A longtime Longview High School teacher died Wednesday during an International Baccalaureate Awards ceremony at the Summit Club in Longview. Charles Parsons, a Latin teacher, apparently began feeling ill during the ceremony, stepped to the bathroom and later died. A doctor who was at the club attended to him, as did emergency medical technicians who were called to the scene view article arw

A Central Texas kindergarten teacher is accused of rape after a 6-year-old student told authorities that he did "nasty things" to her.  Thomas Lloyd Cannon, 41, was arrested Friday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, Killeen police said. He is being held at the Bell County jail, with bail set at $500,000.  Authorities were notified Wednesday after a student at Iduma Elementary School in Killeen made an outcry. view article arw

The Austin ISD teacher accused of sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl at Boone Elementary School will return to work next week. This comes after the Travis County District Attorney's Office found insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges. A letter was sent home to Boone Elementary families updating them on the case. As a result, district officials made themselves available to the media to discuss a safety initiative they are now launching. FOX 7 has learned that implementing the initiative was discussed before any allegations were made. But, because of the heightened attention, the superintendent decided to accelerate the initiative view article arw

An attorney for the former Hudson ISD kindergarten teacher accused of having sex with six high school students has filed a motion with the 159th Judicial District Court that is asking for her bail to be reduced. Heather Lee Robertson, 38, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on six second-degree felony improper relationship between educator and student charges and six second-degree felony sexual assault of a child charges. Collectively, her bail amount has been set at $600,000. In the document, Scott Tatum, Robertson’s defense attorney, argues that she is “illegally confined and restrained” in the Angelina County Jail because Robertson’s bail amount is “excessive, oppressive, and beyond the financial means of Heather Robertson.” Tatum goes on to say that the collective bail on Robertson’s 12 charges violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution view article arw

Spring Hill Junior High Assistant Principal David Lynch has been named to succeed outgoing Principal Mike Moore. Moore is moving out of state at the end of the school year. Lynch's promotion means the assistant principal position is vacant. view article arw

Excellence was in the spotlight during Spring ISD’s Employee Recognition Banquet at the Hilton Houston North ballroom on May 11. The opportunity to celebrate career achievements brought hundreds of Spring ISD staff members together as they recognized and honored their colleagues. Syan Rhodes, KPRC Channel 2 News, served as master of ceremonies for the event that featured awards for upcoming retirees, campus and district selections for Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year, and Staff Excellence Winners. The highlight of the evening came on four wheels directly from the Planet Ford car dealership. Shawn Burns, Planet Ford general manager, awarded a brand new Ford vehicle to Shelly Fine, the Spring ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, and a vacation cruise package to Jamie El-Aazami, the Spring ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. view article arw

Texas lawmakers have given final approval to a measure cracking down on inappropriate relationships between teachers and students, sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott. The bill requires principals and superintendents to report inappropriate teacher-student relationships or face jail time and fines up to $10,000. The teacher’s family could also lose access to the teacher’s pension. Under the bill, a teacher would automatically lose their license if they have to register as a sex offender. Teachers would also get training on how to properly handle personal boundaries and relationships with students. view article arw

New details on a Killeen kindergarten teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student surfaced Monday, and according to a police affidavit, there could be more than one victim in the case. The teacher, Thomas Lloyd Cannon, 41, was arrested on a rape charge Friday. According to the Killeen Police Department affidavit, the victim is a 6-year-old girl who said the teacher does “nasty things to me and my friend.” The assault, which included intercourse, took place at Iduma Elementary School, according to the affidavit. view article arw

When Luscia Moreno traded her journalism career for what she viewed as a more stable job as a fifth-grade social studies teacher, she never thought she would end up at a food bank. But last year, Moreno's finances were in a pinch after buying cameras and equipment for her school's new journalism program. "It came out of my credit card at a time I was also moving," the Rucker Elementary School teacher said. "These students have seen me struggle. They've seen me without. They've seen my car be repossessed." Moreno and about two dozen other Houston ISD teachers and support staff crowded the district's board of trustees meeting last week to ask for a 5 percent pay raise. Teachers said two years of virtually flat salaries, coupled with increasing health care costs, have left them struggling to make ends meet and have tempted them to defect to neighboring districts that offer better pay. view article arw

Dallas ISD is facing questions about the way district police officers handled two incidents last week, including one in which an officer is seen on video body-slamming a 12-year-old girl. In grainy footage, two girls are seen fighting at Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L Academy when the officer steps in and separates them. The officer then picks up the girl and slams her to the ground, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported. view article arw

