Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2007
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Hegar announces School Leadership Pilot Program awarded to UH - Victoria in collaboration with American Productivity & Quality Center

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) -- Senator Glenn Hegar was pleased to announce that a grant to develop and implement the School Leadership Pilot Program has been preliminarily awarded to the American Productivity & Quality Center who will be partnering with the University of Houston at Victoria's School of Business Administration.

The School Leadership Pilot Program was created as part of House Bill 1 during the 3rd Called Special Session of the 79th Legislature. The legislation required a nonprofit corporation that has substantial experience in developing best practices to improve leadership skills, student achievement, student graduation rates, and teacher retention to partner with an institution of higher education to develop program course work that focuses on management and business training.

The School Leadership Pilot Program is designed is for anyone interested in becoming a principal or for current principals interested in further professional development. The program is mandatory for principals of academically unacceptable campuses. Under Texas law, the Texas Education Agency develops and implements the state Accountability Rating System used to rate Texas public schools and school districts. In 2006, of the 7,956 campuses: 7.1% were rated "Exemplary", 35.5% were rated "Recognized", 45.1% were rated "Academically Acceptable" and 3.6% were rated "Academically Unacceptable".

"I am so pleased that the University of Houston at Victoria will be part of this important pilot project that will help schools across Texas," Senator Hegar stated. "The School of Business Administration's focus on management and business training will undoubtedly be an incredible resource and will result in the development of the best possible program."

American Productivity & Quality Center in cooperation with the University of Houston at Victoria's School of Business Administration will develop the program and begin implementation in the spring of 2007. The proposal requests $3.3 million to implement the program. The grant amount is subject to negotiations. The University of Houston at Victoria also has campuses in Katy and Sugarland and has students throughout Senate District 18.