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Texans focused on  the Lieutenant Governor's race last evening when the two candidates, Senator Dan Patrick and Senator Leticia Van DePutte, debated.  (If you missed it you can watch it here.) - It seems that most of the pundits give Patrick the victory in the debate. I see this event not having much meaning such as when schools are given their Financial Ratings, there are critical issues that trump the overall performance, i.e., if a school makes a perfect score and fails to turn in its audit in a timely manner -it fails.   Senator Patrick not releasing his income tax is a fatal error that trumps everything else that he may say or do.    - js-webmaster@texasisd.com read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Carol Perez, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Kingsville ISD, has been named New Super of Kingsville ISD.

Brenda Krchnak, Asst. Superintendent of Administrative Services, Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD, has been named New Super of Snook ISD.

Michael Waldrip, Deputy Superintendent, Frisco ISD, has been named New Super of Coppell ISD.

JR Proctor, HS Principal, Scurry Rosser ISD, has been named New Super of Axtell ISD.

John McCullough, Superintendent, Sulphur Bluff ISD, has been named New Super of North Lamar ISD.

 

58 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Pilot Point ISD ; Search by Arrow Educational Services Short TimelineINFO
Vacant Chillicothe ISD; Search by Chillicothe ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Medina ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Vacant Freer ISD ; Search by Freer ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Rising Star ISD; Search By Ronnie Kincaid, ESC XIV Info (Search Suspended)INFO
Vacant Spring Hill ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Vacant Alvin ISD; School Executive ConsultingINFO
Vacant Red Lick ISD; Red Lick ISD Board of Trustees  Info BrochureINFO
Vacant Huntsville ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Bullard ISD; Search By TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Breckenridge ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant San Benito CISD ; Waterford School Services, Inc. InfoINFO
Vacant Region 9 ESC Executive Director; ESC 9 Service CenterINFO
Vacant Balmorhea ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Vacant Harris County Department of Education; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Lake Worth ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Austin ISD; Ray & Associates, Inc. INFO
Vacant Calhoun County ISD; Search by  Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Giddings ISD ; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Fayetteville ISD; Fayetteville ISD School Board InfoINFO
Vacant Lago Vista ISD; TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Little Elm ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Ballinger ISD; Search by Ballinger ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Everman ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Dumas ISD; Search By Dumas ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Texoma ISD; Search by Interim Superintendent, Mike Jackson and the Texoma ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Castleberry ISD; Search by Castleberry ISD Board of Education BrochureINFO
Vacant Judson ISD; Search by McShan Consulting Firm InfoINFO
Vacant McKinney ISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. INFO
Vacant Bronte ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants Brochure InfoINFO
Vacant Burnham Wood Family of Charter Schools ; Search By Burnham Wood Family of Charter Schools InfoINFO
Vacant West ISD - TASB Executive Search Services; TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Maypearl ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Gruver ISD
 ; Search by Gruver ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Longview ISD; Longview ISD Board of Trustees & Dr. James WilcoxINFO
Lone Finalist Anna ISD  - Pete Slaughter, Superintendent ,Whitesboro ISD; Search By: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Winters ISD  - Bruce Davis ​, Former Superintendent ,Thrall ISD; Casey, Cox & Robertson Educational ConsultantsINFO
Lone Finalist Tom Bean ISD - Troy Roberts, Principal ,Grand Prairie ISD; Search by Search by: Tom Bean ISD Board of Trustees & Interim Supt. Dr. Larry BlairINFO
Lone Finalist Nazareth ISD - Glen Waldo, Superintendent,Sunray ISD; Search by Nazareth ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist London ISD - David Freeman, Asst. Super/Chief Academic Officer,Wichita Falls ISD; Search By Texas School SolutionsINFO
