Amarillo College may soon be filled with more students from Amarillo's Independent School District than ever before. "Over the course of the last year, we've been talking about what would make ACE more impactful to our community and that's how this discussion grew," President/CEO of Amarillo Area Foundation, Clay Stribling said. view article arw

State auditors recently found that the Texas Education Agency failed in ensuring school districts met agency requirements and eligibility to receive money for school facility improvements. The inadequate controls garnered a high rating from auditors, which means the identified issues could substantially affect the TEA’s ability to administer the Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA) if they are not addressed. view article arw

Humble ISD Education Foundation launched a backpack drive as one of several ways to help families and community members affected by Hurricane Harvey. Jerri Monbaron, executive director for Humble ISD Education Foundation, said as soon as they realized the impact Tropical Storm Harvey had on their community, they quickly got to work on ways to assist families. view article arw

A grassroots effort to help those displaced by flooding has evolved into a multi-community campaign, now known as the Backpack Challenge, to put backpacks and school supplies in the hands of 10,000 children in need. Matthew Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Insurance Group in Willis, and his father got into their boat to help with water rescues as homes flooded north of Houston last week. They were able to help a few people before their boat began experiencing issues, and they only barely made it back to safety. view article arw

Eight teachers with the Brownwood Independent School District have received funding through the Brownwood Education Foundation for classroom initiatives. The BEF awarded the 2017 Classroom Grants for Innovate Teaching during the BISD Convocation ceremony for faculty and staff. Eighteen requests for the grant funds were received in May and early June of this year. A committee consisting of BISD administration representatives and Foundation board members reviewed each application and selected 8 initiatives to fund. view article arw

Lockhart ISD Superintendent Susan Bohn has announced an award of $316,000 to the district from the Hogg Foundation to boost student achievement through campus-based mental health services. The district will use video conferencing technology in schools to address financial, scheduling, and transportation barriers that prevent students from accessing services. The grant is part of a total of $2 million the Hogg Foundation awarded to seven Texas nonprofit entities this month. LISD is the lone school district in the list of this year’s grantees. view article arw

Waco Independent School District is hoping to cut repeat placements in disciplinary alternative school by 15 percent and cut suspensions by 10 percent with new help from a $235,000 grant awarded to Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work by the University of Texas’ Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The three-year grant will provide mental health screenings for students entering Waco ISD’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program, offer the students individualized transition plans for re-entering their home campus and provide updated training for staff and administrators districtwide, according to a Baylor press release on the grant. view article arw

As Marshall ISD teachers and staff celebrated the start of the 2017-18 school year Tuesday during the district's annual convocation, the Marshall ISD Education Foundation gave them all about 50,000 more reasons to celebrate. "We have been blessed to give grants in the past but this is our largest amount so far," MISD Education Foundation President Keith Hill said on Tuesday. "We awarded 56 grants to about 70 teachers today for a total of about $50,817 and some change." view article arw

The Community Foundation of West Texas is pleased to announce the awarding of Mini-Grants for Teachers totaling over $30,000.00 to fifty-one South Plains Area elementary and secondary school teachers for the implementation of creative classroom projects during the 2017 - 2018 school year.  These projects will provide exceptional educational opportunities for more than 5,000 students. Mini-Grants for Teachers is a program that recognizes the commitment of great teachers and awards grants of up to $1000 for creative classroom projects that will enrich their curriculum. This is the eighteenth year of the program. All K-12 teachers who teach in an accredited school within the South Plains area are eligible to apply in June of each year.  view article arw

Hallsville ISD Education Foundation and Pegues Hurst Ford Motor Company of Longview have once again teamed up to raise money for the foundation, which provides grants to teachers and dual credit scholarships for Hallsville High School students. view article arw

Three Georgetown ISD educators won grants in July from the A+ Education Foundation, a philanthropic arm of A+ Federal Credit Union that supports innovative school programs. view article arw

The Comal ISD Community Education Department received $5,000 from the GVTC Foundation recently. One hundred percent of the donation will go toward the Community Education Department’s scholarship fund. This will benefit Comal ISD students who might not otherwise be able to afford Community Education classes such as Art, LEGOs, Drama, and Athletic classes. view article arw

