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Several people communicated that this is a powerful article, so I am reposting.  Today I am sharing an article by Dean Patton, editor of Yes! Magazine, that is so impactful that anything I would attempt to say would pale in comparison.  In The Myth Behind Public School Failure the author gives the history and truth behind the famous Nation At Risk study and exposes the fallacies of its findings.  It also addresses the No Child Left Behind movement, a great goal at first blush. but whose source of inspiration was the faulty findings of the Nation At Risk report.  Alas, public schools were influenced by the statistics, but what has been neglected were the findings of the Sandia Report which is included in Patton’s article. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Mike Simms, Asst. Superintendent The Erhart School, has been named New Super of The Erhart School .

Courtney Hudgins , Interim Superintendent, East Bernard ISD, has been named New Super of East Bernard ISD.

Richard Cooper, Superintendent at Kennard ISD, has been named New Super of Garrison ISD.

 

44 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Hallsville ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Blue Ridge ISD - Search by: Arrow Educational Services; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Yantis ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services (Temporarily Postponed)INFO
Vacant Sam Rayburn ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Falls City ISD; Search by FCISD Board of Trustees and Interim Superintendent Gary PattersonINFO
Vacant Southside ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant La Grange ISD; Moak, Casey and AssociatesINFO
Vacant Thorndale ISD; Search by:  TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Coleman ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants InfoINFO
Vacant Klein ISD; Search by Thompson and Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Whitehouse ISD; Search by Whitehouse ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Duncanville ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, PC InfoINFO
Vacant Kennard ISD; Search by DRV Executive Searches InfoINFO
Vacant Wall ISD ; Search byv Wall ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Lorena ISD; Search by James Baize - Search Consultant Info INFO
Vacant Poth ISD; Poth ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant May ISD; Search by Education Service Center Region 15 InfoINFO
Vacant Nederland ISD; Search by ESC 5, Danny Lovett InfoINFO
Vacant Three Rivers ISD; Search by School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
Vacant Trinity ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Rockwall ISD - Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston ; INFO
Vacant Cotton Center ISD; Search by Cotton Center ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant ESC 20 Executive Director; Search by ESC 20 InfoINFO
Vacant Petersburg ISD; Search by ESC 17 and Petersburg ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Katy ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Wellman-Union CISD; Search by the Wellman - Union Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Mason ISD; Search by Education Solution Services INFO
Vacant Lampasas ISD 
 ; Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston, LLPINFO
Vacant Scurry-Rosser ISD; Search by Scurry-Rosser ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Lometa ISD; Search by Lometa ISD Board of Trustees INFO
Vacant Big Sandy ISD (Dallardsville) ; Search by Big Sandy ISD Board of Trustees Info BrochureINFO
Vacant Jacksboro ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Vacant Webb CISD; Search by J. Cruz & Associates, LLC Info RequirementsINFO
Vacant Hale Center ISD; Search by ESC 17INFO
Vacant Cross Roads ISD ; Search by:  TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Prairie Valley ISD - Tim West, Principal,Prairie Valley ISD; Search by: Darren Francis, Deputy Executive Director-Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Pasadena ISD - Dee Ann Powell, Deputy Superintendent ,Pasadena ISD; Search by Thompson and Horton, LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Sherman ISD - David Hicks, Executive Dir. for Secondary Academic Programs,Denton ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Sheldon ISD - King Davis, Dept. Superintendent,Everman ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Pecos - Barstow - Toyah ISD  - Jim Haley, Superintendent,Cuero ISD; Search by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Paducah ISD - Brian Patterson, Superintendent,Darrouzett ISD; Search by Jerry Baird InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Rankin ISD - Keith Richardson, Interim Superintendent,Rankin ISD; Search by the Rankin ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Mt. Vernon ISD - Greg Weiss , Superintendent,New Summerfield ISD; Search conducted by Leasor Crass, PC InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Terrell County ISD - Amanda Ann Magallan , Principal Lamar Elementary,Midland ISD ; Search by Kenn Norris, Interim Superintendent Info INFO
Lone Finalist Winona ISD - Leland Hand, Superintendent,Cross Roads ISD; Search by Consilience LLC - Wes Hickey & Jennifer Jones InfoINFO
New Super Lockhart ISD - Susan Bohn, Asst. Superintendent,Lake Travis ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Ferris ISD - James Hartman , Superintendent,Sonora ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
New Super Rice ISD - Lynn Jantzen, Superintendent,Dew ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Fort Worth ISD - Kent Paredes Scribner , Superintendent,Arizona; Ray and Associates, Inc. InfoINFO
New Super Midlothian ISD - Lane Ledbetter, Superintendent,Graham ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & Associates INFO
New Super Pringle-Morse CISD - Scott Burrow, Director of Special Programs,Tulia ISD; Search by the Pringle-Morse CISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Cameron ISD - Allan Sapp, Moorehead JH Principal ,Conroe ISD; Search by Cameron ISD Board of Trustees, Assisted by Retiring Superintendent, Collin ClarkINFO
New Super Spring Branch ISD - Scott Muri, Deputy Superintendent ,Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, GA; Search by Thompson & Horton LLP (David Thompson, Mike Moses)INFO
New Super Mesquite ISD - David Vroonland, Superintendent,Frenship ISD; Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston Educational ConsultantsINFO
New Super Kenedy ISD - Dr. Darin Jolly, HS Principal ,Winona ISD; Walsh Gallegos, Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. & Educational Consultant, Mr. Gary Patterson suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
New Super School of Excellence in Education - Sheilda Madkins; Search by: Walsh Gallegos, Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.  suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
New Super Abilene ISD - Dr. David Young, Superintendent,Pampa ISD ; Search by Waterford School Services, Inc. InfoINFO
New Super Graham ISD - Sonny Cruse, Deputy Superintendent,Huntsville ISD; Horn, Smith, Wood & PrestonINFO
New Super Fruitvale ISD - Rebecca Bain, Curriculum Director,Fruitvale ISD; Fruitvale ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super ESC XIII Service Center - Rich Elsasser, Deputy Executive Director for Academic Services at Region 13; Search by ESC 13 Board of Directors 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 Bridge City ISD - Todd Lintzen, Superintendent,Blue Ridge ISD; Search by Arrow Education Services InfoINFO
New Super Kerens ISD - Jason Adams, High School Principal ,Huntington ISD; Search by Arrow Education Services InfoINFO
New Super Maud ISD - Charlie Martin , Interim Superintendent,Maud ISD; Search by Arrow Education Services InfoINFO

