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As the number of cases of inappropriate teacher-student relationships continues to rise, a local lawmaker wants to make sure teachers who are caught won’t be allowed to teach in the future. “It’s time we fully address this issue and make sure that educators who have inappropriate relationships with students are not allowed to teach again,” said State Representative Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park. view article arw

 A Lockhart High School science teacher is charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student. The Lockhart Police Department says 27-year-old Sarah Fowlkes was “engaged in sexual contact” with a 17-year-old male student. Investigators started looking into the complaint on March 10, when they received a report from a school administrator regarding the potential inappropriate relationship. Police determined the male student had been in contact with Fowlkes in person and via messages.  view article arw

A Lockhart High School science teacher has been arrested for having an improper relationship with a 17-year-old male student. Sarah Fowlkes started at the district in October 2014. On March 10, 2017 a school administrator reached out to Lockhart Police after receiving a "concerning report." LPD launched an investigation and determined Fowlkes was engaged in sexual contact with the student. view article arw

Last week, NBC 5 reported that the Cleburne head football coach submitted an explosive letter of resignation to the school district claiming a hostile work environment and bullying. NBC 5 has now learned Jeff Merket has been banned from school grounds and school sponsored activities. That’s a big problem, his athlete son says, because of a special event coming up in a few weeks at the school. Braden Walthall will be speaking before the Cleburne ISD school board during the public comment period on Monday evening. view article arw

The Northside Independent School District will host a job fair next Tuesday as it looks to hire 195 more employees. The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28 at the Northside Activity Center, 7001 Culebra Road, inside Culebra/Loop 410.  The district plans to hire bus drivers, food service workers, food service manager trainees, police officers, custodians and maintenance workers. Qualified candidates must be able to complete a physical exam, a pre-employment criminal background check, fingerprinting and any required drug screening. view article arw

Brownsboro AD heads to Tyler

March 2107:30 AM
 

Rumors were this week that Brownsboro Independent School District’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jason Hooker was leaving. ETFinalScore.Com was the first to report that Coach Hooker had accepted a position as the athletic director and head football coach for the Tyler Chapel Hill school district, and the Athens Daily Review followed suit with further details. On March 20, it was confirmed via a post made by the wife of Jason Hooker, Tami Hooker, on Facebook. view article arw

Mineola ISD is proud to announce that Luke Blackwell will become the new athletic director and head coach for the Yellowjackets. Coach Blackwell, the Yellowjacket assistant head coach and defensive coordinator was instrumental in the success of the football program the past three years with his leadership in guiding the team to bring home the 2016 State 3A Division I State Football Championship Title. Luke Blackwell is a 1995 graduate of Mineola High School and after earning his degree in business administration and Finance from UT-Tyler, began his teaching and coaching career in Coldspring ISD in 2003.  view article arw

Every day, we ask 330,000 Texas teachers to be responsible for preparing a diverse group of students and providing the pupils with an academic foundation that will allow them to be successful, productive adults. During my more than three decades in public education, we often discussed how to best prepare teachers with the skills and knowledge to be successful. Sadly, our current patchwork system of preparing teachers is not working well enough for aspiring teachers or school districts. Ultimately, our Texas students are paying the price. Today, anyone who wants to teach in Texas has more than 200 choices of programs to become a certified teacher. Every fall, more than 27,000 new teachers enter Texas classrooms from these different teacher-preparation programs - 46 percent prepared by universities in colleges of education or post-baccalaureate programs and the other 54 percent by one of many alternative-certification programs. view article arw

There may be something one could learn from this article - js - Once again (and this makes twice, as far as I know), Your State Government is wrestling with a particular existential issue of our day.  This is no less than a real-time review of something sociologists, psychologists, archaeologists and all kinds of ologists someday will somehow make a living studying.  It is this: What’s the deal with Hooters?  In November, I told you how a state administrative law judge got involved in whether downtown Fort Worth is a fit place for an eatery in which the wait staff uniforms are a key marketing feature. The judge in that case determined he could not find “that the Hooters Girl uniform violates the public sense of decency.” view article arw

A Midland ISD Police Sergeant was arrested on domestic violence charges, that's according to Midland Police Spokesperson Rachel Walker. According to the Midland County Jail, Sandra Denise Reyes is booked on 'Assault-Bodily Injury/Family Violence', the jail did confirm, along with an MISD employee directory, that she is an employee with Midland ISD. view article arw

Temple ISD counselors honored

March 2008:15 AM
 

Six Temple schools received CREST awards from the Texas School Counselor Association this year. Temple High School, Travis Science Academy, Lamar Middle School, Western Hills Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School and Raye-Allen Elementary School were among the 62 schools statewide to receive CREST recognition. The CREST (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas) awards were started in 2005 to recognize schools with outstanding counseling programs. The Texas School Counselor Association (a division of the Texas Counseling Association, which also includes members in private practice) gives CREST awards to schools that it sees as demonstrating a commitment using the school guidance and counseling program to improve students’ lives in RESTacademic, career and personal/social domains. view article arw

