Repost!  Reading public school related articles from other states will often help me see the impact of actions we are dealing with in Texas before we get to the “jumping off the cliff” point. Such information can help us to change course before we follow our out-of-state peers into sometimes poor decisions. I see this in legislative action regarding our public schools. How Florida is dealing with charter schools is a good one to focus on right now since we have 22 on the list that are about to be closed. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Ritchie Bowling, Asst. Superintendent Howe ISD, has been named New Super of Maypearl ISD.

Walter Jackson, Area Superintendent Alief ISD, has been named New Super of Brenham ISD.

Tim Norman, Center ISD High School Principal , has been named New Super of Chireno ISD.

Dr. Brad Schnautz, Magnolia ISD High School Principal , has been named New Super of Lexington ISD.

Marshall Harrison, Comanche ISD Superintendent, has been named New Super of Blooming Grove ISD .

 

61 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Rice ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Yantis ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services (Temporarily Postponed)INFO
Vacant Ferris ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
Vacant Brazosport ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLCINFO
Vacant Cameron ISD; Search by Cameron ISD Board of Trustees, Assisted by Retiring Superintendent, Collin ClarkINFO
Vacant Castleberry ISD; Search by Castleberry ISD Board of Education BrochureINFO
Vacant Chillicothe ISD; Search by Chillicothe ISD Board of Trustees - No longer accepting applicationsINFO
Vacant Rising Star ISD

