Do you have a plan for dealing with another Covid surge? I saw several references this morning asking if the state was better prepared to handle a second surge. That is an important question, but not the most important; that would be, “Is the local school district prepared to handle a second surge?” The following quote is from today’s Texas Tribune: read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Jeremy Strickland, High School Principal, Trenton ISD, has been named New Super of Trenton ISD .

 

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Vacant La Villa ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo in conjunction with Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Abelardo SaavedraINFO
Vacant Texarkana ISD; Search by: Thomposon & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses, David Thompson & Dr. Alfred RayINFO
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Vacant Rockport/Aransas County ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C.INFO
Vacant Reagan County ISD; Search by: Region 18 ESC, Dr. Dewitt SmithINFO
Lone Finalist Booker ISD - Gary Mills,Perryton ISD; Search by: Educational Solutions and Services, Mike Smith & Letha HopkinsINFO
Lone Finalist Denver City ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Jarrell ISD - Toni Hicks, Assistant Superintendent,Liberty Hill ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Burkburnett ISD - Dr. Brad Owen, Assistant Superintendent,Burkburnett ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Sam Rayburn ISD - Lance Campbell, Superintendent,Lone Oak ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Center ISD - Dr. Brian Morris, Superintendent,Columbus ISD; Search By Jim Largent, Largent Consulting Services, LLCINFO
New Super Tuloso-Midway ISD - Rick Fernandez, Assistant Superintendent,Tomball ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Ralls ISD - Dr. Nathan Maxwell, Associate Superintendent,Pampa ISD; Search by: Ralls ISD Board of Trustees Assitsted by Region 17 ESCINFO
New Super Shallowater ISD - Dr. Anita Hebert, Assistant Superintendent,Magnolia ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESCINFO
New Super Kingsville ISD - Cissy Reynolds-Perez, Assistant Superintendent,West Oso ISD; Search conducted by O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo with Dr. Abelardo Saavedra and Dr. Daniel KingINFO
New Super Nederland ISD - Dr. Stuart Kieschnick, Assistant Superintendent,Nederland ISD; Search by: Dr. Danny Lovett, Dr, Byron Terrier, Marianne Kondo, Region 5 ESCINFO
New Super Skidmore-Tynan ISD - Richard B. Waterhouse, High School Principal,George West ISD; Search by: Doug Arnold & Arte AlmendarezINFO
New Super Brenham ISD - Dr. Taylor Chaplin, Superintendent,Burkburnett ISD; Search by: Karczewski Bradshaw SpaldingINFO
New Super Holliday ISD - Cody Carroll, Superintendent,Krum ISD; Search by: Holliday ISD & Region 9 ESCINFO
New Super Wharton ISD - Dr. Michael J. O'Guin, Assistant Superintendent,Hays CISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Gary PattersonINFO
New Super South San Antonio ISD - Marc Puig, Superintendent,Beeville ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo & Moak, Casey & AssociatesINFO
New Super Grand Prairie ISD - Linda Ellis, Interim Superintendent,Grand Prairie ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.C.INFO
New Super Marlin ISD - Dr. Darryl J. Henson, Assistant Superintendent,Cedar Hill ISD; Search by: Educational Solutions and Services, Mike Smith & Letha HopkinsINFO
New Super Galena Park ISD - Dr. John C. Moore, Associate Superintendent,Galena Park ISD; Search by DRV Executive Services, Fred Rush & Dale DixonINFO
New Super Celina ISD - Dr. Tom Maglisceau, Assistant Superintendent,Rockwall ISD; Search by: Celina ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
New Super Ector ISD - Jennifer Morris, Elementary Principal,Ector ISD; Search by: ECISD Board of TrusteesINFO
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Texas joins Trump administration’s lawsuit against Google, arguing the tech company has a monopoly

October 2105:53 AM
 

Attorney General Ken Paxton said the multibillion-dollar company engaged in anti-competitive and exclusionary practices that eliminate competition for internet searches and search advertising.   Texas joined the Trump administration’s lawsuit against Google, accusing the tech giant of monopolizing the search engine market and controlling how online ads are bought and sold, according to the suit filed Tuesday morning.  Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that the multibillion-dollar company engaged in anti-competitive and exclusionary practices that eliminate competition for internet searches and search advertising. view article  arw

Some Texas school districts are requiring in-person instruction again, leaving parents scrambling for options

