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

Marcos Fragoso loves detailing automobiles with colorful and artistic designs. “I like doing that,” said Marcos, 15, pointing to a glistening blue door of a truck at the Harlingen High School Auto-body and Collision Shop. “That’s something I want to learn,” he said enthusiastically. The Harlingen High School sophomore has already begun learning some basics of auto body work. But a $300,000 check from the Texas Workforce Commission will allow for the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment. The donation is through the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. TWC presented the grant to the Harlingen school district in a formal ceremony yesterday afternoon. view article arw

The executor of the Ruby Dean Estate has given permission to Henderson Independent School District to move a scholarship fund valued at $679,855 to Henderson ISD Education Foundation. If approved, the measure is expected to increase proceeds for the fund, which the estate granted to HISD in 2012. view article arw

The Pearland Independent School District Education Foundation broke its fundraising record for 2017 when it raised $162,000 during a fundraiser year. “On behalf of our board of directors, we are completely overwhelmed with the support that we see for our school and our teachers, and that our donors see the benefit of the foundation and teacher projects,” said Natalie Clogston, Chief Foundation Officer of the foundation. view article arw

While many teens look to forward to relaxing during summer vacation, hundreds of students from Socorro Independent School District will spend part of theirs earning college credits. Kicking off its second year Monday morning, the SISD Dual-Credit Summer Program will allow high school students to earn college credits for two courses over the four-week session. Students have the option of taking Education 1300, Speech 1321, Government 2305, Economics 2301, English 1301, or Criminal Justice 1301 and 1306 at no cost. view article arw

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) today announced two federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $500,000.00 to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). UTSA will receive funding under the Upward Bound Program, which provides key opportunities for students to succeed in the pursuit of higher education. Upward Bound is one of eight federal TRIO Programs. TRIO aids students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities.

Royse City ISD briefly, May 31

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Royse City Independent School District employees were presented awards during an employee appreciation celebration on May 19. Mike McKinney was honored for 35 years of service to Royse City ISD. view article arw

Five Katy Independent School District (KISD) athletic trainers were recently awarded sports medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, the official healthcare provider for KISD. Each recipient was awarded a $700 sports medicine scholarship in recognition of the distinguished service the students provide to KISD athletic programs. This year’s recipients included: Alexis Ali from Mayde Creek High School, Kaylin Michalec from Cinco Ranch High School, Se’Kenia Rinayo from Morton Ranch High School, Claire Schlicher from Taylor High School, and Brianna Ungaro from Tompkins High School. view article arw

A sizeable grant will pave the way for Red Oak High School seniors to get a head start on becoming medical professionals. The school district announced Monday morning that Red Oak ISD had been awarded a $263,602 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will allow for the purchase and installation of equipment to provide 375 students training in several medical professions. Certifications will be in phlebotomy, certified medical assistant, while, ultimately, preparing the students to pursue a career as a registered nurse or medical professional. view article arw

Humble ISD received a grant for more than $1 million from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that was presented to the district at the May 9 school board meeting. TCEQ offers grants to schools eligible for the Texas Clean Fleet Program, where schools must commit to replacing or repowering at least 20 of a fleet of 75 or more on-road diesel vehicles. Humble Independent School District plans to replace 20 diesel fuel buses with 20 liquid petroleum gas buses. view article arw

Toyota’s charitable foundation granted $1.7 million Monday to Southwest Independent School District to support the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, programs at its new high school. The grant by the Toyota USA Foundation, the culmination of a year-and-a-half of work, will go to Southwest Legacy High School, which is set to open in August, Toyota spokesman Mario Lozoya said. It is Toyota's largest contribution so far to a school system in Texas, Toyota spokeswoman Melissa Sparks said in an email. view article arw

The West Independent School District, which was struck by tragedy four years ago, now has one million reasons to celebrate. “When we got the call, we were just overjoyed that they were gonna do this for us,” said David Truitt, Superintendent of Schools for West ISD. During Wednesday night’s school board meeting, Gravely & Pearson LLP presented a $1,000,000 to the district to continue recovery efforts from the West Fertilizer Plant explosion. Truitt said they were shocked by the generosity. view article arw

The San Antonio Independent School District Foundation handed out more than $150,000 to a record number of grant winners and schools. The winning educators were surprised in the classroom. The grants fund innovative projects that teachers want to use in the classroom to get students interested, keep them engaged and improve their academic performance. view article arw

Students at West Independent School District will see a boost to their extracurricular activities available, thanks to a San Antonio law firm that donated $1 million to the district this week. The district accepted a large ceremonial check from Gravely & Pearson LLP on Wednesday night at its school board meeting. The money will go to the district’s “Restore West ISD” effort, a districtwide initiative to rebuild and bring students back to the district after the April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion that rocked the small town. “We’ve been on a great journey as you all know, and this is one more piece in our recovery efforts in West ISD,” Superintendent David Truitt said during the presentation. view article arw

The Spring Hill ISD Education Foundation has awarded about $20,000 as part of its spring grant program, the organization announced. Grants include $12,000 to fund technology at all four campuses, $1,996 to purchase two 65-inch televisions to improve communications at the junior high school and $2,220 to fund an Innovation with iPads program at the intermediate school. view article arw

The Fort Bend ISD school board snagged a $25,000 prize Sunday night as Texas' best school board at the H-E-B's Excellence in Education ceremony in Austin. H-E-B selected 58 finalists across Texas, with categories ranging from best teacher to best school board, in March. On Sunday, they handed out $430,000 to 11 finalists. In addition to winning for best school board, Fort Bend ISD's Julie Diaz won best school principal for secondary education for her work at Travis High School.  view article arw

The Holdsworth Center, a new Austin-based leadership institution, announced its first cohort of seven school districts selected to receive intensive leadership training. One district from the San Antonio area was chosen: Southwest ISD. “We basically see this as representing the San Antonio area as part of the inaugural group, and we don’t take that lightly,” Southwest ISD Superintendent Lloyd Verstuyft said. “If going through this long-term process provides us with the ability to give back to San Antonio, we’re definitely on board with that.” view article arw

From Klein Independent School District: The Holdsworth Center, a new leadership institute founded and funded by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, recently announced that Klein ISD will be among seven school districts to participate in the center’s inaugural cohort beginning in June. Previously, Klein ISD was chosen as one of only two districts to participate in a short pre-pilot program as the center began work around leadership development for school districts. This work led to the Profile of a Leader guiding document recently approved by the Klein ISD Board of Trustees that supports the district’s vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose.   view article arw

Keep Your Fingers Crossed

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The wait is almost over. The 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards state winners will be announced on Sunday, May 7 evening at the Hilton Austin Hotel Ballroom in Austin, Texas. Brownsville ISD is one of five finalists in the Large District Category which includes a $100,000 prize. The four other finalists are Allen ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Northwest ISD, and Soccorro ISD. Rose Longoria, the Pace ECHS Principal, was named a finalist in the Principal Category.  view article arw

The Kilgore ISD Education Foundation Prize Patrol recently awarded more than $31,000 to teachers on four campuses for six projects that will help students advance their learning. At Kilgore Middle School, a team of five teachers developed advanced projects around the Model United Nations program. They asked for a "mobile creation station" that will allow students to take their projects and learning to different workspaces around the school. "When students can create these products wherever they are on campus, we can be more productive with the time we have," teacher Suellen Pfeffer said. view article arw

Bear Creek Elementary Academic Support Teacher, Mrs. Karen Baker has been awarded a grant from the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation.  Approximately 90 applications were submitted to the organization from across Texas and Mrs. Baker will receive $500 to be used for classroom needs. 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