Free Webinar Opportunities

February 0808:41 AM
 

  • Active Shooter Response (ASR): Are You Prepared? Not only does ASR training prepare you for dynamically evolving, unimaginable situations, it provides you with an awareness and intuitive response to similar situations that can happen anywhere--at a mall, restaurant, movie theater, or other public outing. This training encourages you to share what you learn with your spouse, children, friends, families and co-workers, and is a game changer for those who were formerly unaware of what can be done in an unpredictable and frightening situation. ASR training will allow you to respond rather than react to the unthinkable and exponentially increase favorable odds for survival.
  • The Digital You: Social Media, Smart Phones & Anonymous Apps - Are Your Staff & Students Prepared? Teachers, administrators and business staff are getting fired because of photos or comments they post on social media. These posts create a liability, not only for teachers and staff, but for school districts and employers. Identities are also at risk from too much personal identifying information on social sites. The new age of "Anonymous Character Assassination Apps" Is upon us and school aged children and teenagers are flocking to them all across the country. School districts, law-enforcement, parents and the victims are reeling from the negative impact of these apps. Learn to THINK BEFORE YOU POST and determine how much information you share on line. Minimize the risks of liability and identity theft by wisely using social media. Find out what kids are up against as they use the many mobile apps that are launched and targeting their use.

TEA takes reins of beleaguered South San ISD

February 0805:56 AM
 

District hasn’t complied with plan, state says.  The Texas Education Agency has appointed a conservator to oversee financial management and governance of the troubled South San Antonio Independent School District.   Judy Castleberry, former executive director of the Region 20 Education Service Center, based in San Antonio, will serve as the conservator, TEA announced late Friday.  In a Friday letter to Board President Connie Prado and SuperintendentAbelardo Saavedra, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath accused South San of failing to comply with a corrective action plan issued by the TEA and said the board “continues to demonstrate an inability to work collaboratively with its executive administration.” view article arw

School Board Candidate Webinar Offers Information and Insight

February 0411:04 AM
 

(Austin, TX) — School board candidates and interested citizens can learn about the demands and rewards of school board service in a free Webinar offered by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). These online workshops take place Monday, February 22, and Thursday, March 24, from noon to 1 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (all CST).

Helpful Election Info to Share with Your Staff

February 0908:45 AM
 

  • Voting Trifold - Simple facts such as - (90% of the Texas Legislature will be selected in the primary election)
  • Voter's Guide - Good for teachers and administrators that have students of voting age.
  • Flier to Share Before Primary Election - TASA has produced a PDF flier that includes important 2016 Primary Election dates as well as clickable links to several websites where voters will find information on the candidates and where they stand on public education issues. Please download the flier and share with educators, parents, and other community members. Early voting beginsFebruary 16 for the March 1 Primary Election!
  • If historical trends hold, only about eight races will be contested by the time the Texas general election rolls around in November. Due to low voter turnout, your voice will be amplified during the primary election season.  .Read this article from Texas Retired Teachers  

House Public Education Committee to Hold Interim Hearing Today

February 0908:43 AM
 

The Texas House Public Education Committee will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m.today to consider interim charges related to the middle grades and to high-performing students. Agenda - Live Broadcast.

