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Repost!  The news of the day across Texas involves how school districts are attempting to reward employees with raises supported by the new funding streams in HB3. I posted every article I could find dealing with this issue, maybe they will be helpful. While the state provided some funds, they also provided a new state minimum salary schedule that provides significant raises above the old schedule.  It guarantees every teacher at least the listed minimum. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Anthony Roberts, current Principal of Onalaska ISD, has been named New Super of Onalaska ISD.

Robert McLain, current Superintendent of Channing ISD, has been named New Super of Plains ISD.

Gregg Weiss , current Principal of Hawkins ISD, has been named New Super of Silsbee ISD.

Dr. Jason Adams, current Superintendent of North Lamar ISD, has been named New Super of Fairfield ISD.

 

28 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Schulenburg ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant TAMS Executive Director ; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
Vacant West Sabine ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Vacant Houston ISD; Search by: Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates adINFO
Vacant La Joya ISD ; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo and Jaime Munoz adINFO
Vacant Texas Rural Education Association ; Search by: TREA and Education Solutions and Services adINFO
Vacant Warren ISD ; Search by: Region5 ESC adINFO
Vacant San Diego ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Lovejoy ISD - Dr. Michael Goddard, Superintendent,Red Oak ISD; Search by: JG Consulting INFO
Vacant Bellville ISD ; Search by: DRV Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Nursery ISD; Search by: Nursery ISD Board of Trustees, assisted by Chris UlcakINFO
Vacant Bloomington ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Leander ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Cedar Hill ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Waco ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Academy ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Monte Alto ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo adINFO
Vacant Eagle Pass ISD ; Search by: Escamilla & Poneck LLP adINFO
Vacant Brownsboro ISD; Search by: Brownsboro ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Richard Milburn Academy; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Whitney ISD - John McCullough , Director of Secondary Education and Career and Technical Education ,Paris ISD; Search By: Whitney ISD School Board adINFO
Lone Finalist Italy ISD - Dr. Michelle Schwind , Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning ​,Desoto ISD; Search by: Italy ISD School Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Hardin-Jefferson ISD  - Brad McEachern , Superintendent ,Warren ISD ; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Hawley ISD - Cassidy McBrayer , Superintendent ,Whiteface ISD; Search by: ​CCR Educational Consultants adINFO
Lone Finalist Latexo ISD  - Michael Woodard , Principal ,Latexo High School; Search by: Latexo ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Corrigan- Camden ISD - Richard Cooper , High School Principal ,Groesbeck ISD; Search by: DRV Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Alvin ISD - Carol Nelson , Associate Superintendent of Human Resources ,Alvin ISD ; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLP AdINFO
Lone Finalist Santa Gertrudis ISD - Dr. Veronica Alfaro , Interim Superintendent and Human Resources/Payroll Testing Coordinator/ Elementary School Principal ,Santa Gertrudis ISD ; Search by: ​Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist George West ISD  - Dr. Jim Rosebrock , Chief Academic Officer ,Corpus Christi ISD ; Search by: George West School Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Petersburg ISD - Dr. Brian Bibb , High School Principal ,Seymour ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Poolville ISD  - Jeff Kirby, Superintendent,Cotton Center ISD; Search By: Poolville ISD Board of Trustees INFO
Lone Finalist Electra ISD - Ted West, Superintendent,Boyd ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Douglass ISD - Justin Keeling , High School Principal,Woden ISD ; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Woodville ISD - Lisa Meysembourg , Superintendent,Schulenburg ISD; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Hitchcock ISD  - Travis W. Edwards , Superintendent,Bartlett ISD ; Search by: Hitchcock ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Newcastle ISD - Evan Cardwell , High School Principal ,Paint Creek ISD ; Search by: Region 9 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Hubbard ISD  - Tim Norman Superintendent ​Chireno ISD , Superintendent ,Chireno ISD ; Search by: Hubbard ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Joaquin ISD - Ryan Fuller , High School Principal,West Sabine ISD; Search by: Haglund Law Firm, P.C.INFO
