Friends of Texas Public Schools

October 2019

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Texas Public Schools Continue to be Good Stewards of Taxpayer Funds

The Texas Education Agency's Financial Accountability ratings support the continued financial excellence with results from the 2018-2019 school year. School districts earning the "Meets Standard" rating reached 99%, and 95% earned the rating of “Above Standard” or better.

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Great things are happening in Texas public schools! Here is just one example:

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Share the "great things" happening in your district or on your campus by tagging @FriendsTX on Facebook or email your story to and we will feature it on our social media!
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Fall is upon us! We hope you are looking for opportunities to share the Great Things Happening in Your Schools with your community. We MUST continue to share with everyone by every medium possible the amazing successes our students and teachers achieve daily.

One way to do this is through our new PR/Communications Tool Kit developed in partnership with Go Public. This Tool Kit is available exclusively to members of our Friends Network. School districts from all over the state of Texas are joining to help spread the word about our stellar public schools. Want to join? Visit for details.

A few upcoming events I'd like to make sure you know about:

Make plans to join us at our 15th Annual Friend of the Year Gala!

Don't miss this year's Administrative Leadership Instiute at A&M.

Best wishes for a gloriously successful school year!


Blake W. Cooper

Executive Director

About ALI

The Administrative Leadership Institute (ALI), which dates back to 1908, has been called “the best 24-hour conference in Texas” by leaders in Texas public education and higher education. Each November, the annual conference focuses on a critical issue to help school leaders transform schools to better ensure all children can become successful students and people.

ALI is an opportunity for informal interaction and sharing among participants, who attend from school districts across Texas. It is a meeting place for friends and a venue for nationally recognized speakers and experts to re-energize those on the front lines educating Texas youth.



Join educational leaders across the state at Texas A&M this fall to explore the ways they are leading transformation in public school districts and build upon the strong ties between past students and future leaders. Bring a team of leaders from your district to experience engaging sessions at this year’s 24-hour conference. Not only will your team gain valuable insight into these bold initiatives, but your team will also have the opportunity to interact directly with innovators to take ideas back to your district. Join us this fall for the combination of learning and networking unique to ALI.


Superintendents, central office administrators, principals, and campus leaders are all welcome to attend ALI, and are encouraged to attend as a team.


Corporate Partner Spotlight

Thoughtexchange helps education leaders crowdsource answers to questions in real-time. Everyone contributes, everyone learns, without bias.

AI and machine learning ensure everyone’s response gets considered by others. Powerful analysis tools instantly surface valuable insights into key areas of agreement and disagreement.

Leaders can find common ground, inspire trust and use data to make decisions that get immediate support. Everyone contributes and everyone learns, without bias.

Discover how school leaders across Texas are using Thoughtexchange to bring people together to share ideas and create ownership for important decisions. Learn more:

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.

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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

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Our Mission

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