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Early voting begins Monday, and a $350 million bond for capital improvement projects at Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD will be on the ballot. This is the first bond election the district has had since 2003. “What’s unique about this bond is … every student and every campus will be affected by this bond,” said Angela Shelley, C-FB ISD communications director. According to district officials, improvements will be made to fix electrical, mechanical, plumbing and roofing issues. Safety and security, technology, fine arts, athletics, career and technical, kitchen and equipment upgrades as well as renovations to Vivian Field and Dewitt Perry middle schools are expected. view article arw

We have too many elections in Texas. Ours is a voting system designed to confuse and stifle voter turnout that is always among the lowest in the nation. We should have only two elections each year: a primary and then the general election in November. If needed, runoffs could follow. view article arw

The Aledo ISD board of trustees adopted a resolution to start the process of designating AISD as a District of Innovation and also approved a DOI committee. DOI was passed by the 84th Texas Legislature and gives public school districts the opportunity to access some operational flexibilities and obtain more local control based on district needs, which include exemptions from some state mandates related to student attendance, decision-making process, academic calendar and teach appraisals.  view article arw

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD officials said a letter stating the district will begin charging students for assignments is fake. The letter first began to circulate on social media. The false letter stated the district is looking for ways to curb its spending in preparation of next year’s budget and would be implementing a list of new costs for students and parents. The list included charging students to receive assignments, use the hall ways, for being tardy, for borrowing books, using their desks, etc. “There is a hoax letter circulating on social media regarding C-FB ISD charging students for regular everyday items,” district officials said in a statement to parents and staff. “The post has an image of a letter with the C-FB logo on it. The letter is not legitimate view article arw

The implementation of full-day pre-kindergarten on all elementary campuses and its impact in ultimately closing performance gaps was among the topics of discussion during the Cleburne ISD board workshop on Oct. 10. Instructional goals for the 2018-19 school year, including several specific to early learners in grades first through third, were the main focus of the “team of 8” session, involving the district’s seven-member governing board and Superintendent Kyle Heath. CISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Andrea Hensley and CISD Executive Director of Research, Development and Accountability Chris Jackson presented the proposed district and board goals.  view article arw

Rain may be good for plants, but it’s bad news for construction. Dirt is moving on Denton ISD’s 24th elementary school, Union Park, on the U.S. Highway 380 Corridor. Named for the subdivision that surrounds it, the school still is set to open in August 2019 despite recent heavy downpours impacting some operations, officials said. view article arw

El Paso Independent School District trustees on Tuesday will again discuss whether to hire an additional set of eyes to oversee the firm managing the 2016 voter-approved $668.7 million bond. The need for oversight over Jacobs Engineering Group, the firm managing the bulk of the bond projects, was one of two recommendations from a citizens' committee that voted to ask for more oversight and staffing to adequately tackle the bond.  view article arw

FRISCO — Alanna Mazeffa wrung her hands Tuesday as she followed a line of students into the noisy school cafeteria.  The new sixth-grader at Pioneer Heritage Middle School in Frisco didn't know most of the kids in the crowd, except for a few friends that gave her encouraging thumbs-up.  She was nervous. All this commotion was to recognize her — Frisco ISD's 60,000th student. The state's fastest-growing school district marked the 60,000-student milestone Sept. 18, when Alanna's parents enrolled her. In the 2002-03 school year, the district had about 10,000, according to Frisco ISD officials. view article arw

J.T. Brackenridge Elementary sits on the eastern edge of zip code 78207, which is the way people refer to the Mexican-American community that surrounds the school. Located just west of downtown San Antonio, the neighborhood is as rich with art and history and culture as the rest of the city. Yet it’s a world apart. To travel to or from the school is to take a compressed trip through time. Head east, and every few hundred feet Guadalupe Street presents a different line of demarcation — each a visual reminder of who lived here and what life was like during those respective eras of human habitation. view article arw

In the aftermath of several fatal police shootings of unarmed citizens, Texas lawmakers sought to pacify tensions between law enforcement and civilians. The state legislature brought civil rights groups and law enforcement organizations together to develop a solution: the Community Safety Education Act, which was signed into law last year. view article arw

Dozens of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD juniors and seniors have been sharpening their college readiness testing skills in preparation for the upcoming ACT exam happening Oct. 27 thanks to a free ACT Attack Prep Course offered at PSJA Early College High School by Hidalgo County Commissioner Eddie Cantu. view article arw

