Joe is Traveling

May 2208:38 AM

No commentary today as Joe is traveling. He'll be back next week. TexasISD will not publish on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.  We will resume posting on Tuesday, May 26. Have a safe and happy holiday! 

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Todd Wilson, Elementary Principal, Vernon ISD, has been named New Super of Chillicothe ISD.

Dr. Kevin Rogers, COO Lewisville ISD, has been named New Super of Lewisville ISD.

Rob O'Connor, Superintendent, Marble Falls ISD, has been named New Super of Sharyland ISD.

Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, Residence, NV Department of Education, has been named New Super of San Antonio ISD.

John Froussard, Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD, has been named New Super of Beaumont ISD.


52 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Yantis ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services (Temporarily Postponed)INFO
Vacant Brazosport ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLCINFO
Vacant Marble Falls ISD; Search by: Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. & Educational Consultant, Gary Patterson For more info contact suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
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 Hillsboro ISD; Search by Horn Smith Wood & PrestonINFO
Vacant Levelland ISD; Search by Levelland ISD School Board InfoINFO
Vacant Union Hill ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
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 Info No longer taking applications INFO
Vacant Progreso ISD; Search by: Fountainhead Education InfoINFO
Vacant Fruitvale ISD; Fruitvale ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Runge ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant School of Excellence in Education; Search by: Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. For more info contact suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
Vacant Abilene ISD; Search by Waterford School Services, Inc. InfoINFO
Vacant Seguin ISD; Search by Walsh, Anderson in conjunction with Dr. Ann Dixon suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
Vacant Burkburnett ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Dew ISD; Dew ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Munday CISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Vacant ESC XIII Service Center; Search by ESC 13 Board of Directors InfoINFO
Vacant Alvord ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Fort Worth ISD; Ray and Associates, Inc. InfoINFO
Vacant Community ISD; Walsh, Anderson & Educational Consultant, Dr. Ann Dixon suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
Vacant Queen City ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Rice ISD - Lynn Jantzen, Superintendent,Dew ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Ferris ISD - James Hartman , Superintendent,Sonora ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
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 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 Mathis ISD - Guillermo Mancha, Consultant,Southside ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Taft ISD - Jose Lopez, Executive Director for State and Federal Programs,Mission CISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Pringle-Morse CISD - Scott Burrow, Director of Special Programs,Tulia ISD; Search by the Pringle-Morse CISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Prairie Valley ISD - Tim West, Principal,Prairie Valley ISD; Search by: Darren Francis, Deputy Executive Director-Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Brookesmith ISD - Guy Birdwell, Principal,Loop ISD; Brookesmith ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Cameron ISD - Allan Sapp, Moorehead JH Principal ,Conroe ISD; Search by Cameron ISD Board of Trustees, Assisted by Retiring Superintendent, Collin ClarkINFO
Lone Finalist Spring Branch ISD - Scott Muri, Deputy Superintendent ,Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, GA; Search by Thompson & Horton LLP (David Thompson, Mike Moses)INFO
Lone Finalist Arp ISD - Dwight Thomas, Asst. Superintendent,Arp ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Hawley ISD - Jimmy Burns, High School Principal,Dimmitt ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultant InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Mesquite ISD - David Vroonland, Superintendent,Frenship ISD; Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston Educational ConsultantsINFO
Lone Finalist Florence ISD - Paul Michalewicz, Asst. Superintendent,Grape Creek ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Rising Star ISD

