Read the Notes Page - js -  Omar Garcia with BOK Financial Securities has a new release (Release 4 dated 8/7/2020) that is now available for download. This new release may only apply to a few districts that are thinking about adopting an M&O tax rate less than the max M&O tax rate (see Notes tab). As always, please stay tuned for any new developments – there will be some. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Michelle M. Cavazos, Chief Academic Officer, Austin ISD, has been named New Super of Gregory-Portland ISD .

Brent H. Jaco, Chief of Staff and Gov. Affairs, Brazosport ISD, has been named New Super of Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.

Daron Worrell, Superintendent, Rockspring ISD, has been named New Super of Comanche ISD.

 

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Vacant Glen Rose ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Vacant Quanah ISD; Search By: Education Solutions and Services adINFO
Vacant La Porte ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Trenton ISD - Jeremy Strickland, High School Principal,Trenton ISD; Search by: Trenton ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Texas City ISD; Search By: Texas City ISD - Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Region 2 ESC; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Mullin ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.C. (search suspended)INFO
Vacant Booker ISD; Search by: Educational Solutions and Services, Mike Smith & Letha HopkinsINFO
Vacant Spearman ISD; Search By: Spearman ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant White Deer ISD; Search by: White Deer ISD Board of Trustees & Region 16INFO
Vacant Kingsville ISD; Search conducted by O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo with Dr. Abelardo Saavedra and Dr. Daniel KingINFO
Vacant Dilley ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo in conjunction with Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Abelardo SaavedraINFO
Vacant Executive Director
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; Search By: Dr. Mike MosesINFO
Vacant Edcouch-Elsa ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo in conjunction with Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Abelardo SaavedraINFO
Vacant Tuloso-Midway ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Vacant Denver City ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant La Villa ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo in conjunction with Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Abelardo SaavedraINFO
Vacant Burkburnett ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Texarkana ISD; Search by: Thomposon & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses, David Thompson & Dr. Alfred RayINFO
Vacant Sam Rayburn ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Randolph Field ISD - Brian Holt, Superintendent,Booker ISD; Search by: Education Solutions and Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Ector ISD - Jennifer Morris, Elementary Principal,Ector ISD; Search by: ECISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Celina ISD - Dr. Tom Maglisceau, Assistant Superintendent,Rockwall ISD; Search by: Celina ISD Board of Trustees adINFO
Lone Finalist Galena Park ISD - Dr. John C. Moore, Associate Superintendent,Galena Park ISD; Search by DRV Executive Services, Fred Rush & Dale DixonINFO
Lone Finalist Marlin ISD - Dr. Darryl J. Henson, Assistant Superintendent,Cedar Hill ISD; Search by: Educational Solutions and Services, Mike Smith & Letha HopkinsINFO
Lone Finalist Grand Prairie ISD - Linda Ellis, Interim Superintendent,Grand Prairie ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.C.INFO
Lone Finalist Comanche ISD - Daron Worrell, Superintendent,Rocksprings ISD; Search by: Gary Speegle & Comanche ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist South San Antonio ISD - Marc Puig, Superintendent,Beeville ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo & Moak, Casey & AssociatesINFO
Lone Finalist Wharton ISD - Dr. Michael J. O'Guin, Assistant Superintendent,Hays CISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Gary PattersonINFO
Lone Finalist Manor ISD - Dr. Andre Spencer, Executive Superintendent,New York City Dept. Education; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Lone Finalist Ralls ISD - Dr. Nathan Maxwell, Associate Superintendent,Pampa ISD; Search by: Ralls ISD Board of Trustees Assitsted by Region 17 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Holliday ISD - Cody Carroll, Superintendent,Krum ISD; Search by: Holliday ISD & Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Center ISD - Dr. Brian Morris, Superintendent,Columbus ISD; Search By Jim Largent, Largent Consulting Services, LLCINFO
Lone Finalist Shallowater ISD - Dr. Anita Hebert, Assistant Superintendent,Magnolia ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD - Brent H. Jaco, Chief of Staff and Gov. Affairs,Brazosport ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo in conjunction with Dr. Abelardo Saavedra and Dr. Daniel King.INFO
Lone Finalist Brenham ISD - Dr. Taylor Chaplin, Superintendent,Burkburnett ISD; Search by: Karczewski Bradshaw SpaldingINFO
Lone Finalist Skidmore-Tynan ISD - Richard B. Waterhouse, High School Principal,George West ISD; Search by: Doug Arnold & Arte AlmendarezINFO
Lone Finalist Nederland ISD - Dr. Stuart Kieschnick, Assistant Superintendent,Nederland ISD; Search by: Dr. Danny Lovett, Dr, Byron Terrier, Marianne Kondo, Region 5 ESCINFO
New Super Gregory-Portland ISD - Michelle M. Cavazos, Chief Academic Officer,Austin ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Gary PattersonINFO
New Super Beeville ISD - Travis Fanning, Assistant Superintendent,Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Gary PattersonINFO
New Super Pilot Point ISD - Todd Southard, High School Principal,Pilot Point ISD; Search by: Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett PCINFO
New Super Colmesneil ISD - Eldon Franco, Superintendent,Cherokee ISD; Search by: Wells, Peyton, Greenberg & Hunt LLPINFO
New Super Region 7 ESC Executive Director; Search By: Thompson & Horton , LLP - David Thompson and Dr. Mike MosesINFO
New Super Jasper ISD - James Seybold, Director of Operaitons,Jasper ISD; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
New Super West Sabine ISD - Cristal Joslin, Director of Federal Programs,Jasper ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Lake Travis ISD - Paul Norton, Superintendent,Texarkana ISD; Search By: Lake Travis ISD - Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
New Super Montgomery ISD - Dr. Heath Morrison, Superintendent,Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools North Carolina; Search by: Thomposon & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
New Super Winnsboro ISD - Dave Wilcox, Assistant Superintendent,Atlanta ISD; Search by: Hardy Cook & Hardy, P.C. adINFO
New Super Royal ISD - Richard Kershner, Assistant Superintendent,Splendora; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO

