The Dallas ISD school board passed a resolution Thursday night regarding “welcoming and protective” schools. The resolution designates schools as places to educate all children regardless of their immigration status. It’s also points out that under federal and state law, DISD has no authority or role in determining the immigration status of any of its students or families or enforcing federal immigration laws and that nothing in the resolution should be construed as requiring DISD employees to take any action in violating federal or state law. view article arw

The so-called “800-pound gorilla” was acknowledged during the second forum regarding Midland ISD’s Lone Star Governance Plan on Thursday night at Stonegate Fellowship. Discipline was brought up toward the end of the forum, and board members, Midland ISD’s interim superintendent and teachers appeared in agreement that a more controlled classroom is needed for the goals of the governance plan to be completed.

Carl Clemencich, Place 2 trustee on the Allen ISD board of trustees since 2012, is looking at a Place 2 spot on another board.Clemencich has filed for the vacant Place 2 on the Allen City Council. Councilman Ross Obermeyer will step down from his position in Place 2 on the council. He has served in that capacity since 2002. “With Ross Obermeyer deciding not to seek another term with the Allen City Council, this marked the first time in five years that an incumbent was not seeking re-election,” Clemencich said. “Having a demonstrated long history of volunteerism, I constantly seek out opportunities to utilize my experience and education for the betterment of our community.” view article arw

The McKinney ISD board of trustees race is underway and candidates are now officially kicking off their campaigns. There are four seats up for grabs this year—Place 1, Place 2, Place 3 and Place 7, which is an at-large seat. Early voting runs April 24-May 2 and election day is May 6. The last day to register to vote is April 6. view article arw

Barack Obama was only months into his second presidential term the last time Denton ISD had an active school board election. This year, though, voters will get to choose between five candidates for two open board seats. Alfredo Sanchez will challenge incumbent Jim Alexander for his Place 6 seat, while incumbent Dorothy Martinez, Justin Bell and Sam Ortiz will go head to head for the Place 7 seat. view article arw

Beaumont ISD is investigating the eligibility of two candidates for the board of trustees after both learned state law will likely prevent them for running for the district's school board in May. BISD Attorney David Mendez said Kevin Reece will be eligible if he drops his bid for city council, which he also filed for, while Daniel Ozane's candidacy depends on him being pardoned for a 1995 felony conviction. view article arw

Elgin voters will only have one race to decide in the May 6 general election for city and school board seats. Elgin voters will only have one race to decide in the May 6 general election for city and school board seats. District 2 lies on the west side of Elgin, largely north of Hwy. 290 and south of Mundine Road. view article arw

City, school board candidates file

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This year, current Mayor Chris Alexander will have opposition in the race for mayor of the City of Fort Stockton. According to City Secretary Delma Gonzalez, the current mayor, Chris Alexander, has filed to run again this year, and also filing to run for the office is George "Corky" Nuñez. She also noted that filing for the two regular council seats that are up for two-year terms were current councilmen Ruben Falcon and Dino Ramirez, Jr., as well as challenger, Mike Stallard. No one filed for the one year remaining of the seat vacated recently by Frank Rodriguez, so Mike Ureta, Jr., who was appointed by the council to fill that position until the election, will continue to do so. view article arw

At a board meeting Tuesday, new revelations shed more light on the growing financial mess at Dallas County Schools.  Board members peppered Superintendent Rick Sorrells with question after question about how the school bus agency ended up $40 million off budget and why they were not told about the crisis earlier.  DCS staff acknowledged Tuesday the agency could run out of money by May or June unless they can renegotiate payments on millions of dollars of debt they've taken on in recent years. view article arw

At a board meeting Tuesday, new revelations shed more light on the growing financial mess at Dallas County Schools. Board members peppered Superintendent Rick Sorrells with question after question about how the school bus agency ended up $40 million off budget and why they were not told about the crisis earlier. view article arw

Here’s what you need to know from Tuesday’s Georgetown ISD board of trustees meeting: Community-based accountability system after several discussions upon the Jan. 6 release of the Texas Education Agency’s preliminary A-F rating system grades, action was taken to implement a community-based accountability system for GISD. view article arw

