This quote is from Eva DeLuna Castro, Program Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities in the article, The Texas Senate and House Have Released their State Budget Proposals -- Now What?. I like Eva’s words and can’t make improvement. I also believe she is correct. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Jose Cervantes, current Superintendent of La Villa ISD, has been named New Super of Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.

D'Andre Weaver, current Superintendent of Spring Branch ISD, has been named New Super of Desoto ISD.

Yolanda L. Carr, current Associate Superintendent of Crane ISD, has been named New Super of Odem-Edroy ISD.

Andy Reddock, current Superintendent of Pewitt CISD, has been named New Super of Flatonia ISD.

 

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Vacant Edgewood ISD ; Search by: Arrow Education Services IncINFO
Vacant Pleasant Grove ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services, IncINFO
Vacant Hardin-Jefferson ISD ; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
Vacant Holland ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Whitewright ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Santa Rosa ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Whitney ISD; Search By: Whitney ISD School Board adINFO
Vacant Henderson ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Silsbee ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Spring Hill ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Point Isabel ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Yorktown ISD; Search by: Yorktown ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Plains ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass adINFO
Vacant Fairfield ISD; Search by: Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees INFO
Vacant Italy ISD; Search by: Italy ISD School Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Corrigan- Camden ISD; Search by: DRV Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Pettus ISD ; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant Alvin ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLP AdINFO
Vacant Hawley ISD; Search by: ​CCR Educational Consultants adINFO
Vacant Hermleigh ISD; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants adINFO
Vacant Onalaska ISD; Search by: Onalaska ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Stamford ISD; Search by: Ronnie Kincaid adINFO
Vacant Buna ISD; Search by: ​Region 5 ESC adINFO
Vacant Houston ISD; Search by: Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates adINFO
Vacant Cleveland ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Carthage ISD - John Wink , Superintendent ,​Blue Ridge ISD ; Search by: Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
Lone Finalist Cisco ISD; Dr. Ryan Stelle, Assistant Superintendent of Brookshire Royal ISD; Search by: Region 14 ESC InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Mt. Vernon ISD - Jason McCullough , Deputy Executive Director ​,Region 8 ESC; Search by: Education Solutions and Services infoINFO
Lone Finalist Wolfe City ISD - Anthony Figueroa , Principal ,Blue Ridge High School; Search By: Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Santa Maria ISD - Mr. Martin Cuellar , Superintendent ,Progreso ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD - Dr. Mike A. Barrera , Asst. Supt. for Operations ,McAllen ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo infoINFO
Lone Finalist Dickinson ISD - Carla Voelkel , Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services ​,Dickinson ISD; Search by: Dickinson ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Roby CISD - Keith Cook , High School Principal ,Bangs ISD; Search by: Roby CISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist South San Antonio ISD - Dr. Alexandro M. Flores , Superintendent ,Palacios ISD; Search by: JG Consulting adINFO
Lone Finalist Balmorhea ISD - John Massey , Former Superintendent ,Dalhart ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist South Texas ISD - Dr. Marco Antonio Lara Jr. , Deputy Director ,Educational Service Center Region 1; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo, Kyle P.C. and Mr. Gary Patterson INFO
Lone Finalist Carrizo Springs CISD - Alberto Gonzales , Interim Superintendent ,Carrizo Springs CISD; Search by: J. Cruz & Associates adINFO
Lone Finalist Loraine ISD - Dustin Anders , Principal ,Loraine ISD; Search by: Region 14 adINFO
Lone Finalist Albany ISD - Jonathan Scott , Principal ,Nancy Smith Elementary School- Albany ISD; Search by: Albany ISD Board of School Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Darrouzett ISD - Dr. Deidre Parish , Adjunct Professor ,University of North Texas; Search By: Region 16 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Bryson ISD - Greg London , Principal ,Stamford ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESCINFO
New Super Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD  - Jose Cervantes , Superintendent ,La Villa ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services infoINFO
New Super Desoto ISD - D'Andre Weaver , Community Superintendent,Spring Branch ISD; Search by: JG Consulting adINFO
New Super Odem-Edroy ISD - Yolanda L. Carr;  Search by: Walsh Gallegos, Trevino, Russo, Kyle and Dr. Ann DixonINFO
New Super New Boston ISD; Brian Bobbitt; Superintendent of Malta ISD; Search by: New Boston ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Goodrich ISD - Dr. Bryan Taulton , High School Principal ,Hardin ISD; Search by: Goodrich ISD School Board adINFO
New Super Kennedale ISD - Chad Gee , Superintendent ​,Yorktown ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Kingsville ISD - Elida Bera , Deputy Superintendent ,Judson ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Mabank ISD - Lee Joffre , Superintendent ,Italy ISD; Search by: Jim Dunlap - Click Here for Application InstructionsINFO
New Super Liberty Hill ISD - Steve Snell , Superintendent ,Spring Hill ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Hull-Daisetta ISD - Tim Bartram , Superintendent ,​Aspermont ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Kilgore ISD - Andy Baker , Superintendent ,Edgewood ISD-Van Zandt County; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super San Saba ISD - Wayne Kelly , Superintendent ​,Agua Dulce ISD; Search by: Region 15 ESC adINFO
New Super Damon ISD - David Hayward , ​Principal ,Moulton ISD ; Search by: Education Solutions and Services adINFO
New Super Palacios ISD - Missy Glenn , Deputy Superintendent ,Kennedale ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services ​adINFO

