April 2018
Leslie & Scott Milder
Friends of Texas 
Public Schools
Est. 2004

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Founded in 2016 by Margaret Kilgo, Standards First, Inc. seeks to place importance on the national and Texas state standards in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Science. Click to learn more about offered workshops and resources to help improve student education and change the make-up of current standardized testing!

DK Haney Roofing is a certified TIPS and TXMAS vendor dedicated to helping schools get roofing projects done. Schools have been our specialty for 23 years, so we can help you navigate insurance claims and board approvals. Our state-of-the-art roof management portal provides instant access to all your roofs and reports. Call 866-379-4846. 

With more than a million hits annually on our website and more than 60,000 e-news subscribers, we are pleased to offer advertising and sponsorship opportunities available to organizations wishing to reach school leaders across Texas who support Friends of Texas Public Schools. 

For information on getting your organization's message out to Friends of Texas Public Schools followers and readers, please email Jennifer Storm.  


By educating Texans about Texas Public Schools and their many strengths and achievements, we aim to:

* Underscore the significance of them;
* Unite Texans around them;
* Restore pride in them;
* Strengthen confidence in them;
* Lift spirits among them; and
* Inject resources into them...

...all of which will lead to even greater performance.

The National Center for Education Statistics recently released results from the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in Reading and Mathematics, Grades 4 and 8.   Results for 2017 show that Texas African American, Hispanic, and white students  perform in the top 10 of all states in mathematics! 


D ear Friends,
Curt Thompson writes, "the process of reflecting on and telling others your story, and the way you experience others hearing it, actually shapes the story and the very neural correlates, or networks, it represents." In other words, we thrive when we listen and tell. Without it, we settle for a life of reactivity, not reflection - stuck in our reptilian brain, disconnected from both of neo-cortical brain and from other human beings. Simply put; telling your story is healthy.

Another school year is rapidly coming to a close and we are amidst the "testing window" that our state calls STAAR.  We MUST overcome all that can be used against us with this information by showing everything positive happening in our district.  We must also build on the positive information from these tests and show how great public education is in Texas. I hope you will work with your community partners to help spread all the positive things happening in public education.  We can, and must work together to tell our stories by listening and telling all that is happening in our schools.

Thank you for being a supporter of Friends of Texas Public Schools !

Blake W. Cooper
Executive Director

Co-Hosted by: 
Friends of Texas Public Schools -  Missy Bender
Charles Foster Johnson -  RootED -  Pastors of Texas Children
Carolyn Boyle, Texas Parent PAC -  Texans for Public Education
Texas Association of Community Schools
 Texas Rural Education Association   Texas School Public Relations Association

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Thank you to our first Affiliate Partners!
Government Capital -  Powell & Leon -  Symmetry  Turf 
Texas Association of School Business Officals (TASBO) 
Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA)


Are you a vendor, an association, or business looking to get involved with Friends of Texas Public Schools? Our new Affiliate Partner Program may be perfect for you! Partnerships help us promote Texas Public Schools and are used to assist with the costs of marketing, advertising, and the production of high-profile regional and statewide events.

To become a FOTPS Affiliate Partner, please click below. If you have any questions or would like to discuss additional partnership opportunities, please contact FOTPS Director of Business Operations and Fund Development, Jennifer Storm at 361-549-4339 or jstorm@fotps.org.

Affiliate Partnership benefits:
  • Company Name Listed at www.fotps.org
  • Company Name Listed in Friends Newsletter (distributed monthly to over 60,000 subscribers)
  • One-time recognition on Friends Social Media Outlets
  • Recognition in Friends Gala program
  • Discounted admission for one ticket to the Gala ($25 off)