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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 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 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 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 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 Hutto ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
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
Vacant United ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant San Benito CISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Carroll ISD; Search by: Carrrol ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Canadian ISD; Search by: Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Kyle & Robinson P.C.& Education Consultant Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant Richards ISD; Search by: Leon|Alcala PLLCINFO
Vacant Louise ISD; Search by: Leon|Alcala PLLCINFO
Vacant University of Texas High School Special Purpose District; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
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 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: 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 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 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 Gorman ISD - Bill Morgan, Principal,Rains ISD; Search by: Ronnie KincaidINFO
Lone Finalist Prairie Lea ISD - Brian McCraw, Professor,American College of Education; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Lone Finalist Cross Plains ISD - Jason Henry, Principal,Eastland ISD; Search by: Ronnie KincaidINFO
New Super Bloomington ISD - Eric Cormier, Principal,Brazos ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Presidio ISD - Carmen Rubner, Interim Superintendent,Presidio ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
New Super Henrietta ISD - Jaime Clark, Chief of Schools,Lewisville ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis and Kenny MillerINFO
New Super Clyde CISD - Bryan Allen, Superintendent,Breckenridge ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Pewitt CISD - Lee Ann Corbin, Assistant Superintendent,Red Water ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
New Super Sabinal ISD - Dr. Edgar Camacho, Director,Natalia ISD; Search by: Richard W Grill & Sabinal ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Hamlin Collgiate ISD - Dr. Chanda Bloch, Director,San Marcos CISD; Search by: Collegiate Edu-Nation, Dr. Nelson CoulterINFO
New Super Lorenzo ISD - Dr. Greg Nelson, Assistant Superintendent,Lamesa ISD; Search by: Region 17 ESC, Kyle Wargo Exec. DirectorINFO

University of North Texas names Harrison Keller as sole finalist for president

June 1008:41 AM
 

Keller has served as the commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board since 2019. view article  arw

Billions in taxpayer dollars now go to religious schools via vouchers

June 1006:46 AM
 

Billions in taxpayer dollars are being used to pay tuition at religious schools throughout the country, as state voucher programs expand dramatically and the line separating public education and religion fades. School vouchers can be used at almost any private school, but the vast majority of the money is being directed to religious schools, according to a Washington Post examination of the nation’s largest voucher programs. Vouchers, government money that covers education costs for families outside the public schools, vary by state but offer up to $16,000 per student per year, and in many cases fully cover the cost of tuition at private schools. In some schools, a large share of the student body is benefiting from a voucher, meaning a significant portion of the school’s funding is coming directly from the government. view article  arw

SCHOOL INSURANCE NEWSLETTER

June 0608:43 AM
 

For schools in the first two counties from the Gulf the Property insurance news has been good. We have seen mostly rate discounts up to 10% with improvements in coverage. And just this week we received a renewal for a Dallas area district with a 14% Property rate reduction and a 6% Casualty increase. view article  arw

H-E-B’s Charles Butt spends big to boost public schools. Why did he cut back before key elections?

June 0508:43 AM
 

Gov. Greg Abbott and pro-voucher groups pumped a record-breaking $15 million into flipping state House seats ahead of the March primaries, while the grocery giant’s political action committee spent just under $2 million supporting GOP incumbents. After bruising defeats in the first round, Butt spent even less in May’s runoffs, in which four more pro-voucher candidates won, securing a presumed majority in the House to pass Abbott’s plan next year to divert taxpayer dollars to private and religious schools. The week before the defeats, Butt’s political committee reported that it had left more than $10 million unspent in its account. view article  arw

Preventive Law: Who is the National Digital Accessibility Team, and They Want Me to do WHAT with the District Website???

June 0408:35 AM
 

For many school districts, posting information on district websites and social media has become a vital tool in how districts communicate with their parents, students and communities. Additionally, the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Legislature have created a number of legal requirements involving posting information regarding transparency and district operations. Posting this information the district website is one way to ensure compliance with the law. Everything from your District of Innovation Plan to your school calendar to the next week’s lunch menu are available to anyone, at any time, day or night, via your district website.

Summer Posting Schedule

May 3109:18 AM
 

It's summer at TexasISD.com and for most of you as well. Summer tends to be slow for normal school news so we are adjusting our posting calendar for Monday through Thursday. In the event of special news or new superintendent vacancies those could still appear throughout the week.