Superintendent Search: Palacios ISD has announced a New Superintendent

January 1808:29 AM
 

Palacios ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Missy Glenn, Deputy Superintendent of Kennedale ISD, as the district’s new superintendent for Palacios ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page.

Superintendent Search: Cleveland ISD Hires TASB ESS to Conduct Search

January 1808:29 AM
 

Cleveland ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.

Superintendent Search: Houston ISD Hires Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to Conduct Search

January 1808:29 AM
 

Houston ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.

Will Texas’ attempt to shake up school finance lead to higher stakes for standardized tests?

January 1806:59 AM
 

Top Texas lawmakers this year are proposing allocating billions of more dollars for public schools, but a portion of those dollars will likely have strings attached. And some education advocates worry the strings will lead to an even greater emphasis being placed on standardized tests in the state.  In various appearances at press conferences and speeches in Austin last week, the state's top Republican leaders signaled their support for giving more money to school districts that show higher performance or agree to offer specific programs such as merit pay for teachers. One of their main messages: Schools do need more money, but they have to show they know how to use it wisely. view article  arw

Cleveland ISD superintendent Darrell Myers to retire

January 1705:48 AM
 

Cleveland Independent School District superintendent Darrell Myers announced that he will retire at the end of the school year.  Myers last day with Cleveland ISD will be on June 30. Myers is retiring after 33 years of service in public schools. He was named Cleveland ISD superintendent on March 19, 2014. view article  arw

North East ISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Gottardy announces retirement

January 1505:28 AM
 

SAN ANTONIO — During a board meeting Monday night, North East ISD Superintendent Dr. Brian G. Gottardy announced his plans to retire, effective June 30, 2019.  Gottardy has been the district's superintendent since 2011.  view article  arw

Give your input on the Houston ISD Superintendent search

January 1405:54 AM
 

Public meeting notice. The Houston Independent School District Board of Education is conducting a nationwide search for a permanent superintendent, and trustees are seeking input from the community about the qualities and traits they would like to see in their next district leader. HISD Board of Education trustees have scheduled several meetings to gather feedback from the community that will be used to develop a superintendent candidate profile. The dates and times for the meetings are listed below. view article  arw

Preventive Law: Who Needs Bus Driver Certification?

January 0708:31 AM
 

Texas Education Code § 34.007 allows (but does not require) a district to operate “an economical public school transportation system.” That same section requires that all bus drivers must be certified in accordance with Texas Department of Public Safety rules. Employees who drive regular bus routes must be certified by the DPS or be currently enrolled in an approved school bus safety education course. Tex. Transp. Code § 521.022(e). Because some employees who are not regular bus route drivers, especially extra-curricular coaches, must sometimes transport students, it is important to know if they must also hold school bus driver certification. The answer to the question is found by a combination of the Texas Transportation Code and the Texas Administrative Code.

