What did the 84th Texas Legislature accomplish? Did we take a step forward or back? For Texas Public Schools I believe it was a step back. I read the piece this morning by Ann Beeson titled, “Misguided Priorities” which echoes many of my feelings about the session. The most obvious irresponsible action was the granting of tax cuts to some in the face of so many documented unmet needs in our state, especially our woefully underfunded schools. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Todd Wilson, Elementary Principal, Vernon ISD, has been named New Super of Chillicothe ISD.

Dr. Kevin Rogers, COO Lewisville ISD, has been named New Super of Lewisville ISD.

Rob O'Connor, Superintendent, Marble Falls ISD, has been named New Super of Sharyland ISD.

Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, Residence, NV Department of Education, has been named New Super of San Antonio ISD.

John Froussard, Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD, has been named New Super of Beaumont ISD.

 

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Vacant Yantis ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services (Temporarily Postponed)INFO
Vacant Brazosport ISD; Search by Thompson & Horton, LLCINFO
Vacant Marble Falls ISD; Search by: Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. & Educational Consultant, Gary Patterson For more info contact suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
Vacant Kermit ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Garrison ISD; Search by Interim Superintendent, Arnie Kelley and Garrison ISD Board. - Search has been postponed INFO
Vacant Hillsboro ISD; Search by Horn Smith Wood & PrestonINFO
Vacant Levelland ISD; Search by Levelland ISD School Board InfoINFO
Vacant Highland Park ISD; Search conducted by Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Progreso ISD; Search by: Fountainhead Education InfoINFO
Vacant Fruitvale ISD; Fruitvale ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Runge ISD;  Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant School of Excellence in Education; Search by: Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. For more info contact suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
Vacant Abilene ISD; Search by Waterford School Services, Inc. InfoINFO
Vacant Seguin ISD; Search by Walsh, Anderson in conjunction with Dr. Ann Dixon suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
Vacant Burkburnett ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Dew ISD; Dew ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Vacant Munday CISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Vacant ESC XIII Service Center; Search by ESC 13 Board of Directors InfoINFO
Vacant Alvord ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Fort Worth ISD; Ray and Associates, Inc. InfoINFO
Vacant Community ISD; Walsh, Anderson & Educational Consultant, Dr. Ann Dixon suptsearches@wabsa.comINFO
Vacant Queen City ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Roxton ISD; Search by the Roxton ISD Board of Trustees INFO
Vacant Mathis ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Vacant Sonora ISD; Search by ESC 15 Vacancy Info Sonora ISD Info INFO
Vacant Yorktown ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Waelder ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Rice ISD - Lynn Jantzen, Superintendent,Dew ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Ferris ISD - James Hartman , Superintendent,Sonora ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services INFO
Lone Finalist Alpine ISD - Rebecca Watley, Director of 588 Special Ed Coop,Region 18 ESC; Search by the Alpine ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Canyon ISD - Daryl Flusche, Administrator,Frenship ISD; Search by Bob Griggs and Associates INFO
Lone Finalist Midlothian ISD - Lane Ledbetter, Superintendent,Graham ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & Associates INFO
Lone Finalist Pringle-Morse CISD - Scott Burrow, Director of Special Programs,Tulia ISD; Search by the Pringle-Morse CISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Prairie Valley ISD - Tim West, Principal,Prairie Valley ISD; Search by: Darren Francis, Deputy Executive Director-Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Brookesmith ISD - Guy Birdwell, Principal,Loop ISD; Brookesmith ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Cameron ISD - Allan Sapp, Moorehead JH Principal ,Conroe ISD; Search by Cameron ISD Board of Trustees, Assisted by Retiring Superintendent, Collin ClarkINFO
Lone Finalist Spring Branch ISD - Scott Muri, Deputy Superintendent ,Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, GA; Search by Thompson & Horton LLP (David Thompson, Mike Moses)INFO
Lone Finalist Arp ISD - Dwight Thomas, Asst. Superintendent,Arp ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Hawley ISD - Jimmy Burns, High School Principal,Dimmitt ISD; Search by CCR Educational Consultant InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Mesquite ISD - David Vroonland, Superintendent,Frenship ISD; Search by Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston Educational ConsultantsINFO
Lone Finalist Florence ISD - Paul Michalewicz, Asst. Superintendent,Grape Creek ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO
Lone Finalist Rising Star ISD