  - Mary Jane Atkins, Retired Superintendent,DeLeon ISD; Search By Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Marlin ISD - Michael Seabolt, Superintendent,Louise ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Midway ISD - Alan Umholtz, Superintendent,Yorktown ISD; Search by ESC 9 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 Moulton ISD - Todd Grandjean, Principal,Granger ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Borden County ISD - Billy Collins, Superintendent,Schleicher County ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Plains ISD - Dr. Stephanie D. Howard, Exec. Director for Curriculum & Instruction,Ector County ISD; Search conducted by Leasor Crass, PC InfoINFO
New Super Mineola ISD - Kim Tunnell, Chief Leadership & Performance Officer ,Tyler ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Clarendon ISD - Mike Norrell, Superintendent,Adrian ISD; Search by Clarendon ISD Board More InfoINFO
New Super Red Lick ISD - Nick Blain, Interim Superintendent,Red Lick ISD; Red Lick ISD Board of Trustees  Info BrochureINFO
New Super Moran ISD  - Danny Freeman, Principal of South Elementary,Breckenridge ISD; Search by Moran ISD School Board InfoINFO
New Super West Orange-Cove CISD - Rickie Harris, Asst. Principal,Cedar Hill ISD; Search by WOCCISD InfoINFO
New Super Hempstead ISD - Dr. Angela Gutsch, Superintendent,Queen City ISD; Search by: Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. Info INFO
New Super Santa Anna ISD - David Robinett, Secondary Principal ,Santa Anna ISD; Santa Anna ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Beaumont ISD - John Frossard, Superintendent,Wichita Falls ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super San Antonio ISD - Pedro Martinez - Superintendent in Residence, Nevada Department of Education; Search By McShan Consulting Firm, George McShan & Dr. Ruben OlivarezINFO
New Super Littlefield ISD - Robert Dillard , ​Superintendent ,Munday CISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super El Campo ISD - Kelly Waters, Asst. Superintendent,El Campo ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD - Tim Little; Search by O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath AnnouncementINFO
New Super Sharyland ISD - Rob O'Connor, Superintendent,Marble Falls ISD; Search by Waterford School Services InfoINFO
New Super Lewisville ISD - Dr. Kevin Rogers, Chief Operations Officer,Lewisville ISD; Search by Ray and AssociatesINFO
New Super Chillicothe ISD - Todd Wilson, Elementary Principal ,Vernon ISD; Search by Chillicothe ISD Board of Trustees - No longer accepting applicationsINFO
New Super Castleberry ISD - John Ramos, Superintendent,Lamesa ISD; Search by Castleberry ISD Board of Education BrochureINFO

Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Straus Announce Tax Relief For Texans

May 2206:17 AM

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus today announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners. The agreement reached by the Lt. Governor and the Speaker on a tax proposal, along with additional legislation, includes: ​ view article arw

Property Tax Legislation Update

May 0405:51 AM

Bills Filed for the 2015 Regular Session of the 84th Texas Legislature Update as of May 15, 2015 By Robert Mott, Chris Jackson, Adam Walker & Debbie Wheeler Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP  view article arw

House, Senate Negotiators Reach Deal on Budget

May 2208:41 AM

Top House and Senate negotiators sealed up the final unresolved issues on a two-year budget deal on Thursday evening, including removing controversial language that would have killed a proposed Dallas-Houston bullet train.  “We began this process with two very different bills and there were many who thought an agreement was not possible,” House Appropriations Chairman John Otto, R-Dayton, said. “Tonight proves them wrong.” view article arw

Texas House, Senate agree to $3.8B cut in property, business taxes

May 2208:40 AM

AUSTIN — Texas’ top leaders announced a final agreement late Thursday on a plan to cut homeowners’ and businesses’ taxes by nearly $3.8 billion over the next two years.  The plan includes a reduction in school property taxes worth about $125 a year to the average homeowner, if voters approve a constitutional amendment in November, and a 25 percent, across-the-board cut in business-franchise or “margins” tax rates. view article arw

House panel advances legislation giving Texas homeowners immediate break on school property taxes

May 2208:40 AM

Update at 5:22 p.m.: Have corrected that current exemption is $15,000, not $10,000; and updated with confirmation the election would be in November, not September, and a comment from an opponent of the tax-relief package. Original item at 4:41 p.m.: AUSTIN — As part of a session-closing deal, the House’s tax-writing panel on Thursday advanced legislation that, if voters approve, would give homeowners an immediate break on their school property taxes. view article arw

State Leaders Reach Tax Cut Deal

May 2208:40 AM

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus announced late Thursday the terms of a $3.8 billion tax relief package — a move that followed weeks of testy negotiations between House and Senate leaders over the terms of the agreement. view article arw

House sends pre-K improvement bill to Gov. Abbott

May 2208:39 AM

House members on Thursday approved Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to boost the quality of prekindergarten classes in Texas, using $130 million in new funding over the next two years to get better results from the program. While the legislation stops well short of major changes that had been sought by pre-K advocates – such as full-day funding for classes – bill sponsors argued that it will improve the instruction received by thousands of disadvantaged and limited-English four-year-olds across the state. view article arw

New requirements for ingredient that triggered West explosion headed to Gov. Abbott

May 2208:37 AM

AUSTIN—The Senate gave final approval Thursday to new regulations for ammonium nitrate. The changes are in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in West that killed 15 people.  Now it’s left to Gov. Greg Abbott to approve the legislation in order for it to become law.  “What we’ve done in the bill were the right steps to swing the pendulum to the middle,” Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, said describing the balance between protecting health and safety and keeping minimal regulation. view article arw

