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Congratulations Ray! - Ray Deason spent 50 years working in education guiding numerous school districts and a multitude of students. The former Ore City ISD assistant superintendent’s service will be recognized next week as he receives a Texas Senate proclamation for exemplary service from Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville. Deason is set to be honored at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Ore City ISD board meeting.

San Angelo ISD's Director of Communication, Derrick Jackson, has accepted a leadership position in the Denton ISD Communication Department. The Denton ISD school board met Tuesday evening and approved hiring Jackson to head their communications department there. Denton is a fast-growing suburban area north of Dallas where the I-35E and I-35W merge. "It was not an easy decision to leave my current position," Jackson told us. "I love this district and the San Angelo community and everyone that I've come in contact with has been nothing but outstanding to me and my family during our time here." view article arw

The Waco Independent School District is weighing a different bonus plan in which some teachers will receive extra money based on each individual student’s standardized test score. For the past five years, select Waco ISD teachers have been rewarded annually through a payment system based on student performance on the state’s standardized test, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. District officials are hopeful the new incentive plan will better appeal to current and prospective teachers while also aligning with the state’s new A-F accountability system. view article arw

Charlotte ISD teacher arrested

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Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward has reported that a 39 year old female Charlotte ISD teacher was arrested Tuesday morning by Sheriff’s Investigators.  Sergeant Albert Garza, Crimes Against Children Investigator for the sheriff’s office, made the arrest early Tuesday in San Antonio on warrants issued by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace, Jackie Bodden. Sheriff Soward identified the teacher as Jennifer Goodwell of Devine. The Sheriff said Goodwell was a second year school teacher.  Sheriff Soward stated that the sheriff’s office became aware of the incidents on December 3 and immediately launched an investigation. On December 4, Sergeant Garza interviewed Goodwell who admitted to inappropriate sexual relations with three male students. The incidents allegedly took place between September 15 and November 30. Charlotte ISD officials fully cooperated with the investigation, the Sheriff said. view article arw

The caregivers of Cleburne ISD have been honored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 with their recognition of school nurses in observance of National Education Week. Auxiliary member Marty Peters, who is also state president of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas, said it was an honor to meet the health professionals who mean so much to students. “At our campus presentations, you could tell from the students’ responses that they love their school nurses,” Peters said. “They were very happy to see them recognized, especially when we presented bottles of M&M’s and the nurse caps we made for them.  view article arw

Repost! - K12 INC., THE controversial for-profit virtual charter school operator, plans to pivot its entire platform to career education and has laid the groundwork to offer the new programs in 40 states over the next three years.  "This is a pivot, absolutely," says Kevin Chavous, president of academics, policy and schools at K12. "We were the first ones to do the online education in a big way. Now, this is a pivot where we have a laser focus on academics and student growth, but the corresponding focus on [career] gives kids more opportunity than they otherwise wouldn't have. view article arw

Tarleton State University’s College of Education awarded two soon-to-be graduates with the Fall 2018 Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award at last week’s “Reflections” ceremony upon completion of the cohort’s student-teaching internships. Faculty from the college and the Office of Educator Preparation Services presented the award to graduates Vicky Rivera and Grant Shane, who will receive their diplomas on Friday. view article arw

In Karen Hill’s eyes, not much has changed since her father’s unsuccessful bid for Richardson Independent School District's board in 1963. A. Maceo Johnson, who taught in segregated Fort Worth schools and earned the same salary as the janitors, was an “immensely qualified” person for the position, Hill said while presiding over the collection of tattered folders and discolored papers splayed across her dining table in a makeshift shrine to her father’s lifelong quest for equal representation. view article arw

Most Texans know that public education is essential to creating and maintaining individual opportunity, equality, democracy and stability in our society. Yet there always seems to be those, among them special interest groups, chipping away at the foundations of Texas public education. Unfortunately, special interest forces have recently been trying to tamper with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. TRS was created in 1937 as a way to make teaching in Texas a desirable career. TRS now has more than 400,000 retirees and more than 1.37 million enrolled employees, and maintains one of the largest and healthiest pension funds in the nation. This fund consistently outperforms expected rates of return and serves as a backbone of attracting quality people into the education profession in the Lone Star State. view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will discuss a revised substitute teacher pay scale during their work study session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first floor board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. The meeting will start with a public hearing on the 2017-18 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. view article arw

One of Ron Lilie’s biggest challenges as a high school principal is helping his students overcome the fear of “What’s next?” “A lot of our kids here come from families who have never had anyone go to college,” said Lilie, who has been Waelder High School’s principal since 2013. “Their parents can’t tell them what to expect, so the students are kind of scared to be the ones in their families to take that next step.” view article arw

