Updated: (added runs)  I caution everyone to be sure you have accurately developed a local projection of state funding before stating your gains or losses from HB 21. The projected WADA, tax collections and other local data used by the Legislative Budget Board are different than your projections. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Dr. Mike Waldrip , current Superintendent ​of Coppell ISD, has been named New Super of Frisco ISD.

Bobby Rice, current Assistant superintendent of Gilmer ISD, has been named New Super of Harts Bluff ISD.

Clay Rosenbaum, current assistant superintendent of ​Floresville ISD, has been named New Super of Blanco ISD.

Stetson Roane, current Superintendent of Seguin ISD, has been named New Super of Raymondville ISD.

 

27 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Lexington ISD; Search By: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Industrial ISD; Search by Industrial ISD Board InfoINFO
Vacant Keller ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Gordon ISD; Search By Leasor Crass P.C. info INFO
Vacant Hedley CISD; Search By: Region 16 Education Service Center infoINFO
Vacant Waelder ISD; Search By Waelder ISD Board of Trustees infoINFO
Vacant Nocona ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC InfoINFO
Vacant Venus ISD ; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Vacant Hays CISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Bushland ISD; Search By: TASB Executive Search Services InfoINFO
Vacant Rocksprings ISD; Search By: Rocksprings ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Midway ISD; Search By: Region 9 ESC infoINFO
Vacant La Feria ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos & Educational Consultant Gary PattersonINFO
Vacant Hutto ISD ; Search By: ​JG Consulting infoINFO
Vacant Crane ISD; Search By: Crane ISD Board of Trustees infoINFO
Lone Finalist Caldwell ISD - Andrew Peters, Superintendent,Marfa ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Allen ISD - Scott Niven, Superintendent,Red Oak ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Snyder ISD; Dr. Eddie Bland, Former Bridgeport Superintendent; Search by Ronnie Kincaid, ESC 14 InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Claude ISD - Brock Cartwright, Superintendent,Hamlin ISD; Search by the Claude ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
Lone Finalist Llano ISD; Mac Edward, Former Superintendent of Paradise ISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Lockney ISD - Jim Baum, High School Principal,Iraan-Sheffield ISD; Jim Baum,former High School Principal of ​Iraan-Sheffield ISD; Search by the Lockney ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Calvert ISD - Lynn Ponder, High School Principal,Dime Box ISD; Lynn Ponder, High School Principal at Dime Box ISD; Search by DRV Search Services InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Hubbard ISD (Hill County); Dr. Wayne Guidry, Executive Director of Operations of West Orange-Cove CISD; Search by the Hubbard ISD Board of Trustees and Interim Super Kerry Hansen Info INFO
Lone Finalist Frost ISD - Mickie Jackson , former elementary principal,Frost ISD; Search By The Board of Trustees of Frost ISD infoINFO
Lone Finalist West Hardin ISD - Dr. James L. Armstrong , Director of Special Programs ,Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD; Search by the Board of Trustees of West Hardin ISD infoINFO
