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Last week saw boards (now over 234) adopting resolutions opposing A-F. It is apparent that school boards are concerned, not with being held accountable, but with the unfair A-F reporting system.Our education system needs accountability, however, the goals need to be static. Financially the implications are that there are not enough resources to adequately and equitably fund public schools, therefore, to start another governmental bureaucracy for a few students makes no sense. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Cheryl Floyd, Interim Superintendent, Paint Creek ISD, has been named New Super of Paint Creek ISD.

Nancy Sandlin, Principal, Edna ISD, has been named New Super of Buckholts ISD.

Cliff Gilmore, Superintendent, Aspermont ISD, has been named New Super of Perrin Whitt CISD.


30 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Greenville ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Cuero ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Jim Hogg County ISD; Search by J. Cruz & Associates InfoINFO
Vacant Clyde ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants InfoINFO
Vacant Llano ISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
Vacant Fairfield ISD; Search by the Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
Vacant Tatum ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Lindsay ISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
Vacant Broaddus ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Kirbyville ISD; Search by ESC 5 InfoINFO
Vacant Bryan ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Tomball ISD; Search by David Thompson & Dr. Mike MosesINFO
Vacant McGregor ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Windthorst ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Vacant Snyder ISD; Search by Ronnie Kincaid, ESC 14 InfoINFO
Vacant Brady ISD; Search by ESC 15 InfoINFO
Vacant Orange Grove ISD; Search by Doug Arnold Info INFO
Vacant Medina ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Van Alstyne ISD; Search by John Spies and Van Alstyne ISD Board InfoINFO
Vacant Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD; Search by Wayne Haglund, Haglund Law Firm, PC InfoINFO
Vacant Industrial ISD; Search by Industrial ISD Board InfoINFO
Vacant Sweetwater ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Gorman ISD; Search by ESC 14 & Ronnie Kincaid Info INFO
Vacant Leon ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants InfoINFO
Vacant Waco ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Frankston ISD - John Allen , Deputy Director,Kipp Academy; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Pleasant Grove ISD - Dr. Jason Smith, Former Superintendent,Melissa ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Hereford ISD - Sheri Blankenship, Asst. Superintendent,Hereford ISD; Search by Region 16 ESC InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Caldwell ISD - Andrew Peters, Superintendent,Marfa ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist West Oso ISD - Conrado Garcia, Interim Superintendent,West Oso ISD; Search by West Oso ISD  Board INFO
Lone Finalist Weslaco ISD - Priscilla Canales, Asst. Superintendent,Del Valle ISD; Search by Ivan F. Pérez, at Jones, Galligan, Key & Lozano L.L.P  InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Allen ISD - Scott Niven, Superintendent,Red Oak ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Vernon ISD - Jeff Byrd, Superintendent,Claude ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Mexia ISD - Dr. Lyle DeBus, Superintendent,Harts Bluff ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Pineywoods Community Academy Charter School  - Ken Vaughn, Excecutive Director of Student Services ,Tyler ISD; Search by School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Taylor ISD - Keith Brown, Superintendent,Bay City ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Tom Bean ISD - Kelly Lusk, Superintendent,Falwell ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Stanton ISD  - Merl Brandon, Asst. Superintendent ,Belton ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Splendora ISD - Jeff Burke, Asst. Superintendent of Academics,Georgetown ISD; Search by Splendora ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Blue Ridge ISD - John Wink, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction,Tatum ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Wall ISD  - Russell Dacy, Wall High School Principal,Wall ISD; Search byv Wall ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Chester ISD - Cory Hines, Principal,Martins Mill ISD; Search by the Chester ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Sheldon ISD - King Davis, Dept. Superintendent,Everman ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLPINFO
