In January, we posted an article from the Temple Daily Telegram focusing on Buckholt ISD which was about to lose its accreditation due to poor performance in state accountability: read more arw

Joe’s Commentary: #TexEdTuesday

February 0709:00 AM

I am out of the office today.  Plan your next #TexEdTuesday.  - We at applaud John Wink, (Blue Ridge ISD), Doug Williams (Sunnyvale ISD) and Kevin Worthy (Royce City ISD) for their efforts in creating “TexEdTuesday”  to encourage everyone to thank Legislators who support public education. I will begin by recognizing my representative, Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin -  picture to the left) and my senator, Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville)  for filing a bill that addresses the 300 square mile penalty.  Senator Nichols said, “It is unfair for a small school to be funded differently based on the size of the area they serve.”  NICHOLS, ASHBY FILE LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE SMALL SCHOOLS FUNDING  - js -- view article arw

UPDATED: Fake news became an issue in the recent presidential election. If you read a lot of news publications, these fake articles and issues are fairly easy to identify. To those less informed, fake is not so easy to identify. This has been going on in Texas for some time. Yesterday, I commented on our state's leadership and the agendas of some of our state leaders. Today, I am reposting that simple message. However, I am adding the fact that much of our state level education agendas has originated with unproven ideas (fake issues) Many of the proposals are directed at non existent problems (fake issues). Educators have a difficult time defending their work in an environment they don’t identify with. Normally, we read these allegations that we do not identify with,(fake)  we feel bad, but go on our way with our commitment to educating children. That is apathy as John Wink, Blue Ridge Superintendent, describes it. He prescribes a four step solution in his blog post, The Greatest Enemy Against Public Education. read more arw

The legislative session is upon us… And the same old issues will be debated again. However, there will be new information (some of which may be mis-information), and there will be new things with. Neither my position nor my passion for public education has not changed. However, some old issues, neatly wrapped in new packaging, will be touted as “new and improved”. Don't fail to look back, examine the origin and note that perception is absolutely reality at the Capitol. Focus on changing the perceptions because the facts have not changed. read more arw

Repost!  We received resolutions  from Quitman ISD Superintendent Rhonda Turner and CFO Melinda McGinnis  that were passed by their school board. The intention was to correct a 30 year old part of the complicated public school funding formula which has been described as baseless, not related to any costs associated with educating children and punitive. read more arw