Yesterday's SBOE meeting reiterated the political and philosophical debates (Climate Change, U.S. exceptionalism, etc) from past meetings. Previous compromises on history books appear to have pleased no one. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Carol Perez, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Kingsville ISD, has been named New Super of Kingsville ISD.

Brenda Krchnak, Asst. Superintendent of Administrative Services, Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD, has been named New Super of Snook ISD.

Michael Waldrip, Deputy Superintendent, Frisco ISD, has been named New Super of Coppell ISD.

JR Proctor, HS Principal, Scurry Rosser ISD, has been named New Super of Axtell ISD.

John McCullough, Superintendent, Sulphur Bluff ISD, has been named New Super of North Lamar ISD.


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Vacant Pilot Point ISD ; Search by Arrow Educational Services Short TimelineINFO
Vacant Chillicothe ISD; Search by Chillicothe ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Medina ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Vacant Freer ISD ; Search by Freer ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Rising Star ISD; Search By Ronnie Kincaid, ESC XIV Info (Search Suspended)INFO
Vacant Spring Hill ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Vacant Alvin ISD; School Executive ConsultingINFO
Vacant Red Lick ISD; Red Lick ISD Board of Trustees  Info BrochureINFO
Vacant Huntsville ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Bullard ISD; Search By TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Breckenridge ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant San Benito CISD ; Waterford School Services, Inc. InfoINFO
Vacant Region 9 ESC Executive Director; ESC 9 Service CenterINFO
Vacant Balmorhea ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
Vacant Harris County Department of Education; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Lake Worth ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Austin ISD; Ray & Associates, Inc. INFO
Vacant Calhoun County ISD; Search by  Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Giddings ISD ; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Fayetteville ISD; Fayetteville ISD School Board InfoINFO
Vacant Lago Vista ISD; TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Little Elm ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Vacant Ballinger ISD; Search by Ballinger ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Everman ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Dumas ISD; Search By Dumas ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Texoma ISD; Search by Interim Superintendent, Mike Jackson and the Texoma ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Castleberry ISD; Search by Castleberry ISD Board of Education Info BrochureINFO
Vacant Judson ISD; Search by McShan Consulting Firm InfoINFO
Vacant McKinney ISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. INFO
Lone Finalist Anna ISD  - Pete Slaughter, Superintendent ,Whitesboro ISD; Search By: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Winters ISD  - Bruce Davis ​, Former Superintendent ,Thrall ISD; Casey, Cox & Robertson Educational ConsultantsINFO
Lone Finalist Tom Bean ISD - Troy Roberts, Principal ,Grand Prairie ISD; Search by Search by: Tom Bean ISD Board of Trustees & Interim Supt. Dr. Larry BlairINFO
Lone Finalist Nazareth ISD - Glen Waldo, Superintendent,Sunray ISD; Search by Nazareth ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist London ISD - David Freeman, Asst. Super/Chief Academic Officer,Wichita Falls ISD; Search By Texas School SolutionsINFO
Lone Finalist Longview ISD - Horace Williams, Asst. Superintendent,Longview ISD; Longview ISD Board of Trustees & Dr. James WilcoxINFO
Lone Finalist Burkeville ISD - John Kent, Former Superintendent,Chester ISD; Search by Region V ESC - Danny Lovett & Marianne KondoINFO
Lone Finalist Early ISD - Wes Beck, Superintendent,Shamrock ISD; Search by Early ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Hemphill ISD - Reese Briggs , Superintendent,Kounze ISD; Search By Region V ESC - Danny Lovett & Marianne Kondo Info INFO
Lone Finalist Frankston ISD - , Asst. Superintendent,Longview ISD; Search By Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Region 8 ESC Executive Director - David Fitts, Superintendent,Lake Worth ISD; Search By Education Solutions & Services, Inc.INFO
