The formal group that opposed the Tyler Independent School District bond, which passed on Saturday, says academic performance at the district is still the top priority. They want the community to come together to confront the district and raise the academic standards. They say Tyler Schools are under-performing and the community needs to unite and find the people who want to help lead the district to academic excellence.
"The district can't do it by ourselves.We do need the community and ideas and fresh approach and that's what I want to do as administration... look at anybody who is having success with our demographics and look at ways we can incorporate those programs to do better," says Tyler ISD Superintendent Gary Mooring.
Superintendent Mooring says the district has made improvements over time, despite decreasing academic accountability ratings.
"When you compare us to other districts, compared with our demographics and things, we fare well, but we're not satisfied with that. Goodness, there are things that we can do better and we've got to look at that," he says.
Mooring says he welcomes a community effort to improve Tyler schools. Spearheading that effort is Grassroots America We the People organizer JoAnn Fleming. Next month, a roundtable of community leaders is expected to emerge with one purpose.
"We're going to continue to work on it until we bring together a coalition of people who are going to be excited about putting Tyler ISD on the map for not only having beautiful schools, but for giving kids everything they need to embrace economic liberty in their adult lives," she says.
Fleming says if Tyler is going to achieve academic excellence, it must be a unified effort.
"We have to come together as a community and figure out where do we look for academic results and excellence and how do we light that fire in our community to get people excited about making this happen," she says.
The group is looking for people who are excited about improving Tyler schools from the inside out and providing Tyler children with the best education the community can offer. If you'd like to be a part of the community round table to improve academic standards, you can contact Grassroots America We the People by emailing them through their website.
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