Houston ISD to discuss disaster assistance for unreimbursed balance of $15 million

January 1808:45 AM
 

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education will consider requesting a reduction in recapture payments after it says it was left with an unreimbursed balance of over $15 million after Hurricane Harvey. According to the Texas Education Code, "unreimbursed disaster remediation costs that a school district incurs responding to a disaster allows the district to request a reduction in recapture payments." view article  arw

Dan Patrick announces Senate committee assignments, making a few noticeable shifts

January 1808:45 AM
 

The shifts at the top of Senate committees, announced by the lieutenant governor Friday, were few but noticeable — with moving parts in the Republican Party making way for some senators to helm committees for the first time, and little headway for Democrats despite electoral victories in November. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick named 14 Republicans and two Democrats chairs of the Senate’s 16 committees, meaning no gains for the chamber’s minority party despite an increase in the number of committees. Houston Democrat John Whitmire, the Senate’s longest-serving member, continues to chair the Criminal Justice Committee, and Eddie Lucio, Jr., a moderate Democrat of Brownsville, continues to helm the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. view article  arw

Public School Finance Commission Discussion - January 24

January 1808:44 AM
 

Join School Finance Commission Member Keven Ellis and Josh Sanderson from the Equity Center in an overview of the final report of the School Finance Commission.  This will be followed by a discussion of how the Commission's findings will work their way through the legislative process and how you can be a resource to your local legislators.  Time will be left at the end for Q&A.  This event is open to Superintendents Assistant Superintendents, CFO's, and board members.  - Lunch will be served, Please RSVP to Longview ISD Supt. Secretaty Traci Beard at 903 381 2200 with the number attending from your district.

The Texas Senate and House Have Released their State Budget Proposals—Now What?

January 1808:43 AM
 

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have each released their 2020-2021 draft budgets, SB 1 and HB 1 respectively. What are the potential impacts on education, health care, and other essential programs and services?  We are pleased to see $7.4 billion more in General Revenue dedicated to public education in the House proposal, but it is important to understand that this may NOT necessarily result in a "massive" windfall of new money for schools. Much of the new state aid for schools that the House proposes may be earmarked for pushing down local taxes. That could change the balance between state and local shares of school funding but without real increases in total funding per Texas student. view article  arw

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Legal Issues for Cheerleaders and Drill Team

February 2019

Don’t miss out on this information-packed session about legal aspects of cheerleading and drill teams! This year there will be increased focus on social media policies. 

 

Participants will be provided practical advice for handling situations often encountered by administrators and coaches.

 

Topics We'll Cover

  • Social media and cyberbullying
  • Rights associated with extracurricular activities
  • UIL and coaching requirements
  • Options for selecting team members
  • District and staff liability & immunity
  • Transportation and other travel issues
  • Access to education records, score cards
  • Title IX gender issues, LGBT
  • Relevant federal and state court cases
  • Extracurricular codes of conduct
  • Discipline and removal from team
  • Cheerleader constitutions
  • Student and parent complaints

 

Who Should Attend

Campus Administrators, Directors of Student Services, Directors of Fine Arts, Athletic Directors, Cheer Coaches, Drill Team/Dance Teachers

 

Registration Fee

$195.00 per person
materials are included with your registration

 

Check www.edlaw.com for dates and locations.

 

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Equity Center’s Legislative Update: Senate Committee Assignments Issued

January 1808:40 AM
 

Senate committees for the 86th Legislature were named Friday afternoon. The two committees that education stakeholders deal with most frequently did not see changes in committee leadership; however, there are some new members on each committee.

Nearly 2 dozen school safety bills filed in Texas

January 1808:40 AM
 

Since June, 150 new school marshals have been certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. The exercise in August, at a Pflugerville school, was one of seven classes the commission held. Tuesday, during his inaugural address, Governor Greg Abbott didn't specifically call for more armed school employees. He did make it clear though that security is a top legislative priority. view article  arw

Analysis: Property taxes in Texas are high. Don’t expect the Legislature to change that.

