The following are Chairman Aycock’s introductory remarks prior to Tuesday’s meeting of the House Education Committee: read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Penny White, Superintendent, Yantis ISD, has been named New Super of Medina ISD .

Billy Collins, Superintendent, Schleicher County ISD , has been named New Super of Borden County ISD.

 

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Vacant Rice ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Yantis ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Ferris ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
Vacant Chireno ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Blooming Grove ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Brazosport ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLCINFO
Vacant San Antonio ISD; Search By McShan Consulting Firm, George McShan & Dr. Ruben Olivarez Request for Applicants/Vacancy Announcement (PDF)INFO
Vacant Cameron ISD; Search by Cameron ISD Board of Trustees, Assisted by Retiring Superintendent, Collin ClarkINFO
Vacant Hempstead ISD; Search by: Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. Info INFO
Vacant Chillicothe ISD; Search by Chillicothe ISD Board of Trustees - No longer accepting applicationsINFO
Vacant Rising Star ISD; Search By Ronnie Kincaid, ESC XIV Info (Search Suspended)INFO
Vacant Lake Worth ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Austin ISD; Ray & Associates, Inc. INFO
Vacant Castleberry ISD; Search by Castleberry ISD Board of Education BrochureINFO
Vacant Judson ISD; Search by McShan Consulting Firm InfoINFO
Vacant Maypearl ISD; TASB Executive Search Services 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. InfoINFO
Vacant Brenham ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Sharyland ISD; Search by Waterford School Services InfoINFO
Vacant Mathis ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant West Orange-Cove CISD; Search by WOCCISD InfoINFO
Vacant Mineola ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Littlefield ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Whiteface CISD; Search by Ronnie Kincaid, ESC 14 Executive DirectorINFO
Vacant Beaumont ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
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 Region 16 ESC; Search by ESC 16 Board of Directors InfoINFO
Vacant Hillsboro ISD; Search by Horn Smith Wood & PrestonINFO
Vacant Canyon ISD; Search by Bob Griggs and Associates INFO
Vacant Midlothian ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & Associates INFO
Vacant El Campo ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Levelland ISD; Search by Levelland ISD School Board InfoINFO
Vacant Plains ISD; Search conducted by Leasor Crass, PC InfoINFO
Vacant Moulton ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Arp ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Dawson ISD; Search by: Interim Superintendent Johnny Tubb & Dawson ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Brookesmith ISD; Brookesmith ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Alpine ISD; Search by the Alpine ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Santa Anna ISD; Santa Anna ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) Executive Director; This search is conducted by the TASPA Executive BoardINFO
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
Lone Finalist Lexington ISD - Dr. Brad Schnautz, Principal West High School,Magnolia ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
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 Medina ISD - Penny White, Superintendent,Yantis ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Lone Finalist Moran ISD  - Danny Freeman, Principal of South Elementary,Breckenridge ISD; Search by Moran ISD School Board InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Jacksonville ISD - Chad Kelly, Superintendent,Taft ISD; Search by  TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Lone Finalist Walnut Bend ISD - Kelly Carrell, Principal,Miami ISD; Search by Walnut Bend ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Natalia ISD - Michael Steck, Superintendent,Marlin ISD; Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. Info INFO
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

School Board Candidate Webinar Offers Information and Insight

February 1708:45 AM
 

Area school board candidates and interested citizens can learn more about the demands and rewards of school board service by participating in a free webinar offered by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). This online workshop will take place February 23, March 26, and July 28 from noon to 1 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (all CST).

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 
  • Register now, its FREE!

Glen Rose: GRISD partners with Angelo State

February 2709:19 AM
 

Glen Rose ISD is excited to announce a new partnership with Angelo State University to provide dual credit courses. Under the agreement, students will receive a scholarship from Angelo State University to cover 100 percent of the dual credit tuition and fees for up to two courses per semester. Glen Rose ISD will continue to cover the cost of one class per year for juniors and two classes per year for seniors.

