Repost!  To my knowledge, Governor Abbott’s call for a special session to start on July 18 is still unofficial. I don’t see that anything has changed since the end of the regular session. Private school choice is still dead in the House; senators are still out of touch with their districts. - So how will this all play out in the end? Does the House refuse to vote on a voucher bill? Do they let it come to the floor and vote it down? These are some of the situations addressed by Charles Kuffner in his insightful post, “House still opposes vouchers”. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Conrado Garcia, current Interim Superintendent of West Oso ISD, has been named New Super of West Oso ISD.

Jeff Byrd, current Superintendent of Claude ISD, has been named New Super of Vernon ISD.

Dr. Lyle DeBus, current Superintendent of Harts Bluff ISD, has been named New Super of Mexia ISD.

Ken Vaughn, current Director of Student Services of Tyler ISD, has been named New Super of Pineywoods Community Academy Charter School.

 

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Vacant Lexington ISD; Search By: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Fairfield ISD; Search by the Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
Vacant Industrial ISD; Search by Industrial ISD Board InfoINFO
Vacant Gorman ISD; Search by ESC 14 & Ronnie Kincaid Info INFO
Vacant Keller ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Morton ISD; Search By Region 17 ESC InfoINFO
Vacant Edcouch Elsa ISD; Search by Jones, Galligan, Key & Lozano infoINFO
Vacant Gordon ISD; Search By Leasor Crass P.C. info INFO
Vacant Brackett ISD ; Search By Executive Search Services infoINFO
Vacant Linden-Kildare CISD; Search By Linden-Kildare CISD Board of TrusteesINFO
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Vacant San Benito CISD; Search By: JG Consulting - James GuerraINFO
Vacant Tahoka ISD; Search by: Tahoka ISD School Board and Region 17 Education Service Center infoINFO
Vacant Hedley CISD; Search By: Region 16 Education Service Center infoINFO
Vacant Waelder ISD; Search By Waelder ISD Board of Trustees infoINFO
Vacant Culberson County- Allamoore ISD; TASB Executive Seach Services infoINFO
Vacant Nocona ISD; Search by:
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Vacant Fannindel ISD; Search By Fannindel ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Sanger ISD; Search By: ​Walsh Gallegos & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist Caldwell ISD - Andrew Peters, Superintendent,Marfa ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Allen ISD - Scott Niven, Superintendent,Red Oak ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLPINFO
Lone Finalist 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 Lockney ISD - Jim Baum, High School Principal,Iraan-Sheffield ISD; Jim Baum,former High School Principal of ​Iraan-Sheffield ISD; Search by the Lockney ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Calvert ISD - Lynn Ponder, High School Principal,Dime Box ISD; Lynn Ponder, High School Principal at Dime Box ISD; Search by DRV Search Services InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Nacogdoches ISD; Sandra Dowdy, Interim Superintendent of Nacogdoches ISD; Search by Nacogdoches ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Hubbard ISD (Hill County); Dr. Wayne Guidry, Executive Director of Operations of West Orange-Cove CISD; Search by the Hubbard ISD Board of Trustees and Interim Super Kerry Hansen Info INFO
Lone Finalist Frost ISD - Mickie Jackson , former elementary principal,Frost ISD; Search By The Board of Trustees of Frost ISD infoINFO
Lone Finalist West Hardin ISD - Dr. James L. Armstrong , Director of Special Programs ,Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD; Search by the Board of Trustees of West Hardin ISD infoINFO
Lone Finalist Johnson City ISD - Richard Kolek, Deputy Superintendent,​Taylor ISD ; Search By EDSAS and Don Rogers and Lance Johnson infoINFO
Lone Finalist Gladewater ISD - Sedric Clark , High School Principal ,Mansfield High School, LA; Search by: Gladewater Board of Trustees infoINFO
Lone Finalist Stockdale ISD - Daniel Fuller, ​Superintendent,Waelder ISD; Stockdale ISD Board of Trustees infoINFO
Lone Finalist Bridgeport ISD  - Brandon Peavy, Superintendent,Hardin ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants Info.INFO