October 2105:00 AM
 

As the numbers of people infected and hospitalized by the coronavirus tick back up across the state, at least six Texas school districts eliminated the option for remote learning and forced students, faculty and staff to return to the classroom, with few exceptions.  The most Jessica Elbel’s kids have ventured out of the house since the pandemic began is to play in the yard or sit in the back seat of the car while their mom or dad picked up a curbside grocery order.  It hasn’t been easy, but Elbel and her husband, Donald, have gone to great lengths to shield their family from COVID-19 exposure. Donald Elbel went so far as to leave his job to help their 7- and 9-year-old kids with virtual schooling. view article  arw

Alief ISD could face budget crunch due to lower enrollment

October 2105:00 AM
 

Charles Woods’ voice shook as he told Alief ISD trustees about the southwest Houston district’s financial outlook. Enrollment declines, poor attendance and a decrease in free and reduced-priced meal applications could combine to create a deficit of $42 million, or nearly 10 percent of the district’s general fund budget.  Paying teachers and staff could start being “tough,” said Woods, Alief’s deputy superintendent of business services. The district will have to dip into its fund balance, essentially its rainy day fund, but that will do little to offset the losses.  “We’re going to get affected more because districts with high rates of (lower income students) are going to get hit disproportionately because of the effects of the economy and what that does to students’ ability to come to school,” Woods said. view article  arw

Too fast or just right? Houston ISD’s closure of 16 schools over COVID cases draws mixed reviews

October 2105:00 AM
 

Houston ISD moved Tuesday to temporarily close 16 schools with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 cases on campus, charting a different course from other local districts continuing to offer in-person classes at all campuses in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic.One day after celebrating the reopening of in-person classes in the state’s largest district, HISD officials faced their first reported COVID-19 cases with students on campus. The disclosures led to swift closures in a fraction of their 275 campuses, in some cases over a single confirmed infection at a school.  While some staff members and parents lauded the quick shutdown of more than a dozen campuses, others argued HISD should follow the lead of nearby districts that have kept campuses open after learning of students and staff testing positive for COVID-19. view article  arw

Health officials predict most Texans won’t have access to COVID-19 vaccine until July at the earliest

October 2005:01 AM
 

Under the state’s vaccine distribution plan, vulnerable people, including health care workers, older people and people with underlying medical conditions, would likely be the first to get the vaccine in the early months that it’s available.  If a COVID-19 vaccine is ready next month, Texas health officials predict it won’t be widely available to Texans until at least July.  Under the state’s vaccine distribution plan, vulnerable people, including health care workers, older people and people with underlying medical conditions would likely be the first to get the vaccine in the early months that it’s available.  The estimated timeline presented at a meeting of health officials Monday hinges on the COVID-19 vaccine being approved before the end of the year, though it remains unclear whether that will happen. But the allocation plan provides more information about who will be first in line to get a vaccine in Texas and how long it might take before vaccines are accessible to public at large.    (20) view article  arw

Texas is on the cusp of another COVID-19 surge. Is the state better prepared to handle it?

October 2005:00 AM
 

Experts say Texas is more prepared to handle another wave. But they fear that if the state fails to control the outbreak, it could quickly spiral out of control.  Cases of COVID-19 in parts of Texas surged to near catastrophic levels this summer as some hospitals were forced to put beds in hallways, intensive care units exceeded capacity and health officials struggled to stem the tide of the virus.  After peaking in late July and August, cases fell and leveled off in September, and the state’s seven-day positivity rate — or the proportion of positive tests — reached its lowest point since early June.  But health officials are now eyeing a worrying trend: New infections are rising again, and the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is also ticking upward. “I’m no longer pondering if we’re going to see a surge,” said Dr. James McDeavitt, dean of clinical affairs at the Baylor College of Medicine. “We’re already seeing it.”    (20) view article  arw

It’s time to VOTE!

October 1608:07 AM
 

Our message to you is short and sweet. If you haven't already voted early, please vote on Monday, October 19th, Educator Voting Day!  Early voting is underway and continues through October 30th. Election Day is November 3rd. Don't wait! TEV partners have all the resources you need to be an informed and engaged voter!    view article  arw

Preventive Law: Football and COVID-19: Your Best Defensive Strategy to Punt the Virus

October 0108:45 AM
 

A chill in the air means two things in Texas: school’s back in session, and football is here. With most districts already beginning their football schedule, some have discovered the dilemma of how to prevent further outbreaks of COVID-19 while still maintaining their spot under the Friday Night Lights. The current executive order in Texas requires face masks to be worn unless you’re in a county with less than 20 active cases or have filed exemption paperwork. As of today, only 57 counties are exempt from this mandate, and these counties have to face the challenge of remaining under 20 reported cases. With new teams every Friday filling the bleachers from different high infection-rate counties, people are now in close quarters without masks to watch their teams play. And, as Homecoming fast approaches, alumni from all across the country may be bringing their germs with them as they scream the fight song. It’s time to put a winning strategy in place before the impending flu season outshines playoffs.

