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When the U.S. Supreme Court heard nearly five hours of arguments about the consideration of race in higher education on Oct. 31, much of the focus was understandably about the details of undergraduate admissions at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. They are the two institutions whose practices are being challenged by opponents of affirmative action in the cases. But in a handful of briefs filed with the court, and in some of the comments during the lengthy arguments, there were reminders that racial diversity among student enrollments remains a delicately pursued but often elusive goal in K-12 schools as well.    (29) view article arw

A Southwest Independent School District teacher has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a student, according to the district’s police department. Lane Allen Walker, a 27-year-old theater teacher, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with improper relationship between an educator and student, records with the Bexar County Jail show. An arrest warrant affidavit details the improper relationship, which police believe started in the summer of 2022. Police were made aware of the allegations on Dec. 19. view article arw

The school board president of the Prosper Independent School District has been arrested on a charge of sexual indecency with a child, according to jail records. Andrew Wilborn, 43, was booked into the Dallas County Jail Wednesday afternoon on a charge of indecency with a child sexual contact, according to online jail records. It wasn't immediately known whether he had an attorney and no bond had been set as of Wednesday evening. view article arw

Dozens of local men – including some community leaders – were arrested recently at hotels in Frisco and Southlake as part of a multi-agency prostitution sting. According to federal officials in the Dallas branch of Homeland Security Investigations, the 46 men included a volunteer firefighter, youth pastor, high school teacher and coach, semi-professional hockey player, and the director of operations for a large hospital network in North Texas. view article arw

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Biden administration, claiming a new immigration program the president announced last month that would allow 360,000 people a year from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to enter the country is illegal. Texas, which is leading a coalition of 20 states, filed the lawsuit in a federal district court in Victoria. Last month, Biden and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced a parole program that would allow 30,000 people per month to legally enter the U.S. from the four countries if they apply from their home countries, pass a background check and prove they have a financial supporter in the U.S. If they’re approved, they can stay in the country for up to two years and get a work permit. Once in the country, they would be able to request asylum. view article arw

Lewisville ISD has issued a statement on a former assistant football coach employed by the district who was arrested recently. The former Marcus High School teacher/coach, Tim Morrison, was placed on administrative leave when the district became aware of his arrest, and Morrison subsequently submitted his resignation last week, the district said in an emailed statement. view article arw

A lawsuit was filed against Henderson ISD on Tuesday that alleges the district ignored the bullying of a middle school student and retaliated against her mother after she made complaints. According to the lawsuit, the student, who is identified in the lawsuit as a “person with a disability,” was a student at Henderson Middle School until her mother and stepfather removed her from the school in April 2022, “as the school district could not keep their daughter safe.” view article arw

A Jefferson High School student was found in possession of a .22 pistol in his backpack during a search of the school for vapes on Thursday. According to Superintendent Michael Walker, the student had no intent to use the gun. Instead, he was found to be homeless, living in vacant structures, and had the gun for self protection. Walker said the gun was in very poor condition. view article arw

AUSTIN – Attorney General Paxton has announced an investigation of Home Title Lock for potentially violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by misleading consumers with deceptive statements concerning the prevalence of home title theft and the need for Home Title Lock’s services.    Home Title Lock is a California-based entity that claims to provide 24/7 monitoring of a consumer’s home title. The company has received scrutiny in recent months over questionable claims in its advertisements, including its claim that the FBI calls home title theft “one of the fastest growing white-collar cyber-crimes in America.” According to news reports, Home Title Lock admitted that it markets to “older customers.”  To address these concerning reports, Attorney General Paxton issued a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) to Home Title Lock to investigate whether the company’s claims and advertisements are false, misleading, or deceptive. The CID requires Home Title Lock to turn over documents regarding its advertisements and all documents substantiating certain claims.  “I won’t tolerate false, misleading, or deceptive advertisements targeted to any Texas consumers—especially Texas seniors,” said Attorney General Paxton. “If Home Title Lock is misrepresenting its services or the need for its services, I will put a stop to its unlawful behavior.”   view article arw

School administrators across the Valley are coming together in setting a resolution to where South Texas ISD be removed from city property taxes. Administrators say this is has been an ongoing problem for many years. view article arw

