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Committees of the State Board of Education continue to meet today, the Committee on Instruction beginning at 8 a.m., School Finance/Permanent School Fund and Initiatives committees beginning at 9 a.m. The State Board of Education will meet through Sept. 19. The full agenda is available online. Watch a live streaming video of all the meetings. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Carol Perez, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Kingsville ISD, has been named New Super of Kingsville ISD.

Brenda Krchnak, Asst. Superintendent of Administrative Services, Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD, has been named New Super of Snook ISD.

Michael Waldrip, Deputy Superintendent, Frisco ISD, has been named New Super of Coppell ISD.

JR Proctor, HS Principal, Scurry Rosser ISD, has been named New Super of Axtell ISD.

John McCullough, Superintendent, Sulphur Bluff ISD, has been named New Super of North Lamar ISD.

 

53 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Pilot Point ISD ; Search by Arrow Educational Services Short TimelineINFO
Vacant Chillicothe ISD; Search by Chillicothe ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Medina ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Vacant Freer ISD ; Search by Freer ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Rising Star ISD; Search By Ronnie Kincaid, ESC XIV Info (Search Suspended)INFO
Vacant Spring Hill ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Vacant Alvin ISD; School Executive ConsultingINFO
Vacant Red Lick ISD; Red Lick ISD Board of Trustees  Info BrochureINFO
Vacant Huntsville ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Bullard ISD; Search By TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Breckenridge ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant San Benito CISD ; Waterford School Services, Inc. InfoINFO
Vacant Region 9 ESC Executive Director; ESC 9 Service CenterINFO
Vacant Balmorhea ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Vacant Harris County Department of Education; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Lake Worth ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Austin ISD; Ray & Associates, Inc. INFO
Vacant Calhoun County ISD; Search by  Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Giddings ISD ; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Fayetteville ISD; Fayetteville ISD School Board InfoINFO
Vacant Lago Vista ISD; TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Little Elm ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Ballinger ISD; Search by Ballinger ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Everman ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Dumas ISD; Search By Dumas ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Texoma ISD; Search by Interim Superintendent, Mike Jackson and the Texoma ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Castleberry ISD; Search by Castleberry ISD Board of Education Info BrochureINFO
Vacant Judson ISD; Search by McShan Consulting Firm InfoINFO
Vacant McKinney ISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. INFO
Lone Finalist Anna ISD  - Pete Slaughter, Superintendent ,Whitesboro ISD; Search By: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Winters ISD  - Bruce Davis ​, Former Superintendent ,Thrall ISD; Casey, Cox & Robertson Educational ConsultantsINFO
Lone Finalist Tom Bean ISD - Troy Roberts, Principal ,Grand Prairie ISD; Search by Search by: Tom Bean ISD Board of Trustees & Interim Supt. Dr. Larry BlairINFO
Lone Finalist Nazareth ISD - Glen Waldo, Superintendent,Sunray ISD; Search by Nazareth ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist London ISD - David Freeman, Asst. Super/Chief Academic Officer,Wichita Falls ISD; Search By Texas School SolutionsINFO
Lone Finalist Longview ISD - Horace Williams, Asst. Superintendent,Longview ISD; Longview ISD Board of Trustees & Dr. James WilcoxINFO
Lone Finalist Burkeville ISD - John Kent, Former Superintendent,Chester ISD; Search by Region V ESC - Danny Lovett & Marianne KondoINFO
Lone Finalist Early ISD - Wes Beck, Superintendent,Shamrock ISD; Search by Early ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Hemphill ISD - Reese Briggs , Superintendent,Kounze ISD; Search By Region V ESC - Danny Lovett & Marianne Kondo Info INFO
