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Vacant Tom Bean ISD; Search by: Tom Bean ISD Board of Trustees & Kelly LuskINFO
Vacant Montgomery ISD; Search by: Thomposon & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
Vacant Santa Rosa ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Uvalde CISD; Search By: Region 20 ESCINFO
Vacant Fairfield ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Kyle & Robinson P.C.& Education Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant Calvert ISD - Latisha Crockett-Tennell, Interim Superintendent,Calvert ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Blooming Grove ISD; Search by: Blooming Grove ISD Board of Trustees & Gary MartelINFO
Vacant Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Carrizo Springs ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Sabinal ISD; Search by: Richard W Grill & Sabinal ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Dickinson ISD; Search by: Dickinson ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant La Gloria ISD; Search by: La Gloria ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Whitney ISD; Search by: Whitney ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Dickinson ISD; Search by: SPALDING NICHOLS LAMP LANGLOISINFO
Vacant Pineywoods Community Academy
(Lufkin); Search by: SPALDING NICHOLS LAMP LANGLOISINFO
Vacant Dilley ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Grand Prairie ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Kermit ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Prairie Lea ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Burton ISD; Search by: Powell Law Group, Dr. Danny LovettINFO
Vacant Union Hill ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Socorro ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Decatur ISD; Search by: Decatur ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Grape Creek ISD; Search by: Grape Creek ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Santa Maria ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Vysehrad ISD; Search by: Region 3 ESC, Exec. Dir. Morris LyonINFO
Vacant Early ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Gorman ISD; Search by: Ronnie KincaidINFO
Vacant Cross Plains ISD; Search by: Ronnie KincaidINFO
Vacant Doss CCISD; Search by:
Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Kyle & Robinson P.C.& Education Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant Dew ISD; Search by: Impact Education Specialists - Doug Williams, Kevin Worthy, Blake Cooper and Stan SurrattINFO
Vacant Brock ISD; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants, Dr. Skip Casey, Staci Robertson, & Rod TownsendINFO
Vacant Richland Springs ISD; Search by: Region 15 ESCINFO
Vacant Hereford ISD; Panhandle ISD Board of Trustees & Region 16 ESC, Dr. Tanya Larkin, Exec. Dir.INFO
Vacant Region 10 ESC
Executive Director; Thomposon & Horton LLP - David Thompson & Dr. Mike MosesINFO
Vacant Pettus ISD; Search by: JCA Law, PLLC
and DBU Educational Leadership Consulting Corporation.INFO
Lone Finalist Spurger ISD - Jeff Burnthorn, Director,Silsbee ISD; Search by: Dr. Byron Terrier, Exec. Dir. Region 5 ESC (Short Timeline)INFO
Lone Finalist Roby CISD - Kenny Border, Assistant Superintendent,Sweetwater ISD; Search by: Ronnie KincaidINFO
Lone Finalist Cotulla ISD - Dr. Ramiro Nava, Assistant Superintendent,Somerset ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., & Education Consultant Dr. Saul HinojosaINFO
Lone Finalist McAllen ISD - René Gutiérrez, Superintendent,Brownsville ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Lone Finalist Ponder ISD - Dr. James Hill, Director of Operations,Frisco ISD; Search by: Impact Education Specialists - Doug Williams, Kevin Worthy, Blake Cooper and Stan SurrattINFO
Lone Finalist Hale Center ISD - Jance Morris, Superintendent,Savoy ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC, Kyle Wargo Exec. DirectorINFO
Lone Finalist Rocksprings ISD - Justin Del Bosque, Principal,Georgetown ISD; Search by: Region 15 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (Deadline Updated); Search by: Thomposon & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
Lone Finalist San Angelo ISD - Dr. Christopher Moran, Superintendent,Whitehouse ISD; Search by: Thomposon & Horton LLP - David Thompson & Dr. Mike MosesINFO
Lone Finalist Rotan ISD - Michael Rudewick, Assistant Principal,San Angelo ISD; Search by: Ronnie KincaidINFO
