The governor and lieutenant governor of Texas are at odds over how to fix the teacher retention problem in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick seem to agree that teachers should receive a bigger paycheck, but each is backing a different plan.  Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is asking legislators to approve a plan that would provide bonuses to long-term teachers. view article arw

Despite already putting in hours of extra work, a group of local teachers and staff say they won't be getting a large part of a hard-earned bonus after state changes to a federal grant program. Kostoryz Elementary was awarded a federal grant in 2014 as part of the T-TIPS program to improve the school. Part of that grant included bonuses to be paid to teachers and other school staff for participating in voluntary after-hours training and boosting student performance on tests such as STAAR. view article arw

A local school district’s nutrition director was recognized and honored with the Director of Year Award for the state of Texas Melissa Bryan, Copperas Cove ISD Child Nutrition Director was recognized for the exemplary contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career. She was recognized at the National School Nutrition Association Conference in Atlanta, according to the school district. view article arw

The Waco ISD Director of Communications has taken a new job. Bruce Gietzen will become Baylor's Director of Student Publications in the Journalism, Public Relations and New Media Department said Lori Fogleman a spokesperson at Baylor.  view article arw

Becky Vaughn is the new principal of Pirtle Elementary, approved Monday by a unanimous vote at the Belton Independent School District board of trustees meeting. Vaughn moved to BISD from Leander Independent School District last year. Superintendent Susan Kincannon praised her work as an assistant principal at Lakewood Elementary and Chisholm Trail Elementary schools. view article arw

The new associate and assistant principals for Bullard Intermediate, Middle and High Schools were recently named. These new appointments are part of an administration restructuring in order to best serve the students of Bullard ISD. Lori Anderson will be the associate principal of Bullard High School. The Intermediate, Middle and High School Assistant Principals for the 2017-18 school year will be Scott Franks, Helene Cortinas and John Dixon, respectively. view article arw

State Rep. Travis Clardy filed a bill Tuesday to increase teacher pay by an average of $1,000 without requiring local tax dollars to do it. Clardy, a Nacogdoches Republican representing Rusk, Nacogdoches and Cherokee counties, was asked by Gov. Greg Abbott to write a bill upping teacher compensation — one of 20 items Abbott placed on the agenda for the special session that began Tuesday. view article arw

Helping to fill the openings for elementary bilingual teachers at Ector County Independent School District are about 13 teachers from Spain. Those teachers underwent orientation this week and will attend professional development days next week. view article arw

Waco Independent School District will soon be looking to fill a void left by the departure of Bruce Gietzen and his booming broadcasting voice heard during school board presentations and press conferences. Gietzen, who started as the district’s spokesperson in February 2016 after leaving his position as longtime Channel 25 KXXV news anchor, is stepping back into a newsroom. view article arw

The Conroe Independent School District board unanimously approved Tuesday the appointment of the first principal of Grand Oaks High School, a new campus set to open next fall. Dr. Chris Povich, principal of York Junior High, was presented to the board by Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton to take on the role of top administrator at the high school whose mascot is the Grizzlies. view article arw

San Angelo: Teachers and Tech

July 2007:30 AM
 

Being creative in the classroom to guide the youth of tomorrow is a challenge every day for Texas teachers, but lately being creative with local dollars to increase teacher pay has been another. Senora Scott takes a look at both. "Our kids will compete for college spots, for jobs, globally,” Matt Kimball, Assistant Superintendent of H.R. for SAISD said. view article arw

Out of 76 school districts across the 12-county education service area of Region 12, two outstanding, community-oriented educators have been selected for the top regional teaching award — 2018 Region 12 Teacher of the Year. Deborah DeGraff of Bell’s Hill Elementary in Waco Independent School District is the Region 12 Elementary Teacher of the Year and Craig Sullivan of Belton High School in Belton Independent School District is the Region 12 Secondary Teacher of the Year. view article arw