 ; Search By Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
Vacant Austin ISD; Ray & Associates, Inc. INFO
Vacant Prairie Valley ISD; Search by: Darren Francis, Deputy Executive Director-Region 9 ESCINFO
Vacant Kermit ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Garrison ISD; Search by Interim Superintendent, Arnie Kelley and Garrison ISD Board. - Search has been postponed INFO
Vacant Mathis ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Spring Branch ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton LLP (David Thompson, Mike Moses)INFO
Vacant Mesquite ISD; Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston Educational ConsultantsINFO
Vacant Hillsboro ISD; Search by Horn Smith Wood & PrestonINFO
Vacant Levelland ISD; Search by Levelland ISD School Board InfoINFO
Vacant Arp ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Brookesmith ISD; Brookesmith ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Hawley ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultant InfoINFO
Vacant Taft ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Lewisville ISD; Search by Ray and AssociatesINFO
Vacant Pringle-Morse CISD; Search by the Pringle-Morse CISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD; Search by O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath AnnouncementINFO
Vacant Union Hill ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Midway ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Vacant Abernathy ISD; Search by Abernathy ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Highland Park ISD; Search conducted by Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Culberson County Allamoore ISD; Search by Lead Your School InfoINFO
Vacant Erath Excels Academy; Search by Erath Excels Academy Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Progreso ISD; Search by: Fountainhead Education InfoINFO
Vacant Florence ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Marlin ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Fruitvale ISD; Fruitvale ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Runge ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Red Lick ISD - Nick Blain, Interim Superintendent,Red Lick ISD; Red Lick ISD Board of Trustees  Info BrochureINFO
Lone Finalist Clarendon ISD - Mike Norrell, Superintendent,Adrian ISD; Search by Clarendon ISD Board More InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Borden County ISD - Billy Collins, Superintendent,Schleicher County ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Moran ISD  - Danny Freeman, Principal of South Elementary,Breckenridge ISD; Search by Moran ISD School Board InfoINFO
Lone Finalist West Orange-Cove CISD - Rickie Harris, Asst. Principal,Cedar Hill ISD; Search by WOCCISD InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Hempstead ISD - Dr. Angela Gutsch, Superintendent,Queen City ISD; Search by: Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. Info INFO
Lone Finalist Plains ISD - Dr. Stephanie D. Howard, Exec. Director for Curriculum & Instruction,Ector County ISD; Search conducted by Leasor Crass, PC InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Moulton ISD - Todd Grandjean, Principal,Granger ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Alpine ISD - Rebecca Watley, Director of 588 Special Ed Coop,Region 18 ESC; Search by the Alpine ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Mineola ISD - Kim Tunnell, Chief Leadership & Performance Officer ,Tyler ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Beaumont ISD - John Frossard, Superintendent,Wichita Falls ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Canyon ISD - Daryl Flusche, Administrator,Frenship ISD; Search by Bob Griggs and Associates INFO
Lone Finalist Midlothian ISD - Lane Ledbetter, Superintendent,Graham ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & Associates INFO
Lone Finalist Santa Anna ISD - David Robinett, Secondary Principal ,Santa Anna ISD; Santa Anna ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist El Campo ISD - Kelly Waters, Asst. Superintendent,El Campo ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist San Antonio ISD - Pedro Martinez - Superintendent in Residence, Nevada Department of Education Scott Muri - Deputy Superintendent of Academics of Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, Georgia; Search By McShan Consulting Firm, George McShan & Dr. Ruben OlivarezINFO
Lone Finalist Littlefield ISD - Robert Dillard , ​Superintendent ,Munday CISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Sharyland ISD - Rob O'Connor, Superintendent,Marble Falls ISD; Search by Waterford School Services InfoINFO
New Super Calhoun County ISD - James Crowley, Superintendent,Linden-Kildare ISD; Search by  Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
New Super Huntsville ISD - Dr. Howell Wright, Deputy Superintendent,San Marcos ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Bronte ISD - Tim Siler, High School Principal ,Hamlin ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants Brochure InfoINFO
New Super West ISD - David Truitt, Deputy Superintendent,Waxahachie ISD; TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Ballinger ISD - Jeffrey Butts, High School Principal,Argyle ISD; Search by Ballinger ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Dumas ISD - Monty Hysinger, Superintendent,Clarendon ISD; Search By Dumas ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Frankston ISD - , Asst. Superintendent,Longview ISD; Search By Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Grape Creek ISD - Barbie McMath, Asst. Superintendent,Whitesboro ISD; Search By Grape Creek ISD School Board InfoINFO
New Super Balmorhea ISD - Miguel Espino, Interim Superintendent,Balmorhea ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super Freer ISD  - Steve VanMatre, Interim Superintendent,Freer ISD; Search by Freer ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Alvin ISD - James "Buck" Gilcrease, Superintendent,Hillsboro ISD; School Executive ConsultingINFO
New Super Lago Vista ISD - Darren Webb, Superintendent,Garrison ISD; TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Gruver ISD
  - Troy Seagler, High School Principal,Gruver ISD; Search by Gruver ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Little Elm ISD - Lowell Strike, Asst. Superintendent,Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
New Super Jacksonville ISD - Chad Kelly, Superintendent,Taft ISD; Search by  TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super Walnut Bend ISD - Kelly Carrell, Principal,Miami ISD; Search by Walnut Bend ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Whiteface CISD - Cassidy McBrayer, Asst. Superintendent,Snyder ISD; Search by Ronnie Kincaid, ESC 14 Executive DirectorINFO
New Super Medina ISD - Penny White, Superintendent,Yantis ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super Maypearl ISD - Ritchie Bowling, Asst. Superintendent,Howe ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Brenham ISD - Walter Jackson, Area Superintendent,Alief ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Chireno ISD - Tim Norman, High School Principal ,Center ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Lexington ISD - Dr. Brad Schnautz, Principal West High School,Magnolia ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
New Super Blooming Grove ISD - Marshall Harrison, Frmr. Superintenedent,Comanche ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO

Property Tax Legislation Update

April 2308:45 AM
 

Bills Filed for the 2015 Regular Session of the 84th Texas Legislature Update as of April 17, 2015 By Robert Mott, Chris Jackson, Adam Walker & Debbie Wheeler Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP  view article arw

Information Related to House Bill 1759

April 2208:45 AM
 

The following information was provided by Chairman Aycock when he introduced HB 1759 models are included. 

Preventive Law: End of Year Options-Program Change Reduction in Force

April 1408:30 AM
 

Notwithstanding the current legislative “promises” of more money for public education in the coming biennium, school districts may still be considering program changes or other avenues to whittle away some of their personnel costs.  Certainly, “program change” at the end of a school year is always the preferable mechanism to tackle that problem.  While the district may be feeling a pinch in its finances, it really is not advisable to use “financial exigency” for end-of-year decisions because of the limitations implicit in using that reason, which is now subject to definitions established by the commissioner under the authority of Texas Education Code section 44.011. view article arw

Bond or TRE coming up?  We’d love to know!

