A symposium held on November 6 and hosted by the LCU School of Education, will provide opportunity for exploration and discussion about standardized testing alternatives and assessment research. The topic of conversation for the K-12 administrators and lead teachers at this symposium held on LCU's campus will include standardized testing practices and discussing alternative means of assessments that go beyond those methods. view article arw

More charges for ex-Louise coach

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A former coach sits in the Wharton County Jail again facing more allegations of sexual misconduct on the Louise ISD campus. The charges reportedly stem from FBI review of videos taken back in March when 45-year-old Thomas Clay Hosman was still teaching social studies at Louise Junior High School and coaching track, volleyball and cross country running. view article arw

Abilene ISD confirming, a teacher at Johnston Elementary School in Abilene has been placed on administrative leave. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston ISD is closed on Friday - the day of the Astros victory parade - after nearly 1,000 staffers reportedly requested off.  According to HISD trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, 950 of the district's teachers and bus drivers had submitted time off requests.  When asked for comment, an HISD spokesperson said the cancellation was a result of "logistical and safety concerns about traffic." view article arw

Buried deep in Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed pension bill is a paragraph that would eliminate the legal requirement for Kentucky school districts to provide at least 10 paid sick days every year for teachers and other full-time employees. Instead, the state’s 173 school districts each could provide as much or as little paid or unpaid sick leave as they chose.  The change has nothing directly to do with retirement benefits. And the Kentucky School Boards Association said Tuesday that it never asked for the language on page 386 of the 505-page bill. “That provision is not something KSBA requested,” spokeswoman Mary Branham said. “In fact, we do have some concerns with it.” view article arw

With many teachers among the thousands of residents fleeing Puerto Rico for the mainland after Hurricane Maria, school districts in Florida, Texas and New York say they are working to streamline the certification process in the hopes of adding Puerto Rican teachers to their classrooms. But for many of the teachers, the effort has hardly meant a quick ticket to employment. view article arw

After the Texas Education Agency found the Killeen Independent School District had failed over a seven-year period to be in compliance with federal and state special education requirements in 2015, the district paid Gibson Consulting Group of Austin $85,735 to audit its program. Almost two years after the final draft of Gibson’s Internal Audit of Special Education for the Killeen Independent School District was submitted, a recommendation from the document is finally being implemented, according to Steve Cook, KISD’s chief human resources officer. view article arw

Local high school teacher, Danny Dixon, was arrested at 6 a.m. Wed., Nov. 1 on three felony counts including Online Solicitation Minor, Indecency with Child - Sexual Contact, and Sexual Assault of a Child. Dixon was booked at the Pecos County Sheriff’s Department with a $25,000 bond. The investigation is open and ongoing with no additional details available at press time. view article arw

A high school football coach has resigned after two seasons, saying he received death threats after his teams lost 18 straight games. Lance Engleka resigned Saturday from his position as the head football coach at Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio. Engleka wrote in a letter to the principal that he refuses to tolerate the online death threats, attacks from parents and verbal abuse leveled at his family and coaching staff. view article arw

Killeen ISD said they fired an instructional aide after she took pictures of students in a restroom at Timber Ridge Elementary School. The teacher said she took the photos to document misbehavior. Officials said the incident was first reported Friday. After an investigation, the aide was fired the morning before she could return to the elementary school.  view article arw

One outstanding principal

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Coahoma ISD is proud to announce Charlotte Stovall, former principal of Coahoma High School and current executive director of curriculum and instruction, has been named ESC Region 18’s Outstanding Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP). Stovall said she was surprised and honored to be nominated and chosen by a group of her peers within the region. “I love what I do. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with kids every day,” Stovall said. view article arw

Thinking about a change in career to teaching but not sure whether you have the right qualifications? The Education Service Center is urging people to recognize the value of teaching in helping to shape the next generation of students in the classroom and beyond. Today, anyone who wants to teach in Texas has more than 200 choices of programs to become a certified teacher. view article arw