Lone Finalist Johnson City ISD - Richard Kolek, Deputy Superintendent,​Taylor ISD ; Search By EDSAS and Don Rogers and Lance Johnson infoINFO
Lone Finalist Gladewater ISD - Sedric Clark , High School Principal ,Mansfield High School, LA; Search by: Gladewater Board of Trustees infoINFO
Lone Finalist Stockdale ISD - Daniel Fuller, ​Superintendent,Waelder ISD; Stockdale ISD Board of Trustees infoINFO
Lone Finalist Hamlin ISD - Dr. Randy Burks , interim superintendent ,Hamlin ISD; Search By Region 14 ESC & Ronnie Kincaid infoINFO
Lone Finalist Paducah ISD - Gary Waitman , High School Principal,​Petrolia ISD; Search By: Paducah ISD ​Board of Trustees infoINFO
Lone Finalist Shepherd ISD - Rick Hartley , Assistant Superintendent,Waco ISD; Search By Shepherd ISD Board of Trustees and DRV Executive Search Services infoINFO
Lone Finalist Linden-Kildare CISD - Keri Winters, High School Principal,Linden-Kildare CISD; Search By Linden-Kildare CISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Culberson County- Allamoore ISD - Ken Baugh, ​Superintendent,Throckmorton ISD; TASB Executive Seach Services infoINFO
Lone Finalist Sanger ISD; Search By: ​Walsh Gallegos & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist San Benito CISD; Search By: JG Consulting - James GuerraINFO
New Super Frisco ISD - Dr. Mike Waldrip , Superintendent ​,Coppell ISD; Search By Preston Educational Consulting (Assisted by Dr. John Horn)INFO
New Super Harts Bluff ISD - Bobby Rice , Assistant superintendent,Gilmer ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Blanco ISD - Clay Rosenbaum, assistant superintendent,​Floresville ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search Services infoINFO
New Super Raymondville ISD - Stetson Roane, Superintendent,Seguin ISD; ; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Nacogdoches ISD; Sandra Dowdy, Interim Superintendent of Nacogdoches ISD; Search by Nacogdoches ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super McMullen County ISD - Jason Jones, Superintendent,Oglesby ISD; Search By: McMullen County ISD Board of Trustees infoINFO
New Super Sunray ISD - Marshall Harrison, Superintendent,Blooming Grove ISD; Search By Sunray ISD Board of Trustees infoINFO
New Super Tahoka ISD - Alan Umholtz, Superintendent,Henrietta-Midway ISD; Search by: Tahoka ISD School Board and Region 17 Education Service Center infoINFO
New Super Bridgeport ISD  - Brandon Peavy, Superintendent,Hardin ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants Info.INFO
New Super Junction ISD - Mr. Mike Carter , Superintendent,May ISD; Search By ESC Region 15 infoINFO
New Super Decatur ISD - Judi Whitis, Superintendent,Valley Mills ISD; Search by Executive Search Services infoINFO
New Super Lovelady ISD - Wendy Tullos , Asst. Superintendent,​Crockett ISD; Search By Executive Search Services infoINFO
New Super Laredo ISD - Dr. Sylvia G. Rios, Chief Academic Officer,Laredo ISD; Search By:​ Walsh Gallegos & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
New Super Seguin ISD - Dr. Matthew Gutierrez, Assistant Superintendent,Plano ISD; Search by Executive Search Services infoINFO
New Super Brackett ISD  - Guillermo Mancha, special education compliance specialist/ ​campus administrative support ,Southside ISD​; Search By Executive Search Services infoINFO
New Super Adrian ISD - Steve Reynolds , High School Principal,Meadow ISD; Search By Adrian ISD Board of Trustees and Cox Educational Consulting infoINFO

