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Today, Tuesday, March 3- Public Education - Hearing Notice - (2:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess) The House Committee on Public Education will meet to consider pending business. The committee may consider any of the following bills previously left pending. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Penny White, Superintendent, Yantis ISD, has been named New Super of Medina ISD .

Billy Collins, Superintendent, Schleicher County ISD , has been named New Super of Borden County ISD.

 

75 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Rice ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Yantis ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Ferris ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
Vacant Chireno ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Blooming Grove ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Brazosport ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLCINFO
Vacant Hempstead ISD; Search by: Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. Info INFO
Vacant San Antonio ISD; Search By McShan Consulting Firm, George McShan & Dr. Ruben Olivarez Request for Applicants/Vacancy Announcement (PDF)INFO
Vacant Cameron ISD; Search by Cameron ISD Board of Trustees, Assisted by Retiring Superintendent, Collin ClarkINFO
Vacant Castleberry ISD; Search by Castleberry ISD Board of Education BrochureINFO
Vacant Chillicothe ISD; Search by Chillicothe ISD Board of Trustees - No longer accepting applicationsINFO
Vacant Rising Star ISD; Search By Ronnie Kincaid, ESC XIV Info (Search Suspended)INFO
Vacant Lake Worth ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Austin ISD; Ray & Associates, Inc. INFO
Vacant Maypearl ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Prairie Valley ISD; Search by: Darren Francis, Deputy Executive Director-Region 9 ESCINFO
Vacant Kermit ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Garrison ISD; Search by Interim Superintendent, Arnie Kelley and Garrison ISD Board. InfoINFO
Vacant Brenham ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Sharyland ISD; Search by Waterford School Services InfoINFO
Vacant Mathis ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant West Orange-Cove CISD; Search by WOCCISD InfoINFO
Vacant Mineola ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Littlefield ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Whiteface CISD; Search by Ronnie Kincaid, ESC 14 Executive DirectorINFO
Vacant Beaumont ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Spring Branch ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton LLP (David Thompson, Mike Moses)INFO
Vacant Mesquite ISD; Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston Educational ConsultantsINFO
Vacant Region 16 ESC; Search by ESC 16 Board of Directors InfoINFO
Vacant Hillsboro ISD; Search by Horn Smith Wood & PrestonINFO
Vacant Canyon ISD; Search by Bob Griggs and Associates INFO
Vacant Midlothian ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & Associates INFO
Vacant El Campo ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Levelland ISD; Search by Levelland ISD School Board InfoINFO
Vacant Plains ISD; Search conducted by Leasor Crass, PC InfoINFO
Vacant Moulton ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Arp ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Dawson ISD; Search by: Interim Superintendent Johnny Tubb & Dawson ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Brookesmith ISD; Brookesmith ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Alpine ISD; Search by the Alpine ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Santa Anna ISD; Santa Anna ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) Executive Director; This search is conducted by the TASPA Executive BoardINFO
Vacant Hawley ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultant InfoINFO
Vacant Taft ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Lewisville ISD; Search by Ray and AssociatesINFO
Vacant Pringle-Morse CISD; Search by the Pringle-Morse CISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD; Search by O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath AnnouncementINFO
Vacant Union Hill ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Midway ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Vacant Abernathy ISD; Search by Abernathy ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Lexington ISD - Dr. Brad Schnautz, Principal West High School,Magnolia ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
Lone Finalist Red Lick ISD - Nick Blain, Interim Superintendent,Red Lick ISD; Red Lick ISD Board of Trustees  Info BrochureINFO
Lone Finalist Clarendon ISD - Mike Norrell, Superintendent,Adrian ISD; Search by Clarendon ISD Board More InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Borden County ISD - Billy Collins, Superintendent,Schleicher County ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Medina ISD - Penny White, Superintendent,Yantis ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Lone Finalist Moran ISD  - Danny Freeman, Principal of South Elementary,Breckenridge ISD; Search by Moran ISD School Board InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Jacksonville ISD - Chad Kelly, Superintendent,Taft ISD; Search by  TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Lone Finalist Walnut Bend ISD - Kelly Carrell, Principal,Miami ISD; Search by Walnut Bend ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Natalia ISD - Michael Steck, Superintendent,Marlin ISD; Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. Info INFO
Lone Finalist Judson ISD - Dr. Carl Montoya, Superintendent,Brownsville ISD; Search by McShan Consulting Firm InfoINFO
New Super Calhoun County ISD - James Crowley, Superintendent,Linden-Kildare ISD; Search by  Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
New Super Huntsville ISD - Dr. Howell Wright, Deputy Superintendent,San Marcos ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Bronte ISD - Tim Siler, High School Principal ,Hamlin ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants Brochure InfoINFO
New Super West ISD - David Truitt, Deputy Superintendent,Waxahachie ISD; TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Ballinger ISD - Jeffrey Butts, High School Principal,Argyle ISD; Search by Ballinger ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Dumas ISD - Monty Hysinger, Superintendent,Clarendon ISD; Search By Dumas ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Frankston ISD - , Asst. Superintendent,Longview ISD; Search By Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Grape Creek ISD - Barbie McMath, Asst. Superintendent,Whitesboro ISD; Search By Grape Creek ISD School Board InfoINFO
New Super Balmorhea ISD - Miguel Espino, Interim Superintendent,Balmorhea ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super Freer ISD  - Steve VanMatre, Interim Superintendent,Freer ISD; Search by Freer ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Alvin ISD - James "Buck" Gilcrease, Superintendent,Hillsboro ISD; School Executive ConsultingINFO
New Super Lago Vista ISD - Darren Webb, Superintendent,Garrison ISD; TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Gruver ISD
  - Troy Seagler, High School Principal,Gruver ISD; Search by Gruver ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Little Elm ISD - Lowell Strike, Asst. Superintendent,Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO

