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Plainview ISD is getting ready to offer a Master Reading Teacher program to its teachers. The PISD Student Achievement Committee is getting ready to launch the mentorship program by the spring. The program is part of a list of District Improvement Goals presented by Superintendent H.T. Sanchez at the most recent school board meeting. view article arw

A 32-year-old woman is facing charges after prosecutors said she confessed to the 2016 murder of a beloved Clear Lake football coach. Laquinta Renee Johnson faced a judge Thursday, accused of shooting Kevin Roman to death in his home sometime around Sept. 10, 2016. Prosecutors say Johnson, who was in a dating relationship with Roman before his death, shot him in the head, neck, chest, back and upper left arm. view article arw

Wednesday, Sept. 18, NISD Superintendent Dr. Stu Musick informed Navasota High School faculty and staff that the current high school principal, Derek Bowman, would be promoted to Director of Personnel and Administrative Services for the district. Also, Mrs. Kristi Ramsey, current high school associate principal, would be named interim principal of Navasota High School. Jeff Dyer who has been the Director of Personnel for the past two years, has recently been named Assistant Superintendent of Personnel at Marshall ISD and will be leaving the district effective Nov. 4. Bowman joined the district in 2004 and has been serving as Navasota High School principal since 2013. He also served as assistant principal at Navasota High School for two years, and two years as the Associate Principal. view article arw

A former secretary in the Cross Roads Independent School District administration office, wanted for falsifying documents, turned herself last week, Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said. Jennifer Ann Hinnant. 45, faces charges of fraudulent use of identifying information and forging of government records. She was booked into the Henderson County Jail, then released on bond totaling $100,000, set by 392nd District Court Judge Scott McKee. view article arw

Voss settles with Ector County ISD

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Former Ector County ISD Principal Linda Voss has settled her dispute with the district after the compromise and settlement agreement was modified, according to Mike Atkins, the attorney for the district, and court documents. The case is still set for trial, however. Part of the initial agreement was removed where it said the agreement was contingent upon the Ector County Attorney dismissing, with prejudice, the current pending charges against employee and her representation that no similar or related charges will be filed arising out of the same incident. view article arw

The trial for a man accused of capital murder in the deaths of Maria Cuellar and David Miranda is underway. Alan Fraire is accused of being at the scene of the slayings of Cuellar and Miranda in 2015. The victims, who both worked for Clint Independent School District, were allegedly having an affair. view article arw

Houston Educational Support Personnel Officials and bus drivers for Houston Independent School District want answers from the district about its decision to keep its schools open during dangerous weather conditions. HESP President Wretha Thomas said Tuesday the decision endangered the lives of its employees, students and bus drivers. Thomas wants answers from the district about its decision to not cancel classes. view article arw

A parent is calling for a Dallas teacher's job after she says her daughter was hit in the face with a pencil box in class. NBC 5 is told incident happened Friday at L.G. Pinkston High School. Marissa Nava says her seventh-grade science teacher at Pinkston High told the class right as soon as they entered the room that it had been a rough day. view article arw

A survey conducted by the Texas American Federation of Teachers (Texas AFT) and the Texas Pension Coalition (TPC) reveals that while retired school employees across the state are thankful for their recent supplemental payment, they ultimately require more permanent changes to their pension in order to ensure financial well-being. read more arw

First sergeant Stacey Knowlton from the Mesquite ISD JROTC Director of Army Instruction Office was awarded the Commanders Awarded for Public Service at the school year 2019-20 5th Brigade JROTC Instructor Training Workshop held in Arlington on Sept. 17 by Col. Chris Alfeiri the 5th Brigade Commander. The 5th Brigade is responsible for 320 JROTC programs in eight states which include Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado and Arkansas.  Over the past three years, 1st Sgt.  Knowlton has served as a primary instructor for the logistics portion of the Workshop and is recognized as the subject matter expert in the brigade for our uniform and equipment logistics process.  view article arw

For a second consecutive year, the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) has named a principal from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District as the Region One Outstanding Principal of the Year. read more arw

This is a great day to register to vote. The last day to register to vote in the November 5th, 2019 Constitutional Amendment Election is October 7th, 2019.  Remind your friends and family how important it is to vote. You can't vote if you're not registered. Do it today!  view article arw

Rockell Stewart stands just under five feet tall, but the principal of the Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Center in Dallas makes her presence quickly known when you enter the campus doors. She comes at you with a broad smile, outstretched hand and positive manner. MLK was once one of the Dallas Independent School District’s lowest-performing campuses. The school, sandwiched between two freeways and bordered by vacant lots and overgrown yards, qualified for the district’s Accelerating Campus Excellence program due to low academic performance. view article arw

Plainview ISD is gearing up for a job fair to attract new teachers. But Superintendent H.T. Sanchez said the district will open its applicant pool beyond the traditional candidates. On Oct. 30, the district will host a job fair targeted to people who may be interested in teaching. view article arw

Jacksonville ISD's school board wrapped up quickly Monday evening, as trustees unanimously approved several agenda items, including a decision to give Superintendent Dr. Chad Kelly authorization to file a complaint with the State Board for Educator Certification on abandonment of contract by former employee Shonda Emmert. In other action, the board: view article arw

Last week, retired educators began receiving their long-awaited supplemental pension payments capped at $2,000 from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas—the so-called 13th check authorized by the Texas Legislature last spring. We know that our retirees are thankful for this 13th check, but we also know this has to be seen as the first step toward ensuring financial security for all retirees on TRS pensions with a permanent cost-of-living increase. read more arw

Four mothers spoke on issues they had found with Plano ISD’s process for adjusting classroom sizes during the public comment portion of the PISD board of trustees meeting Sept. 3. The parents were affected by a shift at Stinson Elementary School, where a teacher was moved to another elementary following a change in enrollment numbers at the kindergarten level. view article arw

