This week’s voucher issue in the Texas Senate is getting enough votes to bring SB3 (to the floor). I am encouraged that there is resistance. The possible changes that would cause current “NO” votes to change to “YES” votes seems to be focused at rural senators. The other issue pointed out in several articles is that there is no fiscal note. In the Quorum Report, Kimberly Reeves and Scott Braddock observed, “CSSB 3 left the Senate Public Education Committee with no fiscal note attached. Taylor’s rough back-of-the-napkin estimate pegged the bill’s cost at $150 million.” read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Steve Van Matre, former Superintendent Freer ISD , has been named New Super of Premont ISD.

JP Richardson, former Gladewater ISD Superintendent, has been named New Super of Tatum ISD.

John Allen, former Deputy Director,Kipp Academy, has been named New Super of Frankston ISD.

Martha Salazar-Zamora, former Chief Academic Officer Tomball ISD, has been named New Super of Tomball ISD.


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Vacant Meridian ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Jim Hogg County ISD; Search by J. Cruz & Associates InfoINFO
Vacant Clyde ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants Extended Deadline InfoINFO
Vacant Pflugerville ISD; Search by Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. and Educational Consultant Gary PattersonINFO
Vacant Fairfield ISD; Search by the Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
Vacant Broaddus ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
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 Waco ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Brazos ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Como-Pickton CISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Red Oak ISD; Search by Horn Educational Consulting InfoINFO
Vacant Stratford ISD; Search by the Stratford ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Farwell ISD; Farwell Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Harts Bluff ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Hubbard ISD (Hill County); Search by the Hubbard ISD Board of Trustees and Interim Super Kerry Hansen Info INFO
Vacant Texas City ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLPINFO
Vacant Bay City ISD; Search by Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Consultant Dr. Ann Dixon Job Requirement Amended INFO
Vacant Boerne ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Abbott ISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services, Inc. InfoINFO
Vacant Keller ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Leon ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants Info UPDATED TIMELINEINFO
Vacant Friendswood ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Petrolia CISD; Search Petrolia CISD Info INFO
Vacant Johnson City ISD; Search By EDSAS and Don Rogers and Lance Johnson infoINFO
Vacant Ira ISD; Search byCCR Educational Consultants InfoINFO
Vacant Morton ISD; Search By Region 17 ESC InfoINFO
Vacant ESC 18 Executive Director; Search by the ESC 18 Board of Directors Info INFO
Vacant Gladewater ISD; Search by: Gladewater Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Blanco ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Hidalgo ISD; Search By:O’Hanlon McCollom & DemerathINFO
Vacant Edcouch Elsa ISD; Search by Jones, Galligan, Key & LozanoINFO
Vacant West Hardin ISD; Search by the Board of Trustees of West Hardin ISDINFO
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 Stanton ISD  - Merl Brandon, Asst. Superintendent ,Belton ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Van Alstyne ISD - Dr. David Brown, Asst. Superintendent ,Van Alstyne ISD; Search by John Spies and Van Alstyne ISD Board InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Kirbyville ISD - Tommy Wallis, Former Superintendent,Bryan ISD; Search by ESC 5 InfoINFO
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 McGregor ISD - James Lenamon, Asst. Superintendent,McGregor ISD; James Lenamon,former Asst. Superintendent of McGregor ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
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 Refugio ISD; Melissa Gonzales, former Refugio High School Principal; Search by Refugio 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 Medina ISD; Kevin Newsom,former superintendent of Brackett ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Orange Grove ISD; Dr. Randy Hoyer, Superintendent at Skidmore-Tynan ISD; Search by Doug Arnold, Dr. Arte Almendarez and Dr. Linda VillarrealINFO
Lone Finalist Nacogdoches ISD; Sandra Dowdy, Interim Superintendent of Nacogdoches ISD; Search by Nacogdoches ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Windthorst ISD; Lonnie Hise, High School Principal of Windthorst ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Raymondville ISD - Raul Nuques , Superintendent ,Hearne ISD; Raul Nuques, Superintendent of Hearne ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services 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 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
New Super Splendora ISD - Jeff Burke, Asst. Superintendent of Academics,Georgetown ISD; Search by Splendora ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Taylor ISD - Keith Brown, Superintendent,Bay City ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Frankston ISD - John Allen , Deputy Director,Kipp Academy; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Pleasant Grove ISD - Dr. Jason Smith, Former Superintendent,Melissa ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD - Dr. Leland Moore Former Superintendent Kennard and Quitman ISD; Search by Wayne Haglund, Haglund Law Firm, PC InfoINFO
New Super Tatum ISD - JP Richardson , Superintendent,Gladewater ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Lindsay ISD - Trevor Rogers, Former Superintendent ,Linden-Kildare CISD; Trevor Rogers, Former Superintendent of Linden-Kildare CISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
New Super Tomball ISD - Martha Salazar-Zamora, Chief Academic Officer,Tomball ISD; Search by David Thompson & Dr. Mike MosesINFO
New Super Bryan ISD; Christie Whitbeck, Former Deputy Superintendent, Fort Bend ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Greenville ISD; Dr. Demetrus Liggins, Former Area Superintendent, Grand Prairie; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Brady ISD - Dr. Duane Limbaugh, Former Superintendent,Frost ISD; Duane Limbaugh, Former Frost ISD Superintendent: Search by ESC 15INFO
New Super Sweeny ISD; Dr. Tory C. Hill, Area Superintendent for Instructional & Administrative Support for Katy ISD: Search by Walsh Anderson Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. and Educational Consultant, Dr. Ann DixonINFO
New Super Cuero ISD - Micah Dyer, Superintendent,Lovelady ISD; Micah Dyer, Former Superintendent of Lovelady ISD Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO

