ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) -Ector County ISD said over 6,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12th are now enrolled in summer sessions. That’s 4,000 more students than last year. Thanks to the summer slide and a year of virtual learning for some students during the pandemic, ECISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri said more families are turning to summer school. “A lot of our parents recognize that the pandemic was really tough on their children, and the summer learning experience will help prevent some of that traditional summer slide that happens but also the COVID slide that we saw with many of our students,” said Muri. view article arw

SAN ANGELO, Texas – About 490 SAISD students from kindergarten through second grade have signed up for summer classes and other programs. Some parents, and education professionals like former teacher of 30 years and current tutor at JPW Learning Center Betsy Day, think that a combination of ill-suited testing strategies and lost focus and progress from distance learning are to blame. “The testing is not developmentally appropriate for the students on their grade level,” explained Day, Director of Training for JPW Learning Center. “They might be testing a third grader, but the testing material is on a fifth grade level. Is this a fair playing field? No, it’s not. And this is one of the biggest complaints that the parents have and also that the schools are teaching to the test. view article arw

While most students returned to in-person classes last year, thousands remained in the online option across Texas. But as legislation that would provide state funding for virtual school failed to pass the state Legislature this year, districts that had been preparing for an online option are shifting course. “Prior to the end of the legislative session, Conroe ISD was actively making plans for a virtual school for the 2021-2022 school year,” Conroe ISD spokesperson Sarah Blakelock said. “The Legislature did not pass a law approving funding for this instructional option, and plans for a virtual school in Conroe ISD have been put on hold. Updates will be shared as information becomes available.” view article arw

PREMONT, Texas — Premont Independent School District has experienced a lot of recent success, from being named a finalist for a national Rural Tech Project, or bringing upgrades to the high school building. The recent success is, in part, a reason for a growth in student enrollment, and that student population growth has brought more state funding to the district. On Monday, the Premont ISD school board voted to raise the starting salary of teachers in the district to $50,000. view article arw

Temple ISD announced its back-to-school plan for this fall, and said in-person instruction will be the only option available for the coming 2021-2022 school year. Other notable changes include masks becoming optional but strongly recommended for unvaccinated individuals, and visitors being allowed back on campus with a health screen and temperature check. view article arw

They say one of the best ways to learn something is to do it, and education students at UT Tyler are getting that in-the-classroom experience in a new partnership with Overton ISD. The non-traditional summer school will teach both students and teachers valuable lessons. Jacie Gunter is an education student at UT Tyler who hopes to have her own classroom one day. view article arw

Spring ISD is no longer planning to move forward with its virtual academy for the 2021-22 school year, district officials announced June 16. Many school districts throughout the state have had to alter or cancel their plans to provide remote learning in the coming school year after House Bill 1468—which would have provided funding to allow public schools to continue offering virtual learning in the 2021-22 school year—failed to pass in the 2021 state legislative session. view article arw

Lamar State College Port Arthur is helping high school students get a taste of what it takes to be a college student. The college is hosting its Summer Bridge Program, which is usually aimed at incoming freshmen at Wilson Early College. This week, the program is focusing on incoming sophomores, who missed out on the opportunity last year due to the pandemic. view article arw

The Socorro ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the district’s back-to-school plan during Tuesday’s regular meeting. Trustee Cynthia Najera was absent from Tuesday’s meeting and did not vote. Marivel Macias, the SISD Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services presented the back-to-school plan to the board. view article arw

Our prepandemic public school system was imperfect, surely, clumsy and test-crazed and plagued with inequities. But it was also a little miraculous: a place where children from different backgrounds could stow their backpacks in adjacent cubbies, sit in a circle and learn in community. At the diverse Washington, D.C., public charter school where I teach, and which my 6-year-old attends, the whole point was that our families chose to do it together — knowing that it meant we would be grappling with our differences and biases well before our children could tie their own shoes. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- North Forest High School senior Joshua Geegan closed a memorable week with celebration, a stark contrast from the life-threatening situation he had days prior. Geegan was the teen who was innocently grazed by a bullet when a shootout took place Wednesday morning at the campus of the northeast Houston school. view article arw