Lone Finalist Crystal City ISD - Edward Churchill, Director of Student Services ​,Mercedes ISD ; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.INFO
Lone Finalist Channing ISD - Michael Stevens, Principal of 7-12 Grade,Electra ISD; Search by: Region 16 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Gonzales ISD - John Schumacher, Superintendent,Mason ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Boles ISD - Ms. Mikayle Goss, Director,Hunt County Co-op; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Mercedes ISD - Carolyn Mendiola, Assistant Superintendent,Sharyland ISD ; Search by: Waterford School Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Bartlett ISD  - Theodore" Teddy" Clevenger, High School Principal,Teague ISD ; Search by: Bartlett ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Crandall ISD - Dr. Wendy Eldredge, Deputy Superintendent,Garland ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass adINFO
Lone Finalist Chico ISD  - Scott Higgins, Superintendent,D'Hanis ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Abernathy ISD - Aaron Waldrip, Superintendent,​Wellman-Union ISD ; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Waxahachie ISD - Dr. Bonny Cain, Interim Superintendent,Waxahachie ISD; Search By: Ray and Associates adINFO
Lone Finalist Seminole ISD - Kyle Lynch, Superintendent,Canadian ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Brownsville ISD - Rene Gutierrez , Superintendent,Edinburg ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Whiteface CISD - Nate Wheeler, Assistant Superintendent,Plains ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Harleton ISD - Brian Gray, Superintendent,Irion County ISD; Search by: Harleton ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Central ISD - Justin Risner, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/ Special Programs Director,Central ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Kingsville ISD - Elida Bera , Deputy Superintendent ,Judson ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Onalaska ISD - Anthony Roberts , Principal ,Onalaska ISD Junior-Senior High School ; Search by: Onalaska ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
New Super Plains ISD - Robert McLain , Superintendent ,Channing ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass adINFO
New Super Silsbee ISD - Gregg Weiss , Principal ,Hawkins ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Fairfield ISD - Dr. Jason Adams , Superintendent,​North Lamar ISD; Search by: Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees INFO
New Super Henderson ISD - Thurston Lamb , Chief of Schools,Duncanville ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Malakoff ISD - Don Layton , Superintendent,Martin's Mill ISD; Search by: Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
New Super Cleveland ISD  - Chris Trotter , Chief Administrative Officer ,Tomball ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Cameron ISD - Kevin Sprinkles , Superintendent ,​Academy ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Bowie ISD - Blake Enlow , Principal,​Bowie High School; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Sanger ISD - Tommy Hunter, Superintendent,Brownsboro ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Buna ISD - Donny Lee, Superintendent,Oakwood ISD; Search by: ​Region 5 ESC adINFO
New Super Blue Ridge ISD - Matt Kimball , Assistant Superintendent ​,San Angelo ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Flour Bluff ISD - Dr. David Freeman , Superintendent ,London ISD; Search By: Joe Kelley, Flour Bluff ISD Interim Superintendent of SchoolsINFO
New Super Ennis ISD - Jay Tullos, Superintendent ,Canton ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Edgewood ISD  - Kristin Prater , Director of Student Services ,Edgewood ISD ; Search by: Arrow Education Services IncINFO
New Super Riesel ISD - Brandon Cope , High School Principal ,Riesel ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Oakwood ISD - Russell Holden, High School Principal,Cayuga ISD; Search by: Dr. Donny Lee adINFO

Aaron Layman: Property tax reform and transparency act another orchestrated farce

June 2008:51 AM
 

“It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” — Upton Sinclair  The members of the Texas Legislature are no doubt enjoying their summer recess as millions of Texas homeowners continue their annual trek to the local appraisal district to bargain for relief — any relief — from their spiraling property tax bills. After months of theatrics and discourse about how to best solve the equation of property tax relief and school finance reform, your legislature passed Senate Bill 2, or as they dubbed it — the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019.  Calling the latest end product of the Legislature a transparency act is an insult to every homeowner in Texas who just saw their property tax bills go through the roof. Many bills rose by the 10% homestead cap, and some even more as central appraisal districts catch up with years of asset inflation and peg those properties to market value. view article  arw