Brian Herman has resigned as Lockhart High School’s head football coach, according to Matt Stepp of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. view article arw

A now former Spur ISD coach who was arrested by the Texas Rangers in May 2017 on charges of sexual assault of a child, has been sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. The sentence comes after he was formally charged with one count of enticement of a minor. He took a plea deal and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and three years probation after his release. Charles Fulmer, 43, resigned on April 11, 2017 after being accused of misconduct with a student. According to the arrest warrant, Fulmer was accused of having sex with a child younger than 17 on March 15, 2017. view article arw

Forty-three-year-old Charles Fulmer was sentenced Friday, December 7th, 2018 after pleading guilty to one count of attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. Fulmer resigned in April of 2017 after being accused of misconduct with a student, and was arrested in May of 2017. view article arw

The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator will end after their union and management struck a tentative deal Sunday that includes protections for students and immigrant families living in the country illegally. The Chicago Teachers Union said more than 500 teachers will return to classes Monday at Acero's 15 schools with 7,500 predominantly Latino students. Teachers went on strike Tuesday and classes were canceled. view article arw

Houston ISD has spent millions of dollars on incentive pay and bonuses during the last two years to recruit and retain more high-quality teachers at it longest-struggling campuses. It has not worked. The salary incentives have had virtually no impact on shifting highly-rated teachers to schools covered under HISD’s Achieve 180 campus turnaround initiative, where students historically have performed worse academically under the tutelage of lower-scoring educators, according to staffing data provided by HISD. view article arw

The public is invited to a retirement celebration Monday honoring Pine Tree ISD Assistant Superintendent Judy Downing. Downing will retire after 16 years with the district. Salena Jackson was promoted to Downing’s post in October.  The event is set 4 to 6 p.m. Monday in the boardroom, 1701 Pine Tree Road, Longview. view article arw

Pine Tree ISD trustees will vote Monday to modify the district’s teacher incentive program for the 2018-19 school year. The district is paying out performance-based incentives for the first time. The extra pay will cost the district more than $107,000, Assistant Superintendent Eric Cederstrom said in November. view article arw

Dickinson High School head tennis coach Christopher Reyes was presented the Ike Groce Vision Award at the Texas Tennis Coaches Association convention banquet held Friday at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls. “I feel honored to be recognized for this award and for the work we have done here at Dickinson High School,” Reyes said. view article arw

The Killeen ISD, 2,500 of whose students take English as Second Language or ESL classes, is in need of bilingual teachers, and as more students for whom English isn’t the primary language enroll, the shortage becomes more of a problem. KISD has nine bilingual and ESL positions open, most of them at the elementary level. In Texas, if elementary classes have more than 22 students, a class size waiver has to be requested from the state. With its bilingual teacher shortage, KISD has had to file for seven waivers. view article arw

It’s no secret that NFL coaches make a ton of money to lead a group of professionals in the most popular sports league in the United States. It also doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that some college football coachesmake enough money that they could become the governor of an entire state. But what about the salaries high school football coaches who are hired to teach a group of teenagers how to become young men? view article arw

Most Texans know that public education is essential to creating and maintaining individual opportunity, equality, democracy, and stability in our society. Yet, there always seem to be those, among them special interest groups, chipping away at the foundations of Texas public education. Unfortunately, special-interest forces have recently been trying to tamper with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. TRS was created in 1937 as a way to make teaching in Texas a desirable career. TRS now has more than 400,000 retirees and more than 1.37 million currently enrolled employees and maintains one of the largest and healthiest pension funds in the nation.  This fund consistently outperforms expected rates of return and serves as a backbone of attracting quality people into the education profession in the Lone Star State. view article arw

Tim Lambert, principal of Texas Middle School, has been named as a top three finalist for Texas Middle School Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. Lambert was one of 20 selected as a Regional Middle School Principal of the Year in June 2018. School administrators are nominated and chosen by their peers within their regions. Nominations are based upon exemplary performance and outstanding leadership. Lambert became principal of Texas Middle School in June 2013. view article arw

The Midland Chamber of Commerce is asking the public to take part in a new Teacher Adoption Program. Officials from the organization like Nelwynn Barnett, the Executive Director of Chamber relations are hoping the program will make teachers feel more welcome within the community. "It really allows members of the community or individuals to show support and care and encouragement to a teacher in the school system," said Barnett. view article arw

