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Mission CISD looks at raising taxes
The tax rate at Mission CISD might be raised anywhere from 5.5 and 13 cents to help make ends meet as the district faces a $3.2 million shortfall this current fiscal year. Committee members discussed the shortfall and possible tax increase during a recent finance committee meeting when budget personnel estimated an even bigger shortfall next year if the tax rate is not increased. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:16

S&S ISD considers allowing administration to carry guns on campus
One Texoma school district is considering allowing staff members to carry licensed firearms. The public forum in Sadler tonight was a chance for community members to voice their concerns about the potential "Defender" program in their school district. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:16

Amarillo: AISD offers students real-world experience
Through the Pursuing Real Opportunity internship program, Palo Duro High School senior Tracy Bradley is gaining experience that will bring him closer to his aspiration to becoming a U.S. marshal. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:15

Davis Continues Attacks on Abbott's Education Proposals
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Monday accused Republican opponent Greg Abbott of proposing increased testing and denying equal access to pre-kindergarten education. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:15

Lavine, Castro: State should invest more funding for future growth
Maybe it's collective memory loss. Or maybe those calling for a tax cut in 2015 were simply on vacation when the 2011 Texas Legislature made massive cuts to Texas schools and health care, or when the 2013 Legislature barely put a dent in the mindboggling, unmet need for highways. Whatever the case may be, there is no "surplus." View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:15

Rocketship Charters Have a Bumpy Ride in Nashville: Follow the Money
Rocketship Charters are planning to open in Nashville and Memphis, but there have been a few problems along the way. Lisa Fingeroot of the Nashville Ledger writes that the for-profit corporation,which relies on computers to cut costs, has experienced a dramatic decline in its test scores in the past few years. Once hailed as the “next big thing” because of its high scores, that reputation has melted away, as this article shows. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:11

Former Beaumont ISD employees guilty of stealing over $4 million
The former Director of Finance and Comptroller of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:10

Galveston: GISD gets $4M grant for courses centered on jobs
Galveston Independent School District has been awarded a $4 million grant to better prepare high school students for college and the workforce. The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education created the Youth CareerConnect grant to provide funding for high schools to implement a career-based curriculum to train students for the competitive job market awaiting them after graduation. It focuses prominently on high-demand careers with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:10

Odessa: On pace to see highest number of homeless children in ECISD
The Community Outreach Center is a resource for children and parents in Ector County Independent School District. They abide by the McKinney Vento Act, a federal law that guarantees enrollment and stability for homeless children in school. It also provides funding to states to support programs to help homeless students. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:10

S&S ISD considers allowing administration to carry guns on campus
SADLER, TX -- One Texoma school district is considering allowing staff members to carry licensed firearms. The public forum in Sadler tonight was a chance for community members to voice their concerns about the potential "Defender" program in their school district. This program would allow 20 to 25 staff members carry guns on campus. Superintendent Tommy Hunter says this program is necessary for Sadler due to lack of a police presence. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:08

Tatum ISD eyes changes brought by House Bill 5
Class scheduling changes are on the table in Tatum ISD as the district seeks to comply with a new bill that is changing graduation and curriculum requirements. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:03

Hardin ISD voters to decide on new elementary school
Hardin ISD would like to build a new elementary school, and to that end the school board has schedule a bond election for this coming May 10. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:01

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Midland: MISD approves maximum price for 2 new elementaries
Midland ISD’s board of trustees unanimously approved a $36,932,000 guaranteed maximum price for the construction of the district’s two new elementary schools -- Barbara Fasken Elementary in the Vineyard development and the west Midland Legends Park school. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:55

Beaumont: BISD board meets Monday to fulfill TEA mandates
The Beaumont ISD board of trustees will meet Monday night to discuss the addition of a manual that outlines correct procedures for finance employees, one of the 10 actions required by the Texas Education Agency in its final investigative report of BISD's finances. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:50

El Paso ISD teachers protest coming district-wide changes
El Paso Independent School District teachers gathered Monday afternoon at Brown Middle School protesting new changes coming down next school year. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:50

Beaumont: Community reacts to TEA takeover of BISD
Reaction from the community about the takeover of the Beaumont Independent School District has been mixed. It seems a lot of people, especially parents of BISD students, are relieved that things with are finally moving forward. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:47

Killeen ISD honors its volunteers
The Killeen Independent School District’s top civilian volunteer stitched together juice-pouch purses to raise money for a decorative fence sign. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:47

Thousands of parents sign up kids for Dallas ISD pre-K
Thousands of parents answered Dallas ISD’s call last week to enroll their children in prekindergarten classes. The district says more than 6,200 parents have registered their kids in pre-K — an increase from 3,288 around this time last year. The increase does not include numbers from 17 of 150 elementary schools that have yet to report. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:47

Floresville: FISD director of transportation reportedly placed on leave
Ten days after KSAT aired exclusive video of a Floresville bus driver mocking a crying student, emails to KSAT are reporting the Floresville ISD director of transportation has been placed on administrative leave. FISD Superintendent Dr. Sherri Bays would not answer questions regarding the news, saying, "Personnel matters are confidential, therefore I am not at liberty to discuss them." View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:46

