The Beaumont Independent School District will be accepting student transfer requests beginning on March 19 and may be reassigning a few students due to low enrollment at some schools. The district warns parents that the several schools in the district are already contending with overcrowding according to ta release from the district. view article arw

The Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees recently approved awarding a before- and after-school program for students at Mesquite ISD’s 25 elementary campuses that do not currently have programs. Chief of Governmental Affairs Jarod Mendenhall reported that there are eight elementary sites in MISD that have the After School Adventures program, which is offered through the Mesquite Park and Recreation Department, and Hanby Elementary is under the YMCA. view article arw

Commended for its college-going culture, Garland ISD recently won the Dallas County Promise Bright Spot Award for a 5 percent increase in postsecondary enrollment over the last two years. This recognition came during the 2018 Commit! Partnership Community Scorecard Release March 1.  “We are committed to ensuring that all students graduate well-prepared for a successful future,” said Advanced Academics Administrator Kristyn Edney. “That includes four-year universities, two-year junior colleges, vocational schools, military programs and more.” view article arw

Must read!  Political candidates wanting a major boost from a public education voting bloc last week saw their hopes fall when teachers did not show up to the polls in the numbers they had expected. But educator voting advocates argue their political strength is only growing. view article arw

All of the 2018-19 school year calendar drafts shorten the school day, but some sacrifice the length of the Thanksgiving and winter breaks. Corpus Christi ISD officials are asking for feedback on three calendar options that are expected to go to the school board later this month.  view article arw

Put on the spot at last night's school board meeting and asked to rate how Houston ISD continues to handle its special education students and programs on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (we presume super duper), an independent auditor basing her comment on the "ideal" gave the district a "1." She swiftly and helpfully followed that up with the observation that compared to districts with similar student size and demographics and financial constraints, she would give it a "3." view article arw

Klondike ISD is 78th best in USA

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 Klondike ISD has been named as the 78th best school in the United States of America by the National Council For Home Safety and Security. That organization collected data from a total of 9,577 school districts concerning math and reading test scores, dropout rates, school funding and area poverty rates. Only 15 Texas schools made the top 500, including Eanes, Allen, Friends-wood, Frisco, Grady, Port Aransas, Prosper, Coppell, Lake Travis, Argyle, Highland Park, Lovejoy, Fall City, Carroll and Klondike. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency has rejected the Donna school district’s appeal of an agency decision to upgrade the duties of its state monitor. The TEA in February elevated Linda Romeros from monitor to conservator, giving her a higher level of oversight of school district operations. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency stated this week it plans to keep a watchful eye on the Donna Independent School District after an audit conducted on the school district last year revealed troubling findings. Donna ISD received a letter from the Texas Education Agency on Tuesday saying the agency will continue to oversee the district's operations until it believes the school district is able to better manage its finances. In February 2018, the school district's legal council asked that the TEA to reconsider the appointment of a conservator. A conservator is person who represents the TEA and helps the superintendent manage the school district. view article arw

DONNA — The Texas Education Agency struck down Donna school district’s appeal of a recent decision to upgrade the state-appointed monitor to a conservator, giving the state appointee higher level of oversight of district administration.  A letter sent to the school district Tuesday and signed by TEA’s Deputy Commissioner of Governance A.J. Crabill, states he conducted an informal review of the decision and decided to uphold his original decision to upgrade former monitor Linda Romeros to a conservator effective as of the date of the letter, March 6. view article arw

Dustin Marshall has served as a Dallas Independent School District trustee since 2016. The businessman is known for using data to drive decisions and determine strategies that will help students succeed. In an interview with the George W. Bush Institute's Anne Wicks and William McKenzie, Marshall spoke about the pressure to preserve the status quo. He remains hopeful, though, that reform groups and forward-looking educators will succeed in using data and the principles of school accountability to improve student achievement. As he sees it, nothing less than North Texas' economic success is at stake. view article arw

Gifted students who lack the resources to pursue admission to highly competitive universities will get a leg up through Spring ISD’s partnership with the Houston-based nonprofit EMERGE Fellowship this fall. The SISD board of trustees on Feb. 13 voted to launch the EMERGE program, which has worked with students in Houston and Spring Branch ISDs since 2013 to gain college admission for high-achieving students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Students selected for the program will work with counselors after school, attend college admissions workshops and receive help with test preparation. Students will also have the opportunity to tour numerous colleges in other parts of the country, EMERGE Executive Director Trisha Cornwell said. view article arw

