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SAN ANTONIO - Two researchers from the University of Texas at San Antonio are creating a database highlighting educator discipline after they are accused of improper relationships.  The researchers hope to get a deeper understanding of the epidemic of these allegations in the state of Texas.  "There are 222 kids from last year and their families whose lives have been turned upside down," said Dr. David Thompson, a professor of educational leadership at UTSA. The Texas Education Agency opened 222 investigations in the fiscal year 2015-2016 alone that involved inappropriate relationships between educators and students. view article arw

This year, Bryan ISD is recognizing two administrators that have spent half a century with the district. Angie Krolczyk is an Administrative Assistant in the Business Services Department and Judy Hughson is currently the Assistant Principal at Kemp Carver Elementary. Both women are proud Bryan-ites and graduated from Stephen F Austin. view article arw

A day after finding Kirbyville High School Principal Dennis Reeves' body in his truck, Police Chief Paul Brister said on Wednesday his department was waiting on an autopsy report that is expected to "confirm what we think we know." Reeves' body was found in his truck in the school's parking lot between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities believe the 45-year-old died from a self-inflicted gunshot. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District staff will get a 1.5% pay raise next year. That's less than employee union Education Austin initially asked for, but their hope is that a new incentive program will mean staff at the district's most demanding campuses will see extra pay in return for career development. AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz and Education Austin President Ken Zarifis signed a consultation agreement on May 22 approving the pay increase. Pending approval from the board of trustees, it will take effect July 1. As with all teaching employees, AISD staff have learned that pay raises are not a given. view article arw

Cristina Nuñez, counselor at Paso del Norte School was selected as the 2017 Texas School Counselor of the Year by the Lone Star State School Counselor Association for her outstanding service and achievement. view article arw

Many of us have great memories of school activities like theater, athletics, or playing an instrument. Some Plano ISD parents are worried about their kids making memories after a band director resigned and another retired. They say replacement numbers don't add up. view article arw

At the center of our district’s Learning Model, one of our Guiding Documents that directs all we do in LISD, is “focus on student learning.” After all, the whole reason our district exists is to provide an education to the children in our boundaries. While our teachers and staff have done an outstanding job over the years working to foster a challenging, supportive and effective learning experience, we recognize the benefit of taking a step back every so often to ensure our many educational pieces are creating a cohesive puzzle. Our last official audit was conducted nearly 20 years ago under Superintendent Tom Glenn. Since then, we have experienced incredible population growth in our area, as well as great strides in the teaching and assessment arenas.  view article arw

Lindale ISD has a new head football coach as of Thursday.  Chris Cochran confirms that he has been promoted to head football coach for the school district. view article arw

Kirbyville High School Principal Dennis Reeves met with Superintendent Tommy Wallis and Assistant Superintendent Georgia Sayers to discuss summer projects before Reeves resigned and was found dead in his truck about an hour later, Wallis told a Beaumont TV station. According to a KFDM-TV report, Wallis and Sayers met with Reeves at the Kirbyville High School campus Tuesday afternoon. Wallis told KFDM Reeves resigned during the meeting, but declined to say why. "We had several things to discuss," Wallis told the television station. "We called the meeting to visit with him about a couple of things -- summer school, staffing patterns, several things to discuss." view article arw

The San Benito school district is getting a raise.  Last night, the San Benito school board came together in a special workshop to discuss the district’s future compensation plan. Then they voted to approve a 5 percent increase for all employees across the board. Superintendent Dr. Adrian Vega had approach the Texas Association of School Boards to conduct its own study on the compensation disparities that plague the district. view article arw

A former employee has filed a lawsuit against Sweeny ISD and with it comes allegations of sexual harassment on the part of the former superintendent and discrimination and retaliation on the part of other district employees. Lisa Smith, former special programs coordinator for Sweeny ISD, filed the lawsuit April 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Galveston. view article arw

A former Livingston ISD employee who had an improper relationship with a 14-year-old girl took a plea bargain deal of 15 years in prison shortly before jury selection for his trial was set to begin Tuesday. Herbert Nelson Lloyd, 58, of Livingston, pleaded guilty to second-degree felony improper relationship between an educator and student and second-degree felony indecency with a child, according to Polk County District Attorney William Lee Hon. view article arw

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BloomBoard, the leading competency-based professional development platform has been selected by the Texas Education Agency to pilot six professional learning programs supported by micro-credentials to educators across the state. The pilot is the first step for the TEA in transitioning to a competency-based learning model and will serve to inform future professional development efforts in Texas.  "The most important person in public education is the teacher at the front of every classroom, and we want to ensure they receive the support they deserve," said Texas Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath. " view article arw

