The University of Texas System approved an across-the-board tuition hike of 2.6% for its eight academic campuses, amounting to a $290-a-year increase for in-state, undergraduate students at its flagship university in 2020 and 2021. The two-year increase, announced Thursday by the system Board of Regents, was set to match the rate of higher education inflation and is intended to rein in tuition for students burdened by growing costs. But the 2.6% rate means UT System students across the state will likely pay hundreds of dollars more, and some campuses, like the University of Texas at Austin, will see their in-state tuition increase at a faster clip than in previous years. view article arw

The Tuloso-Midway Academic Career Center is the school district's best-kept secret nestled away between industry. Inside ACC, it's bursting with creative ways to engage students from morning yoga to the elusive school cat. The school of no more than 40 students is not a disciplinary campus. It is a campus that lends a helping hand when no else can. view article arw

Parents who have children who attend London ISD schools are worried about the school's overcrowding, especially if new development comes to the area. The district's student population has been on the rise for the past decade, averaging up to 60 new students every year. London ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis says this year that went up to 100 new students. view article arw

As Austin ISD officials move to close and consolidate schools to save money and improve education levels, University of Texas at Austin policy researchers have proposed a plan for that process to move forward without the need to shutter campuses. To accomplish that, one need only look for a template 200 miles north in Dallas. Researchers at the UT-Austin-based Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis propose patterning local district revamping efforts with those of the Dallas ISD, where officials designed and implemented the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) program to bring struggling schools up to standard. view article arw

Marshall ISD students are spending this week focusing on identifying their plans post-high school graduation as part of the district-wide College Awareness Week. Marshall High School Assistant Principal Nakena Bayless said this week’s College Awareness Week is important for students to get them thinking about life after they earn their diploma. view article arw

A librarian at a PSJA elementary has been awarded the $1000 H-E-B Read 3 prize. Linda Hinojosa, Berta Palacios Elementary Librarian, received the fund to purchase books for upcoming literacy events, according to a release. view article arw

State lawmakers have their sights set on violence in the media, especially in regards to video games and the effects they can have on today's youth. However, with the emergence of eSports across the nation, the industry is more popular than ever with teenagers. James Lee, a member of Lubbock ISD's high school eSports team, said violence is the last thing on his mind while playing.  view article arw

Dan Powers’ roots run deep in the River Road Independent School District. He has been around for more than 28 years, and every day, he’s stationed outside Rolling Hills Elementary School. His main job is making sure hundreds of students across the street safely. view article arw

At only 10 years old, Asvini Thivakaran has done more to protect the environment than most people. Last year she successfully launched a battery recycling program in , earning her the President's Environmental Youth Award, International Youth Eco Hero Award and John Muir Youth Conservation Award for Environmental Education. view article arw

Waco ISD presents zoo with award

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Cameron Park Zoo was the recipient of the Rise Award for Outstanding Community Partners presented by Waco Independent School District at its Oct. 24 meeting. Waco ISD’s theme for the 2019-20 school year is “Rise.” The theme celebrates learning and growing as well as overcoming challenges and recognizes that no school district rises by itself. Each month, the district recognizes a community partner making a difference with the Rise Award for Outstanding Community Partners. In October the district recognized Cameron Park Zoo. view article arw

With approximately 350 volunteers ready and waiting, McDonald’s Texas Invitational Tournament Chairman Kirk Lewis says all systems are go for next week’s basketball extravaganza. To anyone who thinks high school basketball is the greatest game on the planet, one won’t be able to beat the dates of Nov. 21-23. The 17th edition will once more feature a combined 80 girls and boys teams that will play in locations throughout Pasadena and Deer Park, starting on the 21st at 9 a.m. view article arw

With Rowe Middle School scheduled to open fall 2020, Cy-Fair ISD has formed a plan to rezone attendance boundaries within the district to relieve schools that are overcapacity or are approaching capacity. During the Nov. 11 meeting of the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees, Kristi Giron, director of general administration for CFISD, presented the proposed boundary changes, which mainly affect middle schools in the southwest section of the district. Giron said the approach, which shifts students around the district while rezoning students to Rowe, was conservative. view article arw

