Instant replay will be used at all UIL Football State Championship games beginning in 2018, UIL officials announced in a press release Thursday. The UIL explained that in Texas, high school football follows NCAA rules, and each year exceptions to those rules are reviewed. The UIL says they will start to use the NCAA rules for instant replay with two exceptions. view article arw

Police in Garland have arrested a Dallas high school teacher and charged him with having an improper relationship with a student. Robert Lee Edgin, 49, worked at W. T. White High School in the Dallas Independent School District, and is accused of having a relationship with a 17-year-old Garland ISD student. view article arw

Results of the Youth Truth Survey, teacher recruitment and retention and a vision statement were among items discussed at an Education Partnership gathering. Held in the Complex Community Federal Credit Union Operations & Training Facility, it included a cross-section of people representing Odessa, Midland and the Permian Basin. The survey centered on student satisfaction with the education they are receiving at Ector County Independent School District and one of the noted findings was that nearly a quarter of high school students think seriously about dropping out of school. view article arw

To Midland ISD Superintendent Orlando Riddick, now is the time for the district to work toward its goals. Riddick on Wednesday expressed a sense of urgency related to the tasks on hand. “We have to catch up, not for you — it’s not designed for you,” he told people gathered at the Horseshoe Pavilion. “We have to catch up because we have little ones that are counting on us to catch up.” The superintendent delivered his message at the Midland Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of Education luncheon. He spoke about his “Listen, Learn and Lead” engagement strategy and the district’s transformation plan, called Midland on the Move. view article arw

A San Antonio charter school apologized Thursday morning after an eighth-grade American history assignment asked students to list the pros and cons of slavery. Roberto Livar, the frontman for the San Antonio-area big band group Bombasta, posted a photograph of the homework from Great Hearts Monte Vista — on which a student listed the positive aspects as "N/A" — on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, calling it "unacceptable and gross." view article arw

The Texas Education Agency released a comprehensive draft strategic plan March 19 in response to a Jan. 11 report in which the U.S. Department of Education found the TEA failed to ensure all special education students in the state were given access to appropriate services. According to the federal report, the TEA failed to identify, locate and evaluate children with disabilities and to monitor school districts to ensure they met requirements laid out in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. view article arw

As part of a new initiative, over 750 Canyon Independent School District seniors participated in mock interviews with community and business volunteers. "I've had an opportunity to speak and interview with a lot of students, several of which I would be willing to take applications from today," said Dennis Rice Lieutenant for Randall County Sheriff's Office.  view article arw

On Thursday, the College Station ISD school board unanimously passed a new attendance zone for College Station High School and A&M Consolidated High School. The option labeled "2b plus E Wellborn and Margraves" goes into affect in the 2019-2020 school year. view article arw

The Seguin High School graduation committee is looking to streamline the process of handing out diplomas and brought some ideas to the school board to discuss. However, the proposals drummed up debate over whether a change needed to be made. SHS principal Hector Esquivel sent a letter from the committee to Superintendent Matthew Gutierrez and the board with their suggestions on how to achieve a smoother process. view article arw

The Driscoll Independent School District is participating in the Texas Reads One Book program throughout the month of April as students take a literary ride with Beverly Cleary’s 1965 book, “The Mouse and the Motorcycle.” The Texas Reads One Book is offered through the non-profit Read to Them, which promotes family literacy through reading aloud together at home. The program provides one book that school districts across the state will read together at the same time. view article arw

Hundreds of Lawndale Elementary School students kicked off the school’s third year of participating in the Texas Reads One Book program Monday, with an assist from Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. Each spring Garrett’s videotaped reading of the first chapter of the selected book is shown in participating elementary schools, officials said, noting Texas Reads One Book is a statewide version of the One District, One Book and One School, One Book programs sponsored by Read to Them, a national family literacy group that has partnered with more than 800 school communities in 47 states. This year’s book is “The Mouse and the Motorcycle”, by Beverly Cleary. view article arw

Meanwhile, in Texas

April 1908:30 AM

Just a little local color: Miss Texas skinned a rattlesnake, and a Texas legislative candidate accepted some very bizarre campaign contributions. Miss Texas skinned a rattlesnake at the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup while wearing her tiara and sash. A candidate for the Texas House seat in District 31 accepted more than $40,000 worth of deer semen and deer semen–related items as campaign contributions. An Austin man allegedly tried to steal a plug-in hybrid car but was immediately caught because he didn’t know how to drive it. Four UTSA freshmen gave nude photographs of a friend to a stranger in exchange for a husky puppy. view article arw

