Rosa Chavez-Avedician, principal at James P. Butler Elementary School in the Socorro Independent School District, was selected as a 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal (NDP) finalist by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. The NDP award honors principals who exhibit extraordinary leadership, commitment to their students and staff, service to their communities and contributions to the profession, including their professional associations. view article arw

Two Ector County ISD principals will be reassigned following the current school year. Gregory Nelson, principal at Odessa High School and James Ramage, principal at Permian High School will be reassigned. We're told Superintendent Tom Crowe made the decision as the schools haven't met academic standards. view article arw

The Marble Falls ISD Board of Trustees accepted President Rick Edwards’ resignation Tuesday night at their regular meeting and reorganized the board’s slate of officers. Trustees also agreed to accept nominations for Edwards’ open position and to appoint his replacement at the next board meeting. The person appointed would then serve out the remainder of Edwards’ term until May 2018. Kevin Naumann, the board vice president, was then elected new board president, while Karl Westermann will be the new vice president. Lee Ann Johnson will remain the board secretary. District-wide pre-kindergarten The Marble Falls Independent School District MFISD) has announced it again will offer pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) in all fur elementary schools next year. view article arw

A former special education teacher at Indian Creek Elementary School faces multiple investigations related to alleged misconduct in the classroom. Rosemary Diaz was fired last week, almost two months after she was suspended due to a Feb. 1 accusation of “alleged misconduct toward a student,” said Janice Hernandez, spokeswoman for the Southwest Independent School District. Hernandez would not provide further details, citing ongoing investigations by the Southwest ISD police department and the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. view article arw

The Allen ISD Board of Trustees has selected a new director of bands for the school district. The board announced at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday that Philip A. Obado will replace assistant band director Joel May as head of the Allen Eagle Escadrille marching band and the district’s concert band program. May began as interim director in January following the resignation of Blane Hinton. Obado has most recently served as assistant director of bands at Baylor University where his responsibilities included associate director of the Golden Wave Band, director of the Courtside Players, concert band conductor and a course load in teaching conducting. view article arw

Ector County Independent School District will soon receive some international notice with an appearance by Chief Innovation Officer Jason Osborne at a TEDx event in Ashburn, Va., April 6. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and is broadcast on National Public Radio Stations. The theme will be “Catching the Tale of Lighting/Igniting Change.” Osborne will be one of eight speakers from a variety of professions and backgrounds in Ashburn. view article arw

Katie Exum was born and raised in Paris, Texas. Her parents are Chip and Beth Exum, and she has two older brothers, Jason and Josh Exum. She attended Paris schools, graduated from Texas A&M-College Station with her Bachelor’s degree in May of 2009, and from Texas A&M-Commerce with her Master’s degree in Administration in August of 2013. She has taught for Paris ISD for eight years. She is certified with an EC-4 generalist, ESL EC-4 certification, and EC-12 principal. Ms. Exum was also named Teacher of the Year for Aikin Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year. view article arw

Wichita Falls High School head coach Paul Sharr and Vernon coach Mark Bateman both stepped down from their positions Tuesday. Sharr resigned after one season, leading the Coyotes to a 1-9 record. He came to Wichita Falls from Marshall, where he was an assistant coach. He previously was head coach for five seasons at Fort Worth Brewer. He has an overall 24-36 record as a head coach. view article arw

Tyler ISD has named a replacement for outgoing Wayne D. Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs Director Denese Johnson. The Tyler ISD board of trustees voted Monday to hire Assistant Director Brooke Parker to take over as director of Boshears when Johnson retires this summer. Boshears provides opportunities for students with severe and profound disabilities. Many of the students are nonverbal. Johnson has been with Tyler ISD for the past decade and has been an educator for more than 30 years. view article arw

DPS is wrapping up the crash investigation for the fatal wreck involving a Mount Pleasant ISD school bus. Two people were killed in the Thursday night wreck. Related: 1 person released, 3 remain hospitalized after Mount Pleasant ISD bus wreck The deaths were in two other vehicles, an 18-wheeler and a car. DPS tells us an autopsy will be performed on Bradley Ray Farmer, the driver of the 18 wheeler. They say the autopsy will be able to reveal whether farmer had a medical issue, or perhaps a substance in his system at the time of crash. view article arw

Rogers Independent School District principals Lucinda Smith and Lee Vi Moses were both named Region 12 Outstanding Middle School and High School Principal of the Year, respectively. Smith leads Rogers Middle School and Moses heads Rogers High School. The honor was given by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. view article arw

