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T74: Supreme Court allows public funding for religious schools … 5-4 majority sides with parents ... ruling could have major impact on school choice
Five months after hearing oral arguments, the Supreme Court finally announced its decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue yesterday morning, finding that states cannot exclude religious institutions from participating in programs that subsidize private school tuition. The case, with its narrow 5-4 margin and notable number of concurring opinions and dissents, began with a parent's state-level complaint about a tax-credit scholarship program but touches on deep constitutional arguments over whether public funding can be directed toward religious ends. view article
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — Some parents are concerned about El Paso Independent School District’s reopening guidelines. “I can’t comfortably put my children in an environment like that where I cant fully tell them that they are safe,” Nancy Hollebeke said. She’s been nervously waiting for EPISD to release guidelines on bringing back kids to school – Monday they did. “I looked at all the options again. I do like they have the you choose the virtual and then you can go back in the fall,” Hollebeke said. view article
SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo Heights Independent School District is responding to a video allegedly showing students making racial slurs.A parent shared the video online, so we reached out to the school district for information. Here is the statement they released: view article
Mesquite ISD recently announced that it will be reopening the doors to its campuses this fall, Aug. 17, with a remote learning option for those families not comfortable sending their students back into the traditional school setting at this time. The home-based schooling model is called Virtual Learning Academy or VLA, which will follow the district’s curriculum provided by certified Mesquite ISD teachers and will be open to any students, PK–12, residing within the district’s boundaries. view article
JEFFERSON — Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell said Tuesday the district will provide school supplies for all students, free of charge, for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. The district will provide all paper, pens, kleenex boxes, glue, crayons, scissors, folders, etc. for the about 1,275 expected students in every grade across the district, in an effort to help out parents and guardians during a time when the nation has been hit hard economically due to an economic shutdown earlier this year from the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were talking about school supply lists with the principals and I said, ‘Let’s cut all of that out,’” Barnwell said Tuesday. “I mean kleenexes, hand soap, pencils, etc., I’ve just always thought the district should have been providing the school supplies for students all along.” view article
The North Zulch school district has closed its campus and canceled athletic workouts after a staff member had exposure to someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent Alan Andrus said in a statement released Monday that the staff member is self-quarantining at home and does not have symptoms of the virus. view article
School nurses already have a lot of responsibilities, but the possibility of students being back in classrooms this fall may add a new duty: screening for COVID-19. "There seem to be no certainties. The guidance changes frequently and there is some concern that the guidance doesn’t take into account the realities in a school building," says Laurie Combe, the President of the National Association of School Nurses. view article
A national pandemic that led to the closing of schools across the country earlier this year has prompted local school board members to invest up to $500,000 on instructional technology. Jacksonville ISD trustees unanimously approved a June 23 board meeting request that authorize Dr. Chad Kelly, schools superintendent, to supplement the district's supply to help meet the needs, such as when the district scrambled to incorporate distance learning for the remainder of the school year because of the unexpected closure. view article
Three Southlake Carroll athletes test positive for COVID-19, but workouts continue — even as many in Texas suspend activities
Carroll ISD does not believe any of the three athletes contracted the virus at school. Three Southlake Carroll male athletes tested positive for COVID-19 after taking part in the school’s Performance Course program and in summer strength and conditioning/sport-specific workouts at the school, Carroll ISD said Monday. The district said that it doesn’t believe any of the athletes contracted the virus at the school. Carroll has continued workouts, even as a growing number of Texas schools have put workouts on hold. The Dallas Morning News has found as of Monday night that at least 192 schools statewide have temporarily suspended summer workouts at some point since the UIL allowed those to begin June 8. Positive tests resulted in some of those shutdowns, but many schools and school districts paused workouts because of concerns about the coronavirus in their area, or because numbers continue to spike in Texas. view article
