AUSTIN – Regional meetings begin this week to gather input for the new Long-Range Plan for Public Education now being developed by the State Board of Education.
The first of at least eight community meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the El Paso Community College in El Paso. The meeting will occur in the Administration Building auditorium located at 9050 Viscount Blvd.
Register to attend this free event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversation-el-paso-november-2nd-tickets-38839842013 .
Community meetings are also scheduled for 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Nov. 14 - Region 7 Education Service Center, 1909 North Longview St., Kilgore
Dec. 5 – Region 11 Education Service Center, 1451 S. Cherry Lane, White Settlement
Dec. 6 – Dallas County Community College, El Centro West – Multi Purpose Room 3330 N. Hampton Rd., Dallas
Feb. 8 – Region 4 Education Service Center, 7145 West Tidwell, Houston
Additional community meetings will be scheduled in 2018.
“State Board of Education members are meeting with Texans around the state because we want to hear firsthand what their concerns and hopes for the Texas public schools are going forward. Our goal is to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges. Information gained through these community meetings, a statewide online survey, and the work of the Long-Range Plan for Public Schools Steering Committee will be used to craft a strategic plan for schools through the year 2030, corresponding with the Texas Higher Education 60x30 Strategic Plan,” said SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich.
The 18-member steering committee, made up of educators, parents, state and local board members, business officials, college professors, state agency representatives and a student, will meet at 9 a.m. Nov. 6 to discuss two topics: family empowerment and engagement and equity and access to both funding and advanced courses.
The public meeting will occur at 4700 Mueller Blvd. in Austin at the headquarters of the Texas Comprehensive Center at the American Institutes for Research, which is assisting the board with the development of the long-range plan.