Incoming Nacogdoches ISD superintendent focused on improving accountability ratings

March 3008:29 AM

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches ISD interim superintendent Sandra Dowdy now knows she is likely to get the job following a state mandated three-week waiting period.  The lone finalist was selected by the NISD school board from 45 applicants. Their names will remain confidential.   At this hour, Dowdy continues the biggest challenge that's been facing her and board members for over a year.  In a special session meeting, they're now discussing what plan to take if accountability ratings don't improve. Dowdy discussed the latest proposal on the table East Texas News. view article  arw

Here’s how the school choice bill has changed

March 3006:33 AM

Legislative staffers Tuesday received a one-page report detailing changes to Senate Bill 3, which would exclude rural counties from participating in the private school subsidy programs and limit overall participation. view article  arw

Senate Ed to meet Thursday (7 Bills to consider)

March 3006:25 AM

The Senate Education Committee will meet Thursday, March 30 at 9 a.m. to consider seven bills. Summaries below from TASB.

Texas House budget writers send budget to full House with massive health care cut

March 3005:36 AM

Just one day after the Texas Senate passed its two-year budget, a key House committee sent their own spending proposal to the full House – but not before cutting $2.4 billion from the state’s largest health care program for the poor and disabled.  Emboldened by the election of President Donald Trump, Texas House budget writers voted to cut $1 billion in state funding for Medicaid, the federal-state insurance program that mostly serves children, pregnant women and people with disabilities. In doing so, they agreed to forfeit another $1.4 billion in federal funding, though they promised the move would not harm patients’ ability to receive health care. view article  arw

Preventive Law: CROWDFUNDING:  Using Policy to Optimize a Powerful Fundraising Tool..

March 0808:31 AM

Teachers and other public school staff are turning to a variety of companies and non-profits to help fund classroom projects or resources through social media “crowdfunding.”  Crowdfunding, or the practice of raising money by asking individuals or groups to support a project or cause because federal, state or local monies are lacking has no shortage of websites and services happy to help with this (almost always) noble cause.  Concerns arise, however, over how monies raised or other assets given to your district will be accounted for, as well as the ways in which staff utilize the crowdfunding tools generally.

May 2017 Bond Elections- Updated 3/8/2017

March 0608:31 AM

This is a list of all known bond elections for the May 2017 election date. If you have information that we do not have included in our chart please email

2016 Tax Rates

February 0608:40 AM

UPDATED Please click here and verify your 16-17 tax rate. If you find any errors please email  view article  arw

2016 Tax Ratification Elections/Results

December 0209:00 AM

Election information related to all Tax Ratification Elections in 2016

Register by April 6 to vote in bond election

March 3008:41 AM

Those who wish to vote in the Thursday, May 6, Port Aransas ISD bond election must register by Thursday, April 6. Early voting will be held from Monday, April 24, to Friday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, May 1, to Tuesday, May 2, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registration may be done through the Nueces County Clerk’s Office, headquartered in Corpus Christi. Registration forms may be picked up at Port Aransas City Hall, 705 W. Ave. A., or at Ellis Memorial Library, next-door. view article  arw

