Released by Lindale ISD

Tyler area educators at the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels will gather tomorrow with state officials and chamber of commerce presidents for an education summit aimed at transforming public schools through a grassroots effort in the state of Texas.

The education summit will be held on Tuesday, October 30 at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Ornelas Center from 11a.m-1 p.m.

The focus of the summit will be to strengthen knowledge and awareness of the New Vision educational philosophy and to develop additional methods for educators to collaborate locally to bring about school transformation. The New Vision is a grassroots effort to change the culture of Texas schools. The philosophy aims to change the public education system through the use of technology to enhance curriculum and class instruction, emphasis on local control for the goals and directions of public schools, less emphasis on standardized testing, and the development of a broader accountability system.

Local superintendents, board trustees and administrators from higher education institutions are invited to participate in the open discussion. Invitations were also sent to Sen. Kevin Eltife, Sen. Robert Nichols, Rep. Matt Schaefer, Rep. Bryan Hughes, Rep. Travis Clardy, Rep. Dan Flynn, and State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff. Presidents of area chamber of commerce have also been invited to participate in the summit.

“Superintendents across Texas are excited about this grassroots effort to work with legislators to create a new vision for public schools,” LISD Superintendent Stan Surratt said. “We feel this is a common sense approach to education that allows local communities, school trustees and administrators to formulate the direction and goals for our schools rather than past methods when state officials dictated the path of public education.”

The Tyler area group is one of several across the state of Texas working to transform public education. The idea for regional action was first initiated from a group organized by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). Thirty school leaders came together to formulate the basis of the New Vision.

“This New Vision for the direction of public education makes so much sense and it is something that everyone could agree with and support,” Chapel Hill ISD Superintendent Donni Cook said. “I think this has the opportunity to change instruction for students and how schools operate in a very positive way.”