacher recruitment and retention. In December of 2019 and January of 2020, the EdWeek Research Center explored these challenges with a nationally representative, online survey of more than 2,000 principals, district leaders, and school board members. Survey results suggest that the challenge is big and getting bigger: Districts are currently able to fill just 54 percent of the approximately 250,000 teacher absences each day, the survey found.

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