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Texans focused on  the Lieutenant Governor's race last evening when the two candidates, Senator Dan Patrick and Senator Leticia Van DePutte, debated.  (If you missed it you can watch it here.) - It seems that most of the pundits give Patrick the victory in the debate. I see this event not having much meaning such as when schools are given their Financial Ratings, there are critical issues that trump the overall performance, i.e., if a school makes a perfect score and fails to turn in its audit in a timely manner -it fails.   Senator Patrick not releasing his income tax is a fatal error that trumps everything else that he may say or do.    - js-webmaster@texasisd.com 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.

 

58 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

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 BrochureINFO
Vacant Judson ISD; Search by McShan Consulting Firm InfoINFO
Vacant McKinney ISD; Search by School Executive Consulting, Inc. INFO
Vacant Bronte ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultants Brochure InfoINFO
Vacant Burnham Wood Family of Charter Schools ; Search By Burnham Wood Family of Charter Schools InfoINFO
Vacant West ISD - TASB Executive Search Services; TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Maypearl ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Gruver ISD
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Vacant Longview ISD; Longview ISD Board of Trustees & Dr. James WilcoxINFO
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 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

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III to discuss TEA

September 2508:41 AM
 

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 7 to review the Speaker's Strategic Fiscal Review Charge.  The Subcommittee will hear testimony regarding:Texas Education Agency.  Live broadcast

Updated Side by Side LPE - DPE template - From ESC 12

September 2301:39 PM
 

The 2014 - 15 LPE-DPE Side by Side Template FY1118_r5_wb3 (Template Link) with revised Available School Fund and current Comp Ed numbers is now available for download. The template is an "expansion" of Omar's templates The template will allow districts to compare "earned" DPE with2014-15 LPE-DPE_sof_FY1118_r5_wb3_SB1_NEWFORMAT_weights (1)_Web Template.xls "payment" LPE to calculate "projected" over/under payment of Foundation School Funds. The template incorporates actual six weeks attendance data and M&O tax collections to "project" over/under payments. Be sure to import the latest Summary of Finance report from TEA, and your "most accurate projection" of M&O tax collections. Be sure to re-enter your previous and current six weeks attendance data (numbers have changed!!) Remember: the template is an "as is" projection based on current data.

Attorney Position Available

September 2208:42 AM
 

Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, PC, has a position available in its Plano office to work primarily with Arlington ISD as “in-house” counsel.

25 Texas schools receive 2014 national Blue Ribbon honors

October 0108:41 AM
 

AUSTIN – Earlier this year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) nominated 25 Texas public schools for national 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition. Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels. The U.S. Department of Education announced that all 25 school nominated by TEA have been awarded Blue Ribbon honors for 2014. The schools in Texas include the following: view article arw

Dallas Site of First Ebola Infection in U.S.

October 0108:40 AM
 

Educator Alert! - An airline passenger who was traveling to Dallas to visit relatives has become the first case of an Ebola infection in the U.S. The diagnosis, which was announced Tuesday afternoon, had federal and state officials trying to allay fears of an outbreak of the disease in this country.   view article arw

Texas school fund now worth nation-high $37.7B

October 0108:39 AM
 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A fund Texas uses to buy instructional materials and cover some local school districts' costs is now worth nearly $38 billion, officials announced Tuesday, making it the nation's largest educational endowment.  Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson credited a booming natural gas industry for growing the Permanent School Fund, which was worth about $37.7 billion as of June 30. view article arw

U.S. Department of Education Announces 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools

October 0108:38 AM
 

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. The Department will honor 287 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C. In its 32-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on just under 7,900 of America's schools view article arw

Dallas superintendent wants to increase pre-K spending by $45 million by 2020

October 0108:35 AM
 

This morning education advocates gathered at a press conference in Dallas to discuss a newly released study by Children At Risk on prekindergarten in Texas. Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles said research shows that more efforts have to be made in early childhood education in order to get all students college and career ready. view article arw

2 ex-workers who stole $4M from Beaumont ISD sentenced to federal prison

October 0108:33 AM
 

A Southeast Texas school district will try to recover money and property seized in a $4 million embezzlement case that sent two ex-finance officers to prison. The Beaumont Enterprise reports state-appointed managers of the Beaumont Independent School District voted Monday to try to recoup the losses. view article arw

Pampa ISD receives high financial rating

October 0108:32 AM
 

The Pampa ISD Board of Trustees met Monday night for their normal monthly meeting at the Pampa ISD Administration Building at 1233 N. Hobart. The meeting opened with their normal “Spotlight on Excellence” segment of the meeting. view article arw

New Dallas ISD task force to plan for schools of the future

October 0108:32 AM
 

Dallas ISD has launched a 25-member task force to analyze district facilities in preparation for a possible bond program or tax hike election.The group met for the first time in September and will focus upcoming meetings on top DISD initiatives, including early childhood education and school choice. The Future Facilities Task Force will then review district properties and their needs. By the end of the school year, the task force plans to recommend possible school upgrades, new facilities and additional programs. view article arw