February 1308:45 AM
 

TexasISD.com tracks bond and TRE elections to gather data to be analysed and used in various research projects.  If your district is holding an election, please let us know view article arw

Conservatives have reason to support Abbott’s pre-K plan

April 2608:15 AM
 

Texas families stand to lose if a political push is successful in killing off $130 million in additional funding for the state’s prekindergarten programs. The ugly politics behind early childhood education tumbled into the spotlight last week when a group of advisers to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick trashed one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities for the session — expanding access to high-quality state pre-K. view article arw

STAAR Statewide Summary Reports

April 2408:41 AM
 

Use the links below to view the STAAR statewide summary reports for the selected school year.  For detailed information about these reports, refer to the Interpreting Assessment Reports Guide.  For reports from other testing programs, visit the Assessment Results webpage. view article arw

Dallas ISD scores dip on STAAR reading exams taken in English

April 2408:40 AM
 

Dallas ISD fifth- and eighth-graders who took the English version of the STAAR reading test this year performed worse than students who took it last year, according to results released Thursday.  In eighth grade, the passing rate fell from 74 percent to 67 percent. In fifth grade, it dropped slightly, from 66 percent to 65 percent. Both grades trailed the statewide results, which largely remained flat. view article arw

Miami-Dade, fourth largest U.S. school district, dumps 290 standardized tests

April 2408:40 AM
 

The superintendent of the nation’s fourth largest school district, Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade public schools in Florida, just announced what he called “the most aggressive decommissioning of testing in the state of Florida, if not in the country.” He said on Thursday that he was cutting the number of  district-developed end-of-course exams from 300 to 10 — including all for elementary school — to “restore teaching time” and “respect the educational environment.” view article arw

One principal resigns, one remains following BISD attendance scandal

April 2408:39 AM
 

12News has an update on the subjects of a Beaumont Independent School District attendance scandal.  BISD sources say the former principal of Central High School, Lorenzo Carr, has resigned his position.  Carr stepped down on Monday. Ozen High School principal Odis Norris will be allowed to return to his school. He has evidently been cleared of wrongdoing.    view article arw

Early voting kicks off Monday: Election to decide council, school board and Mesquite ISD bond

April 2408:38 AM
 

Early voting kicks off Monday, and Mesquite voters may head to the polls at Lakeside Activity Center, 101 Holley Park Drive. They will be deciding several Mesquite City Council seats, one Mesquite ISD school board seat and whether to approve a $280 million Mesquite ISD bond package. view article arw

William McKenzie: Numbers support Dallas ISD chief Mike Miles’ removal of Rosemont principal

April 2408:38 AM
 

The latest Dallas Independent School District controversy involves plans to remove some principals. Naturally, this decision stokes passions, leading some principals and their supporters to cry foul.Growing research shows principals, on average, account for 25 percent of their school’s impact on student achievement. That is why Dallas’ Mike Miles and superintendents nationwide are focusing on campus leadership. As they do so, they should be free to build up their schools’ leadership. view article arw

House tax cuts would give about 40 percent of benefit to highest earning one-fifth of Texans

April 2408:37 AM
 

Update at 12:44 p.m.: A re-check of my figures showed that the initial post misstated what share of the total tax cut that the top one-fifth of earners would receive. The 42 percent was what share of total tax the top quintile paid, after the tax change. Apologies. Corrected throughout.  Initial post at 11:42 a.m.: The highest paid one-fifth of Texans would reap about 40 percent of the benefits of the tax cuts advancing in the Texas House, according to tax equity notes released Thursday by the Legislative Budget Board. view article arw

Heated Debate Surrounds Push for Deep Fryers in Schools

April 2408:36 AM
 

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, the cowboy-hat-wearing champion of local control, is looking to buck a decade-old statewide ban on deep fat fryers in public schools. Putting decision-making back into the hands of Texas school districts, he says, “isn't about french fries, it's about freedom.”  Within the next couple of months, the Texas Department of Agriculture could be poised to repeal a state policy that bans deep fat fryers and soda machines on school campuses and places limits on the time and place that junk food can be sold there. view article arw