Coldspring donates $250 to COCISD Education Foundation
As a new school year draws to a close, the City of Coldspring has made a donation to the Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Education Foundation to support the school’s funding for the upcoming academic banquet. The Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Education Foundation strives to enrich teaching opportunities and to inspire and promote learning among the students in the school district. As students start to move away from school and into college, the Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Education Foundation seeks to honor the top 10 seniors with the academic banquet. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:45

La Joya ISD Considers Bus Cameras
One valley school district is considering installing cameras on school buses along with a sophisticated system that could help keep students safe. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:45

Longview ISD talks private bus management
Longview’s largest school district took the first step Monday toward privatizing the management of its bus system. Longview ISD trustees voted unanimously to allow district staff to seek proposals from companies who professionally manage transportation systems. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:45

Longview ISD to assess vacant building for STEM campus
Longview ISD’s trustees moved ahead Monday with plans that may lead to an Elementary STEM Academy in the former LEAD Academy building. “We have the Global High, which if you look at the demographic of those students that are participating in that, to have that and offer as a feeder to Global High, I think that is excellent,” board President Ted Beard said. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:45

Longview ISD: District debates STEM Academy
The Longview ISD Board of Trustees might begin considering an Elementary STEM Academy to be housed at the former LEAD Academy building when it meets Monday. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:45

State to take over Beaumont ISD
Beaumont Independent School District is being taken over by the Texas Education Agency after being investigated over its finances and its handling of services to disabled students, officials announced Monday. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:45

UPDATE: Hackers targeting Sherman ISD
In an email to KTEN, April Patterson, SISD director of communications wrote, "Sherman ISD's network has security measures in place to protect its systems and data. An outside service that attacks or tests systems with large amounts of traffic has been directed at the Sherman ISD network by a third-party, and during such events Internet access is congested. These unauthorized attacks were reported for investigation. However, no student data has been compromised and Sherman ISD is not aware of a breach of the security measures. The network is still in operation." View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:45

Abilene ISD to hold classes Good Friday, Wylie cancels school board election
Abilene public schools will conduct regular school days Friday and then on Monday, May 26, as makeup days for classes canceled this year due to bad weather. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:44

Wendy Davis criticizes Abbott's education plan during Corpus Christi visit (+Video)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will discuss her pre-K education plan, comparing it against the plan proposed by her Republican opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, at a news conference at 11:45 a.m. today at JFK Elementary School. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:39

Fort Bend Voters League holding candidate forum for Fort Bend ISD school board
The Fort Bend Voters League has organized a candidate forum on Sunday, April 27 for Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustee aspirants. The forum will be held at the University of Sienna Branch Library at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. in Missouri City. A meet and greet for Fort Bend Municipal candidates and officeholders will take place at 2 p.m. followed by the debate at 2:45 p.m. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:30

Southside ISD irons out grievance with bus drivers
The Southside Independent School District settled a grievance filed by bus drivers who claimed they were shortchanged incentive pay for perfect attendance. The district agreed Monday to pay 11 bus drivers $250 each. The Level III grievance, which was filed in February on behalf of the district bus drivers by Southside Education Association President Susan Richardson, asked the district to pay the drivers for perfect attendance and not retaliate against them. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:30

Joe Smith: A Step In The Right Direction - April 14, 2014
The SBOE has decided to allow school districts to each decide if they wish to offer a course in Mexican American studies. Texas school districts will have a list of state approved textbooks if they opt to offer the class. This is not exactly what everyone wanted but most agree that it is at least a step in the right direction.
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Congratulations to the following New Supers:
Angela Matterson, Director of Polk County Special Services Co-Op, has been named New Super of Colmesneil ISD.
Terry Myers, Superintendent of Clovis MSD, Clovis, NM, has been named New Super of Crockett ISD.
Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez, El Paso ISD, has been named New Super of Tornillo ISD.
Bryan Lee, Superintendent of Iredell ISD, has been named New Super of Central Heights ISD.
Sheryl Moore, Exec. Director of Secondary Ed, Montgomery ISD, has been named New Super of Sealy ISD.
  Apr 14, 2014, 09:00

Senate Education Committee 10 AM Today
The Senate Education Committee holds an interim hearing at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Extension on implementation of HB 5. (agenda)   Apr 14, 2014, 08:46

Proclamation 2016 to include ethnic studies materials
AUSTIN - The State Board of Education Friday broadened its call for new textbooks for Special Topics in Social Studies to include but not be limited to, Mexican American Studies, African American Studies, Native American Studies and Asian American Studies. The board did not create new courses to cover these ethnic studies programs. Instead local school districts and charters may use a general set of curriculum standards for a course called Special Topics in Social Studies. Using these curriculum standards, districts have had the ability to create their own ethnic studies courses for years but there have not been state-approved textbooks for the classes. View Article ]   Apr 14, 2014, 08:38

Why Mexican-American Studies Is 'Going To Spread Like Wildfire' In Texas
Texas took a step toward instituting ethnic studies courses in public schools across the state on Wednesday, with the State Board of Education voting 11 to 3 to create instructional materials for such classes. Activists had pushed since November for the Texas SBOE to create a statewide Mexican-American studies curriculum, arguing that such courses would help boost student achievement and foster cultural awareness in the state’s majority-Hispanic school system. View Article ]   Apr 14, 2014, 08:38

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