Glasses confusion leaves Wylie ISD students unable to watch eclipse

August 2107:51 AM
 

A North Texas school district hoping to give its students an opportunity to view the solar eclipse outside with special glasses had to deliver some disappointing news.  It turns out hundreds of the glasses that were donated to the district are not certified. Using donations, the Harrison Intermediate School's PTA bought 800 pairs of solar eclipse glasses to give every student the opportunity to see something that won't happen again until 2024. But the district later learned that the glasses may not be safe. view article  arw

East Texas state representatives speak about special session’s success, failures

August 2107:11 AM
 

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) -The special session concluded with the Governor's wish list of legislation only halfway checked off, missing out on bills that would de-fund Planned Parenthood as well as implement the bathroom bill. However, State Rep.Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin), said that East Texans shouldn't be disappointed.  "There was a provision in one of the bills that I have been fighting for since I've been in the legislature which would essentially undue the small school district penalty that many of our school districts across East Texas and the state of Texas face," Ashby said.  The public education theme continued with a signing of House Bill 30.  "I was really excited to see a bill that I had been working on throughout the special session to help our retired teachers make it to the governor's desk," Ashby said. view article  arw

Pastor: Texas Senate doesn’t support public education

August 2105:56 AM
 

A politician can’t tell a teacher how much he loves him or her without giving that classroom the money it needs to teach its children, a Fort Worth pastor said Thursday.  Charles Foster Johnson’s words about state senators and and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were just as deliberate.  “We must elect a different Texas Senate in 2018. We must elect a Senate that believes in public education as a foundation of our social and civil order,” Johnson said while speaking with more than 30 parents, school superintendents, trustees, city leaders and teachers at Pine Tree Independent School District. view article  arw

Preventive Law: Patriotic Societies

August 0108:31 AM
 

Senate Bill 1566 takes effect September 1, and it is a whopper of a bill. It is what is known as a “Christmas Tree Bill,” because it has something under it for everyone. It permits trustees to sue school districts over records requests, new localized websites from TEA, a public shaming rule for trustees that requires announcing their training hours before each election, new lice rules, and my favorite, the Patriotic Society provisions.

2017 Tax Ratification Elections/Results

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Election information related to all Tax Ratification Elections in 2016

North Texas Schools Keep Kids Inside for Eclipse Safety

August 2108:42 AM
 

As if the first day of school wasn’t filled with enough experiences, Monday’s eclipse added an extra element of excitement. Some North Texas school districts are taking special precautions to make sure students can safely watch the eclipse without the risk of damaging their eyes. Many schools and school districts sent letters to parents in advance of the first day of school. view article  arw

Most Ector County ISD schools experiencing solar eclipse from inside

August 2108:39 AM
 

If you got yourself those special glasses for Monday’s solar eclipse, you’re in good shape. With it being the first day of school for Ector County ISD, many schools won’t be needing them. “We’re going to suspend all outdoor activity between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m,” said Stacy Johnson, Principal, Noel ElementaryIf you got yourself those special glasses for Monday’s solar eclipse, you’re in good shape. With it being the first day of school for Ector County ISD, many schools won’t be needing them. view article  arw

Parents express frustration over Dallas ISD board not advancing tax plan to voters

August 2108:39 AM
 

When the Dallas Independent School District begins classes on August 28, only 14 campuses will be listed on the state's "improvement required" list.  It's the lowest total in years, but concerns exist from observers on whether the state's second largest district can maintain those gains amid dwindling funding from the state.  Frustrations boiled over Friday night when a divided school board failed to advance three different tax hike plans that would have infused millions into programs for the 158,000 student district.  It is the second time in two years the board has failed to reach an agreement on a Tax Ratification Election that voters would then vote on. view article  arw

EDITORIAL: Appreciation for Speaker Straus during special session of ‘pure political theater’

August 2108:38 AM
 

With the end of the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature in Austin last week, we thought it was a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of our elected lawmakers and what they did for the greater good of Texas.Basically, lawmakers achieved what was necessary and good for the state early on when they passed two bills that allows for the continuation of critical components of state government: the Texas Boards of Medical Examiners; Examiners of Psychologists; Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists; Examiners of Professional Counselors; and Social Worker Examiners.  Beyond that, the special legislative session was pure political theater — and the worst example of leaders capitulating to a small, but active constituency at the cost of Texas taxpayers overall. view article  arw

How Free Eyeglasses Are Boosting Test Scores in Baltimore

August 2108:37 AM
 

Three years ago, Johns Hopkins University researchers in Baltimore asked a seemingly simple straightforward question: Could the persistent gap in reading performance between poor students and wealthier ones be closed if they gave the poor students eyeglasses? They knew that poorer students were less likely to have glasses than wealthier white children, but data were limited on whether simply helping children better focus on the page in front of them might improve their ability to master a skill essential for early learning. view article  arw

