Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who stole yard equipment from a Huntington ISD facility early this month. “Many of us complain about school district property taxes, so it’s irritating to learn of someone stealing from a school - stealing from us,” a bulletin on the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers website stated. view article arw

Four Guadalupe River lakes will temporarily be closed to boat traffic, swimmers, and paddlers but not drained as originally proposed, following an agreement made Monday.   Lawyers representing two groups of lakeside residents and attorneys representing the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, which owns and manages the lakes in Guadalupe and Gonzales counties, agreed in Guadalupe County district court to an injunction that will stop the lake draining until a trial currently set for October 2020.  view article arw

If you ask charter school leaders, they are treated exactly the same as public schools when it comes to legal requirements for public records and open meetings. Charter foes and transparency advocates agree that charter schools are indeed subject to the state’s transparency laws – except when they’re not. If that’s confusing, it’s an accurate portrayal of evolving interpretations of open-government laws for the state’s 700-plus charter schools, which last year received around $3 billion in state funding. view article arw

Three Austin-area locations have made Money magazine’s top 100 best places to live list, with one ranking the second-best place to live overall. Round Rock was ranked second in the annual list, with the magazine noting its economy, cost of living, diversity, education, income, crime and amenities. “In addition to stellar schools and a robust economy, Round Rock is also filled with fun things to do in your spare time,” the magazine said. “Enjoy a minor league baseball game at Dell Diamond stadium, or a concert at Round Rock Amphitheater. For the outdoorsy types, the city’s 640-acre Old Settlers Park is used by its residents for a variety of activities including picnics, fishing, sports games and special events.” view article arw

The Anna Independent School District has a new mental health initiative called Thrive. The strategy incorporates mental health into learning. "There's a big focus on student education, that's going to be a big part of this," explained Vince Sharp, the district's director of counseling. "Teaching kids about resilience about coping; understanding how to make it through life. It's tough, and just sometimes they need help, they need to be educated." Thrive educates students, teachers and parents about mental health. It also provides resources including a peer support program. view article arw

Remember pop quizzes on Fridays? Like so many other things in school, they're not what they used to be. Teachers at Warren Middle School in Forney Independent School District have tried to find more creative ways to test their students' knowledge, and the students actually enjoy the tests. view article arw

YWLA students are motivated, empowered

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If you haven’t heard, there’s a new school in town! A different kind of school. A unique kind of school. A school with a different focus. Don’t get me wrong, we are a public school, part of Midland ISD and born from the System of Great Schools, Midland on the Move and an innovator’s mindset. We are a risk for Midland, but a risk that we are willing to take. view article arw

Tax-deferred retirement saving always seems like a good idea. But maybe it isn't — at least for some people. Skeptics should consider Texas teachers. Today, thanks to the Texas legislature, saving in a Roth IRA is a better choice than most of the products offered in the 403(b) plans available to Texas teachers. view article arw

A custodian at Passmore Elementary comforted a 4th grader when she became overwhelmed in the cafeteria, leading to an adorable photo shared on social media. Hollie Bellew-Shaw says her daughter, Kenlee, has autism and the noise of the cafeteria was bothering her, causing her to have a rough morning. view article arw

Midland ISD opened the school year with a student enrollment of 26,030. District officials reported last week that less than one month into the academic year, enrollment has increased by 353. Enrollment was 26,383 on the fourth Monday of the year, according to the district. The report indicates enrollment has increased since week one. view article arw

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared racially segregated public education unconstitutional. The Brown v. Board of Education ruling called school districts across the nation to action to declare all-white institutions of learning relics of a white supremacy that America wanted to leave behind. But some districts simply said: no. This is the story of one such school district and the decades-long fight members of the surrounding community put up against barriers to equity for students of color. view article arw

Enrollment drops at La Joya ISD

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When school started on Aug. 19, teachers in western Hidalgo County had slightly fewer students than last year. The Sharyland school district had 287 fewer students. The Mission school district had 360 fewer students. And the La Joya school district had 247 fewer students. view article arw

The thought of a preschooler being suspended for horseplay or violating the school dress code is disturbing. So it’s good news that a 2017 Texas law has helped drastically reduce the number of incidents where early elementary students were sent home for their alleged infractions. In the year after Texas banned such suspensions in all but the most extreme cases involving drugs or weapons for students in pre-K through second grade, the number of out-of-school suspensions dropped to 7,640 in 2017-18, down from a whopping 36,475 a year earlier. view article arw

