I googled “It’s OK to VOTE No” and did not find any current articles, only ones related to last year's campaigns against several North Texas school districts.. These groups have not gone away; they are out there with new names and the same connections. For example, let's look at the Birdville and Keller anti-school bond campaigns and a group named www.ISDBondage.com. This site has web pages opposed to Birdville and Keller bonds that is funded by a Dallas resident who has, according to Bud Kennedy, individually spent $56,198 to oppose Birdville and Keller school improvements. Compare the Birdville webpage opposing the bond with the Keller webpage and you will find they are the same except for the numbers The opposition is equally opposed to both of these school district’s bonds. Factually, they appear to be correct but are designed to be misleading (my opinion). read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Jeff Harvey, Tom Bean ISD Principal, has been named New Super of Fayetteville ISD.

 

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Vacant Pilot Point ISD ; Search by Arrow Educational Services Short TimelineINFO
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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 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 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 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
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Vacant Castleberry ISD; Search by Castleberry ISD Board of Education BrochureINFO
Vacant Judson ISD; Search by McShan Consulting Firm InfoINFO
Vacant McKinney ISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. INFO
Vacant Bronte ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants Brochure InfoINFO
Vacant Burnham Wood Family of Charter Schools ; Search By Burnham Wood Family of Charter Schools InfoINFO
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Vacant Maypearl ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
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Vacant Longview ISD; Longview ISD Board of Trustees & Dr. James WilcoxINFO
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Vacant Borden County ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Jacksonville ISD; Search by  TASB ESS Search Team 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 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
Lone Finalist Spring Hill ISD - Steven Snell, Asst. Supt.,Hutto ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Lone Finalist Balmorhea ISD - Miguel Espino, Interim Superintendent,Balmorhea ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Lone Finalist Texhoma ISD - Steve Lenz, Superintndent,Azleway Charter School ; Search by Interim Superintendent, Mike Jackson and the Texoma ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
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 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 Kingsville ISD - Carol Perez, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction,Kingsville ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Fayetteville ISD - Jeff Harvey, Principal,Tom Bean ISD; Fayetteville ISD School Board InfoINFO

Texas textbook review: ‘I’d like a Biblical check on that’

October 3008:32 AM
 

Interesting read no matter what your position is. - js   The Texas Education Agency held a special meeting this week at which members asked  publishers to respond to criticisms of proposed textbooks in social studies, fine arts and mathematics in advance of next month’s vote on approval of next texts. Earlier this year after publishers submitted textbooks for adoption next month, critics pored over them and found what they said were numerous inaccurate, distorted and biased materialin history, geography, government, religion and other subjects. view article arw

2014 Tax Rate Survey

October 3007:55 AM
 

Please take a moment and look at our Tax Rate Survey and make any corrections by clicking on the link on the spreadsheet and then enter the correct data.

Raise Your Hand Texas: House Bill 5: Past, Present and Future

October 2708:35 AM
 

You may have heard about House Bill 5, the landmark legislation passed during the 83rd Legislative Session that reduced the number of high-stakes tests for high school students and created more flexible and tailored graduation paths to increase college and workforce preparedness in Texas. The bill now is being implemented in districts and schools and it is critical for students, parents, educators, and industry and community leaders to understand its offerings and impacts.

Basic School Finance Webinar 2015

October 2209:23 AM
 

Basic School Finance meets once a month for six months beginning in January and concluding in June.  The class follows the flow of the current year Summary of Finance (SOF) spreadsheet. Subjects are timely and handled in depth.  The webinars are interactive, have plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions and delve deeper into subjects that they may need help on. The subject matter is highly cumulative so a commitment to attend all meetings is strongly encouraged, but in the case you had to miss, the meetings are archived for participants so you will have the opportunity to catch up. January 8th 1:30p - 3:00p February 12th 1:30p - 3:00p March 19th 1:30p - 3:00p April 9th 1:30p - 3:00p May 14th 1:30p - 3:00p June 11th 1:30p - 3:00p Presenters: Joe Smith Marvin Thompson arw

PAYTEK - A TEXASISD ENDORSED PRODUCT

October 1708:31 AM
 

PayTek returns lost funds to your budget by electronically recovering bad checks and direct depositing recovered funds on a weekly basis! The service is FREE to the school district, FRIENDLY to the check writer, and recovers your funds FAST. PayTek is currently serving over  80 Texas School Districts  Register Here for a no obligation online presentation!     view article arw

Mesquite ISD warns students, parents about flasher

October 3009:03 AM
 

Mesquite ISD is warning students and parents about a man who reportedly exposed himself to a student.  A Poteet High School student told police that a man in a tan Chevy SUV offered her a ride while she was walking near Town East Mall around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. view article arw

