SHREVEPORT, TX - More than 300 school districts eligible for Hurricane Harvey displacement funding. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has been awarded more than $174 million in new federal assistance. The federal funds are destined to assist Texas school districts with education costs for students displaced by Hurricane Harvey during the 2017-2018 school year.  TEA provided the U.S. Department of Education with information from school districts and charters regarding displaced students, the information submitted put them in the queue to receive the federal aid. The schools eligible for receiving federal assistance: view article arw

As many people are shopping for back to school clothes and supplies, teachers are busy getting their classrooms ready for the new school year, and the Abilene Education Foundation is helping out first-year teachers with a little extra cash. Her classroom is still a work in progress, but just the process of setting it up is a dream come true for Bethany Anderson, a first-year ESL teacher at Lee Elementary School. view article arw

Thursday afternoon, Socorro Independent School District officials announced that the district had been awarded the 2018-2019 Technology Lending Grant by the Texas Education Agency to provide more students access to high-quality digital resources and courses. view article arw

The Astros Foundation announced today a donation to the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation in the amount of $75,000 in light of the tragic school shooting that took place in May. The funds will be allocated to support the Santa Fe Strong Fund as well as to purchase equipment for the Santa Fe ISD Police Department. view article arw

J.C. Penney and the J.C. Penney Communities Foundation will distribute $4 million in grants and donations this year to outfit underserved students for school and to fund youth development and career readiness programs. "As one of the largest apparel and home retailers in the U.S. with over 98,000 associates, we have the means to make a significant impact in closing the opportunity gap and providing all kids, regardless of their background or circumstance, access to the resources they need to succeed," said Brynn Evanson, executive vice president of human resources and foundation chair. view article arw

Saturday is the final day of NBC 5's "Supporting Our Schools" drive, which will help students across North Texas start the new school year on the right foot by providing them with the supplies they need to succeed. To participate, simply head to any local Tom Thumb or Albertson's store. Then, when you are ready to check out, tell the cashier you would like to make a $10 donation to support our schools. They will add the donation onto your total bill - and you are good to go. view article arw

Every teacher has a vision of the perfect classroom. They have a clear image of what experiences they could bring to their students if only they had the resources to buy the materials. But that small “if only” is all the hindrance it takes to keep their dreams out of reach. While Katy ISD does all it can to appropriate funding in a way that best benefits students, teachers are limited in the scope of what they can do. Innovative projects that bolster curriculum are outside of public funding. view article arw

The Brenham ISD Education Foundation received a $10,000 donation from The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation, in support of classroom grants for Brenham ISD teachers. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District has again been awarded a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant to fund Adult Continuing Education programs in Cameron County for the 2018-2019 school year. The Texas Workforce Commission provides the WIOA grant to 28 different Adult Education and Literacy organizations throughout Texas. TWC held a competition to apply for the funding and awarded BISD $1.57 million to serve adults in Cameron County who are in need of basic education. The grant award is guaranteed for two years and renewable for five years in total. The funds BISD will receive come from the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, which are comprised of Federal, State, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), EL Civics, and Professional Development. view article arw

To help better the future of their students, Holliday Independent School District is in the process of building a new facility. Thanks in part to a very generous gift, the new facility will house their Head Start program. They feel this program will better prepare their students for kindergarten, as well as their futures. The Head Start program was founded by former President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. According to the office of Head Start, they have served over 32 million children since then. Holliday ISD has a Head Start program that has been housed in the administrative building. That was until former State Representative Charles Finnell donated $32,000 to build a new facility. view article arw

A recent Cedar Ridge High School graduate is headed to John Hopkins University this fall to study cognitive science and social policy. Then, she’s off to law school. After that? Medical school. At 18, Chioma Chidume dreams of changing public health on a global scale. Her path forward just got a little bit easier thanks to a $40,000 scholarship from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute and GE. Chidume was one of 20 students chosen out of 16,000 applicants to receive $10,000 a year toward an undergraduate degree for up to four years. view article arw

The Signorelli Company, one of the leading real estate developers in Texas, has pledged $25,000 to the New Caney ISD (NCISD) Education Foundation Endowment Fund. The goal of the New Caney ISD Education Foundation in establishing the fund is to generate $250,000 to potentially provide three top-tier annual teacher grants to foster innovative educational ideas. As the Endowment Fund grows, it will further provide the NCISD Education Foundation Endowment Fund with the financial security to continue to support the district’s mission and vision of ensuring the academic success for NCISD students for many years to come despite fluctuations in the economy, according to executive director Michele Dykstra. view article arw

