|3/4/2013 11:23:00 AM|
It's Texas Public Schools Week
AISD has full week of activities planned at each campus
Although Texas has seen its share of changes through the years, public education that is free has long been the heart of Texas. This week is Texas Public Schools Week through March 8. Alice ISD campuses have a week full of activities planned.
In 1840, the first Public School law in Texas provided setting aside land in each county to support free public schools. In 1854, a new school law set aside a permanent school fund of $2 million from Texas boundary claims. Following the Civil War and Reconstruction, Texas set aside 45 million acres for schools.
A year later, a system of accreditation was created when high schools sent test papers for examination by the University of Texas faculty. If the papers were found satisfactory, the school was to be affiliated with the University of Texas. Now there is STAAR.
"Texas Public Schools Week is of great importance because this week exemplifies the commitment of educators to the students in school districts across the country. This week gives us an opportunity to thank the many stakeholders who fight for the rights of all children to receive the best education possible in the state, the county, the community," AISD Superintendent Dr. Grace Everett said. "In addition, educators in the district have a chance to promote good teaching and celebrate their many successes. I encourage parents and community members to thank a good educator during Texas Public Schools Week."
Over the years, a series of laws have granted cities and towns more freedom in the development and administration of schools resulting in the formation of independent school districts. By 1900, there were 526 districts; today there are 1,034.
Students throughout AISD will review the history of Texas public schools in their Social Studies classes.
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