Lone Finalist Hamlin ISD - Dr. Randy Burks , interim superintendent ,Hamlin ISD; Search By Region 14 ESC & Ronnie Kincaid infoINFO
Lone Finalist Raymondville ISD - Stetson Roane, Superintendent,Seguin ISD; ; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Decatur ISD - Judi Whitis, Superintendent,Valley Mills ISD; Search by Executive Search Services infoINFO
Lone Finalist Adrian ISD - Steve Reynolds , High School Principal,Meadow ISD; Search By Adrian ISD Board of Trustees and Cox Educational Consulting infoINFO
Lone Finalist Paducah ISD - Gary Waitman , High School Principal,​Petrolia ISD; Search By: Paducah ISD ​Board of Trustees infoINFO
Lone Finalist Shepherd ISD - Rick Hartley , Assistant Superintendent,Waco ISD; Search By Shepherd ISD Board of Trustees and DRV Executive Search Services infoINFO
Lone Finalist Junction ISD - Mr. Mike Carter , Superintendent,May ISD; Search By ESC Region 15 infoINFO
Lone Finalist Laredo ISD - Dr. Sylvia G. Rios, Chief Academic Officer,Laredo ISD; Search By:​ Walsh Gallegos & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist McMullen County ISD - Jason Jones, Superintendent,Oglesby ISD; Search By: McMullen County ISD Board of Trustees infoINFO
Lone Finalist Lovelady ISD - Wendy Tullos , Asst. Superintendent,​Crockett ISD; Search By Executive Search Services infoINFO
Lone Finalist Seguin ISD - Dr. Matthew Gutierrez, Assistant Superintendent,Plano ISD; Search by Executive Search Services infoINFO
New Super Windthorst ISD; Lonnie Hise, High School Principal of Windthorst ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
New Super Pflugerville ISD - Dr. Douglas Killian, Superintendent,Hutto ISD; Dr. Douglas Wayne Killian, Superintendent from Hutto ISD; Search by Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. and Educational Consultant Gary PattersonINFO
New Super Petrolia CISD; Michael David Hedges, current Secondary Principal of ​Maud ISD; Search Petrolia CISD Info INFO
New Super Leon ISD; David Rains, Superintendent from Dime Box ISD: Search by CCR Educational Consultants Info UPDATED TIMELINEINFO
New Super Ira ISD; Brian Patterson, current superintendent of Paducah ISD; Search byCCR Educational Consultants InfoINFO
New Super Brazos ISD - Brian Thompson , current superintendent ​,Sunray ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Red Oak ISD - Michael Goddard, Ed.D , Assistant Superintendent of business and operations ,Prosper ISD; Search by Horn Educational Consulting InfoINFO
New Super Van Alstyne ISD - Dr. David Brown, Asst. Superintendent ,Van Alstyne ISD; Search by John Spies and Van Alstyne ISD Board InfoINFO
New Super Farwell ISD; Colby Waldrop, currently superintendent at Hedley ISD, Farwell Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Boerne ISD - Thomas Price , deputy superintendent/chief academic officer ,Humble ISD.; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Stratford ISD - Mike Dominguez, Regional Director of School Operations,Responsive Education Solutions; Search by the Stratford ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Clyde ISD - Mr. Kenneth Berry , Junior High Principal,Clyde CISD ; Search by CCR Educational Consultants Extended Deadline InfoINFO
New Super Hidalgo ISD - Xavier Salinas, Assistant Superintendent for Support Services,Weslaco ISD; Search By:O’Hanlon McCollom & DemerathINFO
New Super Abbott ISD - Eric Pustejovsky​ , current principal,​Abbott ISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services, Inc. InfoINFO
New Super Friendswood ISD; Thad Roher, Deputy Superintendent of Friendswood ISD, Search by TASB Executive Search Services infoINFO
New Super Maud ISD - Chris Bradshaw , High Principal,Como-Pickton ISD ; Search by Maud ISD Board of Trustees infoINFO
New Super Jim Hogg County ISD - Dr. Susana P. Garza, Director of Curriculum & Instruction,Beeville ISD; Search by J. Cruz & Associates InfoINFO
New Super Hudson ISD - Donny Webb, Assistant Superintendent,Hudson ISD; Hudson ISD Board of Trustees, assisted by Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Frisco ISD - Dr. Mike Waldrip , Supperintendent ​,Coppell ISD; Search By Preston Educational Consulting (Assisted by Dr. John Horn)INFO
New Super Harts Bluff ISD - Bobby Rice , Assistant superintendent,Gilmer ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Blanco ISD - Clay Rosenbaum, assistant superintendent,​Floresville ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search Services infoINFO