Lone Finalist Johnson City ISD - Ben Eubanks, Superintendent,Glasscock County ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Kyle & Robinson P.C.& Education Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist Duncanville ISD - Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent,Caddo Parish Public Schools; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
Lone Finalist Iowa Park CISD - Kevin McCasland, Superintendent,Olton ISD; Search by: Impact Education Specialists - Doug Williams, Kevin Worthy, Blake Cooper and Stan SurrattINFO
Lone Finalist Corrigan-Camden ISD - Mr. Brian Aiken , Assistant Superintendent,Crockett ISD; Search by: Leon|Alcala PLLCINFO
Lone Finalist Hamlin Collgiate ISD - Dr. Chanda Bloch, Director,San Marcos CISD; Search by: Collegiate Edu-Nation, Dr. Nelson CoulterINFO
Lone Finalist Prairiland ISD - Jason Hostetler, Principal,Prairieland ISD; Search by: Prairieland ISD Board of Trustees and Supt. Jeff BallardINFO
Lone Finalist Laneville ISD - Terry Young, Director,Woodville ISD; Search by: SPALDING NICHOLS LAMP LANGLOISINFO
Lone Finalist Greenville ISD - Joe Lopez, Superintendent,Kermit ISD; Search by: Impact Education Specialists - Doug Williams, Kevin Worthy, Blake Cooper and Stan SurrattINFO
Lone Finalist Weimar ISD - Chase Seelke, Assistant Superintendent,Paradise ISD; Search by: Region 3 ESC, Exec. Dir. Morris LyonINFO
Lone Finalist Mason ISD - Sean Leamon, Superintendent,Winters ISD; Search by: Region 15 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Normangee ISD - Justin Vercher, Principal,Hillsboro ISD; Search by: N2 LearningDr. Eddie Coulson & Dr. Brad Lancaster (Updated Deadline)INFO
Lone Finalist Abilene ISD - Dr. John Kuhn, Superintendent,Mineral Wells ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.CINFO
Lone Finalist Pflugerville ISD - Dr. Quintin Shepherd, Superintendent,Victoria ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
Lone Finalist Lufkin ISD - Dr. James Hockenberry, Assistant Superintendent,Longview ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
Lone Finalist Willis ISD - Dr. Kimberly James, Deputy Superintendent,Corpus Christi ISD; Search by: Thomposon & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
Lone Finalist Panhandle ISD - Dr. John Sherrill, Principal,Archer City ISD; Search by: Panhandle ISD Board of Trustees & Region 16 ESC, Dr. Tanya Larkin, Exec. Dir.INFO
Lone Finalist Claude ISD - Brent Kirkland, Principal,Panhandle ISD; Search by: Claude ISD Board of Trustees & Jody JohnsonINFO
Lone Finalist Lorenzo ISD - Dr. Greg Nelson, Assistant Superintendent,Lamesa ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC, Kyle Wargo Exec. DirectorINFO
Lone Finalist Wilson ISD - Wesley Jones, Principal,Cross Plains ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC, Kyle Wargo Exec. DirectorINFO
Lone Finalist Rogers ISD - Duana Brashear, Assistant Superintendent,Royal ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Whitehouse ISD - Dr. Casey Whittle, Assistant Superintendent,Wylie ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
Lone Finalist Royse City ISD - Dr. Amy Anderson, Interim Superintendent,Royse City ISD; Search by: Thompson & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike MosesDavid Thompson & Dr. Curtis CulwellINFO
Lone Finalist Clyde CISD - Bryan Allen, Superintendent,Breckenridge ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Valley View ISD - James Womack, Superintendent,Richland Springs ISD; Education Solutions and Services Mike Smith & Letha HopkinsINFO
Lone Finalist Tenaha ISD - Jerrod Campbell, Principal,Timpson ISD; Search by: Tenaha ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Lone Finalist Elkhart ISD - Kyle Johnson, Assistant Superintendent,Westwood ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Lumberton ISD - Dr. John Mathews, Assistant Superintendent,Celina ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Olton ISD - Michael Michaleson, Principal,Lockney ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC, Kyle Wargo Exec. DirectorINFO
Lone Finalist Muenster ISD - Matthew Quick, Principal,Tatum ISD; Search by: Impact Education Specialists - Doug Williams, Kevin Worthy, Blake Cooper and Stan SurrattINFO
Lone Finalist Pewitt CISD - Lee Ann Corbin, Assistant Superintendent,Red Water ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Anton ISD - Freddie Tobias, Principal,Anton ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC, Kyle Wargo Exec. DirectorINFO
