UPDATE: TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - A coalition has formed to oppose the calling of a Tyler ISD bond election before the district deals with certain academic, student disciplinary and personnel issues, members said.
Group representatives realized they shared common ground and starting meeting regularly, Mrs. Fleming said.
The coalition is requesting to have a public town-hall style meeting with the TISD school board to discuss its concerns.
They believe that new schools buildings will not solve problems and that the district must address academic, student discipline and personnel issues first.
TISD board members have been planning for a possible May 2013 bond election. They have until February to call it.
Tyler Proud, another community organization, already formed and supports passing a TISD bond election this school year.
Grassroots America - We the People:
TYLER (KYTX) - Tyler ISD has no more excuses, according to a new coalition in the area.
The "No More Excuses, Tyler ISD! Coalition" members attended a conference at 11 a.m. Monday at the Tyler Chamber of Commerce building. Dr. Nile Smith, Cedrick Granberry, Sheryl Chester, Jo Ann Fleming and Rick Eisenack represented the group.
Coalition members say the evidence is clear that merely passing school bonds to build new schools does not deliver high academic results for all students in Tyler ISD. Passing bonds to build new schools does not build character, nor does it build strong educational or moral foundations for all children. Tyler ISD is not producing consistent academic results that assure us students are getting what they need to master a skill or a trade, or to earn a degree at any college.
According to the latest reports from the Texas Comptroller's Office, Tyler ISD is spending high levels of money per student with mediocre academic results when compared to other school districts.
The "No More Excuses, Tyler ISD! Coalition" will address these poor academic results, growing discipline issues on many campuses, and the lack of respect and support for teachers.
"Too many of our students must take remedial courses before ever taking the first college class," said Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America -We The People. "Too many students cannot read at grade level or above. Both of our high schools are rated ‘Academically Unacceptable.' Dangerous discipline issues plague many of the schools, while the students who desire to learn and the teachers who desire to teach suffer. This is unacceptable to us."