Marshall ISD students are spending this week focusing on identifying their plans post-high school graduation as part of the district-wide College Awareness Week. Marshall High School Assistant Principal Nakena Bayless said this week’s College Awareness Week is important for students to get them thinking about life after they earn their diploma. view article arw

The Texas Tribune is pleased to present its "Future of" events series, exploring the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Texas' government, business and civic communities and celebrating 10 years of exceptional journalism for an exceptional state. Join us as we host two days of conversations in Houston on an array of topics facing Texas' biggest cities, including education, poverty, transportation, public health, housing, taxes, economic development, and the effect of precipitous population growth and dynamic demographic change on the way cities are governed, funded and developed. view article arw

There is no greater investment in our future than ensuring quality education for our children. In addition to teaching the mastery of skills needed to function in society, schools also serve to instill citizenship, teach democratic values and provide accurate historical overviews of the nation. For these reasons, Texans should be concerned about the proposed new African American studies course. The Texas State Board of Education will hold a public hearing in Austin today regarding the adoption of a new African American studies course for high schoolers. This is part of a larger movement connected to House Bill 5 to implement ethnic studies in all Texas schools. view article arw

Frisco ISD students will have to attend class 10 minutes longer beginning next school year. But the trade-off is getting to start summer a few days earlier. view article arw

With College Board revamping its Pre-AP program, Lewisville ISD says this is a good time to re-examine its own direction. Karen Sealy, secondary curriculum and programs director, told the LISD Board of Trustees during a Nov. 4 work session that by 2022-23 schools will no longer be able to use “Pre-AP” on any course unless they are part of College Board's new Pre-AP program. view article arw

They’re not just high school football champions, Longview High School has again won the Coats for Kids Classroom Challenge. KLTV Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto was on campus Wednesday to help recognize the students’ efforts. Last year, they collected 300 coats. They topped that this year with more than 460 coats collected. view article arw

The four Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) principals each presented brief campus improvement plans to the board Monday during the monthly meeting for November. Much of the presentations had to do with campus accountability. While the schools received high grades, they all acknowledged possible improvements in the English and math areas. “Last year, our projection was a ‘C’ and we were successful in getting that bumped up to a ‘B’, or 86,” said Madisonville High School Principal Heath Brown. “We still have to continue to focus on the same thing that I talk about year after year. That goes back to our English/language arts and math. Those are the two areas that will require improvement if we want to continue to boost our overall score. Last year, we were able to do that.” view article arw

SONIC Drive-In, in partnership with non-profit DonorsChoose, hosted it’s annual Limeades for Learning Fall Voting campaign. Between Monday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 27, SONIC fans voted for the projects they found the most inspiring, ranging from new pencils and paper to new tablets and robotics kits. That vote gave some local public school teachers a portion of the $1 million raised during the campaign. view article arw

With the help of a grant and an innovative idea, a handful of students are gaining workforce skills in businesses before they transition into college next year. Texas Workforce Solutions (TWC), along with two local businesses, have entered a partnership to offer three San Benito High School students an opportunity to earn money while working and building job site skills. view article arw

Going to the school counselor can be awkward or embarrassing for kids. That's why Ashley Williams is putting a twist on how she interacts with her students at Central Elementary School in Seagoville. "I wanted to find a new way to allow kids to get in contact with me," Williams said. She was a teacher for 13 years before becoming a counselor this fall. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District is hosting their first ever book giveaway. They are giving out 40,000 books to students. Each student will have five minutes to choose their books, and can take up to five books home for free. The goal of the giveaway is to inspire students to become lifelong readers. Dr. Timothy Cuff, Assistant Superintendent, “A lot of times you know books don’t seem to be real popular because of the internet and other social media. But you know this kind of dating back in time a little bit when we sat home and read a book and we want our kids to do that.” view article arw

