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By Dr. Gilbert Trevino/FISD Superintendent
Special to The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYDADA—The Floydada Independent School District received notification from the Texas Education Agency on Thursday, July 23 that the proposed partnership with Collegiate Edu-Nation has been approved, thus making FISD an In-District Charter. The district will now be called, Floydada Collegiate Independent School District and each campus will add “collegiate” to their campus name. The Texas Education Code, Chapter 12, establishes charter schools to improve student learning, to increase choice of learning opportunities, to encourage different and innovative learning methods, to establish a new form of accountability, and to create professional opportunities that will attract new teachers to school districts.
Rural school districts face many challenges in offering diverse pathways toward college and career readiness for students. In 2018, 23 percent of Texas students earned a certificate or any type of college degree. It is projected that by 2025, 77 percent of jobs will require a certificate, two-year college degree, or four-year college degree. Rural districts find it even more challenging to meet this future need by preparing students for jobs that do not exist in the work force today due to financial, human capital, program, and geographical constraints. In order to better prepare our students for post-secondary experiences, including college and the workforce, we pursued entering into a partnership with Collegiate Edu-Nation (CEN) in order to diversify what we are able to offer our students. The Collegiate Edu-Nation Network currently consists of 2,300 students in five districts including Roscoe, Hamlin, Throckmorton, Cumby and Floydada.
Through our partnerships with CEN, South Plains College, Texas Tech University, and West Texas A&M University, we will be able to access additional funding that is strictly available to charter schools, thus allowing us the opportunity to offer students diverse pathways that will allow them to earn two-year degrees or certifications that will prepare them for the work force, all at no cost to students or parents.
This is an exciting time for Floydada ISD and a wonderful opportunity to positively impact our community. By establishing an Early College School System, we will create a better future for our students and their families. Our district continues to be progressive and to expand opportunities for all.