Southlake parents urged Carroll ISD board members to begin negotiations with the Dept. of Education following a years-long investigation that found the district violated students’ civil rights. Parents urged action from the board during Tuesday night’s board meeting. It was the school board’s first public meeting since the Dept. of Education’s Office for Civil Rights upheld four student discrimination complaints last week. view article arw

Conroe ISD trustees have tabled a motion to consider drafting a policy similar to a controversial gender policy in Katy ISD, which is now under an ongoing federal civil rights investigation. Trustee Misty Odenweller proposed to create a policy related to parental authority and gender fluidity matters. "This is a bully-like approach; we just keep picking on the same group of folks," Trustee Datren Williams said during the meeting. view article arw

Denton Independent School Board members were unexpectedly addressed by students and parents with concerns about bullying during Tuesday's regular meeting following a violent incident on a school bus last month. It happened on Tuesday, April 23, around 4:08 p.m. in the 1600 block of E. McKinney Street. Denton Police said a Denton ISD school bus driver called 911 and told dispatchers that a fight had broken out on their bus. view article arw

Board members for the Houston-area school district voted 6-1 last week to remove content containing subject matter pertaining to vaccines, epidemics and climate change, among other topics covered in classes such as biology, environmental science and Earth systems. view article arw

The McAllen Independent School District may cut planning periods for 374 teachers, a move that could save the cash-strapped school system a little over $3 million at the cost of riling up its teachers. Middle school and high school teachers at McAllen ISD get a planning period in addition to a conference period. According to the district, teachers use their conference periods to meet with parents or work on lesson plans. They use their planning periods to meet with teachers who teach similar subjects and, generally, to plan to teach. view article arw

Trahan's fellow Republican, Orange County Commissioner for Precinct 4 Robert Viator, echoed the point. Viator was mayor of Vidor when the storm hit. “The only elected official, including our county representatives at the time, that contacted me every day to see if there was anything we needed, check on us was Dade Phelan," Viator said. "His knowledge and his expertise in getting resources during a disaster is phenomenal, and I don’t know how we would have survived without him." Phelan is the first House Speaker from East Texas, away from the state's main urban centers, and Trahan said it's made a huge difference in everything from emergency aid to business investment. "He’s brought a lot of money to the ports in this area, because these ports are crucial to the economy of Texas," Trahan said. "And so, we can move more product from the state of Texas out. And from our district's point of view, when we go meet with different agencies, they’re aware that our representative is the Speaker, and that opens doors for us and at least gets us heard." View Fullscreen view article arw

Trahan's fellow Republican, Orange County Commissioner for Precinct 4 Robert Viator, echoed the point. Viator was mayor of Vidor when the storm hit. “The only elected official, including our county representatives at the time, that contacted me every day to see if there was anything we needed, check on us was Dade Phelan," Viator said. "His knowledge and his expertise in getting resources during a disaster is phenomenal, and I don’t know how we would have survived without him." Phelan is the first House Speaker from East Texas, away from the state's main urban centers, and Trahan said it's made a huge difference in everything from emergency aid to business investment. "He’s brought a lot of money to the ports in this area, because these ports are crucial to the economy of Texas," Trahan said. "And so, we can move more product from the state of Texas out. And from our district's point of view, when we go meet with different agencies, they’re aware that our representative is the Speaker, and that opens doors for us and at least gets us heard." View Fullscreen view article arw

The Beaumont Republican issued his interim charges even as it remains unclear whether he’ll be reelected. view article arw

Ahead of the primary, Pierson lacked endorsements from Gov. Greg Abbott, former President Donald Trump, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, each of whom backed pro-voucher challengers in a number of other House contests. view article arw

Parents in Texas' largest school district are pushing back against layoffs -- some a result of recent budget cuts. There were at least two parent protests at Houston ISD campuses on Monday morning. ABC13 reporter Courtney Carpenter spoke to parents protesting outside of Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School. view article arw

