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Beaumont ISD officials are lobbying the state to exempt them from the appointment of a conservator during the transition back to local control.  The Texas Education Agency on June 7 informed the district it had chosen former Port Arthur schools superintendent Johnny Brown to serve as conservator over the district. The conservator position is intended to “promote stability” as power is returned to elected board members. The conservator has the authority to approve or reject any action by current superintendent Shannon Allen, all currently seated board members and any campus principal. view article arw

Starting this fall, elementary school students in Frisco ISD will have more time to play during school.  The district experimented with "brain breaks" at five schools last year and found kids performed better in class.  Frisco ISD said it surveyed parents, teachers and students at the five schools and found:  72 percent of teachers say students were better able to focus after a transition from free play view article arw

As more attention is drawn to the need to meet students' social and emotional needs, many schools are evolving into community hubs where they can access mental health care, nutritional programs and medical clinics. A whole-child approach, which takes into consideration the impact food insecurity and access to healthcare have on ability to learn, is seen as producing better test scores, attendance and graduation rates. view article arw

Kimberly Caddell, director of Research, Assessment and Accountability, presented the 2019 SAT school day outcomes to the Garland ISD District Affairs Committee during the June 11 meeting.  She reported that there were 3,741 test takers in March, and 11th-grade Garland ISD students outperformed the state and national average in the evidence-based mathematics portion, and outperformed the state average in reading and writing. view article arw

A district spokesperson said former Port Arthur ISD Superintendent Dr. Johnny Brown has been appointed conservator. However, David Bradley, a former State Board of Education Member, said others are being interviewed as well. view article arw

Roma High School was recently ranked 261st within Texas by US News and World Report, making it the highest ranked of the five high schools in Starr County. According to the details of the ranking, at Roma High School students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams.  view article arw

The Tyler Independent School District will replace its Head Start program with districtwide full day Pre-K for the 2019-20 school year, after increased funding was approved by the state legislature. The Tyler ISD Board of Trustees approved the move Monday night during its June board meeting. Superintendent Marty Crawford said the primary reason for the move comes down to greater district control over its early education curriculum. view article arw

The state has appointed former Port Arthur schools superintendent Johnny Brown as conservator over Beaumont ISD, a move it described as a routine step in the district’s transition back to local control.  A June 7 letter from the Texas Education Agency alerting BISD to the appointment says it does not reflect concerns “specific to this transition, the current or elected boards, or Beaumont ISD in general” but is intended to “further promote stability” as power is fully returned to elected board members by next February. view article arw

Good advice! -js - We all want the promotion that opens up where we are right now.  The teacher wants the Assistant Principal job on his campus. The Assistant Principal wants the Principal job on her campus. The Principal wants the Assistant Superintendent job in his district. The Assistant Superintendent wants the Superintendent job in her district. view article arw

After 30 expansive and unique years in the school business here is my new theory concerning the high school diploma.  Trust me, my opinion has evolved dramatically from the one held by the first year high school math teacher who trusted the conventional wisdom of “The Acceptable Failure Rate.” view article arw

The South Texas Business, Education and Technology Academy will officially become South Texas ISD World Scholars as demand for a worldly education increases. The transition into World Scholars will become official July 1 and will serve grades 9-12. Conversations started years ago on how to create a school “unique to the Valley” and “empower” students in the direction they want to take, BETA Principal Efrain Garza said. Students come from Brownsville to La Joya to attend schools in the district. The demand for International Baccalaureate diplomas also played a role in making the transition and inspired the “rebranding” of the campus.  view article arw

The El Paso Independent School District and the City of El Paso are teaming up to get more kids reading. EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera and Mayor Dee Margo announced a new initiative called “El Paso Reads.” The district and city will create reading-friendly environments outside of school in places like restaurants, rec centers and bus stops. view article arw

A child's middle schools years are some of the most important in shaping their early education. In addition to preparing children for high school, middle schools serve as the buffer between a student's journey into a young adult, shaping them as they learn who they are and what they might like to become some day. Houston is home to some of the best schools in the state. But some Houston-area elementary, middle and high schools are not meeting state performance requirements due to low test scores, according to a ranking from Children At Risk, a Houston-based research and education advocacy nonprofit. view article arw

The Victoria Independent School District announced Mission Valley and Vickers Elementary Schools have received honor roll recognition by the National Business and Education Leaders Organization. The Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll recognizes schools that have gone above and beyond for high achievement and student success. view article arw

Bobcat Stadium was not the only site for a Hallsville ISD graduation this year. The Texas Virtual Academy at Hallsville graduated 308 seniors from across the state June 7 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. view article arw

On June 5, Superintendent of Schools for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, John Chapman, delivered the State of the District to over 300 administrators and district stakeholders. The event was held at Ranchview High School in Irving. The audience heard about the great things happening in C-FB ISD, as well as learning about Chapman’s vision for the district. view article arw

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. view article arw

Over 1,400 students from all Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) high schools are currently taking free college courses this summer at the new PSJA College & University Center located in the corner of Ridge Rd. and Veterans Blvd. in San Juan. read more arw

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released results for the 2019 spring administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test. Results for high school end of course assessments were particularly strong, with gains in all subjects compared to 2018.   read more arw

Eight McAllen Independent School District campuses have been named to the state Honor Roll for 2018-19. The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. The list was announced by the Educational Results Partnership. The McAllen ISD schools include:         view article arw