House Committee on Public Education Meets

March 0308:00 AM
 

  • Tuesday, March 3- Public Education -(2:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess) The House Committee on Public Education will meet to consider pending business.- The Educator Quality Subcommittee will also meet after the full committee. -  Hearing Notice 
  • Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick 7:30 AMhold a 10:30 a.m. press conference on education at the Capitol.

Fort Worth superintendent finalist withdraws from consideration

March 0208:29 AM
 

FORT WORTH Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Joel D. Boyd has withdrawn as finalist for the job of Fort Worth school district superintendent. In an email to trustees at 7 p.m. Saturday that was provided to the Star-Telegram, Boyd wrote: “ ... the Santa Fe community has helped me to realize that the timing is not right and that we need to continue forward and not lose momentum for the sake of our children. “While it was a difficult decision, I respectfully withdraw my candidacy for the position of Superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District.” view article arw

School Board Candidate Webinar Offers Information and Insight

February 1708:45 AM
 

Area school board candidates and interested citizens can learn more about the demands and rewards of school board service by participating in a free webinar offered by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). This online workshop will take place February 23, March 26, and July 28 from noon to 1 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (all CST).

Bond or TRE coming up?  We’d love to know!

February 1308:45 AM
 

TexasISD.com tracks bond and TRE elections to gather data to be analysed and used in various research projects.  If your district is holding an election, please let us know view article arw

Free Webinar Opportunity: “How to NOT Get Fired Over Facebook (Or Create a Liability for Your District)”

January 2308:40 AM
 

  • 65% of online adults have a Facebook page.  And every year, teachers and administrators are getting fired because of photos or comments they put on their personal page. They are also losing their identities because of the personal information that is on their page (even simple things like your birthday and hometown).  Your staff need to know the potential pitfalls of using social media and how to navigate safely.  Senate Bill 407 requires schools to educate staff and students on the tough topics of Sexting and Cyberbullying.  - 29% of students claim to have been or currently are involved in Sexting.  - Almost 50% of students have experienced Cyberbullying webmaster@texasisd.com 
  • Register now, its FREE!

Texas Lone Star Magazine

March 0308:45 AM
 

With the 84th Texas legislative session under way, lawmakers are turning their attention to several education issues, including funding student enrollment growth, increasing support for student transportation, and requiring training to support school counselors. Read about this and more in this issue.  The following will take you to the February/March 2015 Texas Lone Star Magazine.