Pflugerville ISD announced Wednesday that the district is adjusting school day start and end times for elementary and middle schools for the upcoming academic year. Elementary campuses will begin the school day at 7:35 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m. Middle schools will begin the day at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m. The schedule for high schools will remain the same with a start time of 9 a.m. and end time of 4:15 p.m. view article arw

It is story time at Eastern Hills Elementary and each book is part of a powerful mission. The program is called ‘Read Fort Worth’ and it’s why the team from NBCDFW spent Tuesday reading to third graders. According to the Fort Worth Independent School Distric, only about one in three third graders is currently reading at grade level and that age is critical. It’s when the focus turns from learning how to read to reading to learn in other subjects. view article arw

San Angelo ISD is setting its sights on reading. Students entering the sixth grade this upcoming school year will take a course catering to their literacy needs and interests. "We're really pleased that we're going to be able to offer this for our students (and) this will be aligned with every sixth-grader in our district," Jana Rueter, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, told the board of trustees during Monday's meeting.   view article arw

Leaders at Texas Woman's University, North Central Texas College and Denton ISD last week signed innovative agreements aimed at enhancing the talent pool of nurses and teachers in Denton and Cooke counties and elsewhere. The agreements allow students to earn degrees more quickly and at lower cost while curbing administrative costs at the institutions. "We are glad to have a transfer process for our students that is seamless and affordable, allowing them to be successful in reaching their goals and entering the workforce," said NCTC Chancellor Brent Wallace. view article arw

The City of Abilene Fire Department and Abilene Independent School District (AISD) will host a meeting for parents and students interested in a firefighting career, according to a City of Abilene press release. AISD will partner with the City of Abilene, TSTC and Cisco college to offer a two-year, dual-credit program for sophomores entering their junior year during the 2018-2019 school year, according to the release.  view article arw

The future of our state depends on a healthy, educated, and prepared workforce to meet evolving market demands. We must continue to invest in programs that meet current workforce needs but also help identify, develop, and train workers for the economy of the future. In working with the Texas Workforce Commission, I am pleased with the significant improvements and investments we have made in my district toward this goal. However, our work is not complete. view article arw

It's been 35 years. With the passage of that much time, and the human promise that it carried, the problems and deficiencies identified in 1983's clarion call for action should have been corrected.  The call came from the National Commission on Excellence in Education (NCEE) in its report A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform. That report and its findings demonstrated the inextricable link between education and America's economic competitiveness and national security. We were losing our edge, and our shirt, to other countries. In a growing global economy we were losing to such friends as Japan and Germany. In the midst of the lingering Cold War we were also losing to our fiercest competitors, namely Russia and China, which had made education, particularly in math and the sciences, national priorities. view article arw

Navarro ISD is looking at the feasibility of stagger school start times. As part of the superintendent’s monthly report, Dee Carter brought up the possibility of implenmenting staggered start times for the future during the regular meeting of the Navarro School Board. “We’ve come up with some advantages and disadvantages,” Carter said on Monday. “The administrative staff brainstormed about it and decided there were enough advantages that we really should discuss whether to pursue them.” view article arw

When their children were attending Pine Forest Elementary School, Steve and Paula Boone created a program that has lasted more than 25 years in Humble ISD. Their program, called the Marathon Challenge, focused on two purposes — introducing children to the concept of marathons and encouraging the development of long-term goal setting. view article arw

A father whose son was forced to withdraw from Episcopal School of Dallas after accusations of smoking marijuana is hoping the Texas Supreme Court will clear the way for his lawsuit against the school to go forward. A decision on whether the state’s highest civil court will take up the case could come soon, attorneys said. The father, filing the case as “John Doe” in order to keep his teenage son’s name out of the public record, is seeking to have a decision from the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas overturned. view article arw

The Lake Travis ISD board of trustees recognized district students who competed in the 2018 Travis County Youth Show at Tuesday night’s meeting. A student won grand champion, reserve grand champion and senior champion for her market steer and another student won grand champion in the meat rabbits category. District students also placed in market barro, market goat, preserves, photography and agricultural mechanics. This is the third year in a row that Lake Travis FFA students have earned grand champion recognition at the show, held January 11-13 at the Travis County Expo Center. view article arw

