11.16.2015 — Last week Texas House Public Education Committee Chair Jimmie Don Aycock joined a select group of distinguished Texas educators who have received the Golden Deeds Award, which is presented by the Texas A&M University Department of Educational Administration and Human Resources Development and TASA each year at the Administrative Leadership Institute and considered the most coveted award in the field of Texas education.
A member of the Texas House of Representatives since 2006, Aycock, who has announced he will not seek reelection, is regarded as a champion for Texas public schools. In 2015, he started the conversation on school finance reform and proposed legislation that would have increased funding. However, his legacy will be the 2013 legislative session’s HB 5, which significantly reduced required standardized testing at the high school level and created more flexibility within graduation programs, and 2015’s HB 2804, which reduces the overemphasis on student standardized test scores in the public school accountability system, shifting the weight to a broader range of indicators of student success.
“As far as golden deeds, I don’t believe that there is anyone more deserving of the Golden Deeds Award than Dr. Aycock,” said Dr. Robert Muller, Texas A&M University clinical associate professor of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development.
Clark Ealy, superintendent of College Station ISD, and Thomas Wallis, superintendent of Bryan ISD, were both awarded the Hoyle Awards in Educational Leadership at the Administrative Leadership Institute. The award, which is named after renowned Texas A&M professor John Hoyle, is given to recipients who make a difference in the lives of the youth in their communities.