Texas schools illegally suspended thousands of homeless students

May 2808:41 AM
 

A 2019 law banned schools from suspending homeless students from school grounds but didn’t include money for enforcement. Sign up for The Brief, The Texas Tribune’s daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Channelview High School senior Danielle Stephen trudged out of the assistant principal’s office, defeated and desperate. In the fall of 2021, an administrator at the east Harris County campus had just suspended Stephen, sending her home for breaking a rule requiring students to carry backpacks made of see-through material. But Stephen, who had lived on the streets for much of the past three years, didn’t have a home to go to. The 100-liter camouflage hiking backpack that got her kicked off campus held all her possessions. And she would now miss lunch at school, the place she relied on for hot meals. “That was my way of showering,” Stephen said. “That was my way of eating.” 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.

Four Texas House Republicans censured for campaigning against incumbents

June 1408:42 AM
 

The censured members said they had been punished for campaigning against “liberal incumbents” alongside statewide elected officials like Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton. view article  arw

Some Texas school officials are skeptical that a K-12 curriculum with Christian influences is the lifeline state leaders promise

June 1408:38 AM
 

Proposed lesson plans could improve student performance and help teachers, Texas education officials say. Not all district leaders and education advocates are convinced. view article  arw

Fort Worth ISD third-graders still haven’t caught up after pandemic, STAAR scores show

June 1408:36 AM
 

Third-graders in the Fort Worth Independent School District are still testing slightly below the curve of pre-pandemic levels in math and reading, four years after COVID-19 sent the education system into a whirlwind, according to spring state test scores released on Friday by the Texas Education Agency. The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, scores show that 29% of third-graders in Fort Worth ISD are meeting grade level in math compared to the 32% seen in 2019. In reading, 33% of third-graders met grade level, the same percentage who met that threshold in 2019. But 40% of third-graders didn’t meet or approach grade level in reading this year, compared to 36% in 2019. Read more at: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article289259565.html#storylink=cpy view article  arw

HISD board narrowly approves $2.1 billion budget in rare split vote since state takeover

June 1408:30 AM
 

Houston ISD's appointed Board of Managers approved Superintendent Mike Miles' $2.1 billion budget for the upcoming school year by a 5-4 vote during a contentious board meeting Thursday, allocating one-third of district funds to schools in Miles' New Education System amid a $528 million shortfall in district funding.  Though the budget ultimately passed, the four votes against his proposal by board members Adam Rivon, Rolando Martinez, Cassandra Auzenne Bandy and Michelle Cruz Arnold represent the board's largest public rebuke of any Miles proposal since the Texas Education Agency appointed them to the positions last June.  view article  arw

CHS’s Bulldog Welding takes first place at state competition

June 1408:30 AM
 

Four seniors at Central High School this past semester brought home top honors in welding, according to school officials. Mario De La Cruz, Dustin Posey, Josh Oates and Fernando Camacho won first place in the team build-off competition May 9-10 at the Texas State Technical College campus in Waco. “I am so proud of this team of young men for all of their accomplishments,” said CHS welding teacher Heather Hill. “As we only had one returning team member from last year’s team, this team learned to work together both efficiently and effectively very quickly.” view article  arw

Tropical disturbance to bring heavy rains to Texas coast next week

June 1309:00 AM
 

The latest rounds of storms that have swept through East Texas early Wednesday morning has led to further power outages and continues to complicate restoration efforts. Smith County emergency personnel responded to 27 weather-related calls over night after the latest storms. A shelter remains open in Bullard for people who have suffered property damage and/or power outages. Bullard Intermediate School, located at 218 School House Road, is open for those who need a place to go. Electrical providers have struggled to restore and maintain customers power on throughout the relentless weather events the past couple of weeks. At last check, providers in East Texas were reporting over 80,000 outages, the majority of which are coming out of Smith County. view article  arw

Round Rock ISD police want to respond faster. County partners worry about their plans

June 1308:45 AM
 

Mayra Mathis stands in the dark dispatch center inside Round Rock High School, pointing to a map of the district’s 56 schools. Before discussing changes the district is making to get its police officers to campuses quicker, she explains how she and other dispatchers learn of 911 calls at their schools. view article  arw

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Democrats think they can flip Texas House seats by going after GOP’s education funding and school voucher policies

June 1308:41 AM
 

Much of the House battlefield is centered in districts with struggling schools, where Democrats hope public education will resonate at the ballot box. view article  arw

Democrats think they can flip Texas House seats by going after GOP’s education funding and school voucher policies

