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Joe’s Commentary: With 10 days left in Session, Priority Bills are Still Not Passed, So, What’s New in Austin?
What did I discover today on my daily 3 hour trip around Texas via publications, newsletters and any other reliable sources of school news? I learned there is little information available about the progress of the HB2 and HB3 conference committees currently working. However, I did pick up that one of the sticking points may be disagreements over the rollback rate for school districts. That makes a lot of sense with the complications that tax compression scenarios would introduce. read more
Congratulations to the following New Supers
Brian Bobbitt, current Superintendent of Malta ISD, has been named New Super of New Boston.
Dr. Bryan Taulton, current High School Principal of Hardin ISD, has been named New Super of Goodrich ISD.
Chad Gee, current Superintendent of Yorktown ISD, has been named New Super of Kennedale ISD.
Elida Bera, current Deputy Superintendent of Judson ISD, has been named New Super of Kingsville ISD.
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State reports show that the Mercedes school district had since 2015 been warned of a financial shift that has now led to as many as 25 teachers losing their jobs. The Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, a state program that holds school districts accountable for their money management and financial practices, showed a financial decline in the district starting in the 2014-15 academic year. This came after seven years of Mercedes ISD earning a “superior” ranking in the FIRST measurements. view article
Academy ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.
Waco ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.
Joaquin ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Ryan Fuller, High School Principal of West Sabine ISD, as Lone Finalist for Joaquin ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress.
Bartlett ISD is searching for an outstanding, qualified administrator to lead the school district. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.
Hill County's Hubbard ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Tim Norman, Superintendent of Chireno ISD, as Lone Finalist for Hubbard ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress.
Cedar Hill ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.
Newcastle ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Evan Cardwell, High School Principal of Paint Creek ISD, as Lone Finalist for Newcastle ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress.
AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – With the clock ticking down to the end of the legislative session on Memorial Day, Texas lawmakers still have to hash out bills on two of their biggest priorities: property tax reform and school finance reform. House and Senate negotiators are meeting in an effort to compromise on their differences. view article
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has done his best to knock down rumors he might take a job with the Trump administration. That hasn't stopped talk about what might happen if he leaves his current job. view article
As lawmakers in Austin work to pass a sweeping school safety bill, many Santa Fe survivors and their loved ones say they’re focused less on what’s happening at the Capitol and more on what can be done to rebuild and uplift their community. view article
Two longtime West Oso ISD School Board members are still serving on the board, even though they no longer live in the district’s boundaries. A state agency requires board members to be residents of the district they serve, which is raising questions about why Juan Canales and Lucas Jasso are still serving. In a meeting earlier this week, the West Oso School Board voted to allow the members in question to remain on the board. It was not a unanimous vote, and now there is backlash from at least one board member who was against the decision. “I hear from the community. I hear from teachers and students. I get calls every day, and I’m just wondering why hasn’t something been done about it,” West Oso School Board member Liz Gutierrez said. view article
Texas is in the middle of the biggest measles outbreak in years. Across the nation, the 2019 outbreak is the largest (more than 681 reported cases, including at least 10 in Texas) in the United States since the year 2000, when the disease was declared eliminated. Other infectious diseases that were considered rare, such as whooping cough, are also on the rise.
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If you’re not from Buffalo, Texas, you probably won’t end up there. - Starting teacher pay in Buffalo is thousands below the state average, and it's hard to attract people from outside the small town. The district's superintendent hopes school finance reform will help. That’s how Greg Kennedy sees it from his vantage point as junior high principal in a building that used to be his high school and was his uncle’s high school before that. Once bustling with eager oil field workers, the sparsely populated town set halfway between Houston and Dallas counts Buffalo Independent School District as one of its main employers. view article
Our fears that the state Legislature will fail on its most important job this session are growing stronger with each passing day. School finance reform is critical to the continued growth and health of the state of Texas. view article
Recent changes made by the Senate to the House version of school finance reform could upend all progress made so far in resolving the issue of funding public schools, several area school districts claim. In a joint letter addressed to members of the state Legislature, leaders from more than 50 Texas school districts spoke about the detriment of switching from prior year appraisal values to current year appraisal values. That figure determines the state’s share of public education funding for school districts. “Current-year values would also eliminate the one-year safeguard that both fast-growing and declining enrollment districts desperately need to accommodate erratic enrollment fluctuations,” the letter stated. view article
The Round Rock ISD board of trustees voted May 16 to increase teacher, campus and district staff salaries by 3.5% across the board for the upcoming school year. The compensation increases will cost RRISD $14.2 million in 2019-2020, according to a district news release. “We pledge to continue investing in our staff as they remain dedicated to serving our community and impacting the lives of thousands of students each day,” Board President Chad Chadwell said in the release. view article
It took Kirbyville CISD board members only five minutes to approve superintendent Tommy Wallis' retirement. Shortly after, Wallis bolted out of the meeting, followed by other board members. The school board also approved a retirement agreement, but did not disclose details. No word on Wallis' last day as superintendent. view article
As state Legislature works to reform school finance, Cy-Fair ISD could adopt another deficit budget in 2019-20
