Philanthropist Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, did not succeed in getting a school voucher program off the ground in her home state of Michigan. But her advocacy helped influence the program in neighboring Indiana, which is expansive, entrenched — and could be a model if Trump and DeVos move forward with trying to push a national voucher program. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Cheryl Floyd, Interim Superintendent, Paint Creek ISD, has been named New Super of Paint Creek ISD.

Nancy Sandlin, Principal, Edna ISD, has been named New Super of Buckholts ISD.

Cliff Gilmore, Superintendent, Aspermont ISD, has been named New Super of Perrin Whitt CISD.


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Vacant Greenville ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Cuero ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Jim Hogg County ISD; Search by J. Cruz & Associates InfoINFO
Vacant Clyde ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants InfoINFO
Vacant Llano ISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
Vacant Fairfield ISD; Search by the Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
Vacant Tatum ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Lindsay ISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
Vacant Broaddus ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Kirbyville ISD; Search by ESC 5 InfoINFO
Vacant Bryan ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Tomball ISD; Search by David Thompson & Dr. Mike MosesINFO
Vacant McGregor ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Windthorst ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Vacant Snyder ISD; Search by Ronnie Kincaid, ESC 14 InfoINFO
Vacant Brady ISD; Search by ESC 15 InfoINFO
Vacant Orange Grove ISD; Search by Doug Arnold Info INFO
Vacant Medina ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Van Alstyne ISD; Search by John Spies and Van Alstyne ISD Board InfoINFO
Vacant Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD; Search by Wayne Haglund, Haglund Law Firm, PC InfoINFO
Vacant Raymondville ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Industrial ISD; Search by Industrial ISD Board InfoINFO
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Vacant Leon ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants InfoINFO
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Vacant Lockney ISD; Search by the Lockney ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Brazos ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Como-Pickton CISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Red Oak ISD; Search by Horn Educational Consulting InfoINFO
Vacant Sweeny ISD; Search by Walsh Anderson Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. and Educational Consultant, Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist Frankston ISD - John Allen , Deputy Director,Kipp Academy; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Pleasant Grove ISD - Dr. Jason Smith, Former Superintendent,Melissa ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
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Lone Finalist Caldwell ISD - Andrew Peters, Superintendent,Marfa ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist West Oso ISD - Conrado Garcia, Interim Superintendent,West Oso ISD; Search by West Oso ISD  Board INFO
Lone Finalist Weslaco ISD - Priscilla Canales, Asst. Superintendent,Del Valle ISD; Search by Ivan F. Pérez, at Jones, Galligan, Key & Lozano L.L.P  InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Allen ISD - Scott Niven, Superintendent,Red Oak ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Vernon ISD - Jeff Byrd, Superintendent,Claude ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Mexia ISD - Dr. Lyle DeBus, Superintendent,Harts Bluff ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Pineywoods Community Academy Charter School  - Ken Vaughn, Excecutive Director of Student Services ,Tyler ISD; Search by School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Tom Bean ISD - Kelly Lusk, Superintendent,Falwell ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Stanton ISD  - Merl Brandon, Asst. Superintendent ,Belton ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Blue Ridge ISD - John Wink, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction,Tatum ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Wall ISD  - Russell Dacy, Wall High School Principal,Wall ISD; Search byv Wall ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Chester ISD - Cory Hines, Principal,Martins Mill ISD; Search by the Chester ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Sheldon ISD - King Davis, Dept. Superintendent,Everman ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLPINFO
New Super Pecos - Barstow - Toyah ISD  - Jim Haley, Superintendent,Cuero ISD; Search by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Paducah ISD - Brian Patterson, Superintendent,Darrouzett ISD; Search by Jerry Baird InfoINFO
New Super Terrell County ISD - Amanda Ann Magallan , Principal Lamar Elementary,Midland ISD ; Search by Kenn Norris, Interim Superintendent Info INFO
New Super Winona ISD - Cody Mize; Search by Consilience LLC - Wes Hickey & Jennifer Jones InfoINFO
New Super Falls City ISD - Todd Pawelek, High School Principal ,Poth ISD; Search by FCISD Board of Trustees and Interim Superintendent Gary PattersonINFO
New Super Cotton Center ISD - Jeff Kirby, Elementary Principal ,Waelder ISD; Search by Cotton Center ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super La Grange ISD - Bill Wagner, Asst. Superintendent,La Grange ISD; Moak, Casey and AssociatesINFO
New Super Three Rivers ISD - Dr. Mary Springs, Superintendent,Santa Gertrudis ISD; Search by School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
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New Super Prairie Valley ISD - Tim West, Principal,Prairie Valley ISD; Search by: Darren Francis, Deputy Executive Director-Region 9 ESCINFO
New Super Poth ISD - Paula Renken , Interim Superintendent,Poth ISD; Poth ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Petersburg ISD - Drew Howard, Principal ,Peaster ISD; Search by ESC 17 and Petersburg ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Cross Roads ISD  - Richard Tedder, Interim Superintendent,Cross Roads ISD; Search by:  TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Anderson-Shiro CISD - Scott Beene, Superintendent,Big Sandy ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super North Hopkins ISD - Darin Jolly; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Wellman-Union CISD - Aaron Waldrip, Principal,Brownfield Middle School ; Search by the Wellman - Union Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super McLean ISD - Oscar Muniz, High School Principal ,Coolidge ISD; Search by McLean ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Pettus ISD - Jaime Velasco, Superintendent,Italy ISD; Search by School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
New Super Mineral Wells ISD  - John Kuhn, Superintendent,Perrin-Whitt CISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
New Super Aubrey ISD - David Belding, Superintendent,Millsap ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
New Super Beeville ISD - Dr. Marc A. Puig; Search by Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. with Educational Consultant Gary Patterson. INFO
New Super Santa Gertrudis ISD - Dr, Corey Seymour, Lead Secondary High School Principal ,Cedar Hill ISD; Walsh Anderson Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.and  Dr. Ann Dixon, Search ConsultantINFO
New Super Moody ISD - Gary Martel, Superintendent,Diboll ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Webb CISD - Heriberto D. Gonzalez; Search by J. Cruz & Associates, LLC Info RequirementsINFO
New Super Manor ISD - Dr. Royce Avery, Area Superintendent,El Paso ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Marshall ISD - Dr. Jerry Gibson, Superintendent,Coldspring ISD; Search by the Marshall ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Katy ISD - Dr. Lance Hindt, Superintendent,Allen ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
New Super Grand Saline ISD - Micah Lewis, Superintendent,Frankston ISD; Search by Grand Saline ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Columbus ISD - Brian Morris, Assistant Superintendent,Hallsville iSD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Big Sandy ISD (ESC 7) - Jay Ratcliff, Superintendent,Martinsville ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Huckabay ISD - Troy Roberts, Superintendent,Tom Bean ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Galveston ISD - Kelli Moulton, Superintendent,Hereford ISD; Search by:  TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Chico ISD - Don Elsom , Superintendent,Latexo ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Natalia ISD - Dr. Freeman Hensley Cone, Executive Director of Secondary Education/Co-Interim Asst. San Marcos CISD; Search by the Natalia ISD Board of Trustees  - no longer accepting applicationsINFO