Republican senator rains on state lawmakers’ tax-cut parade

March 0308:40 AM
 

READ!  AUSTIN -As state lawmakers clamber aboard the tax-cut bandwagon, one Republican is raining on the parade that has been so enthusiastically arranged by his party's leaders.  Sen. Kevin Eltife points out repeatedly, publicly and with rhetorical flair that the state has a list of long-neglected problems whose solutions would mean more to Texans than even a couple of hundred more dollars in their pockets from tax relief. view article arw

Analysis: A Desire for Tax Cuts and a Call for Restraint

March 0308:39 AM
 

Cutting taxes is a lot more satisfying than catching up on deferred maintenance and pension liabilities, which is why the state Senate is working on property tax reductions this week. So what’s with Kevin Eltife? view article arw

TEA: Three SA charter schools ‘acc­redited warned’

March 0308:39 AM
 

Three local charter schools have been labeled “accredited warned” after the Texas Education Agency reported the schools failed to meet the state’s accountability standards.DeEtta Culbertson, a TEA spokeswoman, said the schools are the George Gervin Academy, which received its charter in 1995; the Radiance Academy of Learning, which received its charter in in 1998; and the Shekinah Radiance Academy, which received its charter in in 1999. view article arw

Abilene ISD responds to search warrants executed for former superintendent, legal superintendent

March 0308:38 AM
 

ABILENE, Texas -Ex-Abilene Independent School District Superintendent Heath Burns and Mark Neal, AISD's associate superintendent of legal and human resources, had to give up their cell phones to police on Wednesday, February 25. view article arw

Rudolph Bush: Next DISD board election could reshape our schools

March 0308:37 AM
 

Come May, Dallas voters have a real opportunity to reshape the Dallas ISD board for the better, and we need to seize it. The board should improve no matter what happens, however. That's because District 1 Trustee Elizabeth Jones won't be running again. view article arw

Indiana: Half of Voucher Students Never Attended Public School

March 0308:37 AM
 

Learn from other states - js- Forget all that rhetoric about “choice” to “save poor kids from failing public schools.” It is a rightwing ruse to siphon public money for private and religious schools. Proof: in Indiana, voucher enrollments expanded by 50% this year. Fully half the voucher students never attended any public school. These are not children who were “trapped in a failing school.” They are children whose parents want the state to pay their tuition at a nonpublic school. view article arw

Bulletin Board

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Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C.

Legal Issues for Cheerleader and Drill Team Sponsors

February - March 2014

This information packed session will provide practical advice for handling situations often encountered by administrators and cheerleader and drill team sponsors.

Focus

  • NEW UIL Requirements & Competition
  • Rights Associated with Extracurricular Activities
  • District and Staff Immunity
  • Administration of Medication
  • Transportation and Other Travel Issues
  • Discipline and Removal from Team
  • Access to Education Records, Score Cards
  • Title IX - Gender Discrimination Issues
  • Relevant Federal and State Court Cases
  • Extracurricular Codes of Conduct
  • Cheerleader Constitutions
  • Social Media
  • Grievances

Who Should Attend

Administrators, cheerleader and drill team sponsors

Registration Fee

$175 per person
materials are included with your registration

For session locations and to register online, visit click here

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What’s the future of Louisiana rating public schools with letter grades? Many think it’s senseless

March 0308:35 AM
 

Learn from other states - js- The future of letter grades for public schools is unclear less than five years after the Louisiana Legislature ordered them to begin. The annual marks, which have sparked bitter arguments, were already partly on hold for the past two years, and Louisiana’s top school board will be asked next week to extend that another year. Two of four contenders for governor — Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican Scott Angelle — said last week that the grade law was a mistake or should be shelved for an overhaul. Even the leader of the third-rated school district in the state, which carries an A rating, questioned whether the grades make sense, especially amid repeated revisions in how they are calculated. “When is it going to be stabilized so you know where you stand?” asked Michael Faulk, superintendent of the Central School District. view article arw

What to Watch: Pre-K, tax cuts, road funding, tuition repeal

March 0308:33 AM
 

Gov. Greg Abbott made expanding pre-kindergarten programs an “emergency item,” fast-tracking bills on the topic through the Legislature. Lawmakers have wasted little time filing major bills to expand early education, but there’s disagreement on how best to do so. view article arw