Here’s What Happened The One Time When The U.S. Had Universal Childcare

October 0108:32 AM
 

Nothing before or since has been like the Lanham Act, though you probably haven’t heard of it. It wasn’t even legislation that was supposed to have anything to do with child care. It was a bill to fund infrastructure projects that were needed for the war effort in 1940. But without so much as a Congressional debate or vote, the language was reinterpreted so that funding for child care centers could be funneled through it. And thus between 1943 and 1946, the country had its first, and only, universal child care program. view article arw

Texas Association of School Boards Elects New Officers

October 0108:31 AM
 

(Dallas) – The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) elected its 2014-15 officers during the Association’s recent annual Delegate Assembly and Convention in Dallas. New TASB President Andra Self of Lufkin ISD (LISD) succeeds Immediate Past President Faye Beaulieu of Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB) ISD. Bret Begert of Fort Elliott CISD will serve as president-elect. First vice-president will be Gloria S. Casas of La Feria ISD, and second vice-president will be Charles Stafford of Denton ISD. Joe Adams of Katy ISD will serve as secretary-treasurer.  view article arw

Permian High School wraps up investigation of Ratliff Stadium incident

October 0108:25 AM
 

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Ector County ISD said its investigation into Friday's postgame scuffle between the Permian and Lubbock Coronado football teams was "closed" and some of the Panthers' players will face unspecified disciplinary action view article arw

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Permanent School Fund becomes nation’s largest educational endowment

October 0108:21 AM
 

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced today that the Permanent School Fund has reached a record high value in 2014, making it the largest educational endowment in the country.Created by the state in 1854 with an initial $2 million investment, the endowment has now grown to approximately $37.7 billion in market value as of June 30, 2014. Of that total, approximately $30.6 billion is managed by the State Board of Education and $7.1 billion by the School Land Board. Day-to-day oversight of the Fund is handled by staff at the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the General Land Office. view article arw

Fort Bend: Voters to decide fate of FBISD bond

October 0108:20 AM
 

After the district called its $484.2 million bond election this summer, Fort Bend ISD residents have expressed concerns about how the bond money will be used to advance academic instruction and how the proposition will affect property taxes. In response to the community’s concerns, district officials are reviewing the district’s existing debt and unspent bond dollars to communicate which projects and improvements will be implemented in the next year. view article arw

Lamar CISD puts $240.6 million bond on Nov. 4 ballots

October 0108:20 AM
 

Lamar Consolidated ISD in early August called for a bond election in November. The $240.6 million package includes several projects for new schools, facility upgrades and improved services. view article arw

Suspect in alleged Diboll ISD Snapchat threats posts $5K bail, is released from jail

October 0108:20 AM
 

A day after he was arrested for sending threatening Snapchat messages to Diboll High School students, the suspect in the case was released from the Angelina County Jail Tuesday. Nicholas Emilio Flores, 18, of Corrigan, was booked into the jail early Tuesday morning on a third-degree felony charge of terroristic threat. He was released from the jail after he posted a $5,000 bail. view article arw

Finding a Safe Space for Dallas’ Homeless LGBTQ Youth

October 0108:17 AM
 

When they come out, gay teens must often deal with unsupportive, even hostile parents. Sometimes, parents even go so far as to kick the kids out of their homes. If they attend a Dallas ISD school, they become one of the roughly 3,400 homeless students in the district. By some guesses, although it is impossible to put a definitive number to the group,hundreds of LGBTQ youth are homeless in Dallas. view article arw

EDITORIAL: BISD should indeed go after all of $4 million embezzled

October 0108:16 AM
 

It should be a given - you steal money from the public and get caught, and you have to give the money back. In the Beaumont ISD, however, that might not happened with the previous board of trustees. Fortunately, the trustees have been replaced with a board of managers. And they voted unanimously to seek full restitution from former finance director Devin McCraney and former comptroller Sharika Allison, who admitted embezzling more than $4 million from the district.

