Repost!  Early voting started yesterday for the May 4, 2019 Election and ends on Tuesday, April 30. There are $8,295,800,000 worth of school bonds and a number of other school-related items on the ballot The over 8 billion dollars of bond issues are from 49 school districts, according to our data. (See List below or, if a subscriber, click here for a complete list). Texas voters will have the opportunity to make important choices about the governance in their cities, towns, school districts, and other localities. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Brian Bobbitt, current Superintendent of Malta ISD, has been named New Super of New Boston.

Dr. Bryan Taulton, current High School Principal of Hardin ISD, has been named New Super of Goodrich ISD.

Chad Gee, current Superintendent of Yorktown ISD, has been named New Super of Kennedale ISD.

Elida Bera, current Deputy Superintendent of Judson ISD, has been named New Super of Kingsville ISD.


44 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Boles ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Douglass ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Vacant West Sabine ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Vacant Buna ISD; Search by: ​Region 5 ESC adINFO
Vacant Houston ISD; Search by: Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates adINFO
Vacant Cameron ISD - Kevin Sprinkles , Superintendent ,​Academy ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Electra ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC adINFO
Vacant Bowie ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Hitchcock ISD ; Search by: Hitchcock ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Sanger ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Waxahachie ISD; Search By: Ray and Associates adINFO
Vacant Newcastle ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC adINFO
Vacant Joaquin ISD; Search by: Haglund Law Firm, P.C.INFO
Vacant Woodville ISD; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
Vacant Flour Bluff ISD; Search By: Joe Kelley, Flour Bluff ISD Interim Superintendent of SchoolsINFO
Vacant Malakoff ISD; Search by: Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant La Joya ISD ; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo and Jaime Munoz adINFO
Vacant Texas Rural Education Association ; Search by: TREA and Education Solutions and Services adINFO
Vacant Warren ISD ; Search by: Region5 ESC adINFO
Vacant Gonzales ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Poolville ISD ; Search By: Poolville ISD Board of Trustees INFO
Vacant Hubbard ISD ; Search by: Hubbard ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant San Diego ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Chico ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Channing ISD; Search by: Region 16 ESC adINFO
Vacant Harleton ISD; Search by: Harleton ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Vacant Abernathy ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
Vacant Crandall ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass adINFO
Vacant Mercedes ISD; Search by: Waterford School Services adINFO
Vacant Seminole ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
Vacant Brownsville ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Lovejoy ISD; Search by: JG Consulting INFO
Vacant Bellville ISD ; Search by: DRV Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Whiteface CISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC adINFO
Vacant Central ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Nursery ISD; Search by: Nursery ISD Board of Trustees, assisted by Chris UlcakINFO
Vacant Oakwood ISD; Search by: Dr. Donny Lee adINFO
Vacant Crystal City ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.INFO
Lone Finalist Blue Ridge ISD - Matt Kimball , Assistant Superintendent ​,San Angelo ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Edgewood ISD  - Kristin Prater , Director of Student Services ,Edgewood ISD ; Search by: Arrow Education Services IncINFO
Lone Finalist Riesel ISD - Brandon Cope , High School Principal ,Riesel ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Whitney ISD - John McCullough , Director of Secondary Education and Career and Technical Education ,Paris ISD; Search By: Whitney ISD School Board adINFO
Lone Finalist Italy ISD - Dr. Michelle Schwind , Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning ​,Desoto ISD; Search by: Italy ISD School Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Hardin-Jefferson ISD  - Brad McEachern , Superintendent ,Warren ISD ; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
Lone Finalist Hawley ISD - Cassidy McBrayer , Superintendent ,Whiteface ISD; Search by: ​CCR Educational Consultants adINFO
Lone Finalist Latexo ISD  - Michael Woodard , Principal ,Latexo High School; Search by: Latexo ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Corrigan- Camden ISD - Richard Cooper , High School Principal ,Groesbeck ISD; Search by: DRV Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Cleveland ISD  - Chris Trotter , Chief Administrative Officer ,Tomball ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Alvin ISD - Carol Nelson , Associate Superintendent of Human Resources ,Alvin ISD ; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLP AdINFO
Lone Finalist Santa Gertrudis ISD - Dr. Veronica Alfaro , Interim Superintendent and Human Resources/Payroll Testing Coordinator/ Elementary School Principal ,Santa Gertrudis ISD ; Search by: ​Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist George West ISD  - Dr. Jim Rosebrock , Chief Academic Officer ,Corpus Christi ISD ; Search by: George West School Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Petersburg ISD - Dr. Brian Bibb , High School Principal ,Seymour ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Ennis ISD - Jay Tullos, Superintendent ,Canton ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
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 Hull-Daisetta ISD - Tim Bartram , Superintendent ,​Aspermont ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Damon ISD - David Hayward , ​Principal ,Moulton ISD ; Search by: Education Solutions and Services adINFO
New Super Carthage ISD - John Wink , Superintendent ,​Blue Ridge ISD ; Search by: Arrow Educational Services, Inc.INFO
New Super Holland ISD - Shane Downing , Elementary Principal,Holland ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Point Isabel ISD - Theresa Alacron , Assistant Superintendent,​Brownsville ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Santa Rosa ISD - Angela Gonzalez , Superintendent ,​Ramirez CSD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Yorktown ISD - Katherine Kuenstler , Assistant Superintendent ​of Curriculum and Instruction,Comfort ISD; Search by: Yorktown ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
New Super Whitewright ISD - Brian Garner , Superintendent,Riesel ISD ; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Pettus ISD  - Michael E. Homann , Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance ,Medina Valley ISD ; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
New Super Hermleigh ISD - Cassie Petty , Elementary Principal ,​Post ISD; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants adINFO
New Super Stamford ISD - Will Brewer , Administrator ​,Wylie ISD; Search by: Ronnie Kincaid adINFO
New Super Spring Hill ISD - Wayne Guidry , Superintendent ​,Hubbard ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Jim Ned CISD - Glen Teal , Superintendent ​,Abernathy ISD; Search by: Ronnie Kincaid adINFO
New Super Pleasant Grove ISD - Chad Pirtle , Assistant Superintendent ​,Liberty Hill ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services, IncINFO
New Super Onalaska ISD - Anthony Roberts , Principal ,Onalaska ISD Junior-Senior High School ; Search by: Onalaska ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
New Super Plains ISD - Robert McLain , Superintendent ,Channing ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass adINFO
New Super Silsbee ISD - Gregg Weiss , Principal ,Hawkins ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Fairfield ISD - Dr. Jason Adams , Superintendent,​North Lamar ISD; Search by: Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees INFO
New Super Henderson ISD - Thurston Lamb , Chief of Schools,Duncanville ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO

