The November elections are just a few months away and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White is campaigning non -stop all over Texas. On Monday, White stopped by the Advanced Technology Center in Midland to talk about his 5-point education plan, which includes expanding early education and treating drop out rates as an emergency.
"We need to make it easier for people to work and stay in school. That means we need some hours in the evening or on the weekends. We need to make sure there's some summer school and tutoring that people are required to go to," said White.
White believes that's a way students can catch up with the grade level they should be at, if they're behind. He tells Big 2 News he doesn't want students to be forced to choose between staying in school, and going to work. White also would like to reduce the barrier of higher education by making it affordable for everyone.
"I don't think any of us could agrue with anything that he had to say today. He makes education a number one priority and of course as an education I agree with him on that... that education has to be our main priority right now," said Terry Gilmour, a professor of government at Midland College.
White's plan also pushes for occupational, technical, and vocational alternatives for students.
"We need to have more people who are trained for high wage hourly jobs. If everyone was a college bound and got a Ph.D we would have a lot of unemployed people in our state," explained White.