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Noelia Longoria, Houston ISD’s assistant superintendent of the Office of School Choice, has been named interim chief academic officer of the Houston Independent School District. Longoria assumes her new role immediately, reporting to Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan. “Ms. Longoria has more than 25 years of experience in urban education and a proven record of turning around underperforming schools,” Lathan said. “I am confident that she will have a positive impact in helping to guide instruction across our district.” view article arw

The Bullard ISD Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the Superintendent last night, during a regularly scheduled school board meeting, for the hiring of the newest Bullard Early Childhood Principal. Congratulations to Amanda Goode who will transition into the position of principal for the 2018-2019 school year. Goode replaces Michelle Hurst who is retiring from the position. “I am honored and blessed with the opportunity to work with an amazing team in shaping the hearts and minds of our littlest panthers.  view article arw

A SnapChat video is dominating social platforms documenting a confrontation between a Marshall Independent School student and teacher. The confrontation took place on April 3, allegedly over a cell phone. The video shows the two arguing at first over the student's phone: view article arw

A video which surfaced on social media this weekend shows an East Texas teacher getting into a physical altercation with a student during class. The 36-second video, which had been viewed about 20,000 times on Facebook Tuesday afternoon, shows a female Marshall High School student demanding her cellphone back from a female teacher. When the teacher refuses to return the phone, the student approaches the teacher’s desk and a physical altercation ensues which ends with the student pushing the teacher down on the floor. During the incident, other students in the class can be heard on the video laughing, while others are seen recording the incident on their cellphones. view article arw

Frisco ISD board trustees received another security update during Monday’s school board meeting. FISD Director of Security Kevin Haller once again presented to the board security measures that are currently in place at the district. Read more about the district’s security measures here. Haller also presented some new measures, which include a newly formed high school security group made up of 27 students from all high school campuses, and a high school principal committee to explore safety and security ideas. Another new measure included active shooter training for substitute teachers. More than 100 substitutes participated in the training. view article arw

EDINBURG, Texas - State Rep. Terry Canales is calling on Governor Greg Abbott to schedule a special session, so lawmakers can fix the collapsing Teacher Retirement System’s TRS-Care, which insures around 270,000 retired teachers, public school employees and their dependents.  “If we can’t take care of the people who take care of our children we have a wholly failed,” Canales said.  view article arw

When Kettisha Jones launched her career in education more than 20 years ago, she noticed there were few other African American teachers in her cohort. Now, as an assistant superintendent in the Pflugerville school district, Jones is hoping a new pilot program will help boost minority representation among teacher ranks, as well as increase retention in hard-to-fill positions. “We’re here to serve a diverse group of kids that have different needs,” said Jones. “We’re seeing that students tend to perform better when they have the opportunity to attend classes with teachers who look like them. That’s something we’re trying to do here, to diversify. view article arw

It is my great honor to serve the students, staff, and community as your new superintendent of La Vernia Independent School District. My transition into office has been enjoyable and I appreciate the warm welcome. We are establishing excitement and pride in LVISD. One of my major goals during this transition has been to spend time evaluating organizational effectiveness and efficiency to ensure supportive systems for campus teaching and learning. I am excited to announce there will be some immediate positive changes happening within our district. I understand that change is not always the most comfortable situation for everyone; however, please know that every decision is made with your children as the motivating and driving factor. We are here to serve our community, our school district, but most of all, our students. view article arw

Seven years ago, health insurance premiums and deductibles were so high for San Marcos teacher Susan Seaton that she said she couldn’t afford her diabetes medication and she had a stroke.  This year, because of changes in her benefits under the only health insurance plan she can afford through the state, she’s spacing out her rheumatoid arthritis injections to make the medication last longer, against her doctor’s wishes. She’s spending a third of her paycheck to pay for the medication up front — $4,400 for a three-month supply. view article arw

Texas teachers aren’t striking for higher pay or marching on Austin to demand more public school funding, but they have a lot in common with those who are. And the protesters’ success in other states could become a rallying cry for educators and supporters when the Texas Legislature returns next January.  Texas has imposed some of the deepest cuts in K-12 spending in the past decade, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington.  view article arw

After about eight months of ramping up recruiting efforts, Frisco ISD has filled its bus driver vacancies that had caused a bus driver shortage in the past year. FISD transportation hiring manager Paul Russo said at the start of the 2017-18 school year the transportation department was short 30 drivers. As of March, all of those vacancies had been filled. “It’s really put me at ease,” Russo said. “We’ve opened a couple more positions because we now have the opportunity to alleviate some of the overcrowding on some of the buses. But now we’re caught up, and we’re working on our numbers for next year.” view article arw

