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2006 Conference Presentations

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Sandy Kress - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P.
State and National Policy Making & Accountability Trends

Jeffery Boyd - Thompson & Knight L.L.P.
In Search of a 'Legal' Education: What is a 'Constitutional' School Finance System?

Joe Smith -
The Special Session - A Taxing Issue

Kelly Karczewski - Feldman & Rogers
Words from Above: An Update of Court Rulings, Commissioner Decisions & Attorney General Opinions Pertinent to Texas Schools

Lynda Langham - Board President, Cushing ISD
Nightmare on Education Street: Governance, Open Meetings & Contract Issues

Sharon Young, Nancy Morgan, Jean Ragland - Kennard ISD
All Students Deserve Success: Special Education to GT


Kelli Karczewski

Kelli H. Karczewski, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, September 18, 1966. Admitted to bar, 1992, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, University of Indianapolis (B.A. magna cum laude 1989); legal education, Thomas Cooley Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1992). Member: Nacogdoches Bar Association, Texas and National Council of School Attorneys. Adjunct professor, School Law, Stephen F. Austin State University, 2005 – present.

Ms. Karczewski began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General with the Texas Attorney General’s office where she represented state agencies and universities in defense of civil rights and employment discrimination litigation. She joined the law firm of Schwartz & Eichelbaum, P.C. in 1994, representing public school districts across Texas. As a shareholder for Schwartz & Eichelbaum, Ms. Karczewski managed their San Angelo office for a three-year period, and their Nacogdoches office for two years. In January, 2006, Ms. Karczewski and staff joined Feldman & Rogers, opening and leading the firm’s East Texas office. Ms. Karczewski is a frequent speaker at school law conferences and conducts numerous trainings for school districts, educational service centers and educational organizations and associations. Her practice includes general representation in all areas of school law, with primary focus on labor and employment disputes, civil rights, student discipline and open government.

Kelli Karczewski

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Sandy Kress

Sandy Kress is a partner at Akin Gump. His practice focuses on public law and policy at the state and national levels. Mr. Kress served as senior advisor to President Bush on Education with respect to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. He previously served as president of the board of trustees of the Dallas Public Schools. He has served on two statewide committees to recommend improvements to Texas public education.

Appointed in 1998 by Governor George W. Bush, Mr. Kress serves on the Education Commission of the States. He has also served as counsel to the Governor's Business Council and Texans for Education, and as a member of the Texas Business & Education Coalition.

Mr. Kress was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock to the Educational Economic Policy Center. He was later asked to chair the Center's Accountability Committee. This committee produced the public school accountability system that was later adopted into Texas state law and recognized as one of the most advanced accountability systems in the nation. Mr. Kress was also appointed by Lieutenant Governor Bullock to serve on the Interim Committee to study the Texas Education Agency.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Kress was a partner in the Dallas law firm of Johnson & Wortley, P.C. He also served as deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department.

Mr. Kress received his A.B. in 1971 from the University of California, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. with honors in 1975 from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as president of the student government.

Mr. Kress is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the District of Columbia Bar, and is involved with many civic organizations. He serves on the board of directors of the Texas Business & Education Coalition and the Austin Area Research Organization.

Sandy Kress
Lynda Langham

Lynda Langham has been President of the Board of Trustees at Cushing ISD since May 2005. She is the assistant to the General Counsel for Stephen F. Austin State University and additionally teaches business communications classes there as adjunct faculty in the Department of General Business. Ms. Langham received her B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1999 and her M.B.A. in General Business from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2003. She is a member of Beta Sigma Gamma Honor Society and Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society. She is also a member of the Legal Assistant Division of the Texas State Bar Association.

Lynda Langham

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Nancy Morgan

Nancy Morgan is a Fourth Grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in the Kennard Independent School District.  She has been teaching for twenty-five years.  She has previously taught in the Ft. Bend, Alief, Tyler, and Mansfield school districts, as well as a private Episcopal School.  Mrs. Morgan received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and has graduate course work from the University of St. Thomas and Stephen F. Austin State University.  While at Alief, she was responsible for developing curriculum for the regular classroom as well as for gifted education.

Nancy Morgan
Monte Moses

Monte Moses is Superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado where he has worked since 1991. Monte has also been a school principal and administrator in Littleton, Colorado; Garland, Texas; and Casper, Wyoming; and has served as a professor at Murray State University in Kentucky.

Monte is the author of two books, and his articles on subjects pertaining to leadership and organizational improvement have appeared in numerous journals. Dr. Moses received the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence in 1996. The National Association of Educational Office Professionals named him Administrator of the Year in 2001. In 2005, Dr. Moses was honored by the Colorado Association of School Executives as the Colorado Superintendent of the Year, and the American Association of School Administrators honored him as the National Superintendent of the Year. He served as chairman of the Denver Area School Superintendents, and is currently chairman of the Colorado School Finance Project.

Monte's wife Kathy is a Professor at the University of Northern Colorado, and their daughter, Megan, is in eleventh grade in the Cherry Creek School District. His brother, Mike, formerly was Commissioner of Education in Texas, and Superintendent of the Dallas Public Schools. Dr. Moses' father, Morgan, is a well-known, retired educator in Texas, and his mother, Mary Frances, maintains a vigorous schedule supporting a variety of civic, charitable, and religious organizations in Texas.

Monte holds an undergraduate and Master's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Ph.D. degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was named a Peabody Scholar in 1978 and 1979, and was fortunate to meet his better half while both were in graduate school.

He is committed to his profession, and enjoys working with educators, parents, and citizens to strengthen our system of public education.

Monte Moses

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Joe Smith

Joe Smith is the creator  of, a daily education news website directed toward public school administrators in Texas. He also serves as a field consultant in the area of school finance for Region 7 ESC. In addition to these responsibilities, he continues to do business under the umbrella of Administrative Consulting, assisting school districts in the area of school finance.

After earning a master's degree in elementary education from Stephen F. Austin State University, Joe began his career as an elementary classroom teacher. He taught Pre-K and third through sixth grades as well as P.E. while working on mid-management and superintendent certification at Texas A&M. He enjoyed several years as an elementary school principal before becoming superintendent of Hudson ISD. During his educational career he has actively served on various school-related boards and was awarded the Champions of Equity Awardby The Equity Center for his contribution in helping achieve equitable funding for schools across the state.

In 1993 Joe retired and began - Homepage for Texas School Officials. This concept, readily embraced by educators across the state, is meant to be a tool to keep administrators informed and pro-active as well as to help them avoid pitfalls by reading of the mistakes of others. An additional commitment of Joe's is to be able to provide information and assistance for school districts to operate more efficiently.

Sharon A. Young

Sharon A. Young graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1988. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University, and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1994. She began teaching in Centerville (Trinity) Independent School District, staying there four years before a one-year teaching assignment in Groveton Independent School District. She then began teaching in the Lufkin Independent School District and returned to Stephen F. Austin State University to pursue her Master of Education Degree, which was conferred in 2002. She was accepted into the 2003 Doctoral Cohort at Stephen F. Austin, where she is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. Currently she serves as the principal of Kennard Elementary in the Kennard Independent School District.

Sharon A. Young

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