DALLAS - With just a few days left in the school year, Dallas ISD says most of its seniors are now ready to graduate. It went from only 60% ready by April to nearly 90% today.  Roughly 40% of Dallas ISD seniors were not on track to graduate as of April. Now, that percentage is near 10%. But are students stepping up or is the bar being lowered?     With a school year unlike any other for North Texas high school seniors, only 62% of Dallas ISD seniors were on track to graduate as of April.  "I think that there were lots of reasons why kids were behind," said Susana Cordova, Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent of Leading and Learning.  view article arw

UNE 14, 2021 — The University of Texas at San Antonio is building on its efforts to advance knowledge and practice of dual language education. The UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) and San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) are partnering to lead three Dual Language Community Lab Schools. As part of Senate Bill 1882, signed into law during the 2017 Texas legislative session, the 1882 Partnership aims to create a dual language model lab school network that will advance the preparation of teachers, principals, counselors, school psychologists, and others dedicated to educating bilingual students in San Antonio. view article arw

The outlook for Dallas ISD seniors in April wasn't good, according to district administrators -- just 66% were on track to graduate. But with those troubling numbers, the district acted, determined to reach students who'd fallen through the cracks. Friends Erika Morales and Natalie Flores will graduate high school on Sunday and navigating a global pandemic during their senior year of high school was far from ideal. view article arw

As the school year ends, the relief is palpable. Let’s acknowledge what we went through during the pandemic. Many of us are feeling burnt out, but this is not the time to stop paying attention. Now is the moment to think big about the future of education.  As the Houston Independent School District welcomes a new superintendent, what can we do to support him and the roughly 200,000 students in the district? And how should districts spend millions in COVID relief funds? I’ve got a few ideas, gleaned from what we’ve learned over the past decade at the Houston Education Research Consortium, at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, at Rice University. view article arw

The outlook for Dallas ISD seniors in April wasn't good, according to district administrators -- just 66% were on track to graduate. But with those troubling numbers, the district acted, determined to reach students who'd fallen through the cracks. view article arw

After the systemic racism in American institutions was thrust into the spotlight last year, Texas lawmakers approved a controversial bill that restricts how teachers can talk about race and current events in public schools. House Bill 3979 says that teachers can’t be compelled to discuss current events, and if they do, they must explore them without giving “deference to any one perspective.” It bars them from making civic engagement part of a course. The bill also emphasizes the teaching of “founding documents” and bans teaching about “The 1619 Project,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning project from The New York Times that examines the influence of slavery and racial exploitation throughout America’s history. Teachers have raised concerns about this legislation. Some consider it an effort to “whitewash” history while others worry it may have a chilling effect on teachers who want to teach history, English, science, math or music in a way that encourages critical thinking.    (15) view article arw

Nearly 2,000 Waco Independent School District students will see a long school year affected by COVID-19 followed by more school, as summer school starts next week at all the district’s campuses.  For some, it is a chance to catch up academically after falling behind because of transitions to online classes or disruptions caused by COVID-19 absences, quarantine or temporary school closures.  District officials had hoped to enroll more students who had not failed their classes yet could use the extra time on studies, but found a lack of willing teachers limited student enrollment.  “Staffing was a little more difficult this summer,” Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Deena Cornblum said. “We had a late school year, and (teachers) are tired. We had fewer applications than usual.” view article arw

Following a report that shows Black students in Austin ISD are five times more likely to receive disciplinary action than white students, AISD is making plans to tackle racial disparities in their schools. This report was compiled by the district and disciplinary actions include suspensions, placement on a disciplinary campus such as the Alternative Learning Center and expulsions. view article arw