Classes remain canceled in Oklahoma's biggest school districts Tuesday as teachers walk out for a seventh day. Leaders of Oklahoma's largest teacher's union have demanded a repeal of a capital gains tax exemption and for the governor to veto a repeal of a proposed lodging tax as they push for more education funding in massive demonstrations at the state Capitol. view article arw

The Round Rock school district has tapped its director of construction to serve as chief operating officer. Terry Worcester emerged as the top candidate after a district leadership committee interviewed several top candidates, Executive Director of Communications Jenny LaCoste-Caputo said. Superintendent Steve Flores said in a news release that Worcester over the past several months has distinguished himself as an “inspirational leader with unrivaled knowledge” in architectural design and construction. view article arw

A Dayton Independent School District music teacher who is accused of possessing hundreds of images of child pornography made a court appearance Monday afternoon.  Joshua Lee Janecka, 31, is charged with five counts of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography. His bond was set at $2,500 for each charge of possession and $10,000 for the charge of promotion, making his total bond amount $22,500. view article arw

Lewisville ISD announced Monday the appointment of Will Skelton as the new principal of Marcus High School (MHS). Skelton succeeds longtime MHS principal Gary Shafferman, who will retire at the school year’s end after serving as principal since 2008. Skelton serves as principal of Flower Mound High School 9th Grade Campus (FM9), a position he has held since the school opened in 2014. view article arw

The Socorro Independent School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza signed a proclamation declaring April as the Month of the Military Child and School Library Month. The board also declared April 13 as Purple Up for Military Kids Day. view article arw

Football coaches seem to get all the attention — and sometimes criticism — for big paychecks. But retired journalist Roger Summers has long wondered about the salaries of the teachers whose job it is to get children through school.  The Arlington resident says he's overwhelmed by all that educators are asked to do for kids: be a social worker, be a parent, be a peacekeeper, be a friend, be a counselor, be a protector.  Summers himself earned a teacher's certification but never used it; he instead spent 40 years as a reporter and editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram where his career included covering the days surrounding the Kennedy assassination. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District plans to provide wellness screenings for all employees in an effort to safeguard their health and save them and the district money on health insurance. In a pilot for the program in early March, personnel from Valley Baptist and Valley Regional medical centers and Valley Med Urgent Care were able to screen about 40 percent of employees at Veterans Memorial and Hanna early college high schools over a one-week period. view article arw

School board members for a Concho Valley school district received two special awards. The Olfen School District received the "Patriots Award".  It's given to employers who support employees serving in the national guard and reserves.  The award is from a program set up under the u-s department of defense. view article arw

Lake Dallas ISD has announced the 2017-18 campus Teachers of the Year. A prize patrol comprised of LDISD administrators made the rounds to each campus recently to surprise the following teachers with flowers in recognition of the honor.   view article arw

Teachers in states across the nation are going on strike to protest funding cuts for public education. But a Texas law is quashing talk of teachers here joining the walkouts. The statute says any employees who "strike or engage in an organized work stoppage against the state or a political subdivision of the state" will lose all their "civil service rights, reemployment rights, and any other rights, benefits, and privileges the employee enjoys as a result of public employment or former public employment."  view article arw

Birdwell Elementary in Spearman's Assistant Principal Alexis Beck was named the Region 16 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. The TEPSA named 20 administrators Region Assistant Principals of the Year. The peer-based award recognizes assistant principals for their commitment to student learning as evidenced by exceptional school leadership. view article arw

Northside ISD is looking to fill more than 270 positions at a local job fair to be held next week. The Job Fair will take place Monday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northside Activity Center, which is located in the 700 block of Culebra Road. Positions available include bus drivers, food service workers, food service manager trainees, police officers, custodians and maintenance workers. Both full and part time positions are available with benefits.  view article arw

After watching child after child visit parent after parent in the Bexar County Jail, Angela Pichardo realized she needed to do something more, something different. “I thought instead of intervention, what I’d like to do is prevention,” said Pichardo, who was observing the jail as a student pursuing a criminal justice degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She decided to become an elementary school teacher. Fast forward 19 years to Thursday, when the STEM teacher at Southwest Independent School District’s Bob Hope Elementary School learned she’s a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education award. view article arw

