There will be no commentary today, since we are at MidWinter, but please be sure to look over the articles posted today relating to the naming of the Sentate Education Committee. You will find a list of those members below.  Chair - Larry Taylor Vice Chair - Eddie Lucio, Jr.  Paul Bettencourt Donna Campbell Sylvia Garcia Don Huffines Lois Kolkhorst Jose Rodriguez Kel Seliger Van Tayor Royce West read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Todd Schnider, Asst. Superintendent Katy ISD, has been named New Super of Bullard ISD.

 

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Vacant Judson ISD; Search by McShan Consulting Firm InfoINFO
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Vacant San Antonio ISD; Search By McShan Consulting Firm, George McShan & Dr. Ruben Olivarez Request for Applicants/Vacancy Announcement (PDF)INFO
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Lone Finalist Clarendon ISD - Mike Norrell, Superintendent,Adrian ISD; Search by Clarendon ISD Board More InfoINFO
New Super Central Heights ISD - Bryan Lee Iredell ISD Superintendent, Superintendent,Iredell ISD ; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Cleveland ISD - Dr.Darrell Meyers, Superintendent,Livingston ISD; Region VI ESC - Dr. Brent HawkinsINFO
New Super Harris County Department of Education - James Colbert, Superintendent,West Orange - Cove ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Texhoma ISD - Steve Lenz, Superintndent,Azleway Charter School ; Search by Interim Superintendent, Mike Jackson and the Texoma ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Giddings ISD  - Roger Dees, Superintendent,Chireno ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super San Benito CISD  - Dr. Marc Puig, Superintendent,Cullberson Co.- Allamore ISD; Waterford School Services, Inc. InfoINFO
New Super McKinney ISD - Rick McDaniel, Asst. Supt. for Student Services,McKinney ISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. 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 Bullard ISD - Todd Schnider, Asst. Superintendent,Katy ISD; Search By TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
New Super West ISD - David Truitt, Deputy Superintendent,Waxahachie ISD; TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
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New Super Dumas ISD - Monty Hysinger, Superintendent,Clarendon ISD; Search By Dumas ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
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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

Dan Patrick’s awful A-F grading system for schools has business backing — ugh!

January 2608:32 AM
 

I’m sure Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick cares deeply about education, but he ought to cool his ardor for the awful idea to slap letter grades on campuses. I think it will confuse rather than clarify things for the public. Here’s how he framed the issue, in a statement Jan. 8 on his priorities for the session:        “Expand our school accountability program to expand our rating of school districts on an A-F basis as we passed last session to each campus. Parents have a  right to know how their children’s school is performing. If you want to bring about change to our schools, let the parent see C, D, or F on the marquee.” view article arw

Preventive Law: Every Time a Bell Rhymes A School District Gets its Wings Clipped?

January 2608:31 AM
 

On December 12 a panel for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued Bell v. Itawamba County School Board, et al., Cause No. 12-60264. This is the first instance of the Fifth Circuit opining on student discipline for out-of-school conduct involving Facebook and YouTube. The case involved a high school student who was placed in alternative discipline for having written and recorded a rap song about two coaches that his fellow students had accused of sexually harassing them. The divided panel decision reversed the trial court and granted judgment for the student, holding that the discipline violated his First Amendment free speech rights. view article arw

Senate Committee on Education

January 2608:00 AM
 

Committee on Education Taylor Larry - Chair, Lucio Eddie, Jr. - Vice Chair, Bettencourt  Paul,   Campbell  Donna, Garcia Sylvia, Huffines Don, Kolkhorst Lois, Rodriguez José,  Seliger Kel, Taylor Van, and West Royce

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January 2308:40 AM
 

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Midwinter Conference begins on Monday!

January 2208:50 AM
 

Stop by the JR3 Booth #203 at Midwinter and say hello. We will be there at our round table. Come visit with us! - js - webmaster@texasisd.com

2014 Tax Rate Survey - We need your help.

October 3108:43 AM
 

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Hegar sticks by his revenue estimate, sees “no wiggle room”

January 2709:04 AM
 

Comptroller Glenn Hegar says he is sticking with his forecast that Texas revenues will grow moderately over the next two years. While the recent tumble in world oil prices will reduce the state’s tax haul, the Texas economy still has momentum, he said Monday. view article arw

Hideaway Lake Kiwanis donate to Lindale ISD GT

January 2708:39 AM
 

The Hideaway Lake Kiwanis Club donated $500 in the fall of 2014, and another $3,500 last week to the Lindale ISD gifted and talented fifth grade robotics program. Dr. Bob Riley, president of Hideaway Lake Kiwanis and Ms. Linda Cox, president-elect, both presented the check to the fifth grade robotics students at E.J Moss Intermediate School. view article arw

Senator Paul Bettencourt’s Statement on Committee Appointments:

January 2708:38 AM
 

State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) has released the following statement concerning his appointment by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick  to serve on four of the most important committees in the Texas Senate – Finance, Education, Higher Education, and Intergovernmental Relations as Vice Chair. view article arw