Over 500 educators from across the country are in the Rio Grande Valley. They are learning about PSJA ISD programs that have increased student success and decreased drop out rates. During a two-day conference, districts around the U.S. will learn skills on how to replicate PSJA ISD programs that have proven to prepare students for life after high school. view article arw

By all accounts, Tuesday was a perfect day for hot chocolate. With temperatures hovering in the 40s the Falcon Express beverage truck was on hand at Los Fresnos High School selling the cold-weather favorite among its other offerings to students, faculty and staff before school and during lunch. New this year, the Falcon Express is paired with three Career and Technical Education courses for special education students that teach skills applicable to the food service industry. One aim is that after graduation they will be able to secure employment at restaurants and other food service industry businesses. view article arw

Allowing higher-seeded teams to host first round or bi-district football games in Texas seems like a good idea in most scenarios. Teams seeded Nos. 1 or 2 in their district have hosted bi-district games in Class 6A since 2015 and in 5A since 2018.  The rule was adopted in part because after fourth-place teams were allowed in the playoffs, some forced No. 1 seeds to flip home-and-home for a bi-district game site. If the No. 4 seeds won, a district champion was forced to play at the home stadium of a fourth-place team.  Allowing the higher seeds to host first round games provided a reward for district champions and runners-up. The higher seeds are capitalizing on their home-field advantage. Last season in 6A, higher-seeded home teams won 48 of 64 bi-district games. In 5A, higher-seeded hosts won 51 of 64 first round games. view article arw

The City of Pharr has joined cities across the United States in helping to ensure an accurate count for the 2020 Census. The city joined several partners including the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, the Hidalgo Independent School District, the Valley View Independent School District, and the Vanguard Academy Charter School. view article arw

While discussing recent tours of special education classrooms at two different district campuses, the Leander Independent School District Board returned to the conversation of inclusion. LISD Board Member Aaron Johnson said one of the things that he was looking for during the tour was more about the inclusion conversation that had been had recently. Specifically, Johnson asked for the numbers regarding inclusion in the district.  view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet for a workshop at 6 p.m. today in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.A presentation implementation of full-day prekindergarten is on the agenda, along with discussion of revisions of policies relating to revenue sources and gifts and solicitations. Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Lilia Nanez will be the presenter on the full-day prekindergarten. Nanez said it is required by House Bill 3 passed during the last legislative session, but it was something that they had been discussed before that. view article arw

An Irving Middle School student refused to let her disability stop her from chasing her dream of playing in the orchestra. Some other Irving students pitched in to make it a reality by building a prosthetic arm for her. Kayla Arqueta was born without her left hand and part of her forearm. view article arw

The Dallas ISD Fall Preview Nights are underway and provide opportunities for families to discover the exciting learning opportunities offered in district schools. From neighborhood schools and STEM/STEAM, performing arts, Montessori and magnets, to two-way dual language, single-gender, and collegiate academies, Dallas ISD schools offer plenty of opportunities for every student. view article arw

In this week's Cool Schools Weekly Spotlight, we're featuring Deer Park ISD for an eighth-grade program at Bonnette Junior High that is helping middle school students learn the value of giving back. view article arw

Over 300 students in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District got the opportunity to hear personal stories and experiences from veterans on Monday. It was all part of the district’s first-ever “Vessel Project: Lunch With A Veteran.” Students taking Dual Credit US History courses from PSJA Early College HS, PSJA North Early College HS, PSJA Memorial Early College HS, and PSJA Southwest Early College HS had the opportunity to interview and interact with dozens of Veterans. view article arw

Veribest students participate in a flag-retirement ceremony at the Veribest ISD flagpole on Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. view article arw

Chisum ISD is set to participate in World Kindness Endeavor. “As the Director of Child Nutrition, I have been able to connect with a new vendor who sells wonderful fruit and milk cream pops that meet the Smart Snack guidelines for child nutrition,” said Wanda Armstrong. “What’s even more exciting than that is they are a company geared toward promoting Kindness. Each fruit pop has a message of kindness on the stick that appears as you eat the ice cream.” view article arw