 A Dayton ISD teacher has been arrested and charged after investigators found child pornography being stored and shared from his home computer in Humble, according to the Harris County Pct. 4 Constable's Office. The suspect has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, school officials confirmed. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip regarding Joshua Janecka, 31, and notified the constable office's high tech crimes division. view article arw

Joshua Janecka, 32, was arrested by Harris County Constable Precinct 4 office near Humble on the 7800 block East FM 1960 for possession and promotion of child pornography. Constables received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, regarding an individual near Humble believed to be in possession of child pornography. view article arw

Eight Cleburne ISD teachers have had their classroom wishes come true as recipients of Innovative Grant Awards presented by the Cleburne Education Foundation. The total amount of the Innovative Grants awarded for 2018 came in at $29,451.66, with the donation approved by Cleburne ISD trustees at their March meeting. From an electronic stock market ticker, to take high school economics lessons to a whole new level, to math-related children’s books, with such titles as “The Grapes of Math” and “The Greedy Triangle,” to make the subject more interesting to elementary learners, CEF grant committee members believe the “innovations” in applications received this year were among the best on record. view article arw

A Tennessee teacher who set off a nationwide manhunt last year after he fled with a 15-year-old student broke down in court after pleading guilty to crossing state lines to have sex with a minor.  Former forensics teacher Tad Cummins, 51, also pleaded guilty Thursday to obstruction of justice before U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger in federal court in Nashville.  "I cannot be the man I need to be and not tell the truth," he said before losing his composure and starting to weep. view article arw

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Oklahoma Republicans finally passed a massive tax hike for hundreds of millions of new dollars for public schools and teacher pay raises, they thought they would get a thank you.  Instead, educators and their supporters marched on the Capitol. They brought pent-up with them frustration after years of budget cuts, swelling class sizes and a decade without a raise. view article arw

Map: Teacher pay state by state

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Teachers are ditching their classrooms and taking to the streets and state capitals calling for better pay. Data published in a 2017 National Educators Association report, suggests that the average public-school teacher salary for the 2015-2016 school year was $58,353. The U.S. household average is $57,617. Teachers in California are the highest paid with an average annual salary of $77,179, according to 2016 data from the National Education Association. While California's teachers are paid more than many other teachers across the country, a higher-average cost of living in the state makes up for it. view article arw

Dr. Rodriguez Elementary School principal Traci Gonzalez has not been back to work since last week. Gonzalez was put on administrative leave after she was arrested for driving while intoxicated. According to police reports Gonzalez, 52, nearly hit a Harlingen police patrol car while driving her Ford Mustang and attempting a turn onto the 100 block of W. Tyler Avenue last Thursday, March 29. Police pulled her over immediately and then detected a strong odor of alcohol. She was arrested and taken to city jail. Gonzalez posted a $2,500 bond. view article arw

After more than 30 years working with his brother Jack, Tracy Welch decided to step out of the nest and become the next head football coach and athletics director at Lake Worth High School. Tracy played for his brother, coached with him at the junior college level, and 24 years ago the pair started the rebuilding job of Copperas Cove football. "We went 5-3-1 in the first year and you would've thought we won the Super Bowl," Tracy said with a smile, "We firmly believe the harder you work, the harder it is for you to surrender." view article arw

Basketball trophies aren’t the only awards taken by the school district so far this year. The Santa Rosa school district’s business office has made its mark with its efforts to increase and provide transparent financial information for all stakeholders of the district. The Association of School Business Officials International recently recognized the Santa Rosa ISD business and finance office for excellence in budget presentation with its Meritorious Budget Award for the 2017-2018 budget year. view article arw

Although there’s little indication Texas teachers will go on strike as their colleagues in other states have done, Texas educators have long been unhappy with how the Legislature funds public school, affecting their pay and benefits. Texas was 27th in the nation for teacher pay in 2016, according to latest data available from the National Education Association. That year, the average teacher salary in the state was $51,890, about $6,500 below the national average. Salaries and benefits typically make up the largest parts of school districts’ budgets. School district officials often say they can’t afford pay raises because the state’s school funding formulas are outdated and don’t provide sufficient dollars to schools. view article arw

Most public school teachers did not get into the profession to get rich but for their years of service, the Texas government promised teachers a small pension at retirement and affordable healthcarethe rest of their life. That was the deal. Teachers say they have made good on their part but say Texas is no longer holding up its end of the bargain. view article arw