New Super Pecos - Barstow - Toyah ISD  - Jim Haley, Superintendent,Cuero ISD; Search by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Paducah ISD - Brian Patterson, Superintendent,Darrouzett ISD; Search by Jerry Baird InfoINFO
New Super Terrell County ISD - Amanda Ann Magallan , Principal Lamar Elementary,Midland ISD ; Search by Kenn Norris, Interim Superintendent Info INFO
New Super Winona ISD - Cody Mize; Search by Consilience LLC - Wes Hickey & Jennifer Jones InfoINFO
New Super Falls City ISD - Todd Pawelek, High School Principal ,Poth ISD; Search by FCISD Board of Trustees and Interim Superintendent Gary PattersonINFO
New Super Cotton Center ISD - Jeff Kirby, Elementary Principal ,Waelder ISD; Search by Cotton Center ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super La Grange ISD - Bill Wagner, Asst. Superintendent,La Grange ISD; Moak, Casey and AssociatesINFO
New Super Three Rivers ISD - Dr. Mary Springs, Superintendent,Santa Gertrudis ISD; Search by School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
New Super Jacksboro ISD - Dwain Milam, Superintendent,Collinsville ISD ; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
New Super Prairie Valley ISD - Tim West, Principal,Prairie Valley ISD; Search by: Darren Francis, Deputy Executive Director-Region 9 ESCINFO
New Super Poth ISD - Paula Renken , Interim Superintendent,Poth ISD; Poth ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Petersburg ISD - Drew Howard, Principal ,Peaster ISD; Search by ESC 17 and Petersburg ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Cross Roads ISD  - Richard Tedder, Interim Superintendent,Cross Roads ISD; Search by:  TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Anderson-Shiro CISD - Scott Beene, Superintendent,Big Sandy ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super North Hopkins ISD - Darin Jolly; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Wellman-Union CISD - Aaron Waldrip, Principal,Brownfield Middle School ; Search by the Wellman - Union Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super McLean ISD - Oscar Muniz, High School Principal ,Coolidge ISD; Search by McLean ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Pettus ISD - Jaime Velasco, Superintendent,Italy ISD; Search by School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
New Super Mineral Wells ISD  - John Kuhn, Superintendent,Perrin-Whitt CISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
New Super Aubrey ISD - David Belding, Superintendent,Millsap ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
New Super Beeville ISD - Dr. Marc A. Puig; Search by Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. with Educational Consultant Gary Patterson. INFO
New Super Santa Gertrudis ISD - Dr, Corey Seymour, Lead Secondary High School Principal ,Cedar Hill ISD; Walsh Anderson Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.and  Dr. Ann Dixon, Search ConsultantINFO
New Super Moody ISD - Gary Martel, Superintendent,Diboll ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Webb CISD - Heriberto D. Gonzalez; Search by J. Cruz & Associates, LLC Info RequirementsINFO
New Super Manor ISD - Dr. Royce Avery, Area Superintendent,El Paso ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Marshall ISD - Dr. Jerry Gibson, Superintendent,Coldspring ISD; Search by the Marshall ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Katy ISD - Dr. Lance Hindt, Superintendent,Allen ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
New Super Grand Saline ISD - Micah Lewis, Superintendent,Frankston ISD; Search by Grand Saline ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Columbus ISD - Brian Morris, Assistant Superintendent,Hallsville iSD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Big Sandy ISD (ESC 7) - Jay Ratcliff, Superintendent,Martinsville ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Huckabay ISD - Troy Roberts, Superintendent,Tom Bean ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Galveston ISD - Kelli Moulton, Superintendent,Hereford ISD; Search by:  TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Chico ISD - Don Elsom , Superintendent,Latexo ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Natalia ISD - Dr. Freeman Hensley Cone, Executive Director of Secondary Education/Co-Interim Asst. San Marcos CISD; Search by the Natalia ISD Board of Trustees  - no longer accepting applicationsINFO