Delaying Decision On STAAR Test Could Cost Texas Tens Of Millions

August 1308:04 AM
 

She is the latest in a string of lawmakers calling for the suspension of STAAR testing for the next school year.  “It’s going to be an inappropriate measure of where we are,” said Powell. “We are starting behind this year – we’re going to be playing catch-up all year long.”  School leaders say the same thing. Dr. Marcelo Cavazos recently told the Arlington ISD school board while testing data is important, “our priority has more to do with our students getting back to learning and progression. No test should take away from that.” view article  arw

Dallas superintendent wants teachers to return to classrooms this fall, with or without students

August 1307:27 AM
 

Teachers should return to their classrooms in the fall, with or without their students, the superintendent of schools in Dallas told "The Story" Wednesday. Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa argued that while it is "unprofessional" for teachers to conduct their virtual lessons from home, his push to have teachers return to their classrooms for the new school year has received little support among educators in his district.    (13) view article  arw

Leander ISD cancels first two virtual learning days for high school students due to technical issues

August 1307:10 AM
 

LEANDER, Texas - Leander ISD says it is canceling the first two virtual learning days for all the district's high school students due to technical issues.  Classes on Thursday, August 13, and Friday, August 14 will be canceled due to an issue with the web content filtering tool that allows students to connect to the internet on their district-provided laptops.   (13) view article  arw

Austin ISD approves the district’s next superintendent

August 1307:04 AM
 

AUSTIN, Texas - Dr. Stephanie Elizalde is officially Austin ISD's new superintendent.  Members of the community say they felt left out of the interviewing process, but ultimately welcomed the former Chief of Leadership for Dallas ISD. They also requested Dr. Elizalde respond to a community questionnaire.   (13) view article  arw

‘We can’t ignore this’: Hidalgo, Harris County health officials issue guidance for school reopenings

August 1305:00 AM
 

Harris County schools should remain closed to in-person classes until the local spread of COVID-19 is significantly curbed and strict benchmarks are met, Judge Lina Hidalgo said Wednesday as she unveiled new recommendations for reopening campuses.  Nearly two weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott wrested power over school closures away from local government leaders, Hidalgo released metrics designed to help local superintendents and school boards decide when to resume face-to-face instruction. The benchmarks are more strict than those released by other local American governments and health organizations in the U.S., illustrating the county’s frequently cautious approach to resuming normal activities amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.  “We simply cannot responsibly reopen schools to in-person instruction right now,” Hidalgo said, acknowledging the frustration of parents, teachers and others. “But we can't ignore this. We can't tap our heels together and wish the current numbers away.”   (12) view article  arw