Senate caucus agenda outlined; Education, health care priorities for Hispanics

January 2708:38 AM
 

Education, health care and economic justice are among the main concerns of Texas' swelling Hispanic population and members of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus aim to address them. After more than a year of meetings around the state, leaders of the caucus and officials with allied organizations held a press conference Monday to outline their agenda for the 84th Legislative Session, which runs until June 1. view article arw

Texas GOP: Guns on campus bill has votes to pass Senate

January 2708:38 AM
 

Two Republican senators say a proposal that would allow college students to carry guns on campus already has enough support to pass the upper chamber. Sens. Charles Schwertner and Brian Birdwell said Monday that 19 senators have endorsed their bill. It would allow students, faculty and staff members with concealed handgun licenses to carry guns into campus buildings and classrooms. view article arw

Former Prime Prep Superintendent: It’s “A Financial Mess”

January 2708:37 AM
 

Thousands of dollars in taxpayer’s money is going down the drain, according to former superintendent of Prime Prep Academy Ron Price. “They spent a lot of money and decided not to pay people back,” said Price, who resigned. view article arw

84(R) HB 925 - Introduced version - Bill Text

January 2708:34 AM
 

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED  AN ACT  relating to the balance maintained in a school district's general fund and associated requirements regarding the general fund. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:  SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 39, Education Code, is   amended by adding Section 39.0822 to read as follows: view article arw

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Donna school board recommends firing employees charged with sex crimes

January 2708:34 AM
 

Donna school board trustees voted Monday to suspend without pay two employees facing sexual abuse charges, recommending that they be fired. Donna High School employees Guillermo Arriaga, 38, a basketball coach, and Carlo Andres Cordova, 26, a criminal justice teacher, had been suspended with pay for about a week. Both have been charged with improper relationship between an educator and a student, a second-degree felony. view article arw

AISD to host School Board Academy

January 2708:33 AM
 

Allen ISD will conduct a School Board Academy for citizens interested in running for an elected position on the board of school trustees. The academy will be held at the Allen ISD Administration Building, 612 East Bethany, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21. The program, which is conducted by current board members and Allen ISD school administrators, is designed to familiarize potential candidates with the basic operation of the school district, the role of school board members and the election process. view article arw

School districts to cut substitute hours because of Obamacare

January 2708:33 AM
 

One area school district said the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is the reason its having to reduce the number of hours substitutes are allowed to work per month.  Canyon ISD said it will now set a new parameter for substitute teachers this semester to keep from having to provide them benefits. Obamacare states any person who works 30 hours per week or 130 hours per calendar month must receive benefits.  view article arw

Dallas ISD review finds possible bullying, retaliation in HR department

January 2708:33 AM
 

A preliminary internal review alleges Dallas ISD’s top human resources administrator may have allowed people to be hired without criminal background checks and may have encouraged staffers to lie to investigators. view article arw

School superintendent writes ‘warning’ letter on PARCC Common Core test

January 2708:32 AM
 

Superintendent Trisha Kocanda of Winnetka Public Schools in Illinois has written what could be called a “warning” letter to parents, community members and district staff about the PARCC Common Core exam that students in the state will be taking in March and May.  She writes in part: view article arw

FORT BEND ISD APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL FEEDER PATTERNS, ACADEMIES PLAN

January 2708:32 AM
 

The Fort Bend County school board approved a controversial plan to alleviate overcrowded classrooms. But some major changes were made to the propsal before it passed.  Meet Sahilahah Shah. He's a ninth grader at Elkins High School in the engineering academy. "I love Elkins and the environment of Elkins. I'm also on the debate team," he said. "Everybody knows freshmen year is always a little hazy because you're trying to make friendships." view article arw

McAllen ISD looks to equalize campuses with $440 million bond

January 2708:32 AM
 

McAllen ISD is considering a bond proposal worth almost half a billion dollars. Monday night the McAllen ISD school board met to learn what the needs are across the district and determine if they will call on voters to pass a bond worth around $440 million. With its concrete walls and hidden entry ways many McAllen ISD facilities are in need of facelift. "We know the need is there. We know our district is falling behind in facilities,  we know we are losing kids to enrollment at newer sexier facilities in the area,” school board president Erica de la Garza said. view article arw

Community encouraged to join Humble ISD Legislative Committee

January 2708:32 AM
 

The Humble Independent School District invites all community members to attend the second District Legislative Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Administration Building, 20200 Eastway Village Drive, in the Board Room.The District Legislative  Committee focuses on state issues and proposed legislation affecting Humble ISD students. Humble ISD convenes the District Legislative Committee during school years in which the Texas Legislature meets. The 84th Texas Legislative Session is Jan. 13-June 1, 2015. view article arw

Does Texas really need lower taxes?