Lone Finalist Burkeville ISD - John Kent, Former Superintendent,Chester ISD; Search by Region V ESC - Danny Lovett & Marianne KondoINFO
Lone Finalist Early ISD - Wes Beck, Superintendent,Shamrock ISD; Search by Early ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Hemphill ISD - Reese Briggs , Superintendent,Kounze ISD; Search By Region V ESC - Danny Lovett & Marianne Kondo Info INFO
Lone Finalist Frankston ISD - , Asst. Superintendent,Longview ISD; Search By Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Region 8 ESC Executive Director - David Fitts, Superintendent,Lake Worth ISD; Search By Education Solutions & Services, Inc.INFO
Lone Finalist Cleburne ISD - Kyle Heath, Asst. Superintendent,Mansfield ISD ; Search by Bob E. Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Lone Finalist Lubbock-Cooper ISD - Keith Bryant, Superintendent,Bullard ISD; Search By The Lubbock-Cooper ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Garner ISD - Rebecca Hallmark, Asst. Superintendent,Eastland ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Lone Finalist Whitesboro ISD - Ryan Harper; Whitesboro ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Meyersville ISD - Kelly Dunn, Principal ,Lampasas ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Corpus Christi ISD  - Dr. Roland Hernandez, Chief Administrative Officer,Corpus Christi ISD; Search by George McShan, Nolan Estes and Reuben Olivares of BWP & AssociatesINFO
Lone Finalist Grape Creek ISD - Barbie McMath, Asst. Superintendent,Whitesboro ISD; Search By Grape Creek ISD School Board InfoINFO
New Super Central Heights ISD - Bryan Lee Iredell ISD Superintendent, Superintendent,Iredell ISD ; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Cleveland ISD - Dr.Darrell Meyers, Superintendent,Livingston ISD; Region VI ESC - Dr. Brent HawkinsINFO
New Super Colmesneil ISD - Angela Matterson, Director Special Services ,Polk Co.; Dr. Danny Lovett & Marianne Kondo ISD Region V ESC InfoINFO
New Super East Central ISD - Rolando Toscano , Principal ,ECISD; East Central ISD Board and Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Trevino. P.C.INFO
New Super Goldburg ISD - Roger Ellis; Roger Ellis, Search by Region 9 ESC, Darren FrancisINFO
New Super Gorman ISD - Gary Speegle HS Principal Goldthwaite ISD, HS Principal,Goldthwaite ISD; Region XIV ESC Exec. Dir. Ronnie KincaidINFO
New Super Huntington ISD - David Flowers Zavalla ISD Superintendent, Superintendent,Zavalla ISD; Huntington ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Irving ISD - Jose Parra Supt. Lockhart ISD, Supt.,Lockhart ISD; Bob E. Griggs and AssociatesINFO
New Super Kennard ISD - Richard Cooper HS Principal Lovelady ISD, HS Principal ,Lovelady ISD; Region 6 ESC, Thomas Poe, Dr. Brent Hawkins, & Craig Davis InfoINFO
New Super Lefors ISD - Joe Waldron High School Principal, Childress ISD, High School Principal,Childress ISD; Search by Nazareth ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Newton ISD - Michelle Barrow, Asst. Superintendent,Newton ISD; Newton ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Paint Creek ISD - Rick Moeller, HS Principal,Knox City ISD; Region XIV ESC Exec. Dir. Ronnie KincaidINFO
New Super Sinton ISD - Pari Whitten Supt. Harper ISD, Supt,,Harper ISD; Texas School Solutions, Carol Ann MoffettINFO
New Super Tornillo ISD - Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez El Paso ISD Administrator; TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super Vega ISD - Dr. Paul Uttley, HS Principal,Stratford ISD; Vega ISD Board of Trustees & Mike JacksonINFO
New Super Waxahachie ISD - Dr. Jeremy Glenn, Superintendent,Central Heights ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Comfort ISD - Leslie Vann, Lamesa ISD CFO,Lamesa ISD; TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super La Vernia ISD - Dr. Jose Moreno , Asst. Superintendent,San Antonio ISD; TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Normangee ISD - Luke Allison, High School Principal,Groesbeck ISD; Region VI ESC, Dr. Brent HawkinsINFO
New Super Celeste ISD - Brad Connelly, High School Principal,Leonard ISD; Celeste ISD Board of Trustees & Collin ClarkINFO
New Super Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD - Stetson Roane, Asst. Superintendent,Aransas Pass ISD; Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Hermleigh ISD - Ronnie Roemisch, High School Principal,Hermleigh ISD; Search By Hermleigh ISD Board of Trustees & Supt. Gary RotanINFO
New Super Zavalla ISD - Michael Woodard, JH Principal ,Livingston ISD; Search by Zavalla ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Banquete ISD - Max Thompson, Superintendent,Rising Star ISD;  TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Lockhart ISD - Rolando "Rudy" Trevino, School Support Officer,Houston ISD; TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Region 6 ESC Executive Director - Michael Holland, Superintendent,Forney ISD; Search by Region VI ESC - Jerry Hall INFO