Lone Finalist Frankston ISD - , Asst. Superintendent,Longview ISD; Search By Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Region 8 ESC Executive Director - David Fitts, Superintendent,Lake Worth ISD; Search By Education Solutions & Services, Inc.INFO
Lone Finalist Cleburne ISD - Kyle Heath, Asst. Superintendent,Mansfield ISD ; Search by Bob E. Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Lone Finalist Lubbock-Cooper ISD - Keith Bryant, Superintendent,Bullard ISD; Search By The Lubbock-Cooper ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Garner ISD - Rebecca Hallmark, Asst. Superintendent,Eastland ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Lone Finalist Whitesboro ISD - Ryan Harper; Whitesboro ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Meyersville ISD - Kelly Dunn, Principal ,Lampasas ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Corpus Christi ISD  - Dr. Roland Hernandez, Chief Administrative Officer,Corpus Christi ISD; Search by George McShan, Nolan Estes and Reuben Olivares of BWP & AssociatesINFO
Lone Finalist Grape Creek ISD - Barbie McMath, Asst. Superintendent,Whitesboro ISD; Search By Grape Creek ISD School Board InfoINFO
New Super Central Heights ISD - Bryan Lee Iredell ISD Superintendent, Superintendent,Iredell ISD ; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Cleveland ISD - Dr.Darrell Meyers, Superintendent,Livingston ISD; Region VI ESC - Dr. Brent HawkinsINFO
New Super Colmesneil ISD - Angela Matterson, Director Special Services ,Polk Co.; Dr. Danny Lovett & Marianne Kondo ISD Region V ESC InfoINFO
New Super East Central ISD - Rolando Toscano , Principal ,ECISD; East Central ISD Board and Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Trevino. P.C.INFO
New Super Goldburg ISD - Roger Ellis; Roger Ellis, Search by Region 9 ESC, Darren FrancisINFO
New Super Gorman ISD - Gary Speegle HS Principal Goldthwaite ISD, HS Principal,Goldthwaite ISD; Region XIV ESC Exec. Dir. Ronnie KincaidINFO
New Super Huntington ISD - David Flowers Zavalla ISD Superintendent, Superintendent,Zavalla ISD; Huntington ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Irving ISD - Jose Parra Supt. Lockhart ISD, Supt.,Lockhart ISD; Bob E. Griggs and AssociatesINFO
New Super Kennard ISD - Richard Cooper HS Principal Lovelady ISD, HS Principal ,Lovelady ISD; Region 6 ESC, Thomas Poe, Dr. Brent Hawkins, & Craig Davis InfoINFO
New Super Lefors ISD - Joe Waldron High School Principal, Childress ISD, High School Principal,Childress ISD; Search by Nazareth ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Newton ISD - Michelle Barrow, Asst. Superintendent,Newton ISD; Newton ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Paint Creek ISD - Rick Moeller, HS Principal,Knox City ISD; Region XIV ESC Exec. Dir. Ronnie KincaidINFO
New Super Sinton ISD - Pari Whitten Supt. Harper ISD, Supt,,Harper ISD; Texas School Solutions, Carol Ann MoffettINFO
New Super Tornillo ISD - Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez El Paso ISD Administrator; TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super Vega ISD - Dr. Paul Uttley, HS Principal,Stratford ISD; Vega ISD Board of Trustees & Mike JacksonINFO
New Super Waxahachie ISD - Dr. Jeremy Glenn, Superintendent,Central Heights ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Comfort ISD - Leslie Vann, Lamesa ISD CFO,Lamesa ISD; TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super La Vernia ISD - Dr. Jose Moreno , Asst. Superintendent,San Antonio ISD; TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Normangee ISD - Luke Allison, High School Principal,Groesbeck ISD; Region VI ESC, Dr. Brent HawkinsINFO
New Super Celeste ISD - Brad Connelly, High School Principal,Leonard ISD; Celeste ISD Board of Trustees & Collin ClarkINFO
New Super Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD - Stetson Roane, Asst. Superintendent,Aransas Pass ISD; Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Hermleigh ISD - Ronnie Roemisch, High School Principal,Hermleigh ISD; Search By Hermleigh ISD Board of Trustees & Supt. Gary RotanINFO
New Super Zavalla ISD - Michael Woodard, JH Principal ,Livingston ISD; Search by Zavalla ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Banquete ISD - Max Thompson, Superintendent,Rising Star ISD;  TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Lockhart ISD - Rolando "Rudy" Trevino, School Support Officer,Houston ISD; TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Region 6 ESC Executive Director - Michael Holland, Superintendent,Forney ISD; Search by Region VI ESC - Jerry Hall INFO
