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TexasISD July 4th Holiday

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Texas ISD staff will not post July 2 through 7. We will be back on July 8th. During these very treacherous times we encourage you to be safe.  - js - webmaster@texasisd.com read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Dr. Jose A. Cervantes, Superinteandent, Pecos-Barsto-Toyah ISD, has been named New Super of Carrizo Springs CISD .

Dr. Tony Tipton , Executive Director for Innovation, has been named New Super of Lumberton ISD.

Mike Burns, Assistant Superintendent, Malakoff ISD, has been named New Super of Big Sandy ISD.

Rick Hartley, Superintendent , has been named New Super of Blooming Grove ISD.

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31 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Quanah ISD; Search By: Education Solutions and Services adINFO
Vacant Farmersville ISD; Search by: Farmersville ISD Board of Trustees 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 Colmesneil ISD; Search by: Wells, Peyton, Greenberg & Hunt LLPINFO
Vacant Region 7 ESC Executive Director; Search By: Thompson & Horton , LLP - David Thompson and Dr. Mike MosesINFO
Vacant Baird ISD - Dr. Tim Little, Superintendent,Perryton ISD; Region XIV Education Service CenterINFO
Vacant Texas City ISD; Search By: Texas City ISD - Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Vacant Royal ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
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 Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD; Search by: O'Hanlon, Demerath & CastilloINFO
Vacant Merkel ISD - John O'Malley, Assistant Superintendent,Merkel ISD; Search by: Ronnie KincaidINFO
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 Skidmore-Tynan ISD; Search by: Doug Arnold & Arte AlmendarezINFO
Vacant Brenham ISD; Search by: Karczewski Bradshaw SpaldingINFO
Vacant Executive Director
Fast Growth School Coalition
; Search By: Dr. Mike MosesINFO
Vacant Nederland ISD; Search by: Dr. Danny Lovett, Dr, Byron Terrier, Marianne Kondo, Region 5 ESCINFO
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
Lone Finalist West Sabine ISD - Cristal Joslin, Director of Federal Programs,Jasper ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Winnsboro ISD - Dave Wilcox, Assistant Superintendent,Atlanta ISD; Search by: Hardy Cook & Hardy, P.C. adINFO
Lone Finalist Jasper ISD - James Seybold, Director of Operaitons,Jasper ISD; Search by: Region 5 ESC adINFO
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 Early ISD - Dr. DeWayne Wilkins, Superintendent,Gordon ISD; Search By: Region 15 ESCINFO
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 Bellevue ISD - Wade Wesley, Assistant Superintendent,Jacksboro ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Center ISD - Dr. Brian Morris, Superintendent,Columbus ISD; Search By Jim Largent, Largent Consulting Services, LLCINFO
Lone Finalist El Campo ISD - Robert P. Callaghan, Superintendent,Newton Community School District, Newton, Iowa; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Gary Patterson & Dr. Dr. Jeanette Winn MoczygembaINFO
Lone Finalist Pilot Point ISD - Todd Southard, High School Principal,Pilot Point ISD; Search by: Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett PCINFO
Lone Finalist Lake Travis ISD - Paul Norton, Superintendent,Texarkana ISD; Search By: Lake Travis ISD - Thompson & Horton LLPINFO
Lone Finalist Shallowater ISD - Dr. Anita Hebert, Assistant Superintendent,Magnolia ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Alba-Golden ISD - Cole McClendon, Superintendent,Sam Rayburn ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
Lone Finalist Beeville ISD - Travis Fanning, Assistant Superintendent,Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Gary PattersonINFO
Lone Finalist Gregory-Portland ISD - Michelle M. Cavazos, Chief Academic Officer,Austin ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. ​with Gary PattersonINFO
Lone Finalist Montgomery ISD - Dr. Heath Morrison, Superintendent,Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools North Carolina; Search by: Thomposon & Horton LLP - Dr. Mike Moses & David ThompsonINFO
New Super Santa Anna ISD - Todd White, Assistant Superintendent,Perryton ISD; Search By: Region 15 ESCINFO
New Super McCamey ISD - Michael Valencia, Principal,McCamey ISD; Search by: Ronnie Golson & McCamey ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Sweetwater ISD - Dr. Drew Howard, Dir. of School Governance,Texas Education Agency; Region XIV Education Service CenterINFO
New Super Rosebud-Lott ISD - James Rosebrock, Superintendent,George West ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Carrizo Springs ISD - Jose Cervantes, Superintendent,Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search Services adINFO
New Super Winona ISD; Search by: Wes Hickey & WISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Lumberton ISD - Dr. Tony Tipton, Exec. Dir. for Innovation,Little Elm ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Big Sandy ISD - Mike Burns, Assistant Superintendent,Malakoff ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Blooming Grove ISD - Rick Hartley, Superintendent; Search by: Arrow Educational Services adINFO
New Super Crowell ISD - Donald Rhodes, Superintendent,Damon ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESCINFO

