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A record turnout of retired teachers welcomed H.T. Sanchez, superintendent of Plainview ISD, as he addressed the Plainview Area of Retired School Personnel Association (PARSPA) on Sept. 9. Sanchez reminded the assembly that in the past year, Plainview High School ranked in the top 300 high schools in Texas, according to U.S. News and World Report, and that last year, PHS again earned a "High B" ranking. view article arw

Paris ISD and Paris High School are proud to announce 11 students, including eight from the 2019 graduating class, have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. view article arw

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD students Ruby Alfaro, Marlene Cabrera, Dadah Smith and Lizbeth Carrera participated in the Student Innovation Challenge at the Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards Convention, held in Dallas.  view article arw

Two Brownsville Independent School District schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education, joining 420 schools nationally to be so honored. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made the announcement Thursday. Each year the education department honors the nation's top schools in one of two performance categories based on student scores: view article arw

Dublin Elementary School received notice of a nice, new ribbon last week. It's blue. The school is one of 27 Texas schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Blue Ribbon Schools are awarded by the department to districts for a "school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups," the department said in a news release announcing the winners. view article arw

LISD's four Blue Ribbon nominated schools were officially recognized on Thursday over a live stream by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and were awarded with the coveted Blue Ribbon award. The four elementary schools are Anita Dovalina, J.C. Martin, M.S. Ryan and H.B. Zachry. The recognition was based on their academic performance and/or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, states the U.S. Department of Education website. These schools were four out of 349 in the entire country — along with two LISD schools that were awarded prior to Thursday — giving LISD a total of six Blue Ribbon schools. view article arw

“Which school district is successfully preparing students to be college and career ready?”  In the era of school choice, the Texas Education Agency set out to create an accountability system that would better assist parents in answering this daunting question.  TEA also awards districts in the state with a Postsecondary Readiness Distinction Designation based on factors such as graduation rates, ACT/SAT participation and performance, Career and Technical Education graduates, and dual-credit course completion rates.  As the proud superintendent of Team SISD, I am honored to report that the Socorro Independent School District is the largest district in Texas to earn both an “A” grade and a Postsecondary Readiness Distinction. view article arw

San Antonio’s business and city leaders say the upheaval in Southside school districts could have a harmful impact on the economic prospects and growth of the area.  In the last three years, the State of Texas took control of two districts with campuses south of U.S. Highway 90, eyed a takeover in a third, and opened an investigation into another. Amid this turmoil, the membership of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce saw such a need for change that it identified public education reform as its No. 1 goal in 2019. view article arw

In a Sept. 5 letter to the Austin ISD community, Superintendent Paul Cruz wrote the district is considering school changes because district leaders know they must “fundamentally change” the education system. Whether you’re a parent, a community member or a student, you may be wondering why these fundamental changes are necessary. AISD’s enrollment has dropped by more than 6,000 students in the last six years, and many of its schools are too big for the number of students enrolled there. view article arw

Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa's contract has been extended through the Fall of 2024. view article arw

The U.S. Department of Education announced yesterday that 26 public schools nominated by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) have received Blue Ribbon honors for 2019. read more arw

TOP LYS TWEETS – SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

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If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.  Your skill may get you to the top, but your character will keep you there. (By @GrowingLeaders) view article arw

Read - js - No one in her family had ever left home for college. Before Hurricane Katrina, just half of New Orleans public school students earned a high school diploma, and few went on to succeed at a university. But as her mother steered toward Alabama, Williams believed she would be different. She’d spent four years at a high school determined to send minority students like her to college. She’d earned a high GPA, an above-average ACT score and a scholarship  worth tens of thousands of dollars. She’d been one of the first graduates in a new charter school landscape that many in New Orleans believed could fix a broken education system. view article arw

The following reveal test results from the 2018-19 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR exam. view article arw