New Super Cedar Hill ISD - Orlando Riddick , Asst. Super for Career & College Readiness,Houston ISD; Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. INFO
New Super Pearsall ISD - Dr. Nobert Rodriguez, Superintendent,Carrizo Springs ISD; Search By Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Trevino, P.C.INFO
New Super Georgetown ISD - Dr. Fred Brent, Superintendent ,Alvin ISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. INFO
New Super Spring ISD - Rodney Wilson, Chief District HR Officer,Houston ISD; School Executive Consulting INFO
New Super Bartlett ISD - Brett Springston; Search by Education Solutions & Services, Inc. INFO
New Super Eden CISD - Ken Coker, Secondary Principal,Veribest ISD; Eden ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Goodrich ISD - Dr. Gary Bates, Junior High Principal,Royal ISD; Region VI ESC - Dr. Brent HawkinsINFO
New Super Grandview-Hopkins ISD - John Wilson, Director of Alt. Certification,ESC 16 ; Mayfield GroupINFO
New Super Hidalgo ISD - Edward Blaha , Superintendent,Kingsville ISD; Hidalgo ISD Board of Trustees & Martin Peña InfoINFO
New Super Highland Park ISD - Buddy Freeman, Superintendent,Quanah ISD ; Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees & Mike BrownINFO
New Super Olney ISD - Dr. Greg Roach, High School Principal,Seymour ISD; Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis InfoINFO
New Super Rockdale ISD  - Denise Monzingo Executive Director of Accountability andSpecial Programs in Pflugerville ISD, Executive Director of Accountability and Special Programs,Pflugerville ISD; Bob E. Griggs & Assc.INFO
New Super Stafford MSD - Dr. Robert Bostic, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Programs,Denton ISD; Search By Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Winnsboro ISD  - Susan Morton, High School Principal, ,Winnsboro ISD; Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Skidmore-Tynan ISD - Dr. Randy Hoyer, Superintendent,Kenedy County CSD; Search by Skidmore-Tynan ISD Board of Trustees & Dr. Ruben Corkill INFO
New Super Tolar ISD - Travis Stillwell, HS Principal ,Stephenville ISD; Search by Tolar ISD School Board INFO
New Super New Boston ISD - Dr. Rose Mary Neshyba, Superintendent ,Red Lick ISD; Search By New Boston ISD & Dr. Gary VanDeaverINFO
New Super Tahoka ISD - Dr. George McFarland , Madison Middle School Principal,Abilene ISD; Tahoka ISD School Board and Gary Harrell - Application InfoINFO
New Super Livingston ISD - Dr. Brent Hawkins, Deputy Director of Administrative Services,ESC 6; Search by Region VI ESC InfoINFO
New Super Jim Hogg County ISD - Miguel Perez, Associate Superintendent Archdioscese,Galveston-Houston; Search by TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Roma ISD - Carlos Guzman, Interim Supt.,Roma ISD; Search by McShan Consulting - George McShanINFO
New Super Pettus ISD - Theresa Keel, Superintendent,Cordova School District, Cordova, Alaska; Search by TASB  Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Fairfield ISD - Rick Edwards, Associate Superintendent of Technology,Kennedale ISD; Search by Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees & Interim Supt. Sheila DoveINFO
New Super Wortham ISD - David Allen, Principal & Director of Instructional Technology,Big Sandy ISD; Search by Wortham ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Stephenville ISD - Matt Underwood, Superintendent,Lago Vista ISD; Search by TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
New Super North Lamar ISD - John McCullough, Superintendent,Sulphur Bluff ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Axtell ISD - JR Proctor, HS Principal ,Scurry Rosser ISD; Education Solutions and Services, Inc. Michael T. Smith & Don RogersINFO
New Super Coppell ISD - Michael Waldrip, Deputy Superintendent,Frisco ISD; Search By TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Snook ISD - Brenda Krchnak, Asst. Superintendent of Administrative Services,Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD; Search By Region VI ESC -  InfoINFO
New Super Region 10 ESC Executive Director - Dr. Gordon Taylor, Associate Director,ESC 10 ; Region 10 ESC INFO
New Super Kingsville ISD - Carol Perez, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction,Kingsville ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Douglass ISD - Walter Peddy, Deputy Superintendent of Curricular Instruction,Tenaha ISD; Search By Arrow Educational Services Short Timeline!INFO
New Super Tyler ISD - Dr. Marty Crawford, Superintendent,West ISD; Search by the Tyler ISD Board of TrusteesINFO