Free flu immunizations for 55 Central Texas schools

October 3008:41 AM
 

PFLUGERVILLE -- Students at 55 Central Texas schools are getting free flu immunizations. Last flu season, 22 people died from flu-related ailments in Austin. Three of them were children. Across Texas, 20 children died from the flu. view article arw

The DMN’s Rudy Bush on Troubling Dallas ISD Audit

October 3008:33 AM
 

The Dallas Morning News' Rudy Bush discusses the troubling findings after a recent internal audit of the Dallas Independent School District. view article arw

Little Elm: LEISD launches tuition based Pre-K program

October 3008:32 AM
 

Little Elm ISD is offering a new and exciting opportunity for a very select group of 3 and 4-year-olds this year., and it’s all-inclusive!  For the cost of $500 per month, children who do not otherwise qualify for the pre-kindergarten program now may attend, however availability is limited. view article arw

Fight Over Separation Of Church And State Hits Azle

October 3008:32 AM
 

Parents in Azle are outraged after the local school district’s decision to postpone an assembly. Azle ISD administrators say the school district’s attorney advised them to cancel Wednedsay’s presentation, due in part to the speaking group’s connection to a Christian ministry. view article arw

Texplainer: Do Falling Oil Prices Threaten the Budget?

October 3008:32 AM
 

Hey, Texplainer: I heard that oil prices are plunging – down more than 20 percent since June. Apparently Texas boomtowns aren’t yet panicking, but what does it mean for the state budget? Texas nearly drowned in a sea of red ink after oil prices plummeted in the 1980s. - Did you know - Another reason why state policymakers needn’t yet sweat: Texas budget makers have used conservative estimates of oil prices. The current budget pegs benchmark crude at $82.18 per barrel, while the 2015 budget uses $80.33 per barrel. That’s around where the price is hovering now, though some experts predict it will fall to $70. view article arw

Dan Patrick says Leticia Van de Putte voted to stop schools from removing felons from classrooms

October 3008:31 AM
 

Mostly False!  A TV ad from Republican Dan Patrick, a Houston state senator, unsurprisingly criticizes his Democratic opponent for lieutenant governor, Leticia Van de Putte, for opposing "school choice," which can describe public dollars made available for students to attend private schools.Another statement in the ad delivers more of a shock: "Liberal Leticia actually voted to stop schools from removing teachers convicted of a felony," the narrator says, "convicted" appearing in red. view article arw

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New TEC Rule On Dark Money Faces Uphill Battle

October 3008:31 AM
 

The Texas Ethics Commission Wednesday voted to shed more light on the "dark money" in state politics, but its action is almost certain to be challenged in court. The commission unanimously adopted a new rule requiring political nonprofits to disclose their donors if they spend 25 percent or more of their budget on political activity, or if more than 25 percent of their total contributions are political. view article arw

Bristow, Hudson and Rayford to Receive First Tyler ISD Distinguished Alumni Award

October 3008:30 AM
 

Congratulations David!   TYLER (KYTX)- Three Tyler Independent School District graduates and area businessmen will be the first to receive the Tyler ISD Distinguished Alumni Award. Gary Bristow, P.E. of Estes, McClure & Associates, David Hudson attorney with Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP and Rick Rayford president and CEO of Brookshire Grocery Company, are the 2014 award recipients. view article arw

San Benito: School board meeting to select superindentent candidate

October 3008:29 AM
 

 The school board will meet today to interview and select a candidate for superintendent.The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the John F. Barron Administration Building, 240 Crockett St.At the Monday and Tuesday meetings, the board members met in closed session to interview candidates, as well as to discuss and consider filling the position. view article arw

Board asks for input on Jacksonville ISD superintendent search

October 3008:29 AM
 

 The Jacksonville Independent School District Board of Trustees has employed Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services to assist with the search for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Joe Wardell who is retiring from Jacksonville ISD. The Board has requested that school personnel and the public be involved in developing the qualifications and characteristics of the person the Board should seek to become the new superintendent. view article arw

Dumas narrows superintendent list

October 3008:29 AM
 

Dumas Independent School District’s Board of Trustees has named a lone finalist following a two-month superintendent search. During its meeting Wednesday night, the board named Monty Hysinger, superintendent of Clarendon Independent School District, as the district’s lone finalist, Dumas Board President Johnny Schmucker said. view article arw

Plano to interview three firms for superintendent search

October 3008:29 AM
 

This week the Plano school board narrowed down the firms its considering for help with the superintendent search.The board plans to interview and select a firm at its Nov. 4 meeting. Plano is looking for a new schools leader as Superintendent Richard Matkin is set to retire effective Jan. 31. The three firms in consideration are: view article arw

For the first time, schools in the nation’s largest charter network are investing in technology in a big way

