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Congratulations to the following New Supers
James Oliver, Superintendent, Martin's MIll, has been named New Super of Rocksprings ISD.
Dr. Irene Garza, Professor for Principal & Superintendent Certification Programs, Stephen F. Austin State University, has been named New Super of Taft ISD.
Layne Sheets, Superintendent, Dawson ISD, has been named New Super of Jayton-Girard ISD.
Dr. Roosevelt Nivens, Superintendent, Community ISD, Nevada, Texas, has been named New Super of Lamar Consolidated ISD.
Brian Lowe, High School Principal, North Hopkins ISD, has been named New Super of North Hopkins ISD.
Dr. JoAnn Fey, Assisstant Superintendent,Southwest ISD, has been named New Super of Midlothian ISD.
Paula Patterson, Deputy Superintendent, Sheldon ISD, has been named New Super of Crosby ISD.
Ken Kemp, Director of Technology, Operations & Transportation, Collinsville ISD, has been named New Super of Walnut Bend ISD.
Greg Brown, Assisstant Superintendent, Plainview ISD, has been named New Super of Claude ISD.
A. Katrisse Lee--Perera, Gresham-Barlow School District, Oregon, has been named New Super of Lancaster ISD.
John Martin, Assisstant Superintendent, Hallsville ISD, has been named New Super of Hallsville ISD.
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In a marathon session that stretched into this morning, Texas Democrats filed a slew of amendments to strip a voting bill of its key components — but couldn't stop Republicans from passing the legislation critics have denounced as voter suppression. The bill is one of Republicans' top priorities this year, as lawmakers aim to implement a slew of voting restrictions that have been popping up in GOP legislatures across the nation. view article
Today, the Santa Fe ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Kevin Bott as its Lone Finalist for the position of Superintendent. Dr. Bott is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Lampasas ISD. Dr. Bott began his career as an educator in 2001 as a middle school English teacher and coach before transitioning into school administration. (07) view article
(This video gives a good overview of the event - js) BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a sixth-grade girl brought a gun to her Idaho middle school, shot two students and a custodian and then was disarmed by a teacher. Officials said at a news conference Thursday that the three victims are expected to survive their injuries. Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson says the girl pulled a handgun from her backpack and fired multiple rounds inside and outside Rigby Middle School. A female teacher disarmed the girl and held her until law enforcement arrived and took her into custody. (07) view article
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — In a town where the average household makes $50,000 a year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Socorro Independent School District is paying Socorro ISD superintendent Dr. Jose Espinoza $629,308 to resign. The amount represents one year’s salary and benefits, according to the official separation contract. (07) view article
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A sixth-grade girl brought a gun to her Idaho middle school, shot and wounded two students and a custodian and then was disarmed by a teacher Thursday, authorities said. The three victims — two students and a custodian — were shot in their limbs and expected to survive, officials said at a news conference. Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger found dead in Austin Both of the students who were shot were being held at the hospital, and one of them might need surgery, said Dr. Michael Lemon, trauma medical director at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Still, both students were in fair condition and could be released as early as Friday. One of the students had wounds in two limbs and might have been shot twice, he said. view article
The Republican-led effort to allow Texans to carry handguns without any kind of license cleared what is likely its biggest remaining hurdle in the Capitol on Wednesday, when the Texas Senate moved in a nail-biter vote to bring the measure to the floor and then passed it. The measure – already passed by the Texas House – heads to a conference committee for the two chambers to hash out their differences, unless the House accepts the Senate amendments. Then, the bill heads to Gov. Greg Abbott, who said last week he would sign the permitless carry bill into law. view article
Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Board of Trustees named Dr. Joe Rodriguez as the lone finalist for the open superintendent position. The announcement came during a special 5:30 p.m. meeting Friday, April 30. Rodriguez is bringing 21 years of public education experience, previously serving as a teacher, principal and district leader, and most recently serving as chief of schools for Fort Bend Independent School District. “I’m very, very excited to have Dr. Rodriguez,” board vice president Natalie Bowman said. “He has had a lot of success at the elementary school level, at the high school level and in the superintendent seat, and he truly has a heart for students and teachers.” Board president Lance Love thanked the superintendent search firm, CCR Education Consultants for their work in finding the candidate. view article
Now that at least 100 days have passed since the inauguration of President Joe Biden, it is a good time to examine some of the actions his administration has taken that have an impact on public schools. Of course, the executive agency with the most direct impact on schools is the United States Department of Education (DOE), so we will start there and then pay a visit to the Department of Labor, whose actions have an impact on the employment relationships in schools.