New Super Navarro ISD - Mandy D. Epley, Assistant Superintendent,Comal ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., & Education Consultant Dr. Sherri BaysINFO
New Super Hedley ISD - Tracey Bell, Principal,Vega ISD; Search by: Hedley ISD Board of Trustees & Region 16 ESC, Nathan Maxwell, Associate Exec. Dir.INFO
New Super Venus ISD - Patrick Torres, Superintendent,Denver City ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Yantis ISD - Robyn Derington Deputy Supt. Banquete ISD, Deputy Superintendent,Banquete ISD; Search by: Powell Law Group, LLP, Dr. Shaun Barnett (Short Timeline!)INFO
New Super Morton ISD - Mario Aguirre, Principal,Slaton ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC, Dr. Kyle Wargo, Exec. DirectorINFO
New Super Comfort ISD - Dr. Yvonne J. Munoz, Director,San Diego ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C., & Education Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
New Super Coupland ISD - Dr. Earl W. Parcell, Chief Financial Officer,Copperas Cove ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Kyle & Robinson P.C.& Education Consultant Dr. Saul HinojosaINFO
New Super Miami ISD - Krista Solis, Superintendent,Hart ISD; Search by: Interim Supt. Steve Post and Miami ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Liberty-Eylau ISD - Jeff Wright, Interim Superintendent,Liberty-Eylau ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.CINFO
New Super Keller ISD (Short Timeline) - Dr. Tracy Johnson, Chief of Human Resources,Keller ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.CINFO
New Super New Diana ISD - Marshall Moore, Superintendent,Crowell ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Rockport-Fulton ISD - Dr. Lesley Austin, Deputy Superintendent,Trinity Basin Prep, Dallas; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Kyle & Robinson P.C.& Education Consultant Mrs. Charlotte BakerINFO
New Super Sharyland ISD - Elaine Howard, Deputy Superintendent,Boerne ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Brooks County ISD - Scott Rogers, Superintendent,Brazos ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Bloomington ISD - Eric Cormier, Principal,Brazos ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Boerne ISD - ​Kristin Craft, Associate Superintendent,Spring Branch ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Brenham ISD - Clay Gillentine, Interim Superintendent,Brenham ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Goldthwaite CISD - Dr. Christopher Bailey, Director,Abilene ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Ingleside ISD - Scott Kilgore, Director,Ingleside ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Woodsboro ISD - Leslie Garza, Principal,Woodsboro ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD - Paige Meloni, Chief Financial Officer,Lewisville ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Rains ISD - Joe Nicks, Assistant Superintendent,Kaufman ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Kennard ISD - Chad Smith, Interim Superintendent,Kennard ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Presidio ISD - Carmen Rubner, Interim Superintendent,Presidio ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Corsicana ISD - Stephanie Howell, Deputy Superintendent,Corsicana ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Iraan-Sheffield Collegiate ISD - Gary Laramore, Principal,Balmorhea ISD; Search by: Dr. Nelson Coulter assisted by Collegiate Edu-NationINFO
New Super Henrietta ISD - Jaime Clark, Chief of Schools,Lewisville ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis and Kenny MillerINFO
New Super Thorndale ISD - Zach Kleypas, Principal,Pflugerville ISD; Search by: Danny Lovett, Powell Law GroupINFO
New Super City View ISD - Dr. Jesse Thomas, Interim Superintendent,City View ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis and Kenny MillerINFO
New Super Pawnee ISD - Anthony Annis, Assistant Principal,San Antonio ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Windthorst ISD - Jason Nolan, Principal,Burkburnett ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis and Kenny MillerINFO
New Super Perryton ISD - Greg Brown, Superintendent,Claude ISD; Search by: Perryton ISD Board of Trustees & Region 16 ESC, Dr. Tanya Larkin, Exec. Dir.INFO
New Super Gold-Burg ISD - Jonathan Lloyd, Principal,Detroit ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis and Kenny MillerINFO
New Super West Hardin Co. CISD - Donald Heseman, Principal,Clyde ISD; Search by: Dr. Byron Terrier, Exec. Dir. Region 5 ESCINFO

