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More than 183,000 high school seniors “may be missing the chance to register to vote” because a 1985 election law isn’t being followed by school districts or enforced by the Texas Secretary of State, concludes a recent study by the Texas Civil Rights Project. The League of Women Voters, however, draws a much different conclusion in its own study regarding compliance with the law. The dueling studies, released within the span of a month, address a state with a history of low voter participation and highlight an obscure law passed more than three decades ago aimed at increasing civic participation among a younger demographic that historically has a bad record of voting. view article arw

Grand Prairie ISD's highly paid superintendent is moving out of her district-owned home. The move comes more than a year after a FOX 4 investigation first exposed that the superintendent was living in a nearly $700,000 house bought by tax dollars. The board voted Thursday night to remove the home from Superintendent Dr. Susan Simpson Hull’s contract and to allow her to live outside the district. view article arw

The results are in. Only one school district in the areas surrounding San Antonio received a failing grade in the Texas Education Agency's state accountability rankings released Wednesday. Of the 15 traditional school districts in Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall and Medina counties, two received As, one received a C, and two were not rated. The majority earned Bs. The surrounding school districts scored generally better than the traditional districts inside Bexar County, which averaged 78.5, a C. view article arw

In spring 2017, the Texas Curriculum Management Audit Center found that Klein ISD’s gifted and talented program needed improvements in two areas: quality of services provided to GT students and low numbers of students in the program. These findings led the district to take action to target deficiencies in the program’s design and the process for identification, according to KISD Instructional Officer Kathleen Plott. “We are very excited about the work that has been done,” Plott said at the Aug. 13 KISD Board of Trustees meeting. view article arw

A small school district in west Texas is starting the school year as the first of its kind in modern state history to move to four-day-a-week classes. Olfen Independent School District in Rowena, which is nearly 30 minutes outside of San Angelo, approved the abbreviated instruction weeks back in January. view article arw

The school year begins Thursday for another 48 school districts in North Texas. That includes Wylie, Ennis, Mineral Wells, Princeton and the fast-growing Frisco. Four new schools are opening this year in the Frisco Independent School District, where the student population is expected to soon top 60,000. view article arw

Peaster ISD revives marching band

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The Peaster Greyhound Band is welcoming the return of the marching band with shiny new instruments. In May, Peaster ISD voters approved the purchase of new band instruments as part of the $5.95 million bond package. The instruments, equipment and trailer cost about $250,000. view article arw

The first day of the 2018-2019 school year is finally here, and Huntsville ISD faculty and staff are ready to get the ball rolling on what they hope to be a successful academic year for the Hornet community Huntsville ISD administrators, faculty and staff gathered last Friday at Huntsville High School for the annual New Year Convocation, which featured performances from the Hornet Military Marching Band, HHS spirit programs and more. Superintendent Scott Sheppard, who will be embarking on his first full school year since being selected to the post in January, is ready to raise the bar of success for the district. view article arw

Just days before the first bell of the school year at Keller ISD, some soon-to-be seniors took part in a tradition that gives a peek into who they are. view article arw

An investigation into spending at Grand Prairie ISD led Consumer Justice to a legal case involving the husband of Superintendent Susan Hull. view article arw

Leander students return to class Thursday and high school students will be greeted with a new look for their football stadiums. Over the summer, crews installed new video boards that will be operated by students during football games. view article arw

Members of the Conroe Independent School District “Texas Torque” team showed their team spirit and sense of camaraderie this week, stepping in to save the day for another robotics team competing on the world stage. view article arw

School is about to start and that has middle school principal Chris Chappotin singing and dancing in the halls again. Last year, Burleson school leaders channeled singer Bruno Mars with a parody called “Burleson ISD, That’s What I Like.” view article arw

As high school football players prepare to take the field for a new season, Fort Worth ISD is preparing for the possibility of national anthem protests. District officials say they are now having a conversation with coaches, players and parents that could result in guidelines for when student-athletes choose to take a knee as a form of protest. They want their young athletes to understand the ramifications and the potential backlash they could face from anthem protests. view article arw

As superintendent of the seventh-largest school district in Texas, Charles Dupre bears responsibility for more than 76,000 students, 11,000 district employees and 78 campuses spread over 170 square miles. Dupre recently took a moment to share his thoughts on the challenges and issues facing Fort Bend ISD in the upcoming year in an exclusive interview with “The Sun”. As is the case with many in the educational community at the moment, student safety and campus security is an issue that weighs heavy on his heart in light of recent school shootings. view article arw

More than 1.3 million students in the greater Houston metro area will return to schools this month as charter schools, traditional public schools and private campuses begin the 2018-2019 school year. Rather than all starting on the fourth Monday of August, which is the official school start date according to state statute, local districts will welcome students back on six different days. view article arw

Some students can expect to find a special hand-written message in their backpacks as they prepare to head back to school. Volunteers from across Oak Cliff spent Tuesday writing encouraging notes for students returning to schools in southern Dallas this fall. "Be the best you can be and never give up on your dreams,” one volunteer wrote. The notes are simple, yet meaningful. view article arw

Several school districts are going back to school with new security guidelines. However, Ennis ISD's new rules seem to be the most drastic. Parents and students are back to school shopping in Ennis, but they’re not buying just any backpacks. view article arw

