I googled “It’s OK to VOTE No” and did not find any current articles, only ones related to last year's campaigns against several North Texas school districts.. These groups have not gone away; they are out there with new names and the same connections. For example, let's look at the Birdville and Keller anti-school bond campaigns and a group named www.ISDBondage.com. This site has web pages opposed to Birdville and Keller bonds that is funded by a Dallas resident who has, according to Bud Kennedy, individually spent $56,198 to oppose Birdville and Keller school improvements. Compare the Birdville webpage opposing the bond with the Keller webpage and you will find they are the same except for the numbers The opposition is equally opposed to both of these school district’s bonds. Factually, they appear to be correct but are designed to be misleading (my opinion). read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Jeff Harvey, Tom Bean ISD Principal, has been named New Super of Fayetteville ISD.

 

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Lone Finalist Anna ISD  - Pete Slaughter, Superintendent ,Whitesboro ISD; Search By: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
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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
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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
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Lone Finalist Balmorhea ISD - Miguel Espino, Interim Superintendent,Balmorhea ISD; Search by TASB ESS Search Team INFO
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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 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
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New Super Snook ISD - Brenda Krchnak, Asst. Superintendent of Administrative Services,Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD; Search By Region VI ESC -  InfoINFO
New Super Kingsville ISD - Carol Perez, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction,Kingsville ISD; Search By TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Fayetteville ISD - Jeff Harvey, Principal,Tom Bean ISD; Fayetteville ISD School Board InfoINFO

Basic School Finance Webinar 2015

October 3108:41 AM
 

Basic School Finance meets once a month for six months beginning in January and concluding in June.  The class follows the flow of the current year Summary of Finance (SOF) spreadsheet. Subjects are timely and handled in depth.  The webinars are interactive, have plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions and delve deeper into subjects that they may need help on. The subject matter is highly cumulative so a commitment to attend all meetings is strongly encouraged, but in the case you had to miss, the meetings are archived for participants so you will have the opportunity to catch up. January 8th 1:30p - 3:00p February 12th 1:30p - 3:00p March 19th 1:30p - 3:00p April 9th 1:30p - 3:00p May 14th 1:30p - 3:00p June 11th 1:30p - 3:00p Presenters: Joe Smith Marvin Thompson arw

Texas textbook review: ‘I’d like a Biblical check on that’

October 3008:32 AM
 

Interesting read no matter what your position is. - js   The Texas Education Agency held a special meeting this week at which members asked  publishers to respond to criticisms of proposed textbooks in social studies, fine arts and mathematics in advance of next month’s vote on approval of next texts. Earlier this year after publishers submitted textbooks for adoption next month, critics pored over them and found what they said were numerous inaccurate, distorted and biased materialin history, geography, government, religion and other subjects. view article arw

Raise Your Hand Texas: House Bill 5: Past, Present and Future

October 2708:35 AM
 

You may have heard about House Bill 5, the landmark legislation passed during the 83rd Legislative Session that reduced the number of high-stakes tests for high school students and created more flexible and tailored graduation paths to increase college and workforce preparedness in Texas. The bill now is being implemented in districts and schools and it is critical for students, parents, educators, and industry and community leaders to understand its offerings and impacts.

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October 1708:31 AM
 

PayTek returns lost funds to your budget by electronically recovering bad checks and direct depositing recovered funds on a weekly basis! The service is FREE to the school district, FRIENDLY to the check writer, and recovers your funds FAST. PayTek is currently serving over  80 Texas School Districts  Register Here for a no obligation online presentation!     view article arw

2014 Tax Rate Survey

October 3108:43 AM
 

Please take a moment and look at our Tax Rate Survey and make any corrections by clicking on the link on the spreadsheet and then enter the correct data.