Governor Abbott Directs Texas Universities To Ignore President Biden’s Unlawful Title IX Rewrite

May 0908:44 AM
 

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Texas' public university systems and community colleges directing them to not comply with President Joe Biden's recent revision of Title IX and to refrain from implementing any new system-wide policy related to this revision. "As I have already made clear, Texas will not comply with President Joe Biden's rewrite of Title IX that contradicts the original purpose and spirit of the law to support the advancement of women," reads the letter. "Last week, I instructed the Texas Education Agency to ignore President Biden's illegal dictate of Title IX. Today, I am instructing every public college and university in the State of Texas to do the same. I signed laws to ensure the safety of our students on campus and provide a process for adjudicating reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault with adequate due process for all parties involved, as well as laws to protect the integrity of women's sports by prohibiting men from competing against female athletes—and I will not let President Biden erase the advancements Texas has made." view article  arw

May 2024 Bond List

May 0308:35 AM
 

Bond Election Data collected by TexasISD.com for public school bonds in the upcoming May 2024 election cycle.

Preventive Law: DOI-ng it Right: Exemptions to Consider in Optimizing Your Local Innovation Plan

May 0208:35 AM
 

At this point we don’t need to impress upon you the meaningful impacts that a well-written District of Innovation (“DOI”) Plan can have on school operations. After nearly ten years of the DOI experiment, it’s no secret that these plans are powerful tools—especially if properly drafted. Whether your District is seeking to adopt a plan for the first time, to renew an expiring plan, or to amend an existing plan, you must ensure that you carefully consider including the latest and greatest exemptions. This quick article will address some of the most popular and emerging innovations worth considering.

Some Houston-area power outages could last weeks after deadly storms cause widespread damage

May 2108:33 AM
 

At least four people were killed and much of the state’s largest city was brought to a standstill. Crews are racing to restore power and remove debris. view article  arw

Midland ISD responds to allegations from the Texas Homeschool Coalition

May 2108:31 AM
 

Midland ISD has released a statement after the Texas Homeschool Coalition claimed that MISD is “pushing to prosecute” after a mother withdrew her son from the district. view article  arw

HISD’s Mike Miles responds to ‘spurious’ investigation into charter school network

May 2108:30 AM
 

The Houston ISD Superintendent slammed a recent report alleging that the former charter school founder funneled Texas taxpayer dollars out of state. view article  arw

Donald Trump considers Texas AG Ken Paxton for U.S. Attorney General

May 2108:30 AM
 

Paxton is just one of many Texas Republicans who have caught Trump's eye as he mounts his reelection bid. Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller confirmed last month that he had been shortlisted to lead the USDA, and Gov. Greg Abbott has brushed off vice presidential pick rumors. Although both Texas officials demurred, saying their responsibilities lay in their home state, the Texas-Trump love affair has endured. At the NRA convention in Dallas, Trump went so far as to say he would move to Texas in retirement, according to a report from Jeremy Wallace of the Houston Chronicle.  “I want to move to Texas and I want to retire in Texas,” Trump said to the Dallas crowd. “A lot of people are moving to Texas.” view article  arw

Donald Trump says he’d consider Ken Paxton for U.S. attorney general

May 2108:30 AM
 

Trump told a reporter in Texas this weekend that Paxton is “a very talented guy.” view article  arw

A GOP Texas school board member campaigned against schools indoctrinating kids. Then she read the curriculum.

