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Congratulations to the following New Supers

Skip McCambridge, Executive Dir. of Administrative Services, Lake Worth ISD, has been named New Super of Coleman ISD.

Joe Kucera, Asst. Superintendent, China Spring ISD, has been named New Super of Lorena iSD.

Dr. Marc Smith, Superintendent, Marshall ISD, has been named New Super of Duncanville ISD.

Dr. Christopher Moran, Superintendent, Brownsboro iSD, has been named New Super of Whitehouse iSD.

 

25 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Pleasant Grove ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Big Sandy ISD (ESC 7); Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Frankston ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant ESC 20 Associate Director, Administrative & Instructional Services; Search by ESC 20 InfoINFO
Vacant Cuero ISD; Cuero ISD Board of Trustees  InfoINFO
Vacant Roosevelt ISD; Search by Roosevelt ISD Board & Jimmy Parker InfoINFO
Vacant McAllen ISD; Search by JG ConsultingINFO
Vacant Westwood ISD; Search by John Hardy of Hardy, Cook & Hardy InfoINFO
Vacant Leander ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLP INFO
Vacant Runge ISD; Search by Walsh Anderson Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.CINFO
Vacant Paint Creek ISD ; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Bartlett ISD; Search by the Bartlett ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
Vacant Huckabay ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Columbus ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Buckholts ISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
Vacant Natalia ISD; Search by the Natalia ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Crowell ISD; Search by ESC 9 & Darren Francis - No longer taking applicationsINFO
Vacant Yorktown ISD; Search by: School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
Vacant Perrin Whitt CISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Moody ISD - Gary Martel, Superintendent,Diboll ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Manor ISD - Dr. Royce Avery, Area Superintendent,El Paso ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Lampasas ISD 
  - Chane Rascoe, Superintendent,Moody ISD; Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston, LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Hale Center ISD - Steven Plyburn, Superintendent,Crowell ISD; Search by ESC 17INFO
Lone Finalist Rule ISD - Rick Moeller, Superintendent,Paint Creek ISD ; Search by the Rule ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Webb CISD - Humberto D. Gonzalez; Search by J. Cruz & Associates, LLC Info RequirementsINFO
Lone Finalist Klein ISD - Dr. Bret Champion, Superintendent,Leander ISD; Search by Thompson and Horton LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Brooks County ISD  - Dr. Maria Casas, Former Superintendent,Mathis ISD; Search by Fountainhead Education InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Lazbuddie ISD - Steve Wolf, Principal ,Motley County ISD; Search by Dr. Gary Bigham Info AnnouncementINFO
Lone Finalist Coupland ISD - Tammy Brinkman, Director of Curriculum & Instruction,Iola ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C.  InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Rockwall ISD - Dr. John (J.J.) E. Villarreal, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services,Carroll ISD; Horn, Smith, Wood & PrestonINFO
Lone Finalist Mason ISD - John Schumacher; Search by Education Solution Services INFO
Lone Finalist Scurry-Rosser ISD - James Sanders, Assistant Superintendent,Ennis ISD; Search by Scurry-Rosser ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Brownsboro ISD - Tommy Hunter , Superintendent,S&S CISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Marshall ISD - Dr. Jerry Gibson, Superintendent,Coldspring ISD; Search by the Marshall ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Santa Gertrudis ISD - Dr, Corey Seymour, Lead Secondary High School Principal ,Cedar Hill ISD; Walsh Anderson Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.and  Dr. Ann Dixon, Search ConsultantINFO
Lone Finalist Pettus ISD - Jaime Velasco, Superintendent,Italy ISD; Search by School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Beeville ISD - Dr. Marc A. Puig; Search by Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. with Educational Consultant Gary Patterson. INFO
Lone Finalist Grand Saline ISD - Micah Lewis, Superintendent,Frankston ISD; Search by Grand Saline ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Mineral Wells ISD  - John Kuhn, Superintendent,Perrin-Whitt CISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Chico ISD - Don Elsom , Superintendent,Latexo ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Aubrey ISD - David Belding, Superintendent,Millsap ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Katy ISD - Dr. Lance Hindt, Superintendent,Allen ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Galveston ISD - Kelli Moulton, Superintendent,Hereford ISD; Search by:  TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Highland Park ISD (Amarillo)  - Jimmy Hannon, Superintendent,Water Valley ISD; Search by Potter County Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Blue Ridge ISD - John Wink, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction,Tatum ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Fruitvale ISD - Rebecca Bain, Curriculum Director,Fruitvale ISD; Fruitvale ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Progreso ISD - Martin Cuellar, Adult Education Supervisor,Region 1 ESC ; Search by: Fountainhead Education InfoINFO
New Super Dew ISD - Darrell Evans, Superintendent,Bosqueville ISD; Dew ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Erath Excels Academy - Mike Scott, Principal,Santo ISD; Search by Erath Excels Academy Board of Trustees Info No longer taking applications INFO
New Super Culberson County Allamoore ISD - Dalia Benavides, Principal North Elementary,Lamesa ISD; Search by Lead Your School InfoINFO
New Super Pampa ISD - Tonya Larkin, Asst. Superintendent,Pampa ISD; Larry Blair. PhD -  larry.blair1@gmail.com|INFO
