By Patti Pawlik-Perales
On Friday, Nov. 8, myself and many of my fellow TSPRA members in the San Antonio region had the opportunity to witness the historic launch of the Go Public campaign.
Go Public is a campaign to generate better awareness of the facts about Bexar County’s independent public school districts. Led by the 15 districts in Bexar County and co-chaired by Josue Robles, CEO of USAA; Kim Bowers, CEO of CST Brands and Chris Nielsen, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Go Public is inspiring people across the region to take a step back and celebrate the positive and sustained impact public schools make on all of us.
This is strictly a positive message about the successes of public education. We value other types of schools as well and this campaign is not intended to take away from their good work. However, it has become fashionable to talk bad about public schools, and that national dialogue is just not accurate.
As a graduate of a Texas public school, with parents who were educators in Texas public schools, a career built sharing the news of Texas public schools and two children who attend Texas public schools, I have a very personal view of the work that goes into the education of our students each and every day, and, I am so proud.
What impresses me most about this campaign is the collaborative approach taken by its partnering districts: Alamo Heights ISD, East Central ISD, Edgewood ISD, Ft. Sam Houston ISD, Harlandale ISD, Judson ISD, Lackland ISD, North East ISD, Northside ISD, Randolph ISD, San Antonio ISD, Somerset ISD, South San Antonio ISD, Southside ISD and Southwest ISD.
I believe this campaign symbolizes the work that each of us does every day at home in our local districts and through our collective efforts as an organization. It is another tool to use in Celebrating Texas Public Schools, a campaign that has been led by our very organization for more than 50 years.
Whether we are sharing the stories of success in our newsletters, raising funds to support our schools through our foundations, designing engaging graphics and informational webpages, or producing television news stories about our schools and students, we all Go Public with the same message—there are wonderful, life-changing things happening in our schools every day!
This campaign has the potential to reach beyond the borders of one Texas county into a state where education is bigger. To learn more, visit WeGoPublic.com to find out about the campaign and learn about ways you can help. Like Go Public on Facebook at Facebook.com/WeGoPublic and follow them on Twitter @WeGoPublic and YouTube at Youtube.com/WeGoPublic.