Media representatives from more than 380 Texas newspapers, radio and television stations and online publications were honored by their local school districts. Criteria for the district selection included the media representative’s efforts to get to know the superintendent, board president and the district’s mission and goals; report school news in a fair, accurate and balanced manner; give a high profile to positive news about schools; visit the schools and maintain a policy of no surprises by sharing information with school officials.
“Districts across Texas appreciate these reporters for their balanced and accurate approach to sharing both the challenges facing our schools and the successes achieved by local teachers, students and school boards. Their work aids local communities in focusing on the goal of providing the best public schools we can for every child,” said Faye Beaulieu, TASB president.
In most cases, local school boards passed a formal resolution and presented a personalized certificate to their nominated news media. TASB is a nonprofit organization established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts.