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    The Power of Pre-K with Elaine Mendoza

    Elaine Mendoza leads Conceptual MindWorks, Inc., a biotech and medical software company. She also serves on the Texas A&M University Board of Regents and is Chair of Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors—which is heavily engaged in improving Texas’ educational pipeline from pre-K to college.

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    Dana Boyd, the principal of East Point Elementary School in Ysleta ISD, is a decorated educator. She was named Texas National Distinguished Principal in 2016 and Texas Teacher of the Year in 2007.

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    The Power of Pre-K with Stephen Klineberg

    Dr. Stephen Klineberg is the founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.

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    New Video Series: The Power of Pre-K

    It’s not just students, parents, and educators who recognize the power of high-quality pre-kindergarten, both to building the foundation for learning and for leveling the playing field among student groups for kindergarten readiness.

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    New Story: I am Paredes Pride

    At Paredes Middle School every student is encouraged to see their own greatness and given a platform to be a leader.

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    Capitol Update: February 7, 2019

    Welcome to the 86th Legislative Session! The Capitol Update will provide you with expert insight and analysis on legislative issues impacting Texas public school students and educators. Hear straight from our directors of gGovernmental relations, policy, and advocacy, and get receive the information you need to get involved and stay connected to what’s happening under the dome this session.

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    Policy Paper: Test-Based Funding

    School finance policy that provides funding to K-12 students based on their performance on a high-stakes test has no basis in research. Funding any part of our school system based on student performance on a test, or “outcomes-based” funding, would create inequities and unintended funding consequences.

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    Voices From the Field: Reaching Students and Families Through a Shared Culture

    A school leader in Cleburne ISD used her background and experiences to empower Hispanic students and families on her campus.

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    Texas Public School Choice Spinner

    Texas public schools are dynamic and diverse, and they continue to add new options and innovative programs to meet the needs and passions of Texas students, the future of our state.

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