The Lumina Foundation in partnership with the Kresge Foundation has designated the Rio Grande Valley as a Talent Hub. Each community designated as a Talent Hub receives $275,000 in grant funding over 31 months. The grant funding “supports local efforts to educate more people, allowing community and education leaders to better meet the specific needs of residents,” according to organizers. The Valley earned the Talent Hub designation “by meeting rigorous standards for creating environments that attract, retain, and cultivate talent” organizers state.  view article arw

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has awarded more than $64 million in 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants to 51 entities that will serve students in 371 centers across the state. This federally-funded program (also called Texas Afterschool Centers on Education or Texas ACE), establishes centers that operate before and after school, as well as during the summer. view article arw

The Education Foundation of the Mission Consolidated Independent School District has a goal to enhance and benefit the education and educational opportunities for both students and employees. Recently, the EF held a Spazmatics concert at the Mission Event Center in order to fundraise and prepare for the upcoming school year. Through the non-profit organization, MCISD students and personnel are eligible for grants and scholarships. Started in 2014 by MCISD Board of Trustees members Patricia O’Caña-Olivarez and Dr. Sonia Treviño, the organization tries to assist teachers and offset the extra costs of running a classroom or school and students who aim to further their education. view article arw

An alternative educational pathway that’s set to open this coming fall got a $200,000 boost on Monday as leaders of the nonprofit East Texas Advanced Manufacturing Academy delivered the financing to fiscal agent Longview ISD. “The parents of your kids are excited about what’s happening at this academy,” Richard Manley told school trustees, whose students along with those in Pine Tree, Spring Hill and Hallsville ISDs will make up the first high school juniors to learn precision machining technology and electrical instrumentation at the academy. view article arw

New Summerfield ISD has been awarded by the Texas Education Agency the 2018-2019 Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Cycle 10, Year 1 grant. Over a two year period the district may be eligible for up to $1.2 million in funding. The district had been a recipient of the Cycle 8 grant over the past four years and had recently reapplied for the highly competitive grant. The district will use the Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) blueprint. Through ACE the district will be able to provide before and after-school activities to students ranging from targeted intervention and academic assistance to enrichment activities based on student’s interest.  view article arw

Friday marks eight weeks since the Santa Fe High School shooting in which 10 people were killed and many other injured after a student opened fired in the school’s art wing. Since then, people from across the world have donated money to help the victims. On Thursday, there was a town hall meeting to help decide how those donations should be distributed. view article arw

Seventeen Lake Houston area athletes received the $2,000 Texan Live Scholarship from a local company to help jump start their college education. Texan Live handed out more than $35,000 in scholarships to graduating Humble, New Caney and Huffman ISD student athletes during a July 12 luncheon at Amedeo’s Italian Restaurant in Kingwood. To qualify, the athletes had to have played a minimum of two years in a high school sport, received acceptance to an accredited college or university and have a 2.5 grade point average. view article arw

The Karnes City Independent School District (ISD) has been selected to receive a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Afterschool grant, well-known in schools as the ACE program. This grant application includes schools in Karnes City, Kenedy, Pawnee, Pettus, Runge, and Stockdale. ACE provides opportunities beyond the school day for academic enrichment, including tutorial services, youth development programs, and career exploration, as well as programming for family members.  view article arw

he Texas Education Agency is starting the search for organizations to help school districts overhaul special education following a federal finding that the state had effectively denied students with disabilities access to needed services. view article arw

DeSoto High School’s on-again, off-again valedictorian won’t have to worry about affording her first year of college after all. Destiny Brannon — the graduating senior who lost her valedictorian spot after DeSoto discovered errors in how it calculated its final rankings — will be able to cover first-year tuition costs at the University of Texas at Austin, thanks to the generosity of others. view article arw

Hooks ISD was awarded the 21st Century CCLC grant from TEA. This $628,616 grant provides afterschool programs for economically disadvantaged and at-risk students attending Hooks ISD. Campuses included in the program are Hooks Elementary School, Hooks Junior High School and Hooks High School. The Hooks “ACE” Afterschool Centers on Education Program will be held Monday through Friday with morning hours and afterschool hours. Participating students will be provided a meal or snack each day, homework will be completed and transportation home is provided. view article arw