A Midland I.S.D. Police Sergeant was arrested for assault on Saturday. Midland I.S.D. confirms to Local 2/Fox 24 that Sgt. Sandra Reyes was charged with family violence, and bodily injury. We're told the investigation is ongoing. Stay with us for updates as we continue gathering information. view article arw

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants the Houston Independent School District to investigate a series of controversial tweets. Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll told Eyewitness News a Sterling Aviation High School teacher is the man behind the twitter handle. Carroll said the messages read, "Love Jesus or go to hell. You have been warned." He said another read, "Embrace Islam and you embrace death." Carroll said others showed graphic pictures of injured children. view article arw

A high school student’s allegation that two football players sexually assaulted her at an off-campus party in 2012 went uninvestigated by school officials for several months, her ex-principal testified on Wednesday. And when the girl’s parents told a school counselor she was being bullied and called derogatory names at school, that allegation was never investigated, said Mark Dalton, who used to be the Hebron 9th Grade Center’s principal. view article arw

In a special called meeting the North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Brian Christopher Lowe as the new 2017-18 North Hopkins High School Principal. He is currently the Middle School Principal at Winona ISD near Hawkins, Texas. Prior to Winona he spent a year as Alpine Middle School Principal and two years as Assistant Principal at Marshall Junior High School. He has coached football, track, basketball and cross country throughout his education career that started in 1997.He has spent time at Waskom High School, Griffin Middle School (in Lewisville), Lake Dallas High School and Sonora High School.  view article arw

While most were making plans for a week away from school, a few Waxahachie ISD teachers had quite the eventful pre-Spring Break. Instead of sitting back and letting legislators make decisions in regards to education, several Waxahachie teachers joined more than 400 educators at the Texas Capitol Building on Monday. The Association of Texas Professional Educators members discussed important education issues with lawmakers with lawmakers. According to the ATPE, those issues included 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 El Paso Independent School District has named Joseph Manago as principal at Andress High School, and Shawn Mena as principal at Franklin High School. Manago, who starts March 23, has 23 years of experience as an educator, is principal at Nolan Richardson Middle School and has been a high school assistant principal. Mena, who begins April 1, is director of the Arts and Humanities Academy in the Austin Independent School District, where she has been a high school principal. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, and has taught at the university and El Paso Community College. view article arw

Officials said an Anna High School math teacher was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. 51-year-old Pauline Durica was arrested last Wednesday in the Sonic parking lot on Highway 5 and FM 455 after police got a call about a reckless driver. view article arw

A high school football coach is making accusations of a hostile work environment, bullying and sabotage in his resignation letter to the Cleburne Independent School District. Jeff Merket is resigning as Cleburne High School coach. The letter was obtained by the Cleburne Times-Review, and the coach himself confirmed its authenticity. In it, Merket informs the superintendent and board of trustees that he is resigning at the end of his contract in June. view article arw

Officials said an Anna High School math teacher was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. 51-year-old Pauline Durica was arrested last Wednesday in the Sonic parking lot on Highway 5 and FM 455 after police got a call about a reckless driver. Harrison Gillaspy lives near Anna High School and is in his final semester at TCU. He said once he graduate, he wants to be a physical education teacher. "I believe teachers and coaches in particular have a huge influence on student's lives," said Gillaspy. That's why he said finding out a teacher at the high school is accused of driving drunk is disturbing. view article arw

Bullard Independent School District now has a new face on campus working to ensure the safety of students at all six of the district’s campuses. The Bullard ISD Board of Trustees recently approved a plan to establish a district police department. Throughout the past six months, Bullard ISD administrators completed the application process necessary to develop the police department. Bullard ISD received its Texas Commission on Law Enforcement license and beginning a rigorous interview process to select the right candidate to become the first Bullard ISD Chief of Police, while working closely with the Bullard Police Department throughout the process to make the transition a success. view article arw

The Pflugerville ISD board of trustees filled four principal vacancies for the 2017-18 school year. Camille Ramirez-Longoria, the current principal at Wieland Elementary School, will move to fill an upcoming opening as principal at Spring Hill Elementary School. Taking Ramirez-Longoria’s position at Wieland will be current Assistant Principal Jared Stevenson. PfISD’s two primary schools, Windermere and Delco, will also have new principals in 2017-18. Angela Hodges, Windermere’s current assistant principal, has been named that school’s new principal. Lizbeth Ruiz, current assistant principal at Highland Park Elementary School, will move to Delco as its new principal. view article arw

