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Providing special education services becomes increasing complex every year. There is simply no way that educators can remember every single law or rule in every single ARD meeting, especially considering the wide variety of students that are served under the special education umbrella of service. This is why there is a healthy business in providing software to school districts to help meet these requirements. These software products both document your decisions in ARD meetings and help a district stay in compliance with special education requirements. Failure to keep appropriate records can be costly to a district should a parent file a TEA complaint or due process hearing, and maintaining legal compliance is a requirement under both state and federal law. Purchasing a software system that meets your district’s needs can be invaluable to help a district stay in compliance.

A settlement has been reached in a suit brought by an area teacher, who sued the makers of TruTV alleging he was embarrassed on national television following his arrest for public intoxication. Identified as “John Doe” in the suit, the plaintiff filed suit against John and Morgan Langley, Langley Productions and Courtroom Television Network (TruTV) on June 17 in Jefferson County District Court. view article arw

When Stacy and Brent Fry obtained a goldendoodle for their five-year-old daughter, E.F., in 2009, they could not possibly have imagined that they would find themselves, seven years later, at the U.S. Supreme Court. But that is exactly where they were at the end of October, listening to the justices debate their case. The case began as a dispute over whether E.F., who has cerebral palsy, could bring the dog, named Wonder, to kindergarten with her, but it eventually became a clash over a fairly technical question about the interaction among a group of laws intended to assist people with disabilities. view article arw

A Dallas ISD teacher has been charged with making terroristic threats after police say he sent a series of strange and aggressive emails warning staff that they would "burn alive." Omar Alanis, 29, admitted to district police that he sent the emails from his district-issued email account to school staff demanding that he and another teacher receive "Master Teacher Salary" and also receive back pay from August 2016, according to his arrest warrant affidavit. view article arw

Charles Palcer told officials with the U.S. Department of Education and the Texas Education Agency that the Leander school district provided insufficient services for his daughter Lexi. He along with several parents gathered at the Region 13 Education Service Center in East Austin on Dec. 15, 2016 for a listening session prompted by a Houston Chronicle report that found that the state directed school districts to limit the special education student enrollment to 8.5 percent. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN view article arw

The Q&A: Augustina Reyes

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Augustina Reyes is a professor at the University of Houston's College of Education. Her research focuses on teaching and school discipline. This semester, she is teaching a class about the school-to-prison pipeline. view article arw

Olga Hernandez, a San Antonio Independent School District board member, was arrested Thursday, a day after a federal indictment charged her with at least one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. Hernandez allegedly took trips to Las Vegas, among other things, paid for by insurance brokers and consultants in an attempt to influence SAISD insurance contacts, federal sources said. view article arw

An age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former middle school teacher in Van Alstyne has been dismissed. Deborrah Skaggs says Van Alstyne ISD let her go because of her age. She had been with the district for years.  view article arw

School trustee arrested in bribery inquiry Prosecutors say a San Antonio school board member has been indicted in a public corruption investigation involving alleged bribes from insurers seeking district contracts. FBI agents on Thursday arrested Olga Hernandez in San Antonio. The 66-year-old San Antonio Independent School District trustee faces one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services wire fraud. view article arw

After almost three days, the verdict in an age discrimination case filed by a former Van Alstyne Middle School teacher is returned in favor of the school district. Craig Wood, the attorney for the Van Alstyne Independent School District, said he was confident in the federal jury's decision because there was plenty of documentation. view article arw

After at least 51 undocumented immigrants were arrested in Austin and San Antonio last Thursday and Friday, part of a broad and controversial raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in at least six states, some students in Austin started staying home from school out of fear of what could happen to them or their families. A local teachers' organization, Education Austin, started providing its members with information for students on immigration lawyers and what to do if ICE agents question them or come to their doors. But on Tuesday, the Austin Independent School District told teachers and other public school employees to stop it. view article arw

