The final vote on the $210 billion dollar budget was taken at 5:39 AM this morning while I was napping: 141 yea’s; 5 no’s. Peggy Fikac’s Houston Chronicle article reported that the "no" votes came from tea-party backed Republican Representatives, Matt Rinaldi of Irving, Matt Schaefer of Tyler, David Simpson of Longview, Tony Tinderholt of Arlington and Molly White of Belton. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Chad Kelly, Superintendent, Taft ISD, has been named New Super of Jacksonville ISD.

Carl Montoya, Superintendent, Brownsville ISD, has been named New Super of Judson ISD.

 

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Lone Finalist Lexington ISD - Dr. Brad Schnautz, Principal West High School,Magnolia ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
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New Super Calhoun County ISD - James Crowley, Superintendent,Linden-Kildare ISD; Search by  Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
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New Super Natalia ISD - Michael Steck, Superintendent,Marlin ISD; Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. Info INFO
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Budget Passes

April 0106:28 AM
 

The final vote on the $210 billion dollar budget was 141 - 5 at 5:39 AM.  I took a nap.- js  

Texas House Avoids Voucher Vote in Budget Debate

April 0105:23 AM
 

The Texas House was poised to take a vote Tuesday on banning private school vouchers as it took up the state budget. But about nine hours into the budget debate, the lawmaker carrying the measure withdrew it from consideration. State Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Corpus Christi, said in an interview on the House floor that his amendment had become a “moot point” as a result of earlier votes the chamber had taken to increase funding to public schools. “The House has already shown it has overwhelming support for public education,” he said in an interview on the House floor. view article arw

Preventive Law: Pay Me Now; Pay Me Later:  Just PAY ME! Compensation Pointers

March 1108:31 AM
 

While many of you are just beginning to think about recommendations for renewals, probationary contract terminations, and proposed nonrenewals, it is not too early to begin planning for compensation in the 2015-16 school year.  This article will outline some of the issues to keep in mind as your district goes through that process and some pointers to assist you with the smooth adoption and implementation of your district’s compensation program. view article arw

Bond or TRE coming up?  We’d love to know!

February 1308:45 AM
 

TexasISD.com tracks bond and TRE elections to gather data to be analysed and used in various research projects.  If your district is holding an election, please let us know view article arw

Free Webinar Opportunity: “How to NOT Get Fired Over Facebook (Or Create a Liability for Your District)”

January 2308:40 AM
 

  • 65% of online adults have a Facebook page.  And every year, teachers and administrators are getting fired because of photos or comments they put on their personal page. They are also losing their identities because of the personal information that is on their page (even simple things like your birthday and hometown).  Your staff need to know the potential pitfalls of using social media and how to navigate safely.  Senate Bill 407 requires schools to educate staff and students on the tough topics of Sexting and Cyberbullying.  - 29% of students claim to have been or currently are involved in Sexting.  - Almost 50% of students have experienced Cyberbullying webmaster@texasisd.com 
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2 Fort Bend ISD schools named after volunteers, firefighter killed in line of duty

April 0108:41 AM
 

Two new elementary schools in Fort Bend Independent School District are named after Carolyn and Vernon Madden, longtime Fort Bend ISD educators, and Anne McCormick Sullivan, a Fort Bend ISD graduate who gave her life in the line of duty. The Fort Bend ISD trustees unanimously agreed to the school names. view article arw

Texas House tentatively passes $209.8 billion, two-year budget

April 0108:40 AM
 

AUSTIN — House members tentatively passed early Wednesday a $209.8 billion, two-year state budget that infuriates many Democrats by not spending enough money and irks tea-party Republicans by spending too much. The vote was 141-5. view article arw

The Brief: After 17-Plus Hours, the House Has a Budget

April 0108:40 AM
 

The House gave preliminary approval to the budget after 17-plus hours of debate, wrapping up floor action at 5:40 a.m. The vote was 141-5.  With the House leadership holding its voting bloc together on most key votes, many of the expected conflicts on hot button issues like education evaporated before they were aired out on the floor. view article arw

No School Voucher Fight in House… Yet

April 0108:39 AM
 

A potentially contentious vote on a measure that would have banned spending public money on school vouchers was avoided after its author withdrew the amendment. Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Corpus Christi) said he pulled the amendment because it wasn’t necessary. view article arw

Brookesmith ISD will be allowed to stay open after state decision

April 0108:39 AM
 

In Brooksmith ISD, 195 students and 35 staff members are now resting easy after months of fighting for their district's future. In January, Brookesmith ISD got orders to shut down the district by July 1 of this year. The orders came from the Texas Education Agency after the district had been on probation for four years due to financial and educational problems. view article arw