Local May 6 elections feature one contested race for a seat on the West Lake Hills City Council and two contested races for seats on the Eanes school board.In West Lake Hills, Council Member Rhonda McCollough has filed for re-election in Place 1, and Council Member Jim O’Connor filed for re-election in Place 5. Mayor Pro Tem Stan Graham has not filed for re-election in Place 3. Instead, residents Ambrose Krumpe and Beth South have both filed for Place 3 candidacy. South has previously served in a temporary position on the City Council. City Council members serve two-year terms. view article arw

The Austin school board Monday night unanimously approved 9-0 a resolution in support of undocumented students. The resolution includes language stating that: “all students are entitled to a public education regardless of their immigration status or the status of their parents,” “schools and classrooms are safe, welcoming and inclusive places for all students and all families, regardless of their immigration status,” view article arw

Voters in Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District will have nine choices on the May 6 school trustees election as two additional people filed Friday for a total of nine candidates. That makes three incumbents and six challengers who have signed up to run in the school board election. “We had two more people sign up for school board election Friday before the deadline,” Lenise Boseman, Como-Pickton CISD election officer, reported Monday morning. view article arw

San Antonio Independent School District trustee Olga Hernandez should resign her school board seat. Hernandez, 66, was indicted last week on public corruption charges in connection with an ongoing federal investigation into a bribery and kickback plan involving local school district vendors. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District’s fiscal budget issues and teacher contract terminations will be discussed at 6 p.m. today by the board of trustees at its workshop meeting. The district will discuss making an amendment to the fiscal year 2017 budget. Also, the district will discuss the planning calendar for the fiscal year 2018 budget, as well as some of the budget projections. view article arw

The Wichita Falls ISD will soon become a District of Innovation, following a vote by school board members Monday night. The trustees voted to make the move to a District of Innovation, which will allow the district to have exemptions from some state education requirements. WFISD superintendent Michael Kuhrt says the districts plans will be transparent with the committee decisions moving forward. view article arw

Humble ISD approved Flex Zone Plan

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Humble ISD has agreed to a "flex zone" to alleviate some of the frustrations from parents affected by the new boundaries for the district's newest elementary school situated in The Groves. The zone provides parents with the option of enrolling their children in the schools they are zoned to or attending the new school with provided bus transportation. view article arw

Today is the last chance to file for May 6 city council and school board races across East Texas.  Candidates can file at their local city halls and school district administration offices, including Longview City Hall, 300 W. Cotton St., and Longview ISD's central office, 1301 E. Young St.  Early voting is April 24 through May 2. view article arw

Killeen ISD board to meet Tuesday

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The Killeen Independent School District board of trustees will meet Tuesday to discuss taking action regarding recommendations of an independent hearing examiner during a workshop meeting. At the meeting, the board will deliberate regarding the appointment of an independent hearing examiner in the matter of proposed teacher contract terminations. view article arw

Olga Hernandez, a San Antonio Independent School District board member, was arrested Thursday, a day after a federal indictment charged her with at least one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. Hernandez allegedly took trips to Las Vegas, among other things, paid for by insurance brokers and consultants in an attempt to influence SAISD insurance contacts, federal sources said. view article arw

Carolyn Cogburn has joined three other candidates in the race for an at-large position on the Nacogdoches ISD Board of Trustees. view article arw

San Antonio Independent School District Board Trustee Olga Hernandez was arrested Thursday on federal charges in connection with a bribery and kickback scheme. Hernandez, 66, is accused of accepting cash, jewelry, and travel from people working for a school district insurance carrier and a paid independent insurance consultant for her influence on the district's board of trustees and her vote on numerous insurance services contracts awarded to the companies with whom the co-conspirators had a financial interest. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD is one step closer to gaining a district of innovation designation. The district's Academic Advisory Council, a group of staff, teachers, parents and community members that helps shape district priorities, goals and district-wide classroom instructional programs, approved Feb. 8 a local innovation plan that, if passed by the school board, would give Fort Bend ISD more flexibility when it comes to the calendar, student attendance and teacher certification requirements. view article arw

Victoria school district officials will receive a briefing of hot topics at the 85th legislative session starting at Thursday's board meeting. Shawna Currie, communications director for the district, will provide an update on bills that are of interest to educational entities, she said. view article arw

The Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees is looking towards the future for the district, as the Final Review of 2017 Goal Setting for Bullard ISD list was released during the February regular scheduled meeting, held Monday, Feb. 13. “The list of district goals for Bullard ISD is a part of the superintendent’s evaluation,” said John Alexander, Bullard ISD Board of Trustees President. “The first two parts, which are Evaluation of Domains and Compensation for the Superintendent, are confidential, but we decided to make the third part, which is a list of the district’s goals, available to the public. The list of district goals is a direct result of board members working hard and attending several special meetings. We’re elected to serve our community and to bring our ideas and visions together. This is a very comprehensive roadmap for our district’s future.” view article arw

Denton ISD discusses budget

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Though it won’t be finalized until June, Denton ISD budget talks got underway at Tuesday night’s board meeting. Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Debbie Monschke presented facts and figures delineating the district’s revenue and expenditures over the course of five years. She also went over a tentative schedule if the board decides to call for a tax ratification election in September. view article arw

Following in the footsteps of school districts across the state, the Cleburne ISD board of trustees on Monday approved the district to become a District of Innovation. Passed during the 84th Legislative session, House Bill 1842 gives traditional school districts most of the flexibilities available to open enrollment charter schools. To access these flexibilities, a district must adopt an innovation plan as set forth in the Texas Education Code. view article arw

Mesquite ISD board gets fired up

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The Mesquite ISD school board meeting Monday night kicked off with an executive session to discuss personnel matters. Upon their return, the board members took a moment to discuss issues that got them fired up. President Robert Seward said a few of the board members went to Washington D.C. recently to visit with the legislators about some national legislation. In the coming weeks the members will take turns going down to Austin to speak about Texas issues regarding education. "It takes more than just this board, it takes commitment from our staff, our citizens, our parents, everybody in this community, to also contact your legislator on issues that are very important to this school district,” he said. view article arw

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees has appointed Edward Hanna to take the vacant Place 4 board seat. Trustees made the decision Wednesday after deciding last week to forego a special election to fill the vacancy. Hanna, a vice president at BBVA Compass who also serves on the board of directors of the Round Rock Chamber, thanked trustees Wednesday and said he hopes to serve RRISD well.  view article arw

Two additional candidates, incumbent Kay Glenn and candidate Joey Bush, filed Tuesday morning for spots on the May 6 Yantis Independent School District trustees ballot. Bush signed up Tuesday afternoon as a candidate for election for the two remaining years of the late Mike Kenney’s term on the school board. Bush is a firefighter and has lived in the district for five years. Also seeking election to the two-year unexpired term on the school board are candidates April Johnson and Tyra Kenemore. Johnson, a stay-at-home mom, has lived in the district for 11 years. Kenemore, a deputy clerk at Hopkins County District Clerk’s office, has lived in the district for 36 years. view article arw

Notice is hereby given that on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 6:00 PM the Board of Trustees of the Bonham School District will hold a Regular Meeting at the Bonham ISD Administration Center, 1005 Chestnut Street, Bonham, Texas 75418. The subjects to be discussed are listed on the agenda which is attached to and made a part of this Notice. view article arw

Canutillo school board members are considering a resolution to publicly oppose housing developments that would bring more poor students into the district, saying they’re too costly to educate. view article arw

Fort Worth Independent School District administrators will implement “choice zones” for three areas surrounding two of the district’s high schools. Southwest High School and South Hills High School are close in proximity, but each faces a huge disparity regarding student population.The two schools are less than two miles apart and are relatively the same campus size. Southwest High School has 1,300 students while South Hills High School has 2,600 students. view article arw

FORT WORTH  Fort Worth school trustees voted Tuesday in favor of a racial and ethnic equity policy aimed at helping more students succeed by eliminating institutional racism that creates opportunity gaps for minority children.  The school board voted on two items on Tuesday night’s agenda — the first reading of the policy and allocating an estimated $1.37 million for training of the district’s 11,000 employees. Both items passed with 8-0 votes. Trustee T.A. Sims was not present for the vote. The board will have to vote on secondary reading of the policy in an upcoming meeting.  Nine people spoke in favor of the policy during the open comment portion of the meeting, including two students. No one spoke against the policy.   view article arw