A former Aldine ISD high school coach gets 60 days in jail and eight years deferred adjudication probation for having sex with a student. Eber Lopez, 36, was charged with having an improper relationship with a 17-year-old student at Nimitz High School. He has been ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family, and he must turn himself into jail Tuesday. view article arw

After a day of training at a statewide conference on public education in Houston in 2009, former Beaumont ISD Superintendent Carrol Thomas invited the district's board of trustees to dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House near the Galleria. view article arw

As the Trump administration appears poised to make school choice the centerpiece of its education agenda, Republican-led legislatures in Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, and elsewhere are rolling out charter school and voucher bills in what could be a more receptive environment. view article arw

A Statesman investigation, the first of its kind, found that less than half of Texas teachers who lost their teaching licenses after allegations of having improper relationships with students were ever criminally charged, let alone saw jail time. In those cases where charges never occurred, very little information is readily available to the public, including which school the alleged incident happened or the age of the victim. In some cases, school district officials will go so far as to hide the information from the public and law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and state officials have said. view article arw

A former Humble ISD police officer on Friday launched a sexual discrimination suit against the district, claiming supervisors in the small department harassed her from day one, telling her she "looked gay" and making explicit comments about women's bodies. view article arw

An assistant principal at Judson ISD is claiming administrator segregation, saying that African-American principals are only being placed in predominantly black schools and she wants to know why. “Intentionally or unintentionally, black and Hispanic principals almost exclusively serve in schools on the south end of the district, which have higher poverty rates, higher crime rates, and primarily service more minority students,” Assistant Principal Andrea Johnson said. At a school board meeting last month, Johnson and her young d view article arw

Two Waco-area high school girls have been accused of scheming to poison an assistant principal last month.  The Waco Tribune-Herald  reported that a substitute teacher at Lorena High, just south of Waco, overheard Kelly Lynn Praytor and Shelbi Grace Gill, both 17, discussing the plan.   Their discussion included ways to avoid being caught, "such as poisoning him with an undetectable substance," an arrest warrant affidavit said.  Praytor was arrested Jan. 30, while Gill was taken into custody Thursday. They are charged with making a terroristic threat. view article arw

Three former University High School administrators played key roles in academic wrongdoings at UHS during the 2015-16 school year, despite initially denying the claims, documents and emails obtained by the Tribune-Herald reveal. A 20-page factual summary report and comments found in a haystack of 1,100 emails directly tie former principal Kendra Strange, former dean of instruction Ronald Massey and former senior counselor Mindy Place to awarding course credit to some 2016 graduates who did not properly earn the credits. The administrators also failed to follow proper procedures for credit-recovery programs and for end-of-course retesting, according to findings in an external investigation report released in October and turned over to the Texas Education Agency for review. view article arw

Dallas County Schools Superintendent Rick Sorrells wants new ethics rules for DCS board members after an NBC 5 investigation revealed Larry Duncan, president of the Dallas County Schools Board of Trustees, accepted $245,000 in campaign contributions from people associated with a DCS vendor. view article arw

A case concerning a North Texas school district is being heard by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Tuesday. The arguments are related to religion in school settings, after a lawsuit was filed in May 2015 against the Birdville Independent School District in Haltom City. view article arw

"There had been a fight on Thursday, which according to my daughter the staff handled beautifully," said Christina Rollins, a mother to a student at Madison High School. But that altercation between two students turned into a lunch wide address... "My daughter came home in tears, sobbing uncontrollably due to the treatment at lunch on Friday," said Rollins. view article arw

Dallas County Schools board president Larry Duncan has accepted more than $200,000 in campaign contributions from people tied to a bus camera company that DCS partnered with, according to records obtained by KXAS-TV (NBC5).  The camera program has left the district struggling to pay its bills.  All of Duncan's other campaign donations combined since 2009 totaled only about $8,600. view article arw

Trophy Club police say a Byron Nelson High School student is in custody following a bomb threat that forced a lockdown at the school. The student is charged with making a false alarm or report involving a school, a state felony, police said. view article arw