November 2020 Bond List

September 1708:45 AM
 

Bond Election Data collected by TexasISD.com for public school bonds in the upcoming November 2020 election cycle.

Comal ISD to parents: Remote learning is not going away

October 2009:35 AM
 

SAN ANTONIO - The Comal Independent School District is reassuring parents that it will continue to families offer the option of remote learning.  In a letter to parents, Superintendent Andrew Kim addressed rumors about whether virtual learning would be available as the school year goes on. "Over the past several weeks, we have seen news reports from around the state about school districts that are shutting down their remote learning opportunities for students. These districts are in effect telling parents to either send their children to school, enroll them in another district or homeschool them," the letter states. view article  arw

Trial for Brownsville ISD school board trustee scheduled for next week

October 2008:40 AM
 

Brownsville, Texas (KVEO)–The trial for a Brownsville school board trustee is scheduled to take place on October 26, according to court records.  Sylvia P Atkinson was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in December after being indicted by a grand jury. view article  arw

Additional school closures reported in Houston ISD due to presumed coronavirus cases

October 2008:40 AM
 

As of early Tuesday, three Houston ISD schools are now closed temporarily due to presumed cases of the coronavirus.  HOUSTON — Bellaire High School will be closed temporarily after a person who was on campus Monday tested positive for COVID-19. It was the first day of in-person learning for Houston Independent School District campuses.  The identity of that person is not being revealed, but the school said they are recovering and self-quarantining at home. view article  arw

Displaced Yet Determined: Tornado-Damaged Schools Years Away From Construction Completion

October 2008:40 AM
 

Thomas Jefferson High School, Walnut Hill Elementary School and Cary Middle School all took direct hits from the 2019 outbreak of tornadoes that carved a path of destruction through parts of Dallas.  The storm destroyed buildings on the campuses and displaced students leaving the schools facing repairs and rebuilds that will last for years.  “We are at Edison Middle School and we will be here for at least two to two and a half more years,” Thomas Jefferson High School principal Sandi Massey said. “We’re doing pretty good considering that it was mass chaos in the middle of Fall.” view article  arw

Displaced Yet Determined: Tornado-Damaged Schools Years Away From Construction Completion

October 2008:40 AM
 

Thomas Jefferson High School, Walnut Hill Elementary School and Cary Middle School all took direct hits from the 2019 outbreak of tornadoes that carved a path of destruction through parts of Dallas.  The storm destroyed buildings on the campuses and displaced students leaving the schools facing repairs and rebuilds that will last for years.  “We are at Edison Middle School and we will be here for at least two to two and a half more years,” Thomas Jefferson High School principal Sandi Massey said. “We’re doing pretty good considering that it was mass chaos in the middle of Fall.” view article  arw

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Texas Reports Most Coronavirus Hospitalizations In Nearly 2 Months

October 2008:40 AM
 

AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – State health officials reported 4,319 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals for treatment Monday, the most since 4,422 patients were hospitalized on Aug. 28.  Texas had an estimated 82,930 active cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a tally up by almost a third since 64,431 active cases were reported a month ago, on Sept. 20, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported. view article  arw

The Final Plea for Robert E. Lee in San Angelo

October 2008:40 AM
 

OPINION — Tonight the San Angelo ISD Board of Trustees decides if Robert E. Lee’s name will be removed from Lee Middle School.  I am not allowed to relate to how a black person feels about the name of Robert E. Lee, but I get it. I have had discussions with people of color and I know there’s no reconciliation of the Robert E. Lee name for them. None at all. view article  arw

HISD Superintendent Grenita Lathan, local leaders welcome students back to campuses for in-person learning

October 2008:40 AM
 

HOUSTON – The largest school district in Texas has reopened its campuses Monday by bringing back some students for the first time this semester. HISD Superintendent Grenita Lathan and other local leaders welcomed students back during a press conference at 10:30 a.m. at Highland Heights Elementary School while discussing how to bridge the gap for the digital divide.  Lathan announced that the Moody Foundation donated $1 million to the district for the purchase of tablets and computer devices for ACHIEVE 180 schools.  The district released a 26-page reopening plan and a 133-page communicable disease plan, which includes measures for face-to-face learning, temperature checks for students and guidelines for the lunchroom. view article  arw

