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Vacant Lexington ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Mullin ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.C. (search suspended)INFO
Vacant Region One ESC Executive Director; Search by: Region One ESC Board of DirectorsINFO
Vacant El Paso ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C. & Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant Carthage ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Paint Rock ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo in conjunction with Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Abelardo SaavedraINFO
Vacant Executive Director
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Community Lab Schools Partnership; Search by: UTSA College of Education & Human DevelopmentINFO
Vacant Hawkins ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Levelland ISD; Search by: Levelland ISD Board of Trustees, Assisted by Region 17 ESCINFO
Vacant Cushing ISD; Search by: KARCZEWSKI BRADSHAW SPALDINGINFO
Vacant Stephenville ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Caldwell ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Savoy ISD; Search by: Brian Neal & Savoy ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Boling ISD; Search by: Boling ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Colorado ISD; Search By: Colorado ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Bridgeport ISD - CCR; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants, Dr. Skip Casey, Staci Robertson, & Rod TownsendINFO
Vacant Chester ISD; Search by: Chester ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Burkeville ISD; Dr. Darrell Myers & Burkeville ISD Board of TrustessINFO
Vacant Jacksboro ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis and Kenny MillerINFO
Lone Finalist Sweet Home ISD - Dr. Jennifer “Renee” Fairchild, Administrator,Gonzales ISD; Search by Region 3 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Harrold ISD - Cody Patton, Director of Operations,Tioga ISD; Search By: Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Windthorst ISD - William Paul, Principal,Breckenridge ISD; Search By: Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Decatur ISD - Dr. Michael "Chad" Jones, Superintendent,Sinton ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C. & Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist Northside ISD - ​Benny Barnett, Principal,Northside ISD; Rearch by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis & Kenny MillerINFO
Lone Finalist Donna ISD - Angela Dominguez, Deputy Superintendent,Colorado Springs School District 11; Search by: Law Office of Flores & Torres, LLP, Dr. Ruben D. OlivarezINFO
New Super Haskell CISD - Lonnie Hise, Superintendent,Windthorst ISD; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants, Dr. Skip Casey, Staci Robertson, & Rod TownsendINFO
New Super Neches ISD - Cory Hines, Superintendent,Chester ISD; Search by: Neches ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Goodrich ISD - William Daniel Barton, Principal,Shepherd ISD; Search by: Goodrich ISD Board of TrusteesINFO

Spring ISD Superintendent Rodney Watson accepts role as Deputy Executive Director with TASB

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SPRING, TX – Oct. 14, 2021 – Spring ISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney E. Watson has announced that he will accept a new role with the Texas Association of School Boards as deputy executive director, effective in January 2022. Since taking the helm at Spring ISD in 2014, Watson has led advancements in early-childhood and special education, improved student data management, increased opportunities and choice schools and initiatives for students, implemented innovative new-teacher development and postsecondary preparedness programs, and overseen completion of a $330 million bond referendum. In addition, Watson developed new community partnerships with local businesses and organizations aimed at strengthening the vision of Spring ISD. Most recently, he served as Board Chair of Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and currently served as Board Chair for Northwest Assistance Ministries.    (15) view article  arw

States Have Mandated Vaccinations Since Long Before COVID-19: Great background via Pew Research Center.

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Of the 16 immunizations the CDC recommends for children and teens, all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) mandate diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, rubella and chickenpox. In addition, every state except Iowa mandates immunization against mumps.” “Vaccination mandates in the U.S. date back to the 19th century, when many cities and states started requiring children to be immunized against smallpox; the Supreme Court upheld such mandates in a landmark 1905 decision.” view article  arw

‘Re-election stimulus checks’: Texas GOP tax relief proposals use Biden COVID funding

October 1505:00 AM
 

Republican leaders in Texas are proposing to use billions of dollars in COVID relief funding for a voter-pleasing tax cut — and it’s all thanks to President Joe Biden and the Democrats in Washington. The plans are still in flux, but bills working their way through the state Legislature would have the effect of using about a fifth of the $16 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars to help lower the property tax burden in Texas.    (15) view article  arw

Katy ISD reinstates banned books, reschedules author visit after critical race theory allegations refuted

