The Copperas Cove Independent School District school board took impact aid money and put more than $1.2 million toward a one-time retention incentive for staff members during its meeting Tuesday night. The district will pay all full-time employees $1,000 and part-time employees $500. The money was unexpected as Department of Education told school officials it may be next spring before the money was available. The district expected more than $12 million in impact aid money in 2016-2017. Impact aid money helps school districts handle the cost of educating children from military families. view article arw

Eanes ISD board of trustees approved a 3 percent increase in staff salaries for the 2017-18 school year at a special board meeting Nov. 14. The tax increases are possible, in part, due to voter approval of the district’s tax ratification on Nov. 7.  view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District has adopted an incentive package for longtime employees who decide to retire or otherwise conclude their employment with the district at the end of the current school year. The BISD Board of Trustees approved the early exit/separation policy Tuesday at a specially called board meeting. view article arw

 An “insensitive statement” made by a Fulmore Middle School teacher prompted students to walk out of school as they chanted, “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here!” Social media posts by students and family members about the incident claim the teacher told a student to “go back to Mexico” after the student spoke in Spanish. They say Wednesday’s walkout protest was a result of administrators not punishing the staff member. Wednesday evening, the district said the staff member has been placed on administrative leave for her comments made two weeks ago. view article arw

Students from Fulmore Middle School in South Austin walked out of class Wednesday in protest. Students told CBS Austin it all started because a teacher told a student who was speaking Spanish "to go back to Mexico." The students protested because the teacher was not disciplined. But a letter to parents says the teacher is on administrative leave as Austin ISD officials investigate. view article arw

Teacher professional development is increasingly moving online, saving school districts money and offering teachers greater flexibility and convenience. A new five-year project—Massive Open Online Professional Informal Individual Learning (MOOPIL)—taps into the potential of online learning and professional development. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for $2.68 million and will offer online professional development to teachers, school leaders, and paraprofessionals serving English learners, as well as students’ family members. view article arw

Texas Tech University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions has chosen La Parsha Wise, a counselor at Amarillo High School, as the recipient of the Excellence in College Admission Counseling Award. Wise will be presented with the honor at 1 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 16) at Amarillo High School. Recipients of the award are chosen from among college advising professionals who demonstrate extraordinary actions to create access to higher education for students; support Texas Tech’s efforts to increase enrollment, increase diversity and promote student success; and participate in Texas Tech recruitment programming. view article arw

A Donna Independent School District teaching assistant accused of sending an inappropriate Facebook message to a female student has been placed on administrative leave without pay. Donna ISD says they took immediate action on Monday after learning of the message that was sent over the weekend, according to a statement from the school district. view article arw

The Clint Independent School District is mourning the death of one of their own. Kanequa Chancellor died last Monday in a plane crash in Hatch, New Mexico along with three others, including her cousin. The district said she was the career and technology education coordinator for the district. view article arw

A Three Rivers teacher's aide has posted bond after she was arrested for allegedly having a relationship with a student. Deputies said 24-year-old Maegan Haag Harless is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student. She turned herself in on Nov. 9 at the Live Oak County Sheriff's Office after a warrant was issued for her arrest. view article arw

A Valley Center High School teacher is fighting for survival after suffering life-threatening injuries in an Austin, Texas, crash that killed his wife and son. Scott Latulippe, 41, is in critical condition at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas in Austin, after an allegedly drunken driver struck his family’s car Saturday. His wife Nancy, 38, and son Jackson, 14, died in the collision, according to the the Austin Police Department. view article arw

Ector County Independent School District trustees approved stipends for instructors and a principal who have transferred to campuses in their fifth year of improvement required status under state accountability standards during their meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Tom Crowe said the stipends are for $3,000 each. He added that about 22 will receive the stipends. Those transferring are a mixture of instructional coaches, campus curriculum facilitators, at least one teacher and a principal, Linda Voss, who has gone from Jordan Elementary School to Zavala to be co-principal with Amanda Warber. view article arw

