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.  “Our public schools are not “charity.” Their budgets are not “munificence,” subject to the whims of corporate benefactors, but rather the hard-won legacy of public funding for all, by all.” (By @pastors4OKkids) view article arw

Comal ISD will host an auxiliary job fair for bus drivers, custodians, maintenance and operation workers, and other positions 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 23 and July 25. On July 23, the fair will be held at Canyon High School at 1510 I-35 N. in New Braunfels, according to a district press release. view article arw

The students of Clarksville ISD recently completed a successful school year. Due to the hard work of our staff and the consistent efforts of the students, preliminary models from the Texas Education Agency project our campuses to be rated as a healthy C. We take these ratings seriously as we see it as a step toward strengthening the local community’s confidence in its school system. view article arw

Amazon employees who are filling boxes in warehouses may be the industry's next engineers. The company announced Thursday that it will spend more than $700 million to train 100,000 employees for higher-skilled jobs over the next six years. These training programs will be offered to workers throughout all levels of the company, not just those in warehouses. Participants can pick one of several programs, ranging from learning skills for other jobs at Amazon to earning certifications that could be used outside the company. view article arw

Tyler Independent School District announced it will not close down its Head Start program. The district will continue grant-awarded Head Start wraparound services for qualifying students, while simultaneously providing pre-K learning models for all pre-K-eligible children, beginning with the 2019-20 school year, according to a statement issued by the district on Wednesday. view article arw

Inspired by the desire to improve their community, a group of PSJA Southwest Early College High School students developed and presented several drainage solution....s to address local flooding issues to City of Pharr leaders on June 25. According to PSJA Southwest ECHS Architecture Teacher Michelle Honl, the students who presented were part of a summer Dual Language Architectural Design course. As part of the course, the students were challenged with finding solutions to address the flooding affecting the Las Milpas area, where several of them live.  view article arw

The Lubbock Independent School District has been notified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that it has approved an accelerated campus excellence (ACE) turnaround program for Dunbar College Preparatory Academy. Dunbar is a middle school in the Estacado High School feeder pattern with grades 6-8. view article arw

It’s 9:15 on a chilly morning in mid-February, and dozens of students from Little Elm’s Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School have formed a line down the hall. They’re standing about as still and straight as you can expect from this many fourth graders. They are Latino, white, and black. Most are dressed in light jackets or pullovers; one girl has on a pair of neon pink earmuffs. Two teachers watch over them. One child holds the door open and the rest head outside. view article arw

University of Texas at Austin students coming from low- to middle-income families will receive more tuition support, following a vote by the UT System Board of Regents to allocate $160 million from its oil endowment for increased financial assistance. Beginning in the fall of 2020, in-state students from families earning up to $65,000 will enjoy a free ride, while students from families earning up to $125,000 will receive additional financial aid. The median household income in Texas was about $59,200 in 2017, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. view article arw

A mass replacement of campus principals in the Kingsville Independent School District is part of the superintendent’s plan to turn around the district’s state-issued “F” rating. Since May, principals of all seven schools in the district — a high school, a middle school, an intermediate school and four elementary schools — vacated their positions. Three retired, three resigned and one was demoted to assistant principal. The district’s assistant superintendent, an athletic coordinator and a few assistant principals also resigned, according to the Kingsville Record and Bishop News. view article arw

Few things can have the affect on a child quite like a book. It opens them to new vocabulary as well as new worlds.  It brings to life the imagination that is so important in a child's development.   If you're looking for the right book to help, maybe some of the folks here at CBS19 can help. view article arw

The Montgomery Independent School District is offering Limited Open Enrollment for the upcoming school year. The school board unanimously approved the option at the regular meeting on June 25, which allows students from outside the district to enroll if they meet certain criteria such as for behavior and attendance. The deadline for completed applications, which must be filled out online, is Aug. 1. view article arw

Tim Teykl remembers it well. "Boy, that was a lightning rod," the Alvin head football coach said. Teykl had just left his post coaching football at East Bernard to join the staff at TCU when the "no pass, no play" rule passed in 1984 as part of a Texas school reform bill. view article arw

Students and parents of Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD are breathing a sigh of relief after important exams that were shipped for scoring were lost in transit. The district said that three sets of International Baccalaureate exams were lost in transit after they were shipped on May 9. The issue impacted 103 students from L.D. Bell High School in Hurst and Trinity High School in Euless. view article arw

It’s almost as if South San Antonio Independent School District trustees want more attention from the Texas Education Agency. Already under the agency’s watchful eye, the board recently voted to spend close to $1 million on football stadium upgrades — an expense that had not been budgeted. This week, trustees are considering arbitrarily capping district spending at 89 percent of what had been budgeted for the year. view article arw

Slater Swartwood Sr. was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to a money laundering conspiracy charge in December 2017. Swartwood, 77, moved $2.4 million through accounts he controlled. That money made up some of the $4 million in bribes Swartwood's longitme friend and business associate Robert Leonard paid to former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and Dallas County Schools Superintendent Rick Sorrells. view article arw

Making the FAFSA Mandatory

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In a bid to boost the number of students receiving financial support for college, Texas will soon become the second state to require high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before graduating. A handful of states have looked at making FAFSA completion mandatory for graduating high school students. Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, Texas will provide a serious test case for the policy after big successes in Louisiana, which enacted the requirement last year. view article arw