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III to discuss TEA

September 2508:41 AM
 

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 7 to review the Speaker's Strategic Fiscal Review Charge.  The Subcommittee will hear testimony regarding:Texas Education Agency.  Live broadcast

Updated Side by Side LPE - DPE template - From ESC 12

September 2301:39 PM
 

The 2014 - 15 LPE-DPE Side by Side Template FY1118_r5_wb3 (Template Link) with revised Available School Fund and current Comp Ed numbers is now available for download. The template is an "expansion" of Omar's templates The template will allow districts to compare "earned" DPE with2014-15 LPE-DPE_sof_FY1118_r5_wb3_SB1_NEWFORMAT_weights (1)_Web Template.xls "payment" LPE to calculate "projected" over/under payment of Foundation School Funds. The template incorporates actual six weeks attendance data and M&O tax collections to "project" over/under payments. Be sure to import the latest Summary of Finance report from TEA, and your "most accurate projection" of M&O tax collections. Be sure to re-enter your previous and current six weeks attendance data (numbers have changed!!) Remember: the template is an "as is" projection based on current data.

Attorney Position Available

September 2208:42 AM
 

Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, PC, has a position available in its Plano office to work primarily with Arlington ISD as “in-house” counsel.

The Lt. Governor Debate

September 3008:42 AM
 

The Tribune livestreamed the encounter if you missed it you can watch it here..

In Debate, Patrick and Van de Putte Spar Over Taxes

September 3008:41 AM
 

In the only scheduled debate in their race for lieutenant governor, state Sens. Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte faced off on Monday night in a lively exchange that displayed their divergent positions on everything from health care and immigration to school finance and taxes.  candidates played offense: Patrick, R-Houston, attempted to portray Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, as “out of step” with Texas voters. Van de Putte used the back-and-forth to try to pin Patrick down on votes he'd taken on cuts to public education. But one of the biggest points of contention in the hourlong showdown in Austin was over the state’s tax structure. view article arw

Final Debate For Gubernatorial Candidates

September 3008:39 AM
 

DALLAS (AP) - Democrat Wendy Davis has one last debate with Republican Greg Abbott to try to narrow the gap in the Texas governor’s race. Their debate Tuesday night in Dallas will likely attract more viewers than their first meeting  earlier this month in the Rio Grande Valley. Davis has five weeks before Election Day to catch Abbott and overcome polling deficits. view article arw

Authorities arrest Diboll ISD Snapchat threat suspect

September 3008:38 AM
 

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) -Diboll ISD school officials, police and the FBI have identified the person responsible for sending threatening Snapchat messages to students and have made an arrest, according to the district's superintendent. Gary Martel said the suspect was in custody at the Diboll Police Station and was being questioned. Nicholas Emilio Flores, 18, of Corrigan, is charged with third-degree disorderly conduct. According to Diboll police, Det. Matt Repond obtained a warrant for Flores' arrest and he was arrested around 6 p.m. when Lufkin police stopped him near the Marriott Hotel on South First Street. view article arw

