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New Template from Omar

January 1808:41 AM

A new template (release 6 dated 1/4/17) is now available for download. Please read the ‘Notes’ tab carefully for the changes made and stay tuned. view article arw

Texans celebrate Trump at Black Tie and Boots Ball  An estimated 12,000 people brought their best cowboy hats to the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Ball just outside the U.S. capitol on Thursday night.  Perry goes before Senate energy committee (video)  In the Roundup: Former Gov. Rick Perry has confirmation hearing for energy secretary, State Rep. Dawnna Dukes is indicted and the Texas House and Senate are billions of dollars apart on the state budget. view article arw

This week, Bonham ISD added its name to the list of a group of several dozen north Texas districts uniting to promote a legislative agenda that would repeal that plan.   view article arw

A Texas Tech system official said university leaders are encouraged a recommended budget from the Texas House includes $5.7 million for a proposed veterinary school in Amarillo, despite Tech officials announcing last month that the plan was “on pause.” view article arw

In November, Bastrop school district voters rejected a 13-cent tax hike and $75 million bond package that officials said would have boosted teacher salaries, reorganized schools and improved safety and technology on campuses. view article arw

Education should be priority

January 2008:30 AM

For some reason, those who have concerns or disagree with something are painted as whiners and complainers by many people. There is no better example of this than the current debate about the A-F grading system scheduled to be implemented in 2017-2018. For some time now, many have been expressing concerns about the system and whether it serves the needs of a cross section of stakeholders. view article arw

A lot of work to be done

January 2008:30 AM

The 85th Texas Legislature opened Jan. 10, and probably not a lot of work got done because of the fanfare. It was a day to take it all in for our new folks in Austin — state Sen. Dawn Buckingham and state Reps. Stan Lambert and Mike Lang. But soon enough, it's right to work. There is much work to be done. view article arw

Midland ISD could delve into discussions about its first in-district charter school, maybe as early as the end of the 2017-18 school year. MISD board President Rick Davis made the recommendation during last weekend's board/staff workshop that "the district will explore in-district charter school opportunities and, no later than the end of the 2017-18 school year, identify at least one opportunity to implement a charter school within the district and the potential for implementing others within the district." view article arw

The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) has named the 2017 recipients of its Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship, which the organization has awarded annually since 2014 to outstanding doctoral students pursuing careers in educational leadership, with particular emphasis on the superintendency. view article arw

Nearly 300 school districts in Texas have adopted resolutions opposing the state's new A-F school rating system for public school districts. Starting with the 2017–18 school year, the Texas commissioner of education will label each public school district and campus with a rating in the form of an A–F letter grade to comply with House Bill 2804, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015. view article arw

After President-elect Donald Trump pledged to deport immigrants who are in the country illegally, at least one Dallas ISD school board trustee wants to declare the district a "safe haven" for immigrant students. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Facilities Advisory Committee on Thursday finalized a list of recommended items to be included in a bond package, which is valued at $737.5 million. The recommendation will go to the LISD Board of Trustees, which could accept the list as is or with adjustments before calling the election at an upcoming meeting. The election would take place in May. view article arw

Just after 2 p.m. Thursday, Vantage College closed all five of its campuses, including two in San Antonio. The closures came less than an hour after students at the campus on Southwest Military Drive were told it was an early release day. view article arw

Denton ISD school board members unanimously approved its final “District of Innovation” plan in a special meeting earlier this week. view article arw

Thursday night, the Lubbock-Cooper ISD Board of Trustees approved a name for the district’s fifth elementary school campus.  East Elementary School will be built southwest of the intersection of 130th Street (FM 1585) and University Avenue. view article arw

Thousands of North Texas students are expected to watch Friday’s presidential inauguration. But one school district is taking heat for promoting an ‘opt out’ option. When Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday morning, it will be seen in schools all across the country including 41 schools in Keller ISD. Some parents were surprised to receive an email this week from the district alerting them that they have the option to pull their child from viewing the inauguration. view article arw

Following the release of preliminary accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency, Alvin and Friendswood ISDs have each passed resolutions to be submitted to the state legislature urging the repeal of the new A-F accountability rating system. view article arw

Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees member Terri Romere officially stepped from her post at the body's Thursday night meeting. view article arw

A longtime educator filed Thursday to run for a seat representing central Longview on the Longview ISD school board, the same day incumbent Place 2 trustee Jud Murray said he would be stepping down. view article arw

The Tyler ISD Board of Trustees could soon call a bond election for major improvements to the district’s aging high school campuses. That's among the topics district leaders are expected to discuss at a community forum this weekend. For years, Tyler ISD has looked at ways of improving or replacing its high schools. Andy Bergfeld, president of the TISD Board of Trustees, says the possible high school improvements come after community input. view article arw

The Copperas Cove Independent School District invited parents to come out and learn about dyslexia at their annual dyslexia workshop. The workshop was held at S.C Lee Junior High School and was open to all CCISD parents who wanted to learn more about dyslexia. view article arw

Proposed Pflugerville ISD attendance boundary changes have been discussed since Nov. 3, with the school district hosting several public meetings to receive feedback from parents and students. The district’s new boundaries were adopted Thursday night but not without a few changes from the PfISD board of trustees. view article arw

Montgomery ISD is interested in offering online classes for some of its high school students, which currently isn't allowed. But that might be among some changes the district could implement if its new waiver-like plan is approved by the state. view article arw

The board of trustees of the growing Pflugerville Independent School District voted on a boundary change Thursday. They voted unanimously to approve the 2017-2018 proposal which decides who attends two new schools: Weiss High School on Weiss lane and Verna Gene Mott Elementary on Hodde Lane. view article arw

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says expanding school choice is a top priority during this legislative session, and while no plan has emerged one advocate says "something monumental" may be coming soon. view article arw

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is maintaining his largely neutral stance on Texas' "bathroom bill" as pressure picks up on him to weigh in on the legislation. "This is an alarming issue that is an obvious concern to a lot of Texans," Abbott told The Texas Tribune on Thursday night while attending the Latino Inaugural Gala, an event celebrating Friday's inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump. view article arw

Officials from about 60 North Texas school districts, including Royse City, have united to voice their 2017 legislative priorities – saying "yes" to increased funding and "no" to vouchers and the A-F grading system for Texas schools. The officials rolled out the new campaign – Texas Students Matter – on Jan. 9 during the Region 10 Area School District's Legislative Priorities Press Conference. view article arw

Going forward with a plan outlined in December, Plainview ISD trustees Thursday initiated the process of becoming a District of Innovation under House Bill 1842. As part of the process, they named a 34-member Strategic Planning Committee which will consider and propose a District of Innovation plan. view article arw

In the year since the Sam Houston Charter School was authorized by the Texas State University System Board of Regents, a lot of headway has been made to develop a system that will benefit both the students of Sam Houston State University, as well as the elementary-aged students who will attend the open-enrollment schools. view article arw

Lake Dallas ISD joined the worldwide effort to celebrate computer science with the Hour of Code in late December. Every LDISD campus participated in the global event that reached at least 180 countries and hundreds of millions of students worldwide. view article arw

Across the board, Texas lawmakers say funding public education is a top priority, but some are doubtful that there is enough time or money to reform the state's school finance system this session. "The most important priority is public education," said Speaker Joe Straus, a Republican out of San Antonio. view article arw

If it's hard to tell good news from bad in the Texas Legislature's proposed budgets, it's because these political people are very good at putting the best face on ugly facts. Look at the public education numbers. The House wants to spend $42 billion in 2018-19, up from $41.6 billion in the current budget. The Senate wants to spend $40.5 billion, or about a billion less than the current budget. view article arw

The Northeast Independent School District has a new bus safety mechanism in place. It's installed on nearly every bus, and it came at no cost to the district. Earl Stewart, NEISD's operations director, said the system comes with seven exterior cameras, as well as several new interior cameras. Each of the exterior cameras is angled differently so that it can record several lanes of traffic and record a vehicle's license plate number. view article arw

Round Rock Independent School District is considering adding a bond package to the May ballot. With the rapid growth of the district, officials believe it's sorely needed. view article arw