Repost!  The significance of the House’s decision to address school finance is that, up until yesterday, their consensus was  “....we probably won’t do anything”,  so to decide to make an attempt at improving the funding system for Texas schools is huge.   read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Chad Kelly, Superintendent, Taft ISD, has been named New Super of Jacksonville ISD.

Carl Montoya, Superintendent, Brownsville ISD, has been named New Super of Judson ISD.

 

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House leaders to take stab at fixing school finance problems this session

March 2512:45 PM
 

A bipartisan group of House leaders has decided to take a stab at fixing some of the school finance problems that have repeatedly landed the state in court, using up to $3 billion in additional funds for public education. House Public Education Committee Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock and House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Otto said Wednesday a large number of House members want to work on school funding now rather than wait on the Texas Supreme Court to rule in the latest lawsuit. view article arw

Thursday: Voucher Bills on Senate Education Committee Agenda

March 2508:43 AM
 

From TASA:  Action Needed: Contact Your Senator Today to Express Your Opposition to These Bills The Texas Senate Education Committee will meet at 8 a.m.,Thursday, March 26, in Room E1.028 (first floor of Capitol Extension) to consider several private school voucher bills. Get the details on the bills.

Preventive Law: Pay Me Now; Pay Me Later:  Just PAY ME! Compensation Pointers

March 1108:31 AM
 

While many of you are just beginning to think about recommendations for renewals, probationary contract terminations, and proposed nonrenewals, it is not too early to begin planning for compensation in the 2015-16 school year.  This article will outline some of the issues to keep in mind as your district goes through that process and some pointers to assist you with the smooth adoption and implementation of your district’s compensation program. 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

Free Webinar Opportunity: “How to NOT Get Fired Over Facebook (Or Create a Liability for Your District)”

January 2308:40 AM
 

  • 65% of online adults have a Facebook page.  And every year, teachers and administrators are getting fired because of photos or comments they put on their personal page. They are also losing their identities because of the personal information that is on their page (even simple things like your birthday and hometown).  Your staff need to know the potential pitfalls of using social media and how to navigate safely.  Senate Bill 407 requires schools to educate staff and students on the tough topics of Sexting and Cyberbullying.  - 29% of students claim to have been or currently are involved in Sexting.  - Almost 50% of students have experienced Cyberbullying webmaster@texasisd.com 
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Crosby, Huffman, Humble ISD students honored through Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

March 3007:49 AM
 

Thirty-nine Harris County teens were recently honored by Scholastic Art & Writing on March 16. The competition is sponsored regionally by Harris County Department of Education.National medalists represent the following districts: Aldine, Cypress-Fairbanks, Deer Park, Houston, Huffman, Katy, Klein, Pasadena, Spring Branch and Tomball. view article arw

Prosper ISD announces new elementary school

March 2708:54 AM
 

Construction on a new Prosper ISD elementary school slated to open this fall is well underway in the Light Farms development community in Celina, and the district announced Wednesday that it will begin construction on another development-anchored school in the Cadence neighborhood of the Windsong Ranch development in Prosper. view article arw

Property Tax Legislation Update

March 2708:45 AM
 

Bills Filed for the 2015 Regular Session of the 84th Texas Legislature Update as of March 19, 2015 By Robert Mott, Chris Jackson, Adam Walker & Debbie Wheeler Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP  view article arw

Open Season on Public Schools During Voucher Debate

March 2708:40 AM
 

Like an obstinate weed that just won’t die, the debate over school vouchers returned to the Capitol for the 11th straight legislative session on Thursday.  With former U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm and GOP mega-donor James Leininger on hand to testify in front of dozens of adamant voucher supporters, the hearing took on a carnival-like atmosphere at times. view article arw

Texas: Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock is a Hero for 5 Million+ Children

March 2708:40 AM
 

Representative Jimmie Don Aycock, the chair of the Public Education Committee, declared that the House would allocate $3 billion to public schools. In the past, the legislature has waited for the courts to order them to increase funding.  Jimmie Don Aycock is a Republican from Killeen. He is a hero to more than 5 million public school children in the great state of Texas. I humbly add him to the honor roll of this blog. view article arw

Patrick defends private school tax credits and vouchers

March 2708:40 AM
 

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appeared before a Senate panel Thursday to rebut criticism that bills creating private school tax credits and vouchers in Texas would directly threaten the state’s public schools.The Republican addressed Senate Education Committee members after they’d listened to several hours of arguments for and against three school choice bills pending before the committee. Public school groups and advocates blasted the measures for potentially taking millions of dollars away from public schools. view article arw