Lone Finalist Cleburne ISD - Kyle Heath, Asst. Superintendent,Mansfield ISD ; Search by Bob E. Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Lone Finalist Lubbock-Cooper ISD - Keith Bryant, Superintendent,Bullard ISD; Search By The Lubbock-Cooper ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Garner ISD - Rebecca Hallmark, Asst. Superintendent,Eastland ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
Lone Finalist Whitesboro ISD - Ryan Harper; Whitesboro ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Meyersville ISD - Kelly Dunn, Principal ,Lampasas ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Corpus Christi ISD  - Dr. Roland Hernandez, Chief Administrative Officer,Corpus Christi ISD; Search by George McShan, Nolan Estes and Reuben Olivares of BWP & AssociatesINFO
Lone Finalist Grape Creek ISD - Barbie McMath, Asst. Superintendent,Whitesboro ISD; Search By Grape Creek ISD School Board 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 Colmesneil ISD - Angela Matterson, Director Special Services ,Polk Co.; Dr. Danny Lovett & Marianne Kondo ISD Region V ESC InfoINFO
New Super East Central ISD - Rolando Toscano , Principal ,ECISD; East Central ISD Board and Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Trevino. P.C.INFO
New Super Goldburg ISD - Roger Ellis; Roger Ellis, Search by Region 9 ESC, Darren FrancisINFO
New Super Gorman ISD - Gary Speegle HS Principal Goldthwaite ISD, HS Principal,Goldthwaite ISD; Region XIV ESC Exec. Dir. Ronnie KincaidINFO
New Super Huntington ISD - David Flowers Zavalla ISD Superintendent, Superintendent,Zavalla ISD; Huntington ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Irving ISD - Jose Parra Supt. Lockhart ISD, Supt.,Lockhart ISD; Bob E. Griggs and AssociatesINFO
New Super Kennard ISD - Richard Cooper HS Principal Lovelady ISD, HS Principal ,Lovelady ISD; Region 6 ESC, Thomas Poe, Dr. Brent Hawkins, & Craig Davis InfoINFO
New Super Lefors ISD - Joe Waldron High School Principal, Childress ISD, High School Principal,Childress ISD; Search by Nazareth ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Newton ISD - Michelle Barrow, Asst. Superintendent,Newton ISD; Newton ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Paint Creek ISD - Rick Moeller, HS Principal,Knox City ISD; Region XIV ESC Exec. Dir. Ronnie KincaidINFO
New Super Sinton ISD - Pari Whitten Supt. Harper ISD, Supt,,Harper ISD; Texas School Solutions, Carol Ann MoffettINFO
New Super Tornillo ISD - Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez El Paso ISD Administrator; TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super Vega ISD - Dr. Paul Uttley, HS Principal,Stratford ISD; Vega ISD Board of Trustees & Mike JacksonINFO
New Super Waxahachie ISD - Dr. Jeremy Glenn, Superintendent,Central Heights ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Comfort ISD - Leslie Vann, Lamesa ISD CFO,Lamesa ISD; TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super La Vernia ISD - Dr. Jose Moreno , Asst. Superintendent,San Antonio ISD; TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Normangee ISD - Luke Allison, High School Principal,Groesbeck ISD; Region VI ESC, Dr. Brent HawkinsINFO
New Super Celeste ISD - Brad Connelly, High School Principal,Leonard ISD; Celeste ISD Board of Trustees & Collin ClarkINFO
New Super Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD - Stetson Roane, Asst. Superintendent,Aransas Pass ISD; Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Hermleigh ISD - Ronnie Roemisch, High School Principal,Hermleigh ISD; Search By Hermleigh ISD Board of Trustees & Supt. Gary RotanINFO
New Super Zavalla ISD - Michael Woodard, JH Principal ,Livingston ISD; Search by Zavalla ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Banquete ISD - Max Thompson, Superintendent,Rising Star ISD;  TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Lockhart ISD - Rolando "Rudy" Trevino, School Support Officer,Houston ISD; TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Region 6 ESC Executive Director - Michael Holland, Superintendent,Forney ISD; Search by Region VI ESC - Jerry Hall INFO
New Super Cedar Hill ISD - Orlando Riddick , Asst. Super for Career & College Readiness,Houston ISD; Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. INFO