January 1808:40 AM
 

Restrain, reform, rein in, restrict and limit are not synonyms for the word Texas property taxpayers crave: cut. This is an alert: Your property taxes will not be falling, in spite of all the talk about easing property taxes that is emanating from the Texas Capitol. State lawmakers can’t make property tax rates come down. They’ve tried. It didn’t make rates come down. And even trying is expensive: It would cost the state just under $2.5 billion to replace a dime’s worth of local school property taxes; that is, to lower the property tax rate by ten cents. On a $250,000 home, that would amount to overall savings of about $20 per month in property taxes. view article  arw

State Rep. Gina Calanni’s first bill takes aim at payments to outgoing superintendents

January 1808:40 AM
 

Freshman Texas State Rep. Gina Calanni of Katy has filed her first bill, House Bill 880, aimed at lowering costs of losing school superintendents. The bill, filed Jan. 17, would ensure school districts in Texas will not pay outgoing superintendents more than one year’s salary in their severance package. view article  arw

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, only district in Texas to receive three consecutive JET grants to expand career and technical education programs

January 1808:40 AM
 

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (PSJA ISD) was presented with a Jobs and Education for Texas (JET) Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) at the City of Pharr’s State of the City Address held at the Pharr Events Center on Thursday, Jan. 17. To date, PSJA ISD has been awarded a total of $834,583 in TWC Jet grants during the last three consecutive years, making it the only school district in Texas to do so. Since JET grants first became available to independent school districts entered into partnerships with higher education institutions in 2016, PSJA ISD has been the only public school district awarded grants each year to expand dual credit career and technical educational opportunities with its long-time partner South Texas College. view article  arw

Legislature school funding plans a boon for small districts

January 1808:40 AM
 

Paying for public education is one of the 86th Texas Legislature’s big assignments. “The greatest thing about this is public school finance, it looks like it will be handled correctly, gonna get focus, gonna get emphasized,” said Rep. Todd Hunter (R – District 32). The state house proposed adding $7 billion to education funding, but only if lawmakers also overhaul the school finance system.  That means reduce reliance on property taxes, and eliminate the “Robin Hood” system, where wealthy districts subsidize poorer ones. view article  arw

Why some people aren’t sold on giving Texas teachers a $5,000 raise

January 1808:40 AM
 

Some education groups and school districts aren’t yet ready to embrace a $3.7 billion plan to give all Texas teachers a $5,000 pay raise, citing concerns the plan might not be funded in the long term and will tie the hands of school officials. Filed this week, the legislation carries a hefty price tag and a low bill number – Senate Bill 3 – which means it will be a high priority for the chamber. Texas House leaders, although quick to say they support giving pay raises to the state’s 350,000 teachers, have yet to introduce a similar bill and disagree with how the state Senate wants to implement the plan. SB 3 would put the money directly into the hands of teachers instead of districts. view article  arw

San Antonio superintendent responds to Texas lawmaker’s proposal to kill high-stakes STAAR Test

January 1808:40 AM
 

No more STAAR exams. That’s what one Texas lawmaker is proposing in his bill to eliminate high-stakes testing. For years, STAAR Testing has been the primary indicator of student success, playing a pivotal role in deciding whether kids are promoted to the next grade or able to graduate from high school. view article  arw

STAAR tests no more? State rep files bill to eliminate exams

January 1808:40 AM
 

A Texas state representative has filed a bill to eliminate the STAAR test. Rep. Brooks Landgraf of Odessa authored House Bill 736 in an attempt to effectively repeal the use of the STAAR test. view article  arw

How much do Texas teachers get paid? Depends on where the classroom is

January 1808:40 AM
 

Lawmakers agree on one thing: They want Texas' teachers to get paid more.  Exactly how remains to be seen.  One high-priority bill out of the Senate would give an across-the-board pay raise of $5,000 to each teacher in the state.  Meanwhile, the state's school finance commission recommended that Texas set aside money for districts that implement a pay-for-performance salary system similar to Dallas' so that teachers have a realistic path to reach a six-figure salary without leaving the classroom.  "We're putting teachers first this session," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said during the beginning days of session. view article  arw

