January 2020

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Over 99% of Texas public school districts pass Financial Integrity Ratings

The state's school financial accountability rating system, known as the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), ensures that Texas public schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and that they improve those practices. The system is designed to encourage Texas public schools to better manage their financial resources to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes.

The 2018/2019 ratings are out; 99.02% of Texas public shool districts earned a passing score.


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Conversation with Alan November

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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year from all of us at Friends of Texas Public Schools! With a new year, for that matter, a new decade, there is a new opportunity to make sure we share all of the great things happening in your local public schools. We search the web every day looking for things to share through our social media sites and our monthly newsletter. Friends has close to 30,000 followers on social media and our monthly newsletter is sent out to 60,000 people. Our influence of sharing great things goes far and wide. I hope you will take the opportunity to “forward” and “share” our posts and newsletter with anybody that supports public education. If we do not tell our story, who will? Why not us? Why not you!


Blake Cooper

Executive Director

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!

Corporate Partner Spotlight

The College of Education and Human Services at Texas A&M University-Commerce forges into 2020 intent on making their great teacher education even better through an external evaluation process being under taken by all eleven A&M System universities. We are proud to say that, “We Teach Texas!” Also the department of Educational Leadership continues their legacy of principal and superintendent production under the new leadership of Department Chair, Dr. Pam Winn. Our Educational Leadership faculty has also teamed up with the other A&M System institutions to create cutting edge curriculum and approaches to address the newly implemented evaluation system for principal certification. We are excited about our partnerships with public schools and with the Friends of Texas Public Schools and expect great things in this new year. Learn more here.

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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