Lubbock schools closed due to winter weather

February 2708:42 AM
 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -All three Lubbock school districts, Lubbock ISD, Frenship ISD, and Lubbock Cooper ISD have canceled school for Friday due to winter weather conditions. Lubbock Cooper had already scheduled a Snow Day for Feb. 27. view article arw

School delays and closings for Friday, Feb. 27

February 2708:41 AM
 

Adrian ISD: Classes start 10 a.m., buses will run 2 hours late. Bovina ISD: Classes start at 9 a.m., no buses. Boys Ranch ISD: Classes start 10 a.m.. view article arw

Brookesmith school district makes case to TEA

February 2708:40 AM
 

BROOKESMITH — Brookesmith school officials asked the commissioner of education and about a dozen more representatives of the Texas Education Agency Wednesday to imagine that they were sitting in a Brookesmith classroom instead of a TEA office in Austin.  That’s the scenario Brookesmith superintendent Dr. Jay Smith described after Smith and other school officials asked the TEA to reconsider its earlier decision to close the 195-student district. District officials don’t know when they will have an answer from the TEA, Smith said. view article arw

BISD Leaders Have 26 Applicants To Choose From For Superintendent Job

February 2708:40 AM
 

BEAUMONT - The final numbers are in for the Beaumont school district superintendent search.  We checked with BISD late Thursday afternoon and learned 26 people had completed applications online. Nineteen applicants live in Texas.  Seven are from out of state.  The board expects to name a lone finalist in April. It plans to hire a new superintendent in May.   view article arw

Dallas ISD officials deny misleading trustees in hiring request

February 2708:38 AM
 

Dallas ISD administrators adamantly denied Thursday that they misled school board members when trustees approved $6.4 million in October to hire more teachers and staff members.  Some skeptical school board members sharply questioned Superintendent Mike Miles and other top officials for three hours about whether they told the truth about the need for 165 positions, including 137 teachers. view article arw

Huberty Files House Bill 4 for High Quality Prekindergarten Programs

February 2708:38 AM
 

State Representative Dan Huberty (R-Houston), filed legislation that outlines a High Quality Prekindergarten Program. House Bill 4 (HB 4) encourages Texas public school districts to implement high quality, accountable prekindergarten standards, and to provide additional funding for those districts already operating a program as outlined in the bill. The overall goal of HB 4 is to implement a long term, successful prekindergarten system for all public schools in the state. view article arw

Comal ISD trustees approve bond package

February 2708:38 AM
 

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Trustees in the Comal Independent School District approved a nearly $150 million bond package for the May 9 ballot Thursday evening. The $147.7 million bond is based on the district's plan to address growing enrollment in middle schools, along with capital projects at existing facilities and student safety and security. view article arw

Judge Dietz would like the Lege to please fix school finance already

February 2708:37 AM
 

In his first major appearance since finding the Texas school finance system unconstitutional in 2014, state District Judge John Dietz said Sunday that a solution to the state’s unequal and ineffective public education system should come from the Legislature. “We are dooming a generation of these children by providing an insufficient education, and we can do better,” Dietz told hundreds of teachers gathered in Austin. “It’s in our best interest to do better.” view article arw

Bulletin Board

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Legal Issues for Cheerleader and Drill Team Sponsors

February - March 2014

This information packed session will provide practical advice for handling situations often encountered by administrators and cheerleader and drill team sponsors.

Focus

  • NEW UIL Requirements & Competition
  • Rights Associated with Extracurricular Activities
  • District and Staff Immunity
  • Administration of Medication
  • Transportation and Other Travel Issues
  • Discipline and Removal from Team
  • Access to Education Records, Score Cards
  • Title IX - Gender Discrimination Issues
  • Relevant Federal and State Court Cases
  • Extracurricular Codes of Conduct
  • Cheerleader Constitutions
  • Social Media
  • Grievances

Who Should Attend

Administrators, cheerleader and drill team sponsors

Registration Fee

$175 per person
materials are included with your registration

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Texas lawmakers paying special attention to pre-K programs

February 2708:37 AM
 

Texas lawmakers are pushing to restore funding for pre-kindergarten programs. On Thursday, Rep. Dan Huberty filed House Bill 4, a measure outlining a high-quality pre-K program that would impact the entire state. Schools would have the choice to opt-in to the program and then use the funds as they see fit. view article arw

