"There was a time 20 years ago when the United States was the most educated society in the world. Today we’re number 18th and ten years from now, under the current decline, we’ll be 30th."
Houston City Councilman James Rodriquez was there and says one of the problems in his district is kids leaving school.
"If I had a magic wand, I’d say lets end the dropout rate or at least do something to make an impact. We have over 50 percent of our HISD students, especially in the Latino community, that are dropping out of school. I’d wave that wand and make sure everybody graduated. "
The conference is a way for people to talk about the problems and discuss solutions to the education problem. This is Holthouse.
"This conference is really to set a goal and create a vision for the next ten years in the United States of America around education. So what we’re doing is figuring out how do we take meaningful action so that ten years from now we have turned around education in America."
The Big Tent Conference opened Thursday and ends Saturday.