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

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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.

by: John Tanner, Executive Director, TestSense and Friends Board Member

Education Commissioner Morath in the great state of Texas is about to release grades for schools. His quote:
"The idea that the design of the system was meant to highlight both high levels of student achievement and high levels of educator impact makes this essentially the fairest system in the history of the state of Texas." (Article by Julie Chang in the Austin American Statesman, August 7, 2018--see it here--italics are mine.)
The claim in italics is bogus. And it is easy for anyone to see why.

Q.  As a public education advocate, can you share a little about yourself?
A.  I believe in and support the Texas Constitution and want the best for the future of Texas. These are the only two qualifications required to be an advocate for public education. Beyond that, I have invested most of my adult life in advocacy for public education, beginning as media relations director for Mesquite ISD 25 years ago. I served as public information officer for Galena Park ISD. I then joined Stantec Architecture where I've helped school districts win more than 100 bond elections over the last 20 years. In 2004, my wife Leslie and I founded Friends of Texas Public Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening public confidence by promoting their achievements. I've acquired a deep understanding of the complexities of our public schools and the politics surrounding it.

Q. Make Education a Priority is a campaign under Friends of Texas Public Schools. MEaP promotes public education advocacy programs. School Priority Month-October 2018 is an example. Can you describe the program and its purpose?
A. School Priority Month is a biennium event where school districts invite elected officials from every level of government to experience the great work taking place in our public schools. The idea is to foster engagement, promote partnerships, and exhibit a shared responsibility.


Dear Friends,
I hope you have had a restful summer as the excitement begins to fill the air. I remember my days as an educator, when the month of August arrived it was exciting to see students back in the building as practices began for band, cheerleaders, drill team, football, volleyball, and cross-country students. Teachers arrive to work and prepare their classrooms along with folks wanting to see their class schedules and teachers for the new year. 
As the new year begins, it is my prayer that we feel renewed in our desire to make a difference in the lives of the students that will cross our path in the days and months ahead. We MUST remember our role in supporting our students and each other as we share our knowledge and make a difference in our classrooms, campuses, and communities. There are a lot of great things happening in our schools and we must not be shy about telling our stories.
As the general election nears in November we need to make sure we are informed and VOTE! Our students, co-workers, and communities are depending on us.  We must "shout to the mountaintops" all we are doing to make a difference so we can drown out those that want to say otherwise.
Thank you for all you do for the students, campuses, and communities across our great state. Great things are going to happen as we embark on the 2018-2019 school year.

Blake W. Cooper
Executive Director

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