Third of a four-part weekly series on Abilene Independent School District teachers of the year, named during the 2017 Teachers in the Limelight Celebration by the Abilene Education Foundation. One of Karen Cluck's many successful students recently described her anatomy and physiology teacher as a positive influence. Cluck, the student said, fostered her passion about the section of the medical field she was studying. It's this example that ultimately led to Cluck being selected the 2017 secondary science teacher of the year during April's Abilene Education Foundation Teacher in the Limelight celebration. "I was very honored to be chosen," she said. "Just being in that room, with those amazing educators, I was proud just to be there." view article arw

The police chief of the Donna school district has been placed on paid leave, according to the school district’s attorney. Alyssa L. Romero of the firm Guerra & Farah PLLC confirmed Friday afternoon that the district had placed Police Chief Roy Padilla on paid suspension related to a personnel audit and investigation of the district’s police department. The suspension, Romero said, is effective beginning Friday until the completion of the investigation into the police department. view article arw

Thursday night (May 11), two of the nine finalists were selected as the Lubbock ISD Teachers of the Year for 2017. Those two were Carol Alonzo and Kelly Baum. Alonzo teaches audio/video production at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center. She has been in her current position since 2010. Baum teaches fourth grade at Waters Elementary School. She has been a teacher at Waters since 2012, and won the Waters Teacher of the Year award last year. view article arw

The Louise Board of Trustees completed the process of terminating a coach facing felony charges when they met Monday. Travis Clay Hosman, 45, of Eagle Lake faces six Wharton County Counts of invasive sexual recording, accused of recording images of girls changing clothes on the school grounds. The crime is a state felony with possible punishment of up to two years confinement. view article arw

Rockwall ISD is proud to announce the 2017 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year: Kayse Williams, special education resource teacher at Stevenson Elementary and Amber Panter, Spanish teacher at Utley Middle School. “Kayse has the ability to make lasting, life-long relationships with each of her students, taking the time to get to know them,” said Stevenson Elementary Principal Mike Pitcher. “The relational bonds she forms are unique. They believe in themselves because they know that Kayse believes in them.” “Amber has captured students’ imaginations through her active approach to teaching and facilitating the love of Spanish and leadership,” said Utley Middle School Principal Todd Bradford. “Amber uses her strong interpersonal skills to take kids learning to places they never imagined.” view article arw

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Central Texas say an elementary school teacher has been arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting one of his students.  Killeen police said in a statement that Thomas Lloyd Cannon was arrested Friday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.  Officials say police learned of the matter Wednesday after the victim disclosed the allegations against the teacher. view article arw

A Rio Grande Valley school district has suspended their police chief pending the results of an internal investigation into their police department. Donna ISD Police Chief Roy Padilla was suspended with pay. CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with attorney Alyssa Romero, who represents the district. She said the district will be conducting the investigation on their own. view article arw

As the Texas lawmakers consider legislation aimed at improving the quality of teacher preparation in our state, one of the most important things they can do is support a bill filed by state Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) that would help more school districts create mentoring programs for new teachers. House Bill 816 would help establish more high-quality, research-based mentoring and induction programs in Texas benefiting teachers and students. The bill would provide funds to create mentoring programs in which districts provide training and ongoing support for mentors, afford time for meetings and select mentors with superior ratings who have taught for at least three years. I am a proud product of Texas public schools. My 25-year teaching experience in this state has made clear that the stakes couldn’t be higher for our students. view article arw

A former Spur ISD coach was arrested Thursday morning by Texas Rangers and charged with sexual assault of a child under the age of 17, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Charles Fulmer, 43, was was arrested in Lubbock on a warrant out of Dickens County. District officials had not yet responded to a request for further comment as of Thursday afternoon. view article arw

A teacher and coach at Carthage High School was arrested Thursday on a warrant accusing him of having an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to the school district. Josh Michael Ross, 36, of Carthage turned himself in to the Panola County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday morning on suspicion of having a relationship with a 19-year-old student, according to a statement from Carthage ISD.Ross has been suspended from the district. He is being held in the Panola County Detention Center on a charge of improper relationship between educator and student with bond set at $10,000, according to the sheriff’s office. view article arw

A police officer for Killeen ISD was assaulted by a student, according to the district. The incident happened at Patterson Middle School at 12:30 p.m. when a student tried to leave campus without permission.  view article arw

Brandy Belk, the assistant athletic director for the Lake Travis school district, has accepted a position with the University Interscholastic League, the state’s governing body for high school athletics. Belk will work as as the UIL’s assistant athletic director, focusing on administering and coordinating UIL athletic department programs, events and rules for member schools. She is expected to begin her tenure with the UIL on June 1, according to a press release recently issued by the Lake Travis school district. view article arw

The South San Independent School District voted to stand by its decision to lay off at least 60 teachers, while at the same time, finding the majority of them employment within the district. It’s another step as the district moves forward after consolidating Kazen Middle School and Athens Elementary and shutting down the district’s alternative school. As of Wednesday, the district said it has placed 48 of the staff members deemed surplus in other positions, which are to begin once the three campuses shutter before the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. view article arw