New Super Pearsall ISD - Dr. Nobert Rodriguez, Superintendent,Carrizo Springs ISD; Search By Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Trevino, P.C.INFO
New Super Georgetown ISD - Dr. Fred Brent, Superintendent ,Alvin ISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. INFO
New Super Spring ISD - Rodney Wilson, Chief District HR Officer,Houston ISD; School Executive Consulting INFO
New Super Bartlett ISD - Brett Springston; Search by Education Solutions & Services, Inc. INFO
New Super Eden CISD - Ken Coker, Secondary Principal,Veribest ISD; Eden ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Goodrich ISD - Dr. Gary Bates, Junior High Principal,Royal ISD; Region VI ESC - Dr. Brent HawkinsINFO
New Super Grandview-Hopkins ISD - John Wilson, Director of Alt. Certification,ESC 16 ; Mayfield GroupINFO
New Super Hidalgo ISD - Edward Blaha , Superintendent,Kingsville ISD; Hidalgo ISD Board of Trustees & Martin Peña InfoINFO
New Super Highland Park ISD - Buddy Freeman, Superintendent,Quanah ISD ; Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees & Mike BrownINFO
New Super Olney ISD - Dr. Greg Roach, High School Principal,Seymour ISD; Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis InfoINFO
New Super Rockdale ISD  - Denise Monzingo Executive Director of Accountability andSpecial Programs in Pflugerville ISD, Executive Director of Accountability and Special Programs,Pflugerville ISD; Bob E. Griggs & Assc.INFO
New Super Stafford MSD - Dr. Robert Bostic, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Programs,Denton ISD; Search By Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Winnsboro ISD  - Susan Morton, High School Principal, ,Winnsboro ISD; Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Skidmore-Tynan ISD - Dr. Randy Hoyer, Superintendent,Kenedy County CSD; Search by Skidmore-Tynan ISD Board of Trustees & Dr. Ruben Corkill INFO
New Super Tolar ISD - Travis Stillwell, HS Principal ,Stephenville ISD; Search by Tolar ISD School Board INFO
New Super New Boston ISD - Dr. Rose Mary Neshyba, Superintendent ,Red Lick ISD; Search By New Boston ISD & Dr. Gary VanDeaverINFO
New Super Tahoka ISD - Dr. George McFarland , Madison Middle School Principal,Abilene ISD; Tahoka ISD School Board and Gary Harrell - Application InfoINFO
New Super Livingston ISD - Dr. Brent Hawkins, Deputy Director of Administrative Services,ESC 6; Search by Region VI ESC InfoINFO
New Super Jim Hogg County ISD - Miguel Perez, Associate Superintendent Archdioscese,Galveston-Houston; Search by TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Roma ISD - Carlos Guzman, Interim Supt.,Roma ISD; Search by McShan Consulting - George McShanINFO
New Super Pettus ISD - Theresa Keel, Superintendent,Cordova School District, Cordova, Alaska; Search by TASB  Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Fairfield ISD - Rick Edwards, Associate Superintendent of Technology,Kennedale ISD; Search by Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees & Interim Supt. Sheila DoveINFO
New Super Wortham ISD - David Allen, Principal & Director of Instructional Technology,Big Sandy ISD; Search by Wortham ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Stephenville ISD - Matt Underwood, Superintendent,Lago Vista ISD; Search by TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
New Super North Lamar ISD - John McCullough, Superintendent,Sulphur Bluff ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search TeamINFO
New Super Axtell ISD - JR Proctor, HS Principal ,Scurry Rosser ISD; Education Solutions and Services, Inc. Michael T. Smith & Don RogersINFO
New Super Coppell ISD - Michael Waldrip, Deputy Superintendent,Frisco ISD; Search By TASB Excecutive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Snook ISD - Brenda Krchnak, Asst. Superintendent of Administrative Services,Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD; Search By Region VI ESC -  InfoINFO
New Super Region 10 ESC Executive Director - Dr. Gordon Taylor, Associate Director,ESC 10 ; Region 10 ESC INFO
New Super Kingsville ISD - Carol Perez, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction,Kingsville ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Douglass ISD - Walter Peddy, Deputy Superintendent of Curricular Instruction,Tenaha ISD; Search By Arrow Educational Services Short Timeline!INFO
New Super Tyler ISD - Dr. Marty Crawford, Superintendent,West ISD; Search by the Tyler ISD Board of TrusteesINFO