Do voucher students’ scores bounce back after initial declines? New research says no

April 2408:43 AM

New research on a closely watched school voucher program finds that it hurts students’ math test scores — and that those scores don’t bounce back, even years later.  That’s the grim conclusion of the latest study, released Tuesday, looking at Louisiana students who used a voucher to attend a private school. It echoes research out of Indiana, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. showing that vouchers reduce students’ math test scores and keep them down for two years or more.  Together, they rebut some initial research suggesting that the declines in test scores would be short-lived, diminishing a common talking point for voucher proponents. view article  arw

Superintendent Search: Ennis ISD has announced a Lone Finalist

April 2408:40 AM

According to a post on the Arrow Educational Services Inc. website, Mr. Jay Tullos has been named Lone Finalist for the Ennis ISD superintendent position.  Mr. Tullos has been Superintendent of Canton ISD since 2010. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress.  view article  arw

HB 9 on the calendar for April 24

April 2408:40 AM

The Texas House has placed HB 9 on the calendar for April 24. HB 9 relates to the Teacher Retirement System’s (TRS) pension fund and a potential 13th check for retirees. HB 9 is the same bill as SB 12, which was delayed last week, and SB 12 will be eligible for consideration again in the House on April 25.  The finish line for the legislative session is in sight. The House has signaled that it wants to ensure that the TRS pension fund becomes actuarially sound and provides a 13thcheck to retirees.  view article  arw

Ector County:  Spring Branch chief named lone finalist for ECISD superintendent

April 2408:39 AM

In a 7-0 vote Tuesday, the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees named Scott Muri as the lone finalist for superintendent.  Muri is currently the superintendent at Spring Branch ISD. By law, the school board must wait 21 days before finalizing a contract with Muri, so details about salary and benefits were not disclosed. The start date is tentatively set for July 1, Board President Doyle Woodall said. view article  arw

Superintendent Search: Cameron ISD has announced a Lone Finalist

April 2408:29 AM

Cameron ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Kevin Sprinkles, Superintendent of Academy ISD, as Lone Finalist for Cameron ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress. 