Beaumont ISD to vote on partnership with charter operators

January 1808:40 AM
 

Katie Perkins picks up her grandkids every day from Fehl-Price Elementary. After school, they have their daily routines. "We get our homework, and then today is Wednesday, so we have to go to church," said Perkins. She's learned that the upcoming school year could be a little different for them. If approved, Fehl-Price teachers would be working with charter operators. view article  arw

To settle voting rights suit, Richardson ISD will get rid of at-large elections

January 1808:40 AM
 

Following a voting rights challenge to the way it elects its school board members, Richardson ISD has agreed to adopt a new election system that could give voters of color more say in who represents them. After months of negotiations, the North Texas district agreed to switch from an at-large system, with all of the district’s voters able to vote in each race, to a hybrid approach with two at-large districts and five single-member districts. Voters of color will make up a majority of the electorate in at least two of those districts. view article  arw

Full Show: HISD’s Superintendent Search, And A Near-Fatal Spacewalk (Jan. 17, 2019)

January 1808:40 AM
 

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We preview tonight’s HISD board meeting with News 88.7’s Laura Isensee. Plus, the board is seeking input from the community for the district’s superintendent search. We turn to a panel of community members to learn what they want in their next superintendent. view article  arw

BISD appoints interim super: Education consultant to replace Zendejas

January 1808:40 AM
 

Sylvia Ann Reyna Hatton was hired late Tuesday by a unanimous vote of the BISD Board of Trustees. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998, owns her own education consultancy and is the former executive director of the Region One Education Service Center in Edinburg. view article  arw

This Texas town breeds something students need: confidence

January 1808:35 AM
 

Ten years ago the school district in this small rural town faced a choice that would cut deep in the heart of every Texan: keep its 11-man football program, or downsize to a 6-man program? Sitting where west Texas oil fields meet north Texas farmland, the high school student population here had dropped below 300, so funding had dropped as well. Six-man football, or consolidation with other school districts nearby, seemed a question of when not if. view article  arw

Texas official named Tennessee’s new education commissioner

January 1808:32 AM
 

Incoming Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has looked to Texas to find his state education commissioner. The Republican governor-elect’s transition team announced Thursday that Texas Education Agency chief deputy commissioner of academics Penny Schwinn will lead the Tennessee Department of Education. view article  arw

A READER ASKS… SENTENCE STEMS

January 1808:30 AM
 

Good question.  A good critical writing stem meets two criteria: 1. The sentence stem requires the writer to make a connection between the sentence subject and something else. For example: prior knowledge, a past experience, a prediction, another setting, etc.  2. The sentence stem requires the writer to think and operate at a level of rigor that is higher than comprehension. If the sentence stem does the above two things, you are on the right track!  view article  arw

Award Ceremony to Honor the TEPSA Region 12 Assistant Principal of the Year

January 1808:30 AM
 

Valley Mills Elementary School Assistant Principal Joanie Moody will be honored as the TEPSA Region 12 Assistant Principal of the Year. Recognition of this award will be showcased at her home campus on Friday, January 18, at 8:00 am. Ms. Moody was chosen by her peers as the TEPSA Region 12 Assistant Principal of the Year due to her dedication to helping students. Ms. Moody had to meet all the criteria for this award, including active membership in TEPSA and at least two years of administrative experience. view article  arw

Report: Fewer kids in Texas getting vaccinated

January 1808:30 AM
 

An increasing number of Texans are choosing not to get themselves or their kids vaccinated, including several clusters of people in Greater Houston and the consequences could be deadly. That’s according to The Immunization Partnership’s latest bi-annual report. “It’s alarming when I see so many parents choose not to protect their children because it puts their own family at risk,” said Allison Winnike, President and CEO of The Immunization Partnership. view article  arw