New Super Coupland ISD - Tammy Brinkman, Director of Curriculum & Instruction,Iola ISD; Search by Leasor Crass, P.C.  InfoINFO
New Super Yorktown ISD - Chad Gee , Assistant Superintendent,Comanche ISD; Search by: School Leadership Solutions, LLC InfoINFO
New Super Runge ISD - Dr. James Bakewell (Bake) Barron, Dr. James Bakewell (Bake) Barron Director of Student Services,Livingston ISD; Search by Walsh Anderson Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C - No longer accepting applicationsINFO
New Super Lazbuddie ISD - Steve Wolf, Principal ,Motley County ISD; Search by Dr. Gary Bigham Info AnnouncementINFO
New Super Donna ISD - Fernando Castillo, Deputy and Acting Superintendent,Donna ISD; Search by Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. INFO
New Super McAllen ISD - J.A. Gonzalez, Interim Superintendent,McAllen ISD; Search by JG ConsultingINFO
New Super Region 15 ESC Executive Director - Casey Callahan, Superintendent,Llano ISD; Search by ESC 15 Board of Directors InfoINFO
New Super Lampasas ISD 
  - Chane Rascoe, Superintendent,Moody ISD; Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston, LLPINFO
New Super Hale Center ISD - Steven Plyburn, Superintendent,Crowell ISD; Search by ESC 17INFO
New Super Rule ISD - Rick Moeller, Superintendent,Paint Creek ISD ; Search by the Rule ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Klein ISD - Dr. Bret Champion, Superintendent,Leander ISD; Search by Thompson and Horton LLPINFO
New Super Brooks County ISD  - Dr. Maria Casas, Former Superintendent,Mathis ISD; Search by Fountainhead Education InfoINFO
New Super Mason ISD - John Schumacher; Search by Education Solution Services INFO
New Super Scurry-Rosser ISD - James Sanders, Assistant Superintendent,Ennis ISD; Search by Scurry-Rosser ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Brownsboro ISD - Tommy Hunter , Superintendent,S&S CISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. InfoINFO
New Super Rockwall ISD - Dr. John (J.J.) E. Villarreal, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services,Carroll ISD; Horn, Smith, Wood & PrestonINFO
New Super Highland Park ISD (Amarillo)  - Jimmy Hannon, Superintendent,Water Valley ISD; Search by Potter County Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Bartlett ISD - Travis W. Edwards, Field Agent,ESC 14; Search by the Bartlett ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Crowell ISD - Pam Norwood, Director of Special Programs,Chapel Hill ISD, Mount Pleasant, TX ; Search by ESC 9 & Darren Francis - No longer taking applicationsINFO
New Super Leander ISD - Dr. Dan Troxell, Superintendent,Kerrville ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLP INFO
New Super Buckholts ISD - Nancy Sandlin , Principal,Edna ISD; Search by Education Solutions and Services InfoINFO
New Super Paint Creek ISD  - Cheryl Floyd, Interim Superintendent,Paint Creek ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Perrin Whitt CISD - Cliff Gilmore, Superintendent,Aspermont ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
New Super Westwood ISD - Wade Stanford; Search by John Hardy of Hardy, Cook & Hardy InfoINFO
New Super Rogers ISD - Joe Craig, Asst. Superintendent,Academy ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Water Valley ISD
  - Fabian Gomez, Superintendent,Dell City ISD; Search by the Water Valley ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Navasota ISD - Stu Musick, Superintendent,Hubbard ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Booker ISD - Dr. Brian Holt, Secondary Principal ,Booker ISD; Walter W. Cox and Booker ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Kerrville ISD - Dr. Mark Foust,Fort Bend ISD; Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
New Super Roosevelt ISD - Dallas Grimes; Search by Roosevelt ISD Board & Jimmy Parker InfoINFO
New Super Rochelle ISD - Dave Lewis, Middle School Principal,San Saba ISD; Search by ESC Region 15  InfoINFO
New Super Premont ISD - Steve Van Matre, Superintendent,Freer ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Jasper ISD - Dr. Gerald Hudson, Area Director ,Garland ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Zapata County ISD - Carlos M. Gonzalez, Career and Technical Education Director/Assistant Athletic Director,Roma ISD; Search by J. Cruz & Associates InfoINFO
New Super Splendora ISD - Jeff Burke, Asst. Superintendent of Academics,Georgetown ISD; Search by Splendora ISD Board of Trustees Info INFO
New Super Taylor ISD - Keith Brown, Superintendent,Bay City ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO

