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Beaumont ISD is looking for more educators to join the district following its ongoing teacher shortage . Catie Shafer , a parent, says the shortage has an effect on students and teachers. In a statement, Beaumont ISD says it continues to actively recruit highly qualified educators for all schools. view article arw

Crosby ISD is set to announce more layoffs Wednesday after the board of trustees voted to terminate 33 district employees amid its financial crisis. Among the 33 contractual employees laid off Monday night as part of a mid-year reduction in force, 19 are teachers. Others include the director of transportation, special education behavior specialist, elementary science coordinator and district social studies coordinator. Their last day will be Dec. 20.   view article arw

With more than 200 teacher openings, Interim Superintendent Jim Nelson said the district is starting a plan to use half-time teachers. Teachers who might be interested in working a half day as a way to fill vacancies and get certified, highly-qualified teachers into the classrooms, the board recap said. view article arw

Lampasas High School named former superintendent Dick Parker interim principal after the current Principal, Robert White went on what is being called indefinite leave. “Mr. Parker has an established history of serving Lampasas ISD and Lampasas High School for many years,” Superintendent Chane Rascoe said about the appointment last week. “Having served as school superintendent in Lampasas ISD, Mr. Parker is an outstanding administrator who loves and cares for our kids. Our high school will be in good hands with Mr. Parker leading the campus.” view article arw

Leakey ISD has canceled all classes for Tuesday. view article arw

The Ector County school district is asking voters for a raise. District officials have called a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) for Nov. 6, which would mean a 13 cents (per $100 in property valuation) tax hike for district homeowners and businesses. Ector County will be taxing its citizens the maximum maintenance and operation tax allowed by Texas law at $1.17. Taxpayers should have a say in what their taxes will be. And it’s fair to ask Ector County officials how the district is using the dollars it already has. It’s a disservice to taxpayers and our communities to oversimplify the issue into “Support our schools, vote yes.” Instead, tough questions about student results should be asked and answered. Will Ector County effectively use each new tax dollar to improve student outcomes? view article arw

he Dallas ISD teacher evaluation system that the Texas education commissioner has promoted across the state is being highlighted as one of six in the nation getting results.  DISD's Teacher Excellence Initiative is key to retaining the best educators and getting them to the schools that need the most help, according to a report released Thursday by the National Council on Teacher Quality.  The report notes that while Dallas was already on a modest upswing, students saw steady gains on state achievement tests shortly after implementing the new evaluation system in the 2014-15 school year. view article arw

The Stephen F. Austin State University Charter School has been ranked the best charter elementary school in Texas. Niche is an organization which ranks schools and districts based on statistics and reviews from students and parents. It recently ranked 315 Texas charter elementary schools, and SFA’s Charter School came out on top. view article arw

A former teacher at KIPP Voyage Academy lost her job this week when two short videos surfaced on Facebook showing her making racially insensitive remarks toward a Hispanic couple. Tiffany Scott, 27, was involved in a fender bender with the couple  Tuesday afternoon just before the verbal exchange. Houston police eventually arrested her on an assault charge. view article arw

A former Texas teacher has pleaded guilty to having an improper relationship with a 17-year-old student. view article arw

Nancy Reiter, Hooks ISD trustee joined 34 other school board members from across Texas Sept. 27-29 at the kickoff session of the Leadership TASB class of 2019. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards, the group is participating in a year-long education leadership study program. These trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 114 to 215,408 and reflect a similar range of property wealth. Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB. view article arw

A high school teacher in Austin has been charged with sexual assault and improper relationship between an educator and student. Erica Dinora Gomez, 23, was arrested by Austin police Monday after she was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student. view article arw

Houston ISD trustees will vote Thursday on whether to extend interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan's contract through Sept. 30, 2019, according to the board meeting agenda. Trustee Wanda Adams first proposed extending Lathan's contract at a Sept. 20 meeting, even though the contract extension was not on the official agenda. The board ultimately voted 5-4 to postpone the vote for a later date. view article arw

It took less than two hours for a Smith County jury to return a guilty verdict for a former Arp Elementary School counselor accused of sexually assaulting a former student who is a teenager. Barbara Lynn Orpineda, 32, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison. The trial began Tuesday in the 114th District Court.  She faced up to 20 years in prison and turned down an eight-year prison sentence as a plea offer from the state. After the conviction, the state sought a 10-year prison sentence.   view article arw

Education jobs are among the lowest-paying occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree, but Texas is trying to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to compensation. Texas teachers rank in the top 20 percent of Wallethub’s best and worst states for educators, due in part to high pay checks. However, Texas continues to rank near the bottom when it comes to quality of its school system. view article arw

Reagan County ISD has released a statement following the arrest of a former teacher accused of of having sex with a student. Matthew Hummingbird, 26, has been charged with Improper Relationship between Educator and Student, a 2nd Degree Felony. According to an arrest affidavit obtained by CBS7, a student told the Reagan County Sheriff's Office that she had sex with Hummingbird two times between January and March of 2018. view article arw

Authorities said they are looking for the husband of a Houston Independent School District bus driver who was found stabbed to death in a car Wednesday in southeast Houston. The investigation was reported at 5:27 a.m. in the 6600 block of Fairway Drive, near Weslow Street. view article arw

ECISD’s director of Athletics, Nancy Surber, has been reassigned to the role of an assistant principal at Ector College Prep Success Academy. Surber served as the district’s athletic director since September of 2015, when she left Midland ISD. She was also an AD in Midland. view article arw