In introducing the plan for teacher pay increases approved by the College Station school board Tuesday night, the district's superintendent told trustees that salary bumps aren't as simple as politicians in Austin make them out to be. "One of the things that is frustrating for me as a superintendent and school leaders in public schools in Texas is the notion put forth by the governor that we are not using our money adequately and that we can just carve out $1,000 for teacher raises," Clark Ealy, the district's superintendent, told the board. view article arw

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A former Hudson ISD teacher accused of having sex with multiple students waived her arraignment Tuesday morning on 21 counts she was recently indicted on.  Robertson appeared in front of Judge Paul White Tuesday morning.  According to an indictment list from June, Robertson has six charges of inappropriate relationships with students and six charges of sexual assault. The indictment records indicate Robertson was given one indictment with six counts of improper relationship and was indicted six times for sexual assault, totaling 15 counts. view article arw

In most school districts, teacher contracts have come to an end. That's when school administrators find out exactly how many of their teachers will be leaving or coming back. In Nacogdoches the turnover rate is higher than administrators want. NISD’s central office had some theories as to why. It's unsettling for schools when as many as 85 resignations are submitted like what happened in Nacogdoches. view article arw

During Conroe ISD’s July 18 board meeting, the first Grand Oaks High School principal was named, a call for public input on the naming of the district’s new intermediate school was made, and it was announced that Lucille J. Bradley Elementary School is officially complete. view article arw

Nolan Brethowr serves as the safety and security coordinator for Lewisville ISD, and this summer will be the end of his first year with the district. He said one of the main parts of his job that he enjoys is being able to provide a safe and secure place for students to learn and grow. view article arw

Cindi Cobb has been appointed assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Frenship Independent School District after serving as executive director of the department for the past two years. Michelle McCord, Frenship superintendent, announced the appointment at the school district’s recent monthly Board of Trustees meeting. view article arw

Several resignations within the Dallas Independent School District are serving to highlight its struggle with staff turnover. Parents with children attending Lakewood Elementary School learned that the principal is leaving after only one year on the job. Lori Kirkpatrick, whose daughter is preparing to enter the third grade there, said that it is no longer surprising to see the principal leave. “We’ll be going on our fourth principal,” she said. view article arw

Citing an overburdened staff, the Bryan school board agreed Monday to restructure its top administration with a new hire from Superintendent Christie Whitbeck's former district. The board approved bringing in Ginger Carrabine, executive director of curriculum for the Fort Bend district, to be "chief of staff" with the caveat that the position is not a sign of more new administrative hires to come. She will report to Whitbeck directly and be given an annual salary of at least $104,000, according to the district's job posting. view article arw

Houston ISD will host a teacher job fair on Wednesday, July 26, to fill a districtwide void. To qualify for the invitation-only event, candidates must be pre-screened through an online application. Houston ISD is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States. The starting teacher salary is $52,530 — among the best in the region. There's also a stipend up to $4,000 for eligible certified bilingual teachers. view article arw

Ascension Public Schools has appointed a nationally recognized former principal as its new Instructional Supervisor for Elementary Education Latatia Johnson, wife and mother of two, most recently served as principal of G.W. Carver Primary, the 2017 recipient of the TAP Founder's Award, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching's (NIET) top honor. Johnson travelled to Washington, D.C. with NIET to meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and congressional members to discuss the importance of educator effectiveness.  view article arw

Teachers Change Lives

July 1807:45 AM
 

I have spilled barrels of ink in columns on the joys of being a teacher but now some ink needs to be spilled to get educators the help we need. Along with other school employees and retirees we are facing a nightmare. And that is why 800 educators packed the front lawn of the Gregg County Courthouse recently in the "Use Your Teacher Voice!" Rally. view article arw

With signs in hand, educators from across East Texas sat, stood and cheered in front of the Gregg County Courthouse Wednesday to show their support for each other and legislators working for them. In total, about 800 public school employees – from superintendents and principals to bus drivers and cafeteria workers – gathered on the courthouse lawn with their signs asking that Texas legislators hear their collective voice. The teachers came to the courthouse with one simple request: to be respected. view article arw

