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May 8th, 2009
Snodgrass appointed to State P-16 Council

Phyllis Snodgrass.

STAFF REPORT

Phyllis Snodgrass, President of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce (SMACC), was recently appointed as the business representative to the State P-16 Council.

The P-16 Council ensures that long-range plans and educational programs for the state complement the functioning of the entire public education system, from early childhood through postgraduate study.

“I am honored by this appointment to represent business interests on this important statewide council,” Snodgrass said. “Educational attainment issues are one of the key objectives identified by our San Marcos Chamber Board of Directors during their 2007 and 2008 strategic planning sessions.”

Continued Snodgrass, “Ensuring that every student reaches their full potential is essential to the future economic success of the State of Texas. I look forward to working with the P-16 Council on these issues in the coming months.”

P-16 describes an integrated system of education, stretching from preschool, signified by the P in the council’s name, through a four-year college degree, which would be grade 16.

The council is designed to improve student achievement by getting children off to a good start, raising academic standards, conducting appropriate assessments, improving teacher quality and smoothing student transitions between grades. The council also focuses on helping all children achieve the levels they need to succeed at the next grade level, and in the workforce.

The council is composed of the state’s Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Higher Education, the Executive Director of the Texas Workforce Commission, the Executive Director of the State Board for Educator Certification and the Commissioner of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

The Commissioners of Education and Higher Education serve as co-chairs of the council. The co-chairs appoint three additional members who are education professionals, along with agency and business representatives from across Texas.

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