  - Mary Jane Atkins, Retired Superintendent,DeLeon ISD; Search By Leasor Crass, P.C. InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Marlin ISD - Michael Seabolt, Superintendent,Louise ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Midway ISD - Alan Umholtz, Superintendent,Yorktown ISD; Search by ESC 9 InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Abernathy ISD - Glen Teal, Asst. Superintendent,Andrews ISD; Search by Abernathy ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Culberson County Allamoore ISD - Dalia Benavides, Principal North Elementary,Lamesa ISD; Search by Lead Your School InfoINFO
Lone Finalist Erath Excels Academy - Mike Scott, Principal,Santo ISD; Search by Erath Excels Academy Board of Trustees Info No longer taking applications INFO
Lone Finalist Union Hill ISD - Troy Batts, Superintendent,Throckmorton ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Little Elm ISD - Lowell Strike, Asst. Superintendent,Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD; Search by Bob Griggs & AssociatesINFO
New Super Jacksonville ISD - Chad Kelly, Superintendent,Taft ISD; Search by  TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super Walnut Bend ISD - Kelly Carrell, Principal,Miami ISD; Search by Walnut Bend ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Whiteface CISD - Cassidy McBrayer, Asst. Superintendent,Snyder ISD; Search by Ronnie Kincaid, ESC 14 Executive DirectorINFO
New Super Medina ISD - Penny White, Superintendent,Yantis ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
New Super Maypearl ISD - Ritchie Bowling, Asst. Superintendent,Howe ISD; TASB Executive Search Services INFO
New Super Brenham ISD - Walter Jackson, Area Superintendent,Alief ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Moulton ISD - Todd Grandjean, Principal,Granger ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Borden County ISD - Billy Collins, Superintendent,Schleicher County ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Plains ISD - Dr. Stephanie D. Howard, Exec. Director for Curriculum & Instruction,Ector County ISD; Search conducted by Leasor Crass, PC InfoINFO
New Super Mineola ISD - Kim Tunnell, Chief Leadership & Performance Officer ,Tyler ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Clarendon ISD - Mike Norrell, Superintendent,Adrian ISD; Search by Clarendon ISD Board More InfoINFO
New Super Red Lick ISD - Nick Blain, Interim Superintendent,Red Lick ISD; Red Lick ISD Board of Trustees  Info BrochureINFO
New Super Moran ISD  - Danny Freeman, Principal of South Elementary,Breckenridge ISD; Search by Moran ISD School Board InfoINFO
New Super West Orange-Cove CISD - Rickie Harris, Asst. Principal,Cedar Hill ISD; Search by WOCCISD InfoINFO
New Super Hempstead ISD - Dr. Angela Gutsch, Superintendent,Queen City ISD; Search by: Walsh Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. Info INFO
New Super Santa Anna ISD - David Robinett, Secondary Principal ,Santa Anna ISD; Santa Anna ISD Board of Trustees InfoINFO
New Super Beaumont ISD - John Frossard, Superintendent,Wichita Falls ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super San Antonio ISD - Pedro Martinez - Superintendent in Residence, Nevada Department of Education; Search By McShan Consulting Firm, George McShan & Dr. Ruben OlivarezINFO
New Super Littlefield ISD - Robert Dillard , ​Superintendent ,Munday CISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super El Campo ISD - Kelly Waters, Asst. Superintendent,El Campo ISD; Search by TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD - Tim Little; Search by O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath AnnouncementINFO
New Super Sharyland ISD - Rob O'Connor, Superintendent,Marble Falls ISD; Search by Waterford School Services InfoINFO
New Super Lewisville ISD - Dr. Kevin Rogers, Chief Operations Officer,Lewisville ISD; Search by Ray and AssociatesINFO
New Super Chillicothe ISD - Todd Wilson, Elementary Principal ,Vernon ISD; Search by Chillicothe ISD Board of Trustees - No longer accepting applicationsINFO
New Super Castleberry ISD - John Ramos, Superintendent,Lamesa ISD; Search by Castleberry ISD Board of Education BrochureINFO
New Super Taft ISD - Jose Lopez, Executive Director for State and Federal Programs,Mission CISD; Search by TASB Executive Search Services INFO