Humble ISD’s online server under cyberattack on first day of virtual learning

August 1208:40 AM
 

HUMBLE, Texas (KTRK) -- Humble ISD's online server was under a cyberattack Tuesday morning on the first day of virtual learning for the district, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said.  "The MyHumble server is currently experiencing a cyberattack called denial of service," she posted on Twitter.  Students were unable to access their MyHumble accounts or their school emails between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.   (12)   view article  arw

NPR: At Least 97,000 Children Tested Positive For Coronavirus In Last 2 Weeks Of July

August 1208:40 AM
 

At least 97,000 children tested positive for the coronavirus during the last two weeks of July, according to a new review of state-level data by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Association. The increase represents a 40% surge in the nation's cumulative total of child cases.  "I think it's showing that, yes, kids can get infected and can spread the infection," said Dr. Sean O'Leary, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado and vice chair of the Committee on Infectious Diseases for the American Academy of Pediatrics. view article  arw

Analysis: The election won’t humble the coronavirus. It’s the other way around.

August 1208:37 AM
 

Repost!  We wanted haircuts. Now we want football. The coronavirus doesn’t care.  In April, the urgency to bust the first round of coronavirus restrictions was strong. Everybody wanted a haircut, and their elected officials wanted them to be happy.  When general election voting starts in two months, Texas voters will know some things they don't know today to help them make decisions, like what actually happens when you open public schools or allow college football to proceed.   (12) view article  arw

Nederland ISD Mourns the Loss of Former Superintendent Dr. Robin Perez

August 1206:50 AM
 

NEDERLAND – “Deeply saddened,” the Nederland Independent School District announced the death of former Superintendent Dr. Robin Perez on Tuesday evening.  Perez served the students and staff of Nederland ISD for four years before announcing her retirement to fight her cancer battle.  Nederland, TX – We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of our most recent Superintendent, Dr. Robin Perez. Dr. Perez served the students and staff of Nederland ISD passionately for four years before announcing her retirement to fight her cancer battle. She has not only left a lasting impression on our school community but the many she served over her lengthy career in education. For those that knew her, it goes without saying, Dr. Perez had a desire in her heart for education and the children she served. She took every opportunity to think outside of the box, fight for the whole child, and looked far into the future of what education may look like in years to come.  view article  arw

‘Don’t yo-yo us around’: Superintendent has one message for state leaders

August 1205:00 AM
 

“I just ask them to stay consistent, stay steady and don’t yo-yo us around and they’ve done a fairly good job of that,” Keene ISD Superintendent Ricky Stephens said.  More than a week into their grand back-to-school experiment, Keene ISD has yet to record a positive COVID case, though a teacher did test positive the week before school started.  But kids have gone to the nurse with symptoms that mimic COVID-19. Those illnesses turned out to be strep throat, food poisoning and an allergic reaction to chocolate milk. There’s been one development that surprised Stephens. He says an estimated 85% of the students are showing up with masks already on. view article  arw

Ten out of the 12 hospitals in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley are now full

August 1204:00 AM
 

"We are now at the point of grave concern," said the CEO of one hospital system in deep South Texas as local hospitals began diverting patients away from their emergency rooms amid a crush of COVID-19 infections.   Hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley sounded the alarm Saturday as their beds filled to capacity with COVID-19 patients and some began transferring patients elsewhere.  Ten of 12 hospitals in Hidalgo, Cameron and Starr counties are now on “diversion status,” which means all their beds are full, although Hidalgo County spokesperson Carlos Sanchez said it’s a “fluid situation so diversions may be lifted at any moment.” view article  arw

Preventive Law: Assigning Roles Under New Title IX Requirements

August 0308:45 AM
 

By August 14, 2020, school districts must implement OCR’s new Title IX regulations, which create novel roles for school personnel. Districts need to decide now who will be assigned to each role and ensure they are trained before school starts.