Nederland ISD Superintendent Search

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Dr. Danny Lovett, Dr.Bryon Terrier and Marianne Kondo, Region 5 ESC are conducting the search for Nederland ISD.   Application deadline and other information at this link.

ECISD official superintendent vote Thursday

July 0107:43 AM
 

The El Campo ISD school board will consider officially hiring superintendent finalist Robert Callaghan Thursday in closed session after reviewing his district contract. The board will also consider retroactively approving Callaghan’s consulting contract with ECISD.Texas law requires school boards wait 21 days before hiring a lone finalist as superintendent. Looking to prepare the district for future COVID-19 outbreaks, the ECISD school board engaged Callaghan as a consultant on June 22.  “Mr. Callaghan is in El Campo, working every day under a consulting contract,” Board President James Russell said. “The board hasn’t officially met, because all of the contract items were just finalized.”  8:30 AM  Callaghan served most recently as superintendent for Newton Community School District in Iowa and has 11 years of superintendent experience. He is a native Iowan, but lived in Texas for several years as an adult before moving to Newton for family reasons.      (01) view article  arw

STAAR test to return in 2020-21 school year

July 0106:58 AM
 

Even as districts grapple with how to reopen campuses amid the coronavirus pandemic, Texas will require students to take its high-stakes, state-mandated standardized exams in the upcoming school year.  Texas will move forward with administering the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, in the 2020-21 school year. Commissioner Mike Morath told State Board of Education members Tuesday that the testing will include some changes, including an expanded testing window and an extended period for online testing. view article  arw

Supreme Court Gives Religious Schools More Access to State Aid

July 0106:40 AM
 

Religious schools should have the same access to scholarships and funds as other private schools, the justices ruled, in a victory for conservatives.   (01) view article  arw

Montgomery:  We are so very excited to bring you the announcement of the MISD Lone Finalist!

July 0105:00 AM
 

At each stage of his career, Dr. Heath Morrison has been described as "a teacher on special assignment." Dr. Morrison began as a social studies teacher in Virginia and Maryland and quickly moved into administration. After serving as principal at the middle school and high school levels, Dr. Morrison was selected as Maryland Principal of the Year in 2004. He went on to serve as a Community Superintendent in Montgomery County, Maryland, before being selected to serve as Superintendent of Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada. He has most recently served as Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2011, Dr. Morrison was named Nevada Superintendent of the Year, and in 2012, he became AASA's National Superintendent of the Year. view article  arw

Aquilla ISD Educator Named Region 12 Superintendent of the Year

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WACO, Texas – Aquilla ISD Superintendent Dr. David Edison has been named the 2020 Region 12 Superintendent of the Year and regional nominee for the Texas State Superintendent of the Year. Edison has served as superintendent of Aquilla ISD since 2010 and as an educator for 20 years. Previous positions include principal, assistant principal, administrative intern/teacher, and teacher/coach. view article  arw

Marshall ISD superintendent announced as 2020 Region 7 Superintendent of the Year Marshall ISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson

June 3006:33 AM
 

MARSHALL, Texas — The Region 7 Education Service Center has announced Marshall ISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson as the 2020 Regional Superintendent of the Year.  The district has seen academic performance significantly improve since Dr. Gibson started in 2016, advancing from “Improvement Required” rating to “Met Standard” rating, according to the Region 7 Education Service Center.  Before starting in Marshall Dr. Gibson was a high school principal in Deweyville and Whitney, the Executive Director of Secondary Education in Waco, and a superintendent in Coldspring-Oakhurst.  “I know there are many great superintendents in our region, as well as across the state. I do not think you can find anyone more deserving than Dr. Jerry Gibson,” said Marshall ISD School Board President Brad Burris in a press release.Dr. Gibson will represent Region 7 in the annual Superintendent of the Year award program, which is sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards.    (30) view article  arw