May 2108:30 AM
 

Weeks after winning a school board seat in her deeply red Texas county, Courtney Gore immersed herself in the district’s curriculum, spending her nights and weekends poring over hundreds of pages of lesson plans that she had fanned out on the coffee table in her living room and even across her bed. She was searching for evidence of the sweeping national movement she had warned on the campaign trail was indoctrinating schoolchildren. Gore, the co-host of a far-right online talk show, had promised that she would be a strong Republican voice on the nonpartisan school board. Citing “small town, conservative Christian values,” she pledged to inspect educational materials for inappropriate messages about sexuality and race and remove them from every campus in the 7,700-student Granbury Independent School District, an hour southwest of Fort Worth. “Over the years our American Education System has been hijacked by Leftists looking to indoctrinate our kids into the ‘progressive’ way of thinking, and yes, they’ve tried to do this in Granbury ISD,” she wrote in a September 2021 Facebook post, two months before the election. “I cannot sit by and watch their twisted worldview infiltrate Granbury ISD.” view article  arw

Corpus Christi ISD honors “recognized”, “exemplary” and “master” teachers

May 2108:28 AM
 

Fourteen teachers gathered in the Cullen Place Elementary School library Thursday morning, invited to receive a gift and recognition for their efforts at improving student growth. The teachers earned a designation through the Texas’s Teacher Incentive Allotment program, which allows school districts to create a system for the highest performing teachers to receive pay boosts based on student growth. view article  arw

Bryan ISD Board approves $3.7 million contract for phase 1 of Elementary Campuses Priority Renovation Projects

May 2108:25 AM
 

The Bryan School Board voted Monday to approve a contract for phase 1 of Elementary Campuses Priority Renovation Projects. The contract recommended to the board is $3.7 million with Marek Brothers Construction. This would include projects at Bonham, Bowen, Branch, Houston, Johnson, Jones, Mitchell, and Navarro Elementary Schools. Projects include replacing drinking fountains and working to improve restrooms. view article  arw

State agency confirms investigation of Round Rock ISD police leadership

May 2108:25 AM
 

Dennis Weiner, the former police chief for the Round Rock Independent School District, confirmed on Monday that the district placed him on administrative leave until the end of his contract. According to Weiner, the decision was made last week. It came months after a third-party investigator concluded in a report his former department was “toxic” and “hostile.” KXAN also obtained records showing the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement investigated RRISD’s police leadership in 2023 and found evidence of lapses in licensing. view article  arw

North Texas school district votes to sue embattled principal for legal fees

May 2108:25 AM
 

Board members of the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District have voted to approve the pursuit of legal action against a former high school principal who previously sued them. Dr. James Whitfield, the former principal of Colleyville Heritage High School, has been at the center of controversy since 2021 and was expected to attend Monday's school board meeting. Whitfield was fired by the school district three years ago after a group of parents accused him of racially dividing Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and promoting what they saw as a "woke agenda." view article  arw

Photos: Storms toppled transmission towers, downed trees and blew out windows across Houston area