Hays:  Viral meningitis case confirmed at Negley

May 2907:18 AM
 

We have been working closely with the Health Department regarding the Meningitis case at Negley Elementary and are pleased to report lab results now confirm that the case is a viral form of meningitis and not bacterial. Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis. It is often less severe than bacterial meningitis, and most people usually get better on their own (without treatment). However, infants younger than 1 month old and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness. view article arw

Severe storms roll through SA area, knock out power to thousands

May 2907:16 AM
 

Because of the flooding, Blanco ISD classes will start at 10 a.m. Friday and Comal ISD will start 2 hours later than normal Friday. view article arw

Henderson:  HISD plans on classes Friday; start will be two hours late

May 2906:53 AM
 

Henderson ISD will have a two-hour late start on Friday. Electricity has been restored at all campuses, according to an email from HISD communications director Stacey Johnson.   view article arw

2-hour delayed start for classes in Huntsville ISD

May 2906:43 AM
 

Huntsville ISD will have a two-hour delayed start to their Friday classes as a precautionary measure due to the amount of rainfall  recently experienced. Southeast Texas is under a Flash Flood Watch until 12 p.m. as storms are moving in starting at 5 a.m.

Classes resume Friday for Jacksonville students

May 2906:40 AM
 

Classes will resume Friday at regular scheduled times for students at Jacksonville ISD, Superintendent Chad Kelly confirmed this afternoon.  In addition, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams “verbally waived us from making up the three days we missed this week,” he said. Classes were cancelled earlier this week after campuses lost power following a severe storm that blew through the area on Memorial Day. view article arw

New Summerfield ISD to return to normal starting schedule Friday

May 2906:33 AM
 

Power was restored to New Summerfield Independent School District Thursday evening, and classes will resume at regular starting time Friday for grades 7 through 11 only, according to Superintendent Gregg Weiss. view article arw

The House and Senate convene at 10 a.m.

May 2906:29 AM
 

The House and Senate convene at 10 a.m.

The Brief: The Tax Deal That Almost Wasn’t

May 2906:20 AM
 

The Dallas Morning News' Bob Garretttakes a detailed look at the evolution of the deal on tax cuts this session and finds that at a few critical junctures, the deal almost derailed entirely. view article arw

Edwards’ contract approved

May 2808:29 AM
 

The Wise County Messenger reports that the Paradise School Board went directly into closed session Thursday night and emerged an hour later to announce superintendent lone finalist Mac Edwards was hired and will start July 1. Edwards will replace interim-superintendent Robert Criswell, whose contract ends in June

Senate approves limits on schools’ use of controversial bonds

May 2806:00 AM
 

Fast-growing school districts like Frisco and Denton are likely to have tighter restrictions on how they can use a controversial form of borrowing to build new campus. Lawmakers want to rein in the use of capital appreciation bonds, or CABs, which have ballooning payments sometimes 40 to 50 years later that leading to districts paying up to 10 times the amount originally borrowed.  Critics say that puts future generations on the hook for debt that might not be manageable. But districts say they need to use CABs because of constraints that limits how much taxes can be levied. view article arw

2015 Tax Information Survey

May 2805:29 AM
 

The 2015 Tax Information Survey will be open for data submission June 1, 2015, and will close at midnight on August 31, 2015. If your district does not submit the survey by the deadline, your district’s state funding could be adversely affected.

Wondering Why? by Andra Self

May 2707:31 AM
 

Repost from yesterday!  Lately, much of what is said by some state leaders about schools just doesn’t add up. Inconsistencies and conundrums in their statements are leading many Texans to ask questions. Here are a few examples:

Statement of Commissioner Michael Williams regarding school district issues related to flooding

May 2705:04 AM
 

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams issued the following statement regarding issues related to flooding in various parts of the state:  “I want to assure superintendents who have closed their districts today due to flooding and other weather-related issues that a waiver for this missed instructional day will be granted. The Texas Education Agency staff is also ready to assist those districts that may need to request additional attendance waivers beyond today. I urge superintendents to stay focused on addressing the immediate needs of their students, staff and communities. The waiver requests can be submitted after the immediate crisis has passed. We will work with you.” view article arw

Property Tax Legislation Update

May 0405:51 AM
 

Bills Filed for the 2015 Regular Session of the 84th Texas Legislature Update as of May 25, 2015 By Robert Mott, Chris Jackson, Adam Walker & Debbie Wheeler Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP  view article arw