Marlin Independent School District has hired a new special education director, one school officials say will improve identification of disabilities in students. Teri Rinewalt, Waco ISD’s former assistant director of special education who headed up the district’s dyslexia program, will start in Marlin ISD this week to help restructure its dyslexia program, Superintendent Michael Seabolt announced during a school board meeting Tuesday night. She will then move into the district’s special education director position at the Falls County Co-Op in January, Seabolt said. The district joined the co-op last spring after a reduction in force that eliminated several special education positions. view article arw

Imagine the look on the face of Copperas Cove Independent School District Superintendent Joe Burns when an office assistant said the district had a check for $12.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education. He knew it was a mistake — sort of. The money was owed to the district, but it was more than expected — and it came early. view article arw

Bell County Sheriff's Department arrested ten people in a prostitution sting, including two former Killeen ISD teachers on Nov. 8. The two former KISD teachers, Aaron Daub and Terrance Hockless resigned last week in lieu of termination as a result of their arrests. KISD officials said Daub was a teacher at the KISD Career Center and had been employed with the district since Jan. 2001. Daub also taught at Killeen High School, Harker Heights High School. Hockless was a first-year music teacher at Bellaire Elementary School.  view article arw

A Three Rivers ISD employee has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Maegan Harless, 24, turned herself in to the Live Oak Sheriff's Office last week after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She faces a charge of improper relationship between an educator and a student. view article arw

It was encouraging last week to hear Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa's strongest support yet for the district's effective teacher evaluation system. "I think the debate is over," Hinojosa said last week. "The data speaks for itself." A recent review indicates that the Teacher Excellence Initiative is working just as it was designed: DISD is keeping the vast majority of its most effective teachers. And on average, those teachers are getting the biggest raises. The district's losing those who perform poorly under the system. view article arw

After 12 years leading the athletic program at Pecos High School, Chris Henson is stepping down. He will be transitioning into the role of the high school principal. He tells us he moved into the principal's office on Monday morning but will officially assume all duties of the principal on January 8. view article arw

The indictments for the former West Rusk ISD teacher charged with invasive visual recording in a bath or dressing room have been released. Joshua Pero, 35, was booked into the Rusk County Jail on September 12. According to the indictments released by the Rusk County District Clerk's Office to KLTV Monday afternoon, Pero on or about May 18, did then and there with intent invade the privacy of three different females, without their consent. The indictment alleges Pero did so by use of recording by electronic means a visual image of the complainants in a changing room. The complainant's names will not be released.  view article arw

A small group of Ridgemont Elementary School teachers attended the Fort Bend ISD school board meeting Monday evening, one of them telling the board about how she was attacked by a second grader. The Fort Bend Employee Federation said attacks by two separate second graders against two different teachers have happened this school year. view article arw

Mesquite ISD held a State of the District community meeting at Poteet High School Monday night to present parents with information on some programs, accomplishments and challenges the district has encountered this past year, as well as what to look forward to. At the end of the presentation the floor was opened to the public for questions. Board of Trustees President Greg Everett gave the presentation that covered programs like the Read, Play, Talk initiative, new and renovated campuses across the district, as well as other projects. view article arw

A Valley Center High School teacher, Scott Latulippe was in a car accident Saturday afternoon in northwest Austin, Texas that took the life of his wife and son, and put him and his daughter into intensive care. The wife, Nancy,  died on impact, as did the son, Jackson, who is a freshman at the high school. Scott is still in intensive care. view article arw

A Texas school district is under fire for a recent assignment some are saying is insensitive to the victims and families of the Sutherland Springs church mass shootings that took place Sunday. The Sweeny Independent School District admitted that one of its teachers administered a quiz to her 8th-grade class using an article on the Sutherland Springs Church massacre.  view article arw

Keller High history teacher David Clemmons couldn’t be more enthusiastic about his experience on “Jeopardy,” he told students, staff and families gathered at the Wednesday night watch party at Keller High School. “It’s just been unbelievably amazing,” Clemmons said. view article arw

