School superintendents, school board members and administrators from around Angelina County and the state held a summit meeting with local business and community leaders earlier this week at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center on Tuesday.  Their goal was to get public schools, state lawmakers, and the business community on the same page in educating children.

It's been said that if public schools aren't graduating young people with the skills they need to get a job, what good are they?

Why do we spend so much money teaching students who can't use what they've been taught to get a job?

The general consensus of those at the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Summit was that the all three pegs on the public education stool -- state laws, classroom teaching and job skills -- are terribly out of sync.

Keynote speaker and superintendent Jeff Turner of the  Coppell ISD says Texas needs to change the way it's educating children.  The world has changed and gone electronic, but we still use an educational model that was devised to accommodate rural planting and harvesting schedules in the 19th century.

If the schools are to have any hope of educating the workers of tomorrow, and if our children and grandchildren are to have any hope of surviving professionally and economically, that situation must change, and the business community must play a role.