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How do employment benefits for Texas educators compare to those in other states?  This question has been a point of contention between lawmakers and educators for many years. Texas teachers say they’re frustrated due to a lack of state funding for public education. But lawmakers say the uncertainty surrounding the budget makes it hard to allocate better benefits for educators.  If you look at the raw numbers, Texas ranked 27th in the nation for teacher pay in 2016, according to the National Education Association. On average, Texas teachers earned $51,890 — roughly $6,500 below the national average. view article arw

Teachers have staged protests in recent weeks in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky and now Colorado. Some are fighting lawmakers who want to scale back their pensions. It's no secret that many states have badly underfunded their teacher pension plans for decades and now find themselves drowning in debt. But this pensions fight is also complicated by one, little-known fact: More than a million teachers don't have Social Security to fall back on. To understand why, we need to go back to Aug. 14, 1935. That's when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the original Social Security Act. view article arw

Weinert principal placed on leave

April 2008:25 AM

A Seguin ISD elementary school principal has been placed on administrative leave following an investigation into a complaint. In a statement released by the district late Thursday afternoon, Seguin ISD spokesman Sean Hoffmann said Weinert Principal Brandi Bell-Wiatrek was placed on leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. view article arw

The Denison Police Department forwarded the findings of its investigation into alleged misconduct between a Denison Independent School District educator and an 18-year-old female Denison High School student to the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday. Both the department and the school district released statements Tuesday regarding the alleged misconduct, for which no charges have been filed and no arrest has been made. The male educator has not been named, but Denison ISD said he has been placed on administrative leave. In its release, the Denison Police Department said officers were notified of a possible inappropriate behavior between the two by Denison High School staff on April 13. view article arw

The Jacksonville school board met at the Little Theater in Jacksonville Middle School for a series of recognitions. Earlier in the month the school board traveled to each campus in the district to award the teachers and employees of the year. The teachers of the year, it was explained in the meeting, are chosen by coworkers at the campus where they teach. The employees of the year can be nominated by anybody in the district, but are selected by an anonymous committee. view article arw

A Dallas ISD high school teacher had an improper relationship with a student in another district, and authorities say there may be other victims. Garland police arrested Robert Lee Edgin, 49, on one count of improper relationship between educator and student. view article arw

Midway principal receives honor

April 2007:30 AM

Sarah Holland, principal of River Valley Intermediate School, is one of 20 school leaders statewide named as TEPSANs of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Members from the 20 TEPSA regions across the state annually honor a colleague for outstanding service to the association. Award recipients must be committed to advancing the principalship and the association, as well as serving as a voice for Texas students. view article arw

An 18-year-old Klein Oak High School student was arrested and charged with improper photography after he's accused of taking a photo under the dress of a teacher, court documents show. On March 22, the student, Erick Eduardo Ordonez Medina, offered to send the photo to other boys, but the boys declined, according to the arrest warrant view article arw

The Shallowater ISD board members approved the hiring of a new high school principal beginning in the 2018-2019 school year at this month’s board meeting held on Tuesday, April 17. Shallowater ISD is pleased to announce the hiring of Rob Hollis as the new principal for Shallowater High School. Hollis earned his degree from New Mexico State University and continued his education at the University of Texas at Pan American where he focused on Secondary Education with an emphasis in Physical Education. He later obtained his Administrative certificate from Eastern New Mexico University. view article arw

Copperas Cove ISD isn't saying much regarding head football coach and Athletic Director Jack Welch. Multiple sources tell Channel 6 that Jack Welch's office has been cleaned out and the locks have been changed. Copperas Cove Communications Director Wendy Sledd said Wednesday morning that the district can't comment on personnel matters. view article arw

A special moment happened at Tuesday night’s Carrollton City Council meeting when the council recognized the life-saving deed of a school nurse, highlighting the successful CPR training partnership between the fire department and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Carrollton Fire and Rescue recently rolled out initiatives to double the number of CPR/AED trained residents by the end of 2018. Since the department’s announcement of its training efforts, the department has been hosting regularly scheduled classes and actively partnering with businesses and the school districts to provide that training. view article arw

Brazosport ISD employees will see an average salary boost of more than $1,500 as the district continues its efforts to recruit and retain teachers. The board of trustees this week unanimously approved a compensation plan that included giving all Brazosport ISD employees a 3 percent market raise for the 2018-19 academic year, which amounts to a $1,675 base increase for teachers. view article arw

