Moseley: Public support of STEM education is key to student success

Maggie Asare and Miya Gadeam test soil samples at William Goodrich Jones State Forest in Conroe.

Gov. Greg Abbott has rightly pointed out that if Texas were a country, its economy would rank 10th in the world. Our businesses here in Houston, and across the state, regularly invest in science, technology, engineering and math industries, making us a significant producer of the most sought-after goods and services in the global marketplace.

To maintain our position of strength, we must align our education system to our state’s employment needs. Maintaining a pre-eminent economy and workforce begins with giving students the skills needed to adapt across multiple jobs and even careers within a lifetime.

This process must begin as early as Pre-K and include recruiting professionals from all industries to engage and inspire students along their journey to graduation. Over the past 20 years, our education system has grown by nearly 2 million students to now serve almost 5.2 million across the state.