A road trip to the state capitol may not seem to be the best way spend a spring break, but that’s how second grade teacher Sarah Marsch was spending her Monday.  Instead of hitting the beach, Marsch and other educators spent the morning navigating the hallways of the capitol extension. "The kids deserve an education more than one day out of my Spring Break,” said Marsch.This trip, organized by the Texas American Federation of Teachers, was to promote public education. The group is passionate about their message but Texas AFT is competing with several hot topics for the attention of state lawmakers. Emotional debates have already been held on legislation to ban sanctuary city policies, as well as on a proposal to regulate access to rest rooms. view article arw

A former teacher at a Hurst elementary school has been sentenced to probation on charges that he molested several of his third-grade students.  Angel Omar Sales, 26, who taught at Bellaire Elementary School in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, was sentenced last week to five years of deferred-adjudication probation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. He was sentenced on two counts of injury to a child. Sales, a North Richland Hills resident, was arrested in August 2015 after flying into DFW International Airport from El Salvador. According to his arrest warrant affidavit, authorities spoke to a number of Sales' students after girls in his class said he touched them inappropriately.  view article arw

A Kountze ISD bus driver accused of driving while intoxicated in December is back at work after drug and alcohol tests came back negative, Superintendent John Ferguson said. Charles Harrison Reed, 63, returned to work Friday, Ferguson said. He'd been on administrative leave with pay since Dec. 16, when he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.  view article arw

Last December, 63 year old Charles Reed was arrested on a DWI charge. Reed was given a blood test and the results came back negative. Reed believes angry parents went after him. "One particular person called in and said I smelled like alcohol," said Charles Reed, Kountze ISD bus driver. view article arw

The San Antonio Independent School District is looking to hire hundreds of high-performing teachers who can engage at-risk students. A job fair looking to hire more than 250 "master teachers," meaning those with two years of experience known to improve student success in the classroom, was held on Saturday. "We're going to be matching some of the strongest teachers with our students greatest in need," said Matt Weber, SAISD's deputy superintendent for instruction. view article arw

The school district will be deciding on whether to support a resolution on undocumented students. Superintendent Dr. Adrian Vega this past week presented the resolution to the board that, if approved in two weeks, would support undocumented students. In light of national sentiment on the issue, Vega brought it up to the board. “It also impacts what is going on in the state of Texas,” he said. view article arw

A former Hallsville ISD teacher pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to two years probation and 180 days in the county jail for an April 2016, hit-and-run in which she was driving drunk with her two daughters in the vehicle. view article arw

Haeli Wey: once an Eanes ISD math teacher, spent Friday morning in front of Travis County Judge David Wahlberg. According to court documents she had sex with a 17-year-old male student more than 10 times over 2 months and also became involved with another 17-year-old. One of the young men she met at a student ministry program, the other at a summer camp. Wey was arrested in 2015 and charged with 2 counts of improper relations between an educator and a student. In February she entered a guilty plea "Today the judge found that he had enough evidence to find her guilty but did not and placed her on a 10 year deferred adjudication probation," said Wey's attorney Larry Sauer. view article arw

A teacher’s assistant who is also a football coach at an Oak Cliff-area high school was arrested Saturday, accused of having an improper relationship with a female student. Mickey Paul Jones, 38, was arrested at 4:30 a.m. and booked into the Lew Sterrett jail, Dallas police said. Mickey Paul Jones, 38.  Jones remained in jail Sunday evening with bail set at $50,000.  view article arw

At its March 6 meeting, Mesquite ISD’s board of trustees approved the promotions of the following two employees: Darci Hooten, who joined Mesquite as a senior buyer in December, has been promoted to director of purchasing. Hooten is completing 23 years in the business profession with the last 17 in purchasing. Before coming to Mesquite ISD, she spent 12 years as Wylie ISD’s purchasing manager.  view article arw

Carrollton Police arrested R.L. Turner High School teacher George Edwin Thomas III of Highland Village this morning on six counts of invasive visual recording. Thomas is charged with using concealed recording devices to video female students in various stages of undress without their knowledge during the 2015-16 school year. view article arw

William Edwards, formerly a lieutenant in the Pflugerville Police Department, will become the new Hutto school district police chief. Edwards will officially begin his duties on March 20 and fills the role after the retirement of former district chief Rick Stone last June, according to a Hutto school district press release.“I am very excited to be a member of the Hippo Nation and serve the Hutto community,” Edwards said in the release. “Serving an ISD police department is much different from a municipal department. We have a chance to make a significant difference in the lives of young people, and we have an opportunity to help redirect kids headed down a wrong path before it’s too late.” view article arw

A Permian High School teacher and track coach has resigned after being arrested in Midland back in January. Carl Chancellor was arrested in Midland on charges of solicitation and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. Keith Garinger, Chief Human Resources Officer with the Ector County Independent School District, said, "He has resigned with intention to retire." We're told the resignation will take effect on March 31.  view article arw