Domenika Trotman has taken to homeschooling her daughter after what she calls the last straw for Copperas Cove Independent School District. Trotman accused her daughter's former special education instructor of physically abusing her daughter, then pulling her wig off her head Monday after class at Copperas Cove Junior High School. The parent said things got physical between her daughter and her teacher after the two started quarreling. view article arw

Allen ISD has announced the hiring of three instructional leaders to oversee staff and programs at the new STEAM Center. Courtney Sharkey has been named the STEAM Center Administrator. Sharkey has served as the North Forney High School principal since 2014. Prior to her tenure as principal, she served as District STEM and Secondary Curriculum Supervisor for seven years and Executive Director of Rapides Exploratory Education Center, a children’s museum for science, math and the arts, in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, for four years. view article arw

Blaire Glockzin Grande was named the principal of Pebble Creek Elementary today by College Station ISD Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy. A native of College Station and a graduate of A&M Consolidated High School, Grande has served the last two years as the assistant principal at Spring Creek Elementary. The CSISD Board of Trustees is expected to approve the hire at the May board meeting and the appointment will be effective at the end of this current school year. view article arw

During a regularly scheduled School Board Meeting, on Monday, April 9, the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the Superintendent in the hiring of Amanda Goode as Bullard Early Childhood Principal. Goode will transition to this position for the 2018-19 school year following the retirement of Michelle Hurst. Goode is a native East Texan and is currently completing her 17th year in education; thirteen of those years have been with BISD. view article arw

During Monday night’s Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Superintendent David Vroonland announced that Assistant Superintendent Denise Kutch will be retiring after 44 years in public education. She has served as an assistant superintendent, strategic planning and innovation for the past two years.  view article arw

A Flint man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while attempting to retrieve his mail. The Texas Department of Public Safety was dispatched to a call of a vehicle striking a pedestrian at 9:45 p.m. Monday on Farm-to-Market Road 2661, south of County Road 1130. Alan Cleaver, 39, of Flint, parked in a private drive and crossed FM 2661 from the east to west side to retrieve mail, according to a DPS preliminary crash report. view article arw

Four special Austin teachers, all visited by one very important person. Austin ISD superintendent Paul Cruz's first stop Tuesday was Baldwin Elementary School. "We've named one Teacher of the Year for elementary schools for Area 1,” said Cruz. “That is Ms. Reaves. Congratulations!!” view article arw

Bryan school board members voted unanimously Monday night to add a 2 percent increase to the employee pay scale. The increase will be in effect for next year's budget and will impact auxiliary, paraprofessional, professional and administrative employees. Trustees also unanimously approved the promotion of two employees. Kevin Beesaw, a certified public accountant, has served as director of financial services since joining the district in 2012 and will take on the role of assistant superintendent of business services following Amy Drozd's retirement in June. view article arw

High performing teachers in San Benito could be receiving a reward next year for their hard work. During a regular school board meeting, SBCISD trustees passed an incentive for teacher performances for the 2018-2019 school year. Teachers with at least 10 students in a tested area such as math or English can receive incentives if their students score above the state average on state exams. view article arw

Bullard Independent School District has hired a new principal for its Early Childhood campus. During Bullard ISD’s April board meeting the district’s trustees approved the hiring of Amanda Goode as Bullard Early Childhood principal. Goode will transition to this position for the 2018-19 school year following the retirement of Michelle Hurst, according to a news release from the district. Goode is a native East Texan and is completing her 17th year in education; 13 of those years have been with BISD. view article arw

Sherman High School principal Chris Mogan was hired Monday night to lead Decatur High School. Decatur ISD trustees approved a contract for Mogan to become the Decatur High School principal. Mogan’s contract will start July 1. Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis he will be giving input on staffing before he arrives as the school prepares for the 2018-19 school year. view article arw

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees recognized Wakeland High School teacher Joanna Cone this week for her selection as the Tom Norris Texas Academic Decathlon Coach of the Year for medium schools. Cone was nominated for the honor by her current and former students, who described the dedication and enthusiasm she brings to Academic Decathlon. “I am truly amazed by the way she is able to make the hundreds of pages of content seem so interesting and engaging,” wrote Ishani Kaul. “Mrs. Cone goes out of her way to find clever methods to ensure that the content reaches her students in an interactive yet meaningful manner.” view article arw