Former Garland ISD human resources director Victor Leos appeared in federal court Tuesday and told a judge that he is guilty in a scheme to abuse work visas to recruit hundreds of teachers.  Leos, 63, has admitted to receiving kickbacks, travel and other benefitswhile using H-1B visas to attract bilingual teachers from Mexico, Central and South America and the Philippines. Leos agreed to prosecutors' claims that from about 2007 to 2012, he recruited and hired foreign teachers that Garland ISD did not necessarily need.  Leos' attorney, Robert H. Rogers of Dallas, released a statement on his client's behalf after the arraignment hearing. view article arw

A former Hudson ISD kindergarten teacher who is accused of having sex with four high school students appeared in an Angelina County courtroom Tuesday to request a significant reduction in her bail amount.  Judge Paul White of the 159th Judicial District Court said he needs to review the arrest affidavits and bond conditions. White said he does not see the bond that high, but he is not sure how low it will go. Robertson, who is still being held in the Angelina County Jail, is facing six second-degree felony improper relationship between educator and student and charges and six second-degree felony sexual assault of a child charges. Collectively, her bail amount has been set at $600,000. view article arw

Austin ISD employees will recieve a 1.5 percent across-the-board salary increase in fiscal year 2017-18, the smallest increase in four years, according to the district’s Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley Johnson during a Monday presentation to board trustees. “Our 1.5 percent salary increase is modest compared to other surrounding school districts,” she said. “Because of our revenue limitations and the pressure recapture puts on our budget, we are not able to go beyond that at this time; we don’t feel it is prudent.” The state recapture law, also known as “Robin Hood,” continues to hinder the district’s budget, Johnson said, which totals approximately $1.4 billion in revenue and $1.5 billion in expenditures for fiscal year 2017-18. view article arw

A Keller High School teacher can now add Jeopardy champion to his resume. Along with taking home the title of a champ, David Clemmons also won $100,000 on the finale episode of the show's Teachers Championship. view article arw

Rachel George, fourth-grade teacher at William B. Travis Elementary, and Eleanor Eckels, Math Interventionist at Marshall Junior High School, have been selected as the 2017 Marshall ISD District Teachers of the Year. The two educators were officially named and presented during Monday's Regular Meeting of the Marshall ISD Board of Trustees. George is the 2017 MISD Elementary School Teacher of the Year, while Mrs. Eckels is the 2017 MISD Secondary School Teacher of the Year. Both will serve as MISD's nominees for Region 7 Teacher of the Year later this summer. view article arw

 In an effort to help recruit new teachers, the Vega Independent School District is trying out new tactics. According to Vega school administrators, the challenge is keeping the younger generation or first and second year teachers to stay in the community and school. A higher percentage of teachers who stay have 15 years of longevity or longer with the district. Region 16 produced a video to help Vega ISD attract new teachers who have an interest in working or living in a rural community. The district is hoping it will separate themselves from other districts in Region 16 to hire new teachers. view article arw

On Friday, the Pittsburg High School paper, The Booster Redux, published a scathing staff editorial on its front page, asking the school board to hold its superintendent, Destry Brown, accountable. The Booster Redux achieved national fame in April when six students wrote an article that challenged the credentials of the incoming principal, Amy Robertson, which led to her resignation. The students were then invited to the White House correspondents’ dinner. The editorial stated that at the dinner, they were inspired by famous Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, who challenged them, saying, “whatever the climate ... we should and must persist.” view article arw

About 300 teaching and administrative positions are open in the Texas Panhandle and roughly 100 of those positions were posted this month alone. Area school districts say more teachers are now retiring after staying in education for at least a decade or more. The Texas Panhandle serves about 80,000 students and Region 16 says the total regional school staff is right about 11,400. So, districts are trying to reach out to a younger workforce to fill the gap, specifically those who are bilingual. view article arw

Employees of the Socorro Independent School District will get a 3 percent raise next school year. Trustees on June 20 will vote on a budget for the 2017-18 school year that includes an employee compensation plan approved by the school board last week. view article arw

The Rogers Independent School District band director resigned Thursday after he was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student, officials said. Christopher Johnston, a Temple resident, was put on administrative leave by Rogers High School Principal Lee Vi Moses prior to his resignation, RISD Superintendent Joe Craig said in a news release Thursday. No criminal charges had been filed as of Thursday. view article arw