La Feria ISD celebrates students

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Complimentary goodie bags, books to choose from and pizza were just some of the rewards received by students of the month from La Feria ISD. Superintendent Cathy Hernandez holds a special event every month where she has lunch with children that have been nominated by their teachers for student of the month. One student from each grade and from each school in La Feria ISD gets to spend their lunch at central office and receive a certificate where they are congratulated for their work and effort. view article arw

The State Board of Education is considering a proposal to adopt African American Studies Course requirements for use in schools across Texas. A curriculum adopted by the Dallas Independent School District was discussed Thursday morning by the State Board of Education’s Committee on Instruction during its meeting in Austin. The committee discussed the curriculum and course as part of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. view article arw

This school year marks the 24th season that Marathon Kids has partnered up with Austin ISD, showing kids they can achieve more than they thought possible. Through the program, participants run four marathons over the course of the school year for a total of 104.8 miles, with the goal of long-term behavior adoption. view article arw

A reminder of just how far a little kindness can go is one of the top trending stories in the Houston area Monday morning. A fourth-grader named Kenlee was just having a rough day. Mrs. Esther, a custodian at Passmore Elementary in Alvin ISD, got on the floor with her and just held her. The district added, “This goes to show you that a kind word, a hug and a little compassion are all it takes to make a huge difference in a child's life.” view article arw

Southlake Carroll High School is gearing up to face Odessa Permian Friday night, but the Dragon cheerleaders are preparing in a different way. The cheerleaders, along with the Dragon Cheer Booster Club, will present a check to the Odessa Community Foundation for $21,000 before kickoff Friday at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa. The Dragon cheerleaders sold "ONE with Odessa" T-shirts to raise money for the families and victims of the shooting in Odessa on Aug. 31. view article arw

At the Hutto game versus El Paso Del Valle on Friday, you may see some Hippo fans sitting on the Conquistadores' side. The idea got started on Monday, Sept. 9, when Todd Robison, Hutto ISD's director of communications and community relations, made a comment during the Coach's Show, a weekly radio show hosted by The Hippo Cafe where Hutto's head coach and players are interviewed every Monday. view article arw

The Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board is unveiling a new career support program for the 2019-2020 school year. In partnership with Region XIV Education Service Center and the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions recently received a two-year pilot program grant to expand career awareness among students in the region. This grant will fund services provided by a Career & Education Outreach Specialist at Brownwood ISD, Bangs ISD, and Brookesmith ISD, offering middle and high school students tools, information, and support to guide their career decision-making. Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas staff member, Jennifer Walzel is on location at participating schools to provide career planning services to students. She is also working closely with district personnel as well as employers, community partners, and post-secondary training providers to enhance opportunities available to students. “I am excited to bring career awareness to students and help them find the path to their future career,” said Career and Education Outreach Specialist Jennifer Walzel. “Exposing local high demand careers to students, as well as equipping them for success in their career and adulthood, has been a missing piece that schools will now have access to. view article arw

Most high school students dread preparing for and taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), but not Eagle Pass High School senior Edwin Pua, Jr. As a matter of fact, Pua loves taking the SAT and considers it a challenge in obtaining a perfect score of 1600. He has already accomplished a 1600 perfect score. During the summer of 2019, Pua decided to help his fellow schoolmates by sponsoring, developing, and teaching an SAT Prep Test Course free of charge at Eagle Pass High School. Although his jitters of becoming a teacher to his fellow peers lasted only an hour, Pua managed to successfully teach an SAT Prep Test Course for a week to about 20-30 students. view article arw

When Sharyland High School senior Chase Gerlach graduates this spring, he and the rest of the class of 2020 will have a particular distinction: they will be the first American adults born after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the first whose knowledge of the tragedy comes strictly from their parents and teachers, from museums and documentaries, and even from YouTube videos. Gerlach, 17, was born in July 2002, 10 months after the attacks. Even though he was born almost a year after the tragedy, Gerlach can remember hearing about it for the first time. view article arw

Canyon High School is participating in the country’s expanded teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) pilot program. The school will train more than 300 sophomore students, this year. The training is the first of its kind developed for high school students in the U.S. “This is a special opportunity for Canyon High School to be honored as a grant recipient. Canyon High was selected as one of 35 high schools in the country to implement teen Mental Health First Aid,” said Dr. Darryl Flusche, Superintendent of Canyon ISD. “tMHFA is equipping young people with the knowledge and skills they need to foster their own wellness and to support each other.” view article arw