El Paso ISD superintendent, former school board president named in lawsuit

October 2008:40 AM
 

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — Allegations surfaced in the Fall against the superintendent of the El Paso School District and a former school board president.  El Paso ISD superintendent Juan Cabrera and former El Paso ISD school board president Dori Fenenbock are accused of defrauding millions of dollars from investors while launching an online school.  The lawsuit obtained by KFOX14 was filed last month in San Diego County Superior Court.  The lawsuit stems from a criminal case in California that includes the original investors in the Texas-based online school.  Cabrera and Fenenbock approached a charter school company in California in 2018 with plans to develop a for-profit school, according to the lawsuit.  The lawsuit alleges that Cabrera and Fenenbock presented themselves as co-founders of eSchool Prep. view article  arw

Texas schools tell teachers with medical risks they must return to classrooms during the pandemic

October 2008:40 AM
 

Several school districts are trying to accommodate teachers with health conditions who want to work from home, but many are being called back in as more students return to classrooms. After several miscarriages over the last few years, Joy Tucker is finally pregnant with her third child at the age of 37.  A school counselor at the Houston-based Windmill Lakes campus at the International Leadership of Texas charter school, Tucker talked to her doctor about the risks she and her child would face if she were to contract COVID-19 from students or other employees. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that pregnant people may be at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness, or even preterm birth. At her doctor’s recommendation, Tucker turned in a note asking her school if she could work remotely. view article  arw

Longview-area school leaders say remote learning staying — for now

October 2008:40 AM
 

Although some East Texas school districts have changed or even eliminated their remote learning programs amid high failure rates, local school leaders say they have immediate plans to follow suit.  New Diana, Gilmer and Hallsville ISDs have canceled virtual learning, while Longview ISD pulled the plug on its asynchronous model for students in grades through through 12 but is keeping synchronous instruction.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, schools can offer remote learning to students who wish to stay home because of COVID-19. The different models include synchronous, where student and teacher are engaged and the same time, and asynchronous, where students can complete work on their own schedule. view article  arw

Why Some Texas School Districts Ditched Remote Learning

October 2008:40 AM
 

In some Texas school districts, fluctuating numbers of coronavirus cases have caused a whiplash effect. After starting with remote learning then transitioning into the classroom, some schools are now going back to laptops and tablets once more. That includes districts in Keller, Alpine and the El Paso area. But many districts are doing the exact opposite – suspending or cancelling remote learning altogether, and telling students to come back to campus.In some Texas school districts, fluctuating numbers of coronavirus cases have caused a whiplash effect. After starting with remote learning then transitioning into the classroom, some schools are now going back to laptops and tablets once more. That includes districts in Keller, Alpine and the El Paso area. But many districts are doing the exact opposite – suspending or cancelling remote learning altogether, and telling students to come back to campus. view article  arw

National Democratic super PAC says it will double its spending to $12 million in battle for the Texas House

October 2008:30 AM
 

The national Democratic super PAC Forward Majority is doubling its spending to flip the Texas House, bringing its commitment to over $12 million.The political action committee said in early September that it would drop $6.2 million to help Democrats capture the majority. But in an announcement first shared with The Texas Tribune, Forward Majority said it is now surging its spending to keep up with Republicans in the homestretch of the fight to control the lower chamber ahead of the 2021 redistricting process. view article  arw

‘The Fear Is Worse Than This Pandemic’: Highland Park Parents Upset With Schools’ Handling Of COVID-19

October 2008:30 AM
 

HIGHLAND PARK, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s been around two months since the unusual new school year began, and opinions are coming in hot.  Some North Texas parents say, whether school is in-person or virtual, the students are losing. “The fear is worse than this pandemic,” said Highland Park mom Amanda Nobles. view article  arw

‘We have to be cautious’: Houston ISD’s school reopening brings nerves, excitement

October 2008:30 AM
 

In his first five years as principal of Houston ISD’s Booker T. Washington High School, Carlos Phillips would greet each student in the morning with a handshake, a personal touch meant to make students feel welcome at the Northside campus.  Phillips plans to set aside his tradition Monday, when more than 400 students are expected to walk through Washington’s doors for the first time in seven months, though the mere sight of students back in the classroom will carry him through. view article  arw

Edinburg CISD to issue athletic media passes weekly

October 2008:30 AM
 

EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District will begin issuing digital athletic media passes weekly, starting on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.  Every week by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, media organizations must submit the two names and their email addresses of the media representatives attending a sporting event that week. The submitted information must be emailed before the deadline to ECISD Public Information Officer Romeo Cantu at romeo.cantu@ecisd.us for approval. Once accepted, the Public Information Office will send the digital media passes to the two media representatives.