According to a post on the district's Facebook page, the district understands that some families may have concerns with returning to school because of COVID. Last week, Canyon ISD says it spoke with the Texas Education Agency concerning virtual schooling. The district said that the requirements for virtual schooling are "significantly more demanding" on students' daily participation and completion of work at home, as compared to the spring semester. Based on these new requirements, the district is discussing how to prepare for and build a plan to manage school at home instruction. view article
I WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — In a time when healthcare professionals are needed more than ever, Archer City High School students will now have access to courses in the field. This fall, students who complete the Intro to the Nursing program at Archer City High School and have an interest to learn more will be able to do so with this new Certified Nurse’s Aide and Medical Assistance Program. view article
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is extending the application deadline for the federal Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer program (P-EBT) to July 31. Governor Greg Abbott made the announcement, Monday morning. P-EBT is a benefit for assisting families “who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) due to school closures.” The program ensures $285 per eligible child for families, and can be used in a similar way to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits are used to pay for groceries. Governor Abbott says extending the deadline will help ensure eligible families have time to apply for this one-time food benefit. view article
Texans urge state education board to expand sexual education standards and include LGBTQ information
At a marathon virtual hearing Monday, dozens of Texans implored the State Board of Education to dramatically update the minimum statewide standards for what Texas public school students are taught about sex and health, policies which have not been revised since 1997. The 15-member board is considering requiring that middle schoolers learn about contraceptives, sexually transmitted infections and the importance of consent. At the board's first public hearing on the proposals, many current and former Texas public school students recalled their own experiences with sexual education teachers who emphasized shame instead of accuracy. view article
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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.
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
Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Muñoz, P.C.
July 28 & 30, 2020
The Office of Civil Rights has published new regulations that take effect August 14. You will need new policies, new employee and student handbook language, and new positions! Under these new regulations:
- The Title IX Coordinator becomes an overseer of the process. These trainings will train the Title IX coordinator in: understanding the overall process and how to coordinate the multiple new functions, determining appropriate ranges for support and remedies and disciplinary sanctions; how to provide sufficient and proper notice under the new guidelines; understanding the role of voluntary resolution; carrying out remedies pursuant to written decisions.
- Investigators now have to be trained in: impartial investigations; when to dismiss a complaint; the standards of evidence; how to equitably and meaningfully include the complainant and respondent in the process including inculpatory and exculpatory evidence; how to write a decision; the role of expert witnesses; legal privileges; the role of advisors; statutory timelines; handling a hearing; writing your recommendation.
- Decision-makers now have to be trained in: objectivity and independent analysis; impartiality and how to decide what evidence is relevant; weighing evidence based upon different standards of evidence; drafting written decisions consistent with statutory mandates; determining appropriate disciplinary standards and providing appeal rights.
- Facilitators are new to the process and must be trained in: Independent and unbiased facilitating the process for voluntary resolution; best practice methods for reaching compromise and voluntary resolution.
- Advisors are also new to the process. Advisors are employees (or lawyers) hired by the District and provided free of charge to the complainant or respondent to assist them in reviewing evidence and presenting their evidence, witnesses, and responding to the same. They need to be trained in evidence, examining witnesses, preparing witnesses, and the art of cross examination and their role as advocate for the complainant or respondent.
- Overview and Forms | 7/28/20 | 9:00 am-11:00 am
- Investigators and Decision-Makers | 7/30/20 | 9:00 am-11:00 am
- Facilitators and Advisors | 7/30/20 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
These sessions will be presented by Dennis Eichelbaum and Holly Wardell.
Participants in all three trainings will be provided with Forms, Policies, and Handbook language. Each participant will also receive materials from their training to use during the year and to comply with the new federal regulations that require that schools posted on their district’s website and make them available for public inspection upon request the materials used to train their personnel in Title IX.
