Immigration and border security are at or near the top of voters' concerns about the U.S. and Texas, and political corruption is also near the top of their U.S. list, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Immigration and border security are at or near the top of voters' concerns about the U.S. and Texas, and political corruption is also near the top of their U.S. list, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. view article arw

Tyler ISD is replacing its Head Start Program with a full-day Pre-K program for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. Tyler ISD Chief of Staff Ronald Jones said Wednesday the move is one the district has been working toward and that the district thoroughly vetted the idea. view article arw

Owens Elementary School and Early College High School (ECHS) have been named to the 2018-2019 Educational Results Partnership (ERP) Honor Roll for high achievement in student success. The program, sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. read more arw

It was a bit of an up-and-down 2018-19 school year for Texas City ISD athletics, but the future looks bright, athletic director Leland Surovik said. view article arw

During Austin ISD's graduation ceremonies, graduates walked the stage and also walked out as registered voters.  Graduates were able to use the wait time before walking the stage to register to vote. In a partnership with Travis County's Tax Office, students learned about the importance of registering to vote and voting, as well as how to seek out nonpartisan information on candidates and issues. This year's efforts resulted in a record-breaking 591 seniors from 14 campuses registering to vote. The registration drive at graduation ceremonies began three years ago, and each year, the number of students has increased.   view article arw

The Austin Independent School District approved two big changes Monday night, one for students and one for staff and teachers. AISD trustees unanimously approved the revamp of the district’s dress code, giving students more freedom in what they can wear. Clothing items that students were previously banned from wearing will now be allowed after parents petitioned the school district, saying the current dress code was sexist against women. view article arw

Weslaco ISD students enrolled in the Learn to Swim program beat the summer heat at the district’s Aquatic Center. Swim lessons continue Monday – Thursday, through July 4 as part of the summer recreation program provided by the Weslaco ISD Athletics Department. High school students serve as the certified life guards and swim instructors. view article arw

Some area school teachers are wasting no time this summer getting prepared for the next school year lining up by the dozens to get free school supplies from a local nonprofit. Keep Waco Beautiful has opened a Teacher’s Closet where area educators can fill up a bag full of donated school supplies for free. view article arw

With housing being an issue in recruiting and maintaining employees, Ector County Independent School District has partnered with Weidner Apartment Homes to provide financial assistance in securing affordable housing. The agreement will be up for consideration by the ECISD Board of Trustees at its 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday in the first floor board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. Supplemental agenda material says Weidner has committed to providing a reduction of 10 percent off current market values when calculating participating employee rental agreements. view article arw

Obituary:  Quentin Burnett

June 1808:43 AM
 

Funeral services for Dr. Quentin Burnett, 66, of Cushing, will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 17, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Lane officiating. Interment will follow at Glenfawn Cemetery under the direction of Crawford - A. Crim Funeral Home of Henderson. Family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.   Dr. Burnett passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at his residence. He was born Sept. 18, 1952 in Commerce, TX to the late Floyd and Ruth Burnett. He was Superintendent for the Argyle ISD, Greenwood ISD, and Johnson City ISD. Quentin went on to serve as Associate Superintendent of Finance at Birdville ISD and later retired as Chief Financial Officer for Lewisville ISD.  view article arw

Ever since human remains were discovered last year at the site of Fort Bend ISD’s Jordan Reese Career and Technical Center, which is under construction, there has been debate and discussion about what to do with them. Through the fire of controversy, progress has been forged. FBISD and Fort Bend County elected officials joined community members Monday morning to announce progress on a solution for the future interment of the 95 African Americans – known locally as the “Sugar Land 95” – which was made possible by the recent passage of House Bill 4179 in the Texas Legislature. The law allows Fort Bend County to own and operate the abandoned cemetery discovered at the site, which the county plans to lease from the school district. view article arw

On Monday night, the Austin Independent School District board voted to approve a new dress code for the first time since 2007. The new dress code won't have specific, separate requirements for boys and girls. view article arw

North Lamar ISD finished in the top 25 schools across the state by placing 16th in UIL’s 2019 4A Lone Star Cup standings. The annual award, sponsored by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, is given to six high schools, one in each of the six UIL classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A), based on their team performance in district and state championships. view article arw