May 2108:21 AM
 

Severe storms tore through the Houston area Thursday evening, causing widespread damage, killing at least four people and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power. Gale force winds up to 100 mph knocked over power lines, blew out windows and toppled trees throughout the region. Houston Office of Emergency Management spokesperson Brent Taylor said officials will begin the recovery process once debris and damage are cleared. In the meantime, Houston Mayor John Whitmire and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo urged residents to avoid all unnecessary travel. The storm ravaged Harris County — from transmission towers crushed in suburban Cypress to stricken oak trees blockading traffic to high-rise windows shattered throughout downtown Houston. Here’s a look at some of the damage wrought, reported by Houston Landing: view article  arw

China Spring ISD teacher awarded prestigious National Board Certification

May 2108:18 AM
 

Amy Gregory, a fifth grade teacher in the China Spring Independent School District, on May 20 was awarded the prestigious National Board Certification. “It’s developed by teachers for teachers and it recognizes what exceptional teaching looks like in the classroom,” Gregory said. She is the first teacher at China Spring ISD to earn this certification. view article  arw

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HISD’s Mike Miles responds to ‘spurious’ investigation into charter school network

May 2107:59 AM
 

The Houston ISD Superintendent slammed a recent report alleging that the former charter school founder funneled Texas taxpayer dollars out of state. Third Future, the network of charter schools founded by HISD superintendent Mike Miles, responded Wednesday to allegations that the organization had illicitly funneled Texas public school funding to its Colorado schools. The organization strongly denied any accusations of impropriety, echoing Miles' own response earlier that clarified that the financial dealings described in Spectrum's report, including administrative fees, are common practice for charter schools. "Since our central office is located in Colorado, most paper checks and bills are sent to this location and then deposited into separate bank accounts. Each school has its own bank account. A check meant for a Texas school may arrive in Colorado, but it is promptly deposited into that school’s Texas bank account," the statement read. view article  arw

Some in Houston facing no power for weeks after storms cause widespread damage, killing at least 4

May 2009:00 AM
 

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says it could take “weeks” for power to be restored in some parts of Houston following fierce storms with winds of up to 100 miles per hour.  HOUSTON (AP) — Power outages could last weeks in parts of Houston, an official warned Friday, after thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds tore through the city, knocking out electricity to nearly 1 million homes and businesses in the region, blowing out windows on downtown high rises and flipping vehicles.The National Weather Service said it confirmed a tornado with peak winds of 110 mph (177 kph) touched down near the northwest Houston suburb of Cypress in Harris County.  Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the county’s top elected official, said crews were still trying to determine the extent of the damage and the number of casualties from Thursday's storms. Houston Mayor John Whitmire said four people, and possibly five, had died.  The story has been updated to correct that school districts across the Houston area canceled classes Friday, not just the Houston Independent School District, and also the spelling of Cypress. view article  arw

A GOP Texas school board member campaigned against schools indoctrinating kids. Then she read the curriculum.

May 2008:57 AM
 

Weeks after winning a school board seat in her deeply red Texas county, Courtney Gore immersed herself in the district’s curriculum, spending her nights and weekends poring over hundreds of pages of lesson plans that she had fanned out on the coffee table in her living room and even across her bed. She was searching for evidence of the sweeping national movement she had warned on the campaign trail was indoctrinating schoolchildren. Gore, the co-host of a far-right online talk show, had promised that she would be a strong Republican voice on the nonpartisan school board. Citing “small town, conservative Christian values,” she pledged to inspect educational materials for inappropriate messages about sexuality and race and remove them from every campus in the 7,700-student Granbury Independent School District, an hour southwest of Fort Worth. “Over the years our American Education System has been hijacked by Leftists looking to indoctrinate our kids into the ‘progressive’ way of thinking, and yes, they’ve tried to do this in Granbury ISD,” she wrote in a September 2021 Facebook post, two months before the election. “I cannot sit by and watch their twisted worldview infiltrate Granbury ISD.” But after taking office and examining hundreds of pages of curriculum, Gore was shocked by what she found — and didn’t find. view article  arw

