AUSTIN (KXAN) — Members of the Austin Independent Board of Trustees discussed the ongoing community tensions at the board meeting Monday night as education groups have mounted increased pressure on the district to provide flexibility to its staff.  Board President Geronimo Rodriguez said Austin-Travis County Interim Health Director Dr. Mark Escott led a special presentation with Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the safety of reopening Oct. 5.  This major update comes as hundreds of teachers and staff have voiced their continued displeasure with the district’s decision to move forward with in-person learning. view article arw

Danny Cremeens did not reach out to our newsroom, instead, we obtained the social media post, which was public. KFDX reached out to Cremeens and were unable to receive comment. Cremeens has since removed his social media post.  WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Social media lit up this weekend with some parents and spectators who were not happy with the lack of mask enforcement at Friday’s Burkburnett Bulldogs Homecoming game.  Interim Superintendent Dr. Derek Citty said they don’t want to ask fans without masks to leave the stands but they will if they have to.  “We want it to be a pleasant experience for everybody but we want it to be safe as well,” Citty said. view article arw

DeSoto ISD School Board Meeting TEA-Mandated Public Hearing On Corrective Action:  he DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees and administration will conduct the district’s monthly board meeting as well as a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 28, 2020.  The public hearing will be held during the regular meeting and will communicate the Board and administration’s Corrective Action Plans as required following the published findings of the district’s recent TEA investigation. view article arw

Four seats are up for grabs on the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school board as a pair of candidates will compete for each one in the November general election.   Place 4 incumbent Jorge L. Zambrano will face challenger Heather Garza for his seat, while Jesus A. “Jesse” Zambrano will defend his Place 2 seat against Ruben Guajardo Jr.  Two newcomers, Celso Salinas and Cynthia A. Gutierrez, will vie for Place 7, which incumbent Jesus “Jesse” Vela Jr. has left undefended. view article arw

DESOTO– As the sun sets on his nine-year tenure as a member of the DeSoto ISD School Board, Trustee Aubrey Christopher Hooper is seeing the measure of his more than 20-year legacy of public service that extends well beyond the city walls, and even throughout the state of Texas. view article arw

The Texas Faculty Association called on Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday to order colleges to report weekly numbers of COVID-19 positive cases and related deaths.  Pat Heintzelman, the association president and an instructor at Lamar University in Beaumont, said the group wants Abbott to use his emergency powers to require all public and private colleges to report their cases and provide faculty with information needed to keep themselves and their families safe. The association is an organization of about 500 college faculty members from across the state. view article arw

Gov. Greg Abbott announced aggressive new legislative proposals Thursday meant to crack down on the type of protests that unfolded this summer across Texas and much of the country, including mandatory jail time for lighting fireworks, throwing water bottles at police officers, or helping organize what he loosely called “riots.”  “The Constitution guarantees the right to assemble peaceably, not to riot, to rob, to loot, to set fires, to physically harm anyone or anything,” Abbott said at a news conference in Dallas. view article arw

Two challengers for trustee positions with La Porte ISD are veterans of the classroom.  Position 2 candidate Mason Peres, 19, is a 2019 graduate from La Porte High School who is a student at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he is working on a degree in public service leadership. Running for Position 1 is Russell Schoppe, 50, a physical education teacher and coaches football, cross country and track at Deer Park’s Fairmont Junior High School. view article arw

Did anyone else get goosebumps on Sept. 11 when Roger Moore read the following statement over the public announcement system before the Burnet Bulldogs’ football game against Boerne?   “On Patriot Day, we solemnly remember the nearly 3,000 people who perished on September 11, 2001. With gratitude, we honor the brave first responders, resolute members of our military, and ordinary Americans who showed extraordinary courage to save others on that fateful day.”   What about when Andrew Hicks, Burnet High School band director played “Taps,” or when the Burnet band played its traditional “Amazing Grace” during a moment of silence?   I did, and it reminded me why I am so proud to be an American and live in the small town of Burnet. I never want to take our community for granted because the things I just described don’t happen in every community or in every school district, as evidenced by an email I received on Sept. 12.  view article arw

I want to clear up something from last week.  I read comments posted on the internet about the use of the word "crowd" in the headline of my coverage regarding the Hispanic Leadership Council's response to Monday's Abilene ISD school board vote to develop a process and timeline to change school names.  While the classic definition of the word "crowd" may not have been met Wednesday, we're in a world right now where more than 10 people gathered in a single area is a crowd. view article arw

AUSTIN - The Office of the Texas Secretary of State today announced it has awarded a contract to The Atkins Group of San Antonio to bolster the State of Texas' 2020 Census response efforts and ensure an accurate count of all Texans.    (17)