Some Texas school districts face cuts over loss of funding

August 2108:37 AM
 

HOUSTON - As more than 1,200 school districts welcome students back for another year of education and athletics, some are being forced to tighten their fiscal belts more than others.  Some of these cutbacks are due to the expiration of a funding program called Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction, or ASATR.  “It's putting us in a bind,” said Dr. Rodney Cavness, the Texas City ISD superintendent. “It's a pretty significant hit to us -- (a) very significant hit.” The aid program was created in 2006 when the legislature cut tax rates by a third. ASATR was created to make up the difference in revenue for school districts, essentially ensuring districts would still receive the same amount of per-student funding received during the 2005-06 school year. view article  arw

Shifting state standards increase pressure on Houston ISD

August 2108:37 AM
 

Carla Stevens tracks how Houston ISD schools perform on Texas' complex measuring system, especially schools like Kashmere High that have been labeled as "improvement required" by the state for years. This coming school year, tracking their performance will be even more difficult because the Texas Education Agency tinkers every year with the way it measures academic performance in local schools and districts, she said.  "The superintendent keeps wanting me to project if campuses are going to come off" the improvement-required status, said Stevens, the district's assistant superintendent for research and accountability. "Well, I can't. I can use universal screeners to see if they are showing progress, but I can't tell you if a school will come off 'improvement required' because I don't know the rules." view article  arw

Budget Issues Hang Over Frisco ISD’s New School Year

August 2108:36 AM
 

Students in the Frisco Independent SchoolDistrict head back to class on Monday with a couple of changes. Teachers across the district will see a slight boost in their paychecks. However, some students and parents will see themselves paying more for school activities.  view article  arw

Judson ISD teachers get immediate pay raises totaling $3.9 million; starting pay now $51,050

August 2108:36 AM
 

Educators in Judson ISD will receive a 2 percent pay raise which will be reflected on their September paychecks, according to a statement from the district. The Judson ISD board approved the raises, totaling $3.9 million, during a regular board meeting Thursday. The increase will come from the district's fund balance. view article  arw

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Legal Issues for School Secretaries

Sept-Oct 2017

Arm your school’s first line of defense, your school secretary, 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. 


As 2017 was a legislative year, this full-day seminar delves into the most pertinent legislation from the 85th Legislative Session critical to a school secretary’s duties. 

 

Registration Fee

$185 per person

 

When and Where

Huntsville  |  Region 6 ESC  |  Sept 20, 2017
Lubbock  |  Science Spectrum  |  Sept 21, 2017
Kilgore  |  Region 7 ESC  |  Sept 27, 2017
Midland  |  Region 18 ESC  |  Sept 28, 2017
Austin  |  Region 13 ESC  |  Oct 4, 2017
Houston  |  Cy-Fair ISD  |  Oct 12, 2017
Fort Worth  |  Region 11 ESC  |  Oct 13, 2017
Dallas  |  Plano, TX  |  Oct 17, 2017
Waco  |  Region 12 ESC  |  Oct 17, 2017
Abilene  |  Region 14 ESC  |  Oct 24, 2017
McAllen  |  Convention Center  |  Oct 25, 2017
 

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Standardized testing is killing education

August 2108:36 AM
 

The new STAAR results came out last week, but they shed about as much light on public schools as Monday's total eclipse of the sun. STAAR stands for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, but people know it more commonly as the standardized tests that change so much every year that they become completely useless. view article  arw

South San ISD begins school Monday amid closures

August 2108:36 AM
 

It's the first day of school for the South San Independent School District, and for the first year the doors of three campuses will remain locked. The district closed the schools to save money amidst low enrollment numbers. Last year the school board voted to close Kazen Middle School, Athens Elementary School, and the alternative school. Former Kazen elementary students will now attend Zamora Middle School, with former Athens students attending either Price Elementary School or Carillo Elementary School, and the alternative school students now going out of district. view article  arw

The example Abilene is for others

August 2108:35 AM
 

It would be naive to think that what happened in Charlottesville has no impact on Abilene. But then, that just doesn't seem to be us at all. The events of the past week, from the violence in Virginia to questions about the president's response, have dominated the news. Our concern with North Korea has been pushed aside. In Texas, even the final days of the special session were overshadowed. view article  arw