Last Thursday, the Senate Education Committee voted in favor for Senate Bill 3- a priority voucher bill for both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. On Sunday, educators in East Texas spoke against the bill expressing concern of what call “voucher bill on steroids”. "If you're going to start taking money out that pile of money that's there, then it's going to do more harm to public education. Public education is the biggest place where most students get their education,” said Ginger Franks, a representative for Association of Texas Professional Educators. view article arw

Hundreds of teachers, demonstrators, and at least one union gathered outside the state capital grounds, demanding Law makers fix Texas' school funding system. Save Texas Schools helped lead the rally and the group's Allen Weeks said, the state is letting itself take a back seat in the funding process, relying heavily on property taxes more and more. Weeks also said the school funding system is broken, and would rather see elected officials focus on funding schools instead of debating voucher programs. view article arw

Cleburne High football coach Jeff Merket is speaking out about his attempt to resign and a round of student protests about his alleged treatment. Merket made headlines after submitting a searing resignation letter March 8, which prompted hundreds of students to protest this week in support of Merket and other teachers, WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reports. view article arw

Marlin High School Assistant Principal RoShun Jackson and Marlin ISD athletic director Bennie Huitt were placed on paid leave Wednesday, Superintendent Michael Seabolt confirmed in an email Friday afternoon. It remains unclear why they were placed on leave. There was not a disciplinary issue, and neither administrator is under any type of investigation, Seabolt wrote. The timing contradicts an email response to questions Seabolt sent the Tribune-Herald on Monday, stating Jackson was already on leave. view article arw

The Mount Pleasant student that was in the hospital in Dallas has been released Sunday afternoon according to the Mount Pleasant Superintendent. Two coaches remain hospitalized. According to the Superintendent, boys track coach Ryan Stanage is scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning. The bus driver, coach Van Bowen, had surgery in Tyler Sunday morning and is continuing to recover.  A visitation for Angelica Beard, assistant coach for the women's track team and PE coach at Corprew Elementary, will be held on Thursday. view article arw

A Northwest ISD middle school teacher was arrested earlier this week for an alleged improper relationship with a student. Katherine Ruth Harper, 27, was a 7th grade English teacher and coach at the Tidwell Middle School. She’s accused of having a relationship with a student who was 15 at the time of the incident over summer break. view article arw

Marshall ISD trustees have named three new school principals for the district's soon-to-be consolidated elementary campuses as part of the Legacy 2017 bond program. Loyed Jones, the principal at George Washington Carver Elementary School, will be principal of the new kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary campus that is being built on the site of William B. Travis Elementary School, Superintendent Jerry Gibson said. view article arw

People have been wondering about the Mona Lisa's mysterious smile for centuries. The public fascination with the baffling mugshot grin of Sarah Fowlkes, a married, 27-year-old anatomy teacher from Texas accused of having sex with a 17-year-old male student, might not endure quite as long. That's because the mystery surrounding the teacher's smile is being wiped away, as her attorney reveals what was really behind his client's perplexing grin: "You've got a young lady who was arrested on the statement of a 17-year-old kid with no corroborating evidence," her attorney, Jason Nassour, first told KXAN-TV. view article arw

Court records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders confirm the principal of Southside High School had a domestic violence conviction on his record and a pending theft charge in an unrelated case when he was hired by the district last summer.  Dr. Nathaniel Session was hired from Splendora Independent School District, northeast of Houston, in late June 2016, at an annual salary of $112,000. District officials have confirmed Session has agreed to resign at the end of June, but so far have declined to discuss his vetting process, citing state employee privacy laws.  view article arw

Spring Hill ISD has hired Martin Cobb as its new chief financial officer, Superintendent Steven Snell said. Cobb will come from Elysian Fields ISD, where he is the business manager.  Spring Hill ISD trustees approved the hire at their Monday meeting. The district has been without a permanent CFO since October, with Pat Parks in the position on an interim basis.  Snell said Cobb would be starting in the district "as soon as possible." Snell said salary details of his contract still were being negotiated. view article arw

The Midland Independent School District has named a new campus principal for a new school that has yet to be named. Leslie Goodrum, the current principal at Rusk Elementary School, will be the new principal. The new school will be located at the current site of Crockett Elementary. As you may recall, Midland I.S.D. school board voted to close Crockett Elementary School and re-open the campus in August with a new campus with a new name, new administrators and new teaching staff. view article arw