Students at Kolda Elementary School in Corpus Christi got the news every kid would like to get last week. The school sent them home with a letter informing their parents that they would not be assigned any homework this school year. "Our parents when we announced it were very supportive," Principal Josie Alvarez said. "Our students, of course, shouted with joy." Alvarez and the school's campus advisory committee made the decision after surveying parents to get their opinions about their kids and homework. view article arw

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath visited Dunbar College Preparatory Academy this afternoon to see first-hand the implementation of a new program designed to turn the school around. The middle school was labeled “improvement required” for five consecutive years, but with the initiation of the Accelerating Campus Excellence program, Dunbar is hoping to improve their school rating from an “F” to a “B” this year. “We knew we needed to do something different, we’ve invested a great deal in this school and we know good things are going to happen,” Rollo said. view article arw

Kaufer Early College High School has been approved by the Texas Education Agency as a provisional Early College high school for the 2019-20 school year. The provisional designation is for schools in their first four years of designation under the new ECHS standards adopted in August 2017. Kaufer has had an Early College designation since the 2015-16 school year. All students entering Kaufer Early College High School as freshmen are required to take six hours of designated college courses. Students then have an option to choose a college path. They may pick and choose courses that will apply directly to his or her four-year degree, work towards a 42-hour core complete option, choose a workforce marketable skills program, or an associate degree. view article arw

Texas education officials are considering offering a high school African American Studies course across the state. A State Board of Education committee voted unanimously Thursday to present the course, which was developed for Dallas ISD, to the full board and members of the public in November. If approved, it would be Texas’ second ethnic studies course and could be offered in schools as soon as fall 2020. view article arw

We charge our teachers with building champions in our kids, and so we charge our coaches to build champions in our teachers. Those were the words of Huntsville ISD director of secondary education Dr. Mina Schnitta, who along with Dr. Scott Sheppard, Marcus Forney, Jessica Moore and Amy Turner launched a model at HISD that provides coaches to teachers. view article arw

Thirty-four area students recently attended the Say What! conference in San Marcos to learn more about youth leadership and tobacco prevention. Say What! stands for Students, Adults and Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco. It’s a statewide movement with the goal of unifying the youth of Texas under the common goal of making Texans healthier regarding tobacco use. The Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference was held July 28-31 at Embassy Suites Hotel Conference Center & Spa in San Marcos. It was a fun-filled training and networking opportunity that focused on taking students to the next level in tobacco prevention. view article arw

With the possibility of needing upgrades to the facilities around Gonzales ISD, the school board on Monday, Sept. 9 authorized GISD Superintendent John Schumacher to seek qualifications and proposals for a facilities assessment. Schumacher explained to the board the need to find an architect who can give an analysis with “factual data” on anything that needs repairing or replacing at the district. view article arw

Two boys rang the doorbell last spring. It’s not an unusual event in our neighborhood as the kids raise funds for school projects. Dressed in shorts and t-shirts, and carrying a plastic bucket and large sponges, they appeared ready to go to work — but for what, I wondered. After quick introductions, they offered to wash my car to help raise funds for the Bullard Middle School band. I am inclined to encourage young people with the courage to ask. I seldom let them down, frequently coming away with something I don’t need, but helping them move closer to their fundraising goal. view article arw

Friday is the deadline to apply to be a member of the advisory council to the Dallas Independent School District’s Racial Equity Office, what may be the only office of its kind in the country dedicated to leveling the playing field for minority students in a large, urban public school district. view article arw

Texas football is back in action, but this season brings something new for the Moran ISD Bulldogs. One middle school cheerleader is breaking barriers for the district. Sixth grader Chase Murk is the first male cheerleader sporting the purple and gold. “Ever since first grade I saw those cheerleaders and thought wow that could be me,” Murk said. view article arw

A hot Texas summer is boosting San Antonio’s revenue this coming fiscal year. On Thursday, city leaders approved a balanced budget. Several wish list projects were approved as part of an unprecedented one-time revenue bump from CPS Energy. view article arw

Randi Woodley is outraged after what she said a school superintendent told her grandson. "I will be here at every board meeting,” Woodley told the Tatum school board. “I will fight to get all of the rules changed." Parents packed Monday night’s school board meeting, holding signs and demanding change after they claim students are being discriminated against. view article arw