Harleton ISD names Brian Gray lone finalist for superintendent post

June 2008:41 AM
 

HARLETON — A former East Texas school superintendent is set to return to the area soon after being named the lone finalist for the Harleton ISD superintendent position last week.  Former Union Grove ISD Superintendent Brian Gray has spent the past year serving as chief of Irion ISD in west Texas but said he is looking forward to returning to the Piney Woods after being named the lone finalist on June 11 for Harleton ISD superintendent. view article  arw

Preventive Law: Competitive Bidding - “The most likely procedure for selecting the least able or qualified and the most incompetent practitioner….”

June 0508:31 AM
 

Not my words, but also not wrong words. This is an article about hiring design professionals—not about competitive bidding. In fact, as indicated by the title it is about some of the legal and practical reasons that Competitive Bidding for design professionals is almost universally shunned in the United States. Astronaut John Glenn once joked about how he felt before his 1962 trip aboard Friendship 7:

May 2019 Bond List

March 1808:13 AM
 

Bond Election Data collected by TexasISD.com for public school bonds in the upcoming May 2019 election cycle.

Texas voters’ biggest concerns for the country? Immigration and political corruption, UT/TT Poll says

June 2008:44 AM
 

Immigration and border security are at or near the top of voters' concerns about the U.S. and Texas, and political corruption is also near the top of their U.S. list, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Immigration and border security are at or near the top of voters' concerns about the U.S. and Texas, and political corruption is also near the top of their U.S. list, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. view article  arw

Beaumont:  ISD balks at state conservator plan

June 2008:41 AM
 

Beaumont ISD officials are lobbying the state to exempt them from the appointment of a conservator during the transition back to local control.  The Texas Education Agency on June 7 informed the district it had chosen former Port Arthur schools superintendent Johnny Brown to serve as conservator over the district. The conservator position is intended to “promote stability” as power is returned to elected board members. The conservator has the authority to approve or reject any action by current superintendent Shannon Allen, all currently seated board members and any campus principal. view article  arw

Del Valle ISD board names acting superintendent

June 2008:41 AM
 

The Del Valle school board has named Annette Villerot as acting superintendent effective Wednesday.  Villerot, who has been with the district for two years, has been serving as deputy superintendent for Del Valle. She steps into the new role as Superintendent Kelly Crook makes her departure, which is effective June 27. Villerot then will transition from acting superintendent to interim superintendent beginning July 1. Before she came to the district in 2017, Villerot served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Pflugerville, Comal and Manor school districts. view article  arw

Brazos Valley school districts revisiting budgets after passage of House Bill 3

June 2008:40 AM
 

School districts will be receiving millions of dollars in additional money and teachers will be receiving raises in the coming school year following the passage of House Bill 3 during the 86th Texas Legislature. One of the biggest pieces of the new law — an $11.5 billion school finance reform package — is its increase in the basic allotment provided to all school districts. In the 2019-2020 school year, districts will receive $6,160 per student in basic allotment — the starting point in determining a district’s funding — which is a $1,020 increase over what districts received for the current school year. view article  arw

Texas Ranks 41st in Latest National Rankings of Child Well-Being

June 2008:40 AM
 

State legislature missed opportunities to improve child well-being; 2020 census is our state's next big test  AUSTIN, Texas — Texas ranks 41st in child well-being — one of the 10 worst states for kids — according to the 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. For 30 years, this annual report has highlighted which states have better outcomes for their kids.  This year, the report also focuses on the critical role of the upcoming 2020 census, which will allocate billions of dollars for health care, housing and food programs that Texas kids and families count on. Given that Texas has added nearly 2.5 million kids since these reports began — accounting for more than a quarter of the national increase — the wellbeing of Texas’ nearly 7.4 million children truly does drive the overall wellbeing of US children as a whole. view article  arw