Superintendent confirms Gilmer student has meningitis; no public health risk

March 0308:33 AM
 

A Gilmer ISD student has contracted meningitis, but there is no public health risk from the case, Superintendent Rick Albritton said Monday. Albritton confirmed that a student enrolled at Gilmer Intermediate School contracted a type of meningitis, a relatively uncommon illness that affects the spinal cord and brain. The student has been hospitalized. Because the student does not have the bacterial strain of meningitis, Albritton said, the school district is not required to take any additional safety precautions. view article arw

School lunches part of nutrition conference discussion

March 0308:32 AM
 

Parents, what your child eats at school will be part of a discussion Tuesday in Washington. Nutritionists from around the country are meeting for their annual conference on school nutrition. They are calling for a change in the controversial new standards. view article arw

Fabens ISD feels impact as migrant families flee Guadalupe violence

March 0308:32 AM
 

EL PASO, Texas -- As more families seek asylum in the Borderland, the Fabens Independent School District said they are seeing a rise in more students within the district seeking asylum. According to immigration attorneys in El Paso, migrant families from Guadalupe are seeking asylum in the Fabens are as they flee the drug cartel violence in the Valley of Juarez. Poncho Garcia, superintendent of Fabens ISD, said that the district began seeing more migrant students declaring asylum in the last couple months of 2014. "They come in, maybe four or five, as a family they are claiming asylum," Garcia said. view article arw

Tennessee lawmakers should not approve school vouchers

March 0308:32 AM
 

Learn from other states - js- Yet again, Tennessee lawmakers are pushing school vouchers, a failed idea that's proven to take money out of already cash-strapped public schools and unproven to boost student achievement.  After several years of infighting within the Republican Party over competing plans, the Senate Education Committee recently voted to approve the most extreme version yet. view article arw

Senator proposes legislation to make cameras mandatory in all special education classrooms – w/video

March 0308:32 AM
 

Austin, TX - Senator Eddie Lucio has recently proposed new legislation in an effort to have cameras installed in all classrooms utilized by special education students throughout the state. The legislation stipulates that the visual and audio data garnered from the recordings will be strictly confidential and will be deleted after one year. Additionally, Senate Bill 507 requires that all schools inform parents of the cameras and lawmakers state that they will not be placed in any classrooms where a parent has provided written notification objecting to the use of them. Many who are in support of the bill believe that the cameras will provide documented proof of incidents that could transpire in classrooms, benefiting both teachers and students alike. view article arw

Education “reformers’” new big lie: Charter schools become even more disastrous

March 0308:31 AM
 

Rather than directly address what ails struggling public schools, policy leaders increasingly claim that giving parents more choice about where they send their children to school – and letting that parent choice determine the funding of schools – will create a market mechanism that leaves the most competent schools remaining “in business” while incompetent schools eventually close.  Coupled with more “choice” are demands to increase the numbers of unregulated charter schools, especially those operated by private management firms that now have come to dominate roughly half the charter sector. view article arw

EDITORIAL: Last BISD finalists should not be least

March 0308:29 AM
 

Even though the outfit looking for a new Beaumont school superintendent has never before revealed true finalists in a search and even though we haven't heard anything from the board except defense of such secrecy, we're going to take board president Jimmy Simmons at his word that the managers have not decided whether they will be open and transparent about the last stage of the process. view article arw

Amarillo: AISD to stress internal candidates for top post

March 0308:29 AM
 

Amarillo Independent School District’s board of trustees will initially seek internal candidates to succeed outgoing Superintendent Rod Schroder. “If you look at objective standards, including efficiency and student performance, we outperform all of our peers, so we don’t want to change our culture or views that led to that success,” Board President John Ben Blanchard said. view article arw

Florence:  FISD tables decision on naming interim chief

March 0308:29 AM
 

FLORENCE — Board members convened in three executive sessions at a called meeting Monday night, but did not appoint an interim superintendent. The Florence Independent School District board unanimously accepted current Superintendent Sam Atwood’s resignation at a called meeting Feb. 9 after a 2½-hour executive session, according to the approved minutes. His last day is March 20. view article arw

