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A serious debate is going on across the US and Texas related to the mandated wearing of masks, and it goes beyond our schools. I’ve worn masks at times before Covid to deal with some health issues and never thought it could lead to this sort of situation in our schools. I have posted many articles on the issue over the last year, but this one is a little different as it gives more attention to why people are taking these positions. Since most of you have to deal with the whole public, reading this will likely help as it paints a picture of the divide we are seeing in Texas schools: read more
Congratulations to the following New Supers
Eric Hallmark, Assisstant Superintendent, Reagan County ISD, has been named New Super of Reagan County ISD.
Ross Aschenbeck, Superintendent, Sonora ISD, has been named New Super of Industrial ISD.
Jason Gilstrap, Deputy Superintendent, Ennis ISD, has been named New Super of Floresville ISD.
Reuben Cervantes, Superintendent, Dell City ISD, has been named New Super of Cotulla ISD .
Robbie Phillips, High School Principal, Levelland ISD, has been named New Super of Highland ISD.
Layne Sheets, Superintendent, Dawson ISD, has been named New Super of Jayton-Girard ISD.
Matt Calvert, Deputy Superintendent, New Caney ISD, has been named New Super of New Caney ISD.
David Rodriguez, Executive Director of Human Resources & Operations, Castleberry ISD, has been named New Super of Crosbyton ISD.
John Martin, Assisstant Superintendent, Hallsville ISD, has been named New Super of Hallsville ISD.
Randy Brawner, High School Principal, Chico ISD, has been named New Super of Chico ISD.
Dr. Mike Kelly, Superintendent, Valley Mills, has been named New Super of Bridge City.
Dr. Shannon Luis, Assisstant Superintendent of Curriculum &Instruction, Elgin ISD, has been named New Super of Era ISD.
Ryder Appleton, Superintendent, Veribest ISD, has been named New Super of Mexia ISD.
Janee' Carter, High School Principal, Lone Oak ISD, has been named New Super of Lone Oak.
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|Lone Finalist||Bridge City ISD - Dr. Mike Kelly, Superintendent,Valley Mills ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO|
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|Lone Finalist||North Hopkins ISD - Brian Lowe, High School Principal,North Hopkins ISD; Search By: North Hopkins ISD Board of Trustees assisted by Dr. Darin JollyINFO|
|Lone Finalist||Taft ISD - Irene Garza, Prof. Supt. & Prin. Certification,Stephen F. Austin State University; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO|
|Lone Finalist||Midlothian ISD - Dr. Jo Ann Fey, Assistant Superintendent,Southwest ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C.INFO|
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|New Super||Reagan County ISD - Eric Hallmark, Assistant Superintendent,Reagan County ISD; Search by: Region 18 ESC, Dr. Dewitt SmithINFO|
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Ysleta Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre was honored earlier this month by the Texas House of Representatives for “making a positive difference in the lives of countless young Texans in his distinguished role as an educator.” District officials say that the congratulatory resolution for Dr. De La Torre, HR 422, was filed by State Rep. Art Fierro in late March, and laid before the state House of Representatives and adopted on Thursday, April 1. In the resolution, the House of Representatives commends Dr. De La Torre for numerous accomplishments throughout his career in education, and extends its sincere best wishes for continued success with his important work. “Since assuming his current position in March 2014, this esteemed administrator has shepherded Ysleta ISD into a new era,” the resolution says, citing Dr. De La Torre’s leadership in a variety of successes at Ysleta ISD that include: (12) view article
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush “seriously considering” run for attorney general, lays out case against Ken Paxton
Bush said the state's top law enforcement official "needs to be above reproach."Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said Thursday he is "seriously considering" running for attorney general in 2022 — and detailed how he would challenge the incumbent, embattled fellow Republican Ken Paxton. "There have been some serious allegations levied against the current attorney general," Bush said in an interview with Dallas radio host Mark Davis. "Personally I think that the top law enforcement official in Texas needs to be above reproach." Bush, the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and nephew for President George W. Bush, went on to say a Paxton challenge would not be centered on "conservative credentials" but how the incumbent has run his office. "I think character matters and integrity matters," Bush said. (12) view article
North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees this week announced Brian Lowe as the lone finalist for superintendent of schools. District officials announced the opening after trustees on March 1 accepted Darin Jolly’s letter of resignation as North Hopkins ISD superintendent. Brian Lowe Dr. Jolly’s resignation as superintendent was effective March 4, 2021, allowing him to begin serving as assistant superintendent of accountability and operations, overseeing the daily operation of Ennis ISD, beginning March 5. Jolly indicated the move allows him to be closer to several relatives and family members. Jolly agreed to return to North Hopkins the week of March 15, during Ennis’ spring break, to provide transitional leadership for the district, (12) view article
The Midlothian Independent School District unanimously named Dr. JoAnn Fey as the Superintendent of Schools Lone Finalist during a special meeting today. With this announcement, this begins the 21-day waiting period that is required by state law before a Superintendent can sign a contract and begin working. (12) view article
