Teachers at Three Rivers Independent School District in South Texas will soon be allowed to hit students with paddles as a measure of punishment. According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the district's trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to allow corporal punishment in the classroom. Parents will have to turn in a permission slip before the start of the school year to allow the school's principal or "campus behavior coordinator" to hit their child. Students will be paddled for even minor infractions like not following rules in the classroom, according to Kens5. view article arw


July 2008:31 AM

There have been no real changes since our May Newsletter.  Coverage, deductibles and pricing are as predicted.  Insurers have dramatically increased Wind/Hail deductibles.  The interlocals they are picking up the TAPS PLF business, in most all cases at additional premiums. For Dallas area clients with significant wind/hail losses in the past 5 years, one risk pool is offering alternate property quotes in anticipation of less favorable terms from its core panel of reinsurers. view article arw

An 18-year-old man accepted a plea bargain of nine months state jail followed by seven years probation Friday for breaking into the Central ISD gym armed with a gun in the early hours of Feb. 28. view article arw

Storms from the Fourth of July weekend left behind some damage at an East Texas football stadium. Hallsville ISD Superintendent Jeff Collum said the district is working with its insurance company to determine the district's cost in repairing damage to the stadium's visitor side restrooms after one of the stadium's four light poles fell during a Fourth of July weekend storm. view article arw

A Del Valle ISD school bus crashed with an SUV in southeast Austin Thursday afternoon. Austin police were called to the 6200 block of East Stassney Lane, near Burleson Road, at 1:39 p.m. for the crash. view article arw

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating after vandals targeted the Hamshire-Fannett School District. view article arw

The Texas Association of School Boards is taking action after employee information became visible on the Internet. That information included names and social security numbers. The TASB has sent those employees letters to inform them of the occurred and we were able to get our hand on one of them. view article arw

Officials say an early morning fire at the old Seguin High School Campus "appears suspicious."  Firefighters from several fire departments responded to a call just before 12:30 a.m. on Thursday at Seguin High School for a report of a structure fire in the 600 wing of the old campus. view article arw

The Victoria school district was one of many districts affected by a data breach through the Texas Association of School Boards. The association learned recently that personal information of employees became inadvertently visible to the public on the internet, according to a June 21 news release. Victoria school officials have received several calls from concerned employees questioning whether the letter is legitimate or fake and how TASB is associated with the district, said Shawna Currie, school district communications director. view article arw

Thanks to tips Graham Police say they have been able to identify the two suspects who were caught on surveillance cameras vandalizing Graham High School. Graham Police released the footage to its Facebook page on Monday. Police Chief Tony Widner said they received a lot of information in a short amount of time, adding it was social media that proved to be a helpful tool. view article arw

A parent of a Beaumont ISD student injured when a school bus crashed while returning from a field trip in April is suing the district, claiming the bus driver and BISD were negligent. Shanya Portley was one of more than 40 fourth-graders traveling on U.S. 69 from the Big Thicket back to Charlton-Pollard Elementary School on April 5 when the driver, Michelle Lewis, 53, veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into a culvert. Two dozen students were taken to area hospitals, including one who was airlifted to Houston's Hermann Memorial Hospital with a head injury. view article arw

The Cleveland ISD Police Department is asking for information about some costly vandalism at a school that is under construction. The police department posted the plea for answers on its Facebook page: "Please help us identify these individuals who, over the last several days, have trespassed on the Eastside School construction project and caused thousands of dollars in damage." view article arw

The Arp Independent School District Agriculture Barn has been burglarized. Two thieves stole equipment totaling over $10,000. Surveillance video shows the thieves in the barn around 4 a.m. Sunday, July 2. view article arw

Calallen Independent School District officials have confirmed that their networks were recently affected by a so-called ransomware cyberattack. Information Technology (IT) staff at the district first noticed the issue Sunday morning, reporting problems with the district's email system. They then discovered that malware (malicious software similar to a virus, trojan or worm), had taken control of network servers in a ransomware attack. view article arw

Remodeling on a few Hidalgo ISD buildings are at a standstill after an inspection resulted positive in asbestos. The schools include: J.C. Kelly Elementary, Hidalgo Early College High School and Diaz Jr. High School. Resident Marie Treviño first heard about the issue when she asked a worker why construction at Hidalgo Early College High School was halted. view article arw

BEIJING (AP) — Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China — and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials. Chinese media report that several cities have already banned sales of the palm-sized contraptions, which sell for about $1 and are powerful enough to puncture soda cans, apples and cardboard, depending on the projectile. view article arw

MARBLE FALLS — A successful risk management program earned Marble Falls Independent School District a refund from the Public Workers’ Compensation Program board of directors for the 10th year in a row.  Walker Trudeau of Edwards Risk Management in Marble Falls presented a $14,330.79 check to MFISD on June 13.  MFISD, working with Edwards Risk Management, has designed programs to protect the staff, students, and other district patrons while caring for those who might get injured on the job.   view article arw

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - The following is information regarding local closures and /or delays due to Tropical Storm Cindy. We will post confirmed information as we receive it and can confirm it. If you, or your organization have closure info please email us at 12News@12NewsNow.com from an official organization email address or provide an official number or us to call if we need to confirm the closure. view article arw

U.S. climate officials recently released a series of maps that show just how terrible the Lone Star State's weather is. The heat maps were created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and used in a study that examines billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in the U.S.  Bearing the brunt of these disasters is Texas, which faced a total of 90 billion-dollar weather events in the past 37 years. Roughly 44 percent of all costly weather disasters in the U.S. since 1980 have been in Texas. view article arw