In March, HISD’s assistant superintendent for special education resigned because of reports children with special needs were denied services. But the door is open for her return, as Houston Public Media has uncovered. When HISD administrator Sowmya Kumar was pressured to leave her post over special education, she and the school district negotiated her departure. view article arw

A Longview ISD teacher died of a heart attack on Wednesday, May 17th. According to a release from Longview ISD, Latin Teacher Charles M. Parsons, suffered a heart attack during the International Baccalaureate hooding ceremony at The Summit Club in Longview. view article arw

The school board unanimously approved a salary increase April 24 of $1,800 per employee for the 2017-18 school year. This amounts to a 3.16 percent average pay increase for teachers and a 3 percent average increase for non-teachers, according to the board. “Three percent is nowhere near the amount [teachers] deserve, but we’re grateful we’re able to do more this year than we did last year,” board President Rebecca Fox said. view article arw

Three teachers resigned from a Comal ISD high school after claims of misconduct following events at a senior prom, according to the school district. Sometime after the Smithson Valley High School senior prom, campus and district administrators started looking into reported unprofessional conduct involving the possession of alcohol.  view article arw

The Teague ISD school board remained silent Thursday afternoon after taking a vote on the job status of one of its principals. On Monday, News Channel 25's Pattrik Simmons was the first to report about an incident that supposedly happened last Friday inside Teague Intermediate School's cafeteria. Parents of some fourth-grade boys said principal Vickey Little told them to rub their hands on the floor and then lick their fingers as a form of punishment. The school board held a special meeting Thursday afternoon to hold a budget workshop and discuss "personnel matters," like resignations, employment, student concerns, and parent concerns, according to the school board's website. view article arw

Arrest affidavits for Tyrell VanWinkle, 22, say the assistant debate club coach had a sexual relationship with a Stony Point High School student reaching back to 2016. The affidavits also allege that VanWinkle received sexually explicit photos from the student and another female student at the school. A Round Rock police officer began investigating a report of an inappropriate relationship between VanWinkle and a student sometime before May 3. A female student told police VanWinkle had made sexual comments toward her and sent her sexually explicit photos, according to the affidavits. view article arw

Athens ISD Superintendent Blake Stiles announced today some upcoming changes in key district personnel assignments. Effective July 1, Athens High School Principal Jami Ivey will take over as director of secondary curriculum and instruction for the middle school and high school. Athens Middle School Principal Ginger Morrison will replace Ivey at the high school. And Central Athens Elementary Principal Jennifer Risinger will step into the principal’s position at the middle school. The district will begin a formal search for the principal’s position at Central. “We’re very fortunate to have a deep well of talented leadership in the district, and we’re putting it to good use,” said Stiles. “Mrs. Ivey has done a remarkable job at the high school, and no one is better positioned to guide our secondary curriculum needs. view article arw

A verbal exchange at Lake Olympia Middle School between a sixth grade girl and her teacher escalated Tuesday morning. Moments later, a school desk was "flipped over," according to Fort Bend ISD officials. "A staff member was removed from the classroom after the incident," said a spokesperson. A parent later confirmed that it was a teacher. According to the parent, whose child was in the same first period class, the incident happened in full view of the students. The school person said the investigation involves "a number of witnesses." view article arw

The game of life

May 1808:15 AM
 

Having been a coach all of my adult life, and with the Port Aransas ISD for the past 17 years. I can honestly say that I still love my job as much today as I did when I started. I absolutely love teaching and coaching teenagers, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.    view article arw

Three teachers from Smithson Valley High School resigned from their positions amidst allegations of alcohol possession while chaperoning prom, according to a statement from the Comal Independent School District. The three teachers resigned prior to the completion of an investigation by campus and district administrators into possible unprofessional conduct, said Steve Sanford from Comal ISD. view article arw

Cleburne ISD employees and students were recognized for several accomplishments on Monday night during the board of trustees meeting. Twelve educators, honored by their colleagues, were selected as 2016-17 Campus Teachers of the Year. The Elementary Teachers of the Year include Adam Elementary School’s Lindsay Cheek, Coleman Elementary School’s Vicki Webb, Cooke Elementary School’s Tammy Blair, Gerard Elementary School’s Charissa Leftwich, Irving Elementary School’s Kim Meland, Marti Elementary School’s Lesa Hazle and Santa Fe Elementary School’s Kaylen Warden. view article arw

It's a day of sadness and mourning at Taft High School. The school's long-time principal, Tommy Garcia, passed away Tuesday night. Northside Independent School District superintendent Dr. Brian Woods said Garcia died after a lengthy illness. Woods said Garcia had been the leader at Taft for more than 12 years. view article arw