New Super Lamesa ISD - Jim Knight, Superintendent,Anton ISD; Search by Lamesa ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Palacios ISD - Alexandro Flores, Asst. Superintendent of Academic & Pupil Services,Natalia ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Spurger ISD - Kendall Smith, High School Principal ,Overton ISD; Search by ESC 5, Danny Lovett InfoINFO
New Super Frenship ISD - Michelle McCord , Interim Superintendent,Frenship ISD; Search by ESC 17 InfoINFO
New Super Goliad ISD - David Plymale, Superintendent,Trinity ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Brownwood ISD - Dr. Joe Young, Deputy Superintendent ,Corsicana ISD; Search by ESC Region 15 InfoINFO
New Super Marathon ISD - Guadalupe Singh , District Administrator,Presidio ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Burkburnett ISD - Tylor Chaplin, Superintendent,Falls City ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super San Benito ISD; Search by Waterford School Services InfoINFO
New Super Loraine ISD - Brandon McDowell, Principal,Eldorado ISD; Search by Dennis Hill, Interim Superintendent InfoINFO
New Super Garrison ISD - Richard Cooper, Superintendent,Kennard ISD; Search by Interim Superintendent, Arnie Kelley and Garrison ISD Board. InfoINFO
New Super Hearne ISD  - Raul Nuques, Superintendent,Zapata County ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Medina Valley ISD - Kenneth Rohrbach, Super,Three Rivers ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Aspermont ISD - Tim Bartram , Principal,Iowa Park ISD; Search By Aspermont ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super East Bernard ISD - Courtney Hudgins, Interim Superintendent,East Bernard ISD; Search by:  TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Queen City ISD - Charlotte Williams, Interim Superintendent,Queen City ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Wills Point ISD - Scott Caloss, Superintendent,Poth ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Rankin ISD - Keith Richardson, Interim Superintendent,Rankin ISD; Search by the Rankin ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Mt. Vernon ISD - Greg Weiss, Superintendent,New Summerfield ISD; Search conducted by Leasor Crass, PC InfoINFO
New Super Thorndale ISD - Adam Ivy, Asst. Superintendent,Latexo ISD; Search by:  TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Lometa ISD - David Fisher, Asst. Superintendent of Business and Finance,Lometa ISD; Search by Lometa ISD Board of Trustees INFO
New Super Kennard ISD - Malinda Lindsey, Executive Director C&I ,Nacogdoches ISD; Search by DRV Executive Searches InfoINFO
New Super May ISD - Mike Carter, Melissa High School Principal ,Melissa ISD; Search by Education Service Center Region 15 InfoINFO
New Super Whitehouse ISD - Dr. Christopher Moran, Superintendent,Brownsboro ISD; Search by Whitehouse ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Lorena ISD - Joe Kucera, Asst. Superintendent,China Spring ISD ; Search by James Baize - Search Consultant Info INFO
New Super Coleman ISD - Skip McCambridge, Executive Director of Administrative Services,Lake Worth ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants InfoINFO
New Super Trinity ISD - John Kaufman, Superintendent,Mount Vernon ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Wall ISD  - Russell Dacy, Wall High School Principal,Wall ISD; Search byv Wall ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Big Sandy ISD (Dallardsville)  - Eric Carpenter, Secondary Principal ,LaPoynor ISD; Search by Big Sandy ISD Board of Trustees Info BrochureINFO
New Super Fannindel ISD - Jack Ellis, Retired Superintendent ,Brazos ISD; Search by the Fannindel ISD Board of Trustees INFO
New Super Nederland ISD - Dr. Robin Perez, Asst. Superintendent,Humble ISD; Search by ESC 5, Danny Lovett InfoINFO
New Super Southside ISD - Mark E. Eades, Superintendent,San Marcos CISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Chester ISD - Cory Hines, Principal,Martins Mill ISD; Search by the Chester ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Sherman ISD - David Hicks, Executive Dir. for Secondary Academic Programs,Denton ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Sheldon ISD - King Davis, Dept. Superintendent,Everman ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLPINFO
New Super Pecos - Barstow - Toyah ISD  - Jim Haley, Superintendent,Cuero ISD; Search by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Paducah ISD - Brian Patterson, Superintendent,Darrouzett ISD; Search by Jerry Baird InfoINFO
New Super Terrell County ISD - Amanda Ann Magallan , Principal Lamar Elementary,Midland ISD ; Search by Kenn Norris, Interim Superintendent Info INFO
New Super Winona ISD - Cody Mize; Search by Consilience LLC - Wes Hickey & Jennifer Jones InfoINFO
New Super Falls City ISD - Todd Pawelek, High School Principal ,Poth ISD; Search by FCISD Board of Trustees and Interim Superintendent Gary PattersonINFO
New Super Cotton Center ISD - Jeff Kirby, Elementary Principal ,Waelder ISD; Search by Cotton Center ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super La Grange ISD - Bill Wagner, Asst. Superintendent,La Grange ISD; Moak, Casey and AssociatesINFO
New Super Three Rivers ISD - Dr. Mary Springs, Superintendent,Santa Gertrudis ISD; Search by School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
New Super Jacksboro ISD - Dwain Milam, Superintendent,Collinsville ISD ; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
New Super Prairie Valley ISD - Tim West, Principal,Prairie Valley ISD; Search by: Darren Francis, Deputy Executive Director-Region 9 ESCINFO
New Super Poth ISD - Paula Renken , Interim Superintendent,Poth ISD; Poth ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Petersburg ISD - Drew Howard, Principal ,Peaster ISD; Search by ESC 17 and Petersburg ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Cross Roads ISD  - Richard Tedder, Interim Superintendent,Cross Roads ISD; Search by:  TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Anderson-Shiro CISD - Scott Beene, Superintendent,Big Sandy ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super North Hopkins ISD - Darin Jolly; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Wellman-Union CISD - Aaron Waldrip, Principal,Brownfield Middle School ; Search by the Wellman - Union Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super McLean ISD - Oscar Muniz, High School Principal ,Coolidge ISD; Search by McLean ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO

Beaumont:  BISD board can extend beyond two years, state AG says

June 2408:40 AM
 

With three weeks left on their official terms, managers appointed to the Beaumont ISD school board in July 2014 learned on Tuesday that they could stay on as long as the state's education commissioner deems necessary.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion, which carries the force of law, that gives Education CommissionerMike Morath the authority to extend any managers' appointments indefinitely. view article arw

Equity Center: Notice of Job Availability: Associate Deputy Director

June 2208:41 AM
 

The position of Associate Deputy Director is a new position that is preparatory to the position of Executive Deputy Director. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews will begin mid-July 2016. view article arw

Free Webinar Opportunities

June 1508:41 AM
 

  • Active Shooter Response Options: The body cannot go where the mind has never been Do you and your staff actively analyze your surroundings to prepare for an active shooter? If you were engulfed in flames head to toe, what would you do? You would instantly STOP, DROP and ROLL! You have taken your mind there already. You thought about what you would do if you were on fire. If a shooter came in the room, what would you do? Our training will take your mind to just such a place so that you can instantly respond without hesitation. RUN, HIDE, FIGHT! These are the US Department of Education and US Department of Homeland Security recommended principals to survive an active shooter situation.
  • The Digital You: How Not to get Fired over your Social Media post and create LIABILITY and RISK for the school Teachers and administrators are creating liability and risk for themselves and the district and in some cases are losing their job and even being charged and arrested. School districts must become pro-active, not reactive, in making staff aware of the dangers of social media and technology use. Preventing staff from posting inappropriate comments or photos online takes more than written policy and procedure. Stopping these posts before they occur requires building a culture of people who understand the risks and stop and think before they post.