Worker’s Compensation & COVID-19

August 0308:41 AM
 

The question is, does a local school district’s worker’s compensation cover coronavirus and related illnesses?  The answer is found in this month’s Insurance Newsletter by Bob Reim, President of  Robert V. Reim Company. -   Read today’s School Insurance NewsLetter for more information. - js - webmaster@texasisd.com 

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Sexual Harassment Complaints Under the New Title IX Regulations: A Specialized Three-Part Live, Interactive Training on How to Report, Respond and Investigate

Date: August 27, 2020
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Cost:  $400 per school district for the entire package of trainings, including a recording of the entire program and forms relating to complaints and investigations, with license to use these items at your campuses throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

Join attorneys John Janssen, Michelle Alcala, and Michael Roseberry on August 27, 2020 at 9:00 am for a three-hour live webinar training on the new Title IX regulations (which go into effect August 14, 2020).

This three-part webinar is designed for specialized audiences and will help you implement the new regulations successfully.

Part I:  Training for All District Staff and Administrators (9 am – 9:45 am)

What all District employees need to know:  how to identify sexual harassment as now defined under the new regulations and how to report it.

Part II:  Specialized Training for Title IX Coordinators and Facilitators (9:45 am – 11:00 am)

Thorough training on the new Title IX regulations, including the required new grievance process for formal complaints, focusing on the expanded role of the Title IX Coordinator, supportive measures, the new burden of proof requirements, informal resolution, and the role of informal resolution facilitators.

Part III:  Specialized Training for Investigators and Decision-Makers (11:00 am – 12 noon)

Training on the required investigation process into sexual harassment under the new regulations, including the required training for investigators on how to conduct an investigation and write an investigative report.  The required training for decision-makers on the new decision-making process and the new written determination requirements will also be covered.

**3.0 hours of CPE credit available for participants in the live webinar.

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Staff Development for Reopening 2020: The Must, May, and Can (For Now)

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On July 7, 2020, the Texas Education Agency released their guidance and requirements for school reopening in the 2020-21 school year. TEA has stated that school personnel must be trained on the specific requirements of that guidance, in addition to their local procedures. This 45-minute recorded webinar provides the required in-depth training on TEA’s guidance, and it can be viewed on demand for all faculty and staff of the district.


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Note: The requirements for the opening of the 2020-21 school year are different than the summer school requirements you are currently following. This training is only to be used for purposes of reopening and not for summer school hires. Districts who purchased the summer school webinar cannot use it for reopening because the rules have changed. 


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

IN-DEPTH: How Leander ISD’s IT team handles tech problems

August 1308:40 AM
 

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Virtual learning for the Leander Independent School District was supposed to start for all students Thursday, but that’s not going to happen.  Just hours before Leander ISD shuttered the first two days of school for high school students, Leander ISD Chief Technology Officer Jason Miller told KXAN the challenge school IT departments are facing is unprecedented. view article  arw

Mansfield ISD Still Delivering Devices To Students; Online Learning Began Wednesday

August 1308:40 AM
 

MANSFIELD, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Using school buses and SUVs, Mansfield ISD staff planned to work late into the evening Wednesday, driving through neighborhoods and delivering computers to students who didn’t have a device for the first day of online classes.  As many as 4,200 students had used an online portal to indicate they still needed a computer in order to start the school year. view article  arw

Harris County educational policies don’t match county’s coronavirus data, parents increasingly frustrated, looking to alternatives

August 1308:40 AM
 

The Center Square) – With more children not returning to in-person education in the fall in Harris County, some parents are looking to alternatives to provide educational resources for their children. Others who can’t afford to do so are concerned that their children will fall behind because they lack digital resources to participate in online virtual learning.  Fort Bend ISD, one of the first Houston-area school districts to announce it would not provide in-person instruction, is, however, offering in-person learning at Fort Bend Learning Centers.  Non-public schools will be providing in-person learning, whereas public schools won’t be, at learning centers initially created to help disadvantaged families like the homeless, students in foster care, and those without internet connectivity. Fort Bend has 11 centers that can each seat 100 students, a total of 1,100.  Because schools are reopening and many parents want their children in in-person classrooms, the district has received 15,600 applications for its learning centers. view article  arw

