From the Editor

Dacia Rivers, Editorial Director

Dacia Rivers, Editorial Director

If this issue were any more full of good news about Texas public schools, we’d have had to pay more to mail it to you. For our feature story this month, I spoke to several superintendents who have either opted in or out of the TEA’s Districts of Innovation distinction to find out their reasons for seeking, or not seeking, exemptions from parts of the TEC. Their input was enlightening and something I hope will be helpful to other administrators who are curious about the process and the results.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration to get you through the final days of the school year, flip to page 22 for this issue’s Spotlight, a profile on Ms. Flo Judd, who has been serving as associate principal of Duncanville since 1986 and still looks forward to coming to work each and every day—no small feat.

In this issue’s Regional View, you’ll learn about the cutting-edge Early Scholars Academy in Corpus Christi, where Coastal Bend youngsters get a head start on hands-on learning and discovery. And don’t miss The Arts, in which Jaime Vela of A.C. Jones High School in Beeville talks about the school’s growing musicbased performing arts programs.

Enjoy the remaining days of the school year; summer is on its way.