Here’s How An Alleged Cheating Ring That Could Send Atlanta Teachers To Prison Was Uncovered

September 3008:38 AM
 

Read! - we do not want this to happen in Texas!  A jury has been chosen in an extremely rare criminal cheating prosecution against Atlanta educators, and it all started with a local reporter who noticed "miraculous" test scores. Prosecutors are using a law originally enacted to go after mobsters to accuse former principals, teachers, and administrators of trying to boost their bonuses by conspiring to artificially raise kids' test scores. While only 12 ex-educators are on trial in Atlanta, dozens of teachers and administrators were initially charged and many have since pleaded guilty in exchange for their cooperation. view article arw

Klein: KISD cyberbulling seminar helps parents prevent issue

September 3008:37 AM
 

Through electronic technology many kids today are involved with cyberbullying. Like traditional bullying the effects are painful and school districts are uniting with parents on how to prevent it. During a cyber bullying seminar hosted by Klein Independent School District on Tuesday, Sept. 23, parents were informed on how to talk to their children about safe ways to use technology. view article arw

Beaumont: BISD will seek restitution from embezzlers

September 3008:37 AM
 

Diverging from the previous board's practice, theBeaumont ISD board of managers unanimously voted Monday to recoup any property or funds seized by the federal government from the two high-ranking finance officers who embezzled more than $4 million from the school district. view article arw

Atlanta Cheating Trial Opens.

September 3008:37 AM
 

The New York Times  reports on the first day of the criminal racketeering trial of over a dozen former Atlanta educators accused of having “engaged in a ‘widespread, cleverly disguised’ conspiracy to cheat on standardized test scores in an effort to protect their jobs and win favor and bonuses from administrators.” The article describes the defense’s opening arguments, noting that Atlanta “suffered one of the most devastating standardized-testing scandals of recent years.” The article gives background on the scandal and notes that former Superintendent Beverly L. Hall “has pleaded not guilty to a racketeering charge and other lesser counts.  

Pre-K classes a priority for Texas districts, study finds

September 3008:36 AM
 

Getting more youngsters into prekindergarten classes is a priority for Texas school districts, but finding the money to do so is difficult, according to a study released Monday. Children at Risk, a Houston-based education advocacy group, conducted a yearlong study to assess the current state of prekindergarten programs in Texas. It found that despite financial challenges and dramatic statewide education funding cuts in 2011, Texas school districts were picking up the tab locally or finding creative partnerships to expand access. view article arw

Beaumont: The way forward for BISD

September 3008:35 AM
 

If there's one thing the Beaumont community agrees on, it's that the restoration of the public school district is critical to the city's and its residents' success and well-being. The question is: How to get there? Parents, pastors and public figures have said they want the best education possible for Beaumont ISD students, and many believe the state-appointed board of managers that took over in July was a step in that direction. view article arw

Highland Park ISD parents commend decision to reinstate suspended books

September 3008:34 AM
 

Over the past few weeks, Highland Park High School students talked a little less about football, homecoming dates and weekend plans. Instead, they were talking about books. view article arw

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The 2014 UNT Educational Leadership Conference seeks out high quality, research-based proposals in the areas of Educational Leadership, Administration, and the Superintendency. Research-based University Faculty and Doctoral students in the research phase of their coursework are encouraged to submit proposals. For more information about the conference and proposal guidelines visit: Click here for more info!