Updated 4/28/2021 - (62 School Districts holding bond elections on May 1) and it has crossed the $7 billion dollar mark (Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of other districts holding bond elections.
The Idaho middle school teacher who confronted and disarmed a sixth-grade student during a shooting on Thursday told family afterward that she felt like there was an "angel on my shoulder that was telling me what to say and what to do," her father told Fox News. Dean Turnblom said his daughter Krista Gneiting sprang into action when she heard shots fired inside Rigby Middle School, where according to police a female student wounded three people after she pulled a handgun out of her backpack and opened fire. Gneiting, an eighth-grade math teacher whose classroom is located about 20 to 30 feet from a door leading out of the school, "decided that since the shooting had sounded like it was down the hallway ... to let her kids get out of the room and run out through that door and get out to the high school," Turnblom told Fox News by phone on Friday. view article
Hudson board of trustees begin budget discussions, deliberate future projects and capital improvements
HUDSON — Hudson school trustees are deliberating a tax rate cut for the 2021-22 school year budget and reviewed the first draft of the proposed budget Thursday night. The budget presented to the board was balanced, said Barrett Lankford, assistant superintendent of finance and operations. The budget’s total estimated revenue and expenditures are $28,528,048. view article
NORFOLK, Mass. (AP) — A school bus driver in Norfolk was arrested Friday after students found a handgun that police say he had accidentally dropped. David Tripp, 65, of Norfolk, faces charges including reckless endangerment of a child and carrying a firearm on a school campus. He was being held by Norfolk police and is expected to be arraigned Monday. view article
‘They’ve created the legacy:’ Inaugural class to graduate May 27 from Tomball ISD’s early college high school program
As the school year comes to a close, Tomball ISD is celebrating the graduation of its inaugural class at Tomball Star Academy, an early college high school the district launched in partnership with Lone Star College-Tomball in August 2017. The inaugural class of 95 students has been instrumental in paving the way for the students yet to finish the program, said Kelly Marchiando, the principal of Tomball Star Academy since January. “They laid the groundwork for the classes behind them. They were the inaugural class,” Marchiando said. “It’s exciting. They’ve created the legacy; they’ve created the traditions.” Marchiando said more than $1 million in scholarships has been awarded to the first graduating class. view article
The Permian Basin Education Leadership Summit hosted educators from across Texas and New Mexico at the Bush Convention Center on Wednesday. Ideas were shared among superintendents and administrators from school districts big and small at the convention center today. A lot was discussed, but there was one clear objective to improve students’ experience and education. Dr. Ramsey listed three ideas that she took away from the event that she believes would work at MISD. view article
At one online Texas institution, high schoolers learn a high-paying trade, while college is optional. Texas Virtual Academy at Hallsville offers a tuition-free online schooling program of Hallsville Independent School District and lets students statewide from grades 3 to 12 attend class wherever there is an internet connection. Students can specialize in one of several career tracks, including health science, information technology, and business, marketing and finance. view article
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - In Nacogdoches, McMichael Middle School sixth graders prep for STAAR testing at home. Not in a classroom. Fans continue to blow through two sixth grade wings at McMichael Middle School. Even after a week, classrooms are still drying out. n unfinished roof on a school bond project and torrential rain made for the perfect storm mishap. “We had three inches of rain in about an hour and half and it flooded the new construction side of our addition to McMichael,” said Ralph La Rue, Nacogdoches ISD’s plant services director. view article
Raise Your Hand Texas, a public education advocacy group, called on local leaders Thursday to wisely use their share of supplemental federal education funds released by the state for the good of Rio Grande Valley school children as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan recently announced that Texas will start flowing $11.2 billion in federal stimulus dollars to local school districts. Another $5.5 billion is available for school districts once they post individual plans of action to the U.S. Department of Education for how they will utilize the $11.2 billion. view article
How the Denver ‘rock star’ who might well be Dallas ISD’s next superintendent is settling into her new life
