FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2000
AUSTIN, Texas--On Saturday, May 13, 2000, state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D Brownsville, will bring together public school teachers, counselors, school administrators and members of parent-teacher organizations from Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy and Starr counties to participate in his innovative conference entitled "Public Education Forum 2000 for the Lower Rio Grande Valley."
"I wanted to give everyone involved in the education of our children an opportunity to voice their concerns and offer their recommendations on how to improve our public education system. We will use this information to prioritize the needs of the region for the 77th legislative session.," said Sen. Lucio.
The morning session, beginning at 9 a.m., is geared primarily for teachers and counselors. Joining Sen. Lucio in welcoming the participants will be Harlingen Mayor Connie de la Garza and Harlingen Independent School District Superintendent Jesus Chavez. Offering remarks on the status of education at the national level will be Ms. Sally Cain, the Secretary's Regional Representative from the United States Department of Education. Mr. Arturo Almendarez, deputy commissioner for Programs and Instruction from the Texas Education Agency, will present the statewide perspective on education. Besides the American School Counselor Association, other groups represented will be the Texas State Teachers Association, the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, the Texas Federation of Teachers and the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
The keynote address will be delivered by Sen. Lucio at noon, and the afternoon session, scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m., will feature Dr. Sylvia Hatton, executive director of Region One. Although everyone is invited to attend the afternoon session, this portion of the forum will focus on school administrators, i.e., principals and superintendents, as well as members of parent-teacher organizations.
"Another opportunity this summit will provide to our educators, counselors, administrators and parent organizations will be to inform us of our local educational needs," added Sen. Lucio. "We are requesting that RSVPs be made by no later than Monday, May 8. Educators, administrators and members of parent-teacher organizations wishing to attend may call my Capitol office at 512-463-0127; my district office in Brownsville at 956-548-0227; or my district office in Edinburg at 956-387-0445."
An agenda will be available next week upon request.