League of Women Voters Forum Spotlights Public Education Issues


By Morgan Montalvo


A two-hour forum sponsored  by San Antonio's League of Women Voters on Monday evening offered the  public a chance to hear from local experts about the state of public  education in Texas.

The panel  presentation and follow-up question-and-answer session featured two  local school superintendents, a Trinity University education professor,  and an adviser to Texas school boards. Retired North East ISD  Superintendent Richard Middleton moderated the discussion.

Middleton  says Texas school face a number of challenges, including how to deliver  instruction relevant to a fast-changing economy, preparing new  educators for tomorrow's classrooms, and broadening the high  school-to-community college job training pathway. He says he sees educator attitudes changing about the decades-old "college for all" model.

Catherine Clark, a  senior consultant to the Texas Association of School Boards, says if  voters want to save public education, constant contact with state  lawmakers is their first step. Clark says lawmakers missed another  opportunity during this year's legislative session to definitively deal  with school finance, but could redeem themselves during the  approaching special session by setting up a commission to research  education funding before they meet again in 2019.  

Monday's forum  was the first of three scheduled for this year by the local League of  Women Voters chapter. The second and third events will address water and  transportation issues, respectively. 

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