October 1505:00 AM
 

Author Jerry Craft’s award winning graphic novels are back on Katy ISD library shelves after a review committee ruled that the books do not contain subversive or offensive material. Craft’s books were pulled from libraries and a speaking event with Craft was postponed after a district parent claimed the books promote critical race theory and anti-white rhetoric. The books, which are winners of numerous illustrious literature awards, focus on the experiences of a Black preteen who attends a predominantly white private school. Craft said the books are based on the actual experiences of his two sons. view article  arw

As Texas GOP wages war on COVID-19 mandates, lawmakers OK bill that would make companies requiring the shot vulnerable to lawsuits

October 1505:00 AM
 

Senate Bill 51 would make any entity, including hospitals, vulnerable to discrimination lawsuits if they mandate vaccinations for all employees.  As Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republican Texas leaders wage a war against vaccination mandates meant to curb COVID-19, a state Senate committee on Thursday advanced legislation that would make any entity, including hospitals, vulnerable to discrimination lawsuits if they mandated vaccinations for all employees.  The Senate State Affairs Committee’s vote 5-1 to advance Senate Bill 51 comes over the objections of medical and business advocacy groups, who pushed back against the legislation. They warned lawmakers of its risks to small businesses, workplaces that rely on federal funding and immunocompromised Texans. view article  arw

Texans will decide eight proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 2. Here’s what you need to know.

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Two proposed amendments — one regarding religious services and another related to nursing home visitors — stem from restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early voting begins Oct. 18.  Texas voters can soon weigh in on potential changes to the state’s Constitution regarding religious services, eligibility requirements for judges, county infrastructure and more.  Election day is Nov. 2, and early voting begins Oct. 18 and lasts until Oct. 29.  The proposed additions to the Texas Constitution were passed as bills during this year’s legislative session, and a majority of voters in the state must approve each amendment before it can be officially added to the Constitution. In 2017, Texas voters approved all seven amendments on the ballot; in 2019, voters greenlit nine out of 10 proposed changes. view article  arw

Texas House approves bill targeting transgender student athletes after lawmakers’ three previous attempts faltered

October 1505:00 AM
 

Under House Bill 25, K-12 student athletes would be prohibited from competing on school sports teams aligned with their gender identity. The bill will now head to the Senate, where it is expected to pass.   The Texas House approved legislation on Thursday that would restrict transgender student athlete participation in school sports, clearing a notable hurdle for supporters of the measure after similar legislation sailed through the Senate and stalled in the House three times prior this year.  House Bill 25, authored by state Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, passed with a 76-54 vote. Before Thursday’s vote, House Speaker Dade Phelan signaled that the House would have enough votes to pass the restrictive sports legislation. The bill will now head to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. view article  arw

Burnet CISD voters approve method of ‘Robin Hood’ recapture payments

October 1505:00 AM
 

Burnet school district voters overwhelmingly approved making direct state-mandated recapture payments in a special election Tuesday, Oct. 12. The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District election, which was also state-mandated, allows BCISD to purchase attendance credits from the Texas Education Agency to pass on to a less wealthy district in the state. Voters approved the payment method 650-53. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees and administration, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for their support in the passage of the Burnet CISD Attendance Credit Election,” Superintendent Keith McBurnett stated in a media release. view article  arw

School districts in this state continue to mandate masks despite ban

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The battle between school districts and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's ban on mask mandates wages on with Waco ISD refusing to give in following the deaths of educators in the region. Abbott signed Executive Order GA-38 in late July which banned mask mandates by cities, counties and school districts. Waco ISD is one of over 80 districts and schools in Texas to violate the mask ban, according to a list by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. In Waco, Phillip Perry, the 49-year-old principal of G. W. Carver Middle School, lost his life to COVID-19, the district announced last March. Waco ISD's Melissa Perry (no relation), the administrative assistant on the communications staff, also died of COVID-19 last month, district officials told ABC News. view article  arw