Preventive Law: Policies and Procedures Related to Cameras in Special Education Classrooms

June 0608:31 AM
 

Texas Senate Bill 507, codified as Texas Education Code section 29.022, was enacted to promote student safety by requiring schools to install video cameras in certain special education classrooms.  School districts and open enrollment charter schools should begin developing their policies and procedures now in order to be ready to roll the cameras by the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Commissioner Morath receives first District of Innovation notifications

June 2408:40 AM
 

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced that eight public school districts have adopted a local innovation plan and formally notified him of that vote. Notification to the Commissioner marks completion of the new District of Innovation designation process.  Passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015 and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, House Bill 1842 created the District of Innovation designation, which provides a district exemption from certain sections of the Texas Education Code. A district that completes the process possesses the District of Innovation designation for five years.  To date, the eight districts that have completed the District of Innovation process and notified the Commissioner are Canton ISD, El Paso ISD, Mabank ISD, Palmer ISD, Point Isabel ISD, San Antonio ISD, Spring Branch ISD and Victoria ISD. view article arw

Huffines and Colyandro: Texas should create education savings accounts for school choice

June 2408:40 AM
 

The Texas Supreme Court ruling on school finance held Texas’ school system constitutional, but just barely.  While deferring to elected legislators' authority (a prudent decision,) the court unequivocally stated the need for top-to-bottom systemic reforms to bring public schools into the 21st century. The court stated: “Our Constitution endows the people's elected representatives with vast discretion in fulfilling their constitutional duty to fashion a school system fit for our dynamic and fast-growing state's unique characteristics. We hope lawmakers will seize this urgent challenge and upend an ossified regime ill-suited for 21st century Texas.”  The court is right. Now, the Legislature must give parents and students education choice by passing a universal education savings account program that will give parents the power to customize their children’s education. view article arw

Fisher Ruling Could Spur Changes to Texas’ Top 10 Percent Rule

June 2408:40 AM
 

With Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Courtdecision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, an eight-year legal fight over affirmative action at UT-Austin has finally ended. But the battle over race and admissions at one of the state’s two flagship universities is just getting started.  That’s because for years, the diversity issue that has provoked the most passion among Texas parents and legislators has been the state’s Top 10 Percent Rule, not affirmative action.  view article arw

Dallas ISD’s $1.4 billion budget comes with cuts and additions

June 2408:35 AM
 

A $1.4 billion operating budget approved by Dallas ISD trustees Thursday comes with salary increases, more prekindergarten spots, position cuts and a forecast of several hundred more students in the fall.  Trustees unanimously approved the 2016-17 budget. It includes cutting about 260 positions to help offset a decrease in revenue.  Nearly 175 of the jobs lost will come from ending a policy of having permanent, salaried "guest teachers" who work under one-year contracts as substitutes. The district plans to go back to the traditional method of using substitutes as needed. view article arw

Beaumont ISD offers hiring incentives at ‘hard-to-fill’ campuses

June 2408:34 AM
 

Beaumont ISD is offering up to $8,250 in hiring incentives for 100 teaching positions at "hard-to-fill" campuses and in certain stretched subject areas, including secondary science and math. view article arw

Eanes ISD adopts $152.5 million budget for 2016-17

June 2408:33 AM
 

Eanes ISD board of trustees unanimously adopted a $152.5 million budget for the 2016-17 school year—a $14.5 million increase in revenue from last year’s budget—on June 21.  EISD’s revenue increase is largely due to the increase in taxable value from properties in the district, which is expected to be at 9.7 percent said David Edgar, assistant superintendent for business services.  The district will contribute $82 million to recapture, a state-mandated system through which property-rich districts such as EISD are required to send money to the state to be redistributed among property-poor districts. The contribution is up $11 million from last year, Edgar said. view article arw

School funding in Texas is constitutional—and broken

June 2408:33 AM
 

The Texas Supreme Court may have ruled the state's extremely low public education funding meets its constitutional obligation to education children, but that hardly solves what Dave Mann in the Texas Monthly argues is the biggest public policy issue in the state: For the record, Texas was 44th in per pupil spending on education in fiscal 2014 at $8,593, according to the Census Bureau.  That level of effort puts Texas ahead of only Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Utah. (For the record, New York ($20,610), the District of Columbia ($18,485), Alaska ($18,416), Connecticut ($17,745) and Vermont ($16,988) comprise top five).  view article arw