On Schools, Straus Plays with House Money

January 2008:59 AM

TexasISD article of the day - js - The only bill that must pass the Legislature is the two-year state budget, and more often than not it turns into a test of will between the House and Senate leadership—and if the preliminary budget proposals laid out by the chambers on Tuesday are any indication, the game is once again afoot. But this time House Speaker Joe Straus put pressure on the tax-cutting reputation of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick by including $1.5 billion in the House plan for potential property tax relief. view article  arw

Preventive Law: Cellular Addiction: Pitfalls of the “Personal Work Phone”

January 2008:46 AM

If you were to ask Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, or Mark Zuckerberg’s Jarvis (aka Morgan Freeman) what legal issues often arise with the use of personal work phones, they would hopefully answer, “Public information requests, records retention, and security concerns.” If by chance 2017 technology has yet to discover the rugged frontier of education law, read on for a short synopsis of the common pitfalls of personal work phones.

Vouchers will seriously damage Texas public schools

January 2007:04 AM

School choice is a good thing, right? School vouchers are good for students, right? Who wouldn’t want free money from the state to help pay for private school, even for those who can easily afford it? But consider this: Don’t you find it strange that the rollout of a flawed A-F accountability system conveniently coincides with the start of the 2017 legislative session — and with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s push for vouchers? Private schools have to be better than public schools, don’t they? To find the answers to these questions, let’s take a closer look at school vouchers and see what they do. (By the way, other labels for vouchers include school choice, tax credit scholarships and education savings accounts, so don’t get confused when you hear these other terms.) view article  arw

Senate Ed Committee - Quick Share Page

January 2005:57 AM

John Wink , superintendent of Blue Ridge ISD created this webpage for people to quickly find contact info on the Senate Ed Committee in order to make several calls to them or to send letters.  Please share with your folks and encourage them to pick up the phone and call.

Burke signs on as new Splendora ISD superintendent

January 1908:29 AM

The Splendora Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to name Jeffrey Burke as the superintendent of Splendora ISD, approving a three-year contract during the regular school board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17. To read about Jeff Burke's experience and vision for Splendora ISD view article  arw

Patrick announces Senate committee appointments

January 1906:03 AM

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday announced his appointments of lawmakers to lead 14 Texas Senate committees that will field various legislation during the 85th legislative session. Notably, Patrick shook up the Committee on Education, stacking it with some of the Senate’s most ardent defenders of vouchers as he prepares to push an aggressive so-called “school choice” agenda. The issue has divided the upper chamber and the House in past legislative sessions, a trend that is expected to continue this time.  While  Sen. Larry Taylor of Friendswood kept his post as chairman, the lieutenant governor removed two Democrats from the panel – Sens. Sylvia Garcia of Houston and Jose Rodriguez of El Paso – who have become vocal opponents of the Senate GOP agenda that they argue neglects public schools. view article  arw

Dan Patrick makes only one change atop Senate committees

January 1905:46 AM

Two years ago, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick shook up the Texas Senate in his first legislative session as lieutenant governor by shuffling around committee assignments. This year, he is mostly sticking with the status quo.  view article  arw

Thank you, School Board Members

January 1808:42 AM

(Austin)—January 2017 is School Board Recognition Month, a time to honor the more than 7,200 locally elected leaders who step forward to serve without pay on local boards to ensure Texas students have the best schools possible. Each year the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) encourages Texans to show appreciation to these men and women for their unfailing commitment to our state’s future. 

New Template from Omar

January 1808:41 AM

A new template (release 6 dated 1/4/17) is now available for download. Please read the ‘Notes’ tab carefully for the changes made and stay tuned. view article  arw

2016 Tax Ratification Elections/Results

December 0209:00 AM

Election information related to all Tax Ratification Elections in 2016


January 2008:41 AM

There have been no significant changes since last reported, but prepare for increases in your next budget. view article  arw

The Brief: On inauguration day, here’s what’s happening in Texas

January 2008:40 AM

Texans celebrate Trump at Black Tie and Boots Ball  An estimated 12,000 people brought their best cowboy hats to the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Ball just outside the U.S. capitol on Thursday night.  Perry goes before Senate energy committee (video)  In the Roundup: Former Gov. Rick Perry has confirmation hearing for energy secretary, State Rep. Dawnna Dukes is indicted and the Texas House and Senate are billions of dollars apart on the state budget. view article  arw

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Legal Issues for Cheerleader and Drill Team Sponsors

February 2017


This information packed session will provide practical advice for handling situations often encountered by administrators and cheerleader and drill team sponsors.

Attendees will have access to our constitution collection from districts across the state.



