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A former Aldine ISD high school coach gets 60 days in jail and eight years deferred adjudication probation for having sex with a student. Eber Lopez, 36, was charged with having an improper relationship with a 17-year-old student at Nimitz High School. He has been ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family, and he must turn himself into jail Tuesday. view article arw

Two Goddard Junior High School coaches have been arrested following disturbing details involving a bus trip from Bonham Junior High to Midland on Thurs., Jan. 26. view article arw

Dr. Robert Muller of Texas A&M University will be joining the Belton Independent School District as a new deputy superintendent this summer. view article arw

The department responsible for developing and launching some of Dallas ISD's cutting-edge programs is taking another hit. view article arw

A former Houston middle-school teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student was in court again Wednesday, accused of violating her bond conditions.  Prosecutors argued that 25-year-old Alexandria Vera didn't stay in her home Sunday despite having a curfew, theHouston Chronicle reported.  But a lawyer for Vera, Ricardo Rodriguez, said her brother, who was intoxicated, was physically and verbally abusing her. When authorities arrived, Rodriguez said, they removed Vera from the home even after she explained that she had a curfew and showed them her ankle monitor. view article arw

 Connally High School principal Kermit Ward has been placed on administrative leave, according to school district officials. view article arw

A Statesman investigation, the first of its kind, found that less than half of Texas teachers who lost their teaching licenses after allegations of having improper relationships with students were ever criminally charged, let alone saw jail time. In those cases where charges never occurred, very little information is readily available to the public, including which school the alleged incident happened or the age of the victim. In some cases, school district officials will go so far as to hide the information from the public and law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and state officials have said. view article arw

AUSTIN — More than 50 teachers and other state workers spoke in the Senate chamber Monday against a bill that would eliminate their ability to use payroll deduction for union dues.  Teachers, CPS workers and corrections officers showed up at the Capitol to question the need for Senate Bill 13 during a State Affairs committee hearing. The bill affects state workers who use payroll deduction to pay their union dues, unless they are first responders or are making a charitable donation.  Educators fear changing the way dues are processed will increase the risk that teachers won't be covered by unions' legal services and could dampen their bargaining power. view article arw

Accusations of teachers having improper relationships with students have become more common. Yet, only a few of the hundreds of teachers in Texas accused of inappropriate behavior ever make headlines. When they do, it’s most likely those teachers will end up with a criminal record. Many others don’t.  While there are no foreseeable changes to the inescapable world of social media that has facilitated inappropriate communication between teacher and student, there are plenty of solutions that can help curb such activity.  At the state level, for example, thoughtful legislation that creates transparency of incidents involving improper relationships and also protects students without infringing on due process rights of educators in question are a good start. Locally, school districts can adopt updated, clearly defined policies while requiring teacher training on proper student/teacher relationships. view article arw

An assistant principal at Judson ISD is claiming administrator segregation, saying that African-American principals are only being placed in predominantly black schools and she wants to know why. “Intentionally or unintentionally, black and Hispanic principals almost exclusively serve in schools on the south end of the district, which have higher poverty rates, higher crime rates, and primarily service more minority students,” Assistant Principal Andrea Johnson said. At a school board meeting last month, Johnson and her young d view article arw

It's hard to check the news without seeing yet another student-teacher sex scandal in Texas.  Unfortunately, the phenomenon isn't just another media craze, it's an issue that even has Texas education officials concerned.  In 2014, the Texas Education Agency noted that the number of investigations opened in order to look into inappropriate relationships had jumped from 141 in 2009-2010, to 179 in 2013-2014, a 27 percent increase.  view article arw

Three former University High School administrators played key roles in academic wrongdoings at UHS during the 2015-16 school year, despite initially denying the claims, documents and emails obtained by the Tribune-Herald reveal. A 20-page factual summary report and comments found in a haystack of 1,100 emails directly tie former principal Kendra Strange, former dean of instruction Ronald Massey and former senior counselor Mindy Place to awarding course credit to some 2016 graduates who did not properly earn the credits. The administrators also failed to follow proper procedures for credit-recovery programs and for end-of-course retesting, according to findings in an external investigation report released in October and turned over to the Texas Education Agency for review. view article arw

Two teachers in the Navasota school district are on leave after they were arrested recently in separate incidents, according to reports. view article arw

A special board meeting scheduled to hold a Level 3 grievance against McAllen school district superintendent Jose Gonzalez ended late Friday with an agreement to establish rules to prohibit district employees from advocating for board candidates while at work. view article arw

An Aldine ISD teacher has been removed from the classroom over an incident with a student involving a water bottle. The boy's mother, Latoya Jacobs, told Eyewitness News that the teacher called her after the Jan. 19 incident. "She said that she snapped and that she threw a water bottle," Jacobs said. "But she never mentioned that it hit my child." view article arw

 Amber Simpson went to a school-wide assembly on Tuesday thinking it would be about one of their teaching programs. view article arw

About 220 job seekers flooded the Marshall Visual Art Center to get their applications to some of the area's biggest employers as a part of Marshall News Messenger's first ETXjobs.com Job Fair & Expo. view article arw