Texas A&M University’s Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, ALEC, is working with rural schools to make sure the future offers as many opportunities as possible for Texas youth. a teacher's arm with blurred children in the background A Texas A&M University department is dedicated to helping rural school districts focus on better paths to higher education for students. The rural school partnership and program is one Matt Baker, Ph.D., head of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Bryan-College Station, is extraordinarily passionate about. (12) view article
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed H.R. 1319, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, an emergency legislative package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You are likely familiar with the $1,400 direct cash payments for qualifying individuals and $2,800 for joint filers (with an additional $1,400 for each qualifying dependent) based on adjusted gross income, and the minimum wage provision that was not included. But what’s in it for Texas public school districts?
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It’s springtime, and Texas politicians are getting all flirty, dreaming and scheming about what offices they’ll seek in 2022. Most Texans are still trying to shake off the 2020 elections, with their battles over voting and election law, over the results in tight states — not including Texas — and over the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. view article
Longview ISD will host an event called “Conversation with Dr. Wilcox” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the district administration building, 1301 E. Young St. Superintendent James Wilcox said the purpose of this event is to provide parents with the opportunity to talk about district initiatives, ask questions and highlight concerns along with administrators and district board members. Anyone wishing to attend in person must abide by COVID-19 guidelines, as only limited seating capacity is available, according to the district. The meeting also will be streamed on Longview ISD’s YouTube channel. view article
HOUSTON – KPRC2 wanted to know what local school districts are planning to do to help failing students or to assist students that regressed over the last school year. We sent out a poll to all area school districts. What programs will your district offer to help students that are failing or regressed in their learning? Are these students facing any particular deadlines? 100% of the districts that responded will offer Summer School 90% will offer after school learning 67% will offer tutoring 47% will offer before school learning *Districts were allowed to offer more than one solution. view article
Seven patients died by suicide in 2020, compared to two in 2019 and one in 2018, according to data provided by the hospital. The numbers of patients treated for suicide attempts at the hospital have similarly increased over the past year, and skyrocketed in the beginning of 2021, data shows. In January, 40 children were admitted to Cook Children’s after attempting suicide, which is double the total from January 2020. Thirty-five children attempted suicide in February, compared to 22 one year earlier. Forty-three children attempted suicide in March, a record high and almost 20 more than March 2020. The troubling trend has led psychiatric staff at Cook like Carter to ramp up their efforts to educate community members, trying to reach schools, pediatricians’ offices and other places where adults can look for warning signs in children. The hospital is also hoping to send a message to parents that it’s OK to talk about mental health, just like physical health, Carter said. view article
Midland, your new superintendent is living up to the billing. The latest example came this week. During the budget process, Angelica Ramsey brought attention to the 2024-25 school year when grant funding was coming to a close. This year, MISD is currently receiving roughly $64.6 million in Formula Transition Grant funds. That is not insignificant. She realizes that and doesn’t mind using a public forum to tell Midland ISD trustees – and therefore the community -- that this better be on your radar. When I talked to her about the budget process, she said a main issue is that potential “fiscal cliff.” She talked about always performing five-year projections and making sure that the preparation for the longer term starts today – not in the Spring of 2024 and not at a time when we are forced to make drastic cuts. view article
I think it’s important and interesting to go back and review past history when looking at the May 2021 Huntsville ISD bond proposal. It tells us where we’ve been and hopefully helps us determine the best direction for the future of our district. In December of 1997, I was hired as an assistant superintendent under newly hired Superintendent, Mr. Rudy Okruhlik, who was selected to replace Mr. Dale Dixon. Mr. Dixon had just completed a successful seven-year tenure as the Superintendent of Schools in HISD and planned to retire. view article
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WACO, TX — Waco ISD works with parents before their child is born up until they're enrolled in preschool to instill early developmental skills that will set the child up for academic success. "We work from those gross motor to walking to fine motor and writing, and our goal is to send them ready to pre-K," said Anita Henderson, Lead Parent Educator. The program has been in place since 1990. Each year, educators are work with more than 100 families. view article
This SA middle school says it’s daily mask-wearing chant is innocent encouragement. Some parents say it’s indoctrination.
