Going to school after having a baby is tough, and a potential complication to any new mother’s day is finding the time, place, and quiet for expressing breastmilk for their child. The law and current school policies have express guidelines for schools to provide assistance for these mothers, and with the upcoming Title IX changes, there may be more you need to do. Here are the “must’s,” “might’s,” “should’s,” and “could’s” for addressing breastfeeders that need to express milk at school.

The Killeen school board will review how the district investigates harassment, discrimination and retaliation Tuesday. Harper Killeen ISD school attorney Mike Harper Courtesy | Killeen ISD Killeen ISD school attorney Mike Harper will provide the board with an overview of the district’s “investigative procedures” during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening. KISD Director of Investigations and School Safety Charles “Chuck” Kelley will be available to answer school board members’ questions. Kelley Director of District Safety and Investigations Charles "Chuck" Kelley. Courtesy | Killeen ISD “Per the Board’s request, Board Policies ... will be presented for review and discussion related to the district’s investigative procedures,” Tuesday’s KISD agenda states. view article arw

PEARLAND, Texas (KTRK) -- A now-former Pearland ISD student is accused of taking photos up the skirts of his female classmates and posting them online, charging documents read. Ty Scott Manning attended Dawson High School, but following the allegation, is now no longer enrolled in the district. Manning placed the phone under his desk to take the photos, according to the Brazoria County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said he also followed other classmates up the stairs and pretended to tie his shoes to snap the photos. The allegations date back to February of 2022. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District Police Department on Thursday filed three felony terroristic charges against two juvenile students who allegedly made threatening comments against Manor Middle School. The threats were investigated and determined to be unfounded and the two students have been transported to juvenile detention, said Taina Maya, a district spokeswoman. view article arw

Prosper ISD parents in Collin County called on district leaders to step down at a demonstration and then again at Monday night’s school board meeting. The parents are upset about the way the district handled sexual abuse allegations against a bus driver. A lawsuit claims Frank Paniagua repeatedly sexually assaulted two young sisters who rode his bus. view article arw

In the wake of Monday night’s announced $2.5 million settlement between Longview ISD and the families of 10 children allegedly abused by former educators, district leadership has issued public statements regarding the developments. LISD Superintendent James Wilcox called the former educators’ alleged actions “appalling.” “The actions of these individuals was appalling and inexcusable for any educator charged with the care and custody of children,” Wilcox said in a statement. view article arw

Northside Independent School District will host the last of two meetings Tuesday to gather public feedback on its proposed new board member districts. The redistricting process doesn’t affect where children go to school, but school systems governed by boards elected from single-member districts, must redraw their boundaries every 10 years if the population differences between them exceed 10 percent. Northside ISD is the area’s largest school district with more than 101,000 students, and for years was the fastest-growing, with the greatest gains in the far West Side. view article arw

Half a dozen former educators at J.L. Everhart Elementary School in Longview were accused of abusing 10 children in their care, and the school district has reached a financial settlement with the families of those students. The educators accused in the case are Cynthia Denise Talley, 55, of Longview, charged with seven counts of injury to a child and unlawful restraint of a child; Paula Hawkins Dixon, 58, of Longview, charged with three counts of injury to a child. Cassandra Renee James, 48, of Hallsville, and Linda Kaye Brown Lister, 60, of Longview, were charged with endangering a child. Cecilia Gregg, 57, of Longview, was charged with eight counts of injury to a child. Priscilla Rosa Johnson, 56, of Longview, was charged with one count of injury to a child. view article arw

Three different former Magnolia High School teachers allege the workplace became so toxic that they became physically ill and they had to leave their jobs in the last two years. Two of the teachers who spoke with KPRC 2 said they don’t feel the school district is doing enough to handle their age and discrimination claims. Emily Winslow, one of the former teachers, would have been in her tenth year of teaching and her fourth at Magnolia High School. But in August, days into the school year, her teaching career ended. view article arw

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Supporters of expanding school vouchers in Tennessee argued Monday that the program does not take away from families who want their children to remain in public schools as they once again asked a state court to dismiss the ongoing lawsuit challenging the statute's legality. The hearing was the latest development in the yearslong legal battle over the contentious voucher program, known as education savings accounts. Under the law, eligible families are given around $8,100 in public tax dollars to help pay for private schooling tuition and other preapproved expense. view article arw

