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"There are uses to adversity, and they don't reveal themselves until tested... difficulty can tap unexpected strengths." Justice Sonia Sotomayor
TEXDRA's initial fundraising drive for Project Steno has concluded and was a resounding success!! Many sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of the generous donors that made this happen. Have you heard about Project Steno's efforts? In a nutshell, Project Steno is designed to help promising new reporting students, recruited through the A to Z Program, with their court reporting school tuition. As we all know, WE NEED MORE REPORTERS! The shortage of court reporters is critical, and we're taking action.
TEXDRA recently concluded our first A to Z class, and there are many more classes happening statewide. We need to help these bright new students achieve success! Please watch this site and our Facebook page for additional updates very soon or Follow @TEXDRA on Twitter.
Also, check out the News page for the latest updates on JBCC and Court Reporters Certification Advisory Board activity. Work will begin very soon on the Texas UFM, and if you have any questions or suggestions, please e-mail us at UFM@texdra.org. We're listening!
To our membership:
We have begun the process of gearing up our effort to modernize the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure in the attempt to have them recognize the intrinsic value of the reporter to the judicial process and afford some level of protection for the court reporter. To that end, we have met with TEXDRA’s attorneys and laid out our goals, and they have begun the process of crafting language to accomplish those goals. These are very ambitious goals and will certainly be met with significant resistance from some quarters. This endeavor will require both the moral and financial support of the membership and will be very difficult and expensive with no guarantee of success. However, a very smart man recently reminded me that you lose 100% of the battles that you do not fight. We have promised you that we will take on this struggle, and you have made it clear that is what you want. We thank you for your confidence and support. We will provide updates of the process as it develops.
Sign up or renew now for membership through August 31, 2018! Our efforts to represent the freelance court reporting community in Texas are gathering steam, and there's no association better positioned to represent YOUR interests and strive for advancement on issues unique to freelance court reporters and court reporting firms in Texas. We are developing new member benefits, plans to address the reporter shortage, and forming our strategy for the next phase of our drive to level the playing field in Texas; 2019 is the next legislative year, and we will be well prepared!
Please, RENEW OR BECOME A NEW MEMBER NOW!
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On Thursday, July 27, Alvin Community College's Board of Regents met to decide the fate of ACC's renowned court reporting program. TEXDRA's president spoke at that meeting in an attempt to present a business scenario to the board that would convince them to keep the program open by increasing enrollment and graduation rates. The proposal we put forth was that they consider incorporating voice training alongside the present stenographic training, giving current and prospective students more options and increasing revenues by attracting more students to the program. Unfortunately, the suggestion was not enough to convince them, and they have voted to close the program down, using a "teach-out" time frame of two years. Our profession is losing yet another school, which is bad enough, but to lose one of Alvin's standing in the court reporting community nationwide is disastrous. It is time for new ideas and new strategies; our profession's continued existence depends on it! It is time to define ourselves and our profession by our TALENTS, not by the tools we use. We are a crucial and integral part of the judicial system and we cannot fail. Let's put our heads together, roll up our sleeves, and get to work! We are 100% committed to addressing this critical issue. Please continue to watch this site and our Facebook group for updates.
TEXDRA is an association for Texas Certified Shorthand Reporters and Court Reporting Firms founded on the core principles of integrity, transparency, advocacy and teamwork. We pledge to serve our profession with honesty and hard work, and we will work closely with other associations whenever possible to recruit, train and mentor students, lobby in Austin on important issues and challenges that face us all, improve relations between us and the people we serve, and educate the judiciary and the public about the vital role we hold as impartial guardians of the record. If you're not already a member, please visit our Join Us page to join now.
TEXDRA's Mission: To represent the professional and business interests of Texas freelance Certified Shorthand Reporters and Court Reporting Firms through advocacy, education, communication and transparency, while promoting the advantage of working with trained professionals who capture the spoken word in judicial proceedings and provide services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, and to foster better awareness of their value to the judicial system and the public.
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