Voters to consider $772M Leander ISD bond in November election

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Leander ISD voters will see three bond propositions on their Nov. 2 ballots totaling $772.2 million—the most expensive bond package for the district to date, though it does not require a tax rate increase. The district is expecting rapid growth over the next 10 years with about 13,000 more students expected districtwide. New schools are needed to prevent overcrowding, and renovations and updates are needed at aging schools, according to the district. Growth was a large factor in building the bond, LISD board President Trish Bode said. But taking care of existing buildings with projects such as roofs and air conditioner replacements maintains a space for students to learn and grow. Every student’s quality of learning will be impacted through the proposed bond, Bode said. view article  arw

Killeen ISD board member calls out protester’s sign

October 1408:41 AM
 

Killeen Independent School District board members stopped protester Irene Andrews, a former KISD educator and advocate, from speaking Tuesday during public forum until she removed a sign which read, “Dr. Craft wear a mask!” Board member Marvin Rainwater interrupted Andrews, of Nolanville, 12 seconds into her speech at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. “Her sign is inappropriate,” Rainwater said. “I really don’t think we should allow it to continue.” view article  arw

School delays, closures for Thursday, Oct. 14

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Navarro ISD has canceled class on Thursday. Marion ISD has canceled class on Thursday. Gonzales ISD has canceled classes for Thursday, the district said. Seguin ISD has also canceled classes after previously stating a two-hour delay. Comal ISD said all schools and departments will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 14. out of an abundance of caution. While the severe weather has moved out of the area, residual flooding and road debris is still making it unsafe for buses to travel along many secondary roads, the district said. Previously the district was set to start with a two-hour delay. view article  arw

LIST: Flooding forces several area school districts to start late Thursday

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CENTRAL TEXAS (KXAN) — Due to heavy rain and subsequent flooding, several school districts in the area will start late Thursday Here are the districts that have reported delays so far: view article  arw

District hosts town hall for superintendent search

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Bridgeport ISD will host a town hall to gather community and staff feedback for its ongoing superintendent search Wednesday at the Alternative Learning Center. view article  arw

Report: Dallas ISD is home to many of the best elementary and middle schools in Texas

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Dallas ISD is home to many of the best elementary and middle schools in Texas, according to a new report from U.S. News and World Report. The district’s own William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted is ranked as both the best elementary school and best middle school in Texas. Sudie L. Williams Talented and Gifted Academy is the sixth best elementary school in the state, and Dallas ISD proudly boasts five of the top 10 middle schools in Texas, according to the report. The Dallas ISD elementary and middle schools that ranked among the top 100 schools in Texas are: view article  arw

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Student Performance Data; Teacher Workload Both Show Significant Challenges for Schools

October 1408:40 AM
 

Teachers' jobs are getting tougher and data shows student performance has dropped dramatically. School administrators say students and educators are having a hard time bracing for the work that needs to be done. "Every minute that we spend thinking about PPE is a minute we're not thinking about C&I, curriculum and instruction. When you're thinking of the operational of checking temperatures you're not thinking about how literacy is acquired in little humans," said Mike Morath, Education Commissioner, Texas at this week's State of Education Summit in Dallas. Morath previously said kids are behind at least 10 years, and now he says he was being generous and when you look at Hurricane Katrina, that is the closest thing we have had to this type of disruption. Morath said we never helped those kids fully. view article  arw

Ceremonial Groundbreaking Held for New Public Charter School in Fort Worth

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A new public charter school in Fort Worth is slated to open in August 2022. Construction is underway at the future public charter elementary school operated by Rocketship Public Schools Texas. The school will be located at 3520 E. Berry Street in Fort Worth’s Stop Six neighborhood, where a ceremonial groundbreaking was held Wednesday. SaJade Miller will serve as superintendent of Rocketship Texas. Miller said they will operate with an emphasis on personalized learning and welcome students from all communities through open enrollment. The choice between schooling options has been long needed in Stop Six, Miller said. view article  arw

At Stephen F. Austin State University, a quiet pay bump for the president sparks outrage and questions over the budget and furloughs

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A pandemic-weary faculty and staff want President Scott Gordon to step down, but the board of regents stands behind him for now.  By all accounts, the mood was tense among faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University this fall as they welcomed students back to Nacogdoches for the first in-person semester in over a year.  COVID-19 had exacerbated four years of enrollment declines at the East Texas university 140 miles north of Houston, resulting in subsequent revenue losses and forcing the recently hired SFA President Scott Gordon to call for voluntary retirements, cuts to academics and staff furloughs.  Despite those interventions, the university — one of the last public universities unattached to a university system in Texas — still found itself grappling with a $19 million shortfall heading into the new school year.    (14) view article  arw