Jane Becker is one of a host of VIPs in a student’s life. From teachers to administrators, children are entrusted to a team of experts in their fields to ensure they’re given the best care while they’re being shaped for the future. The Urbana, Illinois, native is the school nurse for Caldwell Elementary in McKinney, and in May she was named School Nurse of the Year by the Texas School Nurse Organization Region X (TSNOX). She’ll be honored Tuesday at the membership meeting for TSNOX at Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. Becker has spent the last 16 years of 30 as a nurse with MISD and volunteers monthly with Blue Cross Blue Shield Immunization Care Van. According to TSNOX, as a member of the coordinated health team for MISD, she gives insight to the Best Practice committee for safety and nutrition. She is also a Team Leader for the collaboration of MISD food services for fruit and vegetable tasting “Discovery Days.” view article arw

A pilot program to more easily provide professional mental health services to students at two Conroe Independent School District campuses seems to be working. In July, the school board finalized an agreement with Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare to offer a school-based mental health clinic at Grangerland Intermediate and Armstrong Elementary. So, the organization set up shop at both campuses and placed at least one qualified mental health professional at each campus to work with students, with an additional staff member going back and forth between the campuses. view article arw

For the past five years, The Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc (DRC-MC) has sponsored a Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest for Montgomery County students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. With 55 schools participating this year and over 2,000 entries submitted countywide from private, public, and home-schooled students the task for contest judges was enormous. view article arw

Beginning of the year testing shows that Tyler ISD is off to a strong start this school year. The district reviewed the beginning of the year results for its Measure of Academic Progress test during its monthly Board of Trustees meeting on Monday. The district uses the MAP tests to get a picture of where students are tracking at the beginning of the year, after winter break and before STAAR testing. The district then uses these results to adjust curriculum and implement targeted intervention for students who might be struggling. The test results showed most elementary students began the year on grade level. About 1 percent fewer kindergarten students started the year on grade level. view article arw

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Advocacy Council held a candidate forum on Wednesday, October 10 to give voters a chance to become educated on candidates running for the Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees. Three seats up for election Nov. 6, Positions 1, 2, and 3, are contested races. Four candidates including Theresa Wagaman, Dale Inman and Kathleen Harmatuk-Swisher (Position 1) and Skeeter Hubert (Position 3) participated in the forum moderated by Hannah Zedaker of Community Impact Newspaper. Those elected will serve four-year terms without compensation as members of the district’s governing body. The board operates on a two-year election cycle, splitting the seven-seat panel between election years so that the entire board is not replaced at one time. view article arw

When the Texas Education Agency rolled out its new school accountability system earlier this year, supporters — including Education Commissioner Mike Morath — called it the “fairest ever.” But some school officials are skeptical. view article arw

From the first school bell ring to afternoon dismissal, Veronica De Los Santos’ special education students were engaged and interested in their lessons. One brief hiccup happened during morning reading time, when Elias, 8, refused to come and take his place on the carpet. view article arw

San Angelo ISD is in need of bus drivers. The board of trustees approved a dollar pay increase for drivers and a $500 hiring and recruitment incentive for its employees at Monday's meeting. Jeff Bright, assistant superintendent of business support services, told the board the struggling transportation department has 22 vacancies and is looking to hire 12 drivers, nine special education monitors and one support staff member. view article arw

In August 2019, Hays CISD will do something rare: open a new high school. And that means redrawing the district’s attendance zones. “Rezoning is one of the hardest things a school district will ever have to do,” said HCISD Chief Communications Officer Tim Savoy, who also leads the rezoning committee. “We ask parents to get connected to their school, to get involved. And then because we’re a fast-growth district we tell them, ‘Well now we have to change the maps.’” The HCISD board of trustees ultimately approves any rezoning, but the map on which it eventually votes will be designed by a 35-member appointed committee made up of people with a connection to the district. view article arw

Ten candidates are running for Leander ISD’s board of trustees. The board is elected by residents within LISD to determine policies for the district. Candidates were asked to submit responses to these questions through email. Interested readers may also attend a candidate forum Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by the Leander ISD PTA Council. More details are available at this link. view article arw

The Katy area is busy this week, starting out with a school board meeting for Katy ISD beginning at 5:30 p.m tonight. On Tuesday night, the Fulshear City Council will meet to discuss the development of Cross Creek Ranch. To round off the week, the Willow Fork Drainage district will host an art competition for KISD students. view article arw

