Friends News

December 2019

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Texas Students Achieve Strong Gains in All Subjects on 2019 STAAR End-of-Course Exams

Results for high school end-of-course assessments were particularly strong, with gains in all subjects compared to 2018.


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.

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

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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Dear Friends,

I hope you are ready for the Holiday Season as the break approaches. What a great opportunity to share the “Great Things Happening” in your local schools by taking the time to stop and recognize your students and teachers. Tell your community, tell your district, tell everyone about your teachers and the extra they are doing to help students be their best. Bring your local elected official into your buildings and let them see with their own eyes so they can be cheerleaders for your district. If we do not tell our story, who will?

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a great New year!


Blake Cooper

Executive Director

Corporate Partner Spotlight

Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. is a law firm representing the interests of schools in Texas and New Mexico. Founded in 1983, Walsh Gallegos has seven offices and serves hundreds of school districts, charter school and private school clients. We believe that public education makes a difference. That belief, and the desire to work toward making a difference in our communities, is why we are here today.

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Ambassadors Express

Sign up to attend this amazing professional learning that will knock your socks off. Bring your school leadership team for a full-day workshop and discover what it means to be an Ambassador and how to create a culture of Ambassadorship across your district. Based on the book, “Hello! My Name Is Public School and I Have an Image Problem” by Friends of Texas Public Schools Leslie Milder and Jane Braddock, this program prepares educators to step up as Ambassadors for their students, schools, and profession. Includes lessons on the great things happening in our schools and explores the major factors contributing to the decay of public confidence in our public schools, including brotherhood, communication, politics, and the incessant misinformation pervading public debate.

Google HQ Austin

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


  • Unite staff around your district’s goals and objectives.
  • Create a culture of brotherhood among your staff.
  • Stop negative chatter in its tracks.
  • Strengthen public confidence in your schools.
  • Cultivate a customer service mindset district-wide.
  • Boost student retention and recruiting efforts.
  • Mobilize staff to participation at the polls!


  • Classroom Teachers
  • Campus Principals/Assistant Principals
  • District Administration
  • Any staff who works in the schools and lives in the community - ALL YOUR STAFF!

Register here, space limited!

$100 per person

$75 per person if Friends Network Member

(not a member, Join Now)

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

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