February 2020

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National Poll Shows Strong Voter Support for Public Schools

The poll covered a variety of topics, including funding for public schools, public funds for private schools, oversight of charter schools, attitudes about teachers and public schools, and technology in education. NSBAC's findings should prove helpful in your efforts to communicate about the benefits of public schools.

Source: https://nsbac.org/2020-poll/

SAFETY TIP: A proper school security plan requires coordination and communication between law enforcement agencies and schools. During an emergency, how will schools contact first responders? A plan that includes layers of communication (alert system, radio bridge, video sharing) is often the best one. Contact Mutualink to learn more - 866-957-5465.

Conversation with Alan November

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Dear Friends,

As the spring semester settles in we are beginning to get close to “testing season." It is our hope that you remain a positive influence to those around you and make sure that, whether you do, or do not, like this time of year you stay true to doing what you do best and teach to make a difference in their lives.

I also hope you will be an informed voter while upholding your civic duty to make a difference in our schools. There is a saying, “bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote." Please make sure you carry out one of the most important things you can do in our Democratic Republic, VOTE!

For more information and resources on voting, please visit www.TexasEducatorsVote.com


Blake Cooper

Executive Director

Corporate Partner Spotlight

VLK has enjoyed great success since our inception in 1984, growing to the 5th largest educational architecture firm in the U.S. with offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and El Paso. VLK is recognized for its leadership in designing transformational learning environments that facilitate engagement between students and teachers, and that support curriculum and instruction. In 2018 alone, VLK opened 1.2 million sf of new construction, 650,000 sf of renovation and 200,000 sf of additions to over 24,000 students. VLK is a firm built on service to our clients, providing solutions specific to our clients’ needs and their communities. Learn more here and watch the above video here.

Share the "great things" happening in your district or on your campus by tagging @FriendsTX on Facebook or email your story to Friends@fotps.org and we will feature it on our social media!
Join the Friends Network

All Texas public school districts (ISD) are invited to enroll in our Network for the 2019-20 School Year. If you were a member previously, we want to invite you back! If you haven’t been a member before, we hope you will consider joining this year.

DK Roofing provides our clients with a full-service roof offering. Since 1991, we have worked with Texas public schools to provide service, maintenance, restoration, and re-roof options, as well as to navigate insurance claims and board approvals. Our CenterPoint software provides instant service dispatch and access to all findings. 866-DRY-IT-IN

Become a Friends Corporate Partner

To become a Friends corporate partner, click below to join online. If you have any questions or would like to discuss additional partnership opportunities, please contact Executive Director, Blake Cooper at 903-453-5412 or bcooper@fotps.org.

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Our Mission

"To facilitate respectful conversations about Texas public schools through honest communication, productive dialogue, and relentless encouragement."