Sam Houston State University to open eight charter schools this fall in Greater Houston area

March 3008:39 AM

Sam Houston State University will launch a charter school program this fall by opening eight elementary schools in the Greater Houston area. The primary purpose of the charter school program is for SHSU student teachers to be able to complete their practicums under the supervision of certified educators, charter school Superintendent Ronny Knox said. “Our charter school program is the only one like it in the state of Texas,” Knox said. “Our main goal is to provide a quality education to the students we serve, but we also want to be model classrooms where our student teachers can excel while offering another free education option.” view article  arw

Senate passes its budget

March 3008:38 AM

The Texas Senate unanimously approved a two-year budget on Tuesday that would shift nearly $2 billion in public education costs from the state to local taxpayers. The Senate’s $218 billion document now goes to budget writers in the House for debate. “This is a lean budget, but it’s also a smart budget,” said state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the 2018-19 Senate budget’s lead author. “It responsibly meets the needs of our state.” view article  arw

Rotan spells out budget woes expected from new legislation

March 3008:38 AM

The Texas Legislature really knows how to kill the mood at a school board meeting — at least for the Glen Rose Independent School District and its 1,760 students. After the Board of Trustees honored several stellar student-athletes who have earned all-state and academic all-state honors during the 2016-2017 school year, Superintendent Wayne Rotan gave a legislative update. It was not a pretty picture. A big chunk of the "there" that was expected to be there in the 2017-2018 budget probably won't be there after all. view article  arw

Standing their ground: Waxahachie ISD trustees join over 60 districts in Region 10 in fight against A-F, vouchers

March 3008:38 AM

A little more than two months after several Ellis County school districts voiced opposition to three potential agenda items of the 85th Texas Legislature, the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees had researched, deliberated and heard enough — the seven board members were ready to hop on the opposition train. The WISD Board of Trustees reached the decision to sign a board resolution of legislative priorities during their most recent regular session. view article  arw

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The Essential Toolkit for Handling School Employee Illnesses, Injuries, and Leaves

April 2017

Implementing your district’s policies and programs related to employee illnesses, injuries, and leaves has always been challenging. The laws that impact these programs are constantly evolving, and the employees who work in this area often change too.


This webinar series is a great opportunity for everyone to get up to speed in an accessible and affordable format. Each session will cover a specific topic, but they are designed to be taken as a series. Each session will be one hour long with an optional 15 minute time for Q&A. You can attend these webinar sessions from the comfort of your desk or conference room. You can participate by yourself or share the sessions with others in your district. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, and a telephone. If you miss a live session, catch up with a recorded session.


All sessions will be presented by Jennifer A. Powell, one of the firm’s shareholders who is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Who Should Attend 

Employees in district central offices charged with working with employee leaves and administrators


Registration Fee

$100 each session / $350 for all sessions


Webinar Series

4/5/17 - What’s in Your Toolbox, Part 1: Overview of the FMLA and ADA, Including Recent Developments

4/12/17 - What’s in Your Toolbox, Part 2: Overview of the Other Federal and State Laws that Impact Employee Illnesses, Injuries, and Leave

4/19/17 - Let’s Get Our Hands Dirty: Processing Requests for Leave and Monitoring Employee Absences

4/26/17 - Cleaning Up: Returning Employees and Handling Employees Who Cannot Return or Who Need Accommodations


All sessions are from 12:00-1:15 pm.


Click here to register online.

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TASB Legislative Update

March 3008:38 AM

House Pub Ed considers charter bills - The Committee on Public Education met Tuesday to consider several bills, most dealing with charter schools and some of those increasing funding for charters. Chairman Dan Huberty (R-Houston) said that next week’s hearing would include bills on special education, health and safety, and other issues. View the morning or afternoon portion of the hearing. The following bills were all left pending. view article  arw

Senators mulling a scaled back version of ‘private school voucher’ bill

March 3008:38 AM

Amid concerns that he doesn’t have enough support in the Senate, the author of a bill that would divert some state money to help students pay for private school tuition, among other non-public education system expenses, is considering scaling back the measure. According to a document received by some Capitol staff members, the bill’s author Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, would limit the eligibility requirements of students. The changes appear to address concerns of lawmakers from rural areas where few private schools exist.  Students who live in counties with fewer than 50,000 people would no longer be eligible for state money through so-called savings accounts or tax credit scholarships unless a school board approves it. view article  arw

