Dan Rather seeking best idea to improve Texas education

Dan and Martin Rather kicking off 2nd annual Rather prize

AUSTIN (KXAN) — For the second year in a row a statewide competition is giving educators help implementing ideas that could improve education in Texas.

The Rather Award was named after the former CBS anchor and native Texan Dan Rather.

Eastside Memorial High School, located in Austin, won the honor last year at SXSW EDU. Their idea was to create a mentoring program by teaming up with businesses for apprenticeships and improved college visits.

Dr. Sanford Jeames, who coordinates the health science program at Eastside Memorial, is the teacher who submitted the school’s proposal. His proposal, called the STEP Up Challenge, received 15,000 votes. STEP stands for Student Training and Enrichment Project, and was created out of conversations about how to better serve minority students.

“How can we expand the ability of the students to see beyond their immediate neighborhood,” said Dr. Jeames. “More importantly, how can we create these visions for careers, visions for education that will help our students become more competitive?”

For more information on the Rather Prize, click here.

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