A 17-year-old Bastrop ISD student was arrested last week for allegedly having a gun in his possession on the Manor Early College High School campus, Manor ISD Police confirmed to KVUE. In a letter to the Manor ISD community, district police chief Clarence Yarbrough said that on Jan. 10, a group of non-Manor ISD students in a truck were observed engaging in a verbal altercation with several Manor High School students on foot on the grounds of the high school. view article arw

Two former Schleicher County Independent School District employees were accused of having an improper relationship between an educator and student. According to records filed in Schleicher County, a warrant for the arrest of Abby Ramos was issued on January 12. Ramos was arrested and booked into the Schleicher County Jail on January 16. Ramos was a former teacher at Schleicher County ISD. view article arw

We’ve been at this business long enough to know that sometimes things get swept under the rug. We can’t say that’s the case with the situation surrounding the Rockwall-Heath High School football team and its head coach, John Harrell. In a letter, the district informed parents last week about the situation. We believe those parents, however, were already keenly aware that something wasn’t right with their sons, some of whom had to be hospitalized after being forced to perform what principal Todd Bradford referred to as “multiple pushups.” Is that multiple as in five or six? Or multiple as in 380? view article arw

Hardline conservative lawmakers want Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to review school board guidance on transgender students saying it “is dangerous.” The Texas Freedom Caucus’ request foreshadows how Republicans are expected to target LGBTQ issues during this legislative session. The Texas Association of School Boards has long offered guidance to district leaders on “issues related to transgender students.” The group’s 13-page document provides advice on how to approach various topics, such as which bathrooms students can use. “The Texas Freedom Caucus humbly requests that your office issue immediate review of TASB’s guidance and offer our school boards legal direction to ensure our schools remain safe and healthy environments,” Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, wrote in a Tuesday letter. TASB Deputy Executive Director Tiffany Dunne-Oldfield pushed back against the lawmakers’ interpretation. She added that the document’s purpose is to help districts avoid lawsuits and discrimination claims by outlining existing laws. “To set the record straight, TASB Legal Services does not tell districts to allow males to enter female restrooms or locker rooms. We also don’t direct or advise districts to subvert parental rights on preferred pronouns and gender identity,” she said in a statement. view article arw

About sixty-five students have been charged with a felony for having a vape with THC oil inside while on a Tyler ISD campus so far during the 2022-23 academic year, according to the school district. In August, Tyler ISD announced the installation of over 70 vape detectors at all four high schools and the Career & Technology Center. They also said additional detectors would be installed at middle school campuses in 2022-23 school year. view article arw

Samantha Shea Cummings, 35, of Cleveland, is charged with the crime of having an inappropriate relationship between an educator and a student. She was booked into the Montgomery County Jail late last week and was released on a $75,000 bond on Jan. 14. She has since resigned from her position at New Caney High School. view article arw

The Lee County Sheriff's Office says it's planning to file charges after a threat closed down the Lexington Independent School District. On Tuesday, January 17, investigators say they got a report of a man who sent pictures of guns to students on Snapchat and talked about bringing weapons to school to commit mass murder. view article arw

One person has been arrested following a bomb threat investigation at Sulphur Springs ISD. According to the Sulphur springs Police Department Facebook, officers began investigating the origin of the threat after it was made toward Sulphur Springs Elementary School on Wednesday morning. The threat caused the campus to be evacuated and the students were released early. view article arw

A former PTA president at a Mansfield ISD school was arrested after being accused of stealing thousands of dollars. Jennifer Medina was president of the Parent Teacher Association at Roberta Tipps Elementary School. view article arw

The Carlisle ISD superintendent has released a statement on the arrest of its junior high principal, saying there is no threat to the safety of students. Paul Louis Richards, 45, of Longview, is charged with failure to make a required child abuse report. view article arw

Statement from HISD Superintendent Millard House II - Today, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion regarding ongoing litigation which is still currently under review by HISD’s Legal team. When I first came into this role, I was clear eyed about the challenges that faced us as a district. I also knew that if we did the right work and kept students at the center of every decision we make, we could move the district in the right direction for our community. As Superintendent for the last 18 months, my team has been laser-focused on giving each one of our students the academic experience they deserve. Guided by community input, the district developed and is executing on its five-year strategic plan. There is still much more work to be done, but we are excited about the progress we have made as a district and are looking forward to the work ahead. We have raised teacher salaries by an average of 11%, improved college, career, and military readiness outcomes and celebrated strong accountability improvements across our district. These improvements have been felt across our district including Wheatley High School, Henry Middle School, and Osborne Elementary. Our focus is clear, and we will continue to do the necessary work to ensure continued academic achievement for all HISD students. view article arw

