Weatherford ISD Superintendent Jeffrey Hanks and Aledo ISD Superintendent Susan K. Bohn were the guest speakers at the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon and both discussed important and upcoming things going on at each district. “All the schools in Parker County are outstanding schools and we’re very fortunate to live in a community such as the one that we get to enjoy that values the education of their children the way that Parker County schools benefit,” Hanks said. “Just like all schools in Parker County and the county itself, we’re growing.” The district enrollment is currently about 8,116 students and is projected to grow to 8,164 by the 2018-19 school year.  view article arw

As Austin's school district considers closing 12 schools, Texas' controversial Robin Hood system is up for debate once again. Austin's school board was presented with a draft during their Dec. 10 work session that included the closure proposal. A school district representative said, "these are drafted options as part of our budget process, which will be complete in June 2019." view article arw

An East Texas Republican has re-introduced a bill allowing the Ten Commandments inside school classrooms. State Rep. Dan Flynn of Van, says teachers should be allowed to put the Ten Commandments in their classroom, just like Halloween, Thanksgiving or any other decorations.  “You walk into the Supreme Court, the first thing you see is a scroll of the Ten Commandments,” he says.  “You come here to the state capitol of Texas and we have a monument to the Ten Commandments. It goes back to virtue and integrity, it doesn't have anything to do with religion.” view article arw

In an effort to cultivate more homegrown health providers, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is entering into a new partnership with the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. UTRGV and Harlingen CISD on Tuesday, Dec. 11, signed a letter of intent to create a pipeline to help students in the Harlingen High School of Health Professions prepare for entering the university’s Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BMED) program and the UTRGV School of Medicine. The university and school district are developing a memorandum of understanding that will define the relationship in greater detail. view article arw

Athens ISD trustees are scheduled to discuss district officials' proposed four-day instruction week in a special meeting on Friday. On Dec. 4, AISD Communications Coordinator Toni Clay distributed a press release explaining that research shows a shorter week offers many benefits to students, especially those in high school. A day earlier, Superintendent Blake Stiles called a districtwide meeting to talk about the plan, prompting applause. Over the next half hour, Stiles, joined by Deputy Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims and Assistant Superintendent Jami Ivey, explained the key components of the proposed new calendar — stressing that the Monday-through-Thursday instructional week remains only a proposal and, if implemented, would be launched as a three-year pilot program. view article arw

Students at Dalhart High School socialize through social media daily. However, the school wants to increase face-to-face interactions in hopes of creating a more caring school culture. Inspired by Rachel’s Challenge, students and teachers came together to plan the Disconnect to Reconnect day. “So Rachel’s challenge, it comes from Rachel Scott who was one of the victims of columbine.” said President of Student Council at Dalhart High School Konnor White. “Our school has sort of taken that and making it part of us and so we do everything that we can to make students feel welcome and that they want to come here and that they can talk to people.” view article arw

Students thankful for teachers, families, first responders and military. Leander ISD is part of a wonderful, caring and supportive community that values public education and the well-being of its young people. In November, we asked students to tell us what they are thankful for and to share stories of people to whom they would like to say “thank you.” view article arw

Planning for Leander ISD's 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic calendars is underway, with a proposal for next school year's calendar due to the Board of Trustees in January. The district says that LISD staff will consider creating a working draft of the 2020-2021 academic calendar for community planning purposes. To aid in preparing recommendations for the Board of Trustees, LISD administration will seek input and feedback from community members, parents, district staff, teachers, principals and district administrators. “As in years past, we want to be attentive and responsive to our community throughout this process,” said LISD Superintendent Dan Troxell. “We understand how families build their schedules around the academic calendar, so we will carefully and deliberately solicit feedback as we move forward.” view article arw

A North Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make it more difficult for students accused of sexual assault -- like ex-Baylor fraternity president Jacob Anderson -- to transfer quietly to another university. State Representative Chris Turner, a Democrat from Arlington, filed House Bill 449earlier this month for consideration during the upcoming legislative session. It would require all colleges and universities in Texas -- both public and private -- to make a disciplinary note on a student's transcript if he or she is suspended or expelled from school. view article arw

Mike Morath had heard for years about good things happening at Roscoe Collegiate High School. And, he'd seen the data backing the stories. Talk of the high school's proficiency at helping students not only graduate but do so with associate degrees — Roscoe partners heavily with Western Texas College in Snyder — had Morath's attention since he became Texas Education Agency commissioner in January 2016. Until a week ago, though, his feet had never touched Roscoe soil. He said he walked away from the experience pleased to see stories were true. view article arw