Midland: Voter registration deadline fast approaching

October 0108:10 AM
 

If attorney Jeff Robnett had a slogan for his campaign to be elected to Midland ISD’s board of trustees, it would be, “I am MISD.” “I am MISD through and through,” he said. “I always tell people that everything I’ve accomplished, going to Princeton, things like that -- which were my goals -- MISD prepared me for. All public school districts, especially these days because there’s so much criticism of things because of social media, all public schools are criticized.   view article arw

Bruceville-Eddy police investigate alleged sexual assault at elementary school

October 0108:05 AM
 

Bruceville-Eddy police are investigating a potential sexual-assault case between two students in a bathroom at Bruceville-Eddy Elementary school. Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean said a police report was filed Sept. 22 when the alleged incident occurred and an investigation is pending. view article arw

McCollum football team practices after boycott threats

October 0108:05 AM
 

Harlandale ISD officials said some changes have been made after as many as 70 players on the McCollum High School football team threatened to boycott practice and their next game. The team is 1-4 this season and reportedly upset with the direction of the football team under second year head coach Juan Hinijosa. view article arw

Editorial: Longview ISD’s math hires raise questions we can’t answer

October 0108:05 AM
 

Longview ISD recently confirmed it had hired a pair of consultants to work on improving its math testing scores across grade levels and campuses. That’s good. State ratings showed there’s work to be done, and it’s best to address such basic shortcomings. But while we’re pleased steps are being taken, we can’t help wondering what it says that apparently nowhere in the district’s existing administrative or teaching staff is anyone who could accomplish the same goals without adding yet more expense for district taxpayers to bear. view article arw

San Antonio: McCollum High football players want big changes

October 0108:05 AM
 

The principal of McCollum High School said reports or threats that the entire football team was about to quit simply aren't true. A disappointing record, and numerous injuries, had some students and parents questioning the McCollum High School football coach's ability. Now the district is trying to right the ship. view article arw

Kerrville campus named a Blue Ribbon School

October 0107:55 AM
 

Cheers erupted at Nimitz Elementary School on Tuesday as the Kerrville campus learned it was among 25 in Texas named Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education for superior student performance. “It makes us very proud to see our students' success, and to see that recognized at a national level is very heartwarming,” Principal Wendy Tiemann said. view article arw

New software to help Humble screen teacher candidates

October 0107:54 AM
 

Starting in January, human resources professionals in the Humble school district will be using new software to screen teaching candidates. The district will purchase the HUMANeX software to be used as a hiring tool. Rick Gardner, Humble ISD assistant superintendent for human resources, said the software is a tool to help the district find the most qualified teachers for the classroom. view article arw

Austin ISD sets 2014–15 performance targets

October 0107:53 AM
 

Austin ISD has set goals for district performance in 2014–15 including boosting graduation rates and improving standardized test scores, Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz said at the Sept. 29 AISD board of trustees meeting.“We know it’s a large, complex school system with 85,000 students, 125 instructional sites [and] 12,200 employees. It's a big lift, it’s a big charge, but it’s one that has a lot of value and has a lot of merit, and that’s why we continue to move forward. ... Every single student needs to graduate from high school and be ready for college, career and life," he said. view article arw

Huntsville: HHS provides criminal justice students internship experience

October 0107:45 AM
 

The Huntsville High School career and technology department (CATE) offers a variety of courses available to students. The program helps students prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions. One of the branches of CATE is the criminal justice program, which has been lead by Stacy Godby for 10 years. Students learn the techniques and skills they need to pursue a future in criminal justice trades, and seniors have the opportunity to work as interns view article arw

La Feria official elected VP of Texas Association of School Boards

October 0107:45 AM
 

A local official has been elected as an officer of the Texas Association of School Boards during the association’s annual Delegate Assembly and Convention in Dallas. The TASB elected La Feria School Board Secretary Gloria S. Casas as first vice president for the 2014-2015 school year. view article arw

Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis clash over ethics in final debate

October 0107:45 AM
 

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott clashed over ethics in a combative final debate Tuesday, with both candidates suggesting their opponent might be too corrupt to be governor. Davis, who trails in the polls and has been looking for an issue to shake Abbott’s durable lead, seized on an independent audit of the problem-riddled Texas Enterprise Fund. view article arw

Four Dallas ISD campuses named National Blue Ribbon Schools

October 0107:45 AM
 

Four Dallas ISD schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday. The campuses are among 25 Texas schools to receive the national honor for 2014. The DISD campuses are Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School, Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy, Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy and the School of Business and Management at Townview Center view article arw

Willis ISD preparing for future development

October 0107:45 AM
 

The Willis ISD school board is taking measures to prepare for future expansion with a look into hiring one of three architectural firms that will help in the planning and execution of future facilities and bond negotiations. During a special board meeting Wednesday inside the Cargill Education Support Center in Willis, Corgan, led by Principal Eric Horstman, Stantec, led by Principal Rayce Boyter, and Joiner Architects, led by Chairman and CEO Carl A. Joiner, gave individual presentations that included what each unit would offer the school district for new facilities, but just as importantly, discussed how they would help Willis ISD pass a bond in an upcoming election. view article arw

Eanes: EISD seeks community ideas on budget

October 0107:45 AM
 

The Eanes Independent School District Board of Trustees is getting a nine-month jump start on next year’s budget. And all community ideas are welcome. The main budget challenge is maintaining academic excellence while balancing the budget. This year our budgeted expenses of $69 million exceed revenue after recapture (“Robin Hood”) by $4 million. view article arw