New Super Cedar Hill ISD - Orlando Riddick , Asst. Super for Career & College Readiness,Houston ISD; Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. INFO
New Super Pearsall ISD - Dr. Nobert Rodriguez, Superintendent,Carrizo Springs ISD; Search By Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Trevino, P.C.INFO
New Super Georgetown ISD - Dr. Fred Brent, Superintendent ,Alvin ISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. INFO
New Super Spring ISD - Rodney Wilson, Chief District HR Officer,Houston ISD; School Executive Consulting INFO
New Super Bartlett ISD - Brett Springston; Search by Education Solutions & Services, Inc. INFO
New Super Eden CISD - Ken Coker, Secondary Principal,Veribest ISD; Eden ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Goodrich ISD - Dr. Gary Bates, Junior High Principal,Royal ISD; Region VI ESC - Dr. Brent HawkinsINFO
New Super Grandview-Hopkins ISD - John Wilson, Director of Alt. Certification,ESC 16 ; Mayfield GroupINFO
New Super Hidalgo ISD - Edward Blaha , Superintendent,Kingsville ISD; Hidalgo ISD Board of Trustees & Martin Peña InfoINFO
New Super Highland Park ISD - Buddy Freeman, Superintendent,Quanah ISD ; Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees & Mike BrownINFO
New Super Olney ISD - Dr. Greg Roach, High School Principal,Seymour ISD; Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis InfoINFO
New Super Rockdale ISD  - Denise Monzingo Executive Director of Accountability andSpecial Programs in Pflugerville ISD, Executive Director of Accountability and Special Programs,Pflugerville ISD; Bob E. Griggs & Assc.INFO
New Super Stafford MSD - Dr. Robert Bostic, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Programs,Denton ISD; Search By Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Winnsboro ISD  - Susan Morton, High School Principal, ,Winnsboro ISD; Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Skidmore-Tynan ISD - Dr. Randy Hoyer, Superintendent,Kenedy County CSD; Search by Skidmore-Tynan ISD Board of Trustees & Dr. Ruben Corkill INFO
New Super Tolar ISD - Travis Stillwell, HS Principal ,Stephenville ISD; Search by Tolar ISD School Board INFO
New Super New Boston ISD - Dr. Rose Mary Neshyba, Superintendent ,Red Lick ISD; Search By New Boston ISD & Dr. Gary VanDeaverINFO
New Super Tahoka ISD - Dr. George McFarland , Madison Middle School Principal,Abilene ISD; Tahoka ISD School Board and Gary Harrell - Application InfoINFO
New Super Livingston ISD - Dr. Brent Hawkins, Deputy Director of Administrative Services,ESC 6; Search by Region VI ESC InfoINFO
New Super Jim Hogg County ISD - Miguel Perez, Associate Superintendent Archdioscese,Galveston-Houston; Search by TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Roma ISD - Carlos Guzman, Interim Supt.,Roma ISD; Search by McShan Consulting - George McShanINFO
New Super Pettus ISD - Theresa Keel, Superintendent,Cordova School District, Cordova, Alaska; Search by TASB  Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Fairfield ISD - Rick Edwards, Associate Superintendent of Technology,Kennedale ISD; Search by Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees & Interim Supt. Sheila DoveINFO
New Super Wortham ISD - David Allen, Principal & Director of Instructional Technology,Big Sandy ISD; Search by Wortham ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Stephenville ISD - Matt Underwood, Superintendent,Lago Vista ISD; Search by TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
New Super North Lamar ISD - John McCullough, Superintendent,Sulphur Bluff ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Axtell ISD - JR Proctor, HS Principal ,Scurry Rosser ISD; Education Solutions and Services, Inc. Michael T. Smith & Don RogersINFO
New Super Coppell ISD - Michael Waldrip, Deputy Superintendent,Frisco ISD; Search By TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Snook ISD - Brenda Krchnak, Asst. Superintendent of Administrative Services,Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD; Search By Region VI ESC -  InfoINFO
New Super Region 10 ESC Executive Director - Dr. Gordon Taylor, Associate Director,ESC 10 ; Region 10 ESC INFO
New Super Kingsville ISD - Carol Perez, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction,Kingsville ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Douglass ISD - Walter Peddy, Deputy Superintendent of Curricular Instruction,Tenaha ISD; Search By Arrow Educational Services Short Timeline!INFO
New Super Tyler ISD - Dr. Marty Crawford, Superintendent,West ISD; Search by the Tyler ISD Board of TrusteesINFO

