Mike Boone Receives Texas Public Schools “Friend of the Year” Award

October 17, 2006

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DALLAS – Mike Boone, co-founder and name partner of Haynes and Boone, LLP, today accepted the second annual “Friend of the Year” honor for his lifelong service and commitment to Texas public education.

The Friends of Texas Public Schools organization awarded the honor at a public reception inside the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. Last year’s recipient, Charles Butt, chairman and CEO of H.E. Butt Grocery Company, made the presentation. It was followed by a keynote speech from retired Dallas schools superintendent and former Texas Education Commissioner Mike Moses.

"I received a great education in public schools," said Mr. Boone, a product of the Texas system. "Public schools gave a lot to me, and I feel that I owe them a lot in return."

Mr. Boone has long been a private-sector advocate for Texas public schools. He served on the Highland Park School Board and, more recently, participated in the school finance debate as a respected voice for equity in school funding. He demonstrated courage and leadership, often resisting popular opinion in the business community in favor of a practical, equitable solution.

"There's nothing more important for us to invest in than children, and we shouldn't turn our backs on public schools," Mr. Boone said. "Because of the media and other critical reports we get about public schools, people tend to hear the negatives more than the positives, and that invites frustration and apathy. That's the biggest mistake we can make."

Said Friends founder and president Scott Milder: “Mike Boone clearly sees beyond the surface issues featured daily in news and politics. He understands that the success of public education in Texas is everyone's business. Mike has sustained a long-term commitment to Texas Public Schools through public expression of his support, volunteer work, employee involvement, and countless other contributions. He's long-overdue for this recognition."

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