Did the Abilene Independent School District trustees vote Monday to change the names of four elementary schools named after Confederate States of America leaders?  It depends who you ask.  Technically, the motion made by Angie Wiley and seconded by Danny Wheat did not indicate the names would be changed.  Instead, the motion — approved unanimously, 7-0 — directs administration to develop a process, including a timeline, to change the names.  So, the names of Jackson, Johnston, Lee and Reagan elementary schools remain. For now. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) wants to replace the entire Santa Rosa Independent School District (ISD) school board with a board of managers. The decision comes after a state investigation shows alarming problems that date back years. The TEA’s special investigation unit released a preliminary report earlier this year, accusing Santa Rosa ISD of failing to protect the safety and welfare of their students. view article arw

ABILENE, Texas — The Abilene ISD school board voted to rename four elementary schools named after Confederate leaders.   They will rename Jackson, Johnston, Lee and Reagan elementary schools.  The four schools are named after Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, Albert Sidney Johnston, Robert E. Lee and John H. Reagan.  Jackson, Johnston and Lee were generals in the Confederate army. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - Midland ISD’s school board will be looking at interim superintendent candidates and seek counsel from their lawyers over the name change for Midland Lee during a meeting Monday night.  MISD is selecting an interim superintendent weeks after the school board decided to terminate Orlando Riddick’s contract early.  In Monday night’s meeting, the board will interview candidates for the spot and possibly make a decision.  According to the meeting’s agenda, the school board will also be consulting with their lawyers about the temporary restraining order filed against the district by a Midland resident. view article arw

Spring Hill ISD has two new faces on its school board, but neither of the men is looking to make big changes.  Instead, Kyle Stephens and Dave Duncan said they want to continue making decisions that make Spring Hill ISD an excellent school district.  Place 3 Trustee Stephens was appointed after Brad Rogers and his family moved out of the district. Rogers submitted his letter of resignation at the July 20 board meeting.  Stephens runs his own engineering firm, Stephens Engineering, and has two children in the district, Ella, 8, and Hudson, 6.  Since he did not run, Stephens said he does not have an agenda — he just wants to be supportive for the district.  ”I just want to continue to give our kids the best environment we can for learning and be able to provide the teachers and staff support in educating kids,” he said. view article arw

Two incumbents on the Mercedes ISD Board of Trustees with each face a lone challenger in the November election, while two newcomers will square off for an undefended seat. Current Board President Oscar “Big O” Riojas will face Lucy Alvarado Delgado for the Place 5 seat, while incumbent Elvia Sandoval will run against Pete “Capt.” Martinez III for Place 6, and Horacio Pequeno will contend with Eddie Howell Jr. for Place 7.  Place 7 incumbent Arturo Ayala Jr. did not file to run for reelection. view article arw

National protests called for the examination of practices within police departments to identify signs of racial inequality across the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. This movement had local officials, including the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees, asking similar questions. In June, trustees John Ogletree, Julie Hinaman and Gilbert Sarabia were tasked with writing a resolution condemning racism, which was signed when trustees convened at the Sept. 14 meeting. view article arw

Rusk ISD trustees to meet Monday

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RUSK – Members of the Rusk ISD school board will meet in regular session, 6 p.m. Monday at the district administrative offices.  The meeting will be broadcast via Zoom, at; enter Meeting ID: 616 269 0197, then Passcode: 3i0iSp.  To listen in by phone, dial (346) 248 7799, enter Meeting ID: 616 269 0197, then Passcode: 777720.  Trustees will consider:
• Approval of the installation of awnings at Rusk High School; view article arw

Due to a lack of opposing candidates, the Copperas Cove ISD board of trustees may cancel the Nov. 3 election and declare each unopposed candidate as elected to the position.  Two seats were up for election this year.   If approved by the board, Karen Harrison will keep her seat on the board, and John Gallen will take the place of Jim Copeland, who decided not to run.  Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, the board will hear a request by the district for the purchase of items greater than $25,000.  The district is requesting to purchase insurance policies totaling $679,177, which has already been budgeted. view article arw

The debate continues as El Paso Independent School District tries to decide what it’s going to do about its school reopening plan. And the wait has some parents on edge. Parents were able to chime in virtually in Thursday’s school board meeting. view article arw

In-person instruction will take place sooner for some Humble ISD students than originally planned. At the Sept. 8 board meeting, HISD trustees approved an expedited back-to-school plan for middle and high school students with a 6-1 vote, with trustee Martina Lemond Dixon voting against. Middle and high school students who opt for in-person learning will be able to return full time on Sept. 21 rather than Oct. 12. view article arw