Marysville: returning to class

October 3108:42 AM
 

MARYSVILLE, WASHINGTON (KING) — For the last five days, the staff, the teachers and parents at Marysville-Pilchuck High have been bracing for the inevitability that students return to school on Monday.Cheri Lovre knows the questions running through their minds. "What's the toughest thing you're going to face? What is the question you dread from the kids? What is your greatest concern for Monday?" she said. Lovre is a crisis management expert who help schools in Springfield, Ore., and Littleton, Colo view article arw

Austin Film Festival: The Texas Promise

October 3108:41 AM
 

There's a few billion dollars missing from the Texas education budget, and every capitol and education reporter was a witness while the crime was committed. Plus everyone know who did it.  There are actually a couple of seconds in the opening of The Texas Promise during which I'm fairly sure I could see the back of my own head. It's definitely filled with Texas Legislature regulars, as documentarian Vanessa Roth uses parts of the live feed from the State House floor from the debate in 2011, during which lawmakers sliced out $5.4 billion from the public school finance funds. I was on the floor as an education reporter for those debates, watching as lawmakers made a Faustian pact that they rued even before it was signed. Her question is, what happened next? view article arw

TRE:  Tom Bean super stumps for tax vote

October 3108:40 AM
 

TOM BEAN — Only a handful of days remain until voters in Tom Bean decide whether to grant their local school district a victory in a Tax Ratification Election, which would raise approximately $500,000 for classroom instruction across the District’s three schools. If approved, the TRE would raise property taxes in the town by 13 cents over the rollback rate, or $130 annually for every $100,000 of valuation. “Every dollar that’s going to come in from the TRE, it will go back into the classrooms,” said Troy Roberts, the District’s rookie superintendent  view article arw

Underwhelming Turnout in Early Voting This Year

October 3108:40 AM
 

The two-week early voting period for the Nov. 4 general election ends today with, if the trendlines hold, an underwhelming turnout by the electorate.  "Despite a governor’s race between Republican Greg Abbott and DemocratWendy Davis that has generated a combined $83 million in fundraising, and a massive voter outreach effort from the engineers of President Barack Obama’s re-election, early voting across Texas has stayed relatively flat," wrote The Associated Press' Paul J. Weber. "Nearly 1.3 million people in the state’s largest counties had cast a ballot through the first 10 days, a figure that’s slightly up from the last midterm election in 2010 but down in terms of total percentage of registered voters." view article arw

Here’s What Teachers Really Think Of America’s Controversial Education Standards

October 3108:39 AM
 

The Common Core has been a major point of contention among American educators over the past few years.Some say applying one set of educational standards — which is what the Common Core is at its heart — to every public school across the country isn't going to work because of the varying needs of students in different regions and at different income levels. Others like the standards but say they aren't properly implemented and shouldn't be tied to standardized tests. A new Gallup poll sheds some more light on what teachers think of the Common Core system. view article arw

Katy ISD $748 million bond proposal a hot-button issue

October 3108:39 AM
 

KATY, Texas - Friday is the last day to vote early, and one of the most talked-about issues in one part of town is the Katy ISD bond proposal, which has a price tag of more than $748 million.The district is proposing building a new football stadium near Rhodes Stadium on land the district already owns that could fit 12,000 people in the stands.Katy ISD is busting at the seams with 70,000 students enrolled. Portable buildings are becoming a common fixture at schools. view article arw

Editorial: In search of strategy for mastering STAAR

October 3108:38 AM
 

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has an ear for political talk, having held statewide office. He hears what candidates are saying about the business of testing kids — his core responsibility — and some of it gets pointed  The critique is bipartisan and includes these elements: Standardized testing has become a monster that gobbles up class time for ill-defined purposes. The STAAR test itself is suspect and may not be a good indicator of what a student has learned. Passing cutoffs are confusingly inconsistent with classroom grading standards. Sen. Dan Patrick — quite possibly the next lieutenant governor — put it bluntly to Williams at a recent Senate Education Committee hearing: “We don’t trust the test.” view article arw

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Texas Education Agency: Prekindergarten Expansion Grant Application Contains Voucher Provision