Palestine schools have been awarded a two-year, $1.3-million state grant to bolster academic and mental health services, Palestine Independent School District spokesperson Larissa Loveless said Monday.  The grant will enable the district to expand learning and academic sessions during non-school hours, especially for low-income students attending low-performing schools. It also will fund a conflict resolution officer to work with school mental health services.  Grant programs aim to improve academic performance, as well as student attendance and behavior. view article arw

Even when Hurricane Harvey seems like a distant memory, the students, teachers and community in the small, rural coastal town of Refugio, are still dealing with the ramifications. For the last 10 months, Refugio ISD educators have balanced meeting the basic needs of students, rebuilding homes and schools, and supporting traumatized students while providing some normalcy through school activities.    view article arw

Conroe ISD plans to apply to the Texas Education Agency for grant funding related to costs incurred by the district as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The school board authorized the application with a unanimous vote at Tuesday night’s meeting where Deputy Superintendent Dr. Chris Hines provided the update. According to Hines, a series of grant applications are surfacing with a short time line to request permission to apply. “We are not totally up to date on what all the conditions will be and what all the eligibilities (will be),” Hines said. “We are starting to do planning now for this grant process.” view article arw

The Walton Family Foundation pledged $100 million Tuesday to support racially diverse teachers and school leaders, integrated classrooms, innovative curriculum models like Montessori, district and charter school partnerships, and schools that serve special education students. Those priorities signal a new phase in the foundation’s 20-year philanthropic efforts to increase access to high-quality schools for children across the United States, mainly by funding public charter schools. view article arw

Galveston Independent School District is pleased to announce the generous funding of five grants from The Moody Foundation. The five grants consist of the following: Tor Kids/Tor Prep After School Program, Safe and Civil Schools CHAMPS, Ready, Set, Read Above!, Causeway Galveston and Galveston Career Connect. Having the opportunity to provide additional resources to our students is crucial in our pursuit to serving the whole child. We are enormously grateful to The Moody Foundation for making these opportunities possible. Generation Moody is a refocus by The Moody Foundation to address and provide exceptional educational experiences for students and staff.  view article arw

Abilene ISD and three other Big Country school districts collected state grant monies Wednesday to help fund internship programs for students interested in career and technical education-related careers Wochit view article arw

The Abilene Independent School District and three other Big Country school districts picked up some additional funding Wednesday from the governor, thanks to a special workforce training grant. Board members of Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas gathered Wednesday to distribute the money to the districts, as well as Cisco College and the Region 14 Education Service Center. view article arw

Two Brownsville Independent School District graduates are among the inaugural class of 300 Gates Scholars recently announced by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Leslie Arrazolo, the third-ranked graduate at Hanna Early College High School, and Rene Menchaca, who ranks fourth in the Class of 2018 at Brownsville Early College High School, were chosen from among more than 28,000 applicants across the nation. HSF officials narrowed the field to 2,000 semifinalists and then 600 finalists, from which the 300 Gates Scholars were chosen. view article arw

Genevieve Via Cava loved teaching and loved her students. Now, seven years after her death, they are learning just how much. The teacher in Dumont, New Jersey, devoted 45 years of her life to helping students with learning disabilities. After her retirement in 1990, Via Cava continued to visit the school district for which she worked, checking in on classes and sometimes stopping by the superintendent's office. view article arw

Socorro Independent School District Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. surprised five Team SISD graduating seniors with scholarships for winning the Best in Education Prize essay contest. The essay contest winners were Liliana A. Lira Magallanes from Americas High School; Cheryl Marina Gutierrez from Pebble Hills High School; Veronica Denise Alvarado from Socorro High School; Rafael Ortega from Montwood High School; and Madison L. Ochoa from Mission Early College High School. view article arw

The Industrial Independent School District recently received a grant through the De-Go-La Resource Conservation and Development Are (De-Go-La) to assist in replacing a 2003 diesel bus. The new bus meets current EPA emission standards and is equipped with seat belts to provide better safety for students.  view article arw

As Huffman ISD students begin their summer vacation, district employees look back and remember all the accomplishments that have been made this past school year. During the annual Huffman ISD Staff Appreciation Luncheon June 6, the Huffman Education Foundation awarded grants to several teachers across the district for projects to better student learning. view article arw