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Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath's office became more of a triage unit than a traditional education office once Hurricane Harvey hit. Which school districts did the hurricane mow over? How bad is the flooding? Are schools that were either wrecked or flooded safe enough for class? Are children safe enough to be able go to school? view article arw

Just weeks into the new school year, Austin ISD is making plans to shuffle students and teachers at 38 schools. The process known as “leveling” happens every school year and it can be very unpopular with parents whose children are just getting settled into new classrooms. The practice, however, allows the district to adjust for growth without hiring new teachers. view article arw

The Little Elm Independent School District will hold four community presentations before the school bond election on Nov. 7 to inform the public on the bond issue. Here are the dates, times and locations of the public meetings. view article arw

Seems like a reasonable approach, all things considered. School days will grow longer for students at 11 Houston Independent School District campuses after the Board of Education voted Thursday night to extend school days to stay in compliance with state law. The next step is for the Texas Education Agency to grant Houston ISD nine disaster waivers for classes missed from Aug. 28 to Sept. 8 due to Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos today commended the many Texas superintendents who have pledged full participation in the 2017 High School Voter Registration Initiative. After receiving his first commitment from El Paso ISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera, Secretary Pablos sent a letter to all superintendents in Texas urging them to follow suit. Almost immediately, more than 140 superintendents from across the state signed a pledge to ensure that their respective high school principals participate in this initiative. view article arw

Paperwork and technology concerns have been raised for special education students in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The Austin American-Statesman reports disability rights advocates are urging families of special education students to inquire about replacing assistive technology in storm-damaged schools. Advocates also want to make sure parents get proper information about paperwork needed to enroll a special education child in a new school. view article arw

Harlandale ISD students will be released early on Friday, Sept. 29. Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.; middle school students will be released at 1 p.m., and high school students will be released at 1:30 p.m. The eighth annual Harlandale Education Foundation Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at the Republic Golf Club, 4226 SE Military Drive, on Friday, Sept. 29, starting at 8 a.m. We welcome sponsorships and participants. Information and registration forms can be found on the school district’s website. view article arw

Using a tool similar to a label maker, Zoya Surani punched a single letter at a time to translate a children's book into braille. Translating iConquer: Ubuntu's 31-page book "Chews Wisely" takes the 17-year-old Veterans Memorial High School senior about six hours.  iConquer, a nonprofit program under the It's Your Life Foundation, is dedicated to educating young children about healthy eating habits and exercising.The program utilizes animated films and picture books to explain healthy eating and exercising to children ages 3 to 7.  view article arw

The Amarillo Independent School District has taken up the question of whether to rename Robert E. Lee elementary, on the city’s north side. As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the AISD Board of Trustees will meet with attorneys today to consider whether it might be time for a change. view article arw

Though displaced from their homes by Hurricane Harvey, 39 students are continuing their education by attending classes in Killeen-area schools, according to Terry Abbott, chief communications officer for the Killeen Independent School District. The students are attending Killeen High School, Shoemaker High School, Eastern Hills and Liberty Hill Middle schools, and 14 elementary schools across the district, Abbot said Monday. view article arw

Hallsville High School students Connor Howard and Dalton Northcutt will compete in a field of more than 80 players Tuesday through Sunday at the 2017 PURE Insurance Championship, an official PGA Tour Champions event to be contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California. The event will be televised internationally on the Golf Channel. Howard and Northcutt, along with the other 80 participants from The First Tee chapters, were selected by a national panel of judges based on playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and core values learned through their involvement with The First Tee. view article arw

After years of frustration with Houston ISD's response to the needs of their son, a fifth-grader with Asperger's syndrome, Robert and Bonney Wilkinson are a little more optimistic about the school system's willingness to help students with special needs. The goodwill kept coming Saturday when administrators and volunteers hosted a special education summit, connecting parents with resources across the district and community. The timing alone - on a weekend, rather than mid-week during work hours - was enough to draw praise from the Wilkinsons. view article arw

In 1983, State Rep. Paul Ragsdale saw a problem in Texas high schools: Students weren’t registering to vote. “In certain counties in this state, difficulties have arisen with the ability to go onto high school campuses to register eligible students to vote,” he wrote at the time. So Ragsdale, a Dallas Democrat and staunch civil rights advocate who died in 2011, authored novel legislation calling on high schools to address the issue. view article arw

An Oregon parent wanted details about school employees getting paid to stay home. A retired educator sought data about student performance in Louisiana. And college journalists in Kentucky requested documents about the investigations of employees accused of sexual misconduct. Instead, they got something else: sued by the agencies they had asked for public records. Government bodies are increasingly turning the tables on citizens who seek public records that might be embarrassing or legally sensitive. Instead of granting or denying their requests, a growing number of school districts, municipalities and state agencies have filed lawsuits against people making the requests — taxpayers, government watchdogs and journalists who must then pursue the records in court at their own expense. view article arw

Texas principals have enough on their plates, and asking the state for voter registration forms shouldn’t be another job responsibility, according to a statewide voice for high school principals. Archie McAfee, executive director of the Texas Association of Secondary Principals, shared his thoughts Friday after the Texas Civil Rights Project released a report that found many high schools in the state are not complying with a more-than-30-year-old law that requires principals to request these forms for eligible students at least twice a year. view article arw

On March 1, 2016, the River Road Independent School District hired me as superintendent. Previously, I spent 22 years as an assistant principal, middle school principal, and elementary school principal in River Road ISD.  When I first came to River Road in the fall of 1994, I noticed we had active vocational and work programs for our students. Whatever vocational programs were not offered, we had agreements with Amarillo Independent School District for our students to attend those classes. view article arw

Texas students who hope for automatic admission to the University of Texas at Austin will need to be in the top 6 percent of their high school classes starting in the summer of 2019, the school announced Friday. view article arw