October 3108:37 AM
 

In an attempt to implement a prekindergarten voucher program, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has included a voucher provision in their application to the federal government  for the expansion of prekindergarten programs throughout the state. The Texas Prekindergarten Expansion Grant application seeks to garner $30 million per year for the TEA over a  four-year period.   view article arw

BISD gets extra week to respond to TEA attendance report

October 3108:34 AM
 

Beaumont ISD has an additional week to respond to the Texas Education Agency's preliminary attendance audit report, which the district received Oct. 1, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday. view article arw

Is someone who’s involved in the Ebola drama our DMN Texan of the Year?

October 3108:32 AM
 

Nominate an educator!- js -   Several dozen nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital gathered in front of the hospital to show support for their employer October 20, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Three nurses delivered prepared remarks defending the hospital. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Many readers assume the Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year is going to be someone who’s been involved in the fight against Ebola. That’s a good starting point for our editorial board’s annual deliberations. It’s a local story, and a scary one. It’s also one with global and national implications. view article arw

Texas grid booster shirt banned over rape innuendo

October 3108:32 AM
 

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas school district has banned a T-shirt sold by one of one of its high school's football booster club after the school student newspaper questioned whether the slogan on its front was a rape innuendo. view article arw

Texas’ early voting numbers flat, even with governor race

October 3108:31 AM
 

AUSTIN — If voters are overly excited about electing the first new Texas governor in 14 years and wholesale changes across state government, the turnout so far hasn’t shown it.  Despite a governor’s race between Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis that has generated a combined $83 million in fundraising, and a massive voter outreach effort from the engineers of President Barack Obama’s re-election, early voting across Texas has stayed relatively flat. view article arw

New York:  High-achieving teacher sues state over evaluation labeling her ‘ineffective’

October 3108:31 AM
 

Sheri G. Lederman has been teaching for 17 years as a fourth-grade teacher  in New York’s Great Neck Public School district. Her students consistently  outperform state averages on math and English standardized tests, and  Thomas Dolan, the superintendent of Great Neck schools, signed an affidavit saying “her record is flawless” and that “she is highly regarded as an administrator.” view article arw

“Dark money” rule a win for transparency in Texas

October 3108:31 AM
 

On Wednesday, the Texas Ethics Commission — composed of even numbers of Democrats and Republicans —voted unanimously to begin bringing so-called dark money into the light of public disclosure. We are, as our newly chosen chairman Paul W. Hobby likes to say, “the disclosure agency.” We’re not a legislature, but we’re charged with interpreting and enforcing existing law to help clarify the disclosure process. This we did by ruling that a group is a “political committee” under the Texas Election Code if more than 25 percent of its spending is directed toward the support or opposition of candidates and referenda. Under the same law, political committees must disclose their contributors and their expenditures. view article arw

Breaking News: Hysinger to lead Dumas ISD

October 3108:29 AM
 

Clarendon ISD Superintendent Monty Hysinger was named the lone finalist to be the next superintendent at Dumas by the Dumas ISD Board last night.Hysinger, who is in his 16th year at Clarendon, told the Enterprise today that the move is a good opportunity for him but that moving will be bittersweet.  “It won’t be easy leaving Clarendon,” Hysinger said. “The staff here are like family. I feel like the district is in good shape, and we’ll just need to find a good person to take it and lead it.” view article arw

The problem with tests that are not standardized

October 3108:25 AM
 

I’m baffled by the number of educators who are adamantly opposed to standardized testing yet raise no objection to other practices that share important features with such testing. For starters, consider those lists of specific, prescriptive curriculum standards to which the tests are yoked. Here we find the same top-down control and one-size-fits-all mentality that animate standardized testing.  view article arw

The Hard Part

October 3108:21 AM
 

They never tell you in teacher school, and it’s rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate. view article arw