Superintendent Search: Crystal City ISD Hires Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. to Conduct Search

April 2408:29 AM

Crystal City ISD voted to hire Board of Trustees Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress.

Superintendent Search: Henderson ISD Hires New Superintendent

April 2408:29 AM

Henderson ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Thurston Lamb, Chief of Schools of Duncanville ISD, as the district’s new superintendent for  Henderson ISD. Details and updates will appear on our search page.

Analysis: Teacher pay raises and Robin Hood stall Texas lawmakers

April 2408:28 AM

This isn’t going the way you might have expected after that session-starting “Kumbaya” news conference.  The state’s top three leaders — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen — along with the governor’s photogenic dog, assembled on the lawn of the Texas Governor’s Mansion in January and declared they were focused this session on school finance and property taxes.  A few days later, joined by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, and Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, they said the House and Senate would be filing identical billsdesigned to require voter approval for large local property tax increases. Their starting limit for “large” was 2.5%. view article  arw

No class for Coleman ISD due to power outages

April 2406:50 AM

ABILENE, Texas — Coleman ISD will not have school on Wednesday due to the strong storms that moved across the area overnight.  Those storms caused power outages for the area. view article  arw

Ector County ISD has named their lone finalist for the superintendent of schools

April 2406:37 AM

ECTOR COUNTY, Tx (KOSA) -- ECISD reports that they have named their lone finalist for superintendent of schools. They have named Dr. Scott Muri as the Lone Finalist for the job. Required by law, the board must wait 21 days before finalizing a contract with Dr. Muri. Dr. Muri is currently the superintendent of Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston and has been for four years. view article  arw

Spring Branch:  Superintendent Muri Going to Odessa

April 2405:52 AM

Dear SBISD Families and Community Members, As you have just read in Dr. Muri's message, this afternoon the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees in Odessa, Texas, named Dr. Muri as the sole finalist to be their district's next superintendent.   view article  arw

Disaster relief ministry sets up field kitchen to help Alto ISD cafeteria staff serve students

April 2404:42 AM

ALTO, TX (KTRE) - When the Texas Baptist Men (TBM) learned the Alto School kitchen is non-functional from tornado damage, they went to work to find a solution. A field kitchen was brought in today for the school to use until the end of the school year.  The Texas Baptist Men joke the only difference between the school kitchen and the field kitchen is the latter isn't damaged and it's located in a parking lot.  "This is all industrial grade equipment that we're leaving behind for the kitchen staff to be able to cook the meals for the kids for the rest of the school year," said TBM spokesperson Rand Jenkins.  Ninety percent of the Alto students are on the free meal program. The hot meals are vital to maintaining some kind of stability. view article  arw

Academy ISD leader named finalist in Cameron superintendent search

April 2306:28 AM

Academy ISD Superintendent Kevin Sprinkles is in line to become head of Cameron public schools after Superintendent Allan Sapp retires.The Cameron Independent School District board of trustees has named Sprinkles as the lone finalist in its superintendent search. The board will not vote to actually hire Sprinkles until May 9, after the completion of a legally required 21-day waiting period.  Board President James Burks said the district had 81 applications for the position. The board interviewed six applicants, and then called three back for a second round of interviews. view article  arw

State of Texas: Prediction time on property tax reform

April 2305:00 AM

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — The Texas Senate passed a bill this week aimed at reining in property taxes. Senate Bill 2 would require local governments to get voter approval to increase tax revenue more than 3.5 percent.  For school districts, the limit is 2.5% Right now, the cap is 8-percent.   It's a sign of progress on an issue that Texas lawmakers have been working on for a long time. Jeremy Wallace from the Houston Chronicle said Texans have heard this story for over 30 years. The story of property tax and lowering rates.   "The complication of our tax system makes the promise of us getting to the finish line on this very difficult," he said. view article  arw