Humble ISD school board place superintendent on leave amid husband’s scandal

May 2008:45 AM
 

School board members voted to place Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen on paid administrative leave without discussion Tuesday night after a Title IX investigation found her husband, a school employee, guilty of sexual harassment. The Humble ISD school board unceremoniously ousted its superintendent, Elizabeth Fagen, in a 4-2 vote Tuesday night after a Title IX report released last month found her husband, a longtime athletic director in the district, created a hostile and sexually inappropriate work environment. view article  arw

La Porte ISD - Lomax elementary School Closed Tomorrow (May 20)

May 2008:40 AM
 

We hope this message finds you well. We regret to inform you that Lomax Elementary is still experiencing a power outage. Consequently, all students and staff are asked not to report to the campus on Monday, May 20.  We understand the disruption this may cause and are working diligently to restore power as soon as possible. We will keep the Lomax Elementary community updated with any new information regarding the restoration of power to the campus. Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

Dallas ISD Superintendent says vouchers “very likely” to pass, so public schools must join the conversation

May 2008:35 AM
 

The superintendent of the second largest school district in Texas says, that because of the results of the primary on Super Tuesday, the likelihood of “private school subsidies” being able to pass is very likely. Many GOP lawmakers also tell us they think some form of school vouchers will pass during the next legislative session in January. view article  arw

Belton ISD mourning death of Kindergarten student from High Point Elementary

May 2008:31 AM
 

A student has died after a "medical emergency" at High Point Elementary School on Friday, May 17, according to a release from the Belton Independent School District. BISD said the emergency happened around 9 a.m. at High Point Elementary in Temple. According to the district, staff at the school "swiftly responded" with the support of emergency responders. A Kindergarten student was reportedly taken to Baylor Scott and White McClane Children's Medical Center in Temple. view article  arw

The government wants to buy their flood-prone homes. But these Texans aren’t moving.

May 2008:30 AM
 

HARRIS COUNTY — After the floodwaters earlier this month just about swallowed two of the six homes that 60-year-old Tom Madigan owns on the San Jacinto River, he didn’t think twice about whether to fix them. He hired people to help, and they got to work stripping the walls, pulling up flooring and throwing out water-logged furniture. What Madigan didn’t know: The Harris County Flood Control District wants to buy his properties as part of an effort to get people out of dangerously flood-prone areas. Back-to-back storms drenched southeast Texas in late April and early May, causing flash flooding and pushing rivers out of their banks and into low-lying neighborhoods. Officials across the region urged people in vulnerable areas to evacuate. view article  arw

Trump, Abbott paint gun rights as imperiled at NRA convention

May 2008:30 AM
 

DALLAS— At the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on Saturday, Donald Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott encouraged the thousands gathered to vote for Trump in the 2024 presidential election as a way to ensure their Second Amendment rights.  “The NRA has stood with me from the very beginning, and with your vote, I will stand strong for your rights and liberties,” Trump said. “I heard it a few weeks ago that if gun owners voted, we would swamp them at levels that nobody's ever seen before. I think you're a rebellious bunch, but let's be rebellious and vote this time.”  Trump and Abbott spoke to a room packed with NRA members, some of which sported supportive attire from the standard-fare red caps to a dress covered with photos of the former president.  During the convention, the NRA released its endorsement for the 45th president, and the Trump political campaign announced the launch for the “Gun Owners for Trump” coalition. view article  arw

Hundreds protest HISD staff cuts outside Meyerland Middle School

May 2008:30 AM
 

Meyerland Middle School for the Performing and Visual Arts parents are fed up and showed up Monday morning to voice their disapproval of Houston ISD staff cuts that most recently targeted the school's beloved principal.  view article  arw

Hundreds protest HISD staff cuts outside Meyerland Middle School

May 2008:30 AM
 

Meyerland Middle School for the Performing and Visual Arts parents are fed up and showed up Monday morning to voice their disapproval of Houston ISD staff cuts that most recently targeted the school's beloved principal.  view article  arw