Dallas ISD wants its best teachers to stick around, and is hoping to offer a little more money for them to do so. Administration officials will present a list of proposed changes to the district's teacher evaluation and merit pay system, Teacher Excellence Initiative, during a board briefing Thursday. Included is a retention raise for better-performing teachers. The recommendations come at the end of a yearly review on the plan, and are driven by survey responses from two-thirds of DISD’s 10,000 teachers.Currently, TEI sorts teachers into nine “effectiveness” levels — based on a combination of student test scores, student surveys and evaluations — and uses that rating to set a range for a teacher’s salary. One of the biggest complaints about TEI is its rigidity. Effective teachers who stayed at the same performance level over the past two years did not get raises. view article arw

A Cook Elementary School special education teacher is charged with injury to a child after a parent says the teacher bit her daughter at school. According to court documents, Courtney Nikole Williams, 35, was arrested and charged with the crime for an incident on March 6. view article arw

A Cuero school district substitute teacher was indicted on two charges of improper relationships between an educator and student, DeWitt County District Attorney Robert Lassmann said Wednesday. If convicted, punishment could range from probation to 10 years in prison for the third-degree felony. A warrant for the arrest of the substitute teacher was issued Wednesday, he said. No names have been released and the substitute teacher was not in the DeWitt County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon. view article arw

McKinney ISD has hired a new principal for Minshew Elementary School. Former Assistant Principal of Minshew Inetra Nelson will start as principal at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. “I am a proud McKinney native who’s been blessed with a career in the same district that afforded me so many opportunities as a child,” Nelson said in a press release. “I have loved being part of the Minshew family and look forward to many more years.” view article arw

The Brownwood School Board of Trustees approved pay raises for all of the district's teachers Monday. A 2.5 percent increase will be applied to their salaries beginning in the fall. The raise averages to $1,148 per teacher and the school hopes it will attract recent college graduates to apply for their job openings, according to Brownwood Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Joe Young. view article arw

Clack Middle School science teacher Jana Lindley was among 12 educators to receive the 2017 Ernest and Sara Butler Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, according to a news release by the Abilene Independent School District Wednesday. The award, sponsored by the Texas Medical Association, sent Lindley to Austin to meet with the Texas House of Representatives Tuesday during National Teacher Day ceremonies. view article arw

 A Cook Elementary School special education teacher is charged with injury to a child after a parent says the teacher bit her daughter at school. According to court documents, Courtney Nikole Williams, 35, was arrested and charged with the crime for an incident on March 6. The arrest affidavit states that Williams had to remove the victim, a 9-year-old student, from the child’s classroom because the child was being disruptive. At one point, Williams admitted she bit the victim on the arm when she said the victim “flailed her arms.” view article arw

NHS Head Football Coach Bobby Reyes will succeed Athletic Director Farshid Niroumand following Niroumand's election to the Board of Trustees on May 6. Niroumand must resign from NISD before being sworn in as an official board member. Coach Reyes will assume the duties of both head football coach and NHS Athletic Director immediately. view article arw

Ector County Independent School District has received “well over” 25 applications for the principal positions at Permian and Odessa high schools. In late March, Superintendent Tom Crowe said he would reassign Permian High School Principal James Ramage and Odessa High School Principal Gregory Nelson. Crowe said then that Ramage and Nelson would finish the year at their respective schools and that they were not being fired. Ramage and Nelson have been principal of Permian and OHS for four years. view article arw

In breaking news Tuesday night, a source close to the situation has confirmed to KLTV Sports, that Mike Meador is out as the Lindale head football coach and athletic director. The job opening has been posted on the Lindale ISD Web site. view article arw

DeSoto Head Football Coach Todd Peterman had his contract for the 2017 school year approved by the DeSoto ISD board on Monday night, after weeks of uncertainty. Peterman's status was under review by the board due to alleged UIL violations -- violations Peterman maintained from day one were not true. "Tell the truth," Peterman said, referencing the DeSoto board. "Quote me on that. Tell the truth of what happened." A board member told WFAA that they were looking into potential UIL violations, including recruiting, and a violation of the eight-hour limit on practice time.  view article arw

Though the House and Senate continue to fight over many issues at the tail end of this legislative session, they can agree on at least one thing: Teachers having romantic or sexual relationships with their students should be held criminally responsible — and so should their superiors who try to hide it.  The House on Monday approved Senate Bill 7, which would require principals and superintendents to report teachers having inappropriate relationships with students or face a state jail felony or a fine of up to $10,000, on a voice vote. The bill passed out of the Senate in early March. The House must still take a final vote before it gets to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk for a signature. view article arw