Court Upholds Affirmative Action, But Not Immigration Plan

June 2408:33 AM
 

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two major decisions affecting Texas on Thursday — one a surprise victory for supporters of affirmative action and the other a blow to President Obama’s executive order on immigration.  In the affirmative action case, a white woman had challenged the University of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race in its admissions decisions, charging that she was denied a spot because of her race.  view article arw

Christie proposes equal school aid for every student

June 2408:33 AM
 

Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday declared the current school funding formula a failure and proposed a dramatic change that would provide the same amount of state aid to every student in the state, regardless of where they live.  Christie announced his “Fairness Formula” at a speech in Hillsborough, Somerset County. A copy of the speech said the new formula would address two crises in the state, “property taxes and the failure of urban education.” view article arw

Humble ISD initiates process to become District of Innovation

June 2408:30 AM
 

When the Humble Independent School District received word that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) did not approve two waivers for three key initiatives, the district initiated the process of becoming a District of Innovation (DI) for this next school year. view article arw

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Title IX Administrator Conference

October 19, 2016

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A Title IX Conference specifically designed for K-12 administrators!

Join us for our second annual forum for Title IX coordinators to develop an understanding of their duties and responsibilities, participants will learn about the history of Title IX, surveying their districts for possible issues, and how to handle incidents when they arise.  This conference is designed to provide realistic support to school administrators to both protect their students and their districts in matters such as promoting gender equity in athletics, providing an environment free from gender-based harassment, and understanding the rights of pregnant students.   

This conference is appropriate for Title IX Coordinators, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Campus Administrators, Athletic Directors, Coaches, School Board Trustees, and Teachers.

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Austin Marriott North

2600 La Frontera Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78681

 

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$250 - 1st attendee

$150 - each additional attendee from same district

 

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Lubbock-Cooper approves $45.37M budget

June 2408:30 AM
 

Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District Trustees approved a $45.37 million budget Thursday afternoon at a meeting at Laura Bush Middle School. view article arw

STRAUS ASKS FOR VALLEY’S INPUT

June 2408:30 AM
 

Business leaders at a luncheon held at the DoubleTree Suites were asked by Texas House Speaker Joe Straus to look beyond headlines in newspapers and tell state legislators what issues they want covered by the legislature. view article arw

Victoria:  VISD trustee helps to define state education agenda

June 2408:30 AM
 

Former school board president Tami Keeling was elected to the advisory council of the Texas Association of School Boards, according to a press release. view article arw

Kansas:  Four possible scenarios ahead of the Kansas school funding debate

June 2408:30 AM
 

Since the Kansas Supreme Court last month found unconstitutional inequities in the state’s school funding system, lawmakers have been weighing their options.They will convene Thursday for a special session on school finance. If they fail to agree on a remedy by June 30, the court could block education funding, forcing schools to close. Republican leaders have said they are working on a plan, but they have yet to release any details.  Here are the highlights of some of the plans being discussed. view article arw

Dispute over Texas charter school network involves Turkish government

June 2408:30 AM
 

Conservative Texas activists elevated concerns about Harmony’s alleged link with Gülen this year, compelling a legislative committee to look at Harmony. The committee required no action and didn’t issue any findings.  “That’s lots of money flowing to these affiliated companies and also the total money is north of we consider $150 million,” stated John Martin, attorney with worldwide law practice Amsterdam &amplifier Partners LLP, about Harmony’s vendors. “There’s every warning sign there that there’s extensive self-dealing happening.Inches  “When you consider the figures, it seems that they’re still having to pay a few of the Turkish instructors greater than their American counterparts, for the identical experience,” Martin stated. “Look in the main issue.Inches view article arw

AG: Parents have no standing in STAAR lawsuit

June 2408:30 AM
 

AUSTIN -- The Texas attorney general says parents suing to get the state to toss out student test scores lack standing and should have taken their complaints to the Texas Education Agency rather than a court. Attorney General Ken Paxton's office filed the response in Travis County District Court Monday, denying "each and every allegation" from parents who allege in a lawsuit that the TEA ignored state law that requires standardized tests for elementary and middle schoolers be short enough for students to finish is a specific period of time.  The Texas Education Agency and the attorney general are asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the parents lack standing, failed to exhaust administrative remedies and failed to state a "legally cognizable claim."  view article arw