TEA faults Dallas ISD for poor background check process

February 2708:37 AM
 

The Texas Education Agency has found violations in Dallas ISD’s background check process and recommends appointing a monitor to ensure procedures are followed.  The agency’s Special Investigations Unit found that 60 current DISD employees had not been fingerprinted, including 30 police officers and three security personnel. view article arw

CNN: Linebarger is “the debt collector that runs Texas”

February 2708:36 AM
 

You might recall that last year, we hooked into an obscure fight at City Hall about the renewal of a debt collections contract. A firm called Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson wanted the city to re-up its deal to go after municipal courts fines. Another company, called MSB, offered a wildly better deal. But for reasons murky, certain council members insisted that the taxpayer stick with Linebarger. By “murky,” of course, I mean “murky only to a hopeless political naif.” view article arw

Marshall ISD calls $109M bond

February 2708:36 AM
 

 The Marshall ISD board of trustees voted Thursday to call a $109 million bond election in May. The proposal would build three elementary schools, a new junior high school for grades six through eight and remodel Sam Houston Middle School to be used as a STEM Academy. view article arw

Commentary: More community schools needed in Texas

February 2708:35 AM
 

In 2008, Reagan High School in East Austin was on the verge of closing under the state’s accountability law. Less than half the students were graduating in four years, and enrollment was plummeting.  Since 2009, the graduation rate at Reagan has increased from 48 percent to 85 percent, and enrollment has doubled from 600 to more than 1,200 students.  So what happened at Reagan High? No boundaries were changed, no kids were bused in or out. Reagan still serves St. John and surrounding communities, which have Austin’s highest concentration of low-income and immigrant families. view article arw

Texans Split on In-State Tuition for Immigrants

February 2708:35 AM
 

In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants continues to split Texas voters on decidedly partisan lines, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.  Under current state law, undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities if they have lived in the state for three years, graduated from Texas high schools, applied for U.S. citizenship and have the grades and scores to win admission to those schools. view article arw

UT/TT Poll: Voters on Vaccines and Vouchers, by Ross Ramsey

February 2708:34 AM
 

Three-quarters of the state’s voters think the government should require parents to have their children vaccinated against infectious diseases, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. view article arw

Killeen ISD to broadcast board meetings

February 2708:34 AM
 

Parents, students and interested residents will soon be able to watch Killeen Independent School District board meetings at home. Live broadcasts will begin March 10 at the board’s next regular meeting, and will simultaneously stream on Killeen ISD’s website and KISD-TV Channel 17. view article arw

HISD: Kindergarten test scores to be recalculated after abnormalities

February 2708:34 AM
 

Test scores for thousands of Houston ISD kindergarten students will be recalculated after the school system received irregular results from the testing company, district officials announced Thursday. The problem had threatened to delay the identification of gifted children, who are eligible to apply for one of the district's special gifted magnet programs. But administrators with the Houston Independent School District now say they can meet the timeline to notify parents about their children's applications by late March. view article arw

Report alleges poor academics at for-profit virtual schools

February 2708:34 AM
 

The leading online charter school network in California has a troubling record of poor academic outcomes and a questionable financial relationship with its for-profit parent company, according to a report released Thursday from a watchdog organization. California Virtual Academies, the largest provider of online public K-12 education in the state, is generating more high school dropouts than graduates while collecting attendance funds for students who log in for one minute a day, or don’t participate at all, according to the report from In the Public Interest, a Washington, D.C.-based research group that examines government contracting. view article arw

So Florida’s Voucher Program is Costing Taxpayers After All

February 2708:34 AM
 

The political arm of Florida’s voucher program have long scoffed at the idea that it’s program, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, didn’t take money away from public schools. Maybe not directly, but Rick Scott’s recent proposal to increase property taxes to pay for an increase in per pupil funding screams otherwise. From Tampa Bay Timescolumnist Steve Bousquet: view article arw