Lead Your School: Lies, Damn Lies, and Pro-Voucher Propaganda

May 2208:36 AM

So the proponents of Senate Bill 4 are appalled, APPALLED I tell you, that anyone would call their backdoor voucher program, a “VOUCHER PROGRAM.”  It seems that Senate Bill 4 is simply a scholarship program funded and operated by better people than us who only want to save victimized children. Don’t you ingrate, lazy, heathen, unwashed public school folk understand that? view article arw

Truancy Decriminalization Bill Could Squeak Through Legislature

May 2208:35 AM

For weeks, the Senate and House have been in a schoolyard scrap over which body has the best approach to decriminalizing truancy, raising the prospect of yet another legislative session ending without reform. Though both the Senate and House have passed bills that would treat truancy as a civil matter, Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston) and Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston)—the authors of the competing proposals—are bottling up each other’s bills in the committees they oversee. Still, a last-minute third-way compromise may save the prospects of truancy reform, which has gained broad bipartisan support. view article arw

Karnack ISD students set to attend Jefferson High School

May 2208:35 AM

Students attending the soon-to-be dissolved Karnack High School will move to Jefferson High School in the fall. Students' class rankings will fall under Jefferson ISD guidelines, and there will be no extra costs or procedures that typically would be involved for students changing districts. Karnack ISD also plans to use its own bus system to take students to and from Jefferson. view article arw

American Phoenix Donor: I Thought We Were for Transparency

May 2208:35 AM

The activist group employing people who have been secretly recording lawmakers has talked about having a bipartisan mission to root out misdeeds of lawmakers no matter the political stripe.  But four large donors to the American Phoenix Foundation — the Strake Foundation, the State Policy Network, the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, and Jeff Sandefer's Ed Foundation — are well-known backers of conservative causes. The donations show what many had suspected  — that money was coming in from institutional organizations active in other conservative causes. view article arw

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Houston: HISD to end teacher bonuses unless state provides more funds

May 2208:35 AM

Superintendent Terry Grier proposed Thursday that Houston ISD effectively end its controversial performance bonus system, among the nation's largest and longest-running, unless the state increases public school funding. Grier said he remains committed to the concept of merit pay for teachers and other school employes, but with limited funds, he believes it is more important to raise base salaries next year. view article arw

Union Dues Spark an End-of-Session Dispute

May 2208:35 AM

A rush to pass an anti-union bill that languished in the Legislature until last week triggered an angry exchange in a committee hearing Thursday morning that might foreshadow a floor fight in the House next week. Senate Bill 1968 would end automatic payroll deductions of dues for union and non-union public employee organizations — except for those involving certain police, fire and emergency medical workers.  view article arw

Beaumont: BISD board appointees could get more time

May 2208:34 AM

The president of the Beaumont ISD board of managers says two years isn't enough time to address the district's problems and supports a bill that would give the state education commissioner the option to extend the members' appointments by up to two more years. view article arw

Midland:  MISD: District not as likely to seek tax ratification election

May 2208:33 AM

Midland ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren said the impact of revised estimated property valuations means the district is less likely to seek a tax ratification election in August. Recently revised property valuations received from the Midland Central Appraisal District are now estimated to be either flat or perhaps even a 1 percent to 2 percent increase over last year.   view article arw

Bohac: Tax-credit proposal is a boost for education marketplace

May 2208:32 AM

I read it but I don't buy it - js - If we want to improve student performance and drive innovation in Texas K-12 education, we must look at parents and students as "customers" in the "education marketplace" who are free to choose the school option that best suits their respective needs. view article arw

Conroe: Landowners subject of CISD condemnation ‘want to be left alone’

May 2208:32 AM

A lawyer representing the landowners in a new condemnation proceeding started by the Conroe ISD says it hasn’t been a pleasant experience. The CISD Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to begin eminent domain proceedings against 46 acres of land adjacent to property they bought in February from Toll Brothers. view article arw

Attorney General Paxton Statement on Passage of Pastor Protection Bill

May 2208:32 AM

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement applauding the passage of the Senate Bill 2065 by Sen. Craig Estes on second reading.

Press Release:  Tax cuts put our future at risk

May 2208:32 AM

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate and House are approaching formal agreement on a tax plan that includes a $10,000 increase in the school property tax homestead exemption and a 25 percent franchise tax rate reduction for businesses.