Preventive Law: Planning for SPED During COVID-19

June 0108:40 AM
 

Texas ends this school year in an unprecedented situation with the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. School district special education departments are in an especially difficult position because the requirement to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education continues, despite the effects of the pandemic. In this time of uncertainty, we recommend that school administrators work closely with their special education departments to support their efforts to provide services to students.

Preventive Law: COVID and FERPA – An Uneasy Relationship

May 0708:35 AM
 

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school shutdowns across the nation forcing districts to transition to remote learning to educate kids, there has been a complete upheaval in terms of how we deliver and collect information about our students. Teachers are reaching out virtually—through video and teleconferencing—at untraditional times of the day, to entire groups of students and their parents. To paraphrase the Secretary of Education, it is the “ingenuity, innovation and grit” of our educators that has given rise to new situations and new questions surrounding student privacy.

May 2020 Bond List

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

Leaders Of Texas’ Largest Counties Want To Reclaim Power To Issue Stay-At-Home Orders

July 0102:00 PM
 

Local officials from across Texas are calling for a return to “stay home, work safe” policies to stop the spread of COVID-19. In parts of Texas, positive test counts set new records again this week, so several local officials, including Interim Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe, sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbot. They requested tighter restrictions on things like business occupancy and face mask mandates.  Former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt is a special assistant to Biscoe and helped put together the letter.  view article  arw

Leaders call for unity moving forward, fund being created to cover cost of potential Tyler High School name changes

July 0102:00 PM
 

Tyler ISD Superintendent Marty Crawford believes there will be a vote whether to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School. At a meeting Tuesday night at St. James CME Church in Tyler, Crawford and community leaders talked about the process. He also said there was other support. view article  arw

Pflugerville ISD inching toward finalizing hybrid learning details

July 0102:00 PM
 

As the upcoming school year draws closer, some questions remain for Pflugerville ISD staff and students as officials work to iron out details for state-approved instruction guidelines.  During a June 29 special meeting, the PfISD board of trustees voted to allow district officials to purchase a Learning Management System, or LMS, which they said will help teachers and students bridge the gap between online learning and in-person instruction.  Trustees voted to authorize Superintendent Doug Killian to make the purchase to help prepare the district for a hybrid learning environment in the fall. view article  arw

Montgomery ISD names Heath Morrison as lone finalist for superintendent

July 0102:00 PM
 

After weeks of interviews, the Montgomery ISD board of trustees named Heath Morrison as their lone finalist for the superintendent position on June 30.  Morrison began as a teacher in another Montgomery County—The Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. From there, he became superintendent for the district, then superintendent for Washoe County School District and then Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “We wanted the absolute best,” MISD President Jim Dossey said. “This guy is unbelievable.”   view article  arw

Texas is withholding millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief meant for Houston-area schools

July 0102:00 PM
 

HOUSTON – With a new school year less than two months away, it’s the biggest question on parents’ minds: What will school be like in the age of COVID-19?  “I would love to, as most people, to be able to send my children back in the safest way possible,” said Pearland mom Arwan Jackson. “Things are changing by the week, the day, much less August 18th, 19th when we go back.” It’s not just the safety of sending kids back to school that concerns her. It’s the cost of that safety as well. The masks, the frequent deep cleans, the school buses running half-empty, the potential for more virtual learning, and computers for every student... who’s paying for all of that? view article  arw

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Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Muñoz, P.C.

Title IX Administrator Conference

October 20-21, 2020
Austin Marriott North

A Title IX Conference specifically designed for K-12 administrators!

Join us for our sixth annual forum for Title IX coordinators. This conference is designed to provide realistic support to school administrators in order to protect both their students and their districts in matters such as promoting gender equity in athletics and providing an environment free from gender-based harassment.