HUDSON — Hudson Middle School students have a chance to get their hands dirty this semester in the first ceramics-focused art class.  Melanie Moses teaches the class that she said incorporates art, science, history, culture, leadership and interpersonal communication.  “In this class, the students learn creative problem solving, which is great for everything,” Moses said. “They find out what works and what doesn’t, and clay is so forgiving. You can add or subtract, you can carve it, and if it doesn’t work out, you can put it back.”  The district has had a kiln for about 20 years, but it has never had a ceramics-dedicated lab. Several students said this was their favorite class of the day. view article arw

Students in the Lufkin school district who have been diagnosed with dyslexia had the chance to showcase their artwork Sunday at the Museum of East Texas.  The Dyslexia Art Showcase was titled ‘‘The Gift of Creativity,’’ gave those students who may struggle in the classroom a place to shine.  “Our children have lots of trouble with reading and printed word, and usually the creative side of their brain is the side where they excel,’’ program coordinator Alys Ray said. ‘‘We wanted to give them a chance to show what they excel at.’’  Ray said she was encouraged to see the support that the students who submitted artwork had. view article arw

Houston ISD’s Field Elementary and Project Chrysalis Middle schools joined Houston’s River Oaks Baptist School as recipients of the 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award on Thursday, earning one of the nation’s highest honors for academic success.  The U.S. Department of Education announced that 362 campuses across the nation received the recognition, which has been awarded annually since 1982 to schools with strong academic results or success in closing achievement gaps. Houston ISD has received at least one National Blue Ribbon Award for six consecutive years. view article arw

Addressing a room filled with angry and teary-eyed parents, an Austin school administrator apologized for the missteps the district has taken in rolling out its multi-year plan to shutter 12 schools.  Matias Segura, the district’s operations officer, on Wednesday night told parents and families at Webb Middle School that the district has not done a good job of communicating the plan. view article arw

USA Today ranked Wichita Falls High School graduation rate #1 in the United States, a big 97.4%. But, Michael Kuhrt, WFISD Superintendent says in 2014-2015 the numbers actually exceeds that. “I don’t think we are quite that, I think we are closer to 99% plus.” Kuhrt said.  view article arw

HUDSON — The Hudson school trustees heard several presentations during their Thursday meeting. Staci Hodges, executive director of Junior Achievement, gave the first presentation on how Junior Achievement has been involved with HISD. “Junior Achievement is a youth development organization,” Hodges said. “We are a nonprofit, volunteer driven, and we go into the classrooms and teach kids K-12 programming to prepare them for their futures.”  Last year, the organization was in 246 classrooms in all six Angelina County public schools. It impacted 4,800 students. Of the 246 classrooms, 87 were at Hudson. Hodges also recognized Hudson as the school partner of the year.  It arose from a robotics program led by Ladner and expanded into drones, rockets, aviation, avionics and more. “What you’re going to see tonight started out with Lego robots,” Crenshaw said. “It goes to show the lengths we have gone to, starting out with the basics and a very supportive district and community that believe in what we’re doing.” view article arw

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) hosted a Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its newest facility the Dr. Daniel P. King PSJA College & University Center on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.  read more arw

A month into the 2019-20 school year, the Comal Independent School District board of trustees continues to focus on the future of the district.  Comal ISD trustees met for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Tuesday evening, during which they discussed future bond options, including a potential future event center, and heard the quarterly construction update. Trustees also approved several important items, such as the tax rate for tax year 2019 — down 7 cents from last year — and maximum class size exceptions for the ongoing school year. view article arw

COLLEGE LOAN DEBT – PART 2

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The blanket elimination of college loan debt is the Democrat’s version of vouchers. Just as vouchers promise one thing (providing options for poor and minority students) while doing another (actually providing tax breaks and subsidies for the rich), the same is true for college loan forgiveness.  Wait a minute… What??? view article arw

As the 2019-2020 school year continues, Longview ISD is placing part of its focus on future classes. The district is in the process of expanding its current International Baccalaureate program to all of its campuses, while also adding a fourth IB program to its current three. "We want to open up the IB more for all students," Linda Buie, Dean of Instruction Implementing at Longview ISD, said. "It helps make students global citizens. It helps them to become critical thinkers." view article arw