Five Amarillo ISD teachers are back at work after internal investigation into a social media post went viral. Officials at Amarillo ISD released the following statement: view article arw

Very few school districts in Texas tie teacher compensation to performance evaluations. But in Dallas, whose merit pay system is in its third year, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa says he has already seen good results. Earlier this year, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath — a former member of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees — circulated a statewide merit pay plan based on the Dallas system, but so far, no such system has been implemented. We sat down with Hinojosa to see whether Dallas' approach could work statewide.  view article arw

A Cleburne sports broadcaster called Arlington Seguin football players “Cougroes” and made fun of a Seguin cheerleader’s weight during the radio broadcast of Seguin’s game against Cleburne last week, according to audio obtained by the Star-Telegram.  Mark Banton of JacketRadio.com acknowledged that he was one of the broadcasters at the Cleburne-Seguin game and would neither confirm nor deny making the comments.  “I am aware of the accusations and I have nothing to say about it,” Banton told the Star-Telegram on Thursday. view article arw

Last week, I spoke with 2017 National History Teacher of the Year Sara Ziemnik. Our conversation generated quite a bit of feedback and follow-up, including a number of practical queries from practitioners that I didn’t think to ask. When I mentioned that to Ziemnik, she kindly agreed to offer some additional thoughts. Here’s what she had to say. view article arw

On 10/12/2017, at approximately 3:00 P.M. Arp Police Department was contacted by the Child Advocacy Center of Smith County (CAC) about allegations involving an Arp ISD employee and two juvenile students. It was soon confirmed by Arp ISD Administration that there was in fact, an internal investigation in progress by Arp ISD.  After extensive investigation by the Arp Police Department, in conjunction with Detective’s from the Smith County Sheriff's Office, along with the Child Advocacy Center of Smith County, it was determined that there was probable cause to believe the allegations were true.  view article arw

A man who worked as a substitute teacher for the Northside Independent School district has been fired amid claims of molestation by an 11-year-old girl. Barry Perez, NISD executive director of communications, said Luis Lopez, 75, was removed from the position earlier this week immediately after the allegations were raised. view article arw

As the superintendent for ARP ISD, Dwight Thomas says keeping students safe has always been his number one priority. After a district employee was arrested for an improper relationship with a student this month, Thomas is focused on student safety now more than ever. "It's always scary to get these types of allegations, and we take them very seriously,” says Thomas. “Like any school district, there is zero tolerance for this." view article arw

A former KIPP counselor in Harris County was hit with more child indecency charges as authorities took him into custody Thursday in Victoria.  Brandon McElveen is now facing three counts of indecency with a child, but investigators believe there may be more victims, according to Houston police.  The 33-year-old was initially charged following accusations that he'd molested an 8-year-old girl under the guise of checking her for lice, according to court documents.  view article arw

Vicente Rodriguez runs an after-school program in Loma Linda, Calif., but dreams of becoming an English and ethnic studies teacher in a state desperate to fill teaching jobs.  But there’s a problem: The 30-year-old Rodriguez has a work permit through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that will expire in 2019, before he even has a chance to set foot in a classroom.  “My ability to become a teacher is slowly slipping away,” Rodriguez said, speaking before an audience at a news conference Wednesday in the Capitol. view article arw

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - Two West Texas teachers and two other campus workers have been put on administrative leave as police investigate alleged prescription drug abuse linked to a middle school. Abilene police on Tuesday announced the investigation involving Madison Middle School . A school resource officer on Oct. 18 received reports about alleged drug-related incidents and contacted police.  Investigators say two teachers who were in a relationship acknowledged using illegal drugs and implicated a teacher's aide. view article arw

 Police are working to identify the man who assaulted a Dallas Independent School District employee at a campus on Tuesday. A Dallas ISD spokeswoman says the employee was attacked by an unidentified man with a weapon near some portables outside J.L. Long Middle School, around 7 p.m. The employee was able to get away and contacted Dallas Police Department.   view article arw

