• Register for the 2016 TSPRA Annual Conference at Horseshoe Bay Resort

    PRFitwebTSPRA is now accepting conference registrations. Click here to access the links to register. If you're registering as a member, you MUST be logged into the website to access the form. 

  • Apply for a 2016 Conference Scholarship 

    PRFitwebTSPRA is giving away two scholarships to members for the 2016 Annual Conference. For eligibility information and instructions on how to apply, log in to the TSPRA website and click "Scholarships" in the left hand Member Area menu.
  • Congratulations to
    the TSPRA Peachjar winner:
    Veronica Castillon

    Castillon VeronicaVeronica Castillon of Laredo ISD will receive a scholarship for the 2015 NSPRA National Seminar in Nashville courtesy of Peachjar. 

  • Watch the 2015 CTPS 
    Video Contest Winners

    RBFCU Logo 2012Click here for links to the statewide video winners for the 2015 Celebrate Texas Public Schools Video Contest, sponsored by Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union.

TSPRA E-newsletter

Issue 210, October 7, 2015
In this issue...

Feature Story
Executive Committee meeting report

Other Stories
 Texas Tribune Festival giveaway
Thannum takes office as NSPRA President-Elect
♦ Sponsor Spotlight

Upcoming Events
and MORE!home newspaper


Broaden your punctuation horizons

Did your high school English teacher scare you off from using semicolons? Fear not, for they're easier than you might remember.
Semicolons are meant to link two related yet independent clauses – meaning they can stand as sentences on their own – without requiring a conjuction. Take a look at these three examples:  
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; and the training was easy to implement.
Use a comma with "and" or other conjuctions rather than a semicolon
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; our schools are safer this year too. 
Clauses that aren't linked should be separated by a period. 
Good: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; students' test scores are up 12 points.
Both clauses here relate to the new math curriculum, so it's fine to link them with a semi-colon.

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