Five years after Calvin Walker was indicted on a charge of defrauding the Beaumont ISD, the electrician’s trial got under way Tuesday with a web of invoices, checks and delivery receipts that culminated in a million-dollar payment.  Two witnesses took the stand in state District Court, and prosecution and defense teams jockeyed to piece together at times contradictory timelines. The events in question occured from around April to May 29, 2009. view article arw

Fort Worth ISD unanimously voted Tuesday to uphold the June 2019 firing of one of its teachers after she made anti-immigrant comments on social media. In early June, Fort Worth ISD board members voted to terminate Georgia Clark, a Carter Riverside High School English teacher, for making those comments. view article arw

A clerk with the Rio Grande City Police Department is accused of having sex with a high school student in 2015 while she worked as an aide for a high school. Rio Grande City Police Chief Noe Castillo said that Triva Solis Flores, an administrative clerk with the police department, was present at work Monday and that he heard about her arrest. Solis’ appearance at work may come as a surprise, but Castillo said she would continue to be employed at the department despite her recent arrest and indictment, unless there was a violation to the city employee policy. view article arw

A Judson Independent School District employee is being accused of inappropriately touching and kissing a boy, 10, Friday at school. Monday, days after the alleged incident, we spoke with the victim’s mother on the phone. She didn’t want to speak on camera, but said the incident took place at Rolling Meadows Elementary School Friday, September 13th. view article arw

A former Arlington ISD cafeteria worker is accused of stealing approximately $9,000 from students’ meal accounts. Alma Rodriguez, 52, was indicted in August on theft charges. view article arw

On Teachers & Teacher Bashing

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Over a year after the teacher uprisings, with the start of this school year, we are finally seeing some new national news coverage of the teacher workforce: view article arw

Members of the Jacksonville ISD school board will meet in regular session on Monday, Sept. 16, in the administration board room at 800 College Ave. The board will first meet in a 5:30 p.m. closed, executive session to discuss a complaint to State Board for Educator Certification on abandonment of contract by Shonda Emmert. Action, if any, will be taken after the board convenes in open session at 6:30 p.m. view article arw

How we have failed our teachers

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There's no denying that summer is over, and that means "back to school" — a time when many of Kara Stoltenberg's high school English students in Norman, Oklahoma, have put their summer jobs behind them to focus on school. Her? Not so much.  "You have a whole day of school and then you come here?" asked "CBS This Morning" co-host Tony Dokoupil. view article arw

Teachers in the nation's third-largest school district are inching closer to a strike that could happen as early as next month. After rejecting the district's latest offer, Chicago educators are back at the bargaining table negotiating issues including pay, staffing shortages and class size. The dispute follows teacher strikes this year over similar issues elsewhere, including in West Virginia, Denver, Los Angeles and Oakland, California. view article arw recently sent an open records request to Frenship ISD for employee salaries. This is the third local government agency that has looked at in an effort to compare salaries. view article arw

Tayler Seymour used to be a teacher and a coach Lockhart High School, but now she is behind bars and accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Seymour, whose bond is set at $50,000, turned herself in on Tuesday, a day after Lockhart ISD officials alerted police about the alleged relationship. Seymour, who lives in Hays County, had worked for Lockhart ISD since 2016, according to a news release from the district. view article arw

Jasper ISD released a statement on the 'unthinkable loss' of a Few Primary aide. Judy Arnold was killed on Wednesday after police say she was stabbed multiple times. Arnold was found by police in a car at Jasper's Rodeway Inn. When investigators arrived, they say a man was found outside the motel, covered in blood. view article arw

Lubbock ISD’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Baum has been placed on paid administrative leave, district officials said Thursday. Baum, according to his LinkedIn page, has been with Lubbock ISD for over eight years. He’s been the district’s chief financial officer since 2013. view article arw

EDINBURG — The school district here is facing a $25 million lawsuit that alleges it didn’t do enough to stop a high school teacher from sexually assaulting female students even after one of the victims complained.  Houston personal injury attorney Tony Buzbee filed the lawsuit Aug. 29 on behalf of a former Robert Vela High School student, whom Buzbee only referred to as Jane Doe to protect her privacy. view article arw

FORT WORTH, Texas — For the first time since Fort Worth ISD decided to fire her, Georgia Clark is speaking out about the incident to WFAA — and she wants her job back. In early June Fort Worth ISD fired the Carter Riverside High School teacher for making demeaning comments on social media. In a series of tweets that have since been deleted, Clark called on President Trump to "remove the illegals from Forth Worth." view article arw

It is going to be a very Merry Christmas for teachers and campus staff thanks to the Longview Incentive For Teachers (LIFT) Pay program scheduled to be paid out in December 2019.  Longview ISD Board of Trustees approved all three incentive programs: the LIFT Pay for Performance Award Model, the LIFT Campus Academic Distinction Designation Model and the EOC High Stakes Re-Testers Model, during their regular meeting Monday, September 9th. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Jennifer Garner has the chance to be named the High Plains second Teacher of the Year in the last five years.  Shanna Peeples was awarded the honor back in 2015. Now Garner, the River Road High School math teacher, is competing against five other finalists for the title.  Garner is new to River Road High School, only in her second year with the district, but she said she loves what she does and the impact she has been able to make on her students. view article arw

For the first time since Fort Worth ISD decided to fire her, Georgia Clark is speaking out about the incident to WFAA — and she wants her job back. In early June Fort Worth ISD fired the Carter Riverside High School teacher for making demeaning comments on social media. In a series of tweets that have since been deleted, Clark called on President Trump to "remove the illegals from Forth Worth." view article arw