House panel takes rainy-day dip, sets up dramatic budget showdown with Senate

March 3008:35 AM

AUSTIN — A House committee unanimously advanced a state budget late Wednesday that would use about one-fifth of state savings, setting up an end-of-session showdown with the Senate. While Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the Senate leader, repeated his opposition to using any of the rainy day fund, House budget writers sought to build support by energizing education constituencies to side with them.  The Appropriations Committee's budget and a companion spending measure known as the "supplemental" bill would avoid the Senate's cuts to higher education and pump $1.5 billion more into public schools — provided that lawmakers in both chambers agree to tweak Texas' school finance system. view article  arw

What the public isn’t told about high-performing charter schools in Arizona

March 3008:33 AM

Interesting read! - js -  President Trump’s first federal budget proposal seeks a $168 million increase for charter schools, which is a 50 percent funding increase from the current level set by the previous Obama administration. For Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, charters are one tool in the school choice tool box that they say will be front and center of their education reform agenda.   view article  arw

State’s Robin Hood System Becomes Daylight Robbery

March 3008:32 AM

The Austin Independent School District will send over half a billion dollars to the state next year, and by 2019 over half of all non-construction related taxes raised by AISD will go into state coffers. According to the latest projections given to the board on Feb. 27 by AISD Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley, the district is set to send $406 million (38.3%) of its $1.06 billion maintenance and operations budget to the state in the current financial year.  view article  arw

Amarillo:  AISD board considering possible tax rate increase

March 3008:32 AM

With budget talks officially starting this week, the Amarillo Independent School District Board of Trustees are weighing possible increases to its property tax rate.  Trustees on Monday explored a 5-cent and 9-cent rate increase as they brace for a potential shortfall in state funding in what is shaping up to be a tight year for lawmakers in Austin.  And school choice legislation, which could use public education dollars to send students to private schools, also has the district concerned.  “If the state doesn’t come through to give us the aid we need, we have to keep our options open,” said Amarillo ISD Chief Financial Officer Pati Buchenau, who supplied trustees with budget projections. view article  arw

Texas Senate Approves Ending Public Payroll Union Deductions

March 3008:31 AM

The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to ending voluntary payroll deductions of union dues from state and public employee paychecks. Houston Republican Sen. Joan Huffman says the government shouldn’t be in the business of collecting union dues. But her bill still allows payroll deductions for charities and for unions for first-responder groups, like police and firefighters. Huffman fought off attempts by Democrats to allow public school teachers to have their union’s dues automatically collected from their paychecks. view article  arw

Coppell Independent School District Votes to Terminate Transportation Contract with Dallas County Schools

March 3008:31 AM

The Coppell ISD voted Tuesday to terminate their $4.4 million contract with Dallas County Schools. The district said an unexpected influx of nearly 1,500 students to its bus routes and a chronic bus driver shortage was the reason behind ending its nearly 30 year relationship with DCS."We do have a significant growing student population and we are in a very tight competitive labor makret in the DFW metroplex," said Sid Grant, CISD assistant superintendent for Business and Support Services. view article  arw

Ector County ISD reassigns Odessa HS, Permian principals

March 3008:30 AM

Ector County Independent School District Superintendent Tom Crowe will reassign Permian High School Principal James Ramage and Odessa High School Principal Gregory Nelson. Crowe said Wednesday that Ramage and Nelson will finish the year at their respective schools. He said they are not being fired. “I’ve been here for four years. They’ve both been in their positions for four years. Academic expectations at both schools were not met,” Crowe said. view article  arw

Killeen ISD administrators suggest architect for Career Center expansion

March 3008:30 AM

The Killeen Independent School District school board began discussions this week on which architect could be chosen to complete the KISD Career Center expansion plan. Board members at Tuesday’s meeting were presented with three different architect companies vying to be hired for the expansion project. Those companies were Huckabee of Fort Worth, Pfluger of Austin and Santec of Austin. While each company has extensive experience in school construction, six administrative employees in KISD took a vote prior to Tuesday’s meeting on who they felt should be hired.  view article  arw