A New Jersey school superintendent, who was arrested in May for allegedly defecating on an athletic field in another district, stands to receive more than $100,000 after negotiating a separation agreement, reports said. Thomas W. Tramaglini will be paid $61,458 of his remaining $147,500 salary through the end of September, along with severance and more than $20,000 in unused vacation days, NJ.com reported, citing a copy of the agreement the news outlet obtained. view article arw

Hundreds of educators laughed and applauded as they watched new Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null place a box on his desk left over from the now retired Don Stockton — a big pair of black and white Nike shoes to fill. It’s an expression Null jokingly said he has heard a few times as he looks forward to the new school year as the leader of the 65th largest school district in the nation and 11th largest school district in Texas. It’s a district that covers 348 square miles for about 63,000 students and 7,500 employees with a proposed $495 million budget for the upcoming school year. view article arw

The El Paso Independent School District is starting its first two International Baccalaureate, or IB, programs for middle school students. The International Baccalaureate organization announced on Friday that Morehead and Lincoln middle schools were officially admitted to the organization's Middle Years Programme. view article arw

Superintendent Rodney Watson said Spring ISD will continue to build and open facilities this fall with funds provided by the $330 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2016. It also plans several new programs to advance the goals of its five-year initiative to improve student readiness and performance, Every Child 2020, which began in 2015. Bond projects taking shape this fall include the Sept. 8 ground breaking for the new $38 million district stadium on a 117-acre site on Cypresswood Drive, officials said. view article arw

A state Senate committee recently recommended in a new report that school districts should promote a "healthy school culture" and get the community more involved as some of the ways to improve safety and security. A police officer at the Hutto Independent School District launched an initiative ahead of the new school year to do just that.  view article arw

It's mid August in Mesquite, and that means one thing, back to school time. Practices are taking place, teachers are finalizing their lesson plans, and local stores are packed with parents and kids loading up on school supplies to get ready for another school year. While many people are may be excited about a new school year, some parents are feeling the financial strain of buying school supplies. According to Mesquite ISD (MISD), about 78 percent of all MISD students will be eligible for free or reduced lunch. After learning that statistic, Dallas Regional Medical Center (DRMC) jumped into action and partnered with Ridgecrest Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center to put together a supplies drive called Stuff the Bus. view article arw

A program for local high school students who want to become educators will be offered at an additional campus this academic year. Those attending Midland and Lee high schools will have a chance to take a series of courses that culminate in a teaching internship. The Education and Training program — previously called Ready, Set, Teach — offers tools for Midland ISD students interested in the teaching field.  view article arw

Hundreds of Ector County Independent School District staffers heard a farewell speech from Superintendent Tom Crowe and remarks on the importance of teacher impacts on students from Permian High School and Harvard University graduate Jorrion Wilson during convocation at the Ector County Coliseum Monday. Convocation is like a giant rally for all district personnel to kick off the school year, which starts Aug. 20. view article arw

Laura Clifton called Saturday’s Back to School Fest a godsend. Her family is among the hundreds still struggling to get back on its feet nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey. “We’re playing catch-up at this point,” Clifton said. “I’m self-employed tech support and, after Harvey, my business went down to nothing. Harvey affected my clientele. People weren’t calling.” view article arw

The Midway ISD staff saw four emergency scenarios acted out by students to prepare for potentially dangerous situations on Friday. The scenarios included, a combative ex-wife trying to break into a classroom, a student having an allergic reaction, a student with a heart problem collapsing and someone shooting at students. Woodway Elementary School teacher Joanna Mayberry said the staff knew the active shooter situation would take place, but it caught her off guard. view article arw

The Rusk ISD Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the RISD administrative office at 203 E. 7th St. The trustees will consider a proposed tax rate for publishing and set up a public meeting date for the budget and proposed tax rate. They will also consider the Tyler Junior College Memorandum of Understanding for the dual credit program and math and English language arts college preparatory courses. view article arw

When the teachers, staff and faculty of Wichita Falls ISD gathered Friday morning for their annual Back to School Assembly, it was standing room only at First Baptist Church. The event serves as somewhat of a pep rally to get everyone excited and inspired to go out and have a successful school year. view article arw

Loving BISD, an independent organization that invites local churches to support Brazosport ISD, is hosting a prayer walk Sunday.  Superintendent Danny Massey agreed to unlock the doors to all 19 BISD campuses, Loving BISD Director Diane Woods said, so people can walk through and pray as they please. The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, and people can come in any size group and bring their children, Woods said. view article arw

Numerous area Christians walked through the hallways of 19 Brazosport ISD campuses after church services Sunday to pray for the safety and success of students and teachers this coming year. The prayer walk was organized by the group, Loving BISD. Brazoswood High School is just one of the places Randy Moore, Sandy Moore and Kelly Swallow stopped to pray, along with others from Lake Jackson Church of Christ. It’s a blessing for the community that Loving BISD got the churches involved to pray for the schools, Randy Moore said. view article arw

Students in the El Paso Independent School District head back to school on Monday. EPISD's superintendent Juan Cabrera is excited about the new year. He talked with ABC-7 on ABC-7 Xtra Sunday night about exciting opportunities the district will have for students this year. view article arw

As the trio section to the traditional graduation anthem "The Land of Hope and Glory" played, 25 students from Tyler's Robert E. Lee High School, John Tyler High School and RISE Academy marched into the Caldwell Auditorium with broad smiles. Family and friends stood with cellphone cameras capturing video and photos of the graduates. The students may have donned their red, blue or black cap and gown a few months later than their peers, but Robert E. Lee High School Principal Dan Crawford said that's not a bad thing. view article arw