Seguin ISD educators across the district got an early Christmas gift this week. On Tuesday, the Seguin Education Foundation headed to the campuses with the Matador Marching Band and paraded the halls with big checks. The board awarded nearly $65,000 to various classrooms, teaching groups, instructional coaches, librarians and more. The grants they funded ranged from Maker Space Labs to literacy programs, Flexible Seating, technology and technology-based programs, musical instruments, art supplies and funding for the attendance reward at Mercer Blumberg Learning Center —Taco Tuesday. view article arw

The Royse City ISD Board of Directors met for its November public meeting last Tuesday evening to honor several teachers and administrators district-wide and to discuss and act on multiple matters of district import. The board recognized and applauded the many teachers who were awarded substantial grants in a district-wide grant-approval spree two weeks ago. RCISD Communications Director Adi Bryant presented a video compilation of the grant presentations on October 27 – she and several other district staff rode a bus from school to school and surprised teacher with grants for programs including music education, physical education and sports, robotics, and other innovative learning initiatives proposed by Royse City teachers. view article arw

Waco Independent School District will be applying for a $450,000 transformation zone grant through the Texas Education Agency to help support the district through its planning process to save five schools facing the possibility of closure next year, Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson announced at Thursday night’s school board meeting. Nelson and other administrators gave an update Thursday on progress made since the district wrapped up three community meetings about how to save the campuses if they don’t pass state accountability standards in May. Waco ISD officials are counting down the days until they must produce a plan to the state to save the campuses, and administrators want residents to know they have been working non-stop to find the best option, they said. The deadline to apply for the grant is Nov. 30, Nelson said. view article arw

A local school district still reeling from Hurricane Harvey got a big donation Wednesday morning. As part of Randalls' reopening in Kingwood, the store presented a $100,000 check to Humble ISD. Funds that will go towards helping the district rebuild some of their hard-hit schools, including Kingwood High School. view article arw

The Texas Workforce Commission recently awarded nearly $292,000 to the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district, which will help current and former foster care kids complete high school and find jobs. Four organizations across Texas will participate in the pilot program, according to a news release from the Workforce Commission. view article arw

Pedestrians and bicyclists in three Austin-area communities will see improvements after the Texas Transportation Commission approved more than $4.5 million in project grants.  The Texas Department of Transportation said the projects are part of $44 million allocated to 46 projects in rural/nonurban and small cities across the Lone Star State. The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TASA) Program, where the funds originated, is designed to support areas with a population of 200,000 or less. view article arw

Basketball players, coaches and fans from across the state are heading to Pasadena and Deer Park this week for the McDonald's Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament. Set for Nov. 16-18, the 15th annual event spotlights the best high school teams from across Texas while raising funds for educational foundations for the Pasadena and Deer Park school districts. view article arw

 College Station ISD surprised teachers Thursday morning with giant checks and a pep rally. The goal is to celebrate teachers that are creative in the classroom. view article arw

School officials say the San Antonio Independent School District -- through the SAISD Foundation -- has been awarded a five-year $8.4 million grant from Valero Energy Foundation. The grant will fund the district's Pipeline for College Success program, which school officials said is a one-of-a-kind initiative in San Antonio and first for the state of Texas focused on increasing the number of students who enroll in and complete college. view article arw

Cedar Hill ISD is celebrating the receipt of a $6.3M grant for the GEAR UP Program, which provides college and career readiness support to students. For the next seven years, Cedar Hill ISD students now in the sixth and seventh grade will be able to participate in the program. A check presentation ceremony and short program were held at the L. Kim Lewis Auxiliary Services Center in Cedar Hill Tuesday, Oct. 31. The event was attended by CHISD administration and trustees, including CHISD Board President Michael Quildon; VP Robert Riggs; Secretary Angela Roberts; and members Gayle Sims and Cheryl Wesley. Cedar Hill city officials attending were Mayor Rob Franke, City Manager Greg Porter, and other elected officials. view article arw