Senate votes to annually rate all Texas schools with letter grades

April 0108:39 AM
 

School campuses across Texas would be rated annually with letter grades of A through F under legislation tentatively approved Monday by the Senate. All Democrats voted no on the measure.  The bill by Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor was also opposed by school districts, which argued that letter grades of F would stigmatize campuses and make it more difficult to keep good teachers and improve conditions. view article arw

Private schools’ missions differ from that of public schools

April 0108:36 AM
 

I’ve read with interest the many articles recently published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram about the state of education in Midland, and I’ve decided to add my perspective. Having spent 35 years in Texas education — 23 years with MISD and 13 years at Trinity School — my perspective is somewhat unique, and I think I’ve earned the right to enter the conversation.  view article arw

TEA Investigating Donna ISD

April 0108:36 AM
 

DONNA -  The Texas Education Agency is investigating the Donna Independent School District after several district employees were accused of having sexual relations with students. view article arw

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Texas Virtual Academy Announces 2015 - 2016 Open Enrollment Period

April 0108:35 AM
 

LEWISVILLE, Texas, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Virtual Academy, a ResponsiveEd® public online charter school serving students in grades 3-12 announced today it has opened enrollment for families looking to attend in the 2015 – 2016 school year. The school is a full-time, tuition-free option available to students across the state of Texas. Students who enroll in TXVA receive an individualized education experience designed to let them discover the learning style that works best for them.  Lessons are delivered online using the award-winning K¹² curriculum, and instructional materials are shipped directly to the student's home. view article arw

Yes, tackle education this session

April 0108:35 AM
 

Lack of money isn’t the only thing ailing Texas public education — but it is a very big thing. This is why a House proposal for a $3 billion fix to an inequitable and inadequate method of state school financing is so welcome. And welcome also is the sentiment driving the proposal. view article arw

TEA Investigating Donna ISD; The district has had several district employees accused of improper relationships

April 0108:35 AM
 

The Texas Education Agency is investigating the Donna Independent School District after several district employees were accused of having sexual relations with students. A fourth person was fired last week for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with students. That person worked at Runn Elementary. view article arw

Wichita Falls:  WFISD Has Reason For Pushing Bond Proposal

April 0108:33 AM
 

New graduation requirements are putting pressure on the Wichita Falls I.S.D. “House Bill 5 has given us that flexibility, but at the same time, with that flexibility comes new requirements,”  Michael Kurht the Associate Superintendent for WFISD said.  This is one of the main reasons why they are pushing for the new Career and Technical Education Center to pass. view article arw

EDITORIAL: Abbott, Patrick and state of Texas seek to strip local control while public snoozes

April 0108:32 AM
 

In her 2000 book “The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americans Crazy and What to do About It,” conservative columnist Amity Shlaes wrote that the one tax that leaves many of us the least crazy is the local tax. Reason: Those who pay it can at least see its benefits in street work, law enforcement, schools, clean water and fire protection. Better yet, if we don’t like how our tax dollars are spent or how much we’re paying, we can easily track down and corner our city council representative, school trustee or county commissioner and demand an explanation. They live among us — near enough we can make our satisfaction or displeasure known. Good luck trying to get such satisfaction from your state senator or U.S. congressman. view article arw

Improvements to Ariz. Tuition Tax Credit Scholarships await Governor’s signature

April 0108:32 AM
 

PHOENIX (March 31, 2015) — The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, applauds the Arizona Legislature for passing educational choice bills which increase transparency among School Tuition Organizations (STOs) and expand the Corporate Tuition Tax Credit program to include donations from small corporations.

Bullard:  BISD Superintendent talks bond package at public hearing meeting

April 0108:32 AM
 

Concerned Bullard Independent School District employees and Bullard citizens gathered inside the Bullard Intermediate School Library Thursday, March 26, to hear Superintendent Todd Schneider give a presentation about the 2015 Bullard ISD Bond Package Proposal to be voted on Saturday, May 9. view article arw

Superintendent William Cala: “We Can No Longer Remain Silent”

April 0108:30 AM
 

Watch Superintendent William Cala, as he eviscerates the so-called reform movement, including charter schools, the private money that shapes the politics of education, the reformers’ indifference to poverty, their refusal to acknowledge the root causes of low test scores, and the mandate that we all have to raise our voices and take action to stop the takeover of our schools. Education “reform,” he says, is not about educating children, it is about money and power. view article arw

Louisiana: Applications for Lafayette Parish schools superintendent grow to 12

April 0108:29 AM
 

The applicants for Lafayette Parish School System superintendent has grown to 12.  Ayinde Rudolph of Buffalo, New York, was added to the list of applicants today. Rudolph most recently was the  principal of Westminster Community Charter School in Buffalo and associate director for school transformation for the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood. His tenure there ended in January. view article arw