SBOE Meeting September 16, 17,18,19

September 1708:41 AM
 

The State Board of Education will meet in Austin Sept. 16-19. The full agenda is available online. Watch a live streaming video of all the meetings.

Thursday Morning - Bastrop High School student stabbing incident

September 1811:11 AM
 

Bastrop ISD in conjunction with our local law enforcement has been investigating a stabbing, which occurred this morning at Bastrop High School. Campus administrators immediately put the school on lockdown and transported students to the J.F.W. Performing Arts Center. The student who was injured has been transported to a local hospital and according to local law enforcement, the suspect in question has been positively identified and apprehended.  Students have been released to go to class.  We will share information as it continues to become available via social media, phone blasts and email. 

Mississippi: High School coach fired after texting student

September 1808:50 AM
 

A Jackson mother claims a Wingfield high school soccer coach had inappropriate contact with her 14-year-old daughter who plays soccer.   She says she became concerned after seeing some of the texts the coach, she calls "Mr. Burgess" sent. The mom, who preferred to remain unidentified to protect her daughter, said the coach, who referred to himself as Mr. B, asked her daughter for her cell phone number.  view article arw

School Leaders Convene in Dallas

September 1808:41 AM
 

(Dallas) – More than 6,000 school trustees, superintendents, and other education leaders will gatherSeptember 26-28 at the TASA/TASB Convention in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The joint gathering of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) will focus on ways to meet the growing challenges facing public school districts. Participants will learn from extensive training opportunities and distinguished speakers, and receive the latest information on education issues, trends, and innovative programs. The annual convention is the largest training event of its kind for Texas school board members and chief administrators.

Attorney Position Available

September 1808:41 AM
 

Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, PC, has a position available in its Plano office to work primarily with Arlington ISD as “in-house” counsel.

Texas limiting new AP history course’s influence

September 1808:39 AM
 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Amid uproar in conservative circles about perceived anti-American bias in the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course and exam, Texas on Wednesday moved to require its high school students to learn only state-mandated curriculum — not be taught to the national test.The Board of Education approved a measure declaring that the history curriculum its members set trumps that covered by the AP history course created for classrooms nationwide. That class concludes with an exam that can earn college credit for students who score high enough. view article arw

Texas education board moves to quell ‘revisionist’ AP history course

September 1808:39 AM
 

As conservative activists call guidelines for a new advanced placement history course anti-American and revisionist, the State Board of Education on Wednesday took steps to limit its influence in the classroom. The board voted 12-3 Wednesday to require AP history teachers to follow state standards as well as those of the College Board, which has revamped its AP U.S. history framework and exam. view article arw