Bond proposal for new school in Austwell-Tivoli ISD needs Plan B

October 3108:20 AM
 

A bond proposal for a new school will be on the ballot Nov. 4 for consideration by voters in the Austwell-Tivoli Independent School District. The district proposes to finance and build a new junior high and high school and associated facilities in Tivoli at a total cost of $16 million. A 100-desk building for this new Class 1A school is estimated to cost $11.1 million, with the other facilities costing $4 million and a reserve of $900,000 for contingencies or possible overruns. view article arw

Loaded gun found on Klein Forest HS campus

October 3108:20 AM
 

An investigation is underway after a loaded gun was found at a Klein ISD high school Thursday. The gun was found at Klein Forest High School. The school's principal sent a note to parents that reads:  view article arw

Reports of gun on Spring Hill campus proved to be false alarm

October 3108:18 AM
 

SPRING HILL, TX (KLTV) -A quiet morning on the Spring Hill campus quickly turned into a parent's worst nightmare after reports of a person armed with a gun walking in the parking lot near the football field came in.  Around 11 a.m., the school district was put on lockdown, but the gun that was reported was only a wooden rifle stock, and the student who brought it, was allowed to have it on campus.   view article arw

Bob Morrison: Garland ISD student, staff safety a top priority

October 3108:16 AM
 

With student and staff safety a top priority, Garland ISD uses several security measures to ensure these groups are protected. The district’s security department monitors and patrols buildings 24/7. Weapons and drug scans, as well as practice drills for emergency situations, are also regularly conducted. view article arw

West ISD breaks ground for combined campus for middle and high schools

October 3108:10 AM
 

West Independent School District’s board of trustees broke ground on Jerry Mashek Drive on Thursday for the new combined middle and high school campus in what Mayor Tommy Muska calls the final benchmark in the town’s rebuilding efforts since the April 2013 West Fertilizer Co. plant explosion. view article arw

DeSoto ISD trustees pass $9M bond

October 3108:10 AM
 

In a 4 – 2 vote Monday night at the DeSoto Independent School District Board meeting trustees voted yes on $9 million Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB), a U.S. government debt instrument created by Section 226 of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. view article arw

Woman sentenced to 3 years in TDCJ for planting gun in child’s backpack, reporting him to school

October 3107:48 AM
 

A 28-year-old woman was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for planting a pistol in a child’s backpack and anonymously reporting him to the school. Heather Hodges, who pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a weapon on restricted premises in exchange for the dismissal of two lesser charges, was the live-in girlfriend of the boy’s father but they had struggled as a blended family. view article arw

Sheriff’s Office offers school districts shooter training

October 3107:47 AM
 

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Training Division is making available free active shooter training for all county schools, their educators and staff. Deputies Hunter Barnes, Ken Hatcher and Jeff Prater conduct the training. All have been certified as instructors in Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, (ALERRT), including its civilian-oriented component, Citizens Response to an Active Shooter Event (CRASE). view article arw

Port Arthur Students Study Careers

October 3107:47 AM
 

The Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement, Thursday,  hosted Career Day at four Port Arthur ISD schools, reaching 1,500 students in grades eight to 10 to introduce them to various career paths.  The purpose of Career Day is to bring awareness to students about career options they might not be aware exist or mistakenly view as unattainable given personal circumstances.   Students completed assessment tests earlier this year to help them identify career fields based on their talents, abilities, skills and interests.  These fields are among those the students will learn more about during Career Day at their school campus. view article arw

Candidates for La Joya ISD describe goals

October 3107:46 AM
 

With early voting coming to an end, the two slates running for the La Joya Independent School District Board of Trustees continue guarding the polls and defining their objectives. The incumbent party Team Liberty has three members up for re-election: Juan Jose “J.J.” Peña Jr., Juan Jose “J.J.” Garza and Johnn Valente Alaniz. Challengers Fernando Torres, Irma Linda Villarreal and Victoria “Vicky” Cantu have allied to form The Diamond Pack. view article arw