Highland Park ISD starts national search for next superintendent

April 0108:29 AM
 

Highland Park ISD trustees are launching a national search to fill the district’s top job. They plan to name a finalist for the superintendent’s position by June. The next district leader will be the eighth superintendent in Highland Park ISD’s 100-year history. The trustees hired Thompson and Horton, a Houston-based law firm that specializes in superintendent searches. Trustees will work with consultants David Thompson and former Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Moses. The firm has assisted with searches in districts including Plano, Richardson and McKinney. They helped Highland Park ISD with its last superintendent search. view article arw

Howe Assistant Superintendent moving to Maypearl ISD

April 0108:29 AM
 

After 10 years of serving the Howe Independent School District, Assistant Superintendent Ritchie Bowling has accepted the nomination as superintendent for the Maypearl Independent School District. “We’re very excited about what the future holds for us,” Bowling said. “It’s very bittersweet leaving Howe, but we’ve got a lot friends here who will remain our friends and we look forward to coming back to visit them.” view article arw

Seguin ISD board to consider retirement plan for Garza

April 0108:29 AM
 

Seguin ISD Superintendent Irene Garza could be set to retire in the wake of Tuesday night’s school board meeting set to evaluate her job performance and contract. School trustees met behind closed doors for 2-1/2 hours before emerging just after 9 p.m. from their second executive session on Garza’s evaluation. The board took no action, and President Ishmael Flores said that a special-called meeting will be set for next Monday “to consider the superintendent’s retirement agreement as related to employment contract.” view article arw

Brazosport: Massey tabbed to lead BISD

April 0108:29 AM
 

A standing ovation followed Brazosport ISD trustees’ motion to remove the interim tag from Danny Massey’s title and appoint him as the district’s next superintendent. Trustees spent less than 10 minutes in a closed session during a special meeting Tuesday night before returning with a unanimous decision to name Massey as the lone finalist for the position. view article arw

Highland Park ISD starts national search for next superintendent

April 0108:29 AM
 

Highland Park ISD trustees are launching a national search to fill the district’s top job. They plan to name a finalist for the superintendent’s position by June.  The next district leader will be the eighth superintendent in Highland Park ISD’s 100-year history. The trustees hired Thompson and Horton, a Houston-based law firm that specializes in superintendent searches. Trustees will work with consultants David Thompson and former Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Moses. The firm has assisted with searches in districts including Plano, Richardson and McKinney. They helped Highland Park ISD with its last superintendent search. view article arw

Abilene ISD to use search firm to find new superintendent

April 0108:29 AM
 

The Abilene ISD Board of Trustees decided Monday to use a search firm to find their new superintendent; instead of conducting a search internally. view article arw

San Antonio:  SAISD trustees interview candidates this week for the superintendent position

April 0108:29 AM
 

San Antonio Independent School District trustees have blocked out three days this week to interview candidates for the superintendent position, keeping up with a proposed schedule to announce a new leader for the city’s third largest school district by May.  School board president Ed Garza declined to say Monday how many candidates the board would meet, describing the lineup as “three days’ worth.” view article arw

How students with top test scores actually hurt a teacher’s evaluation

April 0108:28 AM
 

Imagine that you are a doctor and your evaluation is based on patients you didn’t have. Or a car dealer, and you are assessed by how many cars your colleagues — not you — sell. It sounds preposterous, right? Well, that’s just what is happening to public school teachers. view article arw

Austin ISD to examine equity with self-assessment - Community Impact Newspaper

April 0108:28 AM
 

Equity, diversity and inclusion in Austin ISD will come under the microscope as the district moves forward with a self-assessment, following the AISD board of trustees’ 8-1 approval of a committee recommendation March 30. Trustee Paul Saldaña noted that 60 percent of students qualify for free and reduced lunch and said the number of AISD Title I schools has risen from 50 to 77 schools in 15 years. view article arw

Fourth employee fired from South Texas school district for improper conduct with student

April 0108:28 AM
 

An assistant coach at a South Texas elementary school is the fourth employee to be fired from that district for allegedly having improper conduct with a student.  Donna Independent School District officials fired Jaime Carrizales, an assistant coach at Runn Elementary School, after vetting allegations that he had close contact with an underage student in violation of the district's code of conduct. view article arw

Bastrop ISD to see $12 million in debt savings

April 0108:28 AM
 

Low interest rates and a positive financial climate will help the Bastrop Independent School District save more than $12 million over the next 27 years, as it issues refunding bonds to help lower its debt. The school district sold its Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2015, on March 24 to refund bonds issued in 2007, which helped finance the construction of Cedar Creek High School, Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center and Bastrop Memorial Stadium. view article arw