Retired teachers feel pinch of health plan changes

June 2807:04 AM
 

Those under 65 must pay for larger part of care in order to prop up fund -  Two car crashes in a two-month span left Cherlyn Glanville with debilitating headaches and bouts of vertigo, forcing her into early retirement from the Houston Independent School District in 2011. Glanville, a former French teacher, now needs 10 medications and regular treatments to ease her pain and stay functional. This year, she expects her health care costs to total about $4,800 out of pocket, a manageable amount for her.  But next year, Glanville will face a maximum out-of-pocket cost of $7,150, the result of recent changes to the state's retired teachers' benefits fund, a drain on her $21,000 yearly pension.

East Chambers ISD’s Campbell named Region 5 Superintendent of the Year

June 2806:26 AM
 

Citing his strong leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of education at his district, and his commitment to public support and involvement in education, the Region 5 Education Service Center named East Chambers ISD's Scott Campbell the 2017 Superintendent of the Year.  Campbell, who has been the district superintendent since 1997, was hailed for being directly involved with parents and students as stress from the state's standardized testing mounted, according his nomination letter.  Here is the news release from Region 5: view article  arw

TRS 403(b) Informal Rulemaking Conference

June 2708:20 AM
 

TRS staff will be holding an informal conference in Austin on June 28th at 10:00 a.m. in Room E345 to obtain the opinions and advice of interested persons on proposed 403(b) rule amendments. A copy of the notice that will appear in the June 23rd edition of the Texas Register may be viewed here. Information on the proposed rule amendments may be found on the TRS website. Comments regarding the proposed rules may be submitted in writing to 403b@trs.texas.gov. Written comments must be received by TRS no later than July 17, 2017.

EDITORIAL: New, readable, individualized STAAR report card boon to parents

June 2706:46 AM
 

Pronounce us not only impressed but even astounded at the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Report Card that parents of school students receive this month. While some of the infighting over education in the Texas Legislature this past spring must surely discourage parents, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath and the Texas Education Agency staff have produced a document that not only better communicates to time-pressed parents how their children did on STAAR testing but how parents can help them strategically improve.  view article  arw

2016 Tax Ratification Elections/Results

December 0209:00 AM
 

Election information related to all Tax Ratification Elections in 2016

Lawmakers gearing up for special session but Gov. Abbott still hasn’t signed proclamation

June 2808:41 AM
 

The special session is right around the corner, but Governor Greg Abbott has yet to sign the official proclamation allowing lawmakers to begin filing bills.  Several lawmakers have drafted bills or announced intentions to file bills in-line with the Governor's list of 20 items he wants addressed in the special session.  "It will be the regular session on steroids," said political analyst and professor at St. Edwards University, Dr. Brian Smith. view article  arw

Wallis, Bryan ISD to meet in court today

June 2808:40 AM
 

A lawyer for Bryan ex-superintendent Tommy Wallis is expected to question school administrators and the board president in an Austin courtroom today, just as an unrelated legal battle starts to unfold in his current district of Kirbyville.  Trustees in the East Texas school district near Beaumont recently released one document and a video recording after complaints were lodged by a lawyer for the family of Dennis Reeves, Kirbyville's High School principal who reportedly killed himself more than a month ago after a brief meeting with Wallis in which he was forced to resign. view article  arw