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2014′s Best and Worst States for Teachers

September 3008:33 AM
 

Most educators don’t pursue their profession for the money. That’s a no-brainer these days. But that also doesn’t justify low pay, especially for a profession that makes such a profound difference in young people’s lives. And the sad reality is this: Many teachers are shortchanged with salaries that fail to keep up with inflation. Meanwhile, their workloads have grown with heightened demand from the law to elicit better student performance. view article arw

Diboll:  Authorities arrest Diboll ISD Snapchat threat suspect

September 3008:33 AM
 

“We will press charges to the fullest extent possible in an effort to stop this undue stress on our staff, students and parents,” Martel said earlier Monday.  Diboll ISD school officials, police and the FBI have identified the person responsible for sending threatening Snapchat messages to students and have made an arrest, according to the district's superintendent. Gary Martel said the suspect was in custody at the Diboll Police Station and was being questioned.  Nicholas Emilio Flores, 18, of Corrigan, is charged with third-degree disorderly conduct. view article arw

Doctors With Borders

September 3008:32 AM
 

Many years ago, as a young woman, I left the Rio Grande Valley, ready to put the oppressively hot, humid nights and dusty, dry days behind me. But over the years, I kept finding myself drawn back to the people, the beauty, the music and the culture. In 2002, two decades after I had left, I came back home, as a medical student, and then a pediatrician, caring for poor children. First, I worked in Mexico, in a colonia called Derechos Humanos, a place of makeshift homes and no streetlights. The nurses and neighbors of the clinic became my friends. We shared meals in their homes along with stories and gales of laughter. view article arw

How Charter School Owners Feather Their Nets & Other Conflicts of Interest

September 3008:32 AM
 

Many people in one of my home states — Arizona — seem to have no concept of a conflict of interest. When charter schools were authorized in Arizona in the mid-1990s, it wasn’t long before a young woman “researcher” at the Goldwater Institute was appointed Chairperson of the State Charter School Board. And that very same Chairperson quickly issued a charter to a non-profit foundation — that was really an artifice created by K12 Inc. — that created the Arizona Virtual Academy (AVA), a huge cybercharter.  view article arw

After Texas education cuts, local schools need grants, other funds to be competitive

September 3008:32 AM
 

Alta Vista Elementary School fifth-grader Jose Gomez is one of many students who this week used laptop computers made possible by a technology grant that’s part of a focused effort from local school officials to obtain more discretionary funding and subsidize the lack of money coming through state and federal channels.  Waco-area school officials say pursuing discretionary money and fundraising have become necessary to stay competitive as a school district after the Texas Legislature cut $5 billion from education in 2011. view article arw

Steer Briefly Escapes At State Fair

September 3008:32 AM
 

DALLAS (AP) - Authorities have recaptured a nearly 1,000-pound steer that briefly escaped captivity at the State Fair of Texas and led city police on a chase amid fairgoers. view article arw

Lawmakers should end wind subsidies

September 3008:31 AM
 

The evidence is in; wind energy claims are, at least for now, hot air. It’s time for Texas lawmakers to end the subsidies that have propped up the renewable energy market and let those industries stand on their own. That’s the conclusion of Texas Comptroller Susan Combs in a recent report. What Texas needs is reliable and inexpensive power. That need not come at the expense of the environment, as newer power plants, fired by cleaner natural gas, demonstrate. Texas also needs to stop subsidizing the wind energy boondoggle. Our economic and population growth means there’s an increasing demand for reliable power. view article arw

Sharyland ISD board accepts resignation, appoints interim

September 3008:29 AM
 

Sharyland ISD school board rubber-stamped the resignation of Superintendent Virginia Richter with a 5-2 vote after nearly an hour in executive session during a special board meeting Monday night. Minority board members Eddie Montalvo and Rolando Pena were the dissenting votes. view article arw

Highland Park: HP Superintendent Reverses Banned Books Decision

September 3008:28 AM
 

For 8th graders attending Highland Park Middle School, the required reading assignment is considered a classic American novel: To Kill a Mockingbird. Yet, students completing work on their summer reading assignment were well aware of the discussion of which books high-schoolers in their same district could read. view article arw