South San ISD To Discuss Conservator Appointment Tuesday

February 0908:40 AM
 

The South San ISD Board will discuss the Texas Education Agency’s appointment of a conservator at a special board meeting on Tuesday.  At least one board member and a San Antonio city council member are happy to see the TEA step in.  The overseer appointed by the TEA will have control over much of the governing operations of the South San school board.  For board member Stacey Estrada, that’s a welcome addition. “I’m actually very excited about it. I think that this is going to be a big plus for our district,” Estrada said. view article arw

Ira ISD closing for two days to cope with flu outbreak

February 0908:38 AM
 

The Ira Independent School District is closing school for two days and urging parents to limit their children's contact with others as they try to "break the cycle" and get things under control. view article arw

Dripping Springs ISD uses documentary to explain new vision for learning

February 0908:35 AM
 

A new documentary hoping to change the way schools approach learning is catching the attention of educators and lawmakers in Central Texas. view article arw

FWISD School Calendar Vote Results To Be Revealed

February 0908:35 AM
 

Changes are in the works for the Fort Worth Independent School District. For the first time, parents will get to decide when their kids are in classes. School calendar  changes are topping a board meeting agenda on Tuesday night. view article arw

West Texas school district makes switch to 4-day school week

February 0908:35 AM
 

This article has additional information on the four day week - js - DALLAS (AP) — The weekend will start a day early for children in a West Texas school district that's adopted a four-day week, a move seen as the first of its kind in this state since lawmakers gave schools greater leeway in setting their calendars.  The upcoming change to a Monday through Thursday school week in Olfen, a rural town northeast of San Angelo, was spurred by ongoing problems in setting aside tutoring and extra help for children, Superintendent Gabriel Zamora said. Many kids travel long distances by bus and the lengthy commute cuts into time that could be spent on helping struggling students. view article arw

NEW REPORT: IF ISDS WERE FUNDED LIKE CHARTERS, TOTAL STATE SUPPORT WOULD INCREASE BY OVER $4.7 BILLION

February 0908:33 AM
 

Repost - Readers Request!  Moak Casey & Associates released the executive summary of a charter school finance report commissioned by Raise Your Hand Texas “to analyze the financing of Texas open-enrollment charter schools, and compare funding information to that of Texas public school districts.”One highlight from the report includes: “If ISDs were funded by the same formulas as used for the charters, state funding for traditional public school districts would increase by $4.7 billion.” view article arw

The FBI just arrested almost all of this town’s leaders. Here’s the fascinating political backstory.

February 0908:33 AM
 

It is hard to believe! - js - Before FBI officials arrested nearly all of the top officials of a small Texas town, the residents had tried to boot many of them out on their own.  What happened to their recall effort can now be viewed from the prism of the stunning and blatant corruption that law enforcement officials say permeated Crystal City's leaders. Five were arrested in a pre-dawn raid Friday and charged with bribery and kickbacks related to an illegal gambling ring. There's now just one city councilman still in office who is not facing charges. view article arw

Aledo nonprofit sees education as priority

February 0908:33 AM
 

In 2010, a grassroots movement sprouted in Aledo to promote awareness of the financial challenges that face public education in Texas. Six years later, “Make Education a Priority” (MEaP) is set to make the leap from grassroots movement to nonprofit organization, said MEaP CEO Bobby J. Rigues.   The movement was born in 2010 when budget cuts in school districts across the state prompted a letter-writing campaign in Aledo that urged legislators to “make education a priority,” Rigues said. view article arw

Canutillo ISD students have day off for Pope Francis

February 0908:32 AM
 

The Canutillo Independent School District voted Monday night to give its students the day off for the pope's visit.  view article arw

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WEB EXTRA: SAISD superintendent talks about preparing students for success

February 0908:32 AM
 

WEB EXTRA: SAISD superintendent talks about preparing students for success view article arw

New strategies part of SAISD ‘Blueprint for Excellence’

February 0908:32 AM
 

On the job less than a year,Superintendent Pedro Martinez said he’s ready to lay out a “Blueprint of Excellence: Target 2020” for the San Antonio Independent School District. view article arw

Cameras could be coming to special education classrooms in Texas

February 0908:31 AM
 

This fall, an extra set of eyes could be on students in special education classrooms throughout the state. view article arw

Katy ISD breaks ground on new football stadium

February 0908:31 AM
 

Katy ISD officials donned football helmets and overturned some dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony for its second football stadium Feb. 5. view article arw