Midland:  Schroder offers straight talk about MISD deficits

June 2808:40 AM
 

Midland ISD could receive a couple of extra pennies -- two “golden pennies.”  These golden pennies represent a two-cent increase in the district’s maintenance and operations rate. These pennies are described by those in the education business as “golden” because that revenue is not “recapturable.” In other words, the state of Texas cannot take its cut from Chapter 41 or “property rich” schools. Midland ISD is a property-rich school. Its recapture payment this past school year was $48.3 million. That is money from Midland taxpayers that went to other school districts.  These two “golden pennies” would mean an extra $6 million for district operations. view article  arw

Springer asks Abbott to address rural school funding

June 2808:39 AM
 

Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, sent a letter Monday to Gov. Greg Abbott requesting that the special session call be expanded to address funding for small, rural school districts.  As a representative of 22 rural counties in north and west Texas, Springer said he is of the devastating effects that the funding shortfall will have on small school districts and has stressed the need to continue funding for these schools. The letter was also signed by Reps. Ken King, Dustin Burrows, Poncho Nevarez, and Ryan Guillen. view article  arw

Harlingen:  Super of the Year

June 2808:39 AM
 

The Tax Ratification Election, redesign of the career and technical education department, and the creation of the Harlingen School of Health Professions.It’s all happened under the watch of Harlingen School Superintendent Art Cavazos. He tips his hat to so many in the district who have participated in these and so many other initiatives.  The Region One Education Service Center, however, is also giving a nod to Cavazos, who has served as superintendent for four years. Translated, that “nod” refers to Region One’s announcement that Cavazos has been selected as the 2017 Regional Superintendent of the Year. view article  arw

Supreme Court Playground Ruling Feeds School Voucher Debate

June 2808:38 AM
 

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other proponents of school voucher programs are praising a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said a Lutheran church was wrongly denied a state grant for its preschool playground. But opponents say the ruling is far from an endorsement of the use of public money for religious schools.  The court, by a 7-2 vote, sided with Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, which had sought a state grant to put a soft surface on its preschool playground. view article  arw

School board faces tough budget decisions

June 2808:38 AM
 

Budget talks continued at the June 20 Eanes board meeting, with an eye toward looming deadlines. Tax assessments are lower than expected, and some revenue is still up in the air until the special session of the Texas Legislature.  Officials are concerned about their diminishing fund balance and trying to decide how much of a safety net is needed. The Texas Education Agency recommends a minimum balance of two and a half months of expenditures, or 21 percent, but Eanes prefers a floor of at least 25 percent, according to Chris Scott, the district’s executive director for business services. view article  arw

Vouchers - The Lie of My Money Follows My Child

June 2808:36 AM
 

Repost! “All vouchers really do is let my money follow my child.  It finally gives me a choice.” Such a compelling and seductive lie.  Especially, if you ignore the facts. Fact One: The typical single family’s school taxes are less than the typical voucher.  Which means that it is not YOUR money following your child. It is OUR money.  And the more school age children in the house, the less of your money is educating your children. It is a bucket load of OUR money that doing the job.   view article  arw

SETX Superintendent Salaries for 2016-17

June 2808:35 AM
 

How much did your superintendent make in the 2016-17 school year?  view article  arw

What the latest U.S. Supreme Court rulings mean for Texas

June 2808:33 AM
 

With its current term ending this week, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a handful of rulings on high-profile cases, including President Donald Trump's executive order barring entry into the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim countries.  The justices will return to a full plate in October. Meanwhile, here are the highlights from today's rulings, and what they mean for Texas. view article  arw

School Board Trustee Steps Down After Miss Black Texas Dispute

June 2808:33 AM
 

COMMERCE (CBSDFW.COM) – A board member with the Commerce Independent School District stepped down Tuesday morning in the wake of the arrest of a former Miss Black Texas. Elected official Michael Beane was involved in a dispute with 23-year-old college student Carmen Ponder last month. Ponder had initially claimed that Chief Kerry Crews with the Commerce Police Department was the white driver who allegedly made racist and sexist comments to her after a traffic-related dispute. But authorities later determined that the confrontation involved another white man who was teaching his daughter how to drive. That man was Beane. view article  arw