Harlingen:  UTRGV opens high school with specialty programs in Harlingen

October 1408:40 AM
 

UTRGV has opened its first ever high school in the Rio Grande Valley. The UTRGV Harlingen Collegiate High School campus opened its doors Tuesday to students who have already been taking classes since August from another location. The school operates on a dual enrollment based curriculum, so students already have two years of college under their belt once they graduate from high school. view article  arw

Texas could lose trillions if COVID-19 learning gaps are not closed, education commissioner says

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Texas is squaring off against a cataclysmic challenge, according to the state’s Education Commissioner Mike Morath. If Texas can’t find a way to catch up from learning losses suffered during the pandemic, the state’s public school students will lose trillions in lifetime earning potential, Morath said. “This is the largest problem facing the state of Texas,” he said. Morath shared those thoughts during a sobering half-hour presentation as the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s State of Public Education luncheon, held by the Dallas Regional Chamber at its headquarters. Here are a few takeaways from the event: view article  arw

Hundreds of Plano ISD parents withdraw students from online learning, alleging lack of rigor

October 1408:31 AM
 

Hundreds of parents who enrolled their children in Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy have changed their minds, with some saying the online Edgenuity learning software program was largely to blame. Edgenuity, the subject of a Buzzfeed News investigation released this week, has faced criticism in Texas and across the country. The computer-based curriculum relies heavily on prerecorded videos, online reading and assessments that are typically graded by computer algorithms. view article  arw

Klein ISD teacher resigns after accusations he made racist, homophobic comments towards students

October 1408:31 AM
 

A Klein Independent School District teacher has resigned after he was allegedly caught on tape making racial and homophobic comments with students in his class. During a news conference Wednesday, activist Quanell X, along with Klein ISD parents, said the district did not take action to respond to a video recording, which contained racist and homophobic comments from a Klein Collins High School theater arts teacher a week before it was surfaced. Quanell X said the words “serve as offensive and disrespect” to Blacks, Hispanics and Indigenous people. view article  arw

Palestine ISD opens new career, technology center

October 1408:30 AM
 

PALESTINE, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas High School is helping students learn trade job skills with their recently opened new building. Palestine ISD’s 33 hundred square foot, career and technology center has the latest in welding and woodshop equipment, simulators, and tools. The center will offer career coursework that could lead to future jobs. School officials say that while the district continues to encourage students to attend college there are other ways to be successful. view article  arw

City, Austin ISD awarded federal grants totaling nearly $450K for community policing efforts

October 1408:30 AM
 

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin and Austin Independent School District are being awarded federal grants aimed at improving community policing efforts, totaling nearly $450,000. The City of Austin is receiving $200,000 De-Escalation Law Enforcement Agency grants. Austin ISD is receiving a $248,245 grant for Crisis Intervention Teams – Implementation of CIT project. view article  arw

Lamar CISD: Elementary school teacher arrested on charge of indecency with a child

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Troi Moore, a teacher at Tamarron Elementary, was suspended after the district learned about the allegations.  KATY, Texas — An elementary school teacher in Lamar CISD was arrested Tuesday night and has been charged with indecency with a child.  Troi Moore, 45, is a teacher at Tamarron Elementary where the incident involving a kindergarten student allegedly happened.  In a statement, Lamar CISD said Moore was immediately suspended after they learned about the allegations on Monday. view article  arw

Barbers Hill ISD says it ‘promptly addressed’ students after racist video goes viral

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Barbers Hill ISD says it took appropriate action after an incident involving some of its students using a racial slur and laughing about it on social media.  A TikTok user shared a video condemning three teens who used the N-word and laughed afterwards, with the caption: "Y'all think this is funny?" One of the teens identified on social media as a student of Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, located about 40 miles east of downtown Houston.  view article  arw

$4 million grant awarded to Region One ESC

October 1408:30 AM
 

Region One Education Service Center, a center that assists school districts in the Rio Grande Valley, has been awarded a $4 million federal grant to support a cohort of low-income students from middle and high schools.  The grant, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP Partnership), will equip educators to increase preparedness and success for students’ post-graduate education, according to a news release from the office of Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen.) view article  arw