Changes are coming under the Friday night lights for the most crucial team on the field — the officials. A shortage is leading to a bump in pay, for some, and the University Interscholastic League is about to simplify the entire mileage reimbursement system. It’s complex, and has taken two years to change. Two factors go into a football officials paycheck: a percentage of ticket sales at the gate, and money for travel. view article arw

An I-Team follow up after a second grade teacher told us a second grader caused those bruises and they sent her to the hospital. It’s new information about students attacking teachers at Rolling Hills Elementary School in Huntsville. Teachers say changes made at the school aren’t enough. WAAY 31 took our questions about the incident to Superintendent Matt Akin Thursday. He did confirm he is aware of the teacher's claims that she was attacked by a student but tried to pivot the conversation to the improvements at the school this year. "We are certainly aware of it. It's not last year. It's a new year. We have a new principal at Rolling Hills. It's really a new administrative staff. We are really focusing on positive behavior," Akin said. view article arw

Back in 2014, Daniel Barker was working as an art teacher and football coach at Leonard Junior High. That's when authorities say he began messaging one of his students, a 13-year-old girl. "It started with social media and texting and then the messages back and forth got hot and heavy," said Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser. view article arw

The Corsicana ISD Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Scott Stephens as the new CISD Chief of Police on Monday at the Board of Trustees meeting. Stephens has been with the district as an officer for four years, most recently he has served as Interim Chief of Police. Stephens has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement. For 17 years, Stephens worked for the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department. He served in many roles including SWAT Officer, Detention Officer, Patrol Deputy, and Detective Sergeant. In 2013, he joined CISD as a Police Officer serving mainly the Corsicana High School campus. view article arw

 Troops to Teachers sees an opportunity to fill two needs at once – help veterans find jobs after they leave the military and fill a teaching shortage. “There’s such a high demand for veterans as teachers because so many administrators have used veterans before and they’re so impressed by what they’ve had,” Ronald Holmes, program specialist for Troops to Teachers, said. view article arw

Ector County Independent School District trustees on Tuesday discussed the idea of paying a stipend for qualified teachers who agree to transfer to one of the schools in their fifth year of improvement required status under state accountability standards. Schools in their fifth year of IR are Ector Middle School and Noel and Zavala elementary schools. view article arw

Frisco ISD has tried a number of tactics to recruit bus drivers and has now reached a critical point, said Doug Zambiasi, FISD deputy superintendent for support services. The district has hosted job fairs, advertised open positions and attempted other recruiting efforts, but FISD is still short 22 drivers as of Oct. 31. In hopes to retain its current bus drivers and recruit new ones, the FISD board of trustees approved a pay increase for bus drivers from $15.63 to $16.63 per hour. view article arw

A few years ago, Dallas ISD took the bold step of becoming the largest school district in the nation to both evaluate and pay its roughly 10,000 educators based on their effectiveness in the classroom. Dallas ISD leaders understood that, because the district educates a higher percentage of lower income and English language learner students than area districts, it needs to pay its more effective teachers a higher salary sooner in their career in order to compete for the region's best talent. view article arw

A former West Rusk ISD teacher has been charged with three counts of invasive visual recording in a bath or dressing room, according to the Rusk County District Clerk's Office. Joshua Pero, 35, was booked into the Rusk County Jail on September 12. He posted $45,000 bond on the same day. Pero was a teacher at West Rusk ISD until May of 2017 when he offered his letter of resignation.  view article arw

The principal at an Episopal school in Dallas, Texas has been picked to lead The Lovett School in Atlanta. The Lovett School’s Board of Trustees announced the appointment Tuesday of Meredyth Moredock Cole as Lovett's next Head of School, effective July 1, 2018. Cole has served as Head of School at The Episcopal School of Dallas, one of the largest independent schools in Texas, since 2013. She succeeds Billy Peebles, Lovett’s 12th headmaster, who will retire in June 2018 after 15 years at the school. view article arw

A Marion High School student is suing the principal, school district and a former teacher who’s currently sitting in the Ellis Prison Unit in Huntsville for sexually assaulting the plaintiff and another minor. The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against high school principal Stacia Snyder, the Marion Independent School District and the former teacher Kyle Ray Kelso. view article arw