Everyone has probably noticed an increase in the number of articles in newspapers regarding adoption of textbooks and instructional materials, leading up to Tuesday’s SBOE meeting which includes  discussion and action on TEKs.  A public hearing before the State Board of Education (SBOE) is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16, 2014, in the William B. Travis Building, Room 1-104. Testimony will be presented regarding instructional materials submitted for adoption under Proclamation 2015.  Links to the agendas.  - 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.


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Lone Finalist Anna ISD  - Pete Slaughter, Superintendent ,Whitesboro ISD; Search By: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
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Lone Finalist Cleburne ISD - Kyle Heath, Asst. Superintendent,Mansfield ISD ; Search by Bob E. Griggs & AssociatesINFO
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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
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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
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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
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New Super Pearsall ISD - Dr. Nobert Rodriguez, Superintendent,Carrizo Springs ISD; Search By Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Trevino, P.C.INFO
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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
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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

SBOE Meeting September 16, 17,18,19

September 1208:41 AM

The State Board of Education will meet in Austin Sept. 16-19. The full agenda is available online.

WHITEKER: Mile wide/inch deep curriculum

September 1008:35 AM

Texas has created mile wide/inch deep curriculum standards for all subjects, prekindergarten – grade 12. Teachers are mandated by law to teach the state curriculum standards, students are assessed annually on mastery of these standards using the STAAR testing system. There are 3 types of standards per subject: read more arw

History books next fight in schools

September 1208:38 AM

AUSTIN (AP) — The next ideological fight over new textbooks for Texas classrooms intensified Wednesday with critics lambasting history lessons that they say exaggerate the influence of Moses in American democracy and negatively portray Muslims. The first new social studies textbooks in Texas public schools since 2002 are slated for approval in November. Making the final decision is the State Board of Education, which last year approved new curriculum that teaches children that the phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the U.S. Constitution. view article arw

Texplainer: What’s State’s Strategy in School Finance Case?

September 1208:37 AM

Repost - Broken link yesterday - js- Hey, Texplainer: A judge recently ruled in favor of more than 600 Texas school districts suing the state, agreeing with their claim that the state’s school finance system is unconstitutional. I know the state plans to appeal the decision, but what will its defense be moving forward? view article arw

ACLU files civil rights complaint with U.S. Department of Education over Texas school district’s plan to create gender specific campuses

September 1208:35 AM

The Courthouse News Service reports that the ACLU of Texas (ACLU-TX) has filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights asking the federal agency to investigate the Austin Independent School District’s (AISD) plan to revamp two struggling middle schools and assign boys and girls to separate campuses where they will receive gender-specific teaching methods. More than 94% of the students assigned to the new campuses are black and Latino, prompting the ACLU-TX  to ask for an investigation into potential sex and race discrimination.  view article arw

TEA to apply for federal preschool expansion grant

September 1208:35 AM

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has notified the U.S. Department of Education that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will submit an application for a federal preschool expansion grant. view article arw

Aledo’s campus police have military rifles, but they’re going back

September 1208:34 AM

The Aledo school district funds an army of police. But officers will return U.S. military rifles they received on loan, a district official has said. Aledo’s campus police have stored away the combat weapons — identified in state records as five assault rifles — borrowed under a controversial Defense Department program, Deputy Superintendent Lynn McKinney said. view article arw

Virtual classroom benefits working students

September 1208:33 AM

At age 17, Blake Novacek is already on a promising career track. The stepson of former Dallas Cowboys player Jay Novacek is already working with ESPN Radio, a gig that his mother points out requires a lot of time and travel. view article arw

Online learning: Trends in K-12 education in Texas

September 1208:33 AM

As technological advancements increasingly affect public education, including how and where students receive instruction from kindergarten  through high school, questions linger about the most effective ways for schools to employ technology and integrate online learning. While most  Texas students still attend traditional public schools in person, online learning is becoming the choice for a certain number.  view article arw

Teachers held accountable and world doesn’t come to an end

September 1208:32 AM

SAN ANTONIO — There is continuing controversy over whether teachers should be evaluated solely on whether they show up for classes, faculty meetings and professional development seminars, or whether they also should be held accountable for the quality of their “product”— educated students. view article arw

Sounding Off: Richardson-Lake Highlands readers tell us in what areas the school district could improve

September 1208:32 AM

Richardson ISD Superintendent Kay Waggoner delivered the “state of the district” update last week. What do you think are the strengths of the RISD? Are there areas it can improve heading into the new year view article arw

District clerk blasts Dallas ISD for ‘hiding’ report on its fired investigator

September 1208:32 AM

The top Dallas County official who oversees court records accused Dallas ISD of “hiding” a report Thursday on fired investigator Jeremy Liebbe and criticized the school board for staying quiet on the issue. Gary Fitzsimmons, the Dallas County district clerk, said the “lack of transparency should be troubling to taxpayers.” view article arw

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Fort Bend ISD makes changes after mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

September 1208:32 AM

Fort Bend ISD is making changes after the city of Sugar Land confirmed the presence of West Nile virus at mosquito traps located in the Sugar Land Business Park and the Sugar Creek subdivision. The mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile on Sept. 9. view article arw

Staples: Keep ‘Meatless Mondays’ campaign out of schools

September 1208:31 AM

Texas children are back at school, and while our schools are keenly focused on educating young minds, that doesn’t mean parents don’t face certain anxieties when seeing a child leave for class. One typical worry is whether kids are receiving the proper care during their time at school.Recently, I learned some Texas school districts, such as Dripping Springs ISD, have adopted a policy deemed “Meatless Mondays” for some of their campuses. These actions have me very concerned. view article arw