ver since the woman who might well be DISD’s next school superintendent picked Dallas over her native Denver, I’ve wondered why. Why would Susana Cordova, a self-described “Head Start success story,” the daughter of Mexican-American parents and a first-generation college graduate, leave the top job in Colorado’s largest district to become No. 2 under DISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa? Why this sudden change after spending almost her entire life in the Denver Public Schools, first as a K-12 student and then for 31 years as an educator and boss? view article
The House voted 81-64 to advance a pared down version of priority GOP legislation. Lawmakers huddled off the chamber’s floor throughout the night to cut a deal and again rework Senate Bill 7 through a flurry of amendments. As opposition to Texas Republicans’ proposed voting restrictions continues to intensify, state lawmakers’ deliberations over the GOP priority legislation could soon go behind closed doors. The House early Friday voted 81-64 to advance a pared down version of Senate Bill 7, leaving out various far-reaching voting restrictions that have prompted widespread outcry from voting rights advocates, advocates for people with disabilities, and local officials in the state’s biggest counties. The legislation still contains some provisions opposed by those groups — including a prohibition on counties sending unsolicited applications to vote by mail. Facing more than 130 proposed amendments from Democrats late Thursday — and a procedural challenge that could have delayed the entire bill’s consideration — lawmakers huddled off the chamber’s floor throughout the night to cut a deal and rework SB 7 through a flurry of amendments passed without objection from either party. view article
AUSTIN, Texas — The school year is quickly coming to an end, but Central Texas's largest school district, AISD, is looking ahead to the next school year. Austin ISD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde said there will be more students learning in-person, but teachers will only teach in-person and online – never both at the same time. "We really don't even know if we're going to be authorized to even have the option of virtual," said Elizalde. "We now know we can do the 3 feet distance safely." view article
TYLER, Texas (KETK) — Beginning Monday, Tyler ISD students will no longer have to wear face coverings on campuses. During a board workshop on Thursday, Tyler ISD trustees voted of 6-0 to adjust the District’s “Return to Learn” health and safety protocols. Face coverings will be optional for all students and staff while at school or on school property, an announcement from the district said. “Over the last eight weeks, Tyler ISD has averaged only 4.2 cases among its more than 20,000 students and staff,” Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said in a statement released by the district. view article
Bryan ISD School Board Discusses Foundation Options Of New Intermediate School Before The Final Decision Is Made By The Superintendent
This week’s Bryan ISD school board meeting included a discussion about the quality of the soil under the site of what will be built as the district’s third intermediate school. Consulting architect Ron Bailey’s suggestion to save $1 million dollars on the type of foundation for the two story building was the decision made by superintendent Christie Whitbeck. The less expensive alternative was supported by board vice president Julie Harlin. view article
Unfinished learning, attracting talent, social-emotional learning and how best to spend federal funds coming districts’ way were just some of the topics covered at the Permian Basin Education Leadership Summit Wednesday at the Bush Convention Center in Midland. The event was put on by the Permian Strategic Partnership and the Education Partnership of the Permian Basin. Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri and Hobbs Municipal Schools Superintendent TJ Parks spearheaded it. view article
DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — With less than a month left of school, some Dripping Springs ISD parents aren’t letting up on their push for the district to reconsider its mask policy. Some are planning to keep their kids out of school one day next week because of it. Parents are calling it a “sit-out” and are circulating a flyer on social media to bring attention to it. [Flyer circulating on social media explaining the "sit-out" to Dripping Springs ISD parents] Flyer circulating on social media explaining the “sit-out” to Dripping Springs ISD parents The flyer reads, “Don’t send your kids to school. Don’t let them log on as virtual to be counted in attendance numbers. Email the registrar and state ‘My child is home today, because I don’t agree with the safety protocols at school, including requiring masks.'” (06) view article
DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas - Dripping Springs ISD has a new superintendent. The district's Board of Trustees unanimously voted to hire Dr. Holly Morris-Kuentz, the former deputy superintendent for Lake Travis ISD, during a special meeting Wednesday night. Dr. Morris-Kuentz was named the lone finalist for the position on April 13 and will begin in her new role immediately, says the district. (06) view article