House proposal would boost Texas spending on public education

March 2708:39 AM
 

A proposal from the House of Representatives on March 25 to pump $3 billion into the Texas public education system could be enough to kick the current school finance case now before the Texas Supreme Court back into District Court.  Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Kileen, joined by a bipartisan group of House lawmakers, unveiled the proposal from a work group discussion that still has not finalized its combination of increases. view article arw

So long, Texas Senate

March 2708:38 AM
 

After yesterday, I don’t think I’ll have anything to say about this year’s self-discrediting Texas Senate. As R.G. noted yesterday, the Senate was busy in a self-righteous lather of tax cutting: they passed SB1, by Jane Nelson, which calls for the state to provide property tax relief via Obamacare-style subsidies to local school districts; SJR1, the enabling legislation for SB1,which enables the Senate to sneak around the spending cap by exempting the aforementioned state spending from being counted against the spending cap, which Senate Republicans would like you to believe they support; SB7, also by Nelson, which lowers the franchise tax rate; and SB8, by Charles Schwertner, which exempts business with less than $4m in gross receipts from paying the franchise tax at all.  view article arw

Beaumont:  BISD Audit Uncovers Problems While Board Seeks Solutions

March 2708:38 AM
 

The Beaumont School District is taking steps to correct past financial missteps with an audit for the first time in three years. Findings in the report from 2014 show the district nearly hit rock bottom in the funds balance, but is making headway restoring it this year.  "I don't think anybody'd be ecstatic over the bottom line, but the fact that we now have a starting point after three years of no audits is very encouraging to us," BISD Board President Dr. Jimmy Simmons said. view article arw

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Committee hears school choice bills

March 2708:37 AM
 

AUSTIN -- The Senate Education Committee explored two approaches to using government revenue to pay for private schools at a Thursday hearing. The issue of school choice has been promoted by some in the Legislature as a means for improving education and helping to get children out of failing schools. view article arw

School voucher bills off to contentious start in Legislature

March 2708:37 AM
 

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Texas Legislature got its first taste Thursday of what should be a long and contentious debate over school voucher plans that supporters say promote free-market efficiency via "school choice" but that critics argue will drain funding from the state's cash-strapped public education system. A series of proposals championed by powerful Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick would let families get state funding to remove their children from struggling public schools and send them to private schools, including religious institutions. view article arw

Texas House leaders announce ambitious plans to fix school-funding system

March 2708:35 AM
 

After seeing the state's school-funding system declared unconstitutional, Texas House leaders on Wednesday announced ambitious plans to fix it. In a press conference, leaders said they would find $800 million in addition to the $2.2 billion in new education money already built into the preliminary budget that was passed on Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee. view article arw

Eagle Stadium repairs on schedule

March 2708:33 AM
 

Allen ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt assured the school board Monday that repairs to Eagle Stadium were on schedule to be completed in time for seniors to receive their diplomas there.  “We are still on track to meet the goal of May 20 so we can hold June 5 graduation,” Hindt said. “There’s a lot to go between here and there, but we’ll get it done.” view article arw

Dallas ISD accused of spending needy schools’ money on pet projects

March 2708:33 AM
 

About a dozen parents and taxpayers in Dallas ISD filed a sweeping complaint Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Education accusing the district of siphoning money from low-income schools for pet projects. The complaint accuses the Dallas Independent School District of using a “reverse Robin Hood” system to cut local education dollars from schools that receive federal Title I funds for low-income, bilingual and other disadvantaged students. The federal funds are supposed to supplement — not replace — local funding for students who need extra help. view article arw

Texas Legislature’s Voucher Hearings: Nine Hours of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

March 2708:32 AM
 

There was a lot of money riding on today’s hearings in the Senate’s Education Committee, not to mention the future of 5,151,925 public school students in Texas. Four bills, three of which were discussed today, represent just how powerful educational corporations have become and how influential they are in Tea Party Republican circles. They donate heavily to conservative campaigns with the full expectation of bending the will of Texas legislators.    view article arw

How the percentage of low income students affects SAT scores in San Antonio school districts

March 2708:32 AM
 

The link between academic achievement and income is nothing new to San Antonio, but a new analysis of school district data shows what that connection looks like to area high school students.  As the percentage of economically disadvantaged kids in a San Antonio school district increases, the average SAT score drops, according to Texas Education Agency data for 2012-13. view article arw

Oil companies see supporting education as long-term investment

March 2708:32 AM
 

Among the various community partners coming together to support Midland schools are oil and gas companies such as Concho Resources, Pioneer Natural Resources, Chevron, Apache and Cimarex Energy. view article arw