State-appointed managers can replace elected school board members in the largest district in Texas, according to a decision released by the state's Supreme Court Friday morning. Justices overruled an appellate court's decision that had blocked TEA from taking over the district. The case isn't over, though. A lower court will hear further arguments. view article arw

A staff member from Waller Independent School District has been terminated after the district opened an investigation following allegations of an inappropriate relationship involving a student. According to officials, the district received a tip on Jan. 5 via their anonymous reporting application, CrisisGo. An investigation was immediately opened with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the staff member was reportedly placed on leave the same day. view article arw

A teacher from the New Caney Independent School District has resigned after she was recently charged for having improper relationship with a student. According to the district, New Caney ISD Police issued an arrest warrant against the teacher, Samantha Cummings, on Friday, Jan. 13. Cummings was originally placed on administrative leave and later resigned from her position as a culinary arts teacher. She also coached volleyball and track. view article arw

The Big Spring ISD posted on their Facebook a statement about an allegation against one of their employees: Superintendent Jay McWilliams released a statement regarding the district employee being accused to have engaged in illegal conduct with a minor that occurred several years ago. This conduct allegedly occurred before the employee started working with the district view article arw

The district confirmed in a statement how they learned of an anonymous tip on January 5. Details were not shared on the alleged incident, except stating "an inappropriate relationship between a staff member and a student." Additionally, the employee's identity nor position with Waller High School was released, as of this writing. view article arw

Williamson County officials are suing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, saying his legal opinion giving the public immediate access to anonymous, completed ballots after an election is unconstitutional. The state's election code, in keeping with the Civil Rights Act of 1960, bars officials from releasing those records for 22-months after an election. view article arw

A teen was arrested Tuesday after he was found in possession of a gun on the Manor ISD campus, according to Manor ISD Chief of Police Clarence Yarbrough. A group of non-Manor ISD students in a pickup truck were observed on Manor High/Manor Early College grounds and were in a verbal altercation with several Manor ISD students, according to the letter, which was sent to the Manor ISD community. view article arw

The school districts allege that the companies' practices have led to increased anxiety, depression, eating disorders and bullying among children. view article arw

An investigation is underway after a Humble ISD teacher is accused of assaulting a student and it was caught on camera. The incident happened Wednesday in a Humble High School classroom. The parents of the student say the video of this happening to their son is hard to watch. They say it’s more difficult knowing it's a teacher that put his hands on him. view article arw

A video circulating on social media led to an investigation after a fight at Roosevelt High School involving individuals who were not students at the school, according to district officials. The fight broke out around lunchtime Thursday in one of the school’s bathrooms after a Roosevelt student opened a door and allowed four people onto the campus who were not students, Principal Bryan Norwood said. view article arw

Two women who filed a complaint in a criminal investigation of books in Granbury ISD libraries told NBC 5 Investigates they only submitted it at the suggestion of the deputy constable leading the investigation. Monica Brown and Karen Lowery, who both are vocal advocates behind a push to remove books they deemed inappropriate from school libraries, made the criminal complaint to Hood County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable Scott London in May 2022. view article arw

A man accused of murdering a beloved Alief ISD teacher in Sugar Land during a domestic violence incident was arrested in Louisiana Wednesday, the Western District of Louisiana Violent Offenders Task Force announced. Sugar Land police responded to reports of a shooting Saturday at 9:50 p.m. in the 1100 block of Oxford Mills Lane. view article arw

An employee with the Wilson Independent School District, William Ray Palmer III, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of “improper relationship between educator and student, as well as indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure,” according to the Lynn County Sheriff’s Office. view article arw

A Lynn County grand jury has indicted Wilson ISD Athletic Director William Ray Parmer III. Parmer is charged with improper relationship between an educator and student, indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure. The Lynn County Sheriff’s Office said Parmer turned himself in at 6 p.m. on Jan. 9. Parmer’s bond was set at $190,000. view article arw