Texas State of Education Report features photo of El Paso High

When people throughout the state open the recently-published Texas Education Agency 2019 Annual Report, they will be greeted by the iconic steps of El Paso High School.

To highlight some of the great work done by Texas school districts this past year, the TEA used a photograph by EPISD photographer Leonel Monroy of the 2019 commencement ceremony at the historic Jones Stadium of El Paso High.

Designed by famed architect Henry Trost, the 104-year-old campus often referred to as The Lady on the Hill is considered to be one of the most beautiful public-school buildings in the United States. Jones Stadium, one of the oldest football fields in the state, last year was a finalist for the most beautiful high-school football stadiums in the country.

The TEA Annual Report promotes the progress and advancements taking place in public schools and districts across Texas. It also serves as a helpful resource for illustrating areas where we as a state must continue to invest resources to ensure every student is prepared for success in college, a career, or the military.

The 2019 Annual Report focuses on areas of achievement based on the Agency’s Strategic Priorities:
• Recruit, Support, and Retain Teachers and Principals;
• Build a Foundation of Reading and Math;
• Connect High School to Career and College; and
• Improve Low Performing Schools.

A key highlight of TEA’s newest annual report pertains to the significant impact brought forth by the passage of House Bill 3 during the 86th Legislative Session. Thanks to this historic legislative achievement, Texas has seen an immediate increase in public school funding of $3.4 billion per year.

The funding and reforms provided via HB 3 will have a tremendous impact on the agency’s strategic plan to improve outcomes for the state’s nearly 5.5 million public school students.

To view a full copy of the 2019 Annual Report, click here.

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photo by Leonel Monroy – El Paso ISD