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About that Job Rating…

May 2908:56 AM
 

For this weeks nonscientific survey of insiders in government and politics, we asked for a job evaluation for the Legislature. What we found was a more or less positive assessment of what lawmakers have done this year. Close to half the insiders approved, but among that group, most withheld a hearty endorsement. view article arw

Editorial: Cutting taxes came first, last for Legislature

May 2908:41 AM
 

It’s probably not fair to dismiss anything so close to $4 billion as mere symbolism over substance. That’s roughly the size of the tax-cut compromise forged in the Texas Legislature, quite possibly in time to nail down a two-year budget without a special session. It also generally keeps a promise GOP leaders made to voters.  At the time, however, this newspaper warned that the Legislature would better serve Texans by taking care of pressing needs first, before cutting its income stream. That left room for compromise, but Republican lawmakers chose to devote far more of the projected revenue surplus to taxpayer refunds than to critical investments in education and transportation. view article arw

Abbott Signs Early Education Bill, a Top Priority, by Patrick Svitek

May 2908:39 AM
 

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday turned one of his highest legislative priorities into law, signing a bill aimed at improving early education in Texas. House Bill 4 sets aside $130 million over two years for school districts whose pre-kindergarten programs meet certain standards. Early education was among five emergency items Abbott declared earlier this year. Abbott signed the bill surrounded by its authors and students at Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center in Austin. Afterward, he told the lawmakers he was pleased to see "nothing but green lights" as the bill worked its way through the Legislature. HB 4 overwhelmingly passed both chambers, despite some Tea Party opposition. view article arw

Ethics bill shines a light on ‘dark money

May 2908:38 AM
 

Ethics legislation is in danger as lawmakers play out the last days of their current session in Austin, but at least it’s over a principle that’s worth the fight.  The House gave its final approval Wednesday to Senate Bill 19, the primary vehicle for an ethics overhaul Gov. Greg Abbott labeled among his highest priorities.  Abbott praised the bill after it passed the Senate 31-0 on April 28. It called for increased financial disclosures, blocked lawmakers from immediately becoming lobbyists after leaving the Legislature, even called for drug testing of elected officials. view article arw

Local districts face funding challenges

May 2908:37 AM
 

School district officials in Pearland and Friendswood are dealing with a slew of funding issues caused by decades of tweaks and modifications to the school finance system. When the 84th legislative session wraps up June 1 many of the inequities in the system will remain largely unchanged, partly as a result of an ongoing school finance lawsuit more than two-thirds of Texas districts joined in 2012. view article arw

Reyna’s attorney: Superintendent allowed to give police chief directives

May 2908:35 AM
 

Donna ISD Superintendent Jesus Reyna was arrested early Thursday morning at his office by school district police. Justice of the Peace Bobby Contreras told 56-year-old Reyna that he was being charged with bribery, a second degree felony, and retaliation, a third degree felony. Juan "Sonny" Palacios, Reyna’s attorney, believes the arrest stems from a longtime political rivalry between Reyna and Donna ISD Police Chief Roy Padilla. "I’m confident that Mr. Reyna is going to beat these accusations. They are ridiculous and baseless," said Palacios. view article arw

Larry Duncan: Don’t let Legislature do away with school bus stop-arm cameras

May 2908:35 AM
 

If you mention red-light cameras in Texas, you will probably hear opinions on personal privacy, pedestrian safety or a debate about the effectiveness of this tool. That discussion continues in the Texas Legislature. It is critically important, however, to separate the red-light camera debate from the issue of school-bus stop-arm cameras. Earlier this year, the Texas Senate considered SB 714, legislation that would prohibit red-light cameras. Last month, however, Sen. Don Huffines attached a last-minute provision to the bill that would also eliminate school-bus stop-arm cameras. This was done despite proof that these video cameras prevent child injuries and save kids’ lives.  If approved, SB 714 would have dangerous results, creating open season on our schoolchildren’s safety. view article arw

Ysleta ISD board brainstorms about failed bond election, discusses next steps

May 2908:35 AM
 

It was a brain-storming session at the Ysleta School Board meeting Wednesday night, as the trustees and Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre discussed the different reasons voters disapproved of the $452 million bond. Trustees talked about the bond being too big, too expensive, and too complicated. Now they're going back to the drawing board to figure out if another bond election in November is even a possibility. view article arw