AISD Hires Stephanie Elizalde as Next Superintendent

August 1308:40 AM
 

The Austin Independent School District has hired its new superintendent, Dr. Stephanie Elizalde. The AISD Board of Trustees approved Elizalde's contract in a special board meeting Tuesday night, with trustee LaTisha Anderson being the only member to abstain. Elizalde, who was named the lone finalist three weeks ago, is leaving her role as chief of school leadership for Dallas ISD to assume AISD command. Outgoing Superintendent Paul Cruz is scheduled to officially step down Aug. 31 as he heads to a new role as co-director of the Cooperative Superintendency Program in UT-Austin's College of Education. view article  arw

Hope, fear and hula hoops. How four Texas schools are preparing to bring students back into classrooms.

August 1308:40 AM
 

Across Texas, teachers and staff are readying the classrooms, hallways and cafeterias that will become the next front lines in the battle with the coronavirus pandemic.  While much teaching will continue online, most of the state's more than 1,000 school districts want to bring at least some students back to campuses.  It’s a tense moment, a fraught experiment to see whether students and educators can return to campus — and a semblance of a normal school year — without triggering further spread of the coronavirus and debilitating weakened communities. view article  arw

Snapshot of what in-person school looks like in a pandemic

August 1308:40 AM
 

Great pictures of students at school - js - THRALL, Texas (KXAN) — What’s to come for all Central Texas schools is taking shape. Students learning, playing, eating with distance — the new school code and norm during the pandemic.  Here’s what the first day of school looked like for Thrall Independent School District, one of the first districts in Central Texas to return to school: Nearly 75% of Thrall ISD’s student body opted for in-person learning, but they won’t all attend at once. Half will go on Mondays and Thursdays. The other half will attend Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays are virtual for everyone. There already have been some virtual hiccups for other school districts. view article  arw

COVID-19 infections in classrooms shouldn’t be a state secret

August 1308:40 AM
 

Transparency of school infection information is absolutely necessary.  The Texas Education Agency and the Texas Department of State Health Services are discussing whether data will be kept on COVID-19 infections in schools and provided to the public.  The answer should be an emphatic “yes” on both counts. The last thing schools need is too little information about the spread of the coronavirus in classrooms. Collecting infection information and making it publicly available would provide crucial insight into how safely school districts are managing the return to in-person instruction on campuses.  One doesn’t have to look far for examples of how the lack of meaningful data complicated the battle to control the virus. Aside from the national snafus over testing, regulatory gaps and reporting failures allowed the virus to gain a deadly toehold in assisted living centers across the country. This is not a mistake that we should repeat with our children. view article  arw

DeSoto ISD is using this broken school year to engineer a new educational system

August 1308:40 AM
 

What if online K-12 education could take place in the evening, when more parents are available to help kids with their studies? What if, once a student learns a concept, the child could move on to the next concept right away, rather than waiting for classmates to catch up?  What if teachers could focus on the aspects of teaching they are best at, and adjust their work schedules to fit their needs?  At a time when most parents and educators are scrambling to figure out how to have school at all, these questions feel grandiose. But not for D’Andre Weaver and Ben Mackey, the superintendent and the chief of research, evaluation and design at DeSoto ISD. view article  arw

Here’s what happens when students, parents don’t respond to digital demands during pandemic

August 1308:40 AM
 

HOUSTON — COVID-19 is teaching hard lessons to Houston-area school districts. They lost contact with more than 11,000 students after the pandemic hit in the spring and remote learning replaced traditional classrooms.  Poor students, students of color and young students were lost most often, a KHOU 11 Investigation has found. view article  arw

Austin school district inks 3-year, $325,000 deal with new superintendent Stephanie Elizalde