SBOE Meeting September 16, 17,18,19

September 1708:41 AM

The State Board of Education will meet in Austin Sept. 16-19. The full agenda is available online. Watch a live streaming video of all the meetings.

SBOE:  Political differences dominate Texas textbook debate

September 1708:39 AM

Reviving a four-year controversy over what Texas children should be taught about Islam, capitalism and the role Judeo-Christianity played in the country’s founding, about 50 people testified Tuesday to the State Board of Education about proposed social studies textbooks. view article arw

SBOE:  Next in “What’s wrong with our textbooks”: Climate change

September 1708:39 AM

An examination of how proposed social studies textbooks for Texas public schools address climate change reveals distortions and bias that misrepresent the broad scientific consensus on the phenomenon. Climate education specialists at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) examined the proposed textbooks, which publishers submitted for consideration by the State Board of Education (SBOE) in April. NCSE identified a number of errors as well as an exercise that absurdly equates a political advocacy group with a leading international science organization. view article arw

SBOE:  Texas May Limit AP History Course’s Influence

September 1708:39 AM

AUSTIN (AP) - Texas may limit the sway of a new national Advanced Placement U.S. History course and exam amid arguments that they’re rife with anti-American biases.The State Board of Education votes Wednesday on requiring all Texas AP history classes to adhere to state-mandated curriculum standards, rather thanteaching  to the national test. view article arw

SBOE:  Texas’ New Social Studies Textbooks Under Fire

September 1708:39 AM

Several academics on Tuesday pointed to flaws — including inaccurate descriptions of world religions and out-of-date racial terminology — in proposed social studies textbooks up for adoption by the Texas State Board of Education.  "I believe students will believe Moses was the first American,” after reading the new texts, Kathleen Wellman, a former chairwoman of Southern Methodist University’s history department, told the board on Tuesday. view article arw

SBOE:  Right, left blast new Texas textbooks

September 1708:38 AM

 Too much negative about former President George W. Bush, too much positive about Hillary Rodham Clinton and way too much coverage of Moses. Those were among a long list of complaints — from both sides of the political spectrum — during an all-day hearing Tuesday in front of the State Board of Education on new history and social studies books for Texas public schools. view article arw

Splendora ISD board appreciative of voter turnout during tax election

September 1708:37 AM

Board member Rex Fry and SISD Board President Dan Muirhead thanked the audience and the community for helping the district receive the votes necessary in the recent Tax Ratification Election.  The passing of the election allows the district to rearrange certain budget proponents to help in other areas of necessity within the district.  “We just want to thank the community for coming out,” said Fry, adding that the vote, which passed with high turnout, will be helpful to both the district and the available budget.  Muirhead added that the passing of the election “is going to be huge for our district and really will help us address some of our needs that we are aware of as a district.” view article arw

Dallas ISD graduations legal, justified, Superintendent Mike Miles says

September 1708:36 AM

Dallas Independent School DistrictSuperintendent Mike Miles defended the district's graduation rate and said it shouldn't be broken up. Dallas ISD is not breaking the law by letting students with excessive absences graduate without making up classwork, Superintendent Mike Miles said Tuesday. view article arw

Midlothian ISD board stands by decision to keep Christian plaques on schools

September 1708:35 AM

Midlothian ISD school board members stood by the decision to keep Christian plaques posted outside Longbranch and Mount Peak elementary schools uncovered. view article arw

FLOWERS: School finance system unconstitutional

September 1708:34 AM

Almost two years after the filing of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas school finance system, District Court Judge John Dietz issued his decision on Agu. 28. He found the school finance system to be unconstitutional on the grounds that it is inadequate, inefficient and inequitable. With this ruling, he wasn’t telling local school superintendents (especially in Angelina County) something they didn’t already know. view article arw

How Common Core’s recommended books fail children of color

September 1708:34 AM

Critics of the Common Core  have questioned a number of different aspects of the standards, including how they were written, whether they are developmentally appropriate and whether too much emphasis has been placed on non-fiction at the cost of literature. Here is a look at an issue that has gotten little attention: How the recommended books in the appendix of the standards try to meet the needs of students of color.  view article arw

Midland ISD Looks to Create Pipeline for Future Oil Industry Workers, by Alana Rocha

September 1708:34 AM

As this Permian Basin city continues to thrive amid an oil boom transforming the region, local drilling companies have faced challenges in recruiting workers to come to West Texas. But the local school district plans to implement a program that could provide a homegrown solution to those labor concerns. view article arw

Pasadena:  Bond would lead to expansion of laptop initiative

September 1708:33 AM

A proposal in the November 4, 2014 bond election is calling for $12 million in technology funds that will connect students to 21st century learning and enhance computer software throughout Pasadena ISD. The technology plan is part of a $175.5 million zero-tax-rate increase package that will be decided by voters. Upon approval, Pasadena ISD will equip all students in grades 5 through 12 with district issued mobile computer devices through the One-to-One laptop initiative. The proposal also includes plans to replace or upgrade computer hardware and software every five years to keep systems up to date and efficient. view article arw