Obituary for Lynn Edward Allen

February 0908:30 AM
 

Allen owned the Koffee Kup Family Restaurant since 1975. He was elected to the Hico ISD School Board in 1982 and served for 18 years, including several terms as Board president. He had also served on the county school board when it was in place.  view article arw

Texas: The Charter Waiting List is a Myth

February 0908:30 AM
 

Brian T. Woods, a district superintendent in Texas, wrote an article exposing the myth of charter schools’ waiting lists. view article arw

Jose Gonzalez named interim superintendent for McAllen schools

February 0908:29 AM
 

The McAllen school district board of trustees formally accepted Superintendent James Ponce’s resignation during a regular meeting Monday night and selected an interim superintendent. view article arw

River Road ISD board names lone superintendent finalist

February 0908:29 AM
 

River Road Independent School District could start off March with a new superintendent. The district’s board of trustees voted on Monday to name a lone finalist for the position. Rolling Hills Elementary School Principal Richard Kelley was selected unanimously to succeed Randy Owen, who resigned last year. Board member Kelly Venable was absent from the meeting. view article arw

Bridge City:  Todd Lintzen named BCISD Superintendent

February 0908:29 AM
 

BRIDGE CITY — The Bridge City ISD school board met to consider a contract offer seeking Todd Lintzen services as Superintendent beginning March 1, 2016, during the Special Meeting held Wednesday Special Meeting held Wednesday, February 3. They also considered a pre-contract services agreement and a relocation package.  view article arw

Humble ISD begins search for new leadership

February 0908:29 AM
 

Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo announced his retirement at the December board meeting. The school board immediately began the process of searching for the district's new leader. Sconzo said he will actually retire at the end of the eyar, effective December 31, 2016. He  wanted to give the board more than sufficient time to search and decide the next superintendent.  view article arw

Houston: HISD Board of Education outlines tentative timeline for superintendent search

February 0908:29 AM
 

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education soon will begin gathering community feedback on the candidate profile for the next superintendent, and could have a replacement named as early as May. view article arw

BLUE RIDGE ISD HIRES ARROW EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO CONDUCT SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH

February 0908:29 AM
 

The board of trustees of the Blue Ridge Independent School District has contracted with Arrow Educational Services, Inc. to assist them in their search for a new superintendent. Arrow president/CEO Dr. Russell Marshall and lead consultant Jim Dunlap will conduct the search. Updates will be available on arrowsearchinc.com and TexasISD.com as the search progresses.

Oklahoma:  Credit card spending gets McAlester superintendent fired

February 0908:28 AM
 

MCALESTER - School board members voted unanimously over the weekend to fire the district's superintendent, bringing a week-long termination hearing and months of uncertainty to an end.  According to the McAlester News-Capital, the board vote came Saturday evening after district officials spent the entire day behind closed doors deciding the fate of Superintendent Marsha Gore. view article arw

Deer Park ISD bus monitor attacked by special needs student

February 0908:27 AM
 

A 58-year-old woman who works as a bus monitor for Deer Park ISD says she was beaten up while on the job by a 16-year-old student and it’s not the first time. Kandie Mayo works with special needs students and says the student who attacked her has severe autism. view article arw

Dad demands accountability from Hamshire-Fannett ISD

February 0908:25 AM
 

Lorance Richard granted 12News an interview in hopes of getting justice for his son.  Richard says his son and others were forced to do excessive exercises because the boys' lockers were not up to the coaches' expectations. view article arw

Alamo Heights High School student removed from school over threats

February 0908:25 AM
 

An Alamo Heights High School student has been removed from school indefinitely after district officials said he made threats to other students and adults at the school. view article arw

Kindergartners can learn a second language in Humble ISD

February 0908:25 AM
 

The Humble Independent School District Dual Language Program will host meetings to highlight the benefits of giving children the gift of a second language. view article arw

Killeen ISD staffing numbers up for board vote at tonight’s meeting

February 0908:25 AM
 

Killeen Independent School District campus administrators may see a change in their staffing numbers for 2016-2017, particularly at the high school level, pending board approval at tonight’s meeting. view article arw

Red Baron Building Company donates $5,000 tO Lindale ISD reading program

February 0908:25 AM
 

Red Baron Building Company donated $5,000 to help to provide all 900 Lindale ISD students in kindergarten through second grade 12 books each this year. view article arw

Lamar principal leaving district for superintendent position on home turf

February 0908:25 AM
 

Next year will mark a “bittersweet” transition for Lamar Elementary School principal Amanda Magallan as she moves from a community that built her to the community that raised her. Magallan will leave Midland ISD at the end of this school year to take the reigns of Terrell County as its superintendent. view article arw