School board critics in Brownsville and San Benito filed petitions Tuesday morning in state District Court in Brownsville calling for the removal of a board trustee in each city who faces charges of driving while intoxicated.  The petitions were filed separately calling for the ouster of Erasmo Castro Jr. from the Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees, and of Michael Vargas from the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District. Vargas is the president of the San Benito board and was elected in 2015. Castro was elected in November 2018. Both have said they intend to continue to serve. view article arw

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Victoria school board members Thursday will discuss how the public can communicate with them during public meetings. Currently, the public can address the board during its open forum about any topic, but the board members will consider limiting that discussion to agenda items only, district spokeswoman Shawna Currie said. view article arw

Drippings Springs ISD trustees heard reports on a range of topics at their meeting Sept. 23, and discussed the implementation of new and proposed committees and task forces.  view article arw

The next presidential election may be more than a year away, but groups working to get young people in the state civically engaged have been beefing up their operations for a while now. One of those groups, MOVE Texas, has experienced a massive growth in staff, organizers and investments. “Our budget has increased something near 900% in the past two years,” said Charlie Bonner, MOVE’s communications manager. “We are really seeing people start to invest in Texas in a way they never have before.” view article arw

The Austin Independent School District has revised its rules for public comment at school board meetings, reducing the time people are allowed to speak but removing the cap on the number of people allowed to speak on an agenda item.  Previously, only 30 people were allowed to speak during public comment at AISD board meetings, but a law passed in the last legislative session mandates allowing people who want to speak to speak. view article arw

Little Elm ISD is exploring how to implement full-day pre-kindergarten, something that is mandated by the passage of House Bill 3 at this year’s Texas Legislature. view article arw

Local parent Kevin O’Brien asked the Leander Independent School District to make “meaningful inclusion” part of the special education program, prior to the board’s approval to hire 20 additional staff members for the program at a cost of nearly $800,000. This happened at the Sept. 5 board meeting. “I understand that there is going to be about $800,000 going towards special education,” O’Brien said. “I hope that you guys focus not just on hiring more teachers but changing the mindset of what meaningful inclusion is and why it works.”  view article arw

From TASA:  On Friday during the TASA|TASB Convention, TASA named the Harlingen CISD Board of Trustees the 2019 Outstanding School Board. The TASA School Board Awards Committee, which interviewed the five Honor Boards on Friday morning, was impressed by the board’s collective “heart for people, service mentality, and passion for results,” their ability to see conflict not as a problem, but as a challenge, and the “great story they have to tell about what public schools can do.” Read more and see photos of the School Board Award presentation on Friday. view article arw

The South San Antonio Independent School District’s lawyer declined to publicly release six applications for a pair of vacant school board seats until after the board voted on them, despite the expectations of a state law that such information be released “without delay.” The lawyer, Kevin O’Hanlon, said Thursday he waited to release the applications to respect the privacy of the applicants and because he “didn’t want to get ahead of the Board as they had not taken any action yet,” his paralegal said in an emailed response to questions. The board did not direct him to withhold the applications, he said. view article arw

In this op-ed, Texas Taxpayers and Research Association President Dale Craymer breaks down what taxpayers in Austin can expect for the foreseeable future. As he sees it, there's a little good, bad and ugly on the horizon. view article arw

Following discussions about possibly removing the superintendent from the district hiring process, the Montgomery ISD board of trustees has opted in favor of leaving its current district hiring policy in place. The board unanimously voted Sept. 18 to retain contract authority with the elected seven-person board. The notion to change the policy was brought to the board’s attention in the summer, partially to address inefficiencies in the hiring system, Superintendent Beau Rees said. view article arw

The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees took another long hard look at school data at its meeting Tuesday. The information was presented by five graduate students in Texas Tech University’s principals fellows program who are currently working through a 15-month residency in GISD and collecting data ranging from student and teacher demographics to how students’ grades on their nine-weeks tests compare to their scores on the STAAR test. view article arw

Too often, hard-working members of local school boards pop onto the public’s radar during moments of conflict and controversy. Certainly, the work is difficult, and keeping the numerous interested parties happy is a full-time commitment. The bottom line, though, is school board trustees don’t do it for the money or the publicity or even a thank you. They do it out of love for community and an abiding interest in doing what they can to help young people blossom into the leaders of tomorrow. view article arw

Four months after censuring trustee Joseph Treviño, the North East Independent School District board on Tuesday voted to censure him again, extending the time he will be excluded from school board events besides meetings. view article arw

Tatum ISD has released a statement regarding a recent controversy involving a student at Tatum ISD breaking the dress code as parents claimed the board discriminated against African American boys. “Recently, social media claims have been made that Tatum ISD’s hair code is racially discriminatory and that District administration suggested a student identify as the opposite sex for purposes of limiting the applicability of that policy. The District vehemently denies these claims,” a press release from Tatum ISD said. view article arw

TATUM, Texas — The Tatum Independent School District is responding to criticism that their hair code portion of the dress code is discriminatory.  The district held a special session Monday in front of a packed room to allow families to speak their mind on the issue.  The controversy started during the last regular session of the Tatum ISD board, when Randi Woodley, the grandmother of a 4-year-old student, alleged the superintendent told her that her grandson's hair did not meet the district guidelines. view article arw