Two weeks ago, South Oak Cliff made an over five-hour drive to Lubbock County for the Gene Messer Shootout, an annual basketball tournament featuring teams from Rockwall to El Paso. For head coach James C. Mays II, there was one major reason the team decided to join the tournament this year: a 30-second shot clock, which fit perfectly into the Golden Bears' high-pace of play. The experimental shot clock worked out just like Mays hoped. South Oak Cliff won the 12-team tournament, including a 74-72 comeback win in overtime. If it wasn't for the shot clock, Mays said they probably wouldn't have won. He said the Golden Bears, while trailing, were allowed to stay in their normal defensive and offensive sets without forcing anything or dealing with teams attempting to run out the clock. view article arw

Christmas came early for some North Texas educators after an anonymous donor filled every single wish list for teachers in Dallas County. The gifts totaled more than $600,000. Among other things, the money will fund field trips, books, school supplies and library improvements. They are items many teachers often pay for out of their own pockets. view article arw

Delaying school start times has helped Seattle teenagers get a better night’s sleep. During puberty, circadian rhythm is altered, and sleeping and waking are typically delayed to a later time. This creates a problem: Adolescent wake-sleep patterns do not coincide with those of conventional social life, and teenagers rarely get the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep each night. In 2016 the Seattle School District changed high schools’ opening time to 8:45 a.m., 55 minutes later than it had been. Using wrist monitors, researchers tracked sleep onset and duration for two weeks in 10th-graders before and after the change in two schools, one economically disadvantaged. view article arw

Marshall ISD is teaming up with area churches and several organizations, including Community Healthcore to bring East Texas’ first “Night to Shine” prom event from the Tim Tebow Foundation — geared for students and adults with special needs and disabilities. view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees decided they want more information on substitute teacher pay at Midland ISD before deciding on a revised pay scale for Odessa substitutes. Trustee Carol Gregg was concerned that the ECISD is losing long-term subs to Midland, especially after listening to a presentation from Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School Principal Yolanda Hernandez about her teacher needs. view article arw

Students from Humble Independent School District used their service learning projects to build tiny homes for veterans. The Summer Creek and Kingwood Park high school students thanked all members of the community Wednesday, as they raised the frame on a new home. Natalia Andrade is a senior at Summer Creek and watched as her design began to take shape for the first time. view article arw

The students at the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center have been busier than Santa’s elves the past couple of weeks preparing for their second annual holiday event, which opens to the public on Saturday. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland. "We wanted to do more of a winter wonderland feel because we have so many ethnicities and so many religions that are represented in GISD that we didn't want to do Christmas or Hanukkah, etc. because we want everybody to feel comfortable coming in,” said Alx Eller-Pack, Graphic Communications instructor. view article arw

Students at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn, New York  walked out of class to protest it. Another New York City public school dumped it . And in Cheshire, Connecticut, the superintendent eliminated a “personalized learning” program after families complained  that users received limited attention from teachers, gamed the system, faced data privacy  violations, and experienced increased levels of anxiety. view article arw

Tyler ISD created a course this year to help students transition from high school directly into the workforce. The district had several students express interest in firefighting, so they created a class that allows students from different schools to get a hands-on eduction about the field. Students come together weekly and are taught the textbook fundamentals, as well as how to physically use the equipment. view article arw

In the month of December, Bryan ISD is focusing on philanthropy with its Essential 8 character campaign. Many of the students got to see philanthropy in action at the KBTX Food for Families Food Drive in which Bryan students collect 1,486 items. Those items were put into 47 boxes weighing a total of 1,200 pounds. view article arw

South San Antonio High School students are mourning the loss of drama teacher Kylee Martin, who died Monday in a car accident in Bandera County. Martin, 31, was driving north on Texas 16 and encountered a truck that was stopped to make a left turn just after 6 p.m. Monday, according to Department of Public Safety Sgt. Orlando Moreno. view article arw

The purpose of this email is to notify districts of updates to the 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 Student Assessment Testing Calendars. In response to feedback we received from districts and the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Superintendent Cabinet, as well as in consultation with TASA’s executive leadership, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has revised the testing calendars. The revised calendars are posted on the TEA website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/calendars/.  view article arw