  • New Cases Added
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  • District and Staff Liability & Immunity
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  • Transportation and Other Travel Issues
  • Discipline and Removal from Team
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  • Relevant Federal and State Court Cases
  • Extracurricular Codes of Conduct
  • Cheerleader Constitutions
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Administrators, cheerleader and drill team sponsors 


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Trump’s First Big Victory Is on Education Spending: How Obama Fought GOP on Title I — and Lost

January 2008:38 AM

In the final days of his presidency, Barack Obama conceded defeat in one of his boldest bids to bring more equity to public schools by pulling back controversial rules over how states and school districts must account for their education spending. The Department of Education’s withdrawal of the proposed rules, known as “supplement not supplant,” means that setting those guidelines now falls to Donald Trump, who has his own very different ideas about how federal tax dollars should be spent on K-12 education. view article  arw

After state-mandated training, Dallas ISD trustees must tweak student achievement goals

January 2008:38 AM

After completing a  weekend of state-mandated training for its board of trustees, Dallas ISD has received tentative approval from the Texas Education Agency on turnaround plans for nine of its lowest-performing campuses. But that doesn't mean that DISD is done with its work. Far from it.  On Saturday, trustees will begin paring down and reshaping six board goals they set at the start of 2016, after being told by the state that their list was too long, not specific and not measurable.  The purpose of the training — which Dallas ISD completed with a few other districts over winter break — was to help school boards pinpoint their efforts on improving student achievement.  The TEA reserved the right to seize control of those campuses if trustees failed to implement what was taught during the training, according to a letter sent from the TEA to DISD earlier this month. view article  arw

Bonham ISD Joins Group of North Texas Districts Petitioning Legislature

January 2008:33 AM

This week, Bonham ISD added its name to the list of a group of several dozen north Texas districts uniting to promote a legislative agenda that would repeal that plan.   view article  arw

A conversation with Burrows and Darby (video)

January 2008:33 AM

Yesterday I listened to Reps. Dustin Burrows (Houston) and Drew Darby (San Angelo) , moderated by Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith.  There was some very interesting discussion related to Texas Public Schools. Full video of Evan Smith's 1/19 conversation with state Reps. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, andDrew Darby, R-San Angelo, on the campus of Howard College in San Angelo. view article  arw

School choice backers campaign for mini-grants

January 2008:32 AM

Patrick school choice announcement may come on Tuesday? - js - AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says expanding school choice is a top priority during this legislative session, and while no plan has emerged one advocate says “something monumental” may be coming soon. Randan Steinhauser, co-founder of Texans for Education Opportunity, which advocates for school choice, said she expects a proposal for education savings accounts that will give parents grants — loaded onto debit cards — which they may spend on state-approved, education-related expenses including private school tuition.  Steinhauser said she expects an announcement from Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott as early as Tuesday, when they participate in a rally held as part of National School Choice Week. view article  arw

Abilene school administrators keeping eyes on Austin

January 2008:32 AM

Both David Young, superintendent of the Abilene Independent School District, and Joey Light, superintendent at Wylie ISD, expressed concern about the state's public school funding system, which was ruled constitutional by the Texas Supreme Court in May.  Young said he is of the opinion that the system may not see any reform during the regular session and that the subject may be addressed during a special session, if it's tackled at all.  What's more, he said, the lack of progress may not be limited to the funding of schools. view article  arw

House recommended budget includes funds for Tech veterinary school

January 2008:31 AM

A Texas Tech system official said university leaders are encouraged a recommended budget from the Texas House includes $5.7 million for a proposed veterinary school in Amarillo, despite Tech officials announcing last month that the plan was “on pause.” view article  arw

Bastrop school district regroups for possible May bond, tax election

January 2008:31 AM

In November, Bastrop school district voters rejected a 13-cent tax hike and $75 million bond package that officials said would have boosted teacher salaries, reorganized schools and improved safety and technology on campuses. view article  arw

Education should be priority

January 2008:30 AM

For some reason, those who have concerns or disagree with something are painted as whiners and complainers by many people. There is no better example of this than the current debate about the A-F grading system scheduled to be implemented in 2017-2018. For some time now, many have been expressing concerns about the system and whether it serves the needs of a cross section of stakeholders. view article  arw