A new symbol of hometown pride will soon catch the eyes, and wind, of passersby in the Gingerbread City. Headed by Drew Sambell, president of the Education Foundation for Waxahachie ISD, community members and WISD supporters now have the opportunity to purchase green-and-white spirit flags to fly outside of their homes or places of business. The flag, which depicts a white block “W” with a spear passing through its center on a green background, cost $125. These flags will be used to show Waxahachie ISD spirit and support on athletic game days, concert or theatrical play nights, or during a UIL, band, spirit or charmer competition, among other events. view article arw

This time last year, thousands of dollars made their way to the Bryan and College Station school districts as part of the governor's push to provide a higher tier of pre-kindergarten classes. This summer, the districts are crafting their budgets to meet those standards without the same funding. Coming out the 2015 legislative session the state incentivized certain classroom standards -- such as certified teachers, parent engagement programs and smaller student-teacher ratios -- with the High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten Grant Program. Going into the next biennium, however, the legislators required districts keep the same quality of education but removed the grant program. view article arw

The Austin College STAR Leadership Program in the sciences has been awarded a $299,999 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project, “Developing Science Leaders Through Applied Learning Experiences and Reflection.” The purpose of the project is to support undergraduate research teams, comprised of faculty and students. It will also support independently designed service learning projects to expand the current STEM Teaching and Research (STAR) Leadership Program. view article arw

Starting this school year Wichita Falls Independent School District students will benefit from a $660,000 reading program, and it is all thanks to the generosity of the McCoy Foundation out of Wichita Falls. “We are just honored the McCoy Foundation thinks that much of WFISD students,” said Superintendent Michael Kuhrt, with the Wichita Falls ISD. The board is having to front a little more than $436,800 to get the program going, but Superintendent Michael Kuhrt said he is excited and believes it will have a huge impact on students. view article arw

Fostering a future generation of teachers is essential to the academic growth and success of our future students in our state and Rio Grande Valley region. Therefore we applaud a generous new scholarship program announced Monday that will provide $50 million over the next decade to help develop new teachers, including those in the RGV. Funded by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, the new Raising Texas Teachers program, will invest $50 million through 2027 in scholarships at 10 Texas colleges, including the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. view article arw

Charles Butt, the chairman and CEO of H-E-B and one of Texas’ most prominent philanthropists, made another splash Monday, pledging $50 million to a program that will train public school teachers. The donation comes in the form of a new scholarship program, Raising Texas Teachers, which will be run by the Butt-founded Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation. view article arw

Rice University and the University of Houston will get portions of a $50 million grant on Monday as two of the 10 first university partners of the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, which aims to build up the state’s teacher preparation programs.  The money will support scholarship funding for students who commit to teaching and technical support for university programs, according to a news release. view article arw

Texas A&M learned Monday that it's among 10 state universities that will benefit from a $50 million grant donated by H-E-B's education foundation to help keep special education teacher candidates in the classroom after graduation.  The non-profit Raising Texas Teachers initiative was created to help with a nationwide shortage of special ed teachers by doling out scholarships. view article arw

Cynthia Schendel Nankervis wanted to capture her father's passion for education and agriculture the best way she could. "I wanted to help students coming out of Runge, since that's where he graduated from," Nankervis said. About three lucky Runge school district students will have their tuition and fees paid for at Texas A&M University-Kingsville through the C.F. Dick Schendel Family Endowed Scholarship she created. view article arw

The Eustace Independent School District has been awarded a Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant to establish a welding program at Eustace High School. The grant was a cooperative effort between Trinity Valley Community College’s Dual Credit department and EISD, and will provide more than $100,000 in specialized equipment for welding instruction. view article arw

The Round Rock school district awarded $1.9 million in grants to 34 campuses to help foster innovation in schools through programs, models or initiatives that enrich learning. The grants range from $7,500 to $100,000 and support the district’s strategic goal of implementing, enhancing and reinforcing innovative teachings and learning models, according to a district news release. view article arw

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN)announced today that its 2015 corporate and foundation giving to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education totals almost $6 million. Focused on collaborative strategies to improve student success and teaching effectiveness in STEM education, TI and the Texas Instruments Foundation designate "Power of STEM Education" grants to a variety of nonprofit partners and educators in targeted communities where the company has a major design or manufacturing presence. Special emphasis is given to programs that reach female and minority students who are underrepresented in science and engineering careers today. view article arw

A local school that has been underperforming for years, is shaking things up for the new school year with the help of a $4.8 million grant. Indian Spring Middle School is under a state mandate to turn things around and their principal is hoping this multi-million dollar grant will help them do just that. view article arw