A plan to offer the first six semester credit hours to high school students free and increasing scholarship money for students to take more dual credit courses was announced by Odessa College officials during an Ector County Independent School District meeting. Odessa College President Gregory Williams said a year ago OC began a 5 Commitments campaign to enhance education, which included making 1,000 presentations to Ector County students, parents and educators during the academic school year. view article arw

Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz was joined by superintendents from El Paso and Orange County, Florida, at SXSW EDU to discuss a model of foreign language instruction that splits instructional time evenly between English and an additional language. Currently Austin ISD offers Two-Way Dual Language programs in Spanish and Vietnamese and One-Way Dual Language programs in Spanish at participating schools. Two-way programs are programs in which native speakers of Spanish or another chosen language for the program take the class alongside native English speakers as the students learn both languages simultaneously. One-Way Dual Language programs are recommended only for non-native English speakers but emphasize fluency in both the student’s native language and English. view article arw

For most of us in the Bayou City, our Hurricane Harvey stories revolve around catastrophic flooding, toxin-laced waters and overflowing reservoirs. But further down south, just inland of where the Category 4 hurricane first plowed into Rockport at 130 miles per hour (also known as ground zero), their nightmare also included tornadoes. So many tornadoes, in fact, that news reports out of Refugio were reporting that nearly every building in the town of about 3,000 persons was damaged. Just six miles away, in the smaller town of Woodsboro, one of RodeoHouston's regular exhibitors was scrambling to save the lives of her show animals. view article arw

Inside Round Rock High School, a student-run print shop churns out posters, T-shirts, window decals and more for school organizations and local businesses. The goal, RRISD marketing teacher Tiffanie Harrison said, is to promote entrepreneurship among students. Dragon Print Shop, the school’s wide-format print and design facility, was the subject of the South by Southwest EDU Conference & Festival panel, “Startup: 21st Century Intraprenuership.” view article arw

The McKinney ISD School Board on Tuesday approved its District of Innovation plan, written by a 17-member committee composed of district leaders including MISD principals. The district also approved its calendar for the 2018-19 school year Tuesday and, as a District of Innovation, was able to shift the first day of school to the earlier date of Aug. 20.  view article arw

Waco Independent School District’s superintendent and any current school board trustees may not be allowed to serve on a second governing board if the state approves a proposal to build an in-district charter system with Prosper Waco later this year, according to rules recently published by the Texas Education Agency. The rules, meant to ensure Prosper Waco’s independence from Waco ISD, outline a timeline and criteria for the district to be eligible for the partnership with the local nonprofit. They were published Feb. 26 after Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath gave final approval, but district officials needed a few days to evaluate the rules before commenting, Waco ISD spokesman Kyle Debeer said. view article arw

See where your school ranks in this searchable database. view article arw

Millions of U.S. students use Pearson's curriculum products in their classrooms, but soon those print and digital resources will no longer fall under the education publishing giant's business umbrella.  The London-based company announced recently it will sell off its U.S. print and digital curriculum business to focus on assessments and virtual schools, leaving educators wondering what that means for day-to-day instruction. Pearson officials said in a press briefing Feb. 23 that the company was already talking with potential buyers. view article arw

Between accountability ratings, STAAR scores and bond projects, Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said he isproud of the work he has done in his first year and a half of his position. “My first day at Marshall ISD was technically July, 1, 2016. I think the biggest surprise for me coming here was the that, I knew the district needed some improvement but I never dreamed of walking into the accountability ratings mess that I inherited. It was a lot to deal with.” view article arw

The Community Internship Program is a summer internship program for McKinney ISD students. The program, approved by McKinney City Council on Feb. 6, will last a maximum of 10 weeks. Interns will work no more than 20 hours per week and earn at least $8 an hour. view article arw

The Pflugerville ISD school board voted unanimously to approve a proposed District of Innovation plan at a special meeting March 1. The District of Innovation plan was developed over several months with coordination between teachers, faculty and community members. The next and final step in the process is to notify the Texas Education Agency of the board’s approval. According to Texas state law, a District of Innovation allows traditional school districts most of the flexibilities available to open-enrollment charter schools in Texas. view article arw

