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A link to the final order is at the bottom of this article. -js - Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that a final judgment was entered affirming a victory for Texas homeowners and taxpayers in the Kilgore Independent School District. The judgment finalizes the Gregg County Court’s grant of all relief requested by the attorney general in the local option homestead exemption case involving Kilgore ISD’s violation of Texas Senate Bill 1. It is estimated that the school district taxed citizens $4 million or more over what was legally permitted. view article arw

In a November 13, 2017, To the Administrator Addressed bulletin, the Texas Education Agency issued its official form for use in complying with new requirements in Texas Education Code § 21.009 that applies to all applicants for educator positions at school districts, districts of innovation, open-enrollment charter schools, regional education service centers, or shared services arrangements.

A Pasadena ISD student, who was suspended for allegedly using drugs after she fainted in class, returned to school. Jazmin Garcia, 15, was suspended in January from Pasadena Memorial High School for being under the influence of an unidentified substance. view article arw

A Donna Independent School District teacher has resigned after being accused of soliciting sex from an undercover agent posing as a minor. Fidel Castillo Jr., 47, of Donna was charged with online solicit of a minor sexual conduct, a second-degree felony, on Saturday. Castillo, a teacher at Donna Independent School District, submitted his resignation on Monday, said Sandra Quintanilla, a spokeswoman for the district. view article arw

Granbury ISD wins realignment appeal

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Granbury ISD announced Tuesday it had won its appeal with the UIL's latest realignment that had originally placed them in District 4-5A with Rider, Wichita Falls High School, Aledo, Abilene Cooper and Abilene Wylie for basketball and volleyball. With the ruling, Granbury will now be placed in District 5-5A with Arlington Seguin, Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Crowley, Everman, Mansfield Legacy and Mansfield Timberview. It is very similar to the district Granbury is in currently for all sports except football. view article arw

UIL denies San Angelo ISD’s appeal

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The UIL has denied San Angelo ISD's appeal. They will remain in District 3-6A for all sports. view article arw

Appeals by the Fort Worth school district to move undersized schools out of Class 6A — the largest in Texas — were denied by the UIL on Tuesday, and San Angelo Central will stay in a district with four Tarrant County teams for the next two football seasons. The Feb. 1 UIL Realignment placed Fort Worth Trimble Tech and FW Young Men’s Leadership Academy — schools without attendance zones — in 6A with Fort Worth Paschal.  view article arw

HOLLIDAY - The Holliday Independent School District Superintendent responded to the Texas Attorney General's Office cease and desist letter for illegal electioneering on Friday.  In the statement Superintendent, Dr. Kevin Dyes said, "It is puzzling why the Attorney General felt compelled to target Holliday ISD, a small school district in Archer County, and appears to be just another example of heavy handed politics out of Austin.  "Dyes also said he would comply with the request and said Holliday ISD is encouraging everyone to vote in the March 6 primary. view article arw

A financial settlement has been reached between former Troup head football coach Dennis Alexander and Troup ISD in relation to his 2015 suspension and ultimate dismissal, Alexander told the News-Journal Monday afternoon. view article arw

Encouraging students to vote is Texas law. The election code states: "A high school deputy registrar shall distribute an officially prescribed registration application form to each student who is or will be 18 years of age or older during that year" read more arw

The Texas attorney general issued a cease and desist letter to Holliday ISD for "unlawful electioneering." The local school district was among three districts cited by Ken Paxton Wednesday – the others being Brazosport and Lewisville ISDs – for violating the Texas Education Code. view article arw

The Texas attorney general's office has accused Brazosport ISD Superintendent Danny Massey of violating state law by advocating for political candidates using public resources. In a cease-and-desist letter, an assistant attorney general told Massey to remove several Twitter posts and retweets in which Massey showed support for candidates running for office. Time stamps on some Twitter posts show they were sent during normal school hours on weekdays, leading the attorney general's office to conclude Massey engaged in illegal "electioneering." view article arw

Community members and a Houston ISD trustee on Wednesday advocated suing the state over a recently passed education law that could lead to a state takeover of the district's school board. Several speakers and Trustee Jolanda Jones called for filing a lawsuit during a community meeting at Cullen Middle School, the second such gathering held to address proposals for major changes at 10 low-performing Houston ISD schools. Those proposals were made in response to a law commonly known as HB 1842, which gives the Texas Education Agency an option to wrest control from school boards if they don't improve academic performance at long-failing campuses. view article arw

