RELEASE: BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADER GRAY MAYES JOINS TIER'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
March 24, 2016 - TIER announced today that business and community leader Gray Mayes has joined its board of directors. “Gray Mayes’ vast experience has given her unique insight into the need to transform Texas schools,” said Executive Director Courtney Boswell. “She knows the importance of rigorous standards and quality classroom instruction and strongly urges parents, educators, the business community, and policymakers to work together to assure that no Texas student falls through the cracks.” Read the full press release here.
TIER TO HOST POLICYMAKERS AND STAFF FOR ESSA BRIEFING AT STATE CAPITOL
Policymakers and staff are invited to join Texas Institute for Education Reform and our guest experts on federal legislation on March 9 from 10 AM–12 PM to discuss the recently adopted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how it will affect education policy in Texas. The event will feature Michael Petrilli, Shavar Jefferies, and Courtney Boswell. Find details here.
RELEASE: FORMER COMMISSIONER MICHAEL WILLIAMS JOINS TIER'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
February 24, 2016 - TIER announced today that former Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has joined its board of directors. “We are honored to welcome Michael Williams, a fierce advocate for Texas students, to the TIER board,” said Chairman Jim Windham. “With his unique background and perspective, Williams will be a significant addition to our organization.” Read the full press release here.
TIER'S CHAIRMAN RECEIVES TEXAS LULAC'S 2015 CONSCIENCE BUILDER AWARD
TIER is pleased to announce that Jim Windham, TIER’s founder and chairman, has been awarded the Texas League of United Latin American Citizens’ prestigious Conscience Builder Award. Windham has been a fearless advocate for public education in the state of Texas for over a decade and a constant friend of Texas’ LULAC organization. Both have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight for an equitable public education system that provides opportunities for all students and seeks to close the achievement gap present between students of different races. Read the full press release here.
TIER STANDS IN SUPPORT OF HIGH GRADUATION STANDARDS
Executive Director, Courtney Boswell, spoke out against Senate Bill 149, which provides a process to exempt high school students from meeting Texas' graduation requirements. Currently those include passing five end-of-course exams: English I and II, Algebra I, Biology and US History. "My concern is for the student. Why is that student getting to their junior and senior year and not able to perform on these tests?" she said. Read the full article here.