Debi Buchanan, Garland ISD's executive director of special education, presented an overview of the district’s special education and dyslexia programs to the Board of Trustees Tuesday night, followed by an outline proposal designed to enhance both programs moving forward. The special education department provides a wide range of services that start as early as birth and for some students go on until they’re 21. view article arw

During the Copperas Cove Independent School District’s annual State of the District luncheon, Superintendent Joe Burns acknowledged the challenges facing the schools. “We’re going to learn to live leaner and meaner,” was one of Burns’ telling comments. view article arw

Beeville ISD trustees this week approved the creation of the area’s first health professions magnet academy, a district news release states. The BISD Medical Magnet Academy at A.C. Jones High School will launch in time for the 2018-19 school year. High school students will be able to take certification courses in emergency medical technician, pharmacy technician and phlebotomy technician, the release states. The academy will offer research-based and hands-on curriculum. view article arw

Lockhart ISD is hoping a new grant awarded to the district will help it increase the number of students who go to college. In 2016, the district says only 36 percent of students who graduated enrolled in college. “We know that we aren’t sending enough of our students to college directly out of high school,” said LISD Superintendent Susan Bohn. The grant program, called Gear Up, awarded the district $1.89 million and will provide support for over 450 current seventh-grade students through their first year of college.  view article arw

Whether we are teachers, students, parents or taxpayers, what happens in Texas classrooms has a tremendous impact on the present and future of the state. However, troublingly, the responsibility for overseeing Texas' vast education sector – and its 5 million students – is concentrated in one person: the commissioner of education. The commissioner, appointed by the governor, heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education across the state. The agency is responsible for more than 1,200 public school districts, open enrollment charter schools, juvenile justice districts, the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Texas School for the Deaf.  view article arw

Houston ISD must surrender control over hiring and governance at any low-performing schools where it plans to form "partnerships" with outside organizations, which the district is considering to stave off potentially major sanctions, the Texas Education Agency said Tuesday. The ruling is a blow to Houston ISD leaders, who hoped they could maintain near-total control over several of the district's most challenging schools, while also receiving the benefits of forming partnerships. Under a new law, known as SB 1882, districts receive a two-year break in accountability ratings at any campus where they form partnerships with outside organizations. view article arw

In the first of several parent meetings, Ector County Independent School District President Carol Gregg and Superintendent Tom Crowe talked to two parents about accountability standards and the schools that are on improvement required status under state accountability standards. The public meeting was held at Dowling Elementary School. Along with the two parents, Crowe and Gregg, three other board members and a handful of top administrators were on hand. Gregg said the parent meetings are suggested by the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

The Katy ISD Board unanimously voted to phase out a popular dual language immersion program in the district at a board meeting Monday. More than 100 people, both parents and students, came dressed in white and crowded into the board meeting as a last-ditch effort to try and save the Two Way Immersion Program, or TWI for short. It's a popular program offered at two elementary schools in Katy ISD where kindergarten thru fifth-grade students learn in English and Spanish. view article arw

Georgetown ISD will take another step to create a community accountability system separate from the state’s A-F grading guidelines, the district announced Tuesday evening. According to GISD, Texas’ A-F rating system relies on the STAAR standardized test and only measures a small portion of the curriculum while providing information on student groups. District officials say the ratings leave out important aspects of a student’s educational journey. GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said the state’s guidelines do not measure most of what a student learns in school, the standards of the community or the attainment of the GISD learner profile, which highlights the qualities and characteristics a graduate of the school district should possess. view article arw

When the Texas Board of Education last produced history curriculum guidelines for public schools, experts decried its members for attempting to promote religious and conservative ideology over facts.  Now the state is considering revisions to the 2010 standards, which a group of academics slammed in a report Thursday. Among their complaints: lessons downplaying slavery as the Civil War's cause, exaggerating the influence of Moses on U.S. democracy and applauding the National Rifle Association and Newt Gingrich's Contract with America. view article arw

The San Benito School Board has voted unanimously to pass a rezoning proposal presented by Superintendent Nate Carman that calls for the closure and repurposing of two elementary campuses. view article arw

Students from all seven district high schools recently dominated in competition with their skills. All Garland ISD DECA chapters won multiple medals in the 2018 Texas DECA District 11 Career Development Conference, advancing 79 students to state. “DECA competitive events include role plays, content exams, sales presentations and research events,” said Lakeview Centennial High School teacher and DECA advisor Christopher Fleming. view article arw