January 2708:31 AM
 

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus all agree that Texans deserve tax cuts. It’s a brilliant idea, if hardly original. It’s a short step beyond taking Grover Norquist’s famous pledge. You know the one: The promise not to raise taxes that every Republican was asked to take before standing for office or re-election. view article arw

Shepherd ISD OKs new class for 2015-16 school year

January 2708:31 AM
 

Shepherd ISD will be getting a new Career and Technology class for the 2015-16 school year. During the school board meeting held on Jan. 19 the board approved an Entrepreneurship course for Shepherd High School, which will begin next school year. “It’s going to be a course offered to our 11th and 12th grade students,” said Superintendent Steve Pierce. The course will give students the opportunity to study the principles necessary to begin and operate a business. view article arw

School Deion Sanders co-founded expects to lose charter

January 2708:31 AM
 

A school co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders could have its charter revoked Tuesday by state education regulators amid money and management trouble. T. Christopher Lewis, board president of Uplift Fort Worth, which holds the Prime Prep Academy charter, told The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1Bi1WU7 ) that a default judgment was expected by the Texas Education Agency in Austin. Officials with the nonprofit expected the revocation. Primp Prep school trustees were scheduled to meet Monday night to consider surrendering the charter, but no action was taken due to lack of a quorum and the meeting was canceled about an hour before it was to begin. view article arw

Third juvenile arrested in La Villa FFA animal abuse case

January 2708:31 AM
 

Police arrested a third juvenile Monday in connection to the death of a farm animal and vandalism at the La Villa school district’s agricultural farm two weeks ago. The unidentified juvenile is facing 12 counts of cruelty to an animal, La Villa Police Chief Victor Garcia said. The other two juvenile suspects were charged with the same 12 counts last week. La Villa FFA students found some of the animals bound and beaten on Jan. 17. One goat had its eyes gouged out. Other lambs and pigs were beaten with a metal bat, according to reports. view article arw

What Beaumonters say they want in a superintendent

January 2708:29 AM
 

Versatile. Colorblind. Accessible. Transparent. Those are the attributes clergy, teachers and city officials say they want in the next person hired to lead the Beaumont school district. The district and its superintendent search firm,Texas Association of School Boards, invited community members to several forums last week to discuss the qualities they want in a new leader. The district's board of managers is expected to hire a superintendent by the end of spring. view article arw

Pilot Point picks superintendent

January 2708:29 AM
 

The Pilot Point school board didn’t have to look far to find its next superintendent. He had been in Pilot Point all along and occupying a desk in the district’s administration building for more than a decade. Pilot Point trustees will consider officially hiring Interim Superintendent Dan Ray Gist II to lead the district at a Feb. 9 meeting, board President Pat Burns said. The board officially named Gist, 48, its lone finalist, earlier this month and must wait 21 days before it can officially extend him a contract. view article arw

Dr. Paul Cruz appointed superintendent of AISD

January 2708:29 AM
 

 It’s finally official, Dr. Paul Cruz is now in charge of the largest school district in Central Texas. On Monday night, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees approved the final contract for the new superintendent. After a round of applause from board members and people in the board room, Cruz said “I am just so honored and humbled by this opportunity, I truly am. I love this district, I love Austin ISD.” view article arw

Lubbock ISD Announces Partnership with Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association

January 2708:27 AM
 

On Thursday, January 22, the Lubbock ISD board of trustees announced a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association that will allow LISD student unprecedented access to the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts. As well as being able to utilize a state-of-the-art facility, LISD has received governance of the building which will feature a 2,200-seat theatre, a 350-450-seat theatre and a multi-purpose, divisible room. view article arw

Pottsboro School District Board takes no action on County’s offer to donate land

January 2708:25 AM
 

The Pottsboro Independent School District Board of Trustees met Monday night to discuss the possibilities for a new bus barn for the District among other things. Though Board did not make a decision about the bus barn possibilities, Tuesday, it did approve a contract extension for the District’s Super indent. For several years, the District has been working to improve their bus maintenance facility. At this point, the District has several options to not only improve their current facilities, but meet the needs of the growing District. view article arw

84(R) HB 945 - Introduced version - Bill Text

January 2708:20 AM
 

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT  relating to the repeal of provisions requiring school districts to reduce their wealth per student to the equalized wealth level. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1.  Section 12.013(b), Education Code, is amended to  read as follows: view article arw

Brownsville ISD focuses on “character education” to stop bullying

January 2708:20 AM
 

Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) is aiming to put an end to bullying on 50 plus school campuses across the city. A new survey will soon show if all the district's efforts throughout the years have paid off. Brownsville ISD administrator Merrill Hammons said bullying is a big problem.  "It's a big focus not just in the United States, but everywhere,” said Merrill Hammons, Brownsville ISD Administrator.            view article arw

Manor district rethinks contract for busing services

January 2708:20 AM
 

The Manor school district was poised to cancel its $2 million-a-year contract with a private company that provides busing services. Contracting out was supposed to save money for the district, but auditors recently found that the contract provided no incentive for Georgetown-based GoldStar Transit to cut costs. Manor transports about 62 percent of its students — twice the state average. The district’s large ridership means that it spends about almost twice as much on transportation per student — $449 — than the state average, the audit found. view article arw