Texas' top criminal justice lawmakers are considering sending community leaders into public schools to teach ninth graders how to interact with police. They tout the proposal as a way to increase public safety, but critics question whether such instruction would be effective.Last year, Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, introduced legislation that would teach ninth graders about the rights, responsibilities and "proper behavior" of civilians and law enforcement when the two interact. view article arw

The Aquilla Independent School District has seen an increase in the flu and will be closing the school district on Friday. According to a letter from superintendent Dr. David A. Edison, the school district has seen a 20 percent increase in absentee rate since Tuesday. Aquilla ISD will close doors on Friday, Jan. 20 to disinfect all areas of the school buildings and buses. view article arw

A Midway middle school employee has been accused of the unthinkable, physically abusing two non verbal autistic students, victims who who are unable to speak up to defend themselves. 52 year old Timothy Lindholm was taken into custody Tuesday, after a police investigation revealed, that during an incident on December 20th, he hit two fourteen year old special needs students on the head, and sprayed water on them so they would obey him. view article arw

“I predict measles outbreaks in Texas could happen as early as the winter or spring of 2018”: Peter Hotez, MD, PhD- PLoS Medicine October 25, 2016  The Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Dr Peter Hotez wrote this prediction in an article in the journal PLoS Medicine a few months ago and he joined me on the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show to talk more about how he came to make this prediction.  What’s going on in Texas?  “Something awful is happening in Texas,” Dr Hotez said. “Texas is becoming the epicenter of what looks like, some neo-antivaxxer movement”. There have been some 50,000 nonmedical or “reasons of conscience” exemptions to school immunization laws, almost double the number of exemptions in 2010. view article arw

In the past few months there have been several outbreaks of mumps — a handful of cases linked to a Halloween party in Dallas and more to cheerleading contests in North Texas. As for measles, there have been fewer cases in Texas. But in 2013, there was an outbreak tied to a church northwest of Dallas. With that in mind, some experts predict Texas could soon be at the center of a nationwide debate over highly contagious diseases and vaccinations. view article arw

Texas allows parents to have their kids opt out of vaccinations for measles, mumps and other diseases. Two years ago, California stopped allowing those exemptions; a similar Texas effort fell short. This session in Austin, the sponsor of that bill isn't trying to end the "conscientious" exemption. His allies are using a different strategy. Last week, in Part One of this story, we looked at the growing group of Texas parents opting out of vaccinations. In Part Two, we dig into the legislative battle. view article arw

The Andrews Police Department has confirmed they have an active investigation involving an Andrews Independent School District employee. view article arw

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to locate a missing Houston student who was last seen on Thursday. Lexy Ferguson was last seen at home Thursday morning. Ferguson was last seen wearing jeans, white sweater and white vans.. view article arw

Wintry conditions and power outages are causing some school closings for Tuesday, Jan. 17. Booker ISD classes are cancelled. Darrouzett ISD classes are cancelled. Follett ISD classes are cancelled. Forgan ISD classes are cancelled. Perryton ISD classes are cancelled. Spring Creek ISD classes are cancelled. Texline ISD will start school at 9:00 a.m. view article arw

Parents and children at Edgewood Independent School District are learning how to combat human trafficking. "It really does start with the parent really trying to communicate with their child and really knowing what's going on," parent Lisa Owens said. view article arw

A 17-year-old, using the name of a Columbine massacre shooter, made threats against Pflugerville High School in 2012, boasting he would not get caught. view article arw

The University Interscholastic League is investigating a fight that involved players at a Katy ISD basketball game. An ABC13 Eyewitness Viewer sent the video of a brawl between Katy High School and Tompkins High School on Friday. Katy ISD said the fight happened in the final seconds of the game. view article arw

Coppell city council members are expected to vote Tuesday night on a zoning request involving a chain link, barbed wire fence surrounding a middle school football field. The Coppell Independent School District put up the fence around the football field and track behind Coppell Middle North several months ago. view article arw

Brazos County residents are quitting their jobs and moving from their homes, all because they say one facility cannot control the kids in their care. The Everyday Life (EDL) residential treatment center aims to help teen boys with emotional or behavioral problems. For the last six months of 2016, KBTX has dug through documents, talked to neighbors and worked with the schools to pinpoint the issues surrounding the center. view article arw

At first, it was just a few Northside ISD staff members who went to the district's IT department, concerned about some random emails from strangers with attachments they were afraid to open. Back in August, school district officials thought maybe just a few NISD email accounts had been compromised but brought in a computer forensics team just to be sure, says district spokesman Barry Perez. As the team investigated, the problem kept ballooning. By last month, Perez says, the district had learned that personal information of some 23,000 current and former students and staff — like addresses and social security numbers — had been exposed during the security breach. view article arw

A sign warns: "Please be aware that the staff of Agua Dulce ISD may be armed and are willing to use whatever force is necessary to protect our students!"  view article arw

In the past few months there have been several outbreaks of mumps — a handful of cases linked to a Halloween party in Dallas and more to cheerleading contests in North Texas. As for measles, there have been fewer cases in Texas. But in 2013, there was an outbreak tied to a church northwest of Dallas. With that in mind, some experts predict Texas could soon be at the center of a nationwide debate over highly contagious diseases and vaccinations.  Let’s get one thing straight: Mumps is generally not fatal. Measles, on the other hand, can kill. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas medical researcher is raising concerns about the potential comeback of the measles. Experts say they expect to see a rise in measles next year. The main reason is because parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. Immunizations are a highly debated topic. State lawmakers from Austin want to change the trend of opting out of immunizations. view article arw