College Station school district staff members have pledged more than $100,000 to the College Station ISD Education Foundation this year through the Project Smile Employee Giving Campaign. The fundraising campaign gives staff members the opportunity to invest in educational programs throughout the district. Half of each campus employee's gift is earmarked for their own school. view article arw

Officials from DeSoto Independent School District recently announced the receipt of a $15 Million grant. The endowment from the United States Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program was specifically designed to support magnets and special programs in the district. Moreover, the grant serves as a tool to assist in the diversification of the district’s student population. “DeSoto ISD is thrilled to have been awarded this grant,” said Superintendent Dr. David Harris.  view article arw

Through the annual program “Grants for Great Ideas,” a North Texas school district is rewarding educators for their passion. At Nelson Middle School in Frisco, librarian Gaya Kumar was surprised with a grant for over $3,500. “It’s very exciting because this kind of money, to have in the library… when you have so any budget cuts… means a lot,” said Kumar. view article arw

The Frisco Education Foundation is awarding 40 teachers with grants for projects they wouldn't normally have funding for. view article arw

The Cedar Hill Independent School District is pumped about a big grant — $6.3 million is now headed to the district. And, what that money will do is "something good." The $6.3 million federal grant will pay for a program called GEAR UP. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness of Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. view article arw

The Houston Independent School District will be presented with a major grant from the CMA Foundation on Friday. The CMA Foundation, along with the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation and Music Rising will be giving HISD over $1 million for music education and resources. CMA New Artist of the Year Luke Combs will be at Whittier Elementary on Nov. 3 to unveil $50,000 worth of new instruments to HISD students. He, along with his band, will also give a performance.  view article arw

The San Diego and Freer independent school districts were announced as recipients of the Texas Workforce Commission's Jobs and Education for Texans, or JET grant. San Diego ISD received $50,346 and Freer ISD received $345,831, a news release states. The grant will help the school districts purchase and install equipment to provide more than 70 students with training for careers in the nursing profession. view article arw

Eustace ISD grant awarded

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The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Eustace ISD a $100,326 Jobs and Education for Texans grant. The purpose is to help officials buy and install equipment to provide 192 students with training for careers in the welding profession view article arw

With thousands of people still displaced two months after Hurricane Harvey flooded swaths of eastern Texas, leaving heavily damaged homes and property, Chabad of Houston is directing funds raised towards immediate uses. One of them is Jewish education. To date, more than $120,000 has been provided to help families impacted by the storm pay day-school tuition for their children. view article arw

Tournament raises $70,000 for school

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The Knights of Columbus Council No. 9088 of Holy Family Catholic Church recently hosted the Knights of Columbus Readin', Ritin' and Reelin' Tournament benefiting Nazareth Academy.  view article arw

Rockdale Independent School District will receive a $153,690 grant Thursday. Texas Workforce Commissioner Julian Alvarez will be at the Rockdale High School auditorium at 2 p.m. to present two giant checks to the district. The Jobs and Education for Texans grant will help the school district purchase and install equipment to provide 130 students with training in nursing. view article arw

There’s an old saying about great men and the women behind them. We’d like to point out that behind every great school district, there’s a supremely supportive community.   There’s great things going on at Navarro ISD — and the Navarro Education Foundation is a part of it.   Recently the nonprofit organization surprised NISD faculty, staff and administration with more than $48,000 in grants. The funds will help bring the innovative and creative ideas of Navarro educators to life in the classrooms. view article arw

Navarro ISD awarded $48K in grants

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Field trips, technology and aquariums are just a few things Navarro ISD was granted from the Navarro Education Foundation. The nonprofit organization recently surprised NISD faculty, staff and administration with more than $48,000 in grants to bring innovative and creative ideas to life in the classrooms, NEF President Katie Clark said. view article arw

Florida private schools rake in nearly $1 billion in state scholarships with little oversight. Part 1 of 3 Parts -  Private schools in Florida will collect nearly $1 billion in state-backed scholarships this year through a system so weakly regulated that some schools hire teachers without college degrees, hold classes in aging strip malls and falsify fire-safety and health records.  The limited oversight of Florida’s scholarship programs allowed a principal under investigation for molesting a student at his Brevard County school to open another school under a new name and still receive the money, an Orlando Sentinel investigation found. view article arw