June 1308:41 AM
 

Texas Democrats are zeroing in on education issues in their bid to flip several state House districts this fall, as they look to blame GOP lawmakers for teacher shortages and school closures and mobilize their base around defeating Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature school voucher policy.  That approach came into focus last week at the Texas Democratic Convention in El Paso, where party leaders and House candidates repeatedly bashed Abbott’s push to provide taxpayer funds for private school tuition. They also acknowledged the governor’s recent success ousting members of his own party who oppose school vouchers, invoking it as a reason to focus on battleground House races this fall. view article  arw

Houston energy company to build largest new refinery in half a century

June 1308:41 AM
 

Element Fuel Holdings LLC is spending between $3 and $4 billion on the project, which will produce more than 160,000 barrels per day of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from shale oil production, according to a report by the Houston Business Journal.  "Since no one's built a refinery in 50 years, there's probably a better way to do it. Let's optimize it," Element Fuels founder and co-CEO John Calce told the business outlet.    The refinery will be located in the Port of Brownsville and constructed in three phases. The first construction phase includes building a naphtha hydrotreater and reformer, which is expected to be operational by 2027. Element will also build a power plant that uses hydrogen and natural gas to produce energy and include carbon capture and storage to reduce the facility's carbon footprint.  view article  arw

After Uvalde, Texas promised armed guards in every school. It hasn’t happened.

June 1308:41 AM
 

On the eve of sending a sweeping school safety bill to Gov. Greg Abbott last year, lawmakers said they’d learned powerful lessons from the school shooting at Robb Elementary and were committed to ensuring it didn’t happen again.  view article  arw

After Uvalde, Texas promised armed guards in every school. It hasn’t happened.

June 1308:40 AM
 

On the eve of sending a sweeping school safety bill to Gov. Greg Abbott last year, lawmakers said they’d learned powerful lessons from the school shooting at Robb Elementary and were committed to ensuring it didn’t happen again. “It’s time to act,” said Rep. Ken King, a Panhandle Republican, from the House floor. “We need to prevent the next Uvalde.” Graford ISD Superintendent Brandon Perry said his single-campus district west of Fort Worth received roughly $18,500 extra state dollars, but it would have taken $80,000 to hire an officer. "They require us to hire armed security, hire a school resource officer, but they did not attach additional funding to pay for that expense,” Perry said.  Fifty-two adopted the good cause exception to opt out of the armed guard requirement, including some of the state’s largest such as Fort Worth ISD and even charter schools, like Harmony Public Schools, a network based in Houston with more than 60 campuses statewide. Many other districts not included in the sample — such as Houston ISD, Conroe ISD, Dallas ISD, Northside ISD and San Antonio ISD — also took good cause exceptions, citing either lack of available funds or personnel. o adopt alternative plans, which in some cases included rotating police officers between campuses or resolutions stating an intent to hire more guards in the future. Another option was to train and arm school employees. view article  arw

UIL approves major change for Texas high school playoffs. Here’s what it means.

June 1308:39 AM
 

The postseason format for several Texas high school sports has received a shake-up, with the University Interscholastic League (UIL) approving a change that will impact the playoffs for baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball. An amendment to create split postseason divisions in the aforementioned sports was passed Tuesday by the UIL Legislative Council—a move that will drastically increase the number of state champions that are crowned, starting with the upcoming school year. The new format will follow what is currently utilized in Class 6A football, where teams who make the playoffs are separated into two divisions based on enrollment. Unlike other sports, football classifications below 6A are separated into divisions for regular-season play. view article  arw

San Juan commissioner resigns to keep job as La Joya ISD police chief

June 1308:28 AM
 

The city of San Juan will hold a special election in July following the resignation of Place 4 Commissioner Leonardo “Lenny” Sanchez. Sanchez’s resignation, which was submitted on May 9, was officially accepted on May 17. During Tuesday’s San Juan City Commission meeting, his seat on the commission was unoccupied. Sanchez sat in the back of the San Juan Memorial Library Multipurpose Meeting Room before addressing his fellow commissioners and constituents — offering a formal goodbye to the seat he has occupied since 2018. view article  arw

Leadership changes announced for Longview ISD campuses

June 1208:40 AM
 

During Monday night's regular meeting, Longview ISD announced a series of administrative changes following unanimous board approval. Longview ISD has named Ms. Shalona McCray as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Community Relations, the district announced Tuesday. view article  arw

Killeen ISD to go ‘phone-free’ in 2024-2025 school year

June 1208:31 AM
 

The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a plan to create phone-free schools in the 2024-2025 school year. The plan would require students at all middle schools and high schools to keep their cell phones in a school issued pouch. It would have a locking device similar to clothing security tags, according to the district. The pouches would remain locked until the end of the school day. view article  arw

TEA Awards Over $290 Million as Part of The Teacher Incentive Allotment

June 1208:31 AM
 

AUSTIN, Texas – June 11, 2024 – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today announced over $290 million in Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) funds has been awarded for nearly 25,000 designated Texas teachers during the 2023-24 school year. These educators make up some of Texas’ best, and they work to improve student growth and success in their classrooms.    view article  arw

Abbott appoints first judges to new appeals court for cases involving state government, businesses

June 1208:30 AM
 

The Texas Legislature created the court last year, with proponents saying it would increase efficiency and opponents arguing that it was an effort by Republicans to circumvent Democrat-dominated courts. view article  arw

Texas conservatives want to end countywide voting. The costs could be high.