Based on preliminary estimates, Cy-Fair ISD officials plan to adopt a $990 million budget next month for the 2019-20 fiscal year, including a $4 million budget deficit. However, the ultimate budget will depend on changes to the state’s school finance system being discussed by lawmakers as a part of the 86th Legislative Session, which is slated to conclude May 27. The deficit will likely be less than the initial estimate, said Karen Smith, assistant superintendent of business and financial services, at a May 16 board work session. “This year we’re hoping the deficit will be considerably less than we thought it would be,” she said. view article
After three people were arrested, two of them former educators. Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz is directing his anger and frustration at the people charged with protecting students in Santa Rosa ISD. Saenz is pushing for change in Valley school districts when it comes to reporting inappropriate student/teacher relationships. The DA tells us the previous Santa Rosa district administration failed to report the educator misconduct to police in 2018. But when those allegations resurfaced this year, the interim superintendent did. view article
HB 4181, reported out of the House on May 3 and now pending in the Senate Business & Commerce Committee, at first looks as unremarkable as its caption: "Relating to the organization and efficient operation of the legislative branch of state government." Much of the bill is occupied with what appear to be housekeeping matters: who presides over the House or Senate in unusual circumstances, the appointment of temporary officers, specific committee responsibilities, etc. But buried among the bill's provisions are sufficiently alarming changes to the handling of legislative records to evoke stiff opposition from the Texas Library Association, under the header, "An Assault on the Public's Right to Know." view article
Tommy Hunter, superintendent at Brownsboro ISD, was named lone finalist for the corresponding position in Sanger ISD during a board meeting on May 8. Hunter was selected from more than 90 applicants over several rounds of interviews. He is expected to be formally hired at a regular school board meeting on May 30. view article
An independent coach with Lone Star Governance recommends a state conservator be placed over South San ISD. Laurie Elliott, a Lone Star Governance coach and monitor for the Texas Education Agency presented her five-month report to the board Wednesday. Her report indicates the district is failing its goals to improve student outcome. view article
Superintendent Dr. Thomas Wallis recognizes the job search committee members before announcing the hiring of principals at both the elementary and junior high schools during a special meeting of the board Thursday. Both positions were vacant in the wake of the incident involving the suicide of high school principal Dennis Reeves and subsequent community reaction. view article
In four reports filed with the Texas Education Agency this spring, a monitor appointed to South San Antonio Independent School District recommended repeatedly that a conservator be appointed, citing violation of board policies, state law and governance standards. Laurie Elliott, a TEA monitor and governance coach, delivered blistering summaries of her reports to the board of trustees Wednesday night, detailing the alleged violations and calling for state oversight of the district, which is currently under investigation by the agency. view article
The Kirbyville CISD School Board is set to consider allowing Dr Tommy Wallis, their current superintendent and former controversial Bryan ISD Superintendent, to retire. The item is on the agenda for a special school board meeting on Thursday evening, May 16, 2019. view article
Bowie ISD has a new superintendent after the board of trustees named a familiar face to the position Wednesday night. Blake Enlow has been the principal at Bowie High School since 2016 and has been employed with the district since 2011. Enlow was chosen as the lone finalist back in April and hired by the school board Wednesday night. view article
Legislators Pass Bill Abolishing Dallas County Schools Dissolution Committee, Closing Chapter on 172-Year-Old Agency
Texas legislators passed SB2018 this week, the final chapter in shutting down Dallas County Schools. The bill, authored by Texas Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas), effectively abolishes the dissolution committee put in place after Dallas County voters chose to shut down the agency in November 2017. The dissolution committee oversaw the disposition of the agency's assets and liabilities, including distributing buses to area school districts, and set up a new debt payment plan that was recently approved by the courts. view article
As Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen winds down his first session as head of the lower chamber, he’s confident he’ll get his priorities passed. But he didn’t shy away from predicting the Senate will accept the House’s stance on teacher pay. “I don’t agree with doing a $5000 across-the-board raise,” Bonnen said. “If we just give every teacher $5000, we don’t have the ability to incentivize a teacher who might be willing to go to a more difficult campus.” For months, teachers and librarians have set their sights on a $5000 pay bump promised by the Senate. But the House’s pay raise is about $1850 per educator and would include all school staff. view article
The Stafford Municipal School District celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of its new administration building on May 7.Stafford MSD superintendent Robert Bostic and school board president Christopher Caldwell welcomed guests to the program at the Stafford Civic Center. view article
Hidalgo county health professionals and Mission school district officials confirmed a mumps case at Bryan Elementary School, contributing to an ongoing outbreak increasing up to 46 cases in Hidalgo County. This is a part of the “second wave” of cases and he anticipates another influx or a “third wave,” Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Director Eduardo “Eddie” Olivarez said. Mission school district released a letter to parents of the school to take caution and be aware of the virus on Wednesday. The district also took measures to call parents and stakeholders on Tuesday evening to warn and them about mumps. view article
Even as the Senate stonewalls a handful of bills aimed at lessening criminal penalties for possession of marijuana, an upper chamber committee advanced legislation Friday that aims to vastly expand who has access to medical cannabis in the state. As filed, state Rep. Stephanie Klick’s House Bill 3703 would add multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and spasticity to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify for cannabis oil. The progress on her bill comes four years after Klick authored legislation that narrowly opened up the state to the sale of the medicine. view article
Alvin ISD is now allowing boys to wear makeup to school. The district released its dress code for the upcoming school year, which now allows boys to wear makeup. view article