The top 25 teachers of the school year for the Waco Independent School District were honored Tuesday night. Hundreds came to University High School for the 2018-2019 Outstanding Teacher Ceremony. "We are trying to build a team that is focused on positive student outcomes at all levels,” Superintendent of Schools for Waco ISD, Dr. A. Marcus Nelson, told the crowd. “We want you to know the all-stars of our team are here tonight." view article arw

Big Spring ISD announced on Tuesday that it was removing the interim tag from Mike Ritchey and making him the district’s athletic director. Ritchey will remain as the high school principal, the district announced. view article arw

What's worse than a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking? Perhaps a place in the unemployment line. A substitute teacher who recently told first-graders that Santa Claus is not real is no longer working for a New Jersey school district, the superintendent said Tuesday. Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent Rene Rovtar confirmed in a statement to Fox News that the substitute, who has not been identified, is no longer with the K-12 district. view article arw

Central office administration at Ector County Independent School District is being restructured in a move architects say will make it more efficient and effective. Some aspects of the organization are staying the same, but the aim is to make it easier for campus administrators to get answers to questions and issues. Interim Superintendent Jim Nelson has made Stephanie Howard deputy superintendent. She was previously superintendent in Plains, held a top position at ECISD and administrative positions in Midland. Nelson has Communications Officer Mike Adkins, Howard and Chief of Police Todd Hiner reporting to him. Education Foundation Director Celeste Potter works in partnership with Nelson, Howard and other district leaders. view article arw

A Houston-area teacher admitted to having a long-term sexual relationship with a former Bellaire High School student from May 2014 to June 2018, during which they were caught having sex inside multiple vehicles and briefly lived together, according to charging documents filed last week in Harris County district court. David Ziesmer, 26, has been charged with having an improper relationship with a student and sexual assault of a child. He has been released from custody after posting $20,000 bonds for each charge, records show. view article arw

The Waco Independent School District will host a ceremony to recognize 25 educators as the 2018-2019 Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  There is one teacher selected from each campus honoring their hard work and dedication. Ashley Bridgewater, Waco High School's AVID teacher, is one of the 25 winners and explains what it means to her. "I have to remind my students that I'm going to give you 100 percent all day every day," Bridgewater said.  view article arw

School officials with the Judson Independent School District are investigating after members of the seventh-grade soccer team at Kitty Hawk Middle School said some eighth-graders rushed into their locker room Wednesday and touched them inappropriately. "They began to inappropriately push them around, slapping them on their bottoms and all that sort of thing, and there was also a particular point where it got a little more personal than that," Judson Independent School District spokesman Steve Linscomb said. "Everybody still had their clothes on, just trying to poke them underneath their rear end." view article arw

A pair of Abilene ISD teachers are nominated in a national award program. There's a lot of statewide and national competition they'd have to best, though, if they hope to win the grand prize. Steve Shinkle, an Air Force Jr. ROTC teacher at Cooper High School, and Laurie Velasquez, a third-grade teacher at Ward Elementary, are among hundreds of teachers — and 87 as of Friday in Texas — in consideration for the Life Changer of the Year Award, a program presented by National Life Group Foundation. view article arw

Decatur ISD head of security resigns

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Decatur ISD Assistant Superintendent Steve White resigned Wednesday. White, who was over transportation, safety, security, attendance, facilities, technology, health services, transfers and handled parent concerns at the district level, was named to the post in July by a 5-2 vote. White turned in a letter to Superintendent Judi Whitis citing personal reasons for his resignation, which was effective immediately. view article arw

McKinney ISD announced Nov. 9 a pay raise for substitute teachers in an effort to remain competitive among neighboring school districts. For the last three years substitutes at MISD with college degrees were paid $85 per day, and substitutes with teaching certificates were paid $90 per day. Effective Nov. 12 the rates were raised to $100 per day for substitutes with degrees and $110 per day for certified substitutes. view article arw

Crosby ISD teacher David Ziesmer recently resigned while under investigation for an alleged improper relationship with an underage, Houston ISD student while teaching for Houston ISD. According to Viviana Killion, Crosby ISD director of community relations, the school district was notified that Ziesmer was under investigation for a potential improper relationship with a Houston ISD student on Nov. 12. “Immediately following this notice, Mr. Ziesmer, who had only been with Crosby ISD since August 2018, was placed on administrative leave and Crosby ISD district officials reported the allegations of impropriety with Houston ISD minor to the Texas State Board of Educator Certification, as required by the Texas Education Agency,” Killion said. “In addition to notifying the proper authorities, the district conducted an investigation, and while still on administrative leave, Mr. Zeismer resigned from employment with Crosby ISD.”  view article arw