A Grapeland ISD teacher has been arrested for sexual assault. According to various media reports citing a press release from Grapeland Superintendent Don Jackson, Melissa Singer was arrested Tuesday for "continual sexual abuse." The release said the district "believes this is an isolated situation" but "encourages anyone who may have additional allegations or information to report to the District and/or law enforcement." view article arw

Houston ISD’s chief technology officer has been “temporarily relieved” of his duties since Aug. 3, continuing to draw a $219,680 salary while officials investigate allegations that he ignored concerns about flaws in a now-abandoned student information system, made inappropriate racial remarks to colleagues and intimidated an employee during an internal investigation, according to internal memoranda and a complaint obtained by the Houston Chronicle.  A letter sent to CTO Lenny Schad by interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan on Aug. 3 ordered him to work from home until an investigation is completed. view article arw

Today, Grapeland ISD employee Melissa Singer was arrested for continual sexual abuse. The District believes this is an isolated situation, but encourages anyone who may have additional allegations or information to report to the District and/or law enforcement. The District will continue to cooperate with law enforcement while this matter is pending in the criminal justice system.  view article arw

Two former educators convicted in a major test-cheating scandal in Atlanta say they plan to begin their prison sentences after they were convicted of racketeering. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson will be the first to go to prison for participating in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating conspiracy. Several former teachers and administrators changed students’ answers on tests to get bonuses and raises based on the phony scores. view article arw

The board of trustees for Pine Tree ISD promoted its current director of business operations and hired a new one Monday night.  Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Judy Downing is set to retire in December, after 16 years with the district. Salena Jackson, the district’s current director of business operations, was promoted to Downing’s post, effective Nov. 5, spokeswoman Mary Whiton said.  Superintendent Steve Clugston said Jackson has worked under Downing’s leadership for the past three years.  Downing “made it a priority to educate her colleagues and the public about school finance” through her work at Pine Tree ISD and her involvement with the Texas Association of School Business Officials and Texas Education Agency District Financial Performance Council, Jackson said. view article arw

A long-time Lubbock ISD educator and veteran was given a surprise recognition Tuesday ahead of what could be the trip of a lifetime. Thomas Brown, a Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Army infantry, was recently chosen to be apart of the South Plains Honor Flight, along with his brother Dell, who served in the Korean War, according to a Lubbock ISD news release. As a way to congratulate Brown for being chosen to attend the 7th annual trip - which is set to depart Saturday for Washington, D.C. - said he was surprised by the greeting from faculty and staff ahead of a luncheon at Priority Intervention Academy, 1323 E. 24th St. view article arw

Angleton High principal reassigned

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After more than eight years as Angleton High School’s principal, Jerry Crowell began a new position as Angleton ISD’s safety coordinator Monday, district spokeswoman Hanna Chalmers said. Crowell had been the high school’s principal since its new location opened in 2010. Anthony Smedley, who was hired as associate principal this school year, is serving as interim principal, according to a news release from the district. view article arw

Wednesday's Excellent Educator feature will be introduced live on NBC 5 at 6:25 a.m. It will be shown live in the video player above. Teachers do more than teach in the classroom. They mold our future. Southern Methodist University and NBC 5 introduced our Excellent Educators series, which honors education professionals across North Texas who go above and beyond. view article arw

Pasadena ISD fires substitute teacher accused of molesting students in a Jessup Elementary classroom. School district officials say they launched an investigation Friday afternoon, after counselors reported several complaints by students who were in the classroom. Maurlen Sandoval says she was called and told to pick her daughter up from school because of an incident that took place. She arrived to find several other parents waiting for their children, also demanding answers. view article arw

Spring Independent School District is amping-up its focus on faculty training and development for the 2018-2019 school year through a program known as “Get Better Faster.” District employees had their very first professional development day on Sept. 21, where educators honed their teaching strategies while learning to collaborate more with other teachers. Administrative staff had training sessions as well. view article arw

Clear Creek ISD will host an auxiliary recruitment night for various open job positions from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 17 at 1001 Magnolia St., Webster, according to a district press release. view article arw

A peace officer residing in Harris County alleges she was wrongfully terminated from a school district. Shambree Onibokun filed a complaint on Sept. 16 in the Harris County District Court against Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District citing the Texas Whistleblower Act. According to the complaint, the plaintiff was hired by the defendant as a peace officer in May 2017. The suit states in September 2017, the plaintiff conducted an investigation of a runaway student "who was found allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a teacher at another school."  view article arw

If you're in search for a job, Katy Independent School District is holding a job fair for auxiliary positions Monday. view article arw

After Wednesday’s tragic bus accident, the victims on board not only had to experience a terrible tragedy but they also lost all of their school supplies and belongings. Students at nearby John Horn High School had started collecting donations in an effort to help their fellow students at Terry Middle School. Dozens of backpacks with supplies poured in from students, administrators and community members view article arw

Investigators say a 22-year-old man who was training to be a school district police officer raped a 12-year-old girl multiple times and filmed it on his cellphone. Jorge Bastida appeared in court Thursday morning. He's charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. view article arw

Students at Wheatley High School walked out Thursday to protest the transfer of a popular assistant principal Thursday, protesters said. When the students walked outside, they were met by parents and former students who were there with signs and pictures of the assistant principal, Sandra Walker, who was transferred to Albert Thomas Middle School. Sanders has been with Wheatley for many years and is loved, according to protesters.  view article arw

After months of talks the city of Denison has added two new resources officers for the school district. The city announced the news in Tuesday night’s city council meeting. This decision has been in the works since the summer. view article arw