Houston:  A Do-Over Ahead for HISD and its Proposed Budget For Next School Year

June 2008:40 AM
 

In a 6-3 vote Tuesday night, the Houston ISD board rejected a proposal recommended by Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan's administration to approve a basic budget now for the 2019-20 school year and then return next week to amend it to include employee compensation. view article  arw

AISD Board of Trustees Approves $1.6 Billion Budget for 2019-2020

June 2008:40 AM
 

After months of trepidation about the financial health of the district, the AISD board of trustees approved unanimously on Monday night (June 17) a $1.6 billion budget for the 2019-20 school and fiscal year. The budget includes an estimated $88 million in new revenue from the state, which will help fund some of the largest single-year pay raises in the district's history. view article  arw

Conroe ISD board of trustees approve 3.5% raise for teachers, nurses, counselors and librarians

June 2008:40 AM
 

Some employees at Conroe ISD could see a 3%-3.5% raise in their paychecks for the 2019-20 school year. The CISD board of trustees unanimously approved a 3.5% raise for teachers, nurses, counselors and librarians for the 2019-2020 school year at its June 19 meeting. Although the board approved the recommendation, it will still need to finalize the raises when it approves the 2019-20 budget. view article  arw

Midway to start bond survey Monday, provides project summary for $177 million proposal

June 2008:34 AM
 

Beginning Monday, the Midway Independent School District will survey residents of the district to gauge their interest in approving a potential $177 million bond package. Decisive Campaigns will conduct the survey on behalf of the district for about $12,500, and it will take two weeks to conduct, said Lesley Weaver, spokesperson for Huckabee Inc., an Austin-based architectural firm that specializes in educational facilities. The survey will be done by phone and online. view article  arw

Lawsuit: family says Austin ISD did not protect daughter from racists bullying

June 2008:30 AM
 

A family suing the Austin Independent School District claims their daughter was bullied in school and district officials did nothing to stop it.  “My fear is that I might not even see my daughter walk across the stage," said Pamela Parks, the mother of the 17-year-old student.  Parks and victim's father, Charles Sneed, spoke with the media on Wednesday regarding the pending lawsuit. They said their daughter experienced over three years of racist bullying at James Bowie High School. Their daughter will be entering her senior year at the school this fall.  "It was almost immediately," said Parks, "In 2016 when we arrived there. It was very different from any atmosphere we experienced in the past.” view article  arw

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Legal Issues for School Secretaries

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Prepare your school’s secretary, and first line of defense, with important and helpful information they can use every day. Provide practical methods for handling issues with legal implications a school’s front office frequently confronts. This training will include the latest on bullying, cyberbullying, reporting requirements for SBEC and CPS, FERPA, and social media issues.

 

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  • Social Media
  • Student Records
     

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School Secretaries, PEIMS Administrators, Office Managers, Attendance Clerks, Counselors

 

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Katy ISD opens opportunity for parents to become field trip bus drivers

June 2008:30 AM
 

KATY, Texas (KTRK) -- Katy ISD announced Wednesday that they're inviting parents, grandparents, and guardians of district students to apply to become field trip bus drivers.  They're calling the new position a BDP, or 'Bus Driving Parent.'  Bus Driving Parents will be vetted and trained through Katy ISD and compensated for the time they drive.   After they earn their Commercial Driver's License, complete training, and earn driving hours, BDPs will be able to drive students to field trips as often as they want. view article  arw

Aubrey ISD board names new administrators

June 2008:30 AM
 

Kari Abrams and Brett Dobbs will take over as administrators in Aubrey ISD following a Tuesday announcement.  Abrams, who has worked as principal of Brockett Elementary School for the past two years, will serve as the first principal of Fuller Elementary School when it opens for the 2020-21 school year.  view article  arw

