Gov. Abbott praises Longview ISD innovation

Gov. Abbott mentioned Longview ISD among five school systems statewide in which “every student graduates with more than just a diploma. They will graduate with the tools they need to excel in college or a career.”

Gov. Greg Abbott praises Longview ISD innovation

Tue Feb 5, 2019

During his State of the State Address on Feb. 5th in Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott lauded Longview ISD for finding educational pathways for every student, as well as Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox's initiative to reward educator's for helping students grow and reach their full potential.

Gov. Abbott mentioned Longview ISD among five school systems statewide in which “every student graduates with more than just a diploma. They will graduate with the tools they need to excel in college or a career.”

“I think it was great,” said state Rep. Jay Dean, R-Longview. “People from education are very impressed with Longview ISD’s innovative approach to teaching our kids.”

Longview ISD Superintendent James Wilcox was invited to the address by Abbott and was in attendance. Wilcox said the district is honored.

"Sometimes you get so focused on addressing the immediate needs and goals of the district that you don't always consider the broader impact it has across state," he said. "But to have elected officials across the state singling out our people and programs for praise, it just shows what a remarkable job Longview ISD is doing for our community."

After the address, Gov. Abbott took the time to meeting with the superintendents he recognized. Longview ISD was one of four districts recognized and the only district from East Texas.

Gov. Abbott grew up in Longview during his elementary school years, attending school in Longview ISD, before moving to the Dallas area in middle school.

Thank you Gov. Abbott for the recognition, we hope to continue to be a district that helps lead the way!