Conroe ISD blocks trustee’s push for transgender policy for students

May 2008:28 AM
 

Several Conroe ISD board members blocked an attempt by two trustees to create a strict new transgender policy that would mirror Katy ISD, which is currently under investigation for potentially violating students' rights. Students Engaged in Advancing Texas, a student-led activist group, announced in a news release May 6 that the U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Office is investigating whether Katy ISD’s transgender policy adopted in August is discriminatory. view article  arw

Which Plano schools should shut down? Plano ISD to hear recommendations

May 2008:28 AM
 

Plano ISD trustees will hear recommendations Tuesday from the Long Range Planning Committee on which campuses should close amid declining enrollment. The district has lost 7,000 students over the last 12 years and it expects to lose another 1,800 in the next four years. view article  arw

An internal investigation into Round Rock ISD police describes a ‘toxic’ environment

May 2008:25 AM
 

An internal investigation into the Round Rock Independent School District Police Department describes the agency as “toxic” and “very divided.” The report, which was completed in October 2023, also expresses concerns with the district’s radio and dispatch office, saying “… There is a fear that the new dispatch system would not be able to handle severe security issues quickly.” In response, district officials told KXAN “The radios are a work in progress.” view article  arw

Houston ISD schools open on Monday, May 20: list

May 2008:25 AM
 

Houston Independent School District announced power was restored at nearly 200 campuses, after power outages due to Thursday's severe weather. However, 77 campuses were reported to remain without power. Once power is restored at a campus, HISD crews will inspect the HVAC systems, water supply, and nutrition services to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for students. view article  arw

Plea for education funding special session rejected by Gov. Abbott

May 2008:24 AM
 

State of Texas: Plea for education funding special session rejected by Gov. Abbott Texas Democrats urged Gov. Greg Abbott to call lawmakers back for a special legislative session Monday, citing “the urgent need to address school finance and improve funding for all of our school districts.” Despite Texas’ record budget surplus, schools face deficits Some of Texas’ largest school districts face significant budget deficits, forcing some to cut teachers and staff for next school year. Democrats blame the cash crunch on the legislature’s failure to increase per-student funding for the public school system in the last legislative session. “We have the resources available to better fund our schools, so we should act,” wrote State. Rep. John Rosenthal, D-Cypress, in the letter. view article  arw

Longview ISD suspends students, bans them from walking in graduation ceremony after vandalism to high school

May 2008:20 AM
 

Longview ISD has announced several students have been suspended and banned from taking part in graduation ceremonies due to vandalism that occurred at the high school. According to LISD, the students are suspected of participating in a "senior prank" that caused significant damage to the campus during the overnight hours between Wednesday and Thursday. view article  arw

Austin ISD officials aim to support teachers amid nationwide burnout with new program

May 1708:40 AM
 

Many La Porte ISD residents were affected by strong storms on Thursday. Because our priority lies with our families, we are canceling school on Friday. We will reopen on Monday, May 20.

Live updates: Many schools closed as Houston wakes up to widespread storm damage

May 1708:40 AM
 

Many schools across the Houston area are closed Friday after a severe thunderstorm left a trail of destruction through the Houston region Thursday evening. At least four people are dead and hundreds of thousands of people are still without power. Here are the latest updates. view article  arw

Business manager embezzled Trinidad ISD funds for Disney spree

May 1708:35 AM
 

An Orange man has pleaded guilty to stealing money from the Trinidad Independent School District. On Wednesday, Brandon Delane Looney, 38, pleaded guilty to theft from a program receiving federal funds while serving as business manager for Trinidad ISD. Federal law makes it a crime for someone to steal from an organization receiving more than $10,000 in federal funds annually. According to court documents, Looney embezzled more than $300,000 between 2017 and 2023 while working for Trinidad ISD in Henderson County. Looney used the funds for trips to Walt Disney World and spending sprees at The Disney Store. view article  arw