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Feb. Mtg: HFT President Gayle Fallon & HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones on State of Pub. Ed.

Meyerland Area Democrats and Friends: Our Monday February 16 meeting will feature two leaders in Houston public education: Gayle Fallon, President of the Houston Federation of Teachers and the President of the HISD School Board, Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones. -- We will discuss the state and local budget issues, the things improving in local public education and those which are destructive. --- Gayle Fallon is a teacher who has been in the trenches teaching our children. From 1969-1978, Gayle taught elementary, high school and alternative education in the Aldine ISD. She assisted in design and implementation of the Aldine Contemporary Education Center and developed curriculum design. From 1978-80, she taught high school special education and was instrumental in curriculum design at North Forest ISD. From 1980 to today, Gayle has been active as a staff representative and then President of the Houston Federation of Teachers. HFT is affiliated with both the Texas Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. At HFT, Gayle has organized Houston ISD teachers, handled grievances, and has been hands-on in producing publications, in public relations and political action as well as business management and development of the union. Gayle lives in Houston, has a B.A. in political science from American University and an M.Ed. in educational administration from Sam Houston State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi. Previous to her teaching experience, Gayle worked as a Vietnamese Linguist and Intelligence Research Analyst for the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland. Outside of her work, Gayle serves on the board of directors of the Texas Education Reform Caucus and on the executive board of the Harris County Central Labor Council as well as the Texas Federation of Teachers. She also is a member of the American Leadership Forum and Leadership Houston. --- Rhonda Skillern-Jones was elected to the Board of Education in 2011. She was sworn in as Trustee in January 2012 and served as board secretary in 2012 and 2013, and First Vice President in 2014. In January 2015 she was elected President of the board. Trustee Jones also represents HISD on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors. -- Ms. Skillern-Jones, a wife and mother of five children, is a native Houstonian. She earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in clinical sociology from Texas Southern University. She is a member of the Houston ISD Advisory Committee, Parent Engagement Committee, Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Committee, Budget Advisory Committee, and Gifted and Talented Committee. A fulltime HISD volunteer for 24 years, she has been on five PTO/PTA boards in various capacities including president. She was legislative chair of the PTA Council, a national liaison for Parents for Public Schools, and a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. In recognition of her community and district efforts to enhance the lives of Houston children and citizens, she has received numerous achievement awards and honors, and holds membership in several civic and community organizations. ----- Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts PROMPTLY at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but attendees pay for their own food and drinks. We meet at Fadi’s Grill, 4738 Beechnut Houston Tx 77096! See you there, Art Pronin President, Meyerland Area Democrats
February 16, 2015 at 7pm
4738 Beechnut
Houston, TX 77096
United States
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Join us for Blue Ribbon Lobby Day.  This year it will be on Equal Pay Day.  There will be lobby training in advance.  Please save the date and put it on your club and organization calendar.

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April 14, 2015 at 10am
Texas Capitol
1100 Congress
Austin, TX 78701
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I agree Scott! Signed!

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