With its legacy as a grassroots movement in Aledo ISD, under the vision and leadership of Aledo trustee Bobby J Rigues, Make Education a Priority is set to launch a broader set of initiatives in support of public education. In response to funding concerns in 2010, Bobby began a letter writing campaign to state legislators that quickly grew into a statewide movement. Within just a few short months, resolutions were adopted by more than 600 districts across the state, each articulating a message to Make Education a Priority.
With over 5.2 million public school students (and growing at a rate of 80,000 students per year) positioned to inherit our great State of Texas, it is critical that we work together as advocates for public education and provide achievement opportunities for all students. Make Education a Priority is committed to the advocacy for public education, with efforts focused on three main areas:
- Foster Public Engagement with Public Schools
- Promote Effective School Board Governance
- Enhance Relationships with Policymakers
Through the creation and growth of partnerships and expanding the conversation to communities, businesses, school trustees, policymakers and the public at large, Make Education a Priority strives to increase the overall awareness through advocacy for public education. The objective is to keep the discussion about the importance of public schools in the forefront for all stakeholders to ultimately enhance educational opportunities for all students.
The challenges related to funding, accountability, curriculum, safety and other elements of our public school system have resulted in the formation of numerous advocacy groups. Make Education a Priority is positioning itself as an organization that will help formulate an approach to the public that recognizes the importance of each of these groups and defines the interdependence between the groups in crafting a positive public education “brand” in the minds of all stakeholders.
Join Make Education a Priority on February 10 as we enter the next stage in our growth as a public education advocate. The media event will begin at 1 PM at the Aledo ISD administration building, 1008 Bailey Ranch Road, Aledo, TX 76008. We hope you can join us for this exciting event. For additional information, please contact Bobby J Rigues at 817.992.4454.