At a spelling bee at Zavala Elementary School in McAllen long ago, I stood in front of our hushed fifth-grade classroom, all eyes on me. My stomach bounced around in my throat, but I was cocky, too. After all, I consistently scored in the top 1 percent nationally in spelling aptitude tests then. But a spelling bee was new territory for me and my barrio classmates — and after what seemed like an unnerving eternity, it was at last my turn. view article arw

Summer traditionally is a time for teachers like Chris Williams to take a break after a busy and stressful school year, but this year he finds himself working to the point of exhaustion. Monday through Thursday, Williams works 7 1/2 hour days as an instructor at a summer school. Then he logs in another 15-20 hours on weeknights and weekends as a sales associate at the Barnes & Noble on West Gray near Shepherd. view article arw

Leander ISD is hosting a job fair Saturday for those interested in learning more about vacant positions within the school district. The district says it is hiring staff at various campuses in positions including custodial, transportation, food services and maintenance. A full list of openings can be found here. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas have approved new principals for several schools and other administrative changes for the coming school year. The board named Lorenzo Sanchez the district’s chief financial officer at a meeting June 26. Sanchez had served as interim CFO since January 2016. view article arw

Kids head back to school on August 28th, and Texas school districts are working to fill open teaching positions before the first day of classes. Lubbock ISD needs 30 teachers, and Frenship ISD needs 21. But 248 teachers are needed in Ector County ISD in Odessa, according to a representative from the Texas State Teachers Association Clinton Gill. view article arw

Thousands of retired Texas teachers will face health-insurance costs that more than double starting in January, even though lawmakers partly funded a shortfall during the regular session. “They could have done a better job of funding the shortfall,” for TRS-Care, the health-insurance program that covers more than 256,000 retired Texas teachers, said Monty Exter, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators. “In every instance it either got more expensive, or you got less benefits, or both.” view article arw

West Texas A&M University’s new president is plotting a path to dramatically increase doctoral programs and boost research, with a goal of giving the university a national profile. The university expects to have conferred three Ph.D.s when the academic year wraps up in August, which is in line with recent years, but President Walter Wendler wants to boost that number — by about seven-fold. The first step, he said, is a doctorate program in education leadership. It will complement the university’s lone Ph.D. program, which is in agriculture. view article arw

On Thursday afternoon, Ector County ISD officials interviewed and hired a brand-new teacher for the district. Now, they are hoping more follow suit. “We have somebody in the classroom on that first day of school,” said Robin Fawcett, Human Resources Director for Secondary Schools at Ector County ISD. Fawcett and others have been hustling and bustling trying to get the teacher vacancies down to a more manageable number. view article arw

Northside ISD is looking to fill nearly 300 jobs. The district will hold a job fair on July 14th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Northside Activity Center on Culebra Road near Loop 410. It's looking to hire bus drivers, food service workers, custodians, and several other positions. Full and part time positions are available with benefits. view article arw

Kirbyville CISD hired a new middle school and elementary principal today during a special called school board meeting. Rod Anderson, West Orange-Stark's high school principal, was named the new middle school principal and Kristi Gore, an instructional coach with the district, was named the new elementary school principal. view article arw

Natalie Mahany, a Rooster Springs Elementary third-grade teacher has been selected as the 2017 Texas PTA Elementary Teacher of the Year. Texas PTA honors five outstanding educators each year. In addition to Mahany, Dr. Art Cavazos (Harlingen ISD) was chosen as the Superintendent of the Year, Todd Rogers (Northwest ISD) as the Secondary Principal of the Year, Michelle Wooten (Lewisville ISD) as the Elementary Principal of the Year, and Steve Davidson (North East ISD) as the Secondary Teacher of the Year. According to the announcement, “Each Outstanding Educator exemplifies Texas PTA’s mission to make every child’s potential a reality through their support of PTA programs, parent education, family engagement and advocacy efforts.” view article arw