New Super Coupland ISD - Tammy Brinkman, Director of Curriculum & Instruction,Iola ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C.  InfoINFO
New Super Yorktown ISD - Chad Gee , Assistant Superintendent,Comanche ISD; Search by: School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
New Super Runge ISD - Dr. James Bakewell (Bake) Barron, Dr. James Bakewell (Bake) Barron Director of Student Services,Livingston ISD; Search by Walsh Anderson Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C - No longer accepting applicationsINFO
New Super Lazbuddie ISD - Steve Wolf, Principal ,Motley County ISD; Search by Dr. Gary Bigham Info AnnouncementINFO
New Super Donna ISD - Fernando Castillo, Deputy and Acting Superintendent,Donna ISD; Search by Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. INFO
New Super McAllen ISD - J.A. Gonzalez, Interim Superintendent,McAllen ISD; Search by JG ConsultingINFO
New Super Region 15 ESC Executive Director - Casey Callahan, Superintendent,Llano ISD; Search by ESC 15 Board of Directors InfoINFO
New Super Lampasas ISD 
  - Chane Rascoe, Superintendent,Moody ISD; Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston, LLPINFO
New Super Hale Center ISD - Steven Plyburn, Superintendent,Crowell ISD; Search by ESC 17INFO
New Super Rule ISD - Rick Moeller, Superintendent,Paint Creek ISD ; Search by the Rule ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Klein ISD - Dr. Bret Champion, Superintendent,Leander ISD; Search by Thompson and Horton LLPINFO
New Super Brooks County ISD  - Dr. Maria Casas, Former Superintendent,Mathis ISD; Search by Fountainhead Education InfoINFO
New Super Mason ISD - John Schumacher; Search by Education Solution Services INFO
New Super Scurry-Rosser ISD - James Sanders, Assistant Superintendent,Ennis ISD; Search by Scurry-Rosser ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Brownsboro ISD - Tommy Hunter , Superintendent,S&S CISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. InfoINFO
New Super Rockwall ISD - Dr. John (J.J.) E. Villarreal, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services,Carroll ISD; Horn, Smith, Wood & PrestonINFO
New Super Highland Park ISD (Amarillo)  - Jimmy Hannon, Superintendent,Water Valley ISD; Search by Potter County Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Bartlett ISD - Travis W. Edwards, Field Agent,ESC 14; Search by the Bartlett ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Crowell ISD - Pam Norwood, Director of Special Programs,Chapel Hill ISD, Mount Pleasant, TX ; Search by ESC 9 & Darren Francis - No longer taking applicationsINFO
New Super Leander ISD - Dr. Dan Troxell, Superintendent,Kerrville ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLP INFO
New Super Buckholts ISD - Nancy Sandlin , Principal,Edna ISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
New Super Paint Creek ISD  - Cheryl Floyd, Interim Superintendent,Paint Creek ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Perrin Whitt CISD - Cliff Gilmore, Superintendent,Aspermont ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
New Super Westwood ISD - Wade Stanford; Search by John Hardy of Hardy, Cook & Hardy InfoINFO
New Super Rogers ISD - Joe Craig, Asst. Superintendent,Academy ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Water Valley ISD
  - Fabian Gomez, Superintendent,Dell City ISD; Search by the Water Valley ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Navasota ISD - Stu Musick, Superintendent,Hubbard ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Booker ISD - Dr. Brian Holt, Secondary Principal ,Booker ISD; Walter W. Cox and Booker ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Kerrville ISD - Dr. Mark Foust,Fort Bend ISD; Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
New Super Roosevelt ISD - Dallas Grimes; Search by Roosevelt ISD Board & Jimmy Parker InfoINFO
New Super Rochelle ISD - Dave Lewis, Middle School Principal,San Saba ISD; Search by ESC Region 15  InfoINFO
New Super Premont ISD - Steve Van Matre, Superintendent,Freer ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Jasper ISD - Dr. Gerald Hudson, Area Director ,Garland ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Zapata County ISD - Carlos M. Gonzalez, Career and Technical Education Director/Assistant Athletic Director,Roma ISD; Search by J. Cruz & Associates InfoINFO