TSTC Waco hosts Journey to Mars event

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As the world continues to celebrate the success of NASA’s InSight lander exploring the inner core of Mars, Texas State Technical College is planning a special event Saturday to capitalize on renewed interest in the planet. The Challenger Learning Center at TSTC in Waco is hosting a free Journey to Mars STEM event, where local students can get a more in-depth look at Insight and create their own Mars habitat. Area youth can build a straw rocket, learn about the effects of lower gravity, view the planetarium, create a Mars habitat using 3D printing pens, take pictures in the space-themed photo booth, and enjoy star-shaped cookies, among other events from 9 a.m. to noon at the TSTC Murray Watson Jr. Student Recreation Center, 3801 Campus Drive. view article arw

If one theme surfaced in Texas Tribune founder Evan Smith’s frantic but engaging interview with Republican state Reps. Charles “Doc” Anderson and Kyle Kacal at last week’s forum at Baylor University, it was how term after legislative term has passed — especially with Doc Anderson — without critical issues such as school finance and property-tax relief being smartly resolved. Meanwhile, legislators have fiddled with thoroughly nutty right-wing priorities such as public bathroom usage by transgendered people — clearly a solution in search of a problem. view article arw

This school year, Waco ISD implemented a plan in certain grade levels that aim to improve literacy in the classroom. Students in kindergarten, first, second, third, sixth, seventh and ninth grades are spending more time reading and writing than before. "The district's initiative is getting more books in more kids' hands," said Bell's Hill Elementary teacher Lindsey Melancon. "The goal is to have them love reading, not only to learn how and how to love it, but they can also go home and read to younger siblings." view article arw

The La Vernia Independent School District board of trustees has reinstated Dr. Trent Lovette as district superintendent. After trustees emerged from an executive session Dec. 4 lasting almost three and a half hours, trustees voted unanimously to support a motion by school board Vice President Ryan Doege to reinstate Lovette, effective Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. Approximately 25 members of the La Vernia community, who had waited for the closed-door session to end, cheered and applauded the action. view article arw

The Hull-Daisetta ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Tim Bartram, Superintendent of Aspermont ISD, as the district’s new superintendent for Hull-Daisetta ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page. read more arw

Spring Hill ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Dear Parents, Staff and Students, Spirit, Pride and Honor means a lot of things, including being the very best at everything we do in Burnet CISD. Last year, Burnet CISD earned five state championships in UIL Social Studies, UIL Current Issues and Events, FFA Wildlife, FFA Forage and 110 Meter Hurdles. This year, the Esprit de Corps made it to the UIL State Marching Competition placing 18th out of 165 4A bands across the state, and on Saturday 24 band members earned a seat with the All Region Band. The Board of Trustees and administration is committed to continuous improvement in academics and extracurricular offerings. With that goal in mind, the administration is making several staffing adjustments for the 2019-2020 school year in the areas of curriculum, instruction and athletics. view article arw

The Brenham school district has been recognized for a unique program for special needs students. Brenham ISD’s “Champion Drive,” which gives special needs students an opportunity to show animals at the Washington County Fair, was one of 12 Texas school district programs recognized in Texas School Business magazine’s 12th annual “Bragging Rights” special issue, which was published this month view article arw

Some controversial costumes are casting a shadow on a high school theater performance in Arizona. Actors donned Ku Klux Klan robes during a scene, and the audience was caught off guard by their appearance. It happened during a performance of the play “The Foreigner” on Friday, Dec. 7, which students at ASU Preparatory Academy attended. view article arw

Some mechanics-in-the-making at Marlin High School are sharing their skills for the holidays. 15-year-old Diego Landeros dreams of opening his own auto shop one day. "I was thinking, this is how I could start my future," Landeros said. "Ever since I was little, I've had a passion for cars." In his auto tech class, he gets to work on cars each day and all this week he's using what he's learned to help out his teachers. view article arw

A rural community south of Corsicana with one of the prouder agriculture-science programs in the state had more than a dozen show animals killed by wild dogs. Thanks to a group of Waxahachie FFA supporters, those students shed a few happy tears and shared quite a few more smiles on Wednesday evening. Coolidge FFA students were understandably devastated after 15 animals — nine hogs, five goats and one lamb — destined for the show ring were slain by wild dogs on two different occasions in November. view article arw