Spring Branch ISD has received a $250,000 grant from the NewSchools Venture Fund to continue work in redesign across its many public school campuses. The significant grant supports a middle school pilot effort, plus campus redesign and planning work across the district. The NewSchools Venture Fund, created in 1998, supports a variety of charter public schools and education reform initiatives nationally. Charitable fund co-founders are Kim Smith, John Doerr and Brook Byers. Doerr and Byers are Silicon Valley venture capitalists; Smith is best known as a social entrepreneur.  view article arw

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today joined Jane Foley, the senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, at two surprise ceremonies in the Arlington Independent School District and the Slaton Independent School District to present two Texas teachers with the Milken Educator Award. The national award – which is often referred to as the “Oscars of Teaching” – recognizes exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists who are furthering excellence in education.  view article arw

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD) a $342,740 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the school district purchase and install equipment to provide 180 students with training for careers in manufacturing. view article arw

Elected officials, students and educators gathered at South Texas College Friday as the Texas Workforce Commission presented a grant to aid in manufacturing training. The $342,740 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant will be used toward the purchasing and installment of equipment at the PSJA Independent School District, according PSJA ISD superintendent Dr. Daniel King. "It's a great opportunity for the students to get state-of-the-art equipment,” King said. “To train on the same type of equipment that’s used in the best work places today.” view article arw

As noted before, I did not do interviews in HISD Trustee races in districts VII and IX. In VII, I did interview now-incumbent Anne Sungand challenger John Luman last year when they were running in the special election to fill the vacancy left by Harvin Moore. You can listen to those again if you want a refresher on those two candidates. As for IX, I just could not get to it. Life is like that sometimes, I’m afraid. Thankfully, there is an opportunity for you to hear from the candidates in that race – Trustee Wanda Adams and challengers Karla Brown and Gerry Monroe – if you want. view article arw

The Office on Violence Against Women awarded a $750,000 grant to the El Paso Independent School District, the district announced Tuesday. The money will go toward existing sexual violence and relationship programs and create new ones. "This is about talking about sexual violence against young boys (and) young women," EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera said. "It's something that I'm passionate about." view article arw

The Tyler ISD Foundation kicked off its new year of fundraising Thursday by showcasing how much fun its programs are for students. During the event, the foundation showcased the innovative work teachers have implemented with the help of its Grants for Great Ideas program. Attendees were treated to a stand-up comedy routine from the Caldwell Elementary theater program and a concert by the Caldwell All Star Band. view article arw

Waco Independent School District won’t be getting a fine arts and humanities magnet school any time soon after the U.S. Department of Education passed on the district’s request for a $9 million startup grant, Waco ISD spokesperson Kyle DeBeer said. The district applied for the grant in the spring, hoping to establish the school at Waco High as a first step in a plan to add more magnet schools across the district. “(The department) provided some scoring on the grant, and broadly they were looking for proposals that were tied to a larger, more established body of research,” DeBeer said. view article arw

Ector County Independent School District has received some $175,869 in donations, with Odessa businessman John Bushman contributing $100,000 of that amount to go toward teacher grants. ECISD trustees discussed the donations and student outcome goals, among other items, at their work study meeting Tuesday. view article arw

Sixteen community organizations in coastal areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey have been awarded a total of $2.15 million in grants to speed recovery from the August disaster, officials announced Monday. Lori Fey, executive director of the Rebuild Texas Fund, said the funds are the first disbursed by the fund out of what officials hope will eventually total $100 million in a fundraising partnership between Gov. Greg Abbott's OneStar Fund and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. view article arw

After a year of planning and organization a new collaborative effort is ready to begin. "I brought someone to the party they brought somebody and we all said let's make this happen," said Bonnie Escobar, Director of Strategic Development for the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence. view article arw