Tuloso Midway:  TM Trustee Misses Board Meeting

September 3008:28 AM
 

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -There was some controversy Monday during a meeting of the Tuloso-Midway School Trustees. A concerned resident addressed the board and urge them to take action against one of their own, School Board Member Kimberly Johnson. Johnson was arrested last weekend after allegedly driving drunk and running into a parked vehicle.  view article arw

Monday marks new beginning for Post ISD students

September 3008:26 AM
 

It's a week of new beginnings for Post Independent School District.The students have had a week off school since their elementary school burned to the ground last Sunday. They stepped into classrooms in their new elementary building Monday morning. They moved into the old Post High School building, and the high school students started classes in a brand-new building the district began constructing in October. view article arw

SCHOOLS SCRAMBLE TO HELP TEENS WHO CROSSED BORDER

September 3008:25 AM
 

FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) -- American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months. Unaccompanied minors who made up the summer spike at the border have moved to communities of all sizes, in nearly every state, Federal data indicates, to live with a relative and await immigration decisions. The Supreme Court has ruled that schools have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status, so schools have become a safe haven for many of the tens of thousands of these young people mostly from central America living in limbo. view article arw

EDITORIAL: State fund lapses demand action by next governor, Legislature

September 3008:25 AM
 

Many Texans are outraged over last week's report of shoddy record-keeping and glaring problems with theTexas Enterprise Fund, but the explanation is simple: This is what happens when public funds aren't audited regularly. Area residents saw it with the Beaumont ISD. When politicians like Gov. Rick Perry are allowed to reward friends and campaign donors with money that is supposed to be distributed on merit, problems can easily result. In fact, it's almost inevitable. view article arw

No changes expected in Crandall ISD bus routes amid construction

September 3008:22 AM
 

The Crandall Independent School District (CISD) doesn’t expect to make any changes to the current bus routes and times for those in upcoming long-term construction zones on Farm-to-Market (FM) 148 and FM 3039. view article arw

Willis ISD continues digital transformation

September 3008:18 AM
 

Willis ISD iCoaches are busy processing over 1,000 ASUS T-100 “mini-laptops”, complete with full Windows operating systems, to be distributed on 30 classroom carts to the district’s secondary campuses. view article arw

Pittsburg ISD campus selected by TEA for study

September 3008:15 AM
 

A Pittsburg ISD school was among 11 campuses in the state chosen to participate in “best practices” study because of its high performance and improvement on state-mandated testing. “Our intermediate campus staff is certainly looking forward to sharing their best practices with other schools for the benefit of all students in the state,” Pittsburg ISD Superintendent Judy Pollan said Monday. The Texas Education Agency chose Pittsburg Intermediate School to participate in the study because it was designated as a “high performing” and “high progress” Title I school, Pollan said. Title I schools are those with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students. view article arw

Bonham ISD superintendent calls alleged assault ‘sociopathic behavior’

September 3008:15 AM
 

Testimony for the prosecution wrapped up and testimony for the defense began Monday in the trial of a former Fannin County special education teacher accused of assaulting a student. Jurors heard one witness describe the alleged assault as “sociopathic behavior.”  view article arw

BISD Names Sgt. David Hall Temporary Police Chief

September 3008:10 AM
 

Hall has served in the department since its inception.  According to a statement from the district, Interim Superintendent Vern Butler named Sgt. Hall to the position. "Mr. Hall has done a fine job as one of our officers since the beginning of our department," the district said in an emailed statement. view article arw

Pine Tree student arrested for making terroristic threat identified

September 3008:08 AM
 

Longview police arrested a Pine Tree student suspected of making terroristic threats.The Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted Longview police Monday morning with information that a high school student made threats to carry out a violent act at Pine Tree school located in the 1000 block of West Fairmont Street view article arw

EDITORIAL: As lawmakers dicker, grants and donations are helping students learn

September 3008:07 AM
 

An American Federation of Teachers representative last week glumly reminded Waco Independent School District trustees that per-pupil funding is about $600 less than it was in 2008 — evidence that, as the state of Texas demands more in accountability of local classrooms, state support is failing to keep up with student growth, teacher pay and the technology proven to better educate pupils. view article arw