Dr Ricahrd Skuza announces retirement

June 2408:29 AM
 

In a specially called meeting Monday June 20th the school board in executive session accepted the notice of retirement for current JISD Superintendent Dr. Richard Skuza. The retirement is due to be effective in January of 2017. view article arw

Nacogdoches ISD board accepts resignation of superintendent Fred Hayes

June 2408:29 AM
 

The Nacogdoches Independent School District has accepted the resignation of superintendent Fred Hayes, a school board member confirmed. Board President Steve Green, who represents District IV, confirmed the resignation was submitted and approved by a 4-1 vote at Thursday night's meeting. "I agree with the end result of the motion, but I do not agree with all of the terms for how it is getting there," District V board member Russell Smith stated in the meeting. view article arw

Highest-earning superintendents in the region (New York)

June 2408:29 AM
 

Superintendent pay data comes from state education department figures for approved 2016-17 school budgets. Actual earnings may differ. Individuals may opt out of benefits, which may include employer contributions for Social Security, employee life, health; unemployment and workers' compensation benefits allowable under established policies. The "other" category may include the anualized monetary value of seperate compensation, which could include annuities or housing/vehicle allowances. Rankings are determined by salary.   view article arw

Frisco: FISD approves $471M budget

June 2408:25 AM
 

Frisco ISD this week approved a $471.4 million budget with hopes of raising the property tax rate by 13 cents. Voters will decide on the proposed tax rate hike through a tax ratification election (TRE) on Aug. 27. view article arw

Calhoun school district official responds to concerned parents

June 2408:25 AM
 

Upset parents took to Facebook this week after it was reported closing Port O'Connor Elementary was among a list of cost-cutting measures discussed at a school board meeting. view article arw

BISD to start Associate degree program with High School students this fall

June 2408:25 AM
 

Future Beaumont Independent School District High School students now have a new option for their education. A program enabling students to earn an Associates degree and their High School diploma simultaneously kicks off this fall. view article arw

Coroner: Girl died in accidental drowning at school’s pool

June 2408:25 AM
 

A Texas coroner says a 13-year-old girl accidentally drowned during swim practice at a school district pool. view article arw

ECISD board discusses eliminating corporal punishment, budget

June 2408:25 AM
 

The Ector County Independent School District is considering getting rid of corporal punishment. Superintendent Tom Crowe said at last night's board meeting paddling needs to be done away with because it puts the employees who do the spanking at too much risk. The change would remove corporal punishment from being a disciplinary option, as right now parents have a choice in whether their child can be paddled or not. view article arw

San Antonio Area Foundation Funding To Benefit Communities In Schools Work with Middle School Student Services and Programs

June 2408:25 AM
 

Communities In Schools of South Central Texas recently received a grant award to help support and sustain the CIS Counseling, Health & Human Services for At-Risk Middle-School Youth project - providing early intervention and support services at 10 middle and intermediate schools in Guadalupe and Comal counties. Chief Executive Officer of Communities In Schools, Chris Douglas advises CIS is grateful to the Area Foundation for their support of our mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  view article arw

Sienna Plantation schools improve in latest performance rankings

June 2408:25 AM
 

The times are few and far between when fruits of a person’s labor can be seen almost immediately, but that is exactly what happened in Sienna Plantation schools this past academic year. Several Fort Bend ISD schools serving Sienna Plantation students saw a marked increase in the annual rankings recently released by Children at Risk, a non-profit organization that publishes reports on the performance of Texas schools. view article arw

Judson ISD Board approves 2016-2017 budget

June 2408:25 AM
 

The Judson Independent School District Board approved a total of $237.9 million dollar budget for the coming 2016-2017 school year. view article arw

Magnolia ISD announces new Adventures Program for after school

June 2408:25 AM
 

Magnolia ISD is excited to announce the Adventures Program, a new district initiative starting this school year. The goal of the Adventures Program is to incorporate out of school time with learning in a fun and adventurous environment led by instructors employed by the district. view article arw

Tyler ISD hires principals, weighs future of old Griffin Elementary

June 2408:25 AM
 

Tyler ISD trustees hired three principals and authorized administrators Thursday to investigate future options for the old Griffin Elementary School, including advertising the school for sale. view article arw

GISD to canvass votes

June 2408:25 AM
 

Votes from the recently passed Tax Ratification Election are scheduled to be canvassed next week, according to the Gainesville Independent School District. view article arw