Equity Center:  The Top 10 (+5 More) Reasons Why The Texas School Finance System is Inequitable & Unconstitutional

September 1708:33 AM

With the findings of the recent district court decision finally in place, the Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition, et. al. litigation has shifted into the appellate stage.  As you visit with your board, faculty, community members, and legislators, you will have a chance to share what this decision says and means.   We thought it would be helpful to share with you what we feel are key points, taken verbatim from the declaratory relief sections of Judge Dietz's August 28th decision, as it impacts the equity (efficiency) of our system.   uityWe will send additional detailed discussions of Judge Dietz's findings, and how we think they can impact the legislative process, in the near future.

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Dallas ISD likely breaking attendance law, former lawmaker says

September 1708:33 AM

Repost from yesterday!  A former Texas lawmaker said Monday that Dallas ISD is breaking the law if it lets students with excessive absences graduate without making up classwork. A 2007 law by Scott Hochberg allows principals to create plans for passing students to complete missed coursework to get class credit. But a Dallas ISD audit found few schools documented whether students did the work. view article arw

Florida suspends a controversial exam as debate widens over school testing

September 1708:32 AM

After weeks of protests, Florida testing critics claimed a victory Monday: The state suspended one of its tests.  Education Commissioner Pam Stewart ended the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, known as the FAIR test, in kindergarten through second grade. In its place, teachers will observe children's reading abilities in a more informal setting than the online exam, which recently experienced glitches. view article arw

Stevenson: Get ready for the great teacher exodus

September 1708:32 AM

If teachers are the most important school factor in student achievement, how do our current policies and national conversation help us to grow and retain better teachers? Tenured Stanford University professor Eric Hanushek wants us to fire “bad teachers,” but we should worry more about keeping the good ones. This year my public middle school lost a wave of talent.  view article arw

Texas Association of Business calls for state investigation of graduation rates

September 1708:31 AM

An influential Texas business group called for an investigation Tuesday into graduation rates in the state’s largest school districts after a Dallas ISD internal audit raised questions about whether some seniors — up to a quarter of the Class of 2013 — should have earned diplomas. view article arw

Groups Look To End Military Surplus Program For School Districts

September 1708:31 AM

For years now, Texas school districts have been getting military style weapons to deal with active school shooters or even terrorist attacks. However, there are groups that think it’s time to end that program. Texas Appleseed has joined with 21 other groups to ask the Defense department to end school district participation in the program. Brennan Griffin of Texas Applesee view article arw

TAB calling for statewide audit of top 100 school districts

September 1708:31 AM

An internal Audit of the Dallas school district has found that 10 of its high schools may have graduated students who failed to meet standards. Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond is outraged. He says,"Based on what has happened in Dallas and how widespread it is within 10 high schools, we have concerns that it might be taking place all across the state. That's why we asked the State auditor to look into the top 100 school districts which would obviously include Austin." Hammond says it's not fair to the students who actually put in the work to graduate. 

Growth may put Texas in bind

September 1708:31 AM

FORT WORTH - FORT WORTH — The oil and gas boom and millions of new consumers have propelled revenue growth in Texas to nearly twice the national average. Yet, a new report from Standard & Poor’s shows income inequality is putting a brake on the pace of expansion.“Even for Texas, the growth rate is almost unsustainable,” Pia Orrenius, a vice president and senior economist at the Dallas Federal Reserve, told The Associated Press. “This incredible growth has brought lots of people to the state, and the demand for services is growing so fast. At some point, the state is going to have to deal with the income inequality issue.” view article arw

Region 7 ESC, Texas ASCD Partner to Host Regional Curriculum Leadership Academy

September 1708:25 AM

KILGORE — Region 7 ESC and the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Texas ASCD) will host a six-day curriculum leadership academy, and East Texas instructional leaders including principals, teachers, curriculum directors, superintendents, and other charter school and district central office personnel who have curriculum leadership responsibilities are invited to attend. view article arw