A suburban Oklahoma City public school system has reached an agreement with the families of seven children killed in a tornado, ending three years of litigation.The May 20, 2013, tornado leveled large portions of Moore, including Plaza Towers Elementary School, and killed 24 people. view article arw

 Some parents of Shawnee Mission School District students in eastern Kansas aren't happy to learn the public school district has bought eight semi-automatic rifles for its school resource officers. The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/2sRjtXo ) the rifles were bought in 2015, but that parents only recently learned of them. view article arw

The Spring couple accused of stealing iPads and other devices belonging to Conroe ISD and then selling them over a months-long period in 2015 and 2016 were indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury Thursday. Jacob Alexander Isidor Garcia, 39, and Jessica Laura Zucker, 40, each face a state jail felony charge of aggregate theft, which could land them in jail for up to two years. view article arw

Under HB 3976 as passed last month by the Texas Legislature, significant changes will occur next year in the health-care options available to TRS retirees. The governor has not yet acted on HB 3976, but on June 2 the Teacher Retirement System of Texas trustees went ahead and adopted new premium rates and benefits for the retiree health-care programs that they administer, along with the active employee programs that we described in the June 2 Hotline. view article arw


June 0208:06 AM

TAPS PLF CALLS IT QUITS In a letter addressed to agents dated May 26, 2017, Ray Lanoux TAPS PLF Board President announced that the risk pool will not renew coverages effective September 1, 2017. Members should continue to report claims, additions and deletions.  view article arw

Eric and Ellen McConnell got their good news Monday afternoon, just as they were leaving the Longview IHOP where some without electricity had retreated after storms that included an EF-1 tornado swept across the city Sunday night.  The 2 p.m. text message from AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. letting the Hallsville couple know their power was restored made for good timing, as a short outage struck the restaurant and the Luby's adjacent to it on North Loop 281. view article arw

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Several campuses in Longview are reporting closures due to lack of electricity, though one school is waiting until Tuesday morning to make the call.  Chris Craddock with Kilgore College says that the decision whether to open the Longview campus for classes on Tuesday morning is still up in the air.   "We're going to check the situation in the morning [and] will know by 7 a.m," Craddock said.   Longview Child Development Center at 12305 High Street in Longview says they will remain closed on Tuesday.  Longview ISD will be closed Tuesday, May 30 due to power outages across the Longview area. Employees do not report tomorrow. The call system is down so please help us spread the word. view article arw

June 1 marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November. While hurricanes can occur at any time of year, they are most frequent in August, September and October – not surprising, since they derive their energy from warm ocean waters. An above-average hurricane season is in store, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said Thursday as they updated their outlook for the 2017 Atlantic season. view article arw

85 (R) HB 3976

May 2608:33 AM

An act relating to the administration of and benefits payable under the Texas Public School Retired Employees Group Benefits Act. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas: Section 1.  Section 1575.002, Insurance Code, is amended by amending Subdivision (5) and adding Subdivisions (5-a) and (5-b) to read as follows: view article arw

Burnet school district officials were probably expecting to get more than two years from the synthetic turf installed at Bulldog Field in 2015, but that didn’t happen and it’s now set the district back $150,000. Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Keith McBurnett, however, said the district is looking to get $105,000 back from one manufacturer. Last year, officials noticed some turf fibers sticking up higher than others, so they took a closer look, McBurnett said. “To most people, it probably wasn’t noticeable,” he said. “We had all the experts look at the field, and they looked at the backside. It needed to be replaced.” view article arw

This morning, all Sealy ISD schools and offices are closed as cleanup continues, according to the district's Facebook page. And Brazos ISD announced that they will delay the start of classes until 10 a.m. view article arw

Classes at Skidmore-Tynan ISD have been canceled this morning as crews work to clean up damage left behind from Tuesday nights storms. view article arw

After cleaning and repairing the damage to our facilities sustained from Sunday's storm, United ISD classes and department work schedules will resume on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 with the exception of Washington Middle School.  Students who attend Washington Middle will not have classes; however, teachers and staff members assigned to that school shall report to the campus. read more arw

In response to a tragic bus crash that claimed the life of an Irvin High School track coach, the El Paso Independent School District's board of trustees this week unanimously approved paid leave for employees who are involved in a catastrophic event while working. Irvin High track coach Arcadio Duran Jr. was killed last month after a truck slammed into a charter bus transporting district athletes and coaches home from a track meet in Lubbock. Ten other EPISD employees were on the bus but district officials declined to say how many were injured. view article arw

United ISD will cancel all classes and close all departments for Monday, May 22, 2017 due to the heavy rains sustained in the Laredo area.  Schools will be closed to all students and staff members, with the exception of custodians, principals, and supporting administrators, who will assess the school buildings and surrounding facilities for rain and hail damage. Additionally, bus transportation will not be available.  A SchoolMessenger notice has been sent to all parents and employees informing them of this information as well.  The districtwide school closure is only expected to be in effective for Monday, May 22nd and regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. For more information, parents may call the District Police Dispatch 24-hour phone number at 956-473-6361. read more arw

Fruitvale ISD announced on Facebook classes were canceled for the remainder of the year for high school students Friday afternoon, due to damage caused by tornadoes that hit East Texas in April. Tornado damage in the high school could not be corrected without tearing the walls, to remove moisture in the building according to the district. Every classroom with an outer wall will need repairing. view article arw