Equity Center Template

April 1706:23 AM

This is a very easy revenue template that compares FY19 Current Law Revenue to FY20 CSHB 3. It includes a tax collection calculator and a minimum salary schedule based on the basic allotment of CSHB 3. Adam Pierce from Equity Center is the contact person for questions; his email is view article  arw

New Updated Template from Omar (Release 2)

April 1606:24 AM

Omar Garcia with BOK Financial Securities has a new release (Release 2 dated 04/15/2019) that is now available for download.  This new release is only for the purpose of comparing 2019-20 current law to most of the 2019-20 school finance provisions in HB 3, with some corrections from Release 1 (see Notes tab).  As always, please stay tuned for any new developments. - You should move data over to this release - js arw

Preventive Law: We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Help

April 0108:31 AM

This Spring, several districts across the country have received letters from the OCR concerning their Civil Rights Data Collection (“CRDC”).  The CRDC is a data collection conducted every other year, and per Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ January 2019 announcement is part of “a new initiative to address the inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in order to protect children with disabilities.”  A critical component to the initiative requires data quality reviews of 2015-2016 data submissions regarding instances of restraint or seclusion.

May 2019 Bond List

March 1808:13 AM

Bond Election Data collected by for public school bonds in the upcoming May 2019 election cycle.

DeSoto ISD cutting nearly 300 staffers, closing an elementary school

April 2408:46 AM

Teachers, special education staffers and other employees in DeSoto have been told that their jobs are being cut amid dire finances facing the school district. Trustees voted to temporarily close Northside Elementary School at the end of the school year in order to save money. view article  arw

Texas House votes to advance bill to shore up teacher pension fund

April 2408:40 AM

The Texas House voted Wednesday to advance legislation that would make the Teacher Retirement System pension fund financially healthy and give one-time checks to retired teachers. By a voice vote, House members gave preliminary approval to Senate Bill 12, endorsing a more costly revised version of the teacher pension fixes that was originally proposed in the lower chamber. The House's version of SB 12, sponsored by state Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-Friendswood, would increase the amount the state contributes to the pension fund by 2% over the next five years, and give retirees a one-time check of up to $2,400 by September 2020, in addition to their monthly checks of that amount. view article  arw

Chapel Hill ISD employee arrested on election fraud charges

April 2408:40 AM

The Smith County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman Tuesday in an election fraud investigation. According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, 68-year-old Carolyn Lewis of Winona allegedly witnessed four absentee ballots in violation of state election codes. The ballots were for a Chapel Hill ISD board election. Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson reported the four ballots in question to the Smith County District Attorney's Office. The investigation found Lewis was a Chapel Hill employee. view article  arw

LONGVIEW ISD: All pre-k, kindergarten students at Johnston-McQueen Elementary will attend East Texas Montessori Prep Academy starting in August 2019

April 2408:40 AM

Starting in the coming 2019-20 school year, all pre-k and kindergarten students at Longview Independent School District's Johnston-McQueen Elementary will attend the East Texas Montessori Prep Academy. Board members unanimously approved the measure during a special meeting Wednesday. Assistant Superintendent Horace Williams recommended the change "in order to facilitate continuity of instruction for the Montessori program and free up classroom space for program expansion at Johnston-McQueen." view article  arw

Educators voice concerns with Hays CISD turnover, board members

April 2408:40 AM

Accusations of micromanagement leading to a high turnover of Hays CISD employees has been levied against a pair of incumbent school board trustees running for reelection. However, Hays CISD Board President Merideth Keller and Vice President Esperanza Orosco, the two trustees at the center of the allegations, said they refute the claims and that they’re based on a “false narrative.”  The issue stems from emails from Taking Back Hays, a group that cites Keller and Orosco allegedly overstepping their roles as trustees. view article  arw

Texas lawmakers promised to rein in school district property taxes. What do their plans actually do?