Davis Book Tour Panned by Abbott

September 1208:31 AM

Greg Abbott continued on Thursday his attack against his rival in the race for governor, not going after the substance ofWendy Davis' new memoir but rather the publicity tour that has accompanied it. view article arw


September 1208:31 AM

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Building the citizens’ resume

September 1208:29 AM

More than 50 interested citizens showed up Thursday to detail what they want in Huntsville ISD’s next leader. read more arw

Coppell: Meet and greet for new superintendent

September 1208:29 AM

More than 30 people came out to the Coppell ISD's administration building Wednesday for a meet and greet with Mike Waldrip, the district's new superintendent.  Watch a clip of Waldrip talking with members of the community.  view article arw

New Austin school board will choose new superintendent

September 1208:29 AM

This November voters will have some big decisions to make when it comes to city leaders. In addition to deciding on a new Austin city council and mayor, voters will also elect a new Austin school board. Wednesday night the public can meet the candidates. A total of 18 candidates are vying for five different districts. Current board member Robert Schneider is the only incumbent seeking reelection. view article arw

Beaumont: Kelli Phillips Interviews New BISD Superintendent Vern Butler - See What She Asked

September 1208:29 AM

 Kelli Phillips interviewed the new Beaumont school district superintendent Vern Butler in KFDM's studio. See what Kelli asked the superintendent. Also, the superintendent answered questions that viewers posted on KFDM's Facebook page. view article arw

Beaumont: Former BISD Asst. Director of Finance & Purchasing turns herself in to authorities and bonds out

September 1208:27 AM

Late Thursday night, former Beaumont Independent School District Assistant Director of Finance and Purchasing turned herself to authorities at the Jefferson County Jail. This after an arrest warrant for her had been issued following her indictment for theft of $1,500 to $20,000, and it's enhanced due to her being a public servant.  If convicted, she faces two to 10 years in prison. view article arw

Cove ISD students, visiting soldiers read to remember Sept. 11

September 1208:20 AM

Soldiers with the 89th Military Police Brigade visited their adopted school, House Creek Elementary, to read patriotic books to students in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Thursday. view article arw

Austin ISD campus ranks as one of nation’s top schools

September 1208:17 AM

One of America’s best high schools is on a campus in Northeast Austin. Austin ISD’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy, known as LASA, came in at No. 8 onNewsweek’s list of the top 500 schools in the country. The list ranks the schools that do the best job of preparing students for college. view article arw

HCISD board approves test software

September 1208:15 AM

The Harlingen school board has approved a new pro-gram that will allow stu-dents, parents, educators and the general public to view information about student assessments. The district had been using the Texas Assess-ment Management Sys-tems to allow educators to access state accountability information. This is the system that was made available after the state Legislature in 2009 en-acted legislation for this information to be more readily available. view article arw

Escaped school shooter captured near Ohio prison

September 1208:15 AM

A teenager convicted of killing three students at an Ohio high school scrambled over a fence to escape a state prison with two other prisoners and was captured nearly six hours later hiding by a church early Friday, authorities said. T.J. Lane, 19, was caught only about 100 yards from the prison by two State Highway Patrol troopers at 1:20 a.m. A second prisoner had been caught almost immediately after the Thursday night escape, and troopers apprehended the third three hours after finding Lane. view article arw

Palestine Chamber Luncheon to feature Palestine, Westwood Superintendents

September 1208:15 AM

PALESTINE, September 11, 2014— The Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Luncheon with special guest speakers Palestine ISD Superintendent Jason Marshall and Westwood ISD Superintendent Ed Lyman on September 18, at Ben E. Keith Community Room, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. view article arw

TISD highlights safety, security measures in audit

September 1208:15 AM

Sept. 09--TYLER, TX -- A new, instant alert network provides all Tyler ISD staff members an app on their phone so that in an emergency they can mash one button on their phone and call the police or an administrator. view article arw

Texas’ high school graduation rates shine in national comparison

September 1208:15 AM

In a study released by the U.S. Department of Education, only Iowa posted a higher graduation rate than Texas for the Class of 2012. Texas, with a graduation rate of 88 percent, tied for second place with Nebraska, Vermont and Wisconsin. read more arw

Port Arthur:  PAISD aims to recruit, retain high-quality teachers

September 1208:13 AM

Within any particular generation of public school students, the entering first-grade class will not experience the same curriculum or testing standards as the current graduating senior class when they prepare to graduate 11 years later. view article arw

Kindergarten Teacher Says She Won’t Administer Standardized Tests

September 1208:09 AM

GAINESVILLE | An Alachua County kindergarten teacher says she’s risking her job by refusing to give standardized tests to her students. The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/1rW0xUx ) reports 59-year-old Susan Bowles has decided not to give her Chiles Elementary students tests such as FAIR, which predicts their success in reading and is administered to all public school students three times a year. view article arw

Some laws passed last year have just now gone into effect

September 1207:45 AM

Some of the work done by the Texas Legislature in the last session did not go into effect until the beginning of September and one more will take effect Nov. 1. House Bill 5 amended the Education Code in several parts. The bill made a large number of changes. Below are just a few: view article arw

Atascocita high school students commemorate 9/11

September 1207:45 AM

Miniature American flags representing the 2,978 people who died 13 years ago in the terrorist attacks in New York dotted the front lawn of Atascocita High School Thursday morning. Members of the school’s National Honor Society paid tribute to the 9/11 victims along with the Atascocita High School Band, ROTC, staff, police, firefighters and school board members looked on. view article arw