Leander ISD OKs tax rate, $258.5 million operating budget

September 1708:25 AM

The Leander ISD school board voted Aug. 28 to keep its property tax rate level, swayed in part by rising property values and worries about increased strain on tax-fatigued landowners. However, the stabilized rate has raised concern about the district’s ability to fund future growth. LISD’s property tax rate has remained at $1.51187 per $100 of valuation since fiscal year 2012–13. A total of $1.04 per $100 of valuation for maintenance and operations and $0.47187 per $100 of valuation for debt repayment supports the 2014–15 budget, which went into effect Sept. 1. view article arw

Midland ISD Developing “Petroleum Academy”

September 1708:25 AM

MIDLAND — As this Permian Basin city continues to thrive amid an oil boom transforming the region, local drilling companies have faced challenges in recruiting workers to come to West Texas.  But the local school district plans to implement a program that could provide a homegrown solution to those labor concerns. view article arw

Bat at Texas School Tests Positive for Rabies

September 1708:20 AM

Hays County and state officials say a bat found at a junior high school has tested positive for rabies.   The Austin American-Statesman reports the animal was found at Danforth Junior High School in Wimberley on Friday afternoon. Department of State and Health Services officials tested the bat after it was captured and announced the results Tuesday. view article arw

What it’s like taking the STAAR

September 1708:15 AM

As The Item’s education reporter, I felt the need to take the test that is plaguing students not just in Huntsville ISD, but across the state. Passing rates from the TAKS test, which is what I took in high school, were in the 90 percentile for the most part. Now passing rates across the state on the new STAAR Test are in the 70, 60, and even 50 percentile. Not good.  In talking with my old teachers, and teachers and administrators at HISD, I found the test got harder. Students said it. Districts knew it. view article arw

Cuts, tax increases could solve budget issue

September 1708:15 AM

The Eanes school board revisited the possibility of cutting the budget again, an issue the board has often discussed since the Texas legislature cut the budgets of school districts across the state in 2011. Newly hired Superintendent Tom Leonard and the school district drew up models showing different ways they could reduce the gap between the district’s expenses and revenue, which included raising taxes, cutting positions, and keeping the raises and benefits increases to a minimum every year. view article arw

Sanford-Fritch students vandalize West Texas High’s sports complex

September 1708:15 AM

A group of Sanford-Fritch  students vandalized West Texas High School’s multimillion-dollar sports complex Saturday night in Stinnett, fueling heated comments on social media. Phillips-Stinnett-Plemons Independent School District Superintendent Bill Wiggins would not disclose the number of students involved, but said they made the 27-minute trip from Fritch to visit the new football stadium Saturday night. The students threw eggs and released a fire extinguisher, Wiggins said. view article arw

A look into the future at Lee Elementary School

September 1708:15 AM

Students at Richard J. Lee Elementary School aren’t taught by teachers. Instead, designers lead the classrooms. Long gone are the days of children bringing a binder and notebooks to school. As many as 14 iPads or Airbooks are in classrooms, and younger students are encouraged to express their knowledge by writing on the walls. view article arw

Pipeline adds value to area tax bases

September 1708:15 AM

HENDERSON (KYTX) - Local governments in one East Texas county say they're seeing the financial benefits of the new Transcanada pipeline to their tax bases.  Appraisers in rusk county say the pipeline added nearly $30 million to the total tax base there. That means more revenue for the county and several schools including Henderson and Carlisle.  view article arw

Leander: LISD’s 24th elementary school opens

September 1708:15 AM

Reed Elementary School, Leander ISD’s newest school at 1515 Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park, opened Aug. 25 along with all other 36 campuses in the district. Staffers said 684 Reed students in kindergarten through fifth grade met in the new school auditorium by about 7:45 am. before walking in lines to their classrooms. view article arw

Leander: New attendance zone talks begin in LISD

September 1708:15 AM

As Leander ISD plans to open Christine Camacho Elementary School in fall 2015 and Tom Glenn High School in fall 2016, district staffers are considering how to populate the new campuses. The planning of new attendance zones around Tom Glenn High School is expected to begin in early 2015. But with the elementary school opening in less than one year, district staff presented preliminary options for new elementary school attendance boundaries to the school board in August and September. view article arw

Enrollment doubles in second year of online university

September 1708:15 AM

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is beginning the second year of its online public school, iUniversity Prep, and the program is already showing growth. Kaye Rogers, director of virtual education, said there are about 240 students enrolled to date—double the 2013–14 enrollment—and enrollment is still open. iUniversity Prep offers free accredited elementary, middle and high school programs for any Texas student. view article arw