Another S.A. charter school loses appeals, set to close

May 2208:32 AM

The Higgs Carter King Gifted Talented Charter Academy, enrolling about 470 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, will close at the end of the school year, the Texas Education Agency announced Wednesday. The TEA will hold an information session for parents and guardians on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the school, 511 Fredericksburg Road. view article arw

How Much Will Texas Spend? The Legislature’s conference committee spending proposals

May 2208:31 AM

t's arguably best that the joint House and Senate Budget Conference Committee does most of its work behind closed doors. After all, with 10 chefs, no one needs to see how that sausage is made. Yesterday, the five senators and five representatives came out of the kitchen to give the first taste of the final dish. view article arw

Brownsboro ISD investigating inappropriate relationship between employee, student

May 2208:31 AM

Brownsboro ISD is investigating an inappropriate relationship between one of its employees and a student, according to the district.  According to Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran, an employee has been placed on administrative leave.  view article arw

About the Texas AFT Legislative Hotline

May 2208:31 AM

SB 1968, the bill to ban voluntary payroll deduction of organization dues for nearly all public employees in Texas, ran into a serious obstacle at the state capitol on Thursday. That obstacle was a (read more…) view article arw

Flatt Act Passes Senate

May 2208:31 AM

Almost two years after the death of Jonathan Childers, the community continues to work together in his honor to change the state of Texas for the better. Senate Bill 1169, also known as The Jason Flatt Act, has been passed by the Texas Senate. Now it is time for the Senate education committee to review the House bill in the Senate bill language. view article arw

College Station Independent School District mulls $140 million bond before August deadline

May 2208:31 AM

College Station Independent School District's student enrollment has doubled the last two years and a $140 million bond might be the answer to adjusting to the rapid growth. School board members will have until Aug. 17 to decide whether a bond issue that calls for three new schools and existing campus renovations will be added to the November 2015 general election ballot. view article arw

Franchise tax compromise bill moves to full Senate

May 2208:31 AM

dollars in franchise taxes over the next two years. HB 32, sponsored by Finance Chair Jane Nelson, is similar to Nelson's SB 7, which was a flat cut in the franchise tax rate. HB 32 would cut more than the Senate version, 25 percent compared to 15 percent. Like SB 7, the House bill would raise the threshold for the EZ tax rate, a lower rate that smaller businesses without deductions can file under, from $10 million to $20 million, and decreases that tax rate. view article arw

Florence ISD selects new superintendent

May 2208:29 AM

The Florence Independent School District will have a new superintendent this fall. The board trustees announced its lone finalist this week, but Paul Michalewicz, 49, has to wait 21 days until trustees vote to officially bring him on board. “I'm so excited, words can't express how excited I am,” he said Wednesday. view article arw

Waelder ISD seeks superintendent

May 2208:29 AM

Mark Weisner, retired Superintendent of Waelder Independent School District is retiring — again. The Texas Association of School Boards will be conducting the search for a new superintendent. Butch Felkner, with TASB, reported to the board and said the search for a new superintendent is a 90-day process. view article arw

Teacher to lawmakers: How our testing fixation sucks the life out of the school day

May 2208:28 AM

Many teachers today talk about how classroom life has changed in the era of high-stakes standardized tests, with “teaching to the test” — or, at least, teaching concentrated on making sure kids pass the test — creating a more rigid and less creative dynamic than before. But how does that actually look in a classroom? Here’s a post by a veteran teacher providing details. view article arw

Mesquite ISD superintendent addresses recent arrests of MISD teachers

May 2208:28 AM

Mesquite ISD issued a release regarding the recent arrest of several Mesquite ISD teachers for having inappropriate relationships with students.  The incidents include the recent arrest of Deanna Reese, 40, a teacher at Poteet High School, who was charged with one count of improper relationship between an educator and student on May 14; the arrest of Mesquite High School football and basketball coach and teacher Nigel Chandler, who was arrested Feb. 18 for having an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year old female student; and the arrest of 34-year-old North Mesquite teacher Luke Whaley, who was charged in April with two counts of sexual assault of a child, since the alleged victim was under the age of 18.  view article arw

Focus on standardized tests reduces college readiness

May 2208:28 AM

In todays education environment, high schools seem caught in a balancing act. Because of state and federal mandates, high schools have an incentive to graduate as many students as possible. High schools are encouraged to increase academic rigor, while simultaneously trying to keep parents and students reasonably happy. view article arw