Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed January 2009 as School Board Recognition Month. Districts across the state will use this opportunity to show their appreciation of the vital role elected boards of education play in their local schools and communities.
“The biggest challenge of education is also one of its greatest strengths. During a time when state and national mandates rightly place more emphasis than ever on setting the bar high for education, it remains important for each community to retain control of its own educational system,” Governor Rick Perry said.
“Balancing the need for local control with directives coming down from larger governmental bodies is neither an easy nor often times appreciated task, but for over two centuries, school boards have risen to such challenges. Complicating matters further are issues such as the rapidly-expanding role of technology in the classroom, the challenge to keep our children both educated and physically active, and—as always—the difficulties inherent in dealing with budgetary priorities.”
“The people who make up these boards are uncompensated and, all too often, unsung for their efforts. These people volunteer their time because they care; they care about their communities, they care about their schools and, most importantly, they care about the children. Each year the Texas Association of School Boards designates January as School Board Recognition Month, to emphasize to all of us the importance of the services these dedicated men and women provide to the schools and children of Texas.
“Today’s public schools face tremendous challenges and opportunities, making the school board’s role more critical than ever before,” said James B. Crow, TASB executive director. “Local trustees diligently work with community leaders, parents, and educators to develop sound education policies. They help set high standards in the education system, encouraging us to strive to reach those goals and better prepare the next generation of leaders in our state and nation,” Crow said.
“We urge every community to acknowledge the commitment that board service requires of more than 7,000 locally elected school board members in Texas and support them as they tackle the enormous task of governing school districts. We applaud their dedication as they offer vision and leadership and work to empower every child to succeed,” Crow said.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.6 million students.