Updated LPE - DPE Template - from ESC 12 - Woody

January 1608:42 AM

The LPE-DPE template has been updated according to Woody Brewton.  The current template is now Release 6 and can be downloaded at this Link.

Whiteker:  Farewell to Public Education

January 1608:41 AM

I must acknowledge and give credit to those legislators that have stayed the course in their journey to dismantle public education.  They have promoted a perception that schools are failing; therefore, privatizing education via vouchers, tax credit scholarships will save our children. School choice is the answer!

New Template from Omar

January 1608:41 AM

A new template (release 6 dated 1/4/17) is now available for download. Please read the ‘Notes’ tab carefully for the changes made and stay tuned. view article  arw

Creating a Teaching Moment - What a Junior High Principal did to help your District’s funding situation

January 1608:39 AM

Repost  - An excellent point "From The EC Express" - 

John Kuhn: The Great Hoax of Texas’ A-F Grades for School Districts

January 1306:03 AM

Awesome article by John Kuhn - js  John Kuhn was the superintendent of the small Perrin-Whitt school district in Texas and was recently named superintendent of schools in Mineral Wells, Texas. He is also one of the best informed, most eloquent critics of corporate reform in the nation. He was a lead speaker at the 2011 Save Our Schools March on Washington, where he electrified the crowd. He has recently published two books: Fear and Learning in America and Test and Punish: How the Texas Education Model Gave America Accountability Without Equity. Kuhn says that the Texas A-F school grading system sets up schools that enroll poor kids to fail; A stands for “Affluent.” view article  arw

Preventive Law: Cellular Addiction: Pitfalls of the “Personal Work Phone”

January 0508:30 AM

If you were to ask Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, or Mark Zuckerberg’s Jarvis (aka Morgan Freeman) what legal issues often arise with the use of personal work phones, they would hopefully answer, “Public information requests, records retention, and security concerns.” If by chance 2017 technology has yet to discover the rugged frontier of education law, read on for a short synopsis of the common pitfalls of personal work phones.

Thank you, School Board Members

January 0408:42 AM

(Austin)—January 2017 is School Board Recognition Month, a time to honor the more than 7,200 locally elected leaders who step forward to serve without pay on local boards to ensure Texas students have the best schools possible. Each year the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) encourages Texans to show appreciation to these men and women for their unfailing commitment to our state’s future. 

2016 Tax Ratification Elections/Results

December 0209:00 AM

Election information related to all Tax Ratification Elections in 2016

Texas A-F school grades give boost to charters

January 1608:38 AM

Critics of the new A-F grading system for Texas schools have long warned that the state's letter grades would give an undeserved boost to charter schools. An American-Statesman analysis of the advisory A-F grades issued this month shows that charter schools did fare better compared with their traditional public school peers under the letter grade system than they did under the state's old ratings. view article  arw

Superintendent constraints to help MISD board during future search

January 1608:38 AM

Midland ISD leaders on Sunday addressed the 800-pound gorilla in the room as the groundwork was laid for the upcoming superintendent search during the second day of a weekend workshop. Board members and leading administration staff agreed on three constraints that future superintendents should adhere to when leading staff, teachers and students. view article  arw

Region’s schools score mainly C’s in new A-F system

January 1608:38 AM

Public school districts in the region scored mostly C’s on a recently released preliminary report of the state’s soon-to-be-rolled-out, new accountability system. The more than 35 districts in the Wichita Falls region scored 50 C’s, 38 B’s, 29 D’s, 11 F’s and 13 A’s.  Districts such as Prairie Valley in Montague County performed well, receiving three A’s and one B. Windthorst ISD fared well, too, landing one A, two B’s and a C on the preliminary report. view article  arw

Here’s how Plano ISD stacks up to Texas’ highest-scoring districts in TEA’s new A-F ratings

January 1608:38 AM

Of the state’s roughly 1,200 school districts, just two districts in Texas received straight As under the state’s preliminary A-F accountability report, which measures performance in four areas. The preliminary report was released to the public Jan. 6, based on data from the 2015-16 academic year. view article  arw

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Legal Issues for Cheerleader and Drill Team Sponsors

February 2017


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

Attendees will have access to our constitution collection from districts across the state.