The fastest-growing school districts in the San Antonio metro area are now located mostly outside Bexar County. view article arw

Primrose School of Richardson at City Line will open in January at 2425 N. Plano Road, Richardson. view article arw

About 100 students from Hurst L.D. Bell and Euless Trinity high schools are scrambling to figure how the loss of International Baccalaureate exams will affect their college plans. The schools, which are part of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district east of downtown Fort Worth, have offered the International Baccalaureate programs for 15 years. Students take part in rigorous learning through high-level courses that allow them to earn college credit. view article arw

ON CHARTER SCHOOLS

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overwhelming political rhetoric states that, “Everyone agrees that…”“Charter schools foster innovation, competition and parent choice.”  “Charter schools are good for public education”  The political rhetoric is right and wrong.  It depends on the charter school. Here is a hard and fast rule you can hang your hat on, “The greater the profit motive of the charter school operator, the lower the quality of services provided to the student.” view article arw

College plans appear to be in limbo for dozens of students in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. The district says three sets of International Baccalaureate exams shipped for scoring on May 9 were lost in transit. view article arw

TOP LYS TWEETS – JULY 8, 2018

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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. Democracy depends on giving every child a great public education. Our nation and our state are counting on it! (By @pastors4OKkids) view article arw

On June 18, 2019 an article was published regarding scoring by the website Texas School Guide and Children At Risk, which looks solely at the performance of the at-risk student population and assigns grade letter scoring, information not made clear in the initial article. Area school officials argue the information used by Children At Risk is outdated and provides an incomplete picture of overall student success. It's also noteworthy Children At Risk is not affiliated with TEA. Grape Creek ISD has issued this response:  view article arw

One Killeen Independent School District parent is saying her child is being underserved and the child’s Individual Education Plan, or IEP, is not being followed by the district’s special education program. Parent Stephanie Moody has filed a complaint with the Texas Education Agency and her daughter’s principal alleging the education plan for her daughter — Samantha, a general education student who suffers from dyslexia and other learning disabilities — contains more than 20 mistakes, up to and including a lack of occupational therapy goals. view article arw

For the 11th year in a row, the Waco ISD purchasing department was recognized by the Texas Association of School Business Officials for following best practices in the area of purchasing operations. At the TASBO Annual Conference awards luncheon this spring, Waco ISD was one of 35 school districts from across the state to receive the TASBO Award of Merit for Purchasing and Operations. view article arw

College plans for students at two Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD high schools are in limbo after a shipment of International Baccalaureate exams was lost. District officials say UPS lost the exams in transit, and more than 100 students are in danger of not receiving their IB diplomas for college credit. Officials with the district met with parents and students Saturday morning to explain the situation, and they are also talking to IB program officials to try to come up with a solution for these students. view article arw

Coppell Middle School East seventh graders have combined their passion for helping deliver clean water with the power of technology to create books on donated iPads to students in Sudan as part of a student-driven learning project. Each year, Jodie Deinhammer, a science teacher at CMS East has her students choose one of the United Nations Sustainable Goals to focus on for the year. For the past two years, students have chosen to focus on clean water and sanitation. view article arw

The superintendent of Harlandale ISD has been suspended with pay and now an interim superintendent has been named. The board gave a notice of termination to superintendent Rey Madrigal in the midst of a state overhaul. view article arw

Fresh after getting a new principal, West University Elementary School finds itself among the top of the heap in a new list of Houston ISD schools. School rankings were announced by Children At Risk, rating thousands of schools in the state and assigning letter grades to each campus. In Houston ISD, 274 campuses were rated with grades running from A-plus to F. view article arw

The Houston-based education research group Children at Risk recently released its annual ranking report and the grades are in for all Katy and Fort Bend ISD high schools. Each year, Children at Risk evaluates Texas schools by comparing student performance on state-mandated exams; student improvement on state exams and evaluating test scores between campuses with similar levels of students in poverty. Researchers also grade high schools based on a college readiness component that includes composite scores on college entrance exams, campus graduation rates and the level of student participation and level of success in advanced placement classes, among other measures. view article arw

A week after the Texas Education Agency called for the replacement of Harlandale ISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal and its board of trustees, the district has suspended the superintendent.  On Monday, the school board met to discuss the TEA's demands and voted 4-0 to suspend Madrigal indefinitely with pay. Madrigal, who has held the position since 2012, was also given a notice of termination. Samantha Gallegos, an assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, will serve as interim superintendent.    view article arw

Private information from elementary and high school students were sold to the highest bidder. In April, computers sold at an auction held by the Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District were supposed to be wiped clean. CHANNEL 5 NEWS found out that did not happen. The computers sold stored students’ names, addresses, birth dates, medical records and social security numbers. view article arw

Cuero school district officials took aim at minimizing the summer slide or summer setback among its students. They offered residents summer activities through the libraries at Hunt Elementary School and Cuero High School. Summer setback happens when students lose some of the achievement gains they made in school because they do not read daily like they did during the school year. view article arw

School rankings were recently announced by Children At Risk, rating thousands of schools in the state and assigning letter grades to each campus. In Spring Branch ISD, each campus was rated with grades running from A-plus to F. Children At Risk has offices in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth. Founded in 1989 in Houston, it touts itself as a “non-partisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children.” It is now a “statewide organization impacting all children in Texas, speaking out and driving change for Texas’ most vulnerable youth for over 30 years.” view article arw