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday issued cease and desist letters to three school districts alleging "unlawful electioneering" in the run up to the March 6 primary. Lewisville ISD was the only North Texas district to receive a letter. view article arw

McKinney ISD announced it will not hold its high school graduation ceremonies at Prestonwood Baptist Church. The district said ceremonies took place at the church for more than a decade. Instead, graduation will be held at the Allen Event Center at 200 E. Stacy Road. In a Feb. 8 letter addressed to parents with graduating students, the change comes due to "a variety of reasons including proximity, availability, attendance capacity, and convenience." view article arw

For months, parents and community members have rallied at McKinney ISD school board meetings — some with signs and speeches — to wage the age-old constitutional fight over the separation of church and state. Now, it appears that battle, at least in McKinney, is winding down for now. The district announced last week that it will hold this year's graduation for its three high schools at the Allen Event Center, abandoning a more than decade-long tradition of hosting commencement ceremonies at Prestonwood Baptist Church. view article arw

A Texas teacher has been charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old male student. Jamie Lynn Goforth, 37, a teacher at Caldwell High School, turned herself in Sunday at the Burleson County Sheriff's Office, the department said in a press release. view article arw

Beaumont ISD is immune from a lawsuit alleging that their negligence caused a 3-year-old's death on a BISD school bus in 2014, the Ninth Court of Appeals ruled. Ian Delameter lost consciousness before he died on Dec. 8, 2014 while riding a bus to an early childhood program at Regina Howell Elementary, according to a suit filed in 2015 by his parents, Nathan and Tracy Delameter. The Delameters alleged in their suit that the driver and aide on the bus, who were responsible for securing Ian's wheelchair and restraints, were negligent. view article arw

The La Vernia, Texas, Independent School District is facing two lawsuits from families who say their children were raped by high school athletes while adults knew of the assaults and failed to take action. The latest suit was filed January 23 but reported just last week by the San Antonio Express-News.The previous one was filed in April. There are also criminal charges against several students in the small town of La Vernia, about 30 miles from San Antonio. view article arw

Dallas ISD is developing a plan to help students if their parents or guardians are swept up in raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.  Superintendent Michael Hinojosa talked briefly about those emerging plans during a Thursday presentation unveiling a new DISD website — disd.org/daca — for undocumented students and families and those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  Hinojosa said the district’s efforts weren’t ready for presentation to the school board. He said  that it is important for the district “not to panic" but that it must be ready "to move” if the U.S. government doesn’t extend the DACA program, which is set to expire beginning in March, or address immigration in the near future. view article arw

Another family has filed suit against the La Vernia Independent School District over alleged widespread hazing at the high school, accusing a coach of failing to report their child’s repeated sexual assaults at the hands of basketball teammates. The complaint, filed Jan. 23, claims that the unnamed minor student was assaulted at least 30 times from October 2016 to February 2017, both on and off campus. The most recent assaults are alleged to have occurred shortly before the arrests last year of 13 La Vernia High School students, including seven juveniles, on charges of sexual assault. view article arw

A second family is suing La Vernia Independent School District over alleged widespread hazing at the high school, accusing a coach of failing to report their child’s repeated sexual assaults at the hands of basketball teammates. view article arw

As the leader of one of the largest cities in the United States, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings meets and greets a lot of people.  He now has second thoughts about one of those introductions, and what he would do afterwards.  "It was weird that he was going to meet a prince from the UAE, and they were going to drop all of this money," Rawlings said of his meeting with Robert Leonard, head of Force Multiplier Solutions, the school bus camera company with government contracts that eventually spelled financial doom for Dallas County Schools.  Rawlings's meetings with Leonard, the first around 2013 and then again in 2016, occurred before FMS's business dealings with DCS became the focus of an FBI bribery and government corruption investigation. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KFDX) — A second Wichita Falls ISD elementary principal is now jailed on a charge of failure to report.  Cindy Underwood was booked into jail Monday afternoon.  The affidavit alleges that on Oct. 25 last year, a teacher at Kate Haynes School reported finding photographs on a student-assigned iPad of three male students, all aged six, engaging in sexual acts in a classroom. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS - Wichita Falls Independent School District Superintendent Michael Kuhrt released a statement Monday night in regards to the two teachers who were placed on administrative leave and charged with failure to report.  The safety and security of the students in Wichita Falls ISD are our top priorities. The staff and administrators in WFISD entered into the education field because of their love for children and their desire to do what's right by them. They have dedicated their lives to the profession and work tirelessly to ensure that students are taken care of, not only at school, but at home as well view article arw