The Lockhart school Board of Trustees on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Austin Community College that will provide students with opportunities to accrue college credits while still in high school. Trustees met at their regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening. view article arw

Since 2000, Texas public school students have consistently scored above the national average on the 8th grade NAEP Math assessment. Since 2009, Texas 8th graders have scored above their national peers in NAEP Science assessment. view article arw

Pearland Independent School District saw its earned A rating from the Texas Education Agency downgraded to a B because 10 students in one school didn’t perform well on a state math assessment.  The district is appealing the score, but Superintendent John Kelly said he is happy overall with how TEA grades school districts.  He said the accountability system places a much higher value on individual student growth and on how prepared graduates are when it comes to entering college, starting a career or heading into the military. “The best way to improve student achievement is to look at the data, and I don’t like downplaying tests as though that’s only a fraction of what we’re all about,” Kelly said. “Testing is probably the most objective way to look at achievement, and I think this accountability system is the fairest system I’ve seen in the last 30 years.” view article arw

Carthage ISD officials are working on state-mandated targeted improvement plans for two campuses after they earned C, D and F scores in recently-released state accountability ratings. Targeted plans to improve Libby Elementary School and Baker-Koonce Intermediate School are expected to be approved by the school board at their October meeting. view article arw

COLLEGE LOAN DEBT – PART 1

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The Democrats are beating the drum for College Loan forgiveness, with every candidate seemingly trying to out promise the others.  Be wary… This is an evil problem with a righteous solution.  Yes, college loans debt is astronomical and growing. Yes, there are people that have been taken advantage. But the solution is not universal loan forgiveness. First of all, that kind of screws all the people who paid for college with their savings, borrowed sparingly, and sacrificed to pay off their debt.  I could stop there, but that sounds like a grumpy old man complaint. So, I’ll provide some options. view article arw

As Austin ISD prepares to change where thousands of students will attend school and what programs are available, district leaders said they are dedicated to succeeding in balancing equity and helping low-income families. Scenarios presented in AISD’s school changes plan Sept. 5 outline numerous new programs throughout the district, redraw boundaries and feeder patterns, and close 12 schools. None of those closures, according to AISD documents, would impact Northwest Austin students. view article arw

Twenty-one classes within Eanes ISD currently exceed the district’s recommended student-to-teacher ratio of 22-1, per the grade’s guidelines. All exceeding classes are within the third and fourth grade levels, according to district memorandum. The increased class-size ratio is likely due to a 5% elementary school enrollment increase for the 2019-20 school year, according to a memorandum to the district. This increase is the result of families moving into the district with five to 10 year old children, according to the district memorandum. view article arw

Northwest ISD’s board of trustees at its Sept. 9 meeting approved a district improvement plan for its 2019-20 academic year. The plan includes objectives focused on student achievement and district engagement. view article arw

On September 21, the Frenship High School Band Auxiliary Units were named Grand Champions at the West Texas Auxiliary Championship (WTAC) for the 21st year in a row. According to a release from Frenship High School, The WTAC was held at Coronado High School with schools from across west Texas competitions between percussionists, twirlers, drum majors and color guard members. view article arw

These tables reveal test results from the 2018-19 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, exam. Community Impact Newspaper publishes STAAR and A-F accountability rating results by campus and school district. The STAAR scores shown are for the spring 2019 administration of the test, but the TEA accountability ratings factor in additional administrations and other factors. The following are scores and ratings for non-Plano ISD schools that have attendance zones within Plano city limits. (via Sources: Frisco ISD, Texas Education Agency/Community Impact Newspaper) view article arw

UT’s automatic admission threshold will remain at 6% for the 2021-22 application cycle, according to a letter sent by President Gregory Fenves to the Texas Education Agency .  Senate Bill 175 requires the University to offer automatic admission to 75% of the University’s enrollment capacity for in-state, first-time undergraduates. The University determined that automatically admitting Texas high school students in the top 6% of their 2021 graduating class will meet this requirement, according to the letter delivered to Mike Morath, the Texas Education Agency commissioner, on Sept. 11.  view article arw