The Lufkin High School Early College High School will soon receive the Provisional Early College designation from the Texas Education Agency. What that means is that the Lufkin High School ECHS implemented all of the design elements for each required benchmark and met the state’s Provisional Early College outcomes-based measures. According to the TEA website, the ECHS Blueprint addresses six benchmarks: 1) target population, 2) partnership agreement, 3) leadership initiative, 4) curriculum and support, 5) academic rigor and readiness, and 6) school design. Even though we have technically been in a planning year, Lufkin High School has forged ahead with a group of students moving to their sophomore year with 10 to 12 college hours in their schedules for the 2019-20 school year. view article arw

Little Free Libraries are popping up all over Lubbock, encouraging children to read wherever they are. "It's just as simple as coming by and looking for the book and opening the door. Take a book out that you want to take out and read and close the door back," said Eddy Morelock, the former President of Lubbock Council of PTAs. Little Free Library is a world-wide nonprofit. Eddy Morelock helped push to get them in front of Lubbock schools and encourage more kids to read. view article arw

Two southern Indiana brothers who are identical twins with identical GPAs are sharing their high school's valedictorian honors. Cole and Brady Paradowski have grown up doing everything together, and now they're co-valedictorians of Jeffersonville High School's class of 2019. view article arw

Northside Independent School District will give free school supplies to qualifying students who register early for free pre-kindergarten. Any student who is enrolled before June 28 will get a free school supply starter pack. The school supplies are given through a partnership with Firstmark Credit Union. view article arw

The Harlandale Independent School District board is pushing back and discussing how to move forward following an investigation by the Texas Education Agency.  After launching an investigation in August 2017, the TEA has recommended replacing the entire school board and appointing a conservator. view article arw

Harlandale Independent School District trustees responded Thursday night to a scathing Texas Education Agency report that called for state-appointed managers to replace elected district trustees. After about an hour and a half in closed session, trustees emerged and restated their opposition to the TEA’s final report. “The final report is based largely on incidents that date back as far back as 2007 and concern the actions of school board members who have not served on our board for years,” board President Ricardo Moreno said, reading from a prepared statement.  view article arw

Eight McAllen Independent School District campuses have been named to the state Honor Roll for 2018-19. The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. The list was announced by the Educational Results Partnership. view article arw

Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Karyn Cummings provided the Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees with a disciplinary report at Monday night’s board meeting.  Mesquite ISD’s goal in this area has been to get to the root cause of unacceptable behavior and devise a plan to change that behavior so students can be successful, and according to Cummings report, since they began this venture three years ago they’ve seen significant improvements.   view article arw

Growth was the theme of Leander ISD’s 2019 State of the District event. Outgoing Superintendent Dan Troxell gave the talk during a luncheon June 12 at Glenn High School in Leander. “You will see new subdivisions that sprung up out of nowhere in a very short period of time,” Troxell said about the area surrounding Glenn. “That’s been the future of our district for many years, and it’s not slowing [for] a single moment.” view article arw

Angelina College hosted a Partners in Excellence Workshop Thursday to bring together leaders of public education, Workforce Solutions and the private sector.  “This is really a conversation we started some time ago to bring together counselors and superintendents to the campus here at AC to help talk about how we work with you, with Workforce Solutions and with the local Workforce board to serve students throughout the twelve counties the college has in its service area,” AC President Michael Simon said.Several community and college leaders spoke on a variety of topics relating to education, Workforce and how to better serve students as they transition out of high school and into their adult lives.Tim Ditoro, AC dean of community services, spoke about Community Services Division and its industry based certifications and how they can prepare students for the workforce directly after high school. view article arw

The Lubbock Independent School District has been notified by the Texas Education Agency that it has approved an accelerated campus excellence (ACE) turnaround program for Dunbar College Preparatory Academy, the district announced Thursday. Dunbar, a middle school in the Estacado High School feeder pattern with grades 6-8, has struggled in recent years to meet state standards. Last month, Lubbock ISD Superintendent Kathy Rollo wrote an op-ed in the Avalanche-Journal promoting the ACE program, saying “Dunbar isn’t meeting the educational needs of its students” as per the standards set by the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

Three of the five Transformation Waco schools that are part of an in-district charter system designed to improve student achievement showed gains in reading and math scores over last year’s state standardized test scores, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

For the fourth straight year, Los Fresnos CISD has been selected as an Honor Roll School District by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP). The selection is the result of an extensive analysis of student data for every public school and school district in Texas. Los Fresnos CISD was one of only six school districts in Texas named to the Honor Roll. The District was one of only three to have received the honor all four years since the inception of the award in Texas in 2015-16. view article arw

Parents now have access to their child's state-issued STAAR exam results, as well as other resources to help them stay up to speed during the summer months, the agency announced Wednesday. A unique code for parents is to be distributed by their child's school, giving them access. The Texas Education Agency said parents will be able to see how their child answered questions on the test and how parents can provide additional support at home.  view article arw

Officials with the Ysleta Independent School District announced that 13 of the district’s schools have been named to the 2018-2019 Texas Honor Roll, the most of any school district in the El Paso region. “We are tremendously proud of our Honor Roll campuses, which continuously demonstrate the kind of innovative instruction and leadership that is needed to ensure student success,” said Ysleta ISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “This recognition once again proves that our bold, challenging, and ambitious approach to public education is not only yielding high academic achievement, but setting a gold standard for the entire El Paso region.” view article arw