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Issue 193, April 15, 2015
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GOOD TO KNOW

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.

TSPRA Tweets

April 24-27
STARR Testing

April 25
TSPRA East Texas Meeting

April 26
Take our daughters and sons to work day

April 26
TSPRA West Central Texas Meeting

April 27
HASPRA Meeting


April 30
Deadline to order Star Awards duplicates

May 1
Deadline for submitting STAAR 15% grade deferral waiver requests to TEA

May 4
Generation TX Day

May 4
SPRINT Meeting

May 10
Board2Board Training
San Antonio

May 15
Deadline for joining NSPRA for $25 rebate to TSPRA

May 15

Deadline TASB Superintendent of the Year nominations

May 16
SASPRA Meeting

June 14
TSPRA Executive Committee meeting

June 29
Deadline TASA School Board of the Year nominations

July 8-11
NSPRA National Seminar

October 22
School Finance Lawsuit Trial begins

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