October 3008:27 AM
 

AUSTIN, Texas — Technology is everywhere at KIPP Austin Obras, a charter elementary school in Texas. One day at the beginning of the school year, first-graders grappled with math concepts as they tried to coax JiJi the penguin across the screen of their netbooks. Kindergarteners in a Spanish-language technology class learned to log on to their computers while second-graders did elementary coding on a Flappy Bird game, with one boy turning the birds into tiny Santa Clauses. view article arw

Klein ISD steering committee narrows 2015 bond recommendations to $498.1 million

October 3008:26 AM
 

With the presentation of the final bond recommendations to the board of trustees less than a month away, the Klein ISD 2015 bond steering committee and consulting firm DeJong Richter narrowed the list of possible bond recommendations to less than $500 million from an initial list of more than $725 million in possible bond projects. view article arw

David R. Taylor-Thoughts on Texas Education

October 3008:25 AM
 

During the pioneer days, farmers would use a sturdy 3 legged stool to sit on and milk the cows for their milk. If that stool had one leg that was weaker than the other two then it would collapse and the farmer would fall on the ground.If we look at education as a three legged stool: one leg would be the teacher, one leg would be the student and one leg would be the parent. view article arw

Brady Police Arrest Student With 3 Handguns

October 3008:25 AM
 

Brady Police have confirmed that they arrested a high school student on Monday after finding three handguns. The student was arrested for 'Unlawful Possession of a Weapon a Class A Misdemeanor.'   Brady Police conducted an investigation in reference to a potential bullied student at Brady High School. After a coordinated investigation with McCulloch County Sheriff Department, the handguns were seized and the arrest made. The arrest was made off campus, and has been determined through the investigation that the student had not taken the firearms onto school property. view article arw

Connecticut: School defends barring student who visited Nigeria

October 3008:20 AM
 

A Connecticut school superintendent is defending her decision to bar a third-grader from returning to school after visiting West Africa because of concern the girl may have contracted Ebola. view article arw

Slaton lands grant funding for new technology after failed bond

October 3008:20 AM
 

SLATON — It all started when some Slaton farmers had ideas to help their young neighbors. Local agricultural producers nominated their school district for a $25,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Some research and paperwork later, and the district is purchasing a plasma cutting table for the high school’s metal applications in design and fabrication course. view article arw

Houston ISD responds to court ruling on construction delay

October 3008:16 AM
 

The Houston Independent School District respects Friday’s court ruling and will comply with the order to further delay construction of the voter-approved Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men on the site of the former Wheatley/E.O Smith building in the Fifth Ward. view article arw

6 Investigates Follow-Up: Mathis ISD Consultants

October 3008:15 AM
 

A follow up now on Mathis ISD Superintendent Maria Rodriguez Casas. She's been under fire from some taxpayers over her use of high-dollar consultants. Chief investigative reporter Rick Spruill was there when casas faced her critics. view article arw

Brownsville ISD: An Early College District

October 3008:15 AM
 

Brownsville ISD’s Early College High Schools were featured in the Fall Issue of Latino Education Magazine which was inserted in Rio Grande Valley newspapers on Sunday, October 19. Comments from Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya were also featured in a SpaceX story in the same magazine. View the ECHS story and photos. view article arw

Klein ISD steering committee narrows 2015 bond recommendations to $498.1 million

October 3008:10 AM
 

With the presentation of the final bond recommendations to the board of trustees less than a month away, the Klein ISD 2015 bond steering committee and consulting firm DeJong Richter narrowed the list of possible bond recommendations to less than $500 million from an initial list of more than $725 million in possible bond projects. view article arw

Aledo: PACs work to win votes for/against AISD bond

October 3008:08 AM
 

Two opposing political action committees are working to win Aledo ISD voters over to their point of view on the $61.5 million bond issue, on the ballot Nov. 4. A PAC supporting the bond called Vote “FOR” Aledo ISD Classrooms Committee filed Aug. 25. The campaign treasurer is Ryan Hayes, who is self-appointed. He is working with Shawn Callaway, president of the Aledo ISD Education Foundation. view article arw

Canutillo school district votes to not hire specialist in investigation

October 3008:06 AM
 

The Canutillo Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted against hiring a handwriting specialist to investigate an associate superintendent.  Armando Rodriguez and Sergio Coronado were two out of five board members who voted in favor of the hiring. view article arw

Dallas ISD Superintendent Miles: Changes made at Billy Earl Dade Middle School are to improve instruction

October 3008:05 AM
 

I know first-hand the power of public education. I grew up facing a number of the same challenges our students do. The children of an African-American father who was frequently away and a Japanese mother with limited English, my seven siblings and I grew up facing the same struggles all families in poverty do. For me, school posed its own challenges and for the first six years of my life I had a speech problem.  view article arw