Lt. Governor Dewhurst calls for new long-range education plan

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called on Texas senators to draft a new long-range plan to boost education performance in Texas schools and universities.

Dewhurst spoke at a benefit for the United Negro College Fund in Grapevine on Thursday where he called for a review of "Closing the Gap 2015," a program developed in 2000 that has guided education policy in Texas.

As lieutenant governor, Dewhurst presides over the Texas Senate and while lawmakers are not in session he charges committees to investigate issues for future legislation. The committees are developing bills for the 2015 legislative session.

Dewhurst said Texas has made great progress since 2000, and said lawmakers should review the successes and develop a new roadmap for the next 15 years.

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