A Vista Ridge High School staff member has resigned from his position following an inappropriate student-teacher allegation, according to a letter sent home to families. Another district notified them of a former misconduct allegation involving the staff member that reportedly occurred in 2012 while he was employed by that district. After LISD was informed of the allegation, the employee was immediately removed from the school and they began an investigation. The employee ended up resigning from his position. view article arw

According to a letter sent out by Vista Ridge High School Principal Paul Johnson, a Leander ISD employee has resigned following an investigation that stemmed from inappropriate student-teacher relationship allegations. The letter states that on Oct. 11, another district notified VRHS of the alleged misconduct that occurred in 2012. Johnson said that teacher began working with the Vista Ridge band program in 2016. view article arw

Employees’ salaries won’t be affected by the one day the district closed in August after Elgin’s board of trustees approved a wavier for reduction in the minimum days of service during a regular board meeting on Oct. 16.  The Texas Education Code requires a minimum of 187 days of service for school employees, but allows for the Texas Education Commissioner to reduce that number in the event of floods or extreme weather, without reducing educators’ salaries.  view article arw

Allegations of an inappropriate relationship between an ex-assistant band director at Round Rock High School — who later moved to Vista Ridge High School — and a former student were reported earlier this month. In a letter to the Round Rock High community Tuesday, Principal Matt Groff said the relationship allegedly happened in 2012. view article arw

An ex-Texas school official has been sentenced for falsifying immigration documents that allowed foreign teachers to work in his district. Former Garland ISD human resources director Victor Leos was sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $317,000 in restitution Monday. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas school district has put five teachers on paid leave after learning they were overheard at a restaurant speaking derisively of a student with learning disabilities.  Amarillo school district spokeswoman Holly Shelton told the Amarillo Globe-News that the employees were put on leave pending an investigation.  She says the school has "clear expectations of professionalism from our staff." view article arw

A Harris County judge on Monday waded into the Furr High School flap, temporarily barring Houston ISD from prohibiting contact between a school employee and any students, parents or colleagues. The judge, R.K. Sandill, granted a temporary restraining order in favor of Sharon Koonce, who's been temporarily relieved of duties amid two investigations into Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons. Koonce had been directed by Houston ISD officials "not to have contact with students, parents, colleagues, or participate in any district activities." view article arw

Members of the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce received the opportunity to visit three local school districts Oct. 12 as part of their Principal for a Day event. Principal for a Day is an event organized by the Chamber for members to visit school campuses as part of Splendora ISD, New Caney ISD and Conroe ISD to see the progress and growth of the different schools and engage in stronger bonds between participants and school leaders. view article arw

Amarillo ISD officials can confirm five employees are currently on administrative leave pending an investigation.   Here is a statement from the district:  “Upon learning of the social media postings last week, AISD began an internal investigation into the allegations. Our district has clear expectations of professionalism from our staff. We hold our employees to the highest standards for confidentially of student information and appreciate our parents who partner with us in the education of their students. Because this matter concerns students and district personnel, we cannot release further information.”   KAMR Local 4 will have more information as it becomes available.  view article arw

A principal who was reprimanded for her alleged role in a past El Paso Independent School District cheating scheme has been promoted to executive director of curriculum and instruction, officials said Wednesday. Kristine Ferret, principal at El Paso High School, will begin her new role after her replacement is found. She was recommended for the position by Tamekia Brown, chief academic officer, and was hired by Superintendent Juan Cabrera. view article arw

An assistant principal at a Mesquite middle school was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault of a child, police said. James Langle, 37, was an assistant principal at Vanston Middle School at the time of his arrest, Mesquite police said. The offense involved a family member and did not occur on school property, police said. view article arw

 A middle school assistant principal is behind bars on a child sexual assault charge. Police say 37-year-old James Langle is the assistant principal at Vanston Middle School in Mesquite. He was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual assault of a child. Police say the offense did not happen at the school. view article arw