2010 Vancouver Olympic USA Gold medalist Evan Lysacek recently visited Dowell Middle School to speak to students about never giving up and continuing to reach for their goals. Lysacek, who originally learned to skate at the age of eight to play hockey, became the first American to win the Olympic title in men’s singles figure skating since Brian Boitano. Lysacek’s message to Dowell students was simple - set goals, whether it be athletic or academic or both, and work hard at whatever you want to accomplish. Lysacek wore his Olympic gold medal around his neck as he spoke.
McKinney ISD students pay tribute to their teachers in this video produced in honor of the district's 2011 Teacher of the Year candidates.
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"In fact, we believe that the primary source of the state's budget imbalance is not slower revenue growth, but rather, built-in budget imbalances that simply become more evident during periods of economic decline or slow revenue growth. Chief among these potential sources of persistent imbalances is education funding. As we have said for the past four years, the school finance reforms that the legislature approved in 2006 created a long-term source of budget pressure for the state, in our opinion."
-Standard and Poor's, Feb. 16, 2011