A plan to merge several middle schools in the Fort Worth Independent School District would create campuses that are more than twice the size of those many middle schoolers attend today. Fort Worth ISD officials say having fewer, more populous campuses would allow them to offer programs that aren’t feasible at small and under-enrolled schools. But research suggests that students tend to fare better academically at smaller schools, especially once they reach middle school. view article arw

Socorro Independent School District trustees Pablo Barrera and Ricardo “Richard’ Castellano, and his wife Gabriela Castellano, allegedly targeted district employees at schools where they had personal connections, according to indictments released Friday. Ricardo Castellano, 61, and Gabriela Castellano, 57, were indicted on two counts each of obstruction or retaliation involving Gabriela Elliott, a former principal at Bill Sybert School, where Gabriela Castellano was a third-grade teacher, according to an indictment filed April 25 to the El Paso County District Clerk. view article arw

A member of the Socorro Independent School District Board of Trustees and his wife were arrested Thursday, May 9 and charged with obstruction or retaliation, according to court records. Ricardo Castellano is the second Socorro ISD Trustee to be arrested on Thursday, April 9. view article arw

Regarding "Cy-Fair ISD board votes to remove chapters teaching vaccines and cultural diversity from textbooks," (May 8): Can someone help me understand what these school boards are so afraid of when it comes to teaching kids? Facing budget cuts and deficits, they want to remove text that says humans cause problems. Do they think animals built the factories that pollute the air and water? view article arw

A former Humble ISD Spanish teacher is suing the Humble Independent School District, alleging its election system violates the Voting Rights Act by preventing Hispanic voters from electing their preferred school board candidates. The federal lawsuit against Humble adds to a growing number of districts facing legal challenges to their “at-large” election systems, in which trustees can live anywhere in the district and are elected by all voters. It also comes several months after Humble trustees shot down a proposal to discuss voluntarily switching their system to one that could have yielded more diversity. view article arw

Socorro school board members Pablo Barrera and Ricardo “Richard’ Castellano were arrested Thursday on charges that appear to be related to official duties. Castellano’s wife, Gabriela, a former teacher in Socorro Independent School District, also was arrested. The nature of the charges appear to be related to official duties. view article arw

A member of the Socorro Independent School District Board of Trustees was arrested Thursday, May 9 for official oppression and other related charges, according to court records. view article arw

Two Socorro Independent School District trustees were arrested Thursday on various charges. According to El Paso County jail records, SISD Trustee for District 5 Pablo Barrera was arrested and charged with improper influence, coercion of a public servant/voter, obstruction or retaliation and official oppression. view article arw

A former Humble ISD Spanish teacher sued the district Thursday, alleging trustees and administrators violated the Voting Rights Act by holding all at-large elections for the school board. view article arw

The United States Department of Education has launched an investigation into Katy Independent School District after receiving a Title IX complaint regarding a policy passed by the district in August that civil rights advocates deemed as anti-transgender. The complaint was filed by Students Engaged in Advancing Texas (SEAT), a student-led movement that aims to include youth influence in educational policy. view article arw

After several hours of discussing staff reductions due to the impending fiscal year 2024-25 budget cuts during the May 6 board meeting, Cy-Fair ISD trustees voted 6-1 to omit 13 chapters from 25 textbooks that will be used next school year. view article arw

On May 4, Texas voters cast their ballots in several important municipal elections across the state. High among our most-watched races was the high-stakes North East ISD board election in San Antonio, with both moderate and ultra-conservative candidates vying for control of San Antonio’s second-largest school district. The outcome would determine whether the board remained divided or shifted toward a solid pro-educator majority. view article arw

Katy ISD is facing backlash after Board Trustee Morgan Calhoun asked if the district had any way of tracking the number of children of illegal immigrants who are students in the district. Trustee Calhoun isn't responding to requests for comment, but KHOU 11 News is getting plenty of reaction from others. view article arw

Voters in Zavalla elected a new mayor, while voters in Central ISD rejected a $28.4 million bond proposal in Saturday’s municipal elections. The bond proposal, which called for renovations to the campus and the creation of an intermediate school, was narrowly defeated, with 495 votes cast against it compared to 462 votes cast for the upgrades. In Zavalla, Richard Brunk, who had been serving on the city council, won the race for mayor with 103 votes to 48 for the incumbent, Brenda Cox. The two open seats on the Zavalla City Council will be filled by Angie Thompson and Cindy Bailey, who had 110 votes and 104 votes, respectively. Opponent Patricia Galloway received 52 votes in that race. view article arw