Carrollton:  CFBISD approves funding for remote learning

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Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD trustees approved a resolution on Thursday that will allow the district to receive funding for students attending school virtually. Funding for the program will be retroactive. The resolution allows the district to operate a local remote learning program and receive average daily attendance funding for both synchronous and asynchronous models. Attendance for synchronous instruction will be taken at 8:30 a.m. for elementary campuses and 10 a.m. for middle school campuses. Attendance will be based on active on-screen participation in each classroom. view article  arw

Is it autism? Mental illness? Both? How to navigate double diagnosis

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Is this autism? Is this anxiety? ADHD? Depression? A behavioral disorder? For parents of kids with autism, often the answer in day-to-day life is a combination of those things. Recent studies show a strong link between autism and a mental health condition. Last year, the University of British Columbia's department of psychology and the AJ Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University published a study of more than 42,000 caregivers of children. It found that 77.7% of children with autism also had a mental health condition and 49.1% had two or more. The most common type was behavior or conduct problems, 60.8%; followed by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, 48.4%; anxiety, 39.5%; and depression 15.7%. By comparison, that same study found that only 14.1% of children without an autism diagnosis had a mental health condition. view article  arw

Abilene ISD examining healthcare options for employees as restrictions loom

October 1408:30 AM
 

Abilene Independent School District trustees have a difficult decision looming on the horizon. With new rules in place regarding health insurance options, trustees must decide whether to remain in the Teacher Retirement System's Active Care plan or to get out to participate in the insurance marketplace. Leaving TRS is possible, but comes with a giant caveat: If the district does end its participation in the Active Care pool, it may not return for five years. "There's no perfect decision to be made, but we have to make the best decision we can for our people," said Alison Sims, AISD's executive director of human resources.    (13) view article  arw

Residents in Hamshire-Fannett ISD to vote in $1.4M bond election for new concession stand

October 1408:29 AM
 

On Monday, residents living in the Hamshire-Fannett school district can start early voting in a $1.4 million bond election. The district is seeking the funding to build a concession stand to replace the current facility which is quickly falling apart. Right now, the concession stand is too dangerous to use, and that jeopardizes funding for Hamshire-Fannett ISD sports. The Athletic Booster Club averages $85,000 a year in concession sales. view article  arw

Leander ISD Lowers COVID Risk Level

October 1408:28 AM
 

COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations have been falling quickly across Central Texas in recent weeks. The consistent decline led Austin Public Health on Tuesday to officially move the city down to Stage 3 on its COVID risk chart. And now, the Leander Independent School District has made a similar change. view article  arw

Leander ISD moving to ‘Phase Yellow’ of its COVID-19 safety protocols

October 1408:28 AM
 

The Leander Independent School District will return to Phase Yellow of its COVID-19 safety protocols Wednesday, the district announced Tuesday night. This is due to “encouraging signs that COVID-19 mitigation efforts are working,” and declining daily case rates across the district, according to LISD. view article  arw

Killeen ISD celebrates National School Lunch Week with local fruits and veggies

October 1408:26 AM
 

Killeen Independent School District is celebrating National School Lunch Week alongside Texas Department of Agriculture with creative healthy lunches, according to KISD officials. “Texas school children rely on a well-balanced meal to start the day,” Commissioner Miller said. “School lunch week is the perfect way for students to engage and see for themselves the benefits of breakfast. I applaud the devoted school nutrition folks who continually step up to the plate and ensure the most important meal of the day is locally grown and nutritious.” view article  arw

Court date set for former Athens ISD teacher accused of relationship with student

October 1408:25 AM
 

During a pre-trial hearing Wednesday, the judge set the court date for Kaitlynn Kirkland, a former Athens ISD teacher who is accused of having an improper relationship with a student, and added conditions to her bond. Kaitlynn Kirkland, 25, of Athens, was originally charged with improper relationship between an educator and a student and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. She was booked into the Henderson County Jail on July 17, 2020, and she was released later that day after she posted bail on a collective bond amount of $14,500. view article  arw