Schools Expanding Free Play for Students This Fall

June 2008:30 AM
 

Starting this fall, elementary school students in Frisco ISD will have more time to play during school.  The district experimented with "brain breaks" at five schools last year and found kids performed better in class.  Frisco ISD said it surveyed parents, teachers and students at the five schools and found:  72 percent of teachers say students were better able to focus after a transition from free play view article  arw

Austin ISD Teachers, Staff Poised For Pay Increases

June 2008:30 AM
 

Recent passage of HB3 overhauling public education finance system enables district to allot $48M for pay hikes  By virtue of recent passage of House Bill 3 — a historic overhaul of the state's public education finance system — Austin ISD teachers and staff are poised to receive pay increases.  In a message to teachers and staff posted on the Austin ISD website, Superintendent Paul Cruz said the district will be able to more than double the minimum amount decreed in the bill's passage. To that end, the district is committing $48 million in permanent compensation increases including the following: view article  arw

New leadership: Bringing multi-district experience to Sunnyvale High School

June 2008:30 AM
 

The Sunnyvale ISD Board of Trustees recently named Brian Nickel the new principal for Sunnyvale High School. The board approved Nickel's hire at a called meeting of the Board of Trustees on June 4. Superintendent Doug Williams will introduce Principal Nickel and other new SISD administrators to the Sunnyvale community at a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 9 in the SHS Auditorium. All are welcome to attend. Nickel’s official first day on the job will be July 1. view article  arw

Bandera: NISD educator named Bandera High principal

June 2008:30 AM
 

Dr. Kenneth Vogel has been selected as the lone finalist to become the principal of Bandera High School, replacing Sergio Menchaca who is leaving the Bandera Independent School District to become a principal in the Bowie Independent School District, Bandera ISD officials said. Vogel’s appointment was formally announced at a meeting of the Bandera ISD Board of Trustees on Monday, June 17, a news release said.  He won the appointment from BISD Superintendent Jerry Hollingsworth, who had been authorized earlier this year to name a new principal, which the identification of a lone finalist effectively does. view article  arw

Houston ISD going all-in on wraparound services

June 2008:30 AM
 

As more attention is drawn to the need to meet students' social and emotional needs, many schools are evolving into community hubs where they can access mental health care, nutritional programs and medical clinics. A whole-child approach, which takes into consideration the impact food insecurity and access to healthcare have on ability to learn, is seen as producing better test scores, attendance and graduation rates. view article  arw

Navarro ISD extends Carter’s contract, approves raise

June 2008:30 AM
 

Navarro ISD Board of Trustees continues to show its support to Superintendent Dee Carter after 12 years. The board voted unanimously to award Carter a 3% pay raise for the new school year, a $800 per year increase in her auto allowance and a one- year contract extension following a two hour closed-door session during a regular meeting on Monday. view article  arw

Decatur ISD receives security audit

June 2008:30 AM
 

While noting some improvements needed, retired superintendent Don Newsom gave his unique stamp of approval in his report on the safety and security audit he performed in Decatur ISD this spring. “I go home and my wife asks me about Decatur ISD, and I say, ‘I wouldn’t mind if our grandkids went to school there because I know they would be safe,'” Newsom said. “You’re way up on the curve.” view article  arw

Gov. Abbott signs bill requiring mental health curriculum in public schools

June 2008:30 AM
 

Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 18, an omnibus bill meant to get more mental health services to students in Texas public schools. Amarillo Republican Representative Four Price and Austin Democratic Senator Kirk Watson shepherded the bill through the legislature. It would require school districts to offer mental health and suicide prevention curricula if they do the same with physical health.  view article  arw

June 18th Insurance Newsletter

June 2008:30 AM
 

Property Insurance Sky Rockets for Non-Coastal Schools We are just now seeing some September 1 renewals and they are devastating. Last month we stated that the insurance market for schools currently is upside down because of worldwide losses and particularly hurricane, tornado, hail and flood losses across the entire state of Texas. These losses have triggered insurance companies and risk pools to institute severe underwriting restrictions, causing several districts to bid their insurance this year. view article  arw