 

Appropriate for Title IX Coordinators, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Campus Administrators, Athletic Directors, Coaches, School Board Trustees, and Teachers.

 

Title IX Boot Camp (half day)
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
1:00 - 5:00 pm

 

Title IX Administrator Conference
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Conference Location
Austin Marriott North
2600 La Frontera Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78681

Room Rate - $146/night

 

Register Now!

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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

Under the new Title IX regulations, which go into effect on August 14, 2020, the responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator will be expanded and all employees will need to know how to identify and report sexual harassment.   There will be a new required formal complaint and investigation process. 

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

Part I   9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Training for all District staff and administrators

A basic training on how to identify sexual harassment as now defined under the new regulations and how to report sexual harassment.  The new regulations now include dating violence and stalking in the definition of sexual harassment.  This session will address how to identify these elements, along with previously defined types of sexual harassment.  (Note:  your district will receive a copy of the recording of this session, which can be  used as a training module for future  employee training.)

Part II  9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Specialized Training for Title IX Coordinators, Facilitators and Decisions Makers

A more thorough training on the new Title IX regulations focusing on the expanded role of the Title IX Coordinator, new burden of proof requirements, the formal complaint process, voluntary resolution, and the role of facilitators.  The required investigative process and separate role of decisionmakers will also be covered.  These components are particularly important in helping districts avoid liability for deficiencies in investigation and procedure.

Part III  10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Specialized Training for Investigators

An in-depth training detailing how to conduct an investigation into sexual harassment under the new regulations and the new requirement to make a written determination as to responsibility.  The faculty will review the new procedural requirements for investigations into formal complaints, including what the selected burden of proof means, the opportunity for parties or their representatives to present fact and expert witnesses and evidence, the written notice requirements for investigative interviews, evidence sharing requirements, and the opportunity for each party to submit written questions to the other party.

Faculty: 

John Janssen has practiced law for 25 years, including five years as general counsel and Title IX Coordinator for a Texas public school district.  He has investigated numerous reports of discrimination of harassment of students and employees and has represented public school districts in complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.   A former member of the State Bar’s Administration of the Rules of Evidence Committee, John is a litigator with years of experience investigating issues and handling a wide variety of disputes in the courtroom, mediation, and arbitration.  John earned his law degree at The University of Texas School of Law and is a member of the Texas Council of School Attorneys.

Michelle Alcala has practiced law over 16 years, is an experienced litigator, and is Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She is experienced in representing clients before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in conducting workplace investigations into issues of harassment and discrimination.  Michelle has handled a variety of education law issues, including grievances, internal investigations, administrative proceedings and courtroom litigation.  She regularly provides trainings on a variety of education law topics, including school investigations and reporting educator misconduct.  Michelle earned her law degree at Harvard Law School and is a member of the Texas Council of School Attorneys.

Michael Roseberry is an education lawyer with more than a decade of experience working with discrimination, disability and education issues, including experience as a Director of ADA Compliance at The University of Colorado Boulder. He routinely advises school administrators on issues relating to the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  Michael earned his law degree from The University of Colorado School of Law and is a member of the Texas Council of School Attorneys.

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

For more information or to register contact: SLATraining@saraleonlaw.com

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Woodrow Wilson’s ‘racist’ views spur student push to rename Dallas high school

July 0102:00 PM
 

Some students say former President Woodrow Wilson shouldn’t be honored with his name on their Dallas high school because of racist ideals he seemed to support.  A petition to change the name now has more than 1,300 signatures. It urges the Dallas school board to act, saying Wilson’s policies deliberately and intentionally destroyed Black middle-class communities.  “Because of the Black Lives Matter movement, it really made me think about why Woodrow Wilson — despite his racist thinking — is on our school, which is a mostly minority majority school,” said Cameron McElhenie, a senior at the high school who describes himself as half Hispanic and half white. view article  arw

Canutillo ISD introduces ‘Canutillo Connect,’ Project to provide outside universal internet access

July 0102:00 PM
 

Tuesday morning, officials with the Canutillo Independent School District announced the “Canutillo Connect” initiative, which will bring universal internet connectivity to the school district’s community through an outside wireless mesh network.  “Funding has been primarily directed at in-school internet connectivity,” said Board President Sergio Coronado. “However, in order to close the digital divide, we must address the lack of residential and community access.” view article  arw

