A total of 22,252 Democrats have voted early in-person through the first five Days of Early Voting in Harris County, Texas According to Stan Stanart

According to Stan Stanart, the Harris County Clerk and Chief Election Official, 22,252 Democrats have gone to the polls to vote early through the first (5) five days of early voting. He also reports that 9,620 "MAIL-IN BALLOTS" have been returned thus far. So, a total of 31,872 early votes have been cast by Democrats to this point. Here are a few featured Democrats you should know: Andrew White, Randy Bates, Latosha Lewis Payne, Audrie Lawton, Linda M. Dunson, Adrian Garcia, Undrai F. Fizer, Lenard Polk, Terrance Shanks, Tahir Javed, Roslyn "Rozzy" Shorter, Raul Rodriguez, Kim Grant, Rabeea Collier, Angela Graves-Harrington, Scot "Dolli" Dollinger, Constance Jones, Margaret "Meg" Poissant, Toni Lewis, and Tracy D. Good. Sitting left to right: Harold Landreneau, and Joshua A. Butler are a few of the people featured on the Houston Business Connections Newspaper © Bulletin Board. Aubrey R. Taylor Communications is the publisher of this information. Call (832)212-8735 for more information. All Rights Reserved.

The 2018 Harris County Republican Party Primary In-Person Voters are Turning Out in Smaller Numbers than Harris County Democrats through the First Five Days of Early Voting for the Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Primaries

According to Stan Stanart, the Harris County Clerk and Chief Election Official, 20,730 Republicans have gone to the polls to vote early through the first (5) five days of early voting. He also reports that 12,642 "MAIL-IN BALLOTS" have been returned thus far. So, a total of 33,372 early votes have been cast by Republicans to this point. Here are a few featured Republicans you should know: Alyssa Lemkuil, Governor Greg Abbott, Judge Loyd Wright, Judge Michael Fields, Judge Brett Busby, Attorney Sophia Mafrige, Judge Wesley Ward, Congressman Pete Olson, Judge Clyde Raymond Leuchtag, State Representative Dan Huberty, Attorney Jesse McClure, Reginald C. Grant Jr., Attorney Charles Johnson, Attorney Justin Keiter, Judge John Schmude, Attorney Chris Carmona, and Harris County Republican Party Chairman Paul Simpson are the candidates featured on the cover of this edition of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. No contents of this publication may be reproduced without the expressed written permission of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Call (832)212-8735 for more information. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Fort Bend ISD to focus on College and Career Readiness for Students

Fort Bend ISD to focus on College and Career Readiness for Students
FORT BEND ISD ― At the June 3 Board of Trustees Workshop, a framework for preparing Fort Bend ISD students for College and Career Readiness (CCR) was presented by members of a committee who have been working on the framework of a comprehensive plan for many months.  The committee is comprised of parents, students, business partners, higher education representatives and Fort Bend ISD (FBISD) staff members.

“Our students face an economic landscape quite unlike that experienced by their parents,” said Dr. Lupita Garcia, Director of College and Career Readiness.  “It is important for our educational system to continue to evolve and change in order to meet the needs of our students.  Our schools are indeed the economic engines of our community, and we must provide the resources and direction to prepare our students for college and career opportunities.”

College and Career Readiness encompasses academic, career, and technical knowledge and skills that enable students to:
  • enroll and succeed in credit-bearing, first-year courses at a post-secondary institution without the need for remediation;
  • earn a high-level industry certification;
  • gain entry-level employment in a high-skill, high-wage job; and/or
  • enter military service through the branch of the student’s choice.
Part of the District’s strategic plan is to address the achievement gap among student groups, increase student participation in advanced academics, and increase college and career readiness for all students.  The CCR comprehensive plan will address these goals by blending both the standard core academic disciplines and the Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, giving students more choices in their educational pathways while providing a more holistic approach to their learning.

The framework for a comprehensive CCR plan includes goals for students, parents and the District.  After determining baseline data, measurable outcomes for performance targets will be set and professional development will be conducted for teachers.  CCR goals include ensuring all students test on or above grade level in math and reading (K-12), and ensuring students graduate with the Recommended High School Plan or Distinguished Achievement Plan at the college readiness level.
Some of the essential components of a successful CCR program include:
  • College and Career Readiness Culture and Mindset
  • PreK-12 Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program
  • 21st Century Skills Attainment
  • Advanced Academic Course (AAC) Offerings open to all students
  • CTE Opportunities and Rigorous Courses Leading to Industry Certifications
  • College and Career Resource Centers
  • Responsive Academic Support and Intervention
  • Teacher Support – Training in CTE and AAC Current Trends and Strategies
  • Innovative School Model Options
  • Parent Engagement that Leads to Full Knowledge of College and Career Readiness
The CCR plan will include six performance target areas:  Equity and Access; Completion and Continuation of Advanced Academics and CTE Courses; Achievement; Post High School Plans; Teacher Assignment and Support; and Counselor Support.  Forty performance measures will also be developed for these targets.

Additionally, eleven CCR Advisors will be hired so that each high school will have a person dedicated to assisting students and parents through the college admissions process, as well as working closely with the counseling departments to support their work in ensuring equitable educational access for college readiness and entry to high-level employment for all students.  The FBISD CCR Advisor model mirrors the one created by The Higher Education Coordinating Board, which established 10 Regional Special Advisors to assist colleges, universities and local school districts by providing information, assisting implementation efforts, sharing professional development opportunities and facilitating alignment efforts with public schools.