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TSPRA E-newsletter

July 24, 2019 Newsletter
In this issue...

Feature Story
Hit the Links with TSPRA 2020

Other Stories
♦ 2020 Annual Conference Hotel
♦ Kenneth Dixon Appointed to TSPRA EC
♦ Summary for June EC Meeting

New Members, Congratulations
Upcoming Events
and MORE!home newspaper


Broaden your punctuation horizons

Did your high school English teacher scare you off from using semicolons? Fear not, for they're easier than you might remember.
Semicolons are meant to link two related yet independent clauses – meaning they can stand as sentences on their own – without requiring a conjuction. Take a look at these three examples:  
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; and the training was easy to implement.
Use a comma with "and" or other conjuctions rather than a semicolon
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; our schools are safer this year too. 
Clauses that aren't linked should be separated by a period. 
Good: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; students' test scores are up 12 points.
Both clauses here relate to the new math curriculum, so it's fine to link them with a semi-colon.

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Links You Can Use

July 24, 2019
•  TEA has a massive guide covering the changes, questions and concerns in the wake of the governor signing House Bill 3 into law last month. 

•  The Texas Tribune looks at the life and legacy of Ross Perot, including, among many, many other things, his influence on Texas public education.

•  The Washington Post learns that kids are still saying the darnedest things


Stay tuned for the next TSPRA survey.


    • Sept. 3, 2019 Last day to send in officer nominations
    • Sept. 16, 2019  Last day to pay dues if you want to serve as an officer
    • Oct. 31, 2019 Deadline to renew and pay TSPRA dues