The Victoria Independent School District announced Mission Valley and Vickers Elementary Schools have received honor roll recognition by the National Business and Education Leaders Organization. The Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll recognizes schools that have gone above and beyond for high achievement and student success. view article arw

As the academic school year comes to an end, there is plenty to celebrate. And I’m not just talking about the hundreds of students who graduated from our local high schools and will be enrolling in college this fall. They deserve to be celebrated. I’m talking about another incredible feat that our students and teachers accomplished this year. For the first time in 50 years, our eighth- and ninth-graders throughout the El Paso region achieved the highest ever performance on a state high school exam. In 2019, over half of eighth- and ninth-graders scored at the college ready “Master” level on the Algebra 1 STAAR: State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Test, more than doubling the 2017 total. Overall our high school students outperformed the Texas average by 31% and our children from modest income families surpassed their statewide counterparts by 55%. view article arw

After nearly two hours of "emotional discussion" in closed session, the Baird ISD school board voted 6-1 to approve a move from playing 11-man football to six-man on Monday night. The Bears will make the switch immediately, and because they are changing between the UIL's biennial realignments the team will play an 'outlaw' schedule in 2019 with no district or postseason games. "Ultimately the decision was made because we felt it was in best interest of all of our kids and our program going forward," Baird athletic director and head football coach Joel Baker said after the school board meeting. view article arw

The following is a news release from Frenship ISD: Frenship ISD announced [Thursday] that Legacy Elementary, a K-5 school in their District, has been named to the 2018 – 2019 Texas Honor Roll. The program, presented by Educational Results Partnership, is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. Legacy Elementary is one of 855 public schools in Texas to be recognized. view article arw

Eight McAllen Independent School District campuses have been named to the state Honor Roll for 2018-19. The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. The list was announced by the Educational Results Partnership. The McAllen ISD schools include:         view article arw

Riesel ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Brandon Cope, High School Principal of Riesel ISD, as the district’s new superintendent for Riesel ISD. Details and updates will appear on our search page. read more arw

Two Katy seniors were named as finalists for Your Total Foot Care Specialist’s “Stepping Into the Future Scholarship.” Kate Fuqua of Katy High School and Luke Austria of Cinco Ranch High School were chosen from over 50 applicants in the Katy area. Each received a $1,500 scholarship. view article arw

The visionary folks in a First Presbyterian Church Sunday school class filled a community gap some five decades ago by launching a program aimed at providing high-quality early learning and care for the underserved children of Amarillo. That was on Monroe Street in February of 1969, and while a few things have changed over the ensuing years, the ministry eventually blossomed into Opportunity School with a multi-generational focus of working to ensure success for children and families in school and in life. view article arw

Some parents and students say racism is pervasive in Leander ISD and the district has done little to even acknowledge the problem. During a May 16 board meeting, a number of attendees told the district’s board of trustees that its handling of a silent protest at the April board meeting was a symptom of a greater problem, and two students recounted years of racial-based discrimination and harassment as one board member visibly wiped away tears. “I believe LISD has the ability be racially inclusive of all races,” Jared Breckenridge told the school board at its June 6 meeting. ”I believe you guys have the ability to be racially inclusive and non-racist with issues that are pertaining to students of color.” view article arw

‘GOING THE EXTRA MILE’

June 1708:25 AM
 

Bryan ISD’s Lester Banks gets record-setting support to win LifeChanger award. With support from the Bryan school district and broader community, Lester Banks broke the record for most support in National Life Group’s LifeChanger of the Year program. Out of 830 nominees, Banks received the LifeChanger of the Year Spirit Award on Wednesday afternoon at Bryan High School. A National Life Group representative noted he had amassed 1,557 comments on his nominee profile. view article arw

A team from Veterans Memorial Early College High School placed third in its category Thursday at the National History Day National Contest at the University of Maryland in suburban Washington, D.C. The team was one of two from VMECHS that competed in the senior performance category. Members learned they had placed third during the Parade of States and Affiliated Organizations and awards ceremony, and in a message from NHD Executive Director Cathy Gorn. “We all feel like we won together. It’s a mutual feeling of success among our Chargers,” Rod Garcia, a history teacher at VMECHS and NHD adviser to the two teams. view article arw

