Rep. Ina Minjarez named to Texas PTA Honor Roll


From a recent press release:

Members of Texas PTA named Representative Ina Minjarez to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for her work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature.

Representative Minjarez was recognized for her distinguished contributions as the House sponsor of David’s Law, legislation designed to improve the law enforcement and school administration response to incidents of cyberbullying, and to strengthen the consequences for those who engage in this behavior in order to prevent incidents of severe cyberbullying. SB 179 was signed into law on June 9th.

“The deadly consequences and serious nature of these horrific incidents of cyberbullying require tougher penalties and clearer guidance for school officials and law enforcement,” stated Lisa Holbrook, President of Texas PTA.

“Too many children are cyberbullied and parents have no where to go for help. The addition of technology in our classrooms is an exceptional tool for our students and teachers. However, the expectation in many schools that personal devices such as cell phones be used to communicate with teachers and classmates, and to complete assignments makes it impossible to limit their use or to address behavior only at certain times of the day. The impact of using these devices for both personal and school-related purposes has made it more important than ever that school officials have the tools they need to deal with inappropriate use including cyberbullying,” she added. “We applaud the passage of SB 179 and thank Representative Minjarez for her leadership.”

In October 2009, the Texas PTA Legislative Action Committee created the Texas Legislative Honor Roll to recognize elected or appointed officials at the state level who support the Texas PTA legislative agenda. Criteria for selection includes:

• An elected or appointed official at the state level

• Strong advocate for children’s issues

• Supporter of legislation or actions that benefit children and youth

• Demonstrates a strong commitment to one or more priorities on Texas PTAs legislative agenda.

Individuals recognized for the Texas PTA Honor Roll demonstrate initiative to enhance the quality of life for children and youth, improve the quality of education for all children and youth, strengthen families, improve child safety standards, show support for children, youth, families and PTA-related positions and lend support to a current Texas PTA legislative priority.

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