Del Valle ISD Board names Interim Superintendent

June 2008:29 AM
 

The Del Valle ISD Board of Trustees named Deputy Superintendent Dr. Annette Villerot Acting Superintendent effective June 19 and Interim Superintendent effective July 1 for the Del Valle Independent School District. view article  arw

Fort Bend:  FBISD board approves agreement regarding ‘Sugar Land 95’ site

June 2008:25 AM
 

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved the principal terms of an Interlocal Agreement that will transfer ownership of an abandoned and historic cemetery to Fort Bend County, following the passage of legislation that amended state law permitting the county to own and operate a cemetery. view article  arw

Tomball ISD approves 2% salary increase, anticipates tax rate decrease for FY 2019-20

June 2008:25 AM
 

Tomball ISD could see a $2 million surplus in fiscal year 2019-20 from House Bill 3’s change in the school finance formula, Chief Financial Officer Jim Ross said during a June 11 board of trustees meeting.  HB 3, signed into law June 11, allots $11.6 billion to reform the state’s school finance system. view article  arw

Tests show Garland ISD students on track

June 2008:25 AM
 

Kimberly Caddell, director of Research, Assessment and Accountability, presented the 2019 SAT school day outcomes to the Garland ISD District Affairs Committee during the June 11 meeting.  She reported that there were 3,741 test takers in March, and 11th-grade Garland ISD students outperformed the state and national average in the evidence-based mathematics portion, and outperformed the state average in reading and writing. view article  arw

Bryan ISD employee salary increase for 2019-2020 school year

June 2008:25 AM
 

BISD employees are receiving a nice salary increase this upcoming school year thanks largely in part to the Texas House Bill 3 that Governor Abbott signed earlier this month.  House Bill 3 includes $6.5 billion to improve public education and increase teacher salaries, plus $5.1 billion to lower school district taxes. view article  arw

After Abbott Vetoes Cyberbullying Bill, Some Worry Forms of Online Harassment Will Continue

June 2008:25 AM
 

Two years ago, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill criminalizing cyberbullying, with an increased punishment if there’s proof a bully intended for a victim to harm or kill herself or himself. Widely supported by advocates, David’s Law came to Abbott’s desk after 16-year-old San Antonio high school student David Molak took his own life after being harassed online.  But it didn’t protect children who are indirectly bullied, such as when people post or send hostile messages about them to others. The Texas House and Senate passed a bill that would criminalize such indirect harassment, but Abbott vetoed the measure Saturday. view article  arw

(VIDEO) Cleburne ISD approves 3% raises for all employees

June 2008:25 AM
 

The Cleburne ISD board of trustees approved a 3 percent raise for all school district employees during Monday night’s meeting.  The board also approved the budget for the 2019-20 school year. They will consider approving the tax rate soon.  view article  arw

CCISD names principal for new Cunningham Middle School at South Park

June 2008:25 AM
 

The Corpus Christi Independent School District has selected Sandy Salinas-DeLeon as Cunningham Middle School at South Park’s first principal.  The campus, part of the Bond 2016 package approved by voters, will open in August.  Salinas-DeLeon previously served as principal of Claude Cunningham Middle School, which will  merge with South Park Middle School. view article  arw

Conroe ISD learning from failure: District considers changes to defeated bond package ahead of possible fall vote

June 2008:25 AM
 

With the failure of May’s $807 million bond proposal still fresh in mind, Conroe ISD officials said they are rethinking their strategy as they consider putting forward a revised bond. The bond went to the polls May 4, earning 6,945 votes in favor and 8,314 votes against it, or 45.51% in favor and 54.49% against. Now, CISD officials said they are deciding whether to revise the current bond in time for a November election, streamlining or removing certain projects, or waiting until 2020 to propose a completely new bond—which could put school programs and teacher pay at risk. view article  arw