Chiefs for Change Group Expands and Shifts Membership

May 2908:33 AM
 

This is two articles both are paywalled but they are worth a little work to read - js  Excerpt:  It hasn't been the smoothest sailing lately for Barbic and Erquiaga. Several charter operators have backed out of prior arrangements to begin working with schools in the Achievement School District. The ASD also began charging charter operators a fee for administrative expenses to make up for expired Race to the Top funds Chiefs for Change Group Expands and Shifts Membership

Dallas: Budget director leaves amid questions of misspent DISD ‘at risk’ funds

May 2908:32 AM
 

DALLAS – Dallas ISD critics are accusing Superintendent Mike Miles of playing a financial shell game with tax dollars.  In March, a group of DISD parents and taxpayers alleged DISD officials were taking money from "at-risk" students and using it to pay for elite and magnet schools and building-up of financial reserves.  At the time, Superintendent Miles blasted critics and WFAA for suggesting money intended for "at-risk" students was being misused. view article arw

Donna ISD Superintendent Charged with Bribery, Retaliation

May 2908:31 AM
 

The Donna ISD superintendent is accused of bribing the school district police chief and retaliating against two school district police officers. School district police arrested Jesus Reyna this morning. He was formally charged with bribery and retaliation. His bond totaled $25,000. Reyna is out on a personal recognizance bond. view article arw

With Anti-Gay Marriage Resolution, Dan Patrick Accepts Defeat

May 2908:31 AM
 

Did you know that Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and Senate Republicans, oppose gay marriage? If you didn’t know before, you do now. There’s proof: It’s called Senate Resolution 1028, offered by state Sen. Kelly Hancock. Here’s part of it: view article arw

Ethics Reform: A Guide to What’s Still Alive

May 2908:31 AM
 

The sweeping ethics overhaul that sparked such heated debate at the Capitol has gone on death watch in the final days of the 2015 session, but a few targeted efforts to increase disclosure and rein in abusive practices still have a good chance to succeed before the gavel comes down Monday. view article arw

Texas Education Agency: We’re investigating Donna superintendent

May 2908:29 AM
 

The Texas Education Agency started investigating Donna school district Superintendent Jesus Reyna on Thursday — hours after police arrested him on bribery and retaliation charges. No other details about the investigation were immediately available. “That is all I can say at the moment,” said agency spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson. Officers with the Donna Independent School District Police Department arrested Reyna on Thursday morning. view article arw

Donna ISD super charged with bribery, obstruction

May 2908:29 AM
 

Donna school district Superintendent Jesus Rene Reyna walked in the back door of the courtroom about 10:15 a.m. Thursday, handcuffs linked to his wrists and sunglasses over his eyes. He stopped and stood quietly next to a motivational poster that read “Leaders: Leadership is action, not position.” Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Bobby Contreras approached the bench and began to read his charges: bribery and obstruction of justice. view article arw

What the heck is going on with Wisconsin public education?

May 2908:28 AM
 

What is the Wisconsin Legislature trying to do to public education in Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s state? State Superintendent Tony Evers has gone on record accusing lawmakers of moving toward new legislation “that erodes the basic foundation of Wisconsin’s public school system.”  How? By legislature efforts that include refusing to spend more money on public education for the first time in more than 20 years while while giving millions of dollars more to expand a private voucher program, slashing higher education funding, and  weakening licensing rules for teachers. view article arw

Three La Porte ISD students contract viral meningitis

May 2908:28 AM
 

We have breaking news out of La Porte. Three La Porte ISD students are recovering after contracting viral meningitis. The district says two students go to Jennie Reid Elementary students and the third attends La Porte High School. The district also says that preliminary indications show the students all attended the same non-school-related event.   view article arw

Sudden Controversy Over Names Of Two Dallas Schools

May 2908:27 AM
 

 History or hatred?  Two Dallas elementary schools  named after prominent Confederate generals have dozens of people fired up after a parent proposed changing the names. “I don’t see a point keeping the names,” says parent Allen Cano.  “It doesn’t represent the neighborhood. It doesn’t represent the times.” Cano didn’t start the petition, but says he’s all for it. view article arw

Dayton ISD breaks ground for new elementary schools

May 2908:26 AM
 

Dayton ISD held back-to-back groundbreaking ceremonies Thursday morning, May 28, for the new Stephen F. Austin Elementary to be built near Woodrow Wilson Junior High and for the new Dr. E. R. Richter Elementary to be constructed beside the district’s administration building on Cherry Creek Road. view article arw