Online schools like Huntsville ISD’s Texas Online Preparatory School experienced great success through the pandemic and may continue to grow, as the state’s protocols for schools continue to unfurl leading up to the 2021-2022 school year. Governor Greg Abbott’s mandate barring public schools from requiring masks on their campuses went into effect last weekend. However, whether or not virtual learning models will continue to be offered remains unknown for those who are still uncomfortable with the risks of COVID-19 view article arw

BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS HOST: Florida educators are talking about Critical Race Theory tonight. Critical Race Theory links racial discrimination to America`s foundations and legal system. Now officials in that state are dismissing that as part of the public school curriculum. Correspondent Phil Keating takes a look from Miami. view article arw

For Madison Calvillo, getting through eighth grade during a pandemic showed her just how important school is to her future. The now-former Matthey Middle School student didn’t think she was going to pass the eighth grade. Like many students, she struggled immensely with virtual instruction, easily growing distracted while spending hours on a computer with little human interaction. Madison and other students on San Antonio’s South Side had no choice but to learn remotely for the first nine weeks of school, a decision several school districts made to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In the fall, Madison will head to Southside High School, after scoring so well on the eighth grade math standardized test that her teacher, Israel Del Valle, gave her a $25 cash prize. view article arw

Six prekindergarten students quickly grab their red notebooks and move from one station to another, wide-eyed and delighted to see the evolution of a ladybug. They study each phase of the bug’s growth. One station has plastic models and another play dough to mold the bugs. The last contains live ladybugs in a display case. view article arw

SAN ANGELO, TX – San Angelo ISD is excited to announce a new fun program, the San Angelo READS! Summer Book Patrol, to inspire a love of reading all summer long with book giveaways and events around town. The Summer Book Patrol will kick off Wednesday, June 9th with deliveries of books to children in our community. Join us in inspiring a love of reading by nominating a child in our community to receive free books through our nomination form. “At San Angelo ISD, we encourage our students and families to keep reading over the summer break - whether you’re at home with time to spare, on the road for a family vacation or poolside,” said SAISD Executive Director of Communications Whitney Wood. “We know that reading is vitally important to help our children reach their full potential, and we want to help our community continue that this summer which is why we are working to generate some extra fun around literacy. We also love to see the great reading programs driven by community partners like the Tom Green County Library System and San Angelo Symphony available to our students and families!” view article arw

Killeen, Texas — In 2015, the Killeen Independent School District and Central Texas College partnered to open the first Early College High School in the Killeen area of ​​Fort Hood. Early college high school students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, graduate from high school, and attend college without debt. Since its first graduation in 2019, nearly 400 students have a full associate degree. Graduates such as Caroline and Gabriela Garcia Rivera are the result of their labor. It’s the beginning of something new for the two sisters. Caroline and Gabriella recently explored the A & M-Central Texas campus for the first time. view article arw

Port Arthur — School districts across the country and right here in Southeast Texas were hit hard by the pandemic. Social distancing forced students out of classrooms and into their homes with virtual learning being the only way to get an education, something Port Arthur ISD believes made attendance low. The district’s Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie decided to come up with a solution by creating a role that will identify students who are missing school using a data base and then go out into the community to bring them back into the classrooms. view article arw

The project is essentially an advisory committee designed to promote the state’s history to Texas residents, largely through pamphlets given to people receiving driver’s licenses.  When Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill this week creating what’s called the “1836 Project,” he touted it as a way to promote the state’s exceptionalism. The name mirrors the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project, which examines U.S. history from the date when enslaved people first arrived on American soil.  But House Bill 2497 centers on the year Texas won independence from Mexico and is meant to promote a “patriotic education” to the state’s residents. view article arw