SBOE:  Texas education board weighs in on AP History debate

September 1808:39 AM
 

AUSTIN - Some Texas conservative groups say advanced placement US history courses are full of anti-American bias.  And the State Board of Education is listening.The board took action on the matter Wednesday afternoon.  They voted to require that all Texas AP history classes adhere to state mandated curriculum standards, rather than teaching to the national test.  But that doesn't mean we can expect to see any major changes in the classroom just yet, if ever. view article arw

SBOE:  History books spark new Texas classroom battle

September 1808:39 AM
 

AUSTIN, Texas — The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation's Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases. The Board of Education will approve new history textbooks for the state's 5-plus million public school students in November. But it heard hours of complaints about 104 proposed books during a sometimes heated public hearing. view article arw

SBOE:  Education Board Vote Targets Common Core Concerns

September 1808:39 AM
 

Addressing concerns that Common Core teaching standards were leaking into Texas' classrooms, the State Board of Education voted Wednesday in support of amending its rules to clarify that teachers are required to teach to the state curriculum — even when teaching an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course.  view article arw

Dallas ISD 3-year graduation plan receives state approval

September 1808:38 AM
 

AUSTIN — A program that would allow high school students in the Dallas school district to get a diploma in three years and use the savings to fund full-day prekindergarten classes won enthusiastic approval from the State Board of Education and Commissioner Michael Williams on Wednesday. view article arw

Three Fights over School Funding (Paul Burka, Texas Monthly)

September 1808:38 AM
 

In 2011, faced with a projected budget shortfall of about $27bn for the 2012-13 biennium, the Legislature passed a budget that amounted to about $5bn in cuts to public education--that is, $5bn less than the state would have appropriated, in theory, if not for the projected shortfall. Public schools are popular, more or less, and the political fallout would have been worse if not for the fact that the projected shortfall provided some cover. Education is Texas's single largest area of state spending. If you have to cut make serious cuts to the budget, there's almost no way for schools to escape unscathed, and that was the way most Republicans described the cuts at the time: tough, but necessary, and manageable. view article arw

Beaumont: Ex-BISD employees to be sentenced today for embezzling $4M

September 1808:36 AM
 

The two former Beaumont ISD employees who embezzled more than $4 million from the school district will be sentenced this morning in federal court. Former chief financial officer Devin McCraney, 35, andSharika Allison, 43, the district's former comptroller, pleaded guilty in April to federal conspiracy and embezzlement charges in exchange for lesser sentences. view article arw

HISD struggles with North Forest financial issues

September 1808:36 AM
 

Fourteen months after the Texas Education Agency ordered Houston ISD to take over the long-troubled North Forest school district, some unexpected disputes over funding have surfaced.The Houston school board has authorized its attorneys to challenge a Texas Workforce Commission ruling that the district owes more than $3.7 million in unemployment benefits to former employees of the North Forest Independent School District. view article arw

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Oil, gas drilling creates money for Texas schools

September 1808:35 AM
 

Local Texas school districts do not realize  an increase in funds from an increase in the Permanent School School Fund (PSF), since the Foundation Fund is reduced by the increase in PSF.  The state has more money and the option to increase funds to schools or use the funds for whatever they desire.  - js  - SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas oil and gas boom fueled by hydraulic fracturing and new horizontal drilling techniques has generated a record $1.26 billion this year to support K-12 public education.  The San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/1r2AJT0 ) that the Texas General Land Office released the fiscal 2014 figures on Wednesday. Office spokesman Jim Suydam said the boon is due to a rapid increase in drilling on state lands, including acreage on the Barnett Shale and the Eagle Ford Shale. view article arw

Houston: HISD should not be on the hook for North Forest’s liabilities

September 1808:33 AM
 

Fourteen months after the Texas Education Agency ordered Houston ISD to take over the long-troubled North Forest school district, some unexpected disputes over funding have surfaced. The Houston school board has authorized its attorneys to challenge a Texas Workforce Commission ruling that the district owes more than $3.7 million in unemployment benefits to former employees of the North Forest Independent School District. view article arw

