State asking for community input on future of education

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Community members will get a chance to help shape the future of education in Texas when State Board of Education member Keven Ellis visits Kilgore next week.

Parents, students, business leaders, educators and all community members are invited to attend a free Community Conversation event at Region VII Educational Service Center Nov. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss the Long-Range Plan for public education in the state.

The event is free, but people are asked to register at the event page https://tinyurl.com/SBOEmeeting as either an individual or a group.

The Kilgore event will be one of many taking place throughout the state as the State Board of Education looks ahead to its long-range plan, which has a tentative adoption date of fall 21018.

The board will consider information and conversations from the public meetings across the state along with recommendations from an 18-member steering committee and results of an online survey as they set goals for Texas public education through 2030.

The Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee consists of members of the State Board of Education, stakeholder groups and state agencies, according to the event page.

“The steering committee will recommend long-term goals for Texas schools and will identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges of the system,” the description states.

Topics set to be discussed during the Nov. 14 community meeting are student engagement and empowerment, educator preparation, recruitment and retention, equity and access, and family engagement and empowerment.

Documents presented by the steering committee earlier in the summer and fall and the long-range plans for public education and technology are included on the website as well.

On the State Board of Education, Lufkin-based Ellis represents Region 9, which covers 31 counties including Gregg and Rusk. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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