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The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD) a $342,740 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the school district purchase and install equipment to provide 180 students with training for careers in manufacturing. view article arw

Elected officials, students and educators gathered at South Texas College Friday as the Texas Workforce Commission presented a grant to aid in manufacturing training. The $342,740 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant will be used toward the purchasing and installment of equipment at the PSJA Independent School District, according PSJA ISD superintendent Dr. Daniel King. "It's a great opportunity for the students to get state-of-the-art equipment,” King said. “To train on the same type of equipment that’s used in the best work places today.” view article arw

As noted before, I did not do interviews in HISD Trustee races in districts VII and IX. In VII, I did interview now-incumbent Anne Sungand challenger John Luman last year when they were running in the special election to fill the vacancy left by Harvin Moore. You can listen to those again if you want a refresher on those two candidates. As for IX, I just could not get to it. Life is like that sometimes, I’m afraid. Thankfully, there is an opportunity for you to hear from the candidates in that race – Trustee Wanda Adams and challengers Karla Brown and Gerry Monroe – if you want. view article arw

The Office on Violence Against Women awarded a $750,000 grant to the El Paso Independent School District, the district announced Tuesday. The money will go toward existing sexual violence and relationship programs and create new ones. "This is about talking about sexual violence against young boys (and) young women," EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera said. "It's something that I'm passionate about." view article arw

The Tyler ISD Foundation kicked off its new year of fundraising Thursday by showcasing how much fun its programs are for students. During the event, the foundation showcased the innovative work teachers have implemented with the help of its Grants for Great Ideas program. Attendees were treated to a stand-up comedy routine from the Caldwell Elementary theater program and a concert by the Caldwell All Star Band. view article arw

Waco Independent School District won’t be getting a fine arts and humanities magnet school any time soon after the U.S. Department of Education passed on the district’s request for a $9 million startup grant, Waco ISD spokesperson Kyle DeBeer said. The district applied for the grant in the spring, hoping to establish the school at Waco High as a first step in a plan to add more magnet schools across the district. “(The department) provided some scoring on the grant, and broadly they were looking for proposals that were tied to a larger, more established body of research,” DeBeer said. view article arw

Ector County Independent School District has received some $175,869 in donations, with Odessa businessman John Bushman contributing $100,000 of that amount to go toward teacher grants. ECISD trustees discussed the donations and student outcome goals, among other items, at their work study meeting Tuesday. view article arw

Sixteen community organizations in coastal areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey have been awarded a total of $2.15 million in grants to speed recovery from the August disaster, officials announced Monday. Lori Fey, executive director of the Rebuild Texas Fund, said the funds are the first disbursed by the fund out of what officials hope will eventually total $100 million in a fundraising partnership between Gov. Greg Abbott's OneStar Fund and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. view article arw

After a year of planning and organization a new collaborative effort is ready to begin. "I brought someone to the party they brought somebody and we all said let's make this happen," said Bonnie Escobar, Director of Strategic Development for the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence. view article arw

Legacy of Educational Excellence High School.  Effective next school year, that’s the new name North East Independent School District trustees, by a 5-2 vote Monday, decided will replace Lee High School, the name it has held since it opened in 1958.  When they voted unanimously in August that the name would change, several board members made it clear they didn’t think honoring the Confederate general was inappropriate but wanted to avoid the distraction of an ongoing controversy. Violent white supremacist protests in Virginia had rekindled the national debate about memorializing the Confederacy, including Lee, its most prominent military leader. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rebuild Texas Fund team announced today they have awarded the first round of funding of $2.15 million from the Rebuild Texas Fund to well-established organizations with a strong track record and a local presence working to help Texas communities recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey.  view article arw

Six high school students from Miami and Canadian have guaranteed funds for college, thanks to three regional philanthropists. The Pickens-Abraham Foundation, a partnership between businessman T. Boone Pickens of Roberts County and Salem and Ruth Ann Abraham of Canadian, has been providing funding to local students and area school districts. This year, it will give $125,000 to both the Canadian and Miami independent school districts. view article arw