All but 1 area school district meets minimum state rating

August 2108:34 AM
 

State accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency show most East Texas school districts met standards in 2017, while only East Texas Charter Schools received the improvement required designation.  ETCS Superintendent Terry Lapic said the district's rating can be attributed to a move from the "alternative accountability" category to "standard accountability," English end-of-course scores and the district's post-secondary readiness score. Lapic said teachers already are working hard to ensure the district does not keep that designation. view article  arw

The Worst Little Statehouse in Texas

August 2108:31 AM
 

In 1964, journalist Willie Morris quoted a member of the Texas House as saying the state Capitol “was built for giants and inhabited by pygmies.” In the intervening years, the faces have changed, but not much else. The one-party Democratic Texas has been replaced effectively by one-party Republican Texas. Restroom segregation, tight-fisted state spending, mandates on cities, and a select committee to study how to pay for public schools—we’ve been there before. No matter how many oil wells we drill or shiny glass skyscrapers we build, some things remain consistent. view article  arw

Midland: Column: Our district’s current priorities don’t include name changes

August 2108:31 AM
 

If you believe what you hear in some places, the No. 1 problem in education in Midland is that some people are scheming to rename Lee High School. Those people believe that in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, others are working “behind the scenes” to change the name of our city’s second high school. view article  arw

Looking back at special session

August 2108:30 AM
 

As students once again fill the hallways and classrooms of schools across the state, Texas lawmakers are finally making their way home after a laborious month in Austin. I’m pleased to report that the Legislature took action on a number of issues that will positively impact all Texans. view article  arw

Robert E. Lee High School in TX asked to change name

August 2108:30 AM
 

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A group of parents and citizens is calling for the renaming of one East Texas high school. The events in Charlottesville, Virginia have prompted a push to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler."Going through old Robert E. Lee High School yearbooks and seeing Confederate flags and Confederate cannons, and seeing people waving them," said DG Montalvo, Minister of Social Justice.Mike Warner entered the school as a junior in 1958. He was a part of the first graduating class in 1959."They waved the Confederate flag, they played Dixie. It was a different time with a different understanding, or lack thereof," Warner said. view article  arw

As Lege Fails to Restore Disabled Kids’ Medicaid Funding, a Child Loses Therapy [UPDATED]

August 2108:30 AM
 

Their daughter, who has a developmental disorder called Prader Willi syndrome, was only just learning how to talk, and how to swallow soft, puree-like food without throwing it up. Prader Willi causes acute weakness in babies’ muscles, meaning Lillian, who will be three in September, has still not learned to walk or to stand on her own. She prefers rolling. It causes extreme oral aversions, meaning Lillian, until the past year, would not accept any food or water by mouth. She is mostly nonverbal. So for Carlos and Maggie, the milestones — learning to say Mama, taking three meals a day by mouth rather than through a tube — had been tremendous. view article  arw

Tulsa World editorial: Thank you, teachers, for staying

August 2108:30 AM
 

In Tulsa and around the state, the school year is beginning.  Despite the best efforts of principals and superintendents, many schools will be starting the year without enough teachers for their classrooms and with far too many teachers who aren’t fully qualified for the jobs they will be doing.That’s a shame. Every child deserves a fully qualified teacher from Day 1.  But no one should be surprised. Our competitors in the labor market — schools in Texas, Arkansas and Kansas — are offering better salaries and more respect.  If you’re an Oklahoma teacher, there’s plenty of rational economic and psychological reasons to pull up stakes and head for Plano, and some very high profile teachers are doing just that. Former Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Shawn Sheehan and his wife, also a Norman teacher, announced this year that they’re taking off for Texas. view article  arw

Have back to school questions? Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza has answers

August 2108:29 AM
 

If you are a parent in HISD with back to school questions, here's your chance to get answers. Today HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza will host a live question and answer session on the HISD website, Facebook page, and HISD-TV (Comcast 18 and Uverse 99). view article  arw