Head football coach David Woodard, like others in West, lost his home and his place of employment on a Wednesday evening five years ago, when an explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant rocked the town, killed 15 and injured hundreds. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Woodard chose to rebuild and rely on the resilience he saw around him as community members immediately went into action, both before and after the blast, which came at 7:51 p.m. April 17, 2013. There was never a question of whether he and his family would choose to stay, Woodard said. view article arw

South San Kids First, an organization that engages with local residents about what is happening at the South San Antonio Independent School District, is trying to draw the community together to put past grievances behind it and help the SSISD board make a plan for the future. District 4 Councilman Rey Saldana said it’s time to turn the page and evolve into having a meaningful conversation. view article arw

Cypress Lakes High School student Wasiq Javed spoke before the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees Monday night on behalf of a group of students from across the district who are advocating for an end to gun violence. Cy-Fair, Cypress Creek, Cypress Falls, Cypress Ridge, Cypress Woods and Langham Creek high schools were also represented by students in the audience. Javed said out of 15,000 attendees at the March for Our Lives rally in downtown Houston on March 24, Cy Lakes High School had more students in attendance than any other school. Students across the country participated in similar events organized after a Feb. 14 mass shooting in which 17 individuals were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. view article arw

Ector County Independent School District is revamping and adding to a couple of its dual credit offerings starting this fall. The teaching program has been revamped in partnership with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a diesel technology program is being added in cooperation with Odessa College. The teaching program will be aimed at helping to ease the teacher shortage faced by the school district, Executive Director of Career and Counseling Services Carla Byrne said. view article arw

The student-led movement calling for stricter background checks and gun control will continue with a planned national school walkout on April 20. The date coincides with the anniversary of the deadly Columbine High School shooting in 1999, in which two students gunned down 12 classmates and a teacher in Colorado. But some Plano students contacted The Dallas Morning News, saying they were threatened with expulsion if they hold such events at school. view article arw

As a way to improve communication skills that would benefit students after high school, the Canyon Independent School District has created a Competitive Edge Week, the first of its kind for the district. According to Canyon ISD Superintendent Darryl Flusche, the program will involve all grade levels, Kindergarten through 12th grade, where students will be working on eye contact, shaking hands, professional dress attire and many other activities throughout the course of the week. view article arw

On Tuesday, the most highly anticipated season in the history of the Houston Texans (I don't think it's a reach to say that) began with a series of press conferences from some of the stars of this team. It was nice to see that J.J. Watt has two working legs again, it was nice to see Whitney Mercilus healthy and ready to go, and it was very cool to realize, once again, that "HOLY CRAP! Tyron Mathieu is a TEXAN!" Honestly, though, my biggest realization from the parade of interviewees that the Texans marched to the podium — a process I admittedly watched play out on Twitter and the internet as I was show prepping back at the SportsRadio 610 studios —- was how much star power exists on this team. They made J.J. Watt, Tyrann Mathieu, DeAndre Hopkins, Whitney Mercilus, and Deshaun Watson available. Those are STARS. view article arw

Sen. Ted Cruz spent Friday morning with kids in the Third Ward's Cuney Homes, even letting an adorable 3-year-old boy play with his tie. view article arw

After an onslaught of allegations that forced an apology from Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt, members of the community are coming to his defense. Members of the Katy community gathered at Monday's Board of Trustees Work Study meeting, and welcomed the superintendent before he entered the building. view article arw

Decatur High School students will have a closed campus for lunch next school year. Decatur ISD trustees voted unanimously Monday night to close the campus starting with the 2018-19 school year after receiving an update from Superintendent Judi Whitis on dining options, facilities and scheduling. Currently, sophomores, juniors and seniors are allowed to leave campus for lunch. “This is a discussion that’s taken place for quite some time, and it’s based on the security and safety of students,” said Decatur School Board President Wade Watson. view article arw

A traditional after school game played by California high school students is getting renamed after some said it was offensive. The game called "La Migra," which is slang in Spanish for immigration and customs enforcement, is getting a lot of heat. The game involves seniors chasing the younger students.   view article arw