The announcement that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is receiving a $21.2 million federal education grant to help our students and families better prepare for college, and succeed once in college, is a game changer for our region. We are heartened by news of a seven-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will infuse over $3 million annually into UTRGV to operate the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). view article arw

More than 250 Tyler ISD ninth graders and their parents recently took the first step in their post-secondary journey with the Tyler TJC Promise Scholarship program. Through the Promise Scholarship, students pledge to meet various academic, attendance and community service criteria while in high school. By doing so, they can earn two years of education tuition free at TJC after high school graduation. view article arw

A five-year, $14.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help Longview ISD expand its STEAM initiatives from pre-kindergarten through high school, officials said. The grant, part of the Department of Education's magnet schools assistance program, will help establish five magnet schools within Longview ISD, an effort that would be the next step in desegregating the district while also systemically reforming it, district officials said in their initial proposal. view article arw

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation today announced applications are open for the Charles Butt Scholarships for Aspiring Teachers. The scholarships are part of the Raising Texas Teachers initiative, a program to provide $50 million over the next 10 years in scholarship funding for students committed to a career in teaching, and technical support for premier Texas teacher preparation programs. view article arw

On average, teachers will spend about $500 out of their own pocket on classroom supplies each year – and that’s just for the first day of school set up. In order to off-set some of those costs, Burlington Stores presented a $10,000 check to Parkway Elementary School on Wednesday. The donation was made possible by a partnership between Burlington Stores and, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting teachers and their students.“Supporting our communities is one of Burlington Stores core values,” said Andria Maruca-Orr, store manager. view article arw

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas, Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Department of Education announced Friday that IDEA Public Schools has been awarded more than $85 million in grants to support college matriculation, growth, and expansion. The Department awarded IDEA with $67.2 million under its Charter Schools Program (CSP), which funds the creation and expansion of public charter schools across the nation, $14.9 million under the Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant to support the development of IDEA's Health Professions School in Austin, and $3.9 million under the Education Innovation and Research grant to create a college-identity program.  view article arw

Thanks to its nomination by local farmer Johnny Reed and the grant writing of Superintendent Leah Zeigler, Kress Independent School District has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund through its America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. The funds were presented by Tyson Shulte, district sales manager for Monsanto. The grant will be used to purchase and install necessary equipment for the operation of a career and technical education course in Agricultural Mechanics and Welding. view article arw

The foundations of former first ladies Laura and Barbara Bush have pledged a combined $2 million to help support education in schools and public libraries after Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas announced that she will donate $100 of her own money for every home-team touchdown this football season to a scholarship fund for graduating students at each of the Brownsville Independent School District’s six main high schools. Zendejas made the announcement Thursday morning at Rivera Early College High School, which on Thursday night kicked off the district portion of the 2017 BISD football season as the home team against Hanna at Sams Memorial Stadium. view article arw

Katy ISD’s Board of Trustees will likely continue holding meetings at the Miller Career and Technology Center, 1734 Katyland Drive, Katy, for the rest of the year as its main administration building is still closed for flood remediation. The building at 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, took on 18 inches of water from Tropical Storm Harvey and all offices were inaccessible, Superintendent Lance Hindt said. view article arw

Austin’s got talent, and the potential to develop a lot more. Hence, it comes perhaps as no surprise that it was named Monday as one of 17 “talent hubs.” Each of those communities is getting $350,000 to help boost education and training beyond high school. Funding comes from the Indiana-based Lumina Foundation in partnership with the Michigan-based Kresge Foundation. A coalition led by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce plans to focus on 70,000 college stop-outs — students who have temporarily withdrawn from school or delayed the pursuit of their education. view article arw

Humble ISD was one of two districts in the country selected by the Propane Education and Research Council in partnership with to teachers at River Pine Elementary on Tuesday, Sept. 26. River Pines teachers were awarded a $5,000 check to go toward specific student-based programs at the school. The funds from the council were divided up amongst several teachers awarded the grant. The teachers had met, discussed the needs of each classroom and put together a list of the top items each one needed. view article arw