These are the stories that raise concern for many parents: Teachers trusted with preparing students for tomorrow accused of sexual misconduct in the classroom.But as is the case with many teacher sex crime accusations, jail time is not the norm, even as reports of teachers engaging in sex with students are on the rise in Texas.The Texas Education Agency said it investigated 162 inappropriate teacher-student relationships in the 2016 school year alone. There were 188 investigations in all over the TEA's 2016 fiscal year.   view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District named Louisiana educator Billy Snow its new chief of transformation and innovation. He will replace Mike Koprowski, who left the district in February. A veteran of 21 years in public education, Snow most recently served as the transformation and innovation officer for Caddo Parish Public Schools in Shreveport, LA. He also has central Texas roots and has served in Mansfield, Corsicana, and Mesquite ISDs as area superintendent, principal, assistant principal and teacher. view article arw

Humble ISD officially named elementary 28 as Groves Elementary School in its Tuesday, March 21, meeting. The Humble Independent School District conducted an electronic survey distributed to parents and staff from Atascocita Springs, Eagle Springs and Lakeshore Elementary schools, and The Groves Elementary was preferred by 61 percent. At the request of trustee Angela Conrad, the school board approved an amendment to refer to the school as Groves Elementary. view article arw

A former Houston ISD employee has been charged with sexual assault of a child after an investigation, the district said. Mauricio Mendoza was arrested Monday and is accused of inappropriate conduct with a student while he worked at Hartman Middle School According to charging documents, Mendoza had sex with a victim under the age of 14 around Dec. 13.   view article arw

An Educators Expo on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon is helping school districts across the state of Texas and in Kansas and New Mexico recruit new teachers. According to the Texas Education Agency, the state of Texas needs more Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers. College seniors and recent graduates were at the First United Bank Center on Wednesday handing out resumes and talking to employees of school districts. view article arw

The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Sheri Coll as the new principal for Walsh Elementary School, schueduled to open in August 2017. Coll began her teaching career in Tucson, Ariz., where she taught kindergarten. She then moved to the Douglas County School District, near Denver, where she taught third, fourth and fifth grades. Coll was promoted to elementary and then middle-school assistant principal in the Douglas County District, where she served in these roles for six years. She spent the last six years as the principal at Summit View Elementary School where she and her team created a successful 21st Century Innovative School ranked in the top 10-percent in state test scores. A very recent accolade/honor is that Summit View Elementary School was named a 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award recipient. view article arw

Anderson Elementary, Birnham Woods Elementary, Bozman Intermediate and Travis Intermediate will all have new leadership for the Conroe ISD 2017-18 academic year. Laura Quiñones, assistant principal at Patterson Elementary, was named principal of Anderson Elementary. Laura has 17 years of experience in education and has served in CISD since 2008. She is replacing Viviana Harris who will be the new principal of Houston Elementary. Viviana has been the principal of Anderson Elementary since 2014. view article arw

 A female teacher at Lockhart High School turned herself in after they issued a warrant for her arrest for an improper relationship with a male student, according to the Lockhart Police Department. Police said Sarah Fowlkes, 27, is suspected of having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old male student at the school. According to Lockhart ISD, administrators were told of the report just before spring break. view article arw

A former Houston ISD employee has been charged with sexual assault of a child after an investigation, the district said. Mauricio Mendoza was arrested Monday and is accused of inappropriate conduct with a student while he worked at Hartman Middle School. According to charging documents, Mendoza had sex with a victim under the age of 14 around Dec. 13.   view article arw

What’s on everyone’s mind this time of year? A-F rating systems? Accountability for all the sub groups? Student progress and success? Making it to summer break? Whatever it is, it in some way ties in to testing. Testing is foremost on the minds of teachers and students alike. Since margarita machines are frowned upon in teachers’ lounges, we have to find other ways to manage the stress and anxiety associated with testing. We meet in groups to play bunco and bond outside the school setting, we find time for seeing movies together, we talk and plan together in PLCs to make sure everyone is on the same page and all are working toward the same goal. view article arw

 A 27-year-old science teacher at a Texas high school has been arrested after being accused of having an improper relationship with a student, the Lockhart school district announced Monday. Lockhart High School teacher Sarah Fowlkes, a school district employee since October 2014, also was suspended from her job. The district said it was alerting the State Board for Educator Certification about the case. The district said it first received a report about the relationship on March 10, before the start of spring break, and alerted Lockhart police and Child Protective Services. Police said the student was 17 years old. view article arw

Several Canton teachers joined more than 400 educators with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) at the Capitol, Monday. They discussed with lawmakers important education issues, such as opposing school vouchers, funding an equitable solution to fully funding public education, and providing affordable healthcare options for public school employees. view article arw

The Marlin Independent School District is one step closer to eliminating several administrator and teaching positions to make up for a $1.1 million budget shortfall, mostly caused by increasing teacher’s salaries last year. view article arw