Texas’ Education Service Centers honored for 50 Years of service to Texas Public Schools

(Austin, TX) Friends of Texas Public Schools (Friends) is honoring Texas’ 20 Education Service Centers with its inaugural Founder’s Distinguished Service Award for its 50-year legacy of supporting Texas public schools.

The Founder’s Distinguished Service Award was created to honor organizations whose support and service has been instrumental to the success of Texas public schools. The 20 education service centers across the state have quietly served our public schools for the last 50 years, providing vital services that have enabled school districts to educate students effectively and efficiently.

“As a past superintendent in a rural setting, I can testify to the importance of service centers to the operational success of our school districts in Texas,” said Blake Cooper, Executive Director, Friends.  “With the wide variety of services provided by ESC’s, school districts can operate in a very efficient manner while providing the best learning opportunities for our students.”

The mission of the System of Education Service Centers is to improve student achievement in Texas by developing high quality services that enable schools to operate more efficiently and economically, and to support educators as they prepare the future workforce of Texas. Examples of these services include: access to curriculum and at-risk/dropout prevention programs; teacher appraisal and certification; training, consulting and professional development services; cooperative purchasing agreements for food, energy, and fuel purchasing; and technical support.

Dr. Jerry Maze, Executive Director of Region 12 Education Service Center, said he is proud of this honor, but the real honor is the privilege of serving Texas students. “On behalf of my colleagues in the Education Service Centers of Texas, we are proud to be recognized with this honor from Friends of Texas Public Schools, another group of great champions for children.”

FOTPS officials will present the ESC’s with the award during the 12th Annual Friend of the Year Gala to be held in the Baylor Club, McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas on Wednesday, December 7. For more details about the event or if you would like to consider a table sponsorship, please contact Jennifer Storm at stormj@fotps.org. Visit the event website at www.fotps.org/events.

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