Sharpstown High School is getting $100,000 in new sports equipment, thanks to their students. The school entered a contest through the "Let's Play" initiative to get money to upgrade the athletic department. Students showed the poor condition of their playing fields and equipment and talked about what sports meant to them. view article arw

North Zulch looks to change in grants

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The North Zulch ISD school board discussed an increase in funding they will receive from the state for their small school status at its monthly meeting Thursday. The funding is for small school adjustments and available to similar institutions. The funding will be broken up over six years but won’t begin until 2018-19. view article arw

A Hurricane Harvey relief effort fundraiser has topped $2,200. The following comes from Coahoma ISD: On Friday night in Bulldog stadium, the Coahoma High School cheerleading squad and members of the varsity football team displayed a ceremonial $1,800 check to symbolize funds raised last week by students and staff to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. By the end of the game, donations had topped $2,200. view article arw

John Reimund, low brass instructor at the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts, was one of 11 fine arts teachers in Texas to receive the Classroom Technology Grant from the Texas Cultural Trust. The grant is being used to implement the Arts and Digital Literacy, or ADL, Initiative at VMT. The ADL course provides free, innovative, TEKS aligned online curricula to enhance fine arts learning through digital mediums. The course also transforms how fine arts teachers educate the youth of today and prepares them for the technologically advanced workforce of tomorrow. view article arw

Amarillo College may soon be filled with more students from Amarillo's Independent School District than ever before. "Over the course of the last year, we've been talking about what would make ACE more impactful to our community and that's how this discussion grew," President/CEO of Amarillo Area Foundation, Clay Stribling said. view article arw

State auditors recently found that the Texas Education Agency failed in ensuring school districts met agency requirements and eligibility to receive money for school facility improvements. The inadequate controls garnered a high rating from auditors, which means the identified issues could substantially affect the TEA’s ability to administer the Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA) if they are not addressed. view article arw

Humble ISD Education Foundation launched a backpack drive as one of several ways to help families and community members affected by Hurricane Harvey. Jerri Monbaron, executive director for Humble ISD Education Foundation, said as soon as they realized the impact Tropical Storm Harvey had on their community, they quickly got to work on ways to assist families. view article arw

A grassroots effort to help those displaced by flooding has evolved into a multi-community campaign, now known as the Backpack Challenge, to put backpacks and school supplies in the hands of 10,000 children in need. Matthew Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Insurance Group in Willis, and his father got into their boat to help with water rescues as homes flooded north of Houston last week. They were able to help a few people before their boat began experiencing issues, and they only barely made it back to safety. view article arw

Eight teachers with the Brownwood Independent School District have received funding through the Brownwood Education Foundation for classroom initiatives. The BEF awarded the 2017 Classroom Grants for Innovate Teaching during the BISD Convocation ceremony for faculty and staff. Eighteen requests for the grant funds were received in May and early June of this year. A committee consisting of BISD administration representatives and Foundation board members reviewed each application and selected 8 initiatives to fund. view article arw

Lockhart ISD Superintendent Susan Bohn has announced an award of $316,000 to the district from the Hogg Foundation to boost student achievement through campus-based mental health services. The district will use video conferencing technology in schools to address financial, scheduling, and transportation barriers that prevent students from accessing services. The grant is part of a total of $2 million the Hogg Foundation awarded to seven Texas nonprofit entities this month. LISD is the lone school district in the list of this year’s grantees. view article arw

Waco Independent School District is hoping to cut repeat placements in disciplinary alternative school by 15 percent and cut suspensions by 10 percent with new help from a $235,000 grant awarded to Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work by the University of Texas’ Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The three-year grant will provide mental health screenings for students entering Waco ISD’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program, offer the students individualized transition plans for re-entering their home campus and provide updated training for staff and administrators districtwide, according to a Baylor press release on the grant. view article arw