The Tyler ISD school board convenes Monday at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting. According to the agenda, board members will vote on the proposed and amended budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The budget includes a $1500 raise for all teachers, and a large majority of it is dedicated to payroll expenses. According to previous presentations, 61 percent of the budget will be paid for through local property tax revenue, while 37 percent will be paid for through state funding view article arw

With Ector County Independent School District’s enrollment topping 32,000 Superintendent Tom Crowe said he expects the number to grow “just a bit” between now and Oct. 27. That is the state’s snapshot day when all districts have to report their enrollments to the Texas Education Agency for state funding purposes. As of Sept. 8, the most recent figures available, ECISD’s enrollment was 32,236 students, Crowe said.  view article arw

Tara Bordeaux had given up on school.  She was bullied and her home life was hard. She had just turned 16, and dropped out of school.  But one of her teachers, Mary Kay Canon, wouldn’t let her go. Canon waited two hours at the McDonald’s where Bordeaux worked until the teen came into work.  “She thought I was much more important than I thought I was,” Bordeaux said. “She let me know that she saw me, I was important and I was valued and needed to come back to school.” view article arw

More than 250 additional students this school year are earning both college and high school credit through an expanded career and technology partnership. While Midland College has long partnered with Midland ISD, an announcement on Thursday introduced the Next Generation Career Partnership. Support for the career pathways program came from the Midland Development Corp. and the Abell-Hanger Foundation. Jeff Horner, executive director of secondary education at MISD, said the partnership allows more students to receive instruction that isn’t available on high school campuses. view article arw

Students are not allowed to ride horses, tractors or four-wheelers to school, East Chambers ISD superintendent Scott Campbell said this week in a safety reminder to the district.  view article arw

Out of the eyes,and not below the earlobes. That's how the Lindale Independent School Districtsays boys should wear their hair. One parent disagrees, but says he'll follow the rules. Four year old maddox is in Pre-K and until now, never had a haircut. The district's dress code says boys are not allowed to wear their hair longer than one inch below their collar. It also says no ponytails or facial hair. view article arw

Gladewater ISD board to discuss audit

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The Gladewater ISD board of trustees is set to meet Monday to consider approval of the 2016-17 financial audit. view article arw

On three separate occasions within the past month, the Round Rock ISD board of trustees held open meetings without opportunity for public comment. Each of the meetings — one a workshop and two a specially called meeting — were held in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, but some citizens questioned the district’s transparency in this instance. “Since [a trustee’s] resignation, the RRISD Board of Trustees has intentionally and effectively barred citizen commentary at two consecutive ‘called’ meetings—including, it appears, tonight’s meeting,” said David G. Schmidt with Residents for Accountability and Transparency, referring to the meeting called for Sept. 11. view article arw

About 100 Burkburnett and Iowa Park students experienced an up-close look Wednesday of the inner workings of Sheppard Air Force Base. The joint unit TX-20008 Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps visited the base as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative of the Burkburnett Independent School District and Iowa Park Consolidated ISD. view article arw

Evangeline Elementary School and Iota Middle School hosted a supply drive to help the students and teachers of Sue Creech Elementary School in Katy, Texas. view article arw

Refugio ISD to begin school Monday

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After being delayed due to damage from Hurricane Harvey, Refugio Independent School District has an official start date. All students in the district will begin school Monday, according to a Facebook post from the school district. view article arw

Boxes and boxes of donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas pulled out of San Pedro on Sunday, the efforts of a weeklong drive among schools in the Harbor Area. The amount of donations, said Lora Caudill, principal of Leland Elementary School in San Pedro, was overwhelming. view article arw

Students at two Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. elementary schools are raising money for schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston, Texas area. Parkside Elementary School students asked how they could help after learning about the hurricane, said assistant principal Casey Voelz. The school decided to support Bay Colony Elementary School in League City, Texas, after first-grade teacher Meredith Cole found a website to assist schools that were affected, Voelz said. view article arw

Students at Liberty High School are making a difference for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The school is taking donations for students at Ingleside High School in Ingleside, Texas. Ingleside High, a school of about 700 students, was ravaged by hurricane Harvey last month. The students were unable to start their school year due to the damage within the community and the school. view article arw

No private high schools and just 14 percent of public high schools in Texas requested voter registration forms from the secretary of state’s office in 2016, a report released Wednesday found, even though a state law requires them to do so.  The report by the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law found that 198 out of 1,428 public high schools requested the forms. view article arw

Texas hasn’t been enforcing compliance with a 30-year-old law requiring public and private high schools to hand out voter registration applications to eligible students at least twice a school year, civil rights groups say. It’s basically up to high schools to make the law work. But only 6 percent of schools in Texas are asking the state for registration forms, says Beth Stevens, voting rights director with the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP). Advocates say state officials need to do more. view article arw

In 1983, State Rep. Paul Ragsdale saw a problem in Texas high schools: students weren’t registering to vote.  “In certain counties in this state, difficulties have arisen with the ability to go onto high school campuses to register eligible students to vote,” he wrote at the time.  So Ragsdale, a Dallas Democrat and staunch civil rights advocate who died in 2011, authored novel legislation calling on high schools to address the issue. His law required principals or other designated registrars to circulate voter registration forms and notices to eligible high schoolers at least twice a year. view article arw

School days will grow longer for students at 11 Houston Independent School District campuses after the Board of Education voted Thursday night to extend school days to stay in compliance with state law. The next step is for the Texas Education Agency to grant Houston ISD nine disaster waivers for classes missed from Aug. 28 to Sept. 8 due to Hurricane Harvey. If okayed by TEA, HISD students will likely not have to make up those days during the coming school year, but a handful of schools opening in the coming two weeks will need to make up time. view article arw