Local superintendent encourages healthy students to return to class in person

October 2008:30 AM
 

VALLEY MILLS, Texas (KWTX) - The Valley Mills ISD superintendent has a message for parents in his district with children learning virtually: if you can send your child back to school in person, do it.  There have been four confirmed student cases.  But Superintendent Mike Kelly says the district has taken numerous safety measures to keep students safeand contain any additional COVID-19 cases.  In fact, the junior high volleyball team and an elementary class are currently quarantining out of extreme caution because of potential exposure. view article  arw

Enrollments fall by thousands as Houston-area schools open amid pandemic

October 2008:30 AM
 

It was the middle of a school day earlier this month, but it still looked like summer vacation around the Happy Homes Apartments complex in Alief.  A handful of elementary and middle school-age kids rode bikes around the parking lot. Two boys sat on concrete steps leading up to a second floor unit, and a 10-year-old girl and her brother played with Chihuahua puppies that had crawled out a hole in their patio fence. view article  arw

UIL athletic committee unanimously votes to delay water polo at least a year from original 2021 start date

October 2008:30 AM
 

The wait for University Interscholastic League sanctioned water polo may have to wait another year.  The UIL’s athletic committee voted unanimously Sunday afternoon on a recommendation to delay the start of water polo at least a year from its original, 2021 start date. The sport, which has long been a topic of discussion at the UIL’s semiannual legislative meetings, was scheduled to start as a pilot program overseen by the organization before its sanction status was revisited later.  “We want to do it right, and putting it together in a year, with all the challenges we’re facing with COVID-19, we think it would be in the best interest to push this [back] and delay the start of it,” said Susan Elza, the UIL’s director of athletics. view article  arw

Plans to rebuild tornado-ravaged schools delayed but DISD focused on ‘can-do’ spirit one year later

October 2008:30 AM
 

A year removed from the Oct. 20, 2019 tornado that slashed a 15-mile path from northwest Dallas to Richardson, DISD is still reeling from the destruction.  While more than 20 public and private schools were in the storm’s path, three DISD campuses -- Thomas Jefferson High School, Cary Middle School and Walnut Hill Elementary -- were the hardest hit of any school in the area. view article  arw

Lamar CISD Superintendent Thomas Randle Announces Retirement

October 2008:30 AM
 

Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle announced this week that he will be retiring after 20 years with the District.   Dr. Randle plans to finish the school year in Lamar CISD, or until the School Board completes the superintendent search process.    (19)   view article  arw

Taylor ISD superintendent search in progress

October 2008:30 AM
 

The search for Taylor ISD’s next superintendent has begun.  On Oct. 5, the Taylor ISD school board chose JG Consulting as the search firm to find the district’s next superintendent. The decision was made during a special called meeting that evening.  The board interviewed JG Consulting and two other firms, Arrow Educational Services and Region XIII Superintendent Search Services. Trustees discussed each firm’s presentation in open discussion before reaching a decision.  “As a whole we all agreed that the search platform presented by James Guerra and Dr. Robert Jaklich with JG Consulting would cast a bigger net that would expand our search nationwide,” said Marco Ortiz, board president. “They also believe that meeting with district staff, students if possible, parents and stakeholders within the community is important to the search process.” view article  arw

Opinion: Charter school expansion is not what Texas needs during a pandemic

October 2008:25 AM
 

The Texas Education Agency recently approved new charter schools for the next school year, which means the state will be redistributing some education dollars and resources to new schools during a recession that has already burdened existing schools. This is not what Texas school districts need right now.  The TEA commissioner has allowed 49 new charter campuses next year, including 12 for IDEA Public Schools. The reasoning for charter expansion during a recession and pandemic is surprising. The commissioner has the authority to approve charter expansion, but must consider “information relating to any financial difficulty that a loss in enrollment may have on a district” as well as “evidence of parental and community support for or opposition to the proposed charter school.” view article  arw

Refugio ISD, Skidmore-Tynan Elementary return to in-person learning, no longer offering remote learning option

October 2008:25 AM
 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Starting Monday, both Refugio ISD and Skidmore-Tynan Elementary School are saying good-bye to remote learning.  In Refugio, administrators say all students must be face to face starting this morning. Skidmore-Tynan wants all elementary kids back in the classroom today as well; the rest of that district's students will return to school by November 9.  view article  arw

Grayson County high school coach arrested

October 2008:25 AM
 

(KTEN) -- Grayson County high school coach David Toon is under arrest on child sex abuse charges.  David Toon of Van Alstyne was arrested Friday at the S&S Consolidated Independent School District, where he worked as a baseball coach and teacher.  Toon is accused of continuous sex abuse of a child under age 14.  The Grayson County Sheriff's Office assisted the Hunt County Sheriff in this arrest. Toon's warrant was from Hunt County.  He has since posted a surety bond of $250,000.  view article  arw