  • New Cases Added
  • UIL Requirements
  • Rights Associated with Extracurricular Activities
  • District and Staff Liability & 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: 

$185.00 per person
materials are included with your registration


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Lawmakers propose easing STAAR testing requirements permanently

January 1608:38 AM

Almost 6,000 Texas students who failed one or two of their STAAR tests were still able to graduate in 2015.  Kel Seliger’s bill would allow students to continue to graduate through committees if they’ve failed the STAAR.  Some students say the graduation committees have allowed them to move on to college.  A state law that has allowed thousands of high school students to bypass state standardized testing requirements to graduate is set to expire in September.  Kel Seliger, the Republican state senator from Amarillo who originally proposed the law, has filed a bill that would keep the policy in place permanently. (paywalled) view article  arw

State Education Grades vs. Political Parties

January 1608:35 AM

Interesting article - js - On January 12th Diane Ravitch posted an article written by Mineral Wells Texas School Superintendent John Kuhn. John proceeds to blast the newly released “A-F” letter grades for schools in the State of Texas. As part of his article John also noted that Education Week had just released their state-by-state “A-F” grades for each state.  Just to humor myself I decided to look at the grades given to each state and compare them to the political parties that are currently in office. view article  arw

Making progress at Karnack ISD

January 1608:33 AM

KARNACK-Karnack ISD has finished the first phase of its renovations as part of its "Adopt a Room" project to restore the district's grounds that began during the summer of 2016. view article  arw

Bryan school district may see funding shortfall

January 1608:32 AM

Lower-than-expected kindergarten enrollment has left the Bryan school district with a funding shortfall for the 2016-2017 school year and uncertainty about how to make up the deficit.  According to a financial report presented to the Bryan school board recently, district officials anticipated a 1.7 percent increase in student enrollment when setting the 2016-2017 budget based on historical trends and up-to-date demographic studies. But based on actual enrollment, Amy Drozd, assistant superintendent of business services, said the district's student population is about half of a percent higher than last year's primarily because the district is teaching fewer kindergarteners than expected.  The report said this school year's weighted average daily attendance will likely be 225 students lower than the district planned. Because school district funding is based largely on attendance, the result is a $1.1 million difference in state revenue over what was projected. view article  arw

Belton ISD Board Briefs

January 1608:31 AM

Long range plans -js -  The Belton ISD Board of Trustees held a workshop on Jan. 11 to discuss options for the district's long-range facilities plan.  A fast-growth school district, Belton ISD is expected to grow from 11,119 students this school year to more than 14,000 students by 2025. Along the way, Belton ISD's elementary and middle schools are projected to be at or near capacity in 2019, and its high schools will be at or near capacity in 2021.   view article  arw

Legislature should address state’s biggest crisis: Texas children

January 1608:31 AM

If one were looking for a moral theme for the legislative session that convened last week, it would not be bathroom bills nor so-called sanctuary cities. It would be Texas children.  Specifically, the welfare of children in the state’s beleaguered foster care system and the more than 5 million children attending public schools. Those are the crisis points. And lawmakers would be wise not to delay action in fixing those systems, even as the Legislature faces one of its most challenging budgets in recent times.  State leaders shouldn’t be dissuaded from taking action on those problems despite the fact that state revenues are down by $2.8 billion. Instead, they should look to the Economic Stabilization Fund, also called the rainy day fund, to help with some services.  If ever there were an emergency that required tapping into the fund, the welfare of Texas children certainly qualifies. view article  arw

What Singapore Can Teach Texas About Public Education

January 1608:31 AM

SINGAPORE – A caravan of Texas public educators and business leaders recently traveled to this island city-state of 5.7 million people in Southeast Asia to learn more about one of the world’s most successful public school systems.  Singapore is a good distance to travel in search of ways to improve Texas’ low-performing public schools, but rankings of the world’s best school systems always place Singapore atop a handful of other Asian and European nations.  The United States usually manages a spot in the Top 20, but seldom higher, a reflection of relatively low high school graduation rates and underinvestment in early education programs. Among the 50 states, Texas fares poorly: The Lone Star State ranks 48th in per capita student spending, 43rd in SAT scores, and 33rd in overall education outcomes. view article  arw

School finance reform a priority but not a probability at Lege

January 1608:30 AM

Ask state lawmakers about the importance of education and its funding, and they say little else compares. Ask if the Legislature is willing to reform the state's school funding to make sure all schools are treated equitably this year, as urged by the Texas Supreme Court, and they say don't hold your breath. view article  arw

Marshall MLK celebration slated for Monday

January 1608:30 AM

From panelists and parades to youth performances and a feast, a fun-filled day is in store Monday as the NAACP branch of Marshall-Harrison County presents the city's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. view article  arw