August 1308:40 AM
 

Austin school board members Tuesday night officially hired the district’s newest superintendent Stephanie Elizalde, offering her a three-year contract.  Elizalde, who most recently has served as the chief of school leadership for the Dallas district, is the first Latina to be appointed to the position of superintendent.  “I’m very excited to serve the community of Austin ISD,” Elizalde said in a recent online community engagement event. “Through teaching and through education and through leadership education, I want to be a part of the real equity social justice, ensuring that there is academic excellence for all of our students, regardless of their zip code, regardless of their community. That absolutely has been a passion of mine. It is how I lead and it is how I continue to grow.”  Elizalde, 55, is a third-generation educator. She started her teaching career in 1987, following in the footsteps of her father, a retired teacher and principal. This is her first superintendent post. Elizalde, whose contract runs though Aug. 31, 2023, will earn an annual base salary of $325,000. Her benefits also include a $750 monthly car allowance. view article  arw

Return to sports means a little more this year

August 1308:34 AM
 

LA GRANGE — There were as many smiles as spikes at La Grange High School on Tuesday, when the hometown Leopards opened their volleyball season against neighboring Weimar.  And why not?  It had been five long months since La Grange and every other high school in the state had played a meaningful sporting event, and the familiar rhythm and routine of the game mattered much more than the final score. view article  arw

Thrall ISD superintendent talks outcome of first days back to class

August 1308:30 AM
 

AUSTIN, Texas — School is back for many Central Texas districts, and as some of them get ready to log on for virtual class or sit in a desk, Thrall Independent School District has already pulled the band-aid off and welcomed their students back in-class and online.  The Williamson County school district began learning on Aug. 10, and superintendent Tommy Hooker said their plan is "so far, so good."  view article  arw

What A Principal Says About “The Fundamental 5 And Remote Instruction,” Staff Training

August 1308:30 AM
 

SC,   Teacher response to the yesterday’s training was incredible. From, “This is the best training we have had since the pandemic started,” to “This changes my whole outlook on remote instruction,” to “It’s nice when the trainer actually models the training topic.”   Once again LYS has hit a home run. Thank you!  ... view article  arw

Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Llano ISD students returning to class Thursday while other districts start virtual learning

August 1308:26 AM
 

AUSTIN, Texas — KVUE is keeping you updated with the latest coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, news in the Austin area.  Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE's Aug. 13 live blog. view article  arw

Over half of Huntsville ISD students will return to campus

August 1308:25 AM
 

The feeling across America remains mixed … is it safe to send children back to school given the risks of the novel coronavirus?  But parents also express serious concerns with online schooling, and many are drawn to systems that mix the two.  The mixed feelings reflect widespread anxiety among parents, as local school districts prepare to start in-person and remote instruction over the next two weeks. view article  arw

Frisco ISD Begins Virtual Instruction Thursday

August 1308:25 AM
 

Thursday is a big day for Frisco ISD with classes beginning virtually for students.  Frisco ISD parents were given the option to choose between on-campus or virtual instruction for the first nine weeks of the school. All students will start the year with virtual learning for the first three weeks then on-campus instruction in the district will begin on Sept. 3 for those families who have selected it. view article  arw

Statewide data collection for COVID-19 cases in Texas schools still ‘under active deliberation’

August 1308:25 AM
 

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — As some Texas schools reopen this week, some questions linger about how districts will report COVID-19 cases.  Student or staff cases of COVID-19 are supposed to be reported by each school district to local health officials, but there is no formal guidance on sending that information to state education leaders.  San Antonio parent Angela Rabke, a mother of three, said the decisions state education officials make impact her youngest child the most. He is a special education student in public school. view article  arw

Statewide data collection for COVID-19 cases in Texas schools still ‘under active deliberation’

August 1308:25 AM
 

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — As some Texas schools reopen this week, some questions linger about how districts will report COVID-19 cases.  Student or staff cases of COVID-19 are supposed to be reported by each school district to local health officials, but there is no formal guidance on sending that information to state education leaders.  San Antonio parent Angela Rabke, a mother of three, said the decisions state education officials make impact her youngest child the most. He is a special education student in public school. view article  arw

Abilene:  AISD superintendent opens discussion about racial bias on campuses

August 1308:25 AM
 

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Superintendent Dr. David Young addressed teachers in a convocation Wednesday in which he asked them to be aware of personal racial biases that could impact their teaching.  In a media briefing Wednesday, Dr. Young confirmed he encouraged educators to be the first step in correcting racism and encouraging inclusion on campuses. This comes after months of national racial unrest, particularly sparked by the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers back in May. view article  arw