Former high school journalism teacher Lisa Tang of Palestine has joined the Herald-Press as a reporter, photographer, and page designer. As a reporter and photographer, Tang will handle general assignments, but also focus more attention on education, an area the newspaper has not done a good job of covering, editor Jeff Gerritt said. Tang will also head-up efforts to redesign the Herald-Press into a more attractive and readable format in its print and digital products. view article arw

Humble ISD Groves Elementary teacher Amanda Kopp not only won the 2018 Teacher of the Year award on Friday night, she also got a new 2018 Jeep Renegade donated by Bert Brocker and Texan Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. The Humble ISD Education Foundation held their annual gala at the Humble Civic Center Friday night to help raise funds for their schools and recognize alumni that have made an impact in the community.Each year, the education foundation selects a Teacher of the Year out of 10 finalists. Finalists are recommended by their campus who submit written applications to the foundation. All finalists received an iPad and iPad cover. view article arw

Hundreds of thousands of American schoolteachers work second jobs to boost their income. While outrage over low pay has driven teacher revolts in states including Oklahoma and West Virginia, federal data shows it has been no less common for educators to moonlight at second jobs in other places where the pay is higher but so is the cost of living. Nationwide, 17.9 percent of teachers work jobs outside school, supplementing the average full-time teacher salary of $55,100 by an average of $5,100, according to the latest survey from the U.S. Education Department, from the 2015-2016 school year. view article arw

Not Texas but interesting discussion! - js - Fredericksburg Superintendent David Melton said he was “beaming with pride” as the city schools’ teachers participated with students in the National School Walkout on March 14 to honor the 17 lives lost in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “Every teacher was out there,” he told City Council during a joint work session Tuesday with the city’s School Board. “The reason I bring that up is the teachers, you know, not one teacher complained at all.” Those teachers are, however, watching to see what kind of salary increase they’ll get in the final version of next year’s budget. Some may retire or leave for school systems that pay more, Melton said. He pointed to Nelson County, which pays teachers a starting salary of $46,000. In Fredericksburg’s school system, they get $42,000. view article arw

An Academy Independent School District staff member was arrested Friday for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a former Academy ISD student when the student was still enrolled in the district, according to a letter from Superintendent Kevin Sprinkles. The letter did not identify the staff member but we do know head softball coach, Gus Leroy Beuershausen, 40, was booked into the Bell County Jail Friday afternoon. He was charged with sexual assault of a child, according to online jail records. view article arw

Earlier this year, a U.S. District Judge sentenced a Jasper native who stole more than $600,000 from Grand Prairie ISD to three years and a month in a federal prison. U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle handed down the sentence on March 1. In the federal sentencing document, the court recommended that the Bureau of Prisons allow Carolyn Perkins Foster, 63, to serve her time at FPC Bryan in Bryan. view article arw

Students and staff at Grapeland ISD are reliving the tragedy of learning about the death of former band director Perry Frank. In June of 2017, Frank died unexpectedly after a successful heart bypass procedure. The Tyler Police Department stated that Frank could be the second death attributed to former Nurse William George Davis. view article arw

A former Spur ISD coach was indicted by a federal grand jury in Lubbock on Wednesday (April 11) for enticement of a child. KAMC News reports Charles Fulmer was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student in 2017. Fulmer reportedly exchanged text messages with the female student. view article arw

Hutto ISD announced Thursday that Brad LaPlante will take over as the school district’s new athletic director and head football coach. LaPlante has worked as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the past five years, serving under outgoing coach Steve Van Meter. Van Meter is retiring after five years serving as the Hutto ISD head coach and more than three decades as a high school football coach. view article arw

Coppell ISD Board of Trustees approved Diana Sircar as the district’s new executive director of finance on April 9.  Sircar holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Rutgers University and a master's degree in business administration from The University of Texas at Austin. Sircar’s 13 years of professional business experience, including four years in CISD—most recently as the staff accountant— nine years with Cardinal Health/Baxter International and numerous years of volunteering in and around the city of Coppell, provide her with a wealth of experience that will serve her well in this new role.  Sircar also has two children who went through CISD—one a recent graduate of Coppell High School and the other a current student at CHS. view article arw

Killeen ISD announced the appointment Wednesday of their new Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Leadership Services. David Manley, a veteran educator of 31 years, will fill one of the district’s top leadership roles. Manley will be replacing Dr. Robin Champagne who is retiring. Killeen ISD Superintendent John Craft said Manley has done an outstanding job at every level of his career. view article arw