With only days left in the 2020-2021 school year, Southside Independent School District teachers and administrators were not letting anyone slow down. Instruction continued to the very last day of classes, when students celebrated the start of the summer break — what little they could have of it this year. “Everything we do has to be intentional,” Superintendent Rolando Ramirez told district administrators last week at Losoya Middle School. “We can’t just do it because we like doing it, or (because) we think that it is good. There has to be a purpose for it and we have to be asking those questions.”  This was only part of the message Ramirez was repeating to staff during his last campus evaluation visits of the school year.  From math classes to English to special education, Ramirez and his leadership team spent days hopping from classroom to classroom, assessing teaching in a year when every minute counted. view article arw

Local school boards have primary authority for running educational systems in the U.S. but little is known empirically about the merits of this arrangement. State takeovers of struggling districts represent a rare alternative form of educational governance and have become an increasingly common response to low performance. However, limited research explores whether this effectively improves student outcomes. We track all takeovers nationwide from the late 1980s, when the first takeovers occurred, through 2016 and describe takeover districts. While these districts are low performing, we find academic performance plays less of a role in predicting takeover for districts serving larger concentrations of African American students. view article arw

In 2008, The Atlantic ran a story headlined “First, Kill All the School Boards.” The problem with American education, the piece concluded, was its structure: thousands of disparate boards, each influenced by local politics and teachers unions but subject to little oversight. It was emblematic of a mindset that held real sway over the last two decades, with big city school districts, including New York and Chicago, shifting control to the mayor. In dozens of other cases, states took over school districts deemed low performing. Now, a new national study casts significant doubt on the idea that states, at least, are better positioned to run schools than locally elected officials. Overall, researchers found little evidence that districts see test scores rise as a result of being taken over. If anything, state control had slightly negative effects on students. view article arw

For years, educators have disagreed over the most effective method for teaching reading. In Texas, one side thinks remote learning during the pandemic has strengthened its argument in the Reading Wars. “Tigers, today we’re going to keep unpacking the alphabetic code,” said first grade San Antonio teacher Victor De La Cerda, teaching a reading lesson to a lively group of 6-year-olds — some in person, others in Zoom boxes. “Watch my mouth,” De La Cerda says as he makes a long “u” sound. Intermittent with group drum rolls created by childrens’ fingers rapidly tapping tables, the class identifies words with a long “u,” which can be spelled four different ways. Today they will focus on the spelling “u_e” as in “cute.” view article arw

Frisco ISD is unable to continue plans for a virtual learning option in the 2021-22 school year, according to a letter to district families released June 8 from Superintendent Mike Waldrip. FISD intended to offer a permanent virtual school option for students in third to 12th grades starting in the fall. However, the regular session of the Texas Legislature ended May 31 without final approval of a bill that would have expanded online learning and provided funding for full-time virtual students. view article arw

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Researchers at Texas A&M recently held workshops addressing long-term consequences of learning loss from the pandemic.  More than 60 researchers from a wide variety of disciplines and colleges at Texas A&M participated. Some of them represented campuses outside of College Station and even the country.  Jeffrey Liew, who is a professor of educational psychology and associate dean for research at the College of Education & Human Development, helped lead the workshops. He says they discussed ways to deal with not just the academic learning loss, but social and emotional learning loss as well.  “Some of the things we talked about is leveraging technologies and artificial intelligence to combat some of the academic learning loss,” Liew said. “But we also thought about how researchers and practitioners can design and implement social and emotional learning programs to address some of the more traumatic mental health issues that some students are experiencing during these times.” view article arw

Port Arthur Independent School District is looking to recover the hundreds of students who have not returned following the pandemic. To help with the task, trustees approved the creation of a Student Recovery Coordinator this week. “All of us have heard about students that we’ve lost over COVID,” PAISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie said, adding a number of former students did not register for the last school year. view article arw

Online learning– a disaster for most students, but a lifeline for a few. So Dallas ISD school leaders want that few to have that option. “We have a few students that do extremely well in this context, and we need to be able to reach them,” says Supt. Michael Hinojosa. “We don’t want to lose kids to private school, home school, no school, charter schools or anything else and these families could then navigate our system back and forth.” view article arw