Schools lobby for revenue solution

March 2708:32 AM
 

There might be a way to make up some of the state funding Lake Travis school district officials expect to lose in 2017, but only if they can convince state lawmakers to amend a bill currently weaving its way through the Senate. view article arw

Texas House to address school finance

March 2708:32 AM
 

In a momentous turnabout, the Texas House’s lead public education policymaker said Wednesday the lower chamber will attempt to fix the way the state funds its public schools this legislative session rather than wait for a state Supreme Court ruling. view article arw

Dallas ISD trustees to consider $134.7 million improvements plan

March 2708:32 AM
 

A $134.7 million proposal being considered by Dallas ISD trustees Thursday would fast-track improvements at schools while creating more prekindergarten classrooms and reopening several campuses. School districts typically handle such big-ticket packages through bond programs approved by voters. The “interim bridge plan” proposed by DISD administrators would be paid for with 2008 bond funds, limited-maintenance tax notes and money from the reserve fund. view article arw

House, Senate budgets differ on education, transportation, taxes

March 2708:31 AM
 

A day after voting to spend billions of dollars on tax relief, Senate budget writers Thursday tied up loose ends on their spending recommendations for the next two years amid continued urging that they do more to address crucial state needs. view article arw

Incredibly Dumb Claim Made Against DISD Found to Be Incredibly Dumb

March 2708:31 AM
 

I’m irritated and I’m stumped. Irritated because I had a lot of stuff on the ol’ to-do list yesterday, and instead I was pulled into a debate between a bunch of idiots and a very confused Dallas ISD administration and board. Stumped because the allegations that necessitated this debate are so wrong-headed, so silly, so baseless, I am at a loss how to address them. It’s like trying to explain to a sane person why the crazy person claims the moon is made of barbecue spare ribs. I mean, where do you start? view article arw

House to try sweeping school finance fix amid court fight

March 2708:31 AM
 

The Texas House is launching an ambitious attempt to fix the troubled way the state pays for public schools without waiting for the conclusion of a bitter, ongoing court battle -- starting with plans to pour $3 billion back into classrooms. The chamber's chief education expert, Republican Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, said Wednesday he's been in quiet bipartisan discussions for months about overhauling a school finance system he called "antiquated," saying it was full of facets where "some are obsolete, some are just flat illogical." view article arw

Texas Senate education leaders mull school voucher plan

March 2708:31 AM
 

A Texas Senate education panel is considering a sweeping but divisive voucher plan that would let families get state funding to send their children to private and religious schools. The proposal championed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor promotes what they call "school choice" by letting parents remove students from struggling public schools. view article arw

Taking the reins: Chad Kelly takes charge JISD district’s new superintendent

March 2708:29 AM
 

While coming into a school district in the middle of a semester is somewhat unusual for a school administrator, Dr. Chad Kelly couldn’t be more thrilled to begin serving as the new superintendent for JISD. “Jacksonville ISD is a very high-quality public education setting for any student coming in,” he said, when asked what appealed most to him about the East Texas school district. view article arw

Blooming Grove ISD names new lone finalist for superintendent post

March 2708:29 AM
 

The Blooming Grove ISD named a new lone finalist for its superintendent's position Monday night. The board chose Marshall Harrison, formerly superintendent at the Comanche Independent School District, according to Dr. Russell Marshall of Arrow Educational Services, the search firm assisting the Blooming Grove ISD with the search. In addition to his service in Commanche, Harrison was also superintendent at the Nazareth ISD and Reagan County ISD. view article arw

BISD Teachers Rally For 2-Year Contracts

March 2708:28 AM
 

Teachers rallied at Thursday night's Beaumont School District board meeting and asked the board of managers to reinstate 2-year teacher contracts.  The board previously voted to reduce them to one year contracts and argues it applies to all district employees, not only teachers. view article arw

TEXAS REP VILLALBA’S PUBLIC EDUCATION BILL WILL FORCE MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS ON STUDENTS

March 2708:26 AM
 

A bill in the Texas House authored by State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) would allow a school district to require mental health evaluations of students at the sole discretion of the school. This could lead to wrongful mental health determinations, and result in suspensions or alternative education placements of students, even creating an offense. view article arw

Somerset ISD model for teacher development

March 2708:26 AM
 

According to the Texas Education Agency, 297 public schools in Texas have been failing for two or more consecutive years. Almost 150,000 children are trapped in those schools — 9,249 of them in 20 schools in San Antonio, where we are also battling huge performance gaps between Anglo students and minority students. view article arw