Brownsville Area Superintendent relishes chance to build culture of success

August 2108:29 AM
 

Dr. Keith Harbauer prides himself on building winning programs. The Former coach spent 15 years on the sidelines of high school and collegiate football fields - reviewing film, calling plays, making quick decisions. While nearly a decade has passed since Hartbauer has donned the headset and clipboard, the tendencies and attributes from those coaching gigs are now being utilized in a different environment as he continues in leadership roles inside the school building.  view article  arw

Howe ISD school board proposes $17 million school bond

August 2108:25 AM
 

HOWE, Texas (KXII) -- After months of considering different options, the Howe ISD school board has decided to call a $17 million bond to build a new primary school.  We're told if the bond passes, the current elementary school would become an intermediate school to address overcrowding issues at both there and at the middle school, which were built in the 60s.  "We're at capacity right now," said Kevin Wilson, Howe ISD superintendent.  Wilson said the district has seen more than 9% growth in enrollment in the last year alone. They expect it to be up nearly 70% by 2025. view article  arw

Splendora ISD student hit by 2 cars while getting off bus

August 2108:25 AM
 

A Splendora ISD student was hit by two cars as she got off a school bus on Friday afternoon, according to a district spokesperson. The accident happened around 3:15 p.m. near Midline Road as the junior high student got off of bus 16. view article  arw

$454.4M bond vote for four new schools in Leander ISD

August 2108:25 AM
 

Four new schools and existing school improvements could come to Leander ISD if voters say “yes” to a bond program this November. The Leander ISD Board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday to send the $454.4 million bond out for a vote Nov. 7. In addition to those new schools, the money would expand Vandegrift High School and add career and technical education facilities to high schools. Of that bond, $38.7 million will go toward upgrading old technology. view article  arw

Socorro ISD to put $448.5 million bond on November ballot

August 2108:25 AM
 

Leaders with the Socorro Independent School District voted unanimously this week to seek voter approval on a $448.5 million bond measure that would build three new campuses and reconstruct Socorro High School. Trustees on Tuesday voted 7-0 to put the measure on the November ballot, making Socorro the latest school district in El Paso County to seek a multimillion-dollar bond. Last year, taxpayers in the El Paso Independent School District approved a $668.7 million measure that was the largest ever sought in the county.  view article  arw

Pflugerville ISD board OKs using fund balance to help cover $8M budget gap

August 2108:25 AM
 

Pflugerville ISD staff will be taking a hard look at the budget over the next year to prevent future deficits. The district faces challenges of an influx of 600 new students coming into the district over the next year and about $4.2 million in reduced funding from the state. view article  arw

Snook ISD planning $7.5 million bond election for November

August 2108:25 AM
 

Snook Independent School District is seeing gains in its accountability scores. Ratings released by the Texas Education Agency this week show the district is meeting standard. Last year, the district was taken off of probation after they'd been marked as an improvement required district. They also meet standard last year. view article  arw

TEA could step in on IR campuses

August 2108:25 AM
 

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath sent a letter this week to Ector County Independent School District Superintendent Tom Crowe and ECISD Board of Trustees President Carol Gregg regarding steps the Texas Education Agency could take with campuses that have been on the state’s improvement required list for five years. TEA issued preliminary 2017 academic accountability ratings Aug. 15 showing ECISD has eight campuses with “unacceptable performance ratings,” the letter said. Ector Middle School, Zavala and Noel elementary schools have received four or more consecutive unacceptable accountability ratings, the letter said. view article  arw

Van ISD reopens elementary school destroyed in 2015 tornado

August 2108:25 AM
 

An East Texas school has been reopened just in time for the new school year. Back in May of 2015, J.E. Rhodes Elementary in Van was destroyed when a fatal EF-3 tornado tore through the city. The devastation left behind by the storm is a distant yet vibrant memory for the people of Van. view article  arw