SAN ANTONIO — A local middle school is calling a daily chant promoting mask-wearing an encouragement, while some parents are calling it an indoctrination of their children. One parent who wanted to remain anonymous shared a letter she sent to North East ISD leaders to express her concerns over the chant at Bradley Middle School. She doesn’t have children who attend there, but said her friend's children go to the school. view article
HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) – Representative Vicente Gonzalez says H-E-B’s CEO “is spot on” in a recent Twitter post, supporting the message to Governor Greg Abbott to release federal relief funds to the school districts. Charles Butt, the H-E-B CEO, urged Gov. Abbott to release federal relief funds to the school districts “as quickly as possible” in a letter Tuesday. view article
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — A former Alabama school superintendent and two educators have pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Alabama State Department of Education by falsely inflating the number of students enrolled in public virtual schools. Thomas Michael Sisk, 55, was previously the superintendent of Limestone County Schools and pleaded guilty along with Gregory Earl Corkren, 56, of Tuscaloosa; and David Webb Tutt, 61, of Uniontown. view article
Monday, it’s “Back to School” all over again for Dallas ISD. As a part of the Finish Strong initiative, the district is urging all high school senior students to return to classrooms for in-person instruction for the last weeks of the school year. “For us here in South Dallas, I want to make sure that my kids are graduating and graduating on time to take care of those opportunities to go to college, the workforce and the military,” said Lincoln High School principal Johnna Weaver. “If they come back to school, they are able to come back and get the support they need to Finish Strong.” view article
A former head of an Alabama school district has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge. A former head of an Alabama school district has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge. Tom Sisk, former superintendent for Limestone County Schools, entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. He appeared by video teleconference in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerusha T. Adams, multiple news agencies reported. Sisk is one of six people facing charges in an alleged multi-million dollar scheme. Prosecutors said the indictment alleges that the defendants were involved in a complicated scheme to fraudulently enroll students in public virtual schools. Private school students were wrongly counted as being enrolled in online classes through public schools to boost attendance by hundreds and obtain additional state funding, the indictment said. view article
Far too often, superintendents and school administrators are forced to implement programs and policies they do not endorse because they are mandated by the Texas Education Agency, not locally elected officials. The issue of where the locus of control lies has been an ongoing push and pull between school districts and TEA for years. However, since the onset of the pandemic, the autocratic decision- making at the state level has increased at an alarming rate. This escalation began as an innocuous attempt to assist districts in planning how to end a school year during a statewide shutdown, through guidance on grade promotion and graduation. However, this guidance quickly became a detrimental top-down decision-making pattern affecting all aspects of school operations, from books to buses. This includes diverting federal stimulus funds from school districts to purchase software and curriculum at the state level that most local educators do not need or want. view article
Patty Young, a middle school language arts teacher, says the state assessments are causing kids unnecessary stress. Listen in the weekend edition of The Brief podcast. view article
Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective in preventing all symptoms of the virus after completing its clinical trial with 2,300 adolescent participants. Pfizer hopes its COVID-19 vaccine will be available to some children in time for the next school year. Pfizer announced it submitted clinical trial data for adolescents 12 to 15 years old to the FDA for emergency use authorization. The drugmaker says its COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective in preventing all symptoms of the virus after completing a clinical trial with 2,300 adolescent participants. view article
During the coronavirus crisis, vaccine researcher Peter Hotez has become one of the country’s most trusted explainers of science — and so beloved in Houston that Antone’s recently named a po’boy after him. At the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, he and his team have developed a COVID-19 vaccine set to be manufactured in India. He’s also dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. In the U.S., we’re seeing a mixed picture. In some parts of the country, we’re seeing what some are calling “the fourth wave.” It’s hitting the upper Midwest pretty hard. Michigan is the worst-affected state. Also up in the northeast — New York, New Jersey, New England — those numbers are starting to go up. We might be beginning to see that in Florida now. There’s been about a 20% increase in cases over the last 14 days. view article
