May 11, 2018

Freer ISD Receives Principal Preparation Grant


AUSTIN- Freer Independent School District (Freer ISD) received a Principal Preparation Grant last week from the state to provide funding for schools to cover preparation and certification costs for their aspiring principals. Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) celebrated this announcement as a win for South Texas schools.


"The job of a school principal is one of the toughest in public education," said Guillen. "They are responsible for creating a learning environment in our schools that will allow our children to receive the quality education they deserve, so we must ensure that our principals receive the best training possible. This grant will help Freer ISD in this regard."  

The Principal Preparation Grant Program provides funding to school districts for principal residencies and other principal training programs. It also helps schools identify strong principal candidates from within their staff.

Guillen supports a wide range of improvements to the public school system in South Texas including this principal training program. In recent years he has authored bills to improve dual-credit high school classes to ensure that they are college-level, make a college education more accessible and affordable to students in South Texas, and eliminate the small school adjustment which penalized small rural schools. Representative Guillen is looking forward to next session, where he intends to continue his fight to improve school funding, specifically for rural districts.

"Strong schools are a pillar of a strong community," said Guillen. "We’ve made some progress in recent years to strengthen South Texas schools, but more remains to be done. I'm excited to continue this fight in the next legislative session."

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and