When Jazmine Garcia fell ill at Pasadena ISD's Memorial High School on Jan. 26, the 15-year-old freshman said it took two assistant principals and a wheelchair to transport her from her math class to the school nurse's office. But rather than calling her parents or emergency medical services, Garcia and her attorneys allege, three school officials and two police officers interrogated her about drug use and performed a field sobriety test on the woozy teen. view article arw

A Pasadena family claims their daughter was expelled from school for doing drugs, even though a drug screen exonerated her. According to attorneys, the incident happened in January at Pasadena Memorial High School. Jazmin Garcia, 15, was reportedly in math class when she started feeling ill. view article arw

One of the state’s most influential conservative groups has fired the latest salvo in the battle on how much a school district can do to mobilize voter turnout among its students and employees.  The group, Empower Texans, mailed letters to school district employees across Texas last week, asking for them to become “whistleblowers” against districts that overstepped their bounds to “accomplish political objectives.”  “Alert!” the letter from Empower Texans’ counsel Tony McDonald began. “Some school districts across the State of Texas are vowing to illegally misuse school district recourses [sic] to electioneer for liberal candidates in upcoming elections.” Teacher advocates labeled the letter “ridiculous” and “offensive,” calling it the latest in an effort to suppress voter turnout among the state’s educators. Non-profit education organizations — including powerful groups such as the Texas Association of School Boards and the Association of Texas Professional Educators — have created a coalition that’s pushing a get-out-the-vote campaign for the state’s 705,000 school employees. Even a modest increase in turnout from public educators could have a significant impact in the March primaries and May school board elections. view article arw

Vernon ISD sexual misconduct policy

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A classroom is a place where students come and learn, also a place where Andrea Bodine feels safe dropping off her son. She told us, "I was born and raised in Vernon, most of the teachers I had when I was in elementary and then others I went to school with or I've known, so I feel very very comfortable with the staff and teachers." view article arw

Karen Reyes counts along verbally and through sign language as her five prekindergarten students jump in place on a recent Monday morning. Most of the children hop with great effort — so much so, some tumble over in a fit of giggles. Reyes laughs too as she often does in the classroom.“This is the best profession,” said Reyes, a special-education teacher to hearing-impaired children at Lucy Read Pre-Kindergarten School in North Austin.  Reyes loves her job, and she’s good at it — an evaluation taped to the door of her classroom says as much — but she’s not sure she’ll have her job for much longer.  She’s an immigrant who has been allowed to work legally in the United States, shielded from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But the program is set to expire next month, and Reyes’ DACA status, which must be renewed every two years, expires in August. view article arw

A former school board trustee is suing Richardson ISD with claims of discrimination in school board elections. The lawsuit could affect school board races scheduled for May. The lawsuit says Richardson ISD is like the tale of two of two school districts. Affluent schools, like White Rock Elementary, are well represented by the school board while low performing schools don't have any school board members from their neighborhoods, the suit claims. view article arw

Tonya Sadler Grayson, a former executive director of human resources in Dallas ISD during the latter days of former Superintendent Mike Miles, will receive $60,000 in a settlement agreement with DISD, putting an end to her lawsuit that alleged race and sex discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.  Grayson was fired in July 2015, shortly after Superintendent Michael Hinojosa rejoined the district in an interim role.  As part of the settlement, which came after mediation between the two parties, DISD agreed to accept Grayson’s resignation effective July 2015, according to district records obtained earlier this month by The Dallas Morning News.  A Dallas ISD spokesperson said that the district would not comment, citing its policy on personnel matters. view article arw

A San Antonio Independent School District teacher is recovering from facial injuries she suffered Friday when a Charles C. Ball Academy parent punched her “three to four times” during after school hours, a district police report said. According to the SAISD Police Department’s offense event report obtained by KSAT.com, officers were dispatched to the elementary school for a call about an aggressive female parent in the parking lot who had assaulted a teacher. view article arw

County investigators have made their first arrest in an investigation into voter fraud Monday morning. Ernestina Barron, 50, was arrested and charged with three counts of election fraud, a Class A misdemeanor, and three counts of fraudulent application for ballot by mail, a state jail felony. Barron, an employee within the Rio Grande City school district, was apprehended at Veterans Middle School by the Starr County Special Crimes Unit. view article arw

A family in Spring is taking Klein Independent School District to federal court. They claim the district did nothing to help their daughter who was allegedly bullied relentlessly for years. The mother asked to remain anonymous to protect her child from further harassment. view article arw