Brownsville school district approves 11 cent property tax increase

June 2808:32 AM
 

The Brownsville Independent School District's school board on Monday approved a property tax increase of 11 cents. Past mistakes made by previous school boards put the district in a bind to request more money at the expense of Brownsville residents. "If we think about what Brownsville should have done in the last 15 years-- should've increased the tax a cent each year,” said Brownsville ISD Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas. “We would have been where we needed to be at." view article  arw

Testimony slams work of former Beaumont ISD auditor

June 2808:32 AM
 

 A state education official spent more than four hours on Monday detailing Gayle Botley's failure to detect flaws in Beaumont ISD's financial procedures in his work as the district's auditor in the first day of a hearing to revoke the Port Arthur accountant's professional license. Botley, who reached a $750,000 settlement with BISD last month in a negligence suit, faces the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy this week in a five-day hearing at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. view article  arw

Denison ISD spent $500K to settle Sexton case

June 2808:32 AM
 

After multiple Freedom of Information Act requests, a law firm representing the Denison Independent School District released that the district paid $500,000 to settle a lawsuit back in May. The parents of a special needs student at Denison High School filed a federal lawsuit last year alleging that a Denison High employee manhandled their son while he was a student at the school and that the school had no system in place to protect the child from the employee. view article  arw

Texas Lawmaker Calls Pumping Money Into Non-Public Education “Ridiculous”

June 2808:32 AM
 

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - With a special legislative session getting closer by the day south Texas lawmakers are weary the laundry list of items will be addressed in 30 days, “If we couldn't do it in 140 days I don't see how we can do it in 30 days” said District 37 Representative Rene Oliveira. He currently ranks fifth in overall seniority of the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives. As the special session is set to begin July 18th,  in order for lawmakers to start on Governor Greg Abbott’s 19 item to-do list they first must view article  arw

Navasota ISD seeks feedback on facilities, bond election

June 2808:31 AM
 

The Navasota ISD is collecting feedback on the condition of district facilities and how the community feels about a possible bond election in November. view article  arw

Trustees approve projects in Needville ISD

June 2808:31 AM
 

At their June 21 meeting, Needville ISD trustees approved a request to expand the kitchen at the middle school at a cost of about $200,000.  Superintendent Curtis Rhodes said the food service fund balance of approximately $400,000 will cover the renovations, which are necessary to accommodate the approximately 250 students who will be added to the campus once fourth grade moves from the elementary school to the middle school for the 2018-19 school year. view article  arw

Marble Falls ISD adopts $41.8 million general fund budget

June 2808:30 AM
 

Marble Falls Independent School District trustees approved a $41.8 million balanced general fund budget for fiscal year 2017-18 during their regular board meeting Monday night after holding a public hearing. The new budget includes a three percent payroll increase for all staff with additional market adjustments plus an additional $25 per month in health insurance premium benefit for all employees. The budget assumes a total tax rate of $1.2786, which includes $1.0533 per $100 valuation for maintenance and operations and 22.53 cents for interest and sinking. It represents a slight decrease from the 2016-17 tax rate of $1.28 per $100 valuation. The tax rate will not be approved until the August board meeting, after the district receives the final certified values from the Burnet Central Appraisal District on July 25. view article  arw

Seguin Independent School District names finalist for superintendent position

June 2808:29 AM
 

SEGUIN — The Seguin Independent School District named its new superintendent on Tuesday. Dr. Matthew Gutierrez has served as the assistant superintendent for Plano ISD since 2015. Before that, he served as interim superintendent at Little Elm ISD for one year during the three years he served as the assistant superintendent there. Additionally, he's also served as an elementary principal and middle school assistant principal.  Gutierrez earned a bachelor's degree from Angelo State University, a master’s from Schreiner University and a doctorate from Texas Tech University, according to a news release. view article  arw

Cavazos named Region One Superintendent of the Year

June 2808:29 AM
 

Harlingen Superintendent Arturo Cavazos has been named the 2017 Regional Superintendent of the Year. Region Once Education Service Center said it selected Cavazos because he is credited with "completely changing the landscape of education and services provided to students." Cavazos has been superintendent for four years and overseas a district with 18,800 students. view article  arw