E, The Letter Missing from the A-F School Report Card

January 1608:30 AM

State legislatures have more impact on the future of education than any form of government, and school leaders, teachers, and parents of Texas public schools are gravely concerned about the impact that the new A-F Rating System will have on schools and for good reason.  This archaic form of deeming subjective proficiency served it’s purpose in the 20th century by rating and sorting students, and much evidence proves it does not accurately represent what one person, let alone an entire school, can do.    A letter grade is ambiguous.  It doesn’t tell the whole story about a student or a school, and it is a potentially reckless judgment that in the end will permanently damage more schools and communities than it will help.   view article  arw

Kolkhorst pushes extension to school funding ‘safeguard’

January 1608:30 AM

Extend ASATR - State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) has proposed new legislation which she says will protect the financial future of almost 200 school districts across Texas. view article  arw

Spring ISD superintendent: School communities more than a letter grade

January 1608:30 AM

When the Texas Education Agency released its Texas school accountability ratings in August, a majority of the Spring ISD campuses Met Standard -- the highest standard under that system. However, that achievement was not reflected when the TEA recently released the finds of its new legislatively mandated grading system.  It is a "work-in-progress" A through F grading system, which breaks the campus' overall ratings into letter grades based on performance in four domains. This new system, under House Bill 2804 passed in the 84th state Legislature, will be further developed before its implementation in August 2018. view article  arw

The Brief: Officials spar over school funding, ratings

January 1608:30 AM

While state lawmakers weighed a tight budget against a school finance system sorely in need of repairs, educators across the state balked at the Texas Education Agency's new rating system for schools. While state lawmakers weighed a tight budget against a school finance system sorely in need of repairs, educators across the state balked at the Texas Education Agency's new rating system for schools. Here's the story:The current school finance system is held together by a number of short-term fixes that have not been updated or reformed in decades. The Texas Supreme Court upheld the funding system as constitutional in May, and at the same time put the onus on state lawmakers to reform it — but few believe a major overhaul will come without a court order. view article  arw

26 Texas schools nominated for 2017 national Blue Ribbon honors

January 1608:30 AM

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency today announced the nomination of 26 Texas public schools for national 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition.  Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels. The nominated schools in Texas include the following:   view article  arw

New superintendent implements changes

January 1608:29 AM

On May 23, the Klein ISD board of trustees announced Bret Champion as the next superintendent of the district, replacing Jim Cain, who retired. Champion came to KISD with 22 years of experience serving at Leander ISD. view article  arw

Public meetings added for Waco ISD superintendent search

January 1608:29 AM

The Waco Independent School District has added several additional meetings to a series of public input sessions next week to kick off its search for a new superintendent. view article  arw

‘Students first’: Garland ISD leaders refocus to move past boardroom turmoil

January 1608:29 AM

Garland ISD officials are trying their best to move on from recent turmoil in the classroom and boardroom that included the awkward Dec. 20 departure of its superintendent by pounding away at a "students first" message. In addition to discord between elected and staff leaders, GISD campus leadership changed at unprecedented rates, and, some say, the district has lost some of its best teachers. In her first message as interim superintendent, Deborah Cron told the executive council and staff that the most important process in the district is the education that goes on daily in its classrooms."We're going to be looking at student achievement first," board President Linda Griffin said Thursday. "We're going to repeat it over and over again." view article  arw

Argyle ISD keeps Wright as head

January 1608:29 AM

The Argyle school board has extended its contract with Superintendent Telena Wright through June 2020. The unanimous vote from all seven trustees came Thursday evening, reversing a course set last year when a previous group of trustees announced they did not intend to renew her contract.  Wright said she is happy to continue her work and make sure Argyle ISD’s programs continue to serve the fast-growing district. view article  arw

Sabine: Trustees extend SISD chief’s contract

January 1608:29 AM

It’s a couple of weeks shy of a year since the Sabine ISD School Board voted 4-3 against a one-year extension to Superintendent Stacey Bryce’s contract. view article  arw

Como-Pickton: CPCISD losing superintendent at end of school year

January 1608:29 AM

Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District trustees hope to have a new superintendent in place when school ends in May. view article  arw