Lubbock ISD vehicle purchase raises local bidding question

February 2708:32 AM
 

The purchase of 11 vehicles was approved by the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees on Thursday, but the trustees would like local car dealerships to have a better shot at winning the bids in the future. Scoggin Dickey Chevrolet was approved for six of the 11 vehicles, while Caldwell Country Chevrolet of Caldwell won the low bids on five other vehicles. Scoggin Dickey, a local dealership, won the bids to sell three cargo vans, two sedans and a three-quarter-ton pickup truck, while Caldwell won the bids for a Chevrolet Suburban, one box truck, two pickup trucks and a refrigerated box truck. view article arw

McAllen: Wrongful death lawsuit filed against PSJA ISD after teenager’s 2014 death

February 2708:32 AM
 

Ten days after the mother of a middle school student pleaded with his instructor to excuse him from physical activities due to a respiratory condition — the 14-year-old teenager was dead, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday against the instructor, a school nurse and their employer, the Pharr San Juan Alamo school district. view article arw

Charters (Buicks) are Good Because They are Charters (Cars): DUH!

February 2708:31 AM
 

Does this sentence make sense? Just because I call it an car (charter school), it has high reliability and quality in build. Are all cars (charter schools) awesome because I call them automobiles (charters)!? Or is car (charter schools) awesome because it hangs out with other cars in the same sentences (charter schools)? I am paying attention to which automobiles are actually desirable this month because I need to replace my Chevrolet Volt. Consumer Reports came out this week with their list of 10 Top Picks of 2015.  For the first time in many years, American automakers had three entries on the Consumer Reports top ten list. This news makes me happy as the grandson of two American autoworkers, I of course want to buy an American automobile. A big surprise on the list was the Buick Regal. view article arw

Report Slams Virtual Charter Schools That Graduate Just 36% Of Students

February 2708:31 AM
 

California Virtual Academies, a chain of 11 online charter schools with 14,000 students, is the subject of a critical new report from In The Public Interest, an advocacy group.One of country’s largest chains of for-profit online charter schools has seen almost a decade of declining academic results, mounting structural problems, and potential self-dealing by its operator, according to a report released today by In The Public Interest. California Virtual Academies, which has 14,000 students at 11 schools strung out across the state, is run by the giant K12 Inc., a publicly traded company that has attracted strong criticism in the past for its management of virtual charters.  view article arw

PSJA High teacher quits after female students accuse him of harassment

February 2708:28 AM
 

A male teacher at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School quit earlier this week after several underage female students complained he was harassing them verbally and through text messages. The students came forward to school officials Monday morning. Superintendent Daniel King said the teacher was also a coach at PSJA High School and resigned shortly after school police approached him about the allegations. view article arw

Belton ISD moves ahead with securing school entrances

February 2708:28 AM
 

The Belton Independent School District is focusing on security and maintenance for a few of its facilities. Architectural firm Michael Marrs Architects presented design solutions to make the entryway and vestibules at Lake Belton Middle School and Belton High School’s ninth-grade center safer during the Monday’s school board meeting. view article arw

EPISD Board of Trustees: Two more enter, one withdraws from race

February 2708:27 AM
 

Two more El Pasoans have filed paperwork to seek seats on the El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees, while one candidate has withdrawn from the race. El Paso County's Council of Judges Executive Director Mike Izquierdo is running for the District 7 board seat, representing Coronado High School. Timothy Martin, a budget analyst, is seeking the District 6 seat, representing Franklin High School. view article arw

Georgia school official named ‘National Superintendent of the Year’ - Atlanta Business Chronicle

February 2708:25 AM
 

Clarke County School SuperintendentPhilip Lanoue is the National Superintendent of the Year. Lanoue learned Thursday he'd won the honor over three finalists, reports Athens Banner-Herald. The other finalists were from Tampa, Fla., Arlington, Va., and Donaldsville, La. Lanoue was named Georgia's Superintendent of the Year in December view article arw

Ohio: Anti-Testing Sentiment Growing

February 2708:25 AM
 

The Cincinnatti Enquirer reports the growing anger against Common Core testing among parents, teachers, and superintendents. Ohio proves that opposition to the Common Core is not limited to the Tea Party. Nor is support. One of the strongest supporters of Common Core is conservative Republican Governor John Kasich. “More area school parents are taking a “none of the above” stance and yanking their kids from what they say is excessive new testing. view article arw