July 31, 2012- Scott and Leslie Milder, founders of the Friends of Texas Public Schools organization, were named to the 2012 Media Honor Roll by the Klein ISD. The Media Honor Roll, is a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), that recognizes media representatives statewide for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools.
“Districts across Texas appreciate these advocates for their balanced and accurate approach to sharing both the challenges facing our schools and the successes achieved by local teachers, students, and school boards,” said Gary Inmon, TASB president.
Criteria for the district selection included: the media representative’s efforts to get to know the district’s mission and goals; report school news in a fair, accurate, and balanced manner; give a high profile to positive news about schools; visit the schools; and maintain a policy of no surprises by sharing information with school officials.
The Klein ISD school board recognized the Milders at the July 9, 2012, board meeting and presented them with a certificate. Founded in 2004, the Friends of Texas Public Schools works in effort to dispell the myths regarding public education in Texas. Their work led them to begin an Ambassadors Training Academy that the Klein ISD will participate in during the 2012-13 school year. The focus of the academy is to change the conversation about Texas public schools from the inside out.
“The Klein ISD applauds the Milders for their advocacy in promoting positive support of public schools and restoring pride, hope, optimism and confidence in the education profession,” expressed Dr. Jim Cain, superintendent of schools for the Klein ISD.
TASB is a nonprofit organization established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million public school students. For more information visit www.tasb.org.