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Teachers displaced in Mesita and Vilas school merger

April 2408:35 AM
 

Dozens of teachers at Mesita and Vilas elementary schools may not get to keep their positions as those schools prepare to merge later this year. This fall, Mesita and Vilas elementary schools will merge student populations on two campuses. Students in pre-kindergarten through first grade will move to the Vilas campus, which will become known as the Mesita Early Childhood Center. Students attending second through fifth grade will go to the current Mesita Elementary location. view article arw

Tensions High Between Texas House, Senate

April 2408:35 AM
 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick hasn't backed down from his inaugural new day pledge. He's pushed the Senate to pass tax cuts, school choice bills, border security and other conservative legislation while ignoring similar bills the House has sent to the upper chamber for consideration. The only House bill that has come out of the Senate so far is House Bill 1, Rep. Charlie Geren said. view article arw

Public Education Funding

April 2408:35 AM
 

During the interim period before the 2015 Legislative Session, I was invited by Speaker Joe Straus to participate in an education working group with other legislators. As a result of those discussions, HB 1759 was drafted by Public Education Committee Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, and I decided to co-author it. Chairman Aycock and other education champions of the Texas House have also advocated for $3 billion of increased education funding. view article arw

$59.5 Million WFISD School Bond Breakdown

April 2408:35 AM
 

After nearly three fourths of voters did not support a $125 million school bond last year, Wichita Falls ISD is trying again in the May 9th election. This time, they are asking for about half that amount. Unlike the 2014 bond proposal, which would have combined two high schools into a new facility, the 2015 version deals mainly with a Career and Tech Center,which the district is hoping will be phase one in addressing its Master Facility Needs Plan. view article arw

Oklahoma:  New OK Law Allows Out-Of-State Teachers To Fill Positions

April 2408:34 AM
 

CARTER COUNTY, OK -- Right now there are about 1,000 openings for teachers and other classroom staff in schools across Oklahoma.   The state is taking a major step trying to fill those positions with teachers who are currently working in other states.  Governor Mary Fallin signed the new law that allows the state board of education to issue teaching certificates to anyone with a valid out-of-state certificate and meets the requirements to be considered highly qualified. view article arw

SB 313 Passed out of Committee

April 2408:34 AM
 

SB 313 was heard Tuesday and passed out of committee today by a vote of 13-0.  This bill will be one of the milestones for Texas public school education system.  It is the only bill that addresses the breathe and deep of our state standards.  I have been advocating for this bill for the pass two years and believe it may have a real chance of passing.  This bill will give the classroom back to the teachers and give students the time to learn a reasonable amount of standards for their state exams. Please encourage anyone advocating for Texas Public schools to contact their senator and support SB 313.

Town Hall Meeting for Post ISD Bond Election Tonight

April 2408:33 AM
 

Community members living in the Post Independent School District are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting Thursday night o learn more about an $18-million bond proposal. The district is looking to build a new elementary school after fire destroyed the old building in September of 2014. Thursday's meeting starts at 6:00 p.m.  It's being held in the Post ISD Cafeteria. view article arw

Beaumont:  BISD employees asked to be ‘open, honest’ with authorities

April 2408:33 AM
 

Beaumont ISD Board members on Tuesday night passed resolution that all employees of the school district should be "open and honest" if contacted by the U.S. Attorney's office or by the Jefferson County District Attorney's office for interviews on any subject. The resolution also stated that no employee would face retribution by the board or the administration for cooperating in any way with authorities so long as the employee is not the target of an investigation. view article arw

New York:  Court order ends state’s push to take over York City School District

April 2408:33 AM
 

Ending almost five months of uncertainty about who will control the York City School District, an appeals court in Harrisburg on Wednesday put a stop to the state's push to appoint a receiver, someone who would've had almost all of the school board's powers. The order filed in Commonwealth Court throws out a judge's previous decision appointing David Meckley as the district's receiver, along with the appeals of that ruling. That comes after the attorneys for the state, district and other sides met earlier this week after a hearing and filed an application asking the court to end the case. view article arw