$750 per district for entire series or $300 per session
McKinney ISD is continuing to make sure students and their families are staying fed this summer, thanks in part to a partnership with Plano-based Minnie’s Food Pantry. Every other Wednesday this summer, McKinney ISD parents can drive up to Scott Johnson Middle School and get a package of food intended to feed a family of four for two weeks. view article
As Texas plans to open schools amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, some parents are concerned about sending their children back into school buildings. One option may be Texas Tech's fully-approved K-12 program, which started in 1993. Superintendent Justin Louder said the school has served more than 400,000 students, in more than 70 countries. "A student can go full-time with Texas Tech and they can actually graduate with a high school diploma that says Texas Tech University High School," Louder said. "Or they can just take one or two classes to help make up their schedule at a regular school, make up lost credits or accelerate time to graduation." view article
A North Texas school district is tackling a tough year that’s included its own tragedy, the disruption of normal life and social unrest across the nation. Community I.S.D. in rural Collin County created a video message of unity that challenges adults to leave a better world for our children. Community I.S.D. set out to show what community really means, even in trying times. view article
2 SURVEYS FIND TEACHERS ARE STRESSED BY SHUTDOWN, UNABLE TO CONTACT STUDENTS AND LOSING THEIR CONFIDENCE
Two new surveys of teachers and school administrators confirm some of the worst fears about the switch to distance learning since the pandemic struck: The vast majority of teachers could not teach all the material they were supposed to, teacher confidence plummeted in schools without supportive working conditions and fewer than half of teachers in high schools, high-poverty schools and schools serving a majority of children of color were able to contact their students. view article
Embattled Edgewood ISD trustee defies board, says she will not resign after ‘racist, malicious’ Facebook post
Board president says donors, partners to pull support if Serrano continues as a trustee The vice president of Edgewood Independent School District’s board of trustees said Monday she will not resign, despite a growing backlash over a Father’s Day weekend Facebook post in which she shared a picture of a man with his head in a noose. view article
Gumbert: Texas Charter Schools - Perpetuating the State’s Historically Low Enrollment of Special Education Students
The treatment of students with disabilities in the Texas public education system has all the ingredients for an emotional and disturbing HBO series. It involves politics, money, deception, denial, Federal investigations, lawsuits, questionable State contracts and the wrongful termination of a “whistleblower” at the Texas Education Agency (“TEA”). Unfortunately, it also involves the neglect of underprivileged students and families that rely upon and are guaranteed assistance from public schools. view article
Public weighs in as Del Valle ISD considers tax incentives for Tesla, a move which could stave off recapture
Officials from Del Valle ISD are weighing the benefits of a tax incentives deal that would encourage electric automaker Tesla to establish a presence in Southeast Travis County in exchange for academic and career training partnerships for the district. Tesla has identified a 2,100-acre site along the Colorado River as a potential location for its next gigafactory, where the company’s new Cybertruck and other vehicle models would be produced. While Tesla simultaneously eyes the Tusla, Okla. area, Travis County and DVISD could propose incentive agreements that would soften the impact of Texas’ comparatively high property tax rates. Without such incentives, Tesla representatives have said a factory in Texas would not be economically feasible. view article
n his YouTube Live video on Monday evening, Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null told the community that if the recent rise in positive COVID-19 cases continues, face-to-face instruction may not even be an option for next year. “We are making every decision in Conroe ISD that we can with our focus being protect our community and protect the school year. What do we need to do today, to ensure that we can have a school year in August?” Null said. “Over the last few weeks, I’ve become very worried about our ability to have school next year. In just the last few weeks we’ve had positive tests at all of our strength and conditioning programs at our high schools — or almost all — we’ve had positive tests at a few of our food distribution sites, and we’ve had positive tests here in our administration building.” view article
Dr. Jamie Wilson, Superintendent of Denton ISD, has been named the 2020 Region 11 Superintendent of the Year. The Superintendent of the Year Award, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards, honors outstanding Texas administrators for achievement and excellence in public school administration. Candidates for the award must be nominated by their school boards and must demonstrate strong leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of education in their districts, commitment to public support and involvement in education, and ability to build good employee relations among teachers and staff members. view article