Texas to resume high-stakes standardized testing

July 0102:00 PM
 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas public school districts haven’t finalized their plans for a return to the classroom, but they know the state will resume its high-stakes standardized testing for millions of students.  Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the state Board of Education on Tuesday that the annual State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, also known as STAAR, will return in the 2020-2021 school year.  Republican Gov. Greg Abbott suspended STAAR tests in March even before schools were ordered closed for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Days later, the federal government waived its standardized testing requirements. view article  arw

Coronavirus or not, Texas students must take STAAR in 2020-21

July 0102:00 PM
 

Even as districts grapple with how to reopen campuses amid the coronavirus pandemic, Texas will require students to take its high-stakes, state-mandated standardized exams in the upcoming school year.  Texas will move forward with administering the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, in the 2020-21 school year. Commissioner Mike Morath told State Board of Education members Tuesday that the testing will include some changes, including an expanded testing window and an extended period for online testing.The state also will adjust the way its accountability system works “given we lost last year’s data and it’s going to be harder to calculate growth,” Morath said. view article  arw

Former Temple ISD teacher arrested for engaging in an improper relationship with student

July 0102:00 PM
 

A former Temple ISD teacher was arrested for engaging in an improper relationship with a 17-year-old student. Former TISD teacher Jennifer Hoelscher, 35, was arrested Tuesday for engaging in an improper relationship with a 17-year-old Temple High School student. view article  arw

Canutillo ISD moves in digital direction

July 0102:00 PM
 

Canutillo ISD will be the first district in the region and third in the state to take on universal internet connectivity. At a June 25, 2020, special board meeting, the Canutillo ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the initial allocation of $300,000 to fund the “Canutillo Connect” initiative, which will bring universal internet connectivity to the school district’s community through an outside wireless mesh network. view article  arw

Northside ISD to offer both in-class learning, distance learning in the Fall

July 0102:00 PM
 

The Northside Independent School District announced in a letter to parents that the district plans to offer both in-class and distance learning options during the upcoming school year. In a letter posted on the district's website on Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods states, "Some of you will feel comfortable sending your children back to school buildings while others will prefer to continue distance learning. We will offer both of those options for the 2020-2021 school year." view article  arw

Pine Tree ISD awarded $97,000 TEA grant for laptops

July 0102:00 PM
 

Pine Tree ISD is continuing to increase its technology resources to ensure all students will have the materials they need in case of another closure. The district applied for and received a $97,000 technology lending grant from the Texas Education Agency, Director of Technology Todd Yohn said. view article  arw

Montgomery ISD names Heath Morrison as lone finalist for superintendent

July 0102:00 PM
 

After weeks of interviews, the Montgomery ISD board of trustees named Heath Morrison as their lone finalist for the superintendent position on June 30. Morrison began as a teacher in another Montgomery County—The Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. From there, he became superintendent for the district, then superintendent for Washoe County School District and then Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. view article  arw

Austin ISD pauses strength and conditioning workouts amid coronavirus resurgence

July 0102:00 PM
 

With cases of the coronavirus rising in Austin and Travis County, Austin Independent School District has decided to stop all strength and conditioning workouts until July 13, at the earliest. view article  arw

Bob Reim:  SCHOOL INSURANCE NEWSLETTER

July 0108:41 AM
 

Lloyd’s estimates the Covid-19 “underwriting losses will hit $107 billion…the largest loss on record for insurers”. Texas property insurance premiums are expected to increase, because insurers only retain a small portion of the total risk; the rest is laid off to reinsurers view article  arw

Texas bar owners file $10 million federal lawsuit against Gov. Greg Abbott, the second suit over the shutdown in two days

July 0108:41 AM
 

Several Texas bar owners filed a $10 million federal lawsuit Tuesday afternoon against Gov. Greg Abbott, in an attempt to void his executive order shutting down bars for a second time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.  All of the plaintiffs are members of the Texas Bar and Nightclub Alliance. This is the second lawsuit filed against Abbott this week after more than 30 Texas bars filed a lawsuit in Travis County over his recent shutdown order on Monday.  In addition to the damages, the lawsuit asks the court to stop Abbott from enforcing his executive order which closes bars and to prevent him from issuing similar orders in the future without proper notice.  view article  arw