Mixed opinions on Killeen ISD facility plan

June 2808:25 AM
 

A wide spectrum of opinions have flooded the Herald’s Facebook page in relation to the Killeen Independent School District’s plans to open four new schools and expand its career center. KISD has tentative plans to spend nearly $300 million by 2021 as detailed in the district’s strategic facilities plan. Over the past few years the district has had overcrowded schools and this expansion plan is expected to be used to address some of those problems. However, the district has not yet said when the board will decide whether to use a bond election, or when the construction will begin on each construction site. view article  arw

Texas Legislature to revisit property tax reform in special session

June 2808:25 AM
 

State lawmakers will return to the Capitol for a special session next month to tackle property tax reform, a legislative priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick that was stymied in the House during the regular session.“Texans pay the sixth-highest property tax in the nation and Texans have told us loud and clear that common-sense property tax reform legislation is long overdue,” Patrick said in a statement in November after Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, filed Senate Bill 2, which limits property tax increases to less than 5 percent before a rollback election is automatically triggered. view article  arw

Navasota: Bond Committee meeting held

June 2808:25 AM
 

The first of six bond committee meetings for Navasota Independent School District was held Tuesday, June 20. The meeting date coincided with the launch date for the pre-bond survey on the district’s website. Superintendent Dr. Stu Musick relayed the time line and objectives for the following meetings and introduced the recent hires by the board, including Christian Merritt as the new financial advisor and the architects from Goodwin, Lassiter and Strong. view article  arw

Brownsville ISD Board Approves New Assignments

June 2808:25 AM
 

At a the Rescheduled Board Meeting held on Monday, June 26, 2017, the Brownsville ISD Board of Trustees approved Lorenzo Sanchez as the Chief Financial Officer of the Rio Grande Valley’s largest school district.  view article  arw

Fort Worth Moves Forward to Alleviate Elementary School Crowding

June 2808:25 AM
 

Fort Worth Independent School District's school board will allow the superintendent to negotiate and make an offer for new school property that would alleviate crowding at Tanglewood Elementary School. The land will likely be located west of South Hulen St. and within the zoning area for Tanglewood Elementary.  view article  arw

Elgin: Local policy aims to help more students

June 2808:25 AM
 

Elgin ISD school board members approved a local policy to direct funds to elementary students who fail to meet all state “at-risk” criteria, but still need additional academic assistance during a regular meeting on June 19. The purpose of establishing local eligibility criteria is to be able to direct some State Compensatory Education (SCE) funds to students who do not meet the SCE state at-risk criteria. view article  arw

Marshall ISD approves teacher incentives for UIL sponsoring

June 2808:25 AM
 

Marshall ISD has created an incentive plan for teachers who wish to earn a little extra money while also helping students excel at UIL academics and extra-curricular activities. The district's trustees unanimously approved a motion to allow teachers who sponsor UIL academic teams, band, choir, orchestra and One Act play to earn monetary incentives based on how far they advance in their respective competitions. "Everyone always wants to make more money and this way, they get a base salary and if they want some extra pay, they can earn it," Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said. "This will be a reward for their amazing effort." view article  arw

Here’s what Cy-Fair ISD included in the $920 million budget for 2017-18 Spending plan includes pay raises, new schools

June 2808:25 AM
 

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees adopted a $920 million budget for the 2017-18 academic year at last night’s regular meeting.  Highlights of the budget included increasing the starting teacher salary from $52,025 to $53,000 and a 3 percent raise for all classroom teachers. All other employees in the district are slated to receive a salary increase of 3 percent of midpoint or base salary—whichever is greater.  The district plans to spend $17.4 million on teacher raises and $6.9 million on raises for all other employees. view article  arw

Texas lawmakers to author ‘bathroom bill’ for special session

June 2808:20 AM
 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott's office announced on Tuesday that Senator Lois Kolkhorst and Representative Ron Simmons will author legislation for the upcoming special session that will seek to "protect the privacy of women and children," more commonly known as the "bathroom bill." Lawmakers considered the bill, which would require people to use the restroom that corresponds with the biological sex indicated on their birth certificate, but did not pass any legislation. view article  arw