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Public Health is encouraging families to schedule their children’s back-to-school checkups and make sure they’re up to date on all required vaccinations. The public health agency says doing so is necessary to avoid as health officials other vaccine-preventable outbreaks as the community fights the spread of COVID-19. Because of the pandemic, the Texas Medical Association reported a drop in parents taking their kids to the doctor’s office. view article
AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the global pandemic continues to bring uncertainty to everyday life, some Austin families are taking proactive steps to address schooling in the fall — by electing to homeschool their kids or selecting a district that allows 100% virtual work. Most public school systems haven’t fully revealed concrete schedules for the fall, but many have shared vague plans to deliver hybrid models that require students to engage in learning that requires at least a portion of the time spent physically in the classroom. view article
KINGSVILLE, Texas — Kingsville ISD announced over the weekend that it is ending the summer meal program a week early. This news came after one worker tested positive and another was exposed to COVID-19. Michelle Butler, the Director of Food Service at Kingsville ISD, said the district has shut down and is now performing the necessary sanitation of their facilities. view article
All the ways the coronavirus will make this school year harder than the last, even if campuses reopen
School communities desperate for normalcy are hoping that the new school year will be more stable than the last, when the coronavirus forced schools to close and launch remote learning overnight. But that seems like wishful thinking, as 2020-2021 is shaping up to be even more problematic. School districts are embarking on novel experiments in learning, unveiling plans to reopen with new procedures for just about everything. But none of them are set in stone because the unknowns about how things will work far outweigh the knowns. view article
Irving ISD will offer students and their families a choice this fall between at-home or in-school learning, the district announced Monday. Online registration for the 2020-2021 year will begin July 6, and families are encouraged to make their decisions by July 24 to help the district plan for the fall semester. view article
LEVELLAND, Texas — Levelland Independent School District has suspended workouts for the remainder of the week after a student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19, Levelland athletic director and football coach Andy Correll said. view article
TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The debate to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School has intensified. David Jones is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and a 1982 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. When it comes to changing the name, Jones wants to know how Tyler ISD will pay for it and if it’s worth it for taxpayers. “Where’s the money going to come from and is it really, truly a priority?” he asked. “Band, football, the football field everything associated with sports would be an immense cost. I don’t think that the taxpayers are going to want to pay for that.” view article
Dr. Chris Miller will take over as Highland Park Middle School principal, as announced in a district newsletter. Miller has been the principal of Blue Ridge High School since 2018. His career began in 1996 as a special education teacher in Dallas ISD, followed by 16 years at Highland Park Middle School. From 1999 to 2015, he served HPMS in a variety of roles including special education teacher, science teacher, head track and cross country coach, athletic coordinator, and principal intern. view article
Gov. Greg Abbott announced last Thursday that Texas public school students would return in person this fall, but the state has yet to release details about health protocols. Dr. Marc Mazade, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Cooks Children's, worked with more than 50 physicians to create a list of recommendations for those health protocols. view article
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Texas parents and students still don’t know exactly what school will look like for students heading back this fall, and that is because the Texas Education Agency doesn’t either. Guidance was set to be released on Tuesday, as of Thursday, ISDs are awaiting those answers before creating their own back-to-school plans. Barbara Cargill, the District 8 representative on the State Board of Education, joined First News at Four to discuss. “It is going to look very different according to the school district,” said Cargill. She listed four options: in-person schooling, Texas Virtual School, and two remote school options (synchronous and asynchronous, a slight difference in timing flexibility of the lessons). view article
It took just over 14 minutes for the Temple school board to approve their $115.9 million budget for the 2020-21 academic year Monday evening. This is a near $4.5 million increase in total expenditures from the district’s budget for the 2019-20 academic year. The largest shift is in instruction with an increase of about $3.1 million. District educators will receive a 2.7 percent average raise, while remaining staff will receive a 1.5 percent raise. Superintendent Bobby Ott repeatedly told the Telegram how these pay increases — an additional $3.5 million for staff compensation, positions and equity adjustments — will provide staff comparable salaries to area school districts. view article