Belton ISD buys 109 acres for future growth

March 3008:30 AM

 Belton school board approved a $1.5 million land purchase earlier this week to potentially accommodate a third high school the Belton Independent School District in the next 15 years. The board voted Monday to purchase a 109-acre tract at the junction of Loop 121 and Shanklin Road, near the Bell County Expo Center and the Bell County Justice Center. At present, the district is making plans for a second high school to be built on land it already owns adjacent to High Point Elementary School on Starlight Drive. Those plans will be finalized if voters approve a $149.7 million bond issue on the ballot May 6. view article  arw

State teacher group files complaint with Marshall ISD over Crockett

March 3008:30 AM

The Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) on Wednesday filed a formal complaint with Marshall ISD, urging the school board to rescind a March 7 letter in which Superintendent Jerry Gibson ordered all teachers and administrators at David Crockett Elementary School to state their “interest in remaining employed” by the school district, a release from TSTA said. The complaint was filed on behalf of several TSTA members on the Crockett faculty and staff. view article  arw

Surviving Crazy “Leaders”

March 3008:30 AM

Good information! “Miguel,” a dear friend and colleague asked me, “Have you read the new superintendent’s book?” At my blank stare and smile, she pointed to the Simon Sinek book in her hand entitled, Leaders Eat Last. I felt my hackles rise as my instinctive dislike of mis-applied lessons from other fields made my gorge rise. view article  arw

Stop the Raid on Texas Schoolbook Funds

March 3008:30 AM

Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) March 27, 2017 - More than 150 years ago, Texans set aside a fund to provide free textbooks to children in the state’s public schools, and ever since leaders have worked to keep faith with that covenant. Until now. Now, the Texas legislature seems determined on abandoning their commitment and raiding the proceeds of the Permanent School Fund which provides not only for books, but the 21st Century technology our children will need to succeed. view article  arw

Fort Bend ISD considering tax rate “swap and drop”

March 3008:30 AM

Seeing no sign of increased public education funding from the state in fiscal year 2017-18, Fort Bend ISD officials are considering changing the district’s tax rate. At Monday’s board meeting, trustees will hear more on a proposed net 2 cent tax “swap and drop” to generate more property tax revenue for FBISD. view article  arw

Decatur ISD hires TASB for superintendent search

March 3008:29 AM

The Decatur School Board unanimously agreed Monday night to hire the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) to lead the district’s superintendent search.  “Back in 2010, I stood before the board then and selected Rod (Townsend) as the superintendent,” said Butch Felkner, director of TASB’s executive search division. “It’s hard to believe it’s been that long.”  Townsend announced in February he would retire at the end of the school year. At Monday night’s meeting, trustees had to first decide whether they wanted to use a search firm or set out to find a new superintendent themselves. With no discussion, they approved using a search firm with a unanimous vote. view article  arw

Spring ISD superintendent Rodney Watson offers an overview of district

March 3008:29 AM

Spring ISD superintendent Rodney Watson sat down for a conversation with the Houston Chronicle to discuss some of the ways the district has changed during his tenure, which began in July 2014. Heading the district, he serves more than 36,000 in urban area just north of Houston. Prior to joining, Watson was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Houston ISD. Watson utilizes a wide skillset. Trained as a teacher and counselor, Watson has served as a college admissions recruiter, a deputy juvenile officer, a principal, and a chief school officer in Missouri and Texas. Below is a redacted version of that conversation. view article  arw

Como-Pickton CISD trustees to begin superintendent interviews next week

March 3008:29 AM

Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees will begin interviews this week with candidates for superintendent, a post Dr. Kay Handlin has held since Sandra Billodeau’s retirement in June 2012. Handlin notified the school board earlier this year that she will be resigning as superintendent after 23 years as an educator, so she can spend more time traveling with her husband. After Handlin notified them of her intention to leave when classes end for the school year, CPCISD trustees at their January meeting decided to contract with Texas Association of School Board Executive Search Services to help with their search for a new superintendent. view article  arw

Interacting With Police 101 Taught By Texas High Schools

March 3008:25 AM

Do you know how to interact with police officers when pulled over? Do your kids? If not, the Texas lawmakers are here to help. The Texas Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 30 on Wednesday that would require high schools and driver education courses to develop curriculum on how to interact with police officers. Also included in the bill is civilian interaction training for officers attending academies. According to the Texas Tribune, the curriculum would include a few different focus areas. view article  arw