Texas school districts may be forced to make their own decisions about 2020-21 school year

July 0108:40 AM
 

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- While Texas school districts wait for guidance from Texas Education Agency (TEA), documents on its website reveal decisions for the 2020-21 school year could be left up to each district.  Jennifer Swallen is a mother of two Houston ISD students. Swallen said she is hopeful that her children will return to in-person learning in the fall, but understands why other parents may not feel the same way. view article  arw

CARES Act ESSER Grant Program Update Training

July 0108:40 AM
 

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, TEA was notified by USDE that they would be issuing an Interim Final Rule (IFR) under emergency waiver processes. This IFR is considered law once it posts in the Federal Register, which is expected to be July 1.The IFR changes the private school equitable services calculation process for districts applying for the ESSER grant under the CARES Act stimulus funding. This IFR change may impact the amount of equitable services to be provided to participating private schools and how that amount is to be calculated. TEA’s guidance, training, and application will need to be revised. view article  arw

Warning of “COVID slide,” Texas Education Agency reports 1 in 10 students have disengaged during the pandemic BY ALIYYA SWABY

July 0108:40 AM
 

A new statewide report from the TEA shows that more than 600,000 students didn't complete assignments or respond to teacher outreach during the pandemic.  The Texas Education Agency released a report Tuesday showing that higher percentages of low-income, Black and Hispanic students were not completing assignments or were not responsive to teacher outreach compared with higher-income, white and Asian peers. Texas collected the data from school districts in early May, and districts have until July 16 to update their numbers. view article  arw

Bucking party leaders, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz intervenes in Republican runoff for Will Hurd’s seat

July 0108:40 AM
 

The U.S. senator is endorsing Raul Reyes over Tony Gonzales for the 23rd Congressional District and launching TV ads in support of Reyes.  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is jumping into the Republican primary runoff for Texas' most competitive congressional seat this fall, going against the candidate favored by retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, and national GOP leaders.  Saying the district "deserves strong conservative representation," Cruz is endorsing Raul Reyes over Tony Gonzales for Hurd's seat — and launching a six-figure TV ad buy backing Reyes, according to details first shared with The Texas Tribune. view article  arw

Education, business call for action on school funding

July 0108:40 AM
 

A coalition of education groups, chambers and others have written a letter to top state officials asking them for support — financial and otherwise — as schools reopen this fall. Addressed to Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Education Commissioner Mike Morath, Texas Higher Education Commissioner Harrison Keller and lawmakers, the letter asks that they create or use an existing statewide task force to focus on key challenges posed by COVID-19 to public education. view article  arw

TEA discusses ‘COVID slide’ for low and middle-income students

July 0108:32 AM
 

ALLAS — As districts around North Texas plan for schools to reopen in August, parents will have to decide whether to send their child back to campus or try to make at-home learning work.  And the answers from parents right now vary widely as cases and hospitalizations from the novel coronavirus continue to increase in Texas. view article  arw

Cleveland ISD trustees approve new elementary campus for Colony Ridge community

July 0108:30 AM
 

Cleveland ISD’s board of trustees on Tuesday night, June 30, awarded a $24.376 million contract to McKinney, Texas-based Pogue Construction for a new elementary campus in the Colony Ridge development south of Plum Grove. The yet-unnamed campus is being referred to as Elementary Campus #5 until the school board determines its name. view article  arw

Lufkin ISD preparing for fewer fans than normal at football games

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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Lufkin ISD is remaining optimistic about the fall football season but is also preparing for changes inside Abe Martin Stadium.  “High school football is going to look quite different this year from the effects of the pandemic,” an email to season ticket holders stated. “We are looking at ways to ensure the safety of our students, staff, families and community as a whole. Due to capacity regulations, social distancing, and decisions still to be determined by UIL, your tickets are guaranteed to not be the same as in years past. We anticipate having to block off areas for seating and social distancing. That will mean that you will not be able to sit in the section and seats you are accustomed to having. However, what we can guarantee is that next year (Fall 2021) your season tickets will remain intact.” view article  arw