Highland Park ISD superintendent to leave for SMU

March 0308:29 AM
 

Highland Park ISD Superintendent Dawson Orr — who has led the district through enrollment growth and state funding troubles — announced Monday that he is leaving to work at Southern Methodist University.  Orr, 61, will serve as a professor and department chairman of educational policy and leadership at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. view article arw

Dallas ISD Trustee Joyce Foreman Got in a Weird and Heated Facebook Fight, then Deleted It

March 0308:28 AM
 

Even among the staunchest critics of Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles, trustee Joyce Foreman stands out in her relentless pursuit of his head. And lately, her anti-Miles advocacy has targeted the basic needs of schools and schoolchildren: She's voted against things as mundane and necessary approving monthly financial statements and buying new lawnmower blades. She's voted against accepting grant funds and an early childhood home visitation program done in cooperation with the United Way. view article arw

Texas GOP looks to cut influence of heavily Democratic Travis County’s judges

March 0308:28 AM
 

AUSTIN — Texas Republicans are moving to stamp out Democratic challenges to their policies, particularly in the legal realm. Some GOP leaders want to strip heavily Democratic Travis County of an anti-corruption unit that has pursued high-profile Republicans such as Tom DeLay and Kay Bailey Hutchison. Gov. Greg Abbott and freshman Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas seek to rein in big-city local governments that they say are imposing “nanny state” rules. And two GOP lawmakers have introduced measures that would deny Travis County judges their usual first crack at deciding multibillion-dollar lawsuits over school finance and politically fraught battles over redistricting. view article arw

What teachers can learn from a Texas teacher who gave her student a kidney

March 0308:28 AM
 

Six-year-old Matthew Parker needed a new kidney. His elementary school teacher, Lindsey Painter, gave him one. According to KSAT-12, a local ABC affiliate in New Braunfels, Texas, doctors tested more than 70 people to see if their kidney was a good match for the boy's body. Painter's kidney was the only one that fit the first grader's needs. view article arw

Harlingen:  School trustees given hall pass

March 0308:28 AM
 

HARLINGEN — No candidates stepped up to challenge three incumbents on the Harlingen school board, giving the incumbents another three-year term in office.  The deadline to run in the election passed Friday at 5 p.m. with no one filing to run against incumbents Nolan Perez, George McShan or Bobby Muñiz. That means the school board election scheduled for May 9 has been canceled. McShan has been a school board trustee for 27 years and he says he’s proud of all the construction resulting from the $98 million bond issue of 2010.  “It gave us the capacity to give rise to choice,” he said. “That choice is that of a ninth grade academy, a choice of Memorial Middle School.” view article arw

Supreme Court rules Accountability Act does not violate constitution

March 0308:27 AM
 

The Alabama Supreme Court on Monday determined that the passage of the Alabama Accountability Act did not violate the state constitution or break any laws. The court handed down a 222-page ruling in connection with a lawsuit filed challenging that act, according to a report from Fox 6. The act allows parents to apply for private school scholarships if the family lives in a failing school district. view article arw

10 students hurt after utility truck crashes into bus near San Marcos

March 0308:25 AM
 

The crash happened about 5:15 p.m. on State Highway 21 near Bogie Drive, south of the San Marcos Municipal Airport. School district officials say the utility truck rear-ended the San Marcos CISD bus when it stopped to unload children. “We thought some children were dead,” said Lydia Sanchez, who lives nearby. She said her house shook when the two vehicles collided. “The kids were standing up … the three children that get off at this bus stop, they were standing up. Thank God they did not get ejected or thrown out that windshield.” view article arw

Search warrants executed for ex-Abilene ISD superintendent, legal superintendent

March 0308:25 AM
 

Ex-Abilene Independent School District Superintendent Heath Burns and Mark Neal, AISD's associate superintendent of legal and human resources, had to give up their cell phones to police on Wednesday. view article arw

Should this test block a high school student’s future?

March 0308:22 AM
 

The Dallas Morning News Editorial Board was the first editorial board in the nation to use a blog to openly discuss hot topics and issues among its members and with readers. Our intent is to pull back the curtain on the daily process of producing the unsigned editorials that reflect the opinion of the newspaper, and to share analysis and opinion on issues of interest to board members and invited guest bloggers. view article arw