At 3:30pm (CST), Episode 7 of the Reboot Mini-Series kicks off. Today’s interactive discussion will address Proactive Training Frameworks and provide suggestions and ideas that can be implemented immediately. Join me, Dr. Mike Laird, and now over 100’s of educators from across the country for a real time, interactive conversation about the solutions schools need... view article
Masks and close contact quarantining are now optional in most cases at Decatur ISD following board action Wednesday. The board voted 5-2 to lift the requirement for students, staff and visitors to wear face coverings district-wide. The only exception is educators may require students to wear face coverings if they are within six feet of the teacher. In a letter sent to parents following the vote, the district said it still encourages the wearing of face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19. The board also voted 4-3 to make close contact quarantine optional for all staff and students. Those who have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case will be notified and given the option to quarantine. If a person is symptomatic, the quarantine is still mandatory. view article
AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than 1,000 vaccines will be given out in Del Valle Friday through Sunday. This is just one small effort to make sure everyone that wants the vaccine can get it, especially residents of southeast Austin. Travis County Judge Andy Brown says this is one area not getting vaccines like the rest of the county. “It is the same barriers that have been present for a long time relating to health care,” said Brown. “There just aren’t as many pharmacies, hospitals or even grocery stores in southeast Austin.” view article
A federal judge Friday ordered Richard Garza, the former superintendent of Houston Gateway Academy, to serve five years in prison for siphoning off more than a quarter-million dollars from the charter school network in 2014 with the aid of a co-conspirator. Garza, 61, pleaded guilty to theft from a federally funded program in September 2019, but then backpedaled from the deal. The ex-superintendent sought to withdraw his plea because of information he thought would benefit his case and that his lawyers obtained after he’d agreed to the plea deal, his lawyer said. This request was rejected by U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. last month. view article
Bob Braun was an education reporter for 50 years. After he retired from the New Jersey Star-Ledger, he began blogging and paid close and critical attention to the state takeover of Newark. This column, posted in 2014, is as timely now as it was when it first appeared. view article
Unable to leave work during the day to get vaccinated in Willacy County? Raymondville ISD will hold an evening clinic and a weekend clinic this week for people 18 and older. The first clinic will take place Wednesday, April 14, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Myra Green Middle School located at 693 E. Monroe Avenue in Raymondville. view article
Dallas ISD officials said an alarming number of high school seniors are not on track to graduate. The district is now planning on getting seniors back into classrooms starting Monday. It comes after Dallas ISD announced 40% of seniors are not on track to graduate, having fallen behind during remote learning. view article
As the May election approaches, Hawkins ISD voters will consider a nearly $12 million bond. The bond aims to tackle a variety of school improvements Hawkins ISD Superintendent Stephanie McConnell says will create more space for students. "This bond is looking at mostly our extracurricular spaces, our AG building and then our field improvements as well," McConnell said. "And just some other district-wide improvements." view article
During a tense encounter last week, four Katy Independent School District (ISD) officers surrounded parent Bonnie Anderson and her 15-year-old-son to inform her that she was being ejected from the public meeting. In multiple videos posted on social media, an officer informs Anderson that she is being asked to leave because she is not wearing a mask. Her son is also not wearing a mask, and other attendees seen in the video are unmasked. view article
Having a green thumb is something special and over in Snyder, a new greenhouse enterprise is in the works. A vacant building for several years has now turned into a beautiful place of learning. “This is how we feed our world is with plants,” says Mckenna Jenkins. Jenkins is the director of the new Evergreen Research and Retail Greenhouse, which will serve as a new hands-on enterprise for Snyder ISD students. view article