April 2408:40 AM

Texas lawmakers have given property tax reform top billing this legislative session, and they agree that tamping down school taxes is the best way to lower Texans’ tax bills. That’s because school taxes make up more than half the total property taxes in the state. And the average school district tax rate has slightly and gradually increasedsince 2006, though skyrocketing local property values across the state are the main reason why the average tax bill gets higher and higher. But figuring out how to limit that portion of the tax bill has proven monumentally complicated. Three-quarters of the way through the legislative session, lawmakers agree on how much they want to spend on tax relief but are still juggling several proposals, including some that would not provide any help. And it’s unclear whether some of the people backing certain ideas understand how the school tax system works. view article  arw

Lessons in Leadership: Dallas superintendent discusses performance pay buy-in, gaining public trust

April 2408:40 AM

Michael Hinojosa is no stranger to the superintendency or the Dallas Independent School District. Not only is he one of the system's former students, but he's also in his second stint as its leader. After a rapid ascent to administration led him to the district the first time around, and facing "two big college tuitions" as his sons headed to Ivy league schools, he left for a job in suburban Atlanta's Cobb County School District. He eventually retired and returned to Texas, doing some consulting as he and his wife cared for their aging parents. But churn in Dallas eventually brought him back to the district's top role. view article  arw

Amarillo ISD Superintendent responds to complaint filed regarding volleyball coach’s resignation

April 2408:40 AM

The Amarillo Independent School District Superintendent Doug Loomis has issued a response to a complaint filed with the Texas Education Agency regarding the resignation of former Amarillo High School volleyball coach Kori Clements. view article  arw

Understand: School board trustees

April 2408:40 AM

School board members are tasked with making policies for the future of our school districts, and about 50 candidates in Bexar County are vying for a chance to do just that. There are 21 open school board seats in the May 4 election.

Midland ISD calls emergency meeting

April 2408:40 AM

MIDLAND, Texas (BIG2/FOX24) - Midland I.S.D. called an emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon after reports of on-going threats by an Abell Jr. High student.  Jennifer Carpenter filed a report to the school district last week regarding a student making threats to her daughter and those at Abell Jr. High.  "The students are so desensitized with school shooting and they're thinking that it's a joke, but it's not an okay thing to joke about. My heart stopped," said Carpenter. view article  arw

Texas This Week: Gov. Abbott plans for property tax reform

April 2408:40 AM

The House passed its version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. House Bill 16 requires a physician provide appropriate medical treatment to a baby who survives an attempted abortion, creates a third-degree felony offense for providers who don't and establishes a $100,000 civil penalty. The Senate already passed similar legislation. The Senate passed two additional employment practices bills by Conroe Republican Sen. Brandon Creighton. SB 2486 stops cities and counties from passing ordinances regulating how companies schedule employees. SB 2488 states municipalities can't require businesses remove questions about criminal history on job applications. The City of Austin "banned the box," as it's called, back in 2016. Those bills head to the House. view article  arw

Carthage ISD looks at expanding After School Youth Enrichment Program

April 2408:30 AM

Carthage ISD wants to expand its After School Youth Enrichment Program during the summer and hopes to target 100 more students. Superintendent John Wink said it’s one way they hope to help students keep learning while school is out. “One of the things that we do know about research for students of poverty is that over the summer, they regress in their learning,” Wink said. “That’s called the summer slide.” view article  arw

NAACP hosting forum for Weatherford ISD candidates

April 2408:30 AM

Weatherford residents can ask questions of Weatherford ISD school board candidates at a candidates forum on Thursday. Parker County NAACP Branch 6321 is hosting the forum, which is free and open to the public. The event is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, at 107 S. Bowie St. in Weatherford. The races for Place 3 and 5 on the WISD school board are contested. For Place 3, JRJ Construction Co-owner Adam Feriend is running against GMS Mechanical and Budder’s Storage Owner Robert Williams. For Place 5, Counselor Lexie Lee is running against Insurance Agent Weldon “Wally” Wallace. view article  arw

Ninth Waxahachie ISD elementary school named after former administrator, trustee

April 2408:30 AM

Max Simpson entered a specially called session of the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday just as he had for four decades before, albeit unaware of why his assistance would be needed with only one action item on the agenda. The lone item in front of the trustees was to officially vote on the name of the ninth elementary school in Waxahachie ISD, commonly referred to as the North Grove campus before Tuesday. view article  arw