ESCs Assisting Schools with HB 5 Implementation

The 83rd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature passed HB 5, which became effective with the Governor’s signature in June 2013.  This bill codified changes to the Texas Education Code in a number of areas including curriculum, accountability, assessment, and accreditation. The ESCs are working with counselors, teachers, and administrators to ensure they have the necessary tools to effectively work with parents and students in selecting coursework that matches the student’s selected endorsement.  Additionally, the ESCs are facilitating opportunities for school personnel to meet and collaborate on best practices to successfully implement the requirements of HB 5.

Below are links to resources provided by the regional education service centers, designed to provide assistance in understanding the many changes that will impact Local Education Agencies (LEAs) over the next few years.

HB 5 Text

TEA HB 5 Website

Resources provided by ESCs:

Tyler Morning Telegraph: Center hosts event to help educators improve workforce preparedness

KILGORE — East Texas business and education leaders gathered to discuss how they could work together to improve education and workforce preparedness.

The Region 7 Education Service Center in Kilgore put on the event Thursday in partnership with the Kilgore Economic Development Corp., the Longview Economic Development Corp., the Tyler Area Business-Education Council and Workforce Solutions East Texas.

Speakers included Mary Ann Whiteker, Hudson ISD superintendent; Robin Painovich, executive director of the Career and Technology Association of Texas; and Pete Lamothe, manager of TXO Learning Services at Eastman Chemical Co. Read more here.


Victoria Advocate Honors Region III’s Julius Cano on Retirement

Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Thank you for your work to help Crossroads students

“Education is one of the most important services offered in our society. In this, people offer the tools and knowledge the next generation will need to grow and become successful in today’s world.  The people who dedicate their time and effort to providing a quality education are what makes this service successful.”   The rest of the article can be found here.

An additional article on Dr. Cano’s retirement can be accessed by clicking here.