Texas Teachers Want More STAAR Cuts

September 1808:33 AM
 

You might have heard about the Florida teacher that refused to give standardized tests to her kindergarten class. Her Facebook post went viral last week, and led to the announcement by Florida that kindergarten kids won’t have to take those tests anymore. But here in Texas, the STAAR tests are still an issue even though the number of tests were reduced from 15 to 5 last year. Kyle Massey is an educator in Waco that made waves by refusing to let his son take the STARR tests a few months ago. view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD set to begin projects from 2014 bond

September 1808:32 AM
 

Cy-Fair ISD administrators are in the midst of developing a long-range plan to prioritize projects contained in the district’s $1.2 billion bond package approved by voters in May. “When you have $1.2 billion, you can’t build everything in one year because it’s physically and fiscally irresponsible,” Superintendent Mark Henry said. “It needs to be scheduled out.” view article arw

Gary Rubinstein: A Miracle in Tennessee–NOT

September 1808:32 AM
 

Tennessee Achievement School Districts was a model for legislation introduced in the last Texas legislation session.  You will likely see it again!- js -   Gary Rubinstein, myth buster, takes a hard look at Tennessee’s Achievement School District and finds less than it claims. Gary has a brilliant way of pulling data apart and finding manipulation and tricks. He does it here, slowly and methodically. Tennessee’s State Commissioner Kevin Huffman (ex-TFA, Michelle Rhee’s first spouse) brought Chris Barbic to Tennessee to create a statewide districts made up of the state’s lowest performing schools. Barbic, founder of the YES Prep charter chain in Houston, pledged that the schools in the Achievement School District would move from the bottom 5% to the top 25% in the state in five years.  view article arw

Dallas ISD clears some employees of wrongdoing in sports recruiting scandal

September 1808:31 AM
 

Dallas ISD has reached settlements with six former coaches and an athletics administrator that clear their names in a sports recruiting scandal. Superintendent Mike Miles fired 15 athletics employees in June after an investigation found student residency documents were falsified to enable athletes to play on high school teams. In recent weeks, Dallas ISD changed course, allowing seven of them to resign and expunging records related to the investigation from their personnel files. view article arw

L.A. schools police will return grenade launchers but keep rifles, armored vehicle

September 1808:31 AM
 

Los Angeles Unified school police officials said Tuesday that the department will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt the practice for schools.The Los Angeles School Police Department, which serves the nation's second-largest school system, will return three grenade launchers but intends to keep 61 rifles and a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle it received through the program. view article arw

Perry Urges Mexican President to Visit Texas Border

September 1808:31 AM
 

Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday invited Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to witness for himself the operations of the National Guard patrolling the Texas side of the Rio Grande.The invitation was a response to the Mexican president telling media outlets that Perry’s decision to deploy the guard was “reprehensible.” view article arw

Abbott, Davis to Meet for High-Stakes Debate

September 1808:31 AM
 

EDINBURG — They’ve sniped at each other from afar, blasted the airwaves with TV ads, held rallies, made phone calls and raised money.Now, for the first time, the candidates for Texas governor will face each other in person in a live, televised debate. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the front-runner, has the most to lose in the high-stakes Friday night encounter. view article arw

A New Gig for Todd Staples

September 1808:31 AM
 

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Stapleslost out on his bid to be lieutenant governor, but he might be in line for another job before his term ends in January. The Tribune's Jim Malewitz is reportingthat Staples is set to be named the next head of the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA), the state’s largest and oldest petroleum group. Malewitz cites a source close to Staples saying an announcement is expected today. view article arw

Spring Hill board outlines criteria for new superintendent

September 1808:29 AM
 

The Spring Hill ISD Board of Trustees approved a list of qualifications and characteristics for its new superintendent earlier this month that state the district is seeking a visionary leader and strong communicator. The approved list of characteristics and qualifications that include “motivational leader” and “enthusiastic team builder” will now be posted on the Texas Association of School Board’s search firm website to be addressed by each applicant. view article arw