Texas employers are faced with a dilemma after a state administrative law judge ruled last month that a former El Paso schoolteacher who tested positive for marijuana shouldn’t be sanctioned. The ruling was sought by the Texas Education Agency, which is weighing whether to suspend Maryam Roland’s teaching certificate. She tested positive for the drug two years ago after she told school district officials that she ate some edible cannabis over Christmas break in Colorado — where recreational use of the drug is legal, according to the Austin American-Statesman. view article arw

By the time Beaumont ISD's board of managers learned about rampant mismanagement of the district's 2007 bond money, most of the statutes of limitations had run out, limiting possible criminal actions against former administrators and hired contractors, said Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham on Friday. Wortham was quick to add that his office "has not closed any of our investigations" into wrongdoing. view article arw

Beaumont ISD last week released material from a forensic audit expected to be critical of the district's use of funds from the $388.6 million bond issue passed in 2007. In response to a Public Information Act request from the Beaumont Examiner newspaper, the district released 1,114 pages of exhibits to the report. The Enterprise received the same documents. The body of the report likely will be released early this week, according to District Attorney Bob Wortham. view article arw

Disability advocates on Monday threatened to sue the Texas Education Agency unless the state permanently ends its special education enrollment benchmark within the next month.The advocates said immediate action is necessary because of the “devastating harm” caused by the benchmark. The state already has suspended and pledged to eventually eliminate the decade-old cap, which punished school districts for giving special education services to more than 8.5 percent of students. But the state has angered advocates by not saying when it will permanently end the policy. view article arw

A teacher who also works as a scuba instructor has been charged with indecency with a child. David Eugene Romano, 50, works as a teacher at Alvin High School and a reserve unpaid police officer for Hillcrest Village Police Department in Alvin. Additionally, he is a scuba instructor at Dave's scuba Adventure, also in Alvin, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office. view article arw

AUSTIN -- Disability advocates on Monday threatened to sue the Texas Education Agency unless the state permanently ends its special education enrollment benchmark within the next month.  The advocates said immediate action was necessary because of the "devastating harm" caused by the benchmark.  The state already has suspended and pledged to eventually eliminate the decade-old benchmark, which punished school districts for giving special education services to more than 8.5 percent of students. But the state has angered advocates by not saying when it will permanently end the policy.  "The time for action to protect and support Texas's children with disabilities is now," the advocates from the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and Disability Rights Texas wrote in a letter to the Texas Education Agency and Commissioner Mike Morath. view article arw

A middle school student in Killeen says his teacher hit him and now he's scared to return to school. The boys parents hope the district will hear his story and discipline the teacher. The alleged incident happened at Rancier middle school last month, however the student just recently told his parents about it out of fear of retaliation from his teacher. view article arw

The principal of Marshall Middle School has been temporarily removed from the campus after allegations of misconduct, Houston ISD announced. According to the district, the principal will not be allowed on campus until an investigation is complete. view article arw

A Hearne ISD school board member is out on bond after being arrested Tuesday night. Samantha Salazar was arrested for claiming a lottery prize by fraud. Law enforcement sources say the warrant came from the Texas Lottery Commission in Austin. Salazar was arrested by Hearne police, and she posted a $10,000 bond Wednesday morning and was released. view article arw

A former vice principal of Wrenn Middle School is headed to court Thursday morning. Severo Campos was arrested back in 2015, charged with indecency with a child by contact. More News Headlines Severo Campos charged with indecency with child by contact Wrenn Middle School assistant principal charged with sex assault of… Edgewood police had been investigating allegations that Campos had a year-long relationship with a former student. view article arw

A Pasadena ISD teacher's aide faces sextortion charges and is accused of promotion of child pornography. Eyewitness News sat down with JoAnne Musick, who oversees the Harris County District Attorney Sex Crimes' Unit. view article arw