Tomball Independent School District’s new 10,000-seat football stadium and community center, budgeted for $48.5 million, are set to open in August, the district said. The district says mechanical, electrical and plumbing crews have been busy on-site and interior walls on both levels of the community center are almost complete. According to district officials, all construction on the stadium is almost complete as well and concourse paving under the seating area is 98% done. The scoreboard steel is completed and video panels are also going in. view article
CLUTE — Big changes are coming to Brazosport ISD’s COVID-19 protocols when summer school begins — the end of at-home learning and lifting the mask requirement. Starting June 1, just after the end of the current academic year, masks will be optional for both students and staff. The move comes after a period of low positive case numbers. view article
Friendswood ISD is edging closer to the start of construction projects that will give various district buildings a major upgrade. “Things are moving along,” school board president Tony Hopkins said. “It’s a long design process, and we are right in the heart of that.” In November, district voters approved a $128.275 million school construction bond to fund extensive renovations of the high school campus, construction of a new Cline Elementary School to replace the current one and addition of classrooms at Westwood Elementary and Bales and Windsong intermediate schools. In January, FISD sold bonds at a then record-low rate of 1.82 percent. Schematic designs for the new Cline elementary were approved in March and designs for the renovated high school in April. view article
Health and government agencies across North Texas are making preparations for the possibility that the FDA and CDC will come to a consensus next week to allow Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of 12 and 15. The Pfizer vaccine is already allowed for anyone 16 and older. Dallas County has allowed the parents of these children to register for a vaccine for weeks now to allow for an easier rollout when the eligibility expansion is approved. There are currently already more than 5,000 children between the ages of 12 and 15 registered. view article
Teaching is more than a profession for Andrew Loh. It's a calling. “I decided to get into education because of the importance my parents placed on education when I was a kid. Both of my parents were refugees at the time of the Vietnam War,” Loh said. “Growing up in American society, I knew that education was my ticket to opportunity.” Loh is a teacher at Uplift Heights Secondary in West Dallas as part of the Teach for America DFW. He is hoping to provide that same opportunity for his students with a focus on education equity. view article
The Week in COVID & Education Policy: The Sprint to Get Kids Vaccinated, How Remote Learning Put an End to Snow Days and More Key School Updates
60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids’ Data With Third Parties: A new report from Me2B Alliance found the majority of school utility apps were sharing some amount of student data with third-party marketing companies. view article
“Serious, harmful consequences”: Texas continues placing foster children in harm’s way, court monitors find
A federal judge in 2015 found that Texas violates foster children's constitutional rights. At a hearing this week, court monitors found some progress in reforming the foster care system — but also noted several concerns. At least 23 children have died in Texas’ long-term foster care system since summer 2019, according to a new report by court-appointed monitors for state agencies in charge of the system. Six of the children died as a result of either neglect or abuse by caregivers. Another is suspected to have died from abuse. Five more deaths are also still under investigation. “It’s the safety of these children that’s at stake here,” U.S. District Judge Janis Jack said during a federal court hearing following the release of the report. “That’s the most important thing we have … and I expect Texas to live up to its duties to keep these children safe.” view article
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – To close out Teacher Appreciate Week, educators will gather today (May 7) and honor the Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year at the Lamar Lively Teacher of the Year breakfast. According to Amarillo Independent School District, “Each year, a selection committee comprised of district staff, a parent, a student and community leaders reads applications of all 56 campus teachers of the year before choosing six finalists. Finalists are then interviewed for the noble honors.” view article
CHANNELVIEW – After missing a year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Channelview FFA returned to their normal events last week, with a Parade and Livestock Show on Saturday, April 17. The parade featured bands, floats, marching units, and the Channelview Fire Department. It started at Schochler Primary on Deer Pass, proceeded down Woodforest, and ended on Sheldon at Memorial stadium. Throngs of people lined the streets and enjoyed the sights and sounds. view article
Forty-six SISD high school students placed in the regional Academic Decathlon, a ten-event scholastic competition where students compete in the rigorous contest consisting of several tests on numerous topics, including math, literature, art, science, social science, speech and essays. view article