A lot of work to be done

January 2008:30 AM

The 85th Texas Legislature opened Jan. 10, and probably not a lot of work got done because of the fanfare. It was a day to take it all in for our new folks in Austin — state Sen. Dawn Buckingham and state Reps. Stan Lambert and Mike Lang. But soon enough, it's right to work. There is much work to be done. view article  arw

Midland: MISD: In-district charter schools could be part of reform effort

January 2008:30 AM

Midland ISD could delve into discussions about its first in-district charter school, maybe as early as the end of the 2017-18 school year. MISD board President Rick Davis made the recommendation during last weekend's board/staff workshop that "the district will explore in-district charter school opportunities and, no later than the end of the 2017-18 school year, identify at least one opportunity to implement a charter school within the district and the potential for implementing others within the district." view article  arw

TASA announces Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship recipients

January 2008:30 AM

The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) has named the 2017 recipients of its Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship, which the organization has awarded annually since 2014 to outstanding doctoral students pursuing careers in educational leadership, with particular emphasis on the superintendency. view article  arw

8 local school districts adopt resolutions opposing new A-F scoring system

January 2008:30 AM

Nearly 300 school districts in Texas have adopted resolutions opposing the state's new A-F school rating system for public school districts. Starting with the 2017–18 school year, the Texas commissioner of education will label each public school district and campus with a rating in the form of an A–F letter grade to comply with House Bill 2804, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015. view article  arw

Trustee wants Dallas ISD to be “safe haven” for immigrant students

January 2008:30 AM

After President-elect Donald Trump pledged to deport immigrants who are in the country illegally, at least one Dallas ISD school board trustee wants to declare the district a "safe haven" for immigrant students. view article  arw

Recognizing the Outstanding Work of Local School Trustees

January 2008:30 AM

It seems to me that there aren’t that many selfless people or selfless tasks in our world these days. Too many of the voices we hear are speaking with vested interests or simply promoting “number one.” I have the happy opportunity, however, to know a large group of people who regularly volunteer to take on the responsibilities of a challenging job—and they do it without pay and often without acknowledgement or appreciation from those they serve.  Who are these admirable people? They are the locally elected school board members who serve in Texas school districts throughout the state. There are more than 1,000 school districts that cover every inch of Texas. The districts come in all sizes, all levels of wealth/poverty, and all sorts of demographics. Some of them have only a few students and one school building, but some districts have many students and dozens or hundreds of facilities. view article  arw

Public input scarce as Waco ISD starts superintendent search

January 2008:29 AM

The Waco Independent School District board of trustees recently started the search for a new superintendent, and about 40 people have already started the application process, said Marian Strauss, a Texas Association of School Boards official. view article  arw

Lockney ISD superintendent retiring in June

January 2008:29 AM

LOCKNEY – After 35 years with Lockney Independent School District, the past 10 as superintendent, Phil Cotham will be retiring later this year. According to the Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon, Cotham announced his retirement plans to the Lockney School Board at the trustees’ regular January board meeting Jan. 12.  His final day, the Hesperian reports in its Jan. 19 edition, will be June 30.  In a statement to the Lockney ISD staff, Cotham said, “My heart will always belong to this school. I have spent 35 years surrounded by great friends and wonderful people. It is time for me to leave the realm of public education for employment in the private sector.” view article  arw

Lewisville: Committee to recommend $737.5 million bond package for LISD

January 2008:25 AM

The Lewisville ISD Facilities Advisory Committee on Thursday finalized a list of recommended items to be included in a bond package, which is valued at $737.5 million. The recommendation will go to the LISD Board of Trustees, which could accept the list as is or with adjustments before calling the election at an upcoming meeting. The election would take place in May. view article  arw

Hundreds affected after Vantage College closes 5 campuses, 2 in SA

January 2008:25 AM

Just after 2 p.m. Thursday, Vantage College closed all five of its campuses, including two in San Antonio. The closures came less than an hour after students at the campus on Southwest Military Drive were told it was an early release day. view article  arw

Denton ISD approves final innovation plan

January 2008:25 AM

Denton ISD school board members unanimously approved its final “District of Innovation” plan in a special meeting earlier this week. view article  arw