Navasota: NISD staff arrested

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Two Navasota Independent School District staff members have been arrested in separate incidents over the last week. view article arw

(Flip through the slides) Here are 9 ways a new Texas bill will crack down on the teacher-student sex problem.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday during his State of the State address that "real consequences" must occur to quell the uptick in cases of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.  Abbott commended Texas for having some of the best high schools in the nation, but also admitted that Texas has an "unwanted ranking" casting a shadow over its schools.  "Texas reportedly leads the nation in teacher-student sexual assaults," Abbott said. "Some of those teachers are not prosecuted ... and worse ... (others) are shuffled off to other schools to continue teaching in other areas threatening other kids.  "Teachers who assault children should lose their license and they should go to jail," Abbott said. view article arw

AUSTIN (AP) — A newspaper’s review of records shows information about hundreds of teachers who have voluntarily surrendered their licenses after possible improper conduct with students but never were charged isn’t readily made available to the public by the Texas Education Agency.  An analysis by the Austin American-Statesman also has found the state agency doesn’t track if a teacher has been charged or convicted of a crime. T view article arw

Texas employers are faced with a dilemma after a state administrative law judge ruled last month that a former El Paso schoolteacher who tested positive for marijuana shouldn’t be sanctioned. The ruling was sought by the Texas Education Agency, which is weighing whether to suspend Maryam Roland’s teaching certificate. She tested positive for the drug two years ago after she told school district officials that she ate some edible cannabis over Christmas break in Colorado — where recreational use of the drug is legal, according to the Austin American-Statesman. view article arw

Statesman review finds 53 percent were never charged with a crime related to misconduct.  Prosecutors cite hurdles to prosecution.  Gov. Greg Abbott, legislators call for crack down on improper teacher-student relationships.  Hundreds of Texas primary and secondary teachers lost or surrendered their teaching licenses since 2010 after being investigated for improper relationships with a student. More than half were never criminally charged. In all of those cases, information about the alleged misconduct isn’t easily accessible from the Texas Education Agency and in many instances is kept secret by school districts, allowing those teachers to move on to other teaching jobs or jobs involving contact with children. view article arw

From January 2010 through December 2016, 686 teachers in Texas permanently lost their teaching licenses following allegations of impropriety with a student, according to data from the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

Hallsville ISD Superintendent Jeff Collum would like to have an athletic director/head football coach named by mid-March, however, he emphasized the process of making the selection would not be done in haste. view article arw

Romano has been charged with indecency with a child by contact, and is accused of engaging in sexual contact with the child under 14 on more than one occasion. According to Alvin ISD, the child involved does not attend Alvin High School and isn't under Romano's direction in any professional capacity. Romano has taught at Alvin HS for about 10 years. His students call him "chef." view article arw

A Brownwood ISD employee has resigned after the district learned this employee may have been involved in an improper relationship with a student.  view article arw

A Dallas ISD teacher is claiming she lost her job after word got out that she appeared in pornographic films nearly two decades ago. The district confirmed to News 8 that Resa Woodward, who taught at the Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs Middle School, was put on administrative leave in the fall. Woodward’s attorney, Calvin Johnson, said she is appealing the decision with the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

An investigation into the actions of students on a Goddard Junior High bus has two coaches on administrative leave. District Spokesperson Woodrow Bailey confirms the coaches were supervising students on the bus. “Our District PD is involved in all investigations however I have not heard of any criminal charges at this point but the investigation is ongoing,” Spokesperson Woodrow Bailey said. view article arw

Malakoff Elementary Principal Ronny Snow, who has had a long distinguished career in education and law enforcement, was recently named Distinguished Educator of the Year by his alumni at Sam Houston State University. In a letter to Snow, Dr. Stacey Edmonson, dean at the college of education, said, “This is the highest honor the college of education bestows upon its alumni. And the fact that over 100 outstanding nominations were submitted this year makes your selection even more significant. view article arw

When Spring ISD voters approved a $330 million bond referendum in 2016, they sanctioned the purchase of 60 new buses, and now the district must hire 60 more drivers to staff the vehicles before the start of the next school year. view article arw

A teacher who also works as a scuba instructor has been charged with indecency with a child. David Eugene Romano, 50, works as a teacher at Alvin High School and a reserve unpaid police officer for Hillcrest Village Police Department in Alvin. Additionally, he is a scuba instructor at Dave's scuba Adventure, also in Alvin, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office. view article arw

An online petition had garnered about 300 signatures Tuesday in an effort to keep a Marshall ISD elementary school principal on the job, though the district says the principal has not been let go. view article arw

A middle school student in Killeen says his teacher hit him and now he's scared to return to school. The boys parents hope the district will hear his story and discipline the teacher. The alleged incident happened at Rancier middle school last month, however the student just recently told his parents about it out of fear of retaliation from his teacher. view article arw

David Eugene Romano, a culinary arts teacher at Alvin High School, has been charged with indecency with a child under the age of 14, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office. view article arw

Waco Independent School District officials say they are seeing signs of success in their work to tackle high teacher turnover rates. Waco ISD’s teacher turnover rate is the best it has been in four years, according to recently released Texas Academic Performance Report data from the Texas Education Agency. view article arw