The Northside Independent School District board of trustees voted 4-2 Monday to appoint Homer Guevara Jr., a professor of government at Northwest Vista College, to the vacant seat representing District 2 on the school board. Gerald Lopez, who held that seat previously, sent a letter of resignation to the board on March 18, stating that he would be running for a seat on the Alamo Colleges District Board, noting at the time that he was running unopposed and would win by default. view article arw

Commissioner Dawn Buckingham cites issues that will arise from building wind turbines in the Gulf of Mexico.  Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham sent a letter to the Biden administration opposing its second proposal for an offshore wind energy sale in the Gulf of Mexico.  Last year, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management—a branch of the U.S. Department of the Interior—auctioned off three proposed wind farm leases, including one in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and two areas 24 miles off the coast of Galveston.   While one energy company secured the 102,480-acre Lake Charles lease, no companies bid on the Galveston leases—one listed at 102,480 acres and the other at 96,786 acres.  The second proposal for an offshore wind energy auction by BOEM would cover 410,060 acres in the Gulf of Mexico.   In response to the proposed auction, Buckingham sent a letter calling the introduction of hundreds of wind turbines “reckless.” view article arw

By a unanimous vote, the Mathis ISD Board of Trustees voted to terminate the contract of head football coach and athletic director Roger Masters at a special meeting called Friday. In a letter released on its website the district states that Masters submitted a letter of resignation effective at the end of the school year on April 24, but due to information provided to the board, the board decided to take action. view article arw

Parents in Conroe Independent School District are pushing back against a book in the libraries that encourages children to change their gender without parental consent. Luca Cacciatore reports the book is available to students as young as 7th grade. view article arw

Mathis Independent School District Superintendent Tim Norman and athletics director Roger Masters are both on administrative leave with pay, according to a news release posted to the district's website Monday. The notice, signed and dated by school board president Melinda Barajas states that the move was made pending "investigation into a personnel matter" and is "consistent with established practices." view article arw

The Mathis school board met Monday night to discuss the employment of its superintendent and athletic director. In a unanimous decision, the school board announced superintendent, Tim Norman and athletic director, Roger Masters will be on administrative leave with pay. The news, causing confusion and upset among the community. view article arw

As early voting for the May 4th election begins this week, two Katy ISD board members are facing challenges to their seats. In August, Trustees Rebecca Fox and Dawn Champagne voted against a policy that would require teachers to notify parents whose kids came out as transgender. While the policy was hotly contested, their votes drew criticism from some conservative members of the community. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – El Paso County officials are celebrating a milestone when it comes to dealing with the years-long humanitarian migrant crisis. Their Migrant Support Services Center has now helped 100,000 asylum-seekers reach their destination of choice.  “This achievement underscores the critical role the center has played in the lives of tens of thousands, highlighting its pivotal position in the ongoing effort to humanely welcome and support those in desperate need,” the county said in a statement Wednesday. view article arw

Newly released documents detail shocking sexual harassment allegations involving former Humble ISD Athletic Director Troy Kite. The claims are part of a Title IX investigation conducted by an outside agency, which centered on allegations of a hostile and inappropriate work environment allegedly fostered by Kite. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency appointed two conservators on Thursday to manage the Socorro Independent School District after a state investigation exposed widespread failings for improperly graduating students, failing to disclose a trustee’s potential conflict of interest with a vendor, and paying $283,000 in unauthorized stipends. view article arw

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis responded on Inside Texas Politics after the Texas Attorney General filed a lawsuit to block the Harris County program.  Calling it “plainly unconstitutional,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Harris County to block a guaranteed income program days before the payments were set to begin.  Around 1,900 families would receive $500 in cash payments a month, for 18 months. And there would be no strings attached, and no rules on how they spend that money. view article arw