COPPERAS COVE, TX (KXXV) - The parent of three Copperas Cove ISD students wants the lice control policy changed at the school district.  Rebecca Grieco said her boyfriend's children who go to Hettie Halstead Elementary School have had lice six times this school year.  "We're on the sixth time having to do this. We clean all of the laundry. We clean the bedding. We use lice spray just to get it again," Grieco.  Two of her boyfriend's children have autism and ADHD, which she said makes it harder to do their lice treatment. view article arw

Sixty-five 4th and 5th grade students were taken to Cleveland Emergency Hospital after the school bus they were riding on ran into a ditch, and rolled onto its right side. The accident happened at about 4p.m. Wednesday on FM 1010 near County Road 325, according to Cleveland ISD police Chief Rex Evans. view article arw

A Cleveland I.S.D. bus with students on board was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon. Officials say a bus transporting students from Eastside Elementary was involved in an accident at FM 1010 near Plum Grove Road around 4 p.m. Wednesday. view article arw

When Brooklyn Miller got off the bus at Memorial High School in Spring Branch ISD on Wednesday, the first thing she saw was a swastika. The 18-year-old senior looked around and saw someone had spray-painted "f--- school" nearby. Down the hall, Miller could see the n-word and other racist messages. She and other students were upset. view article arw

No students were injured in a Wednesday morning wreck involving a Kemp ISD bus. According to Kemp ISD Superintendent Phil Edwards, just after 7 a.m. a passenger vehicle and a special needs school bus were involved in a collision in the westbound lanes of Highway 175 near the Cedar Creek Country Club. Two adults, the driver and a bus monitor, and seven students were aboard the bus. All of the students were checked out by paramedics at the scene. view article arw

After being hit by a stray bullet fired into the air in the early morning hours of New Year's Day, Rep. Rep. Armando Martinez, D-Weslaco, said Monday he's planning to file a bill in the coming legislative session to reduce or prevent celebratory gunfire. view article arw

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office did active shooter training for Hamshire-Fannett ISD Tuesday afternoon. Deputies showed a gunman can strike anywhere and anytime. The key is being prepared. Teachers say they've thought of these situations before but the demonstration was useful. view article arw

Agua Dulce ISD gets new school signs

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Staff members may be armed signs have been posted outside of the campus.  view article arw

HANOVER, Md. — The workshop title is simple, straightforward: “Race & the Law.”The problems it seeks to address are anything but. Capt. Katherine Goodwin, Western District commander of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, is the only white person in the room — part of a panel of experts leading the session — and she is the one who invites the question.  “Let’s hear from this young man in the middle,” Goodwin says. “Hi, my name is Ezra,” the boy says. “I was wondering, can a police officer arrest another police officer?” view article arw

The Agua Dulce School District has posted new signs warning that their staff members might now be armed. It's out with the old and in with the new as the old signs used to read "gun free school zone." Now, they have a new warning, providing peace of mind for students and staff alike in case of an active shooter situation. view article arw

Waskom ISD to get campus service dog

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Waskom ISD will have a new, furry face on campus next semester. The district is set to become the second in the state to have a service dog on campus. Waskom ISD Assistant Superintendent Ross Baker said the district learned earlier this month that Canine Companions for Independence has a service dog trained and ready. view article arw

A Waco Independent School District police officer was allegedly targeted by anti-police messages painted on his apartment door shortly before the Christmas holiday, the family said this week. Rachel Martinez, the wife of a Waco ISD officer, said a black spray-painted message reading “Die Pig” was left on her apartment door on Christmas Eve. The violent message had been painted over by Wednesday evening, but Martinez said the spray paint is not the only incident that leaves the family questioning their safety. view article arw

HOUSTON (CN) – As Texas tries to establish the extent of a Zika virus outbreak, a state health director said he’s already looking ahead: “It’s going to be here next season, absolutely.” “When the weather warms up again next year it will pick up again, at least where it left off, and potentially go from there,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services and director of the governor’s task force on infectious disease.  Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said this week the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded Texas a $5 million grant to fight the virus, which has been linked to congenital brain defects in babies since Brazil reported the first cases in the Western Hemisphere in March 2015. view article arw

Holding a scrapbook inches from his face, Jessy Dussetschleger flips through pages and pages of pictures from his childhood. Smiling and tapping his adoptive mother on her shoulder, he points to a photo of himself with his siblings at a birthday party. view article arw

Don't Forget!  AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dec. 14, 2012 will mark the day 20 children and six educators died when a gunman went on a shooting rampage inside a Connecticut school.  Firearms are now the second leading cause of death for children and teens across the country, according to Texas Gun Sense. Four years after the Sandy Hook shooting, Newtown, the site of the massacre, is planning a moment of silence.  The shooting brought on changes that are keeping students safe in school today. Here in Austin, school districts have installed their own safety measures. view article arw

It also found that on average Texas districts seem to spent more than twice as much on police than on counselors. Recent changes to Texas school discipline tried to keep kids out of criminal court. But advocates fear students are still being punished too aggressively. A new report from Texas Appleseed, a public interest law center based in Austin, details how students interact with police, courts and juvenile probation when it comes to discipline. view article arw

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging pregnant women to avoid Brownsville if they can and for those visiting the area to be tested for the virus, which is known to cause birth defects. Pregnant women should avoid the Brownsville area if they can and guard against mosquito bites if they can't, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday, citing an increased risk of contracting the Zika virus there.  There are only five known cases of the mosquito-borne virus — known to cause birth defects — in the Brownsville area, the agency said, and “there is not yet any evidence of widespread, sustained local spread of Zika.” But CDC officials said they’re urging vigilance as Texas' climate is “conducive to mosquito-borne spread, and the risk of continued local spread cannot be ruled out.” view article arw