Garland ISD’s Board of Trustees approved the region’s first intersessional academic calendar to help meet the academic needs of students following the COVID-19 shutdown. Intersession is a concept that embeds additional instructional dates dedicated to student support in the fall, spring and summer. Not all students will be required to attend these small-group sessions, which aim to meet specific intervention, enrichment and acceleration needs. In addition, intersession reduces burnout by including frequent, smaller breaks at the end of grading cycles. The first intersession week is scheduled for Oct. 6-9. view article arw

The Board of Trustees have decided to form a committee to investigate the possible name change.  The decision to rename Goose Creek ISD's Robert E. Lee High School remains in limbo.  On Wednesday, GCISD Board of Trustees decided not to vote to change the name of the high school and leave the decision in the hands of a committee.  "[The board] have decided to form a committee to investigate the possible renaming of current Educational and Auxiliary Campuses," the district wrote in a statement.  view article arw

The Pearland ISD board of trustees approved sending its asynchronous remote learning plan to the Texas Education Agency at its Sept. 8 meeting. The district also approved a request for a waiver to the TEA for a longer phase-in period for students in case a spike in COVID-19 cases requires the district prolong its phase-in period. The district does not plan to lengthen the phase-in period otherwise, which brings all in-person students to campus Sept. 28. view article arw

A Midland resident has filed a lawsuit against the Midland Independent School District over the decision to change the name of Lee High School. The lawsuit requests several things, including that a physical copy of the petition the board cited asking for the name change be produced. view article arw

The decision to rename Goose Creek CISD's Robert E. Lee High School remains in limbo. On Wednesday, GCISD Board of Trustees decided not to vote to change the name of the high school and leave the decision in the hands of a committee. "[The board] have decided to form a committee to investigate the possible renaming of current Educational and Auxiliary Campuses," the district wrote in a statement. view article arw

At a Sept. 8 board meeting, the Humble ISD board of trustees approved attendance boundaries for two incoming elementary schools: the rebuilt Lakeland Elementary School and the new Elementary School No. 30, both of which will open in August 2021. Deputy HISD Superintendent Roger Brown said the zoning committee, which met this summer, considered various goals when choosing its recommendation for attendance boundaries. view article arw

There was a pause during Tuesday’s Bryan school board meeting to recognize member Doug Wunneburger, who is stepping down a year into his fifth term.  Wunneburger, who represents single member district five, is moving to SMD three.  The application process has not been announced for how the remaining six board members will appoint someone to fill the remaining two years of Wunneburger’s term. view article arw

Bryan school board members were told Tuesday that approximately 1,100 students are moving from at-home to on-campus learning for the second six week period.  That’s after 52 percent of BISD students were taught in person during the first six weeks.  During Tuesday’s board workshop, superintendent Christie Whitbeck complemented about student behavior and parental instruction since the first day of classes.  A BISD spokesperson tells WTAW News the district currently has four employees and two students who are infected with coronavirus. view article arw

On Wednesday night the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees voted to ask the TEA for a four-week extension for online learning. According to the district, this will allow for more time to phase in face-to-face learning. Beginning Sept. 28, elementary students would be phased in by grade levels for face-to-face instruction. A secondary phase-in the following week would then include middle and high school students in phases. The process of phasing in students would be completed by Oct.12. view article arw

The Gatesville Independent School District Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Administration building. Social distancing was practiced during the meeting and masks were worn. view article arw

In a special-called meeting Monday night, the Lake Travis ISD Board of Trustees voted 4-3 to submit a request to the Texas Education Agency to extend the virtual learning period for four weeks, but with certain conditions. While the request gives the district the option to extend virtual learning past Sept. 8, the district said parents who, through a survey before school began, indicated they’d send their kids back to campuses after Sept. 8 could do so under these guidelines: view article arw

Some parents voiced their frustration with the district's previous uncertainty at a board meeting on Monday.  TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — On Monday, the Lake Travis Independent School District board voted to approve a Texas Education Agency waiver that allows the district to extends virtual learning for some students for an additional four weeks, according to a reporter for KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman.  Prior to the board's meeting on Monday, it wasn't clear what the district's next step would be. Options included allowing unlimited in-person learning starting on Sept. 8, starting in-person learning at just 25% capacity or continuing with all-virtual learning until mid-October. view article arw

BRYAN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A young woman and her parents from North Texas died in a single-engine plane crash in Bryan on Sunday.  One person, who is not related to the three who were killed, was hospitalized in critical condition. view article arw