Region 10 Education Service Center is seeking to enter into a purchasing agreement with the Denison Independent School District. The Denison ISD Board of Trustees is set to vote on an agreement that would authorize the district to purchase products or services in a non-competitive environment at the group’s Tuesday meeting. Denison ISD Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Randy Reid said the agreement essentially allows the district to continue doing business with Region 10. “The service centers are there to provide efficiency to us that is the reason to offer this agreement,” Reid said. “We had a contract with them for different services for them to provide. It is to help school districts operate more efficiently and economically.” view article arw

The Tatum ISD held a special board meeting Monday night to address the recent controversy over what the district says was a dress code violation and parents are saying is racially discriminating. A statement from Tatum ISD comes just one week after parents spoke in front of the board holding signs and demanding change for boys with hair like Kellan’s. view article arw

During the College Station school board regular meeting on Tuesday, Board President Jeff Harris announced the resignation of trustee Michael Wesson. A district release noted Wesson, who was not at the meeting, has accepted the position as department chair in Auburn University’s department of management. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO — The North East Independent School District has voted to extend the censure of one of its trustees.  District 3 board member Joseph Trevino will continue to be restricted with what he’s allowed to do in the district.  This morning the board voted unanimously to extend District 3 trustee Joseph Trevino censure for the remainder of his term as a board member. view article arw

The number of Hispanic students in the Beaumont Independent School District is on the rise. Hispanics now make up the second largest ethnic group in BISD. Out of 18,213 students, 4,714, or nearly 26% are Hispanic. That's behind African-American students who make up 61% of district enrollment, with 11,148 students. White students trail at just 9%, or 1,650 students. Despite the large amount of Hispanic students in BISD, there are zero Hispanics on the Board of Managers. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees will discuss a variety of topics including a report on the Sept. 11 board audit committee meeting when it meets for a regular meeting Tuesday. Other topics that will be discussed are a memorandum of understanding with Bell County, the City of Killeen and City of Harker Heights regarding Chaparral Road improvements; planning for the school Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas; and a resolution designating authorized signers of district financial documents. view article arw

The Gilmer ISD school board is set Monday to accept a trustee resignation. The resignation is part of the board’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the administration building, 500 S. Trinity St. view article arw

The New Waverly ISD Board of Trustees will meet on Monday at 5 p.m. at the school's central office, 355 Front Street.  view article arw

A hearing scheduled for later this month on the petition to remove a Rio Grande City school board member from his position, was postponed until late October. A hearing on the possible removal of Daniel J. Garcia from the school board was previously set for the morning of Sept. 20, but in a motion for continuance, his attorneys stated Garcia would be in Dallas from Sept. 20 to 23 to attend a convention held by the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Boards. view article arw

Henderson ISD District 5 Trustee Jon Best will have a challenger in the Nov. 5 election. Best will be running against Adam Duey, said district Elections Administrator Amanda Wallace. view article arw

Humble ISD school board member Charles Cunningham is taking his talents to Humble — the city. Meanwhile, a familiar face will replace him on the school board.  After serving as a school board member for 12 years, the longtime Humble resident will become a city council member soon. view article arw

As she campaigns door-to-door to become the newest member of Houston ISD’s school board, Reagan Flowers is encountering many confused voters.  They ask whether school board elections matter this year, given the growing likelihood that state officials will strip power from HISD trustees within months. They wonder what Flowers will do if she wins but does not get any authority. They question how she would change the culture of the much-maligned board. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD held a special session Tuesday afternoon, and a couple of waivers were on the agenda to keep the district in line with state requirements. The state requires the student to teacher ratio for elementary to fourth-grade classrooms to be 22:1. If there are more students than the 22:1 ratio than a waiver is needed. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO - The South San Independent School District is looking to fill three seats on the school board after there were three sudden resignations.  The district started taking applications Tuesday. view article arw

As she campaigns door-to-door to become the newest member of Houston ISD’s school board, Reagan Flowers is encountering many confused voters.  They ask whether school board elections matter this year, given the growing likelihood that state officials will strip power from HISD trustees within months. They wonder what Flowers will do if she wins but does not get any authority. They question how she would change the culture of the much-maligned board. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District launched an online portal for parents and community members to weigh in on the proposals that would close as many as 12 Austin schools. The district said there are 40 possible scenarios in which different schools, half of which are on the eastside, face possible closures or consolidations. view article arw

South San Antonio School District Board President Connie Prado and three other board trustees on Monday accepted the resignation of three board members who abdicated in protest last week following Superintendent Alexandro Flores’ resignation. Elda Flores, Mandy Martinez, and Louis Ybarra are off the embattled board effective immediately leaving Prado, Homer Flores, Shirley Ibarra Pena, and Gilbert Rodriguez to fill the vacancies. The remaining four trustees unanimously decided Monday to fill the open seats via appointment. view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD’s board of trustees unanimously approved a tax rate of $1.37 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2019-20—a $0.07 decrease over 2018-19—at its Sept. 9 meeting. Chief Financial Officer Karen Smith said at the Sept. 5 board work session the owner of a home valued at $200,000 would save about $95 on their annual property tax bill. view article arw

Durning Tatum ISD’s school board meeting on Monday, many parents and supporters wanted to let board members know they believe the district’s dress code policy is gender bias and racially discriminatory. Some of those attending held signs that read, "My hair is my crown" and "No one is free when others are oppressed." view article arw