Some kind-hearted souls helped more than 550 students at Arlington’s Morton Elementary walk away from school with a brand new pair of shoes and socks. The gift came from the social service group, Samaritan’s Feet. view article arw

Frisco ISD-TV has been recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) as a Broadcast Feature Story of the Year finalist for “Custodian of Citizenship,” produced by former crew member and 2018 Reedy High School graduate Lauren Goodman, who is now pursuing communications studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  The winners will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Convention in Chicago on Nov. 1-4. view article arw

The Bryan school district has canceled bus routes outside the city limits for Tuesday morning's routes, citing road closures and continued rain. Bus routes inside the city limits will continue to run on a two-hour delay, and classes at all Bryan ISD campuses will start two hours later than normal. view article arw

Huntsville ISD will have a 2-hour Delayed Start for school TOMORROW morning (Tuesday, October 16, 2018) due to inclement weather. School start times and Bus pick up times will be 2 hours later than the normal times. Please monitor the school district website and www.itemonline.com for updates. view article arw

Banquete ISD will run on a two hour delay this morning, according to Superintendent Max Thompson. Classes will begin at 10 a.m. view article arw

At a raucous celebration Thursday afternoon the Brownsville Independent School District congratulated the students, teachers and staff at Frank & Mary Yturria Elementary School for winning the 2018 Gold National Excellence in Education Award. The award is given by the National Center for Urban School Transformation at San Diego State University and carries a $5,000 stipend. A contingent from BISD led by Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas and Principal Sandra Cortez traveled to San Diego to receive the award. After travel delays they barely arrived back in time to attend a “bringing home the gold” celebration at the school. view article arw

Robin Hood is a legal money laundering operation, run by the Texas Legislature, as far as I am concerned. It’s time that we fight back. If you live in the Austin Independent School District, nearly half of the school property tax dollars that get vacuumed out of your wallet gets shipped off to the state of Texas. Increasingly, the state uses that money to pay its bills, not to fund public education. It will only get worse if we don’t fight back. Austin ISD is getting slammed the hardest, but it is certainly not alone. There are hundreds of Texas school districts that are facing or will soon face the confiscation of local tax dollars to effectively fund state operations. Texans want to know, “what on earth is going on here?” view article arw

 Nearly 1,500 high school seniors from throughout the local school district spent Wednesday morning learning various aspects for their transition to college, from personal finances to guidance to the numerous degrees available in the region. The McAllen school district held the district-wide event on Wednesday for seniors as the rest of their classmates took the Pre-SAT testing. The district invited speakers from local banks to lead presentations about managing credit, as well as representatives from area colleges and universities who went over college application requirements and degree pathways available to students. view article arw

Alvin ISD students, parents and faculty joined together Saturday for the inaugural “The Day” to engage in multiple community service projects all across the district. From shelving books at the West Side Library, to painting rocks for the elderly, participants could be seen everywhere wearing their bright green shirts. Jamie Lopez brought her kids to assist in cleaning up the Outdoor Learning Center at Hood-Case Elementary before wrapping up the day at a concert for the patients of Winchester Lodge Healthcare Center in which the Bill Hasse Elementary School Choir and the cast of the east side district elementary musical sang.  view article arw

Five years ago, Killeen ISD officials knew the district was growing. They had seen enrollment numbers jump by almost 10,000 in just a decade. Almost 24,000 students were enrolled in district elementary schools, up from less than 22,000 just five years prior. The district was adding portable buildings to campuses to accommodate the increasing number of students. view article arw

City, school and economic development officials in Gladewater will take questions from residents and detail goals for a better community during a series of town hall meetings set to start Monday. Gladewater ISD trustees, Gladewater council members and Gladewater Economic Development Corp. members have met several times with Mayor J.D. Shipp to discuss “Operation: The Time Is Now,” a multiagency initiative to improve the city’s conditions. view article arw

Vandegrift High School's Future Farmers of America's Veterinary Science Team is headed to nationals after beating out 1,600 Texas teams at state and winning by less than one point. The four-team members -- Junior, Madeleine Rawlings, Senior, Zach Roush, Senior, Camille Barkhuizen and Junior, Lauren Stevens -- have been practicing for months. They will represent the Lone Star State in Indianapolis during the upcoming FFA national competition. The team will leave Oct. 23. view article arw