June 1208:30 AM
 

A long-running conservative push to get rid of countywide polling places is winning growing interest from state lawmakers, as well as a spot on the state Republican party’s list of legislative priorities for next year. But election officials are warning that if legislators scrap the state’s countywide voting program, they will struggle to pull off the changes that would be required — beginning with increasing their numbers of polling places. That means paying for hard-to-find additional locations, recruiting and paying workers to staff them and obtaining more voting equipment. Election officials also worry that confused voters could be disenfranchised by the shift. view article  arw

Uvalde shooting survivors’ families sue UPS, FedEx for shipping weapon used by gunman in school massacre

June 1208:30 AM
 

The lawsuit claims the companies shipped an enhanced trigger system that allowed the gunman to convert a firearm into a fully automatic or semi-automatic weapon.   The lawsuit claims the companies shipped an enhanced trigger system that allowed the gunman to convert a firearm into a fully automatic or semi-automatic weapon. view article  arw

Lorena ISD principal files appeal after judge denies motion to dismiss sexual abuse lawsuit

June 1208:28 AM
 

A Central Texas principal filed an appeal on June 11 after a judge denied her motion to dismiss herself from a lawsuit filed by the parents of a pre-k student who was sexually abused at school. The lawsuit against Lorena Independent School District and the principal of Lorena Primary School April Jewell has been playing out in a Waco federal court for 10 months and this is just the latest chapter in the judicial process. view article  arw

Work underway on new elementary school to alleviate Dripping Springs ISD crowding

June 1208:28 AM
 

Dripping Springs ISD officials will host a groundbreaking for the district’s newest elementary school June 18. The groundbreaking will take place on the school’s site in the Headwaters neighborhood at 10 a.m. District leadership, including Superintendent Holly Morris-Kuentz and board member Stefani Reinold, will speak. view article  arw

Amarillo ISD honors 2 for saving residents from motel fire

June 1208:25 AM
 

A maintenance man and bus driver for Amarillo ISD were honored as heroes at the AISD boarding meeting after save two residents from a burning motel in May. “It’s always awesome to be recognized for something you do. I didn’t plan on doing it or being called a hero, but it’s a really rewarding feeling that someone cares,” said Raymond Cloudy, Amarillo ISD bus driver. view article  arw

Houston: HISD submits request for federal aid relief after lawmakers urging

June 1208:25 AM
 

Houston ISD officials have submitted a request for federal aid relief funding to support recovery efforts from the deadly derecho storm in May. According to an email sent to Chron, state-appointed Superintendent Mike Miles emailed state lawmakers on Monday to confirm he submitted an official request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). view article  arw

McAllen ISD educators speak out against cutting planning periods

June 1208:25 AM
 

The district here just like other Texas public school districts have to make hard choices regarding the shortfall on their budgets, and a proposed idea regarding teacher’s planning periods and an additional class is causing district teachers to speak out. Around the state, school districts are having to trim budgets through various ways such as department reductions, layoffs and the consolidation of schools. view article  arw

Killeen ISD board members discuss budget reductions amidst concerns from educators

June 1208:25 AM
 

The Killeen ISD budget is once again up for discussion, and at tonight’s school board meeting their board of trustees will be looking at all of the possible reductions. Every year the board of trustees for each school district will adopt a new budget to ensure their funds are going where they need to, however, this sometimes means making cuts in spending. As Killeen ISD begins considering budget reductions, school board member Oliver Mintz says they’re still a couple of months away from an actual decision. view article  arw

Houston: HISD students ‘stepped up’ on 2024 STAAR test, achieving best academic growth, superintendent says

June 1208:25 AM
 

Houston ISD Superintendent Mike Miles said 2024 STAAR results show students achieved one of the best academic growth years that the district has ever experienced. On Tuesday, Miles held a press conference giving an overview of how HISD students performed on the assessments this year and referred to the students as having done "great." view article  arw