Miles ISD Calling for $7 Million Bond

April 2408:32 AM
 

The MISD Board of Trustees unanimously passed an Order calling for a bond election on May 9, 2015 The Miles Board calls for $7,000,000 school bond election. With the bond a new Elementary campus will be constructed, which include upgrades to furnishings, safety and technology. The following is the cost breakdowns: Bond Issue $7,000,000 Construction Cost $6,100,000 Design Fees $400,000 Tech.. view article arw

Abilene: AISD Responds to Parents’ Concern After the Events of the Past Few Months

April 2408:32 AM
 

It's been a journey for Abilene ISD over the last few months. According to Dr. Audra Ude, Acting Superintendent of AISD, "We've have two individuals out of about 1,250 employees who did wrong.The other 99% of folks are working hard everyday." AISD came under fire after they didn't accurately report two inappropriate student-teacher relationships. The first incident occurred in December when former Dean of Holland Medical High School, Michael Trook, was arrested for improper relations with a student. Abilene High School teacher Breanne Brown was arrested on a similar charge just weeks later.    view article arw

A lot expected of new school leaders

April 2408:30 AM
 

We welcome the five individuals who were named last week to lead Denton ISD schools by asking each of them: How do you plan to make your school the best in the district? It's a fair question. After all, there's a lot at stake here, and we're not willing to settle for second place. view article arw

Motion fails that could have allowed trustees to set date to discuss superintendent

April 2408:30 AM
 

Several Dallas ISD trustees tried unsuccessfully Thursday to remove the board president as chairman of the meeting to set a date to discuss the superintendent's performance. Trustees Joyce Foreman, Elizabeth Jones and BernadetteNutall say board chairman Miguel Solis missed a deadline to conduct a meeting they requested in February to discuss Superintendent Mike Miles. The three trustees have been critical of Miles' performance. view article arw

Graham Superintendent Named Finalist to be MISD Superintendent

April 2408:29 AM
 

Graham Independent School District Superintendent Lane Ledbetter has been named the sole finalist in Midlothian Independent School District's search for a superintendent. According to a press release on the MISD website, The State of Texas requires school districts to name a lone finalist for superintendent, followed by a 21-day waiting period. view article arw

Sharyland ISD names superintendent finalist

April 2408:29 AM
 

Sharyland Independent School District’s School board unanimously named Robert O’Connor, Ph.D., as the lone finalist for superintendent at its Thursday meeting. O’Connor is superintendent at Marble Falls ISD. view article arw

Angleton ISD extends Montgomery’s contract

April 2408:29 AM
 

Angleton ISD’s board of trustees is looking to continue the improvement the district has experienced in the last few years, and believe Superintendent Pat Montgomery still is the right person to lead it into the future.“We continue to strive to make this a premier district in the area and the state, and we feel like with Dr. Montgomery we feel like we can continue that,” board President Don Thompson said. view article arw

Lewisville: LISD expected to name superintendent finalist Monday

April 2408:29 AM
 

Thursday, the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) Board of Trustees posted a notice to hold a special meeting for Monday to name the lone finalist for superintendent. This meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Bolin Administrative Center (1565 W. Main St. in Lewisville). view article arw

Beaumont: BISD could sell up to $2M in unused land, buildings

April 2408:27 AM
 

The Beaumont ISD school district has compiled a list of properties it wants to sell and the district's board of managers has asked Leroy Saleme, the interim chief financial officer, to request proposals from real estate brokers to list and sell the properties. view article arw

NBC 5 Investigates: Exclusive Video Provides Rare Glimpse Inside a Plano ISD Calm Room

April 2408:27 AM
 

A five-month-long probe by NBC 5 Investigates has caught the Plano Independent School District and a teacher breaking state rules. The incident has cost a Plano ISD teacher and teacher’s aide their jobs and raises new questions about the use of so called “calm rooms,” special rooms used for students who need a time out. view article arw

A Superintendent Writes… A Crazy Idea - Part 2

April 2408:27 AM
 

I do like your plan.  And I get why you would want all extra-curricular outside the school day.  However for many kids, the extras are why they come to school. What about them?   view article arw