Community stakeholders in and around Senatorial District 23 attended Saturday morning's Eggs and Issues forum, one in a series initiated and hosted by Senator Royce West. From parents to principals, school adopters to community organizers, policy-makers to neighbors and friends -- gathered in the auditorium of Methodist Charlton Medical Center on West Wheatland. Guests heard from Texas state and Dallas area education leaders.
Robert Scott, Texas Commissioner of Education, provided an "Overview of Texas Public Education." State Board of Education member Mavis Knight gave her perspective on the recent meeting and work of the State Board. Taylor D. August, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, described a few on-going activities which are presently affecting public education.
Moderator Shelley Kofler, of KERA News, guided an informative Question & Answer session between the audience and the following panelists:
Superintendent Horace Williams -- Cedar Hill ISD
Superintendent Mike Miles -- Dallas ISD
Superintendent David Harris -- DeSoto ISD
Superintendent Alfred Ray -- Duncanville ISD
Executive Director Ricky Mitchell -- Grand Prairie ISD
Superintendent Michael McFarland -- Lancaster ISD
Superintendent Linda Henrie -- Mesquite ISD
The program announcement invited guests to participate in a lively discussion intended to include "questions that you want to ask about what is happening in your district's classrooms."