District, School Leaders Invited to Upcoming Leadership Seminar Hosted by John Wink, Region 7

September 1808:27 AM
 

KILGORE —John Wink, current curriculum director at Tatum ISD and former principal at Gilmer Elementary, Hallsville High and Hallsville Middle schools, is bringing his five steps to school improvement to school leaders in the Region 7 area through a cohort seminar series titled “Growing Lead Learners and Leadership Teams.” Read more:The Gilmer Mirror - District School Leaders Invited to Upcoming Leadership Seminar Hosted by John Wink Region 7 view article arw

Police investigate stabbing at Bastrop High School

September 1808:25 AM
 

Authorities are investigating a stabbing at Bastrop High School, according to a spokesperson for Bastrop ISD. The spokesperson said very little details are known at this time. A student was stabbed, but the extent of his or her injuries is unknown. It's unknown if the person responsible for the stabbing is in custody or still on campus. view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD overcomes financial challenges to keep up

September 1808:25 AM
 

The student growth Cy-Fair ISD has experienced over the past two decades has resulted in the need for numerous new schools, teachers and supplies, but it has also classified CFISD as a “fast-growth” district by the Austin-based Fast Growth School Coalition. Established in 1996 in response to the Edgewood IV school finance lawsuit, the 85 districts eligible to join the coalition make up 80 percent of school enrollment growth in Texas, Executive Director Michelle Smith said. view article arw

District begins work on 2 multischool sites - Community Impact Newspaper

September 1808:25 AM
 

Preparations are underway for two multischool sites in the western portion of Cy-Fair ISD, an area poised to see thousands of new rooftops and residents in the next decade. Demographic firm Population Survey Analysts projected 21,000 new housing units will be constructed in the far western portion of the district by 2022, prompting the district to focus on meeting future student demand in the area near the recently opened Grand Parkway. view article arw

Immigrants Drive the Texas Economy:

September 1808:25 AM
 

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Immigrants in Texas are a critical component of the state's economic vitality, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP). The report shows that Texas is home to one of the largest highly-skilled workforces in the country, and immigrant-owned small businesses contribute billions of dollars each year to the Texas economy. view article arw

FLOWERS: School finance system unconstitutional

September 1808:20 AM
 

Almost two years after the filing of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas school finance system, District Court Judge John Dietz issued his decision on Agu. 28. He found the school finance system to be unconstitutional on the grounds that it is inadequate, inefficient and inequitable. With this ruling, he wasn’t telling local school superintendents (especially in Angelina County) something they didn’t already know. view article arw

Decatur School Board reviews needs, ponders bond

September 1808:20 AM
 

Voters in the Decatur school district might be asked to approve a bond issue next spring.Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend gave a presentation to the board at Monday’s meeting outlining the district’s most pressing needs.Under transportation, Townsend listed the need for about 25 buses at an estimated cost of $2.5 million – about $250,000 a year moving forward.After several years in a row of budget tightening, with revenues and expenditures running about even, the money just isn’t there, board president Kevin Haney explained. view article arw

Midlothian school board vows to keep religious plaques

September 1808:16 AM
 

At a packed school board meeting Monday night, the Midlothian ISD school board vowed to keep two religious plaques uncovered for the foreseeable future. "We don't plan to take any further action to cover them up again," said president Todd Hemphill. "Just rest assured, we are doing what we can as a school district, a public school district." view article arw

Opinion: MISD implements strategies to improve classroom efficiency

September 1808:15 AM
 

Although the oil boom is improving the overall economy, it is leaving major deficits in many areas. One of the most important areas being affected is education. Even though many strides have been made in pay raises, stipends and bonuses to all school personnel, it seems to still not be enough.   view article arw