The Education Service Center for Region 15 including San Angelo and much of the Concho Valley held an information session at noon on June 13. Members of the migrant agriculture labor and immigrant community learned about services that will help them. The meeting also discussed future partnerships and upcoming summer events in the community. Attendees are asked to bring brochures and flyers for any and all upcoming events.  As an extension of the community meeting, the Mexican Consulate and Guatemala Consulate offered further information to DACA students and their families regarding the services they offer and collected information on how to better serve DACA students. view article arw

Amy Russell says she has been virtually every campus and school district stakeholder from a parent volunteer to classroom teacher and now principal. Russell is the newly installed principal at Travis Magnet Elementary. She went through Odessa College and earned a bachelor’s of business administration in accounting degree at University of Texas Permian Basin. She also earned a master’s in educational leadership from UTPB.  view article arw

Northside Independent School District will give free school supplies to qualifying students who register early for free pre-kindergarten. Any student who is enrolled before June 28 will get a free school supply starter pack. The school supplies are given through a partnership with Firstmark Credit Union. view article arw

After hearing tearful pleas from parents and an 11-year-old student in opposition to the proposed Scenario F for middle school attendance zoning, Leander ISD trustees voted unanimously to adopt that scenario at its June 6 meeting.  “I think we have come to an imperfect but strong solution,” Board President Aaron Johnson said. Scenario F was the result of a cumulative process, where trustees reviewed a scenario as presented, then requested district staff to modify some portion of the plan, either from community feedback, concerns about overcrowding or other issues. Starting with Scenario A, the board looked at a total of six possible rezoning plans, ultimately adopting Scenario F.  view article arw

It started off as a conversation during a breakfast meeting. Now, 2 1/2 years later, the new licensed vocational nursing class at Valley Baptist Medical Center has opened its doors to its first cohort of high school students. “It’s the best program they’re offering right now for students as young as we are,” said Jeniah Herrera, 16, who will be a junior this fall at the Harlingen School of Health Professions. view article arw

In her first three semesters attending Houston ISD’s Booker T. Washington High School and its prized engineering program, Rebekah Hodge rode METRO buses for three hours across the city each day to campus, paying $7.50 in fares. view article arw

Four local women are making sure the history of the Holocaust will never be forgotten. They helped pass a bill requiring schools to teach all students about it every year. The four women who fought for the passage of Senate Bill 1828 are Sharon Greenwald, Varda Ratner, Ginny Wind and Lisa Barry. The women said they saw a video of students at an elite college who didn’t know the facts of the Holocaust. They were moved to take action. Greewald, Ratner and Wind, who are children of Holocaust survivors, said it became their mission to make sure future generations would never forget. view article arw

Eight McAllen Independent School District campuses have been named to the state Honor Roll for 2018-19. The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. The list was announced by the Educational Results Partnership. view article arw

They aren’t for everyone — in fact, they are for very few — but they are growing in number, because there is some demand. They are high-end for-profit private schools, and it can cost close to $60,000 to send a child to one of them for grades from nursery school through the end of high school.  What are they? Who goes to them? What do they offer? How are for-profit schools different from elite nonprofit private schools, aside from the fact that for-profit schools are intended to make money for their founders and nonprofit schools aren’t?  These questions were asked and answered by Mike Levy view article arw

Angelina College hosted a Partners in Excellence Workshop Thursday to bring together leaders of public education, Workforce Solutions and the private sector.  “This is really a conversation we started some time ago to bring together counselors and superintendents to the campus here at AC to help talk about how we work with you, with Workforce Solutions and with the local Workforce board to serve students throughout the twelve counties the college has in its service area,” AC President Michael Simon said.Several community and college leaders spoke on a variety of topics relating to education, Workforce and how to better serve students as they transition out of high school and into their adult lives.Tim Ditoro, AC dean of community services, spoke about Community Services Division and its industry based certifications and how they can prepare students for the workforce directly after high school. view article arw