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — A new report by PEN America reveals Texas has banned more books than any other state. This week is Banned Books Week, which is an annual campaign by the American Library Association and Amnesty International that celebrates the freedom to read. PEN America is a group that advocates for freedom of expression. view article arw

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Half a dozen former educators at J.L. Everhart Elementary School in Longview were accused of abusing 10 children in their care, and the school district has reached a financial settlement with the families of those students.  The educators accused in the case are Cynthia Denise Talley, 55, of Longview, charged with seven counts of injury to a child and unlawful restraint of a child; Paula Hawkins Dixon, 58, of Longview, charged with three counts of injury to a child. Cassandra Renee James, 48, of Hallsville, and Linda Kaye Brown Lister, 60, of Longview, were charged with endangering a child. Cecilia Gregg, 57, of Longview, was charged with eight counts of injury to a child. Priscilla Rosa Johnson, 56, of Longview, was charged with one count of injury to a child.  Nobody lived in a day where it was appropriate to beat disabled children,’ an attorney for the families said.   view article arw

arthage ISD instituted the Guardian Plan in 2014, following a number of school shootings across the nation. The plan allows handpicked faculty members to be armed to defend themselves and students in the event of an active shooter. An audit report by the Texas School Safety Center between 2017-2020 shows out of the 1,022 total districts, 51% of them use some type of non-law enforcement security personnel with the Guardian Program. view article arw

The ruling Friday from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals likely means the case, which could have wide implications for online speech, will go before the U.S. Supreme Court again. A Texas law prohibiting large social media companies from banning users’ posts based on their political viewpoints will go into effect after a federal appeals court on Friday lifted a block placed on the statute.  NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association sued Texas after the law, known as House Bill 20, was passed last year, arguing that internet companies have a First Amendment right to curate content posted on their platforms and decide which types of speech they saw fit to be there.  In its ruling, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with the plaintiffs’ argument that the law was unconstitutional, saying they were seeking protection to “muzzle free speech.” view article arw

ROUND ROCK, Texas — An Austin ISD employee was arrested in Round Rock on Thursday on criminal charges related to his alleged involvement in engaging in "illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place," according to the United States Department of Justice. According to court documents, 40-year-old Michael Roberts, traveled from the U.S. to Colombia to engage in illegal sexual conduct with minors between Dec. 2020 and June 2021. view article arw

After the ACLU alleged First Amendment violations, Katy ISD has changed its internet policies to allow student access to websites that serve LGBTQ+ youth. In a written response to a formal student complaint and a supporting letter from the ACLU of Texas as well as Lambda Legal, administrators said a third-party internet filtering software used by KISD was blocking websites geared toward LGBTQ+ communities that did not contain any pornographic material from students. After a district investigation of the complaint, an administrator said the internet filters would be modified to allow access to the websites to all high school students. view article arw

An Austin ISD employee was arrested Thursday in Round Rock after he traveled to Colombia to “engage in illegal sexual conduct with minors,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a release. Michael Roberts, 40, is a current employee at Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy and a former employee at Navarro ECHS, according to an Austin ISD letter. Roberts has been placed on administrative leave. view article arw

The Frisco Police Department has taken a former Frisco ISD student into custody for criminal trespass. On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at about 5 p.m., Frisco Police Department received a delayed report of a subject with a gun on the campus of Centennial High School. The subject, later identified as 18-year-old Craig Joseph Adams of Frisco, was known to be a former student and had recently been criminally trespassed from the school. The reporting party advised that Adams showed him a gun while in the school’s parking lot, and he was last seen walking away from campus. Out of an abundance of caution, additional police assets were at Centennial Thursday morning, while FPD School Resource Officers conducted an investigation and worked to secure a warrant for Adams. Shortly before noon, officers executed the warrant and arrested Adams on the charge of criminal trespass. The offense is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail. view article arw

After 11 months of working with city leaders, The Bryan Independent School District’s request to zone property on Harvey Mitchell Parkway and Leonard Road for a transportation and maintenance complex was denied. Bryan ISD closed on the 95-acre property recently owned by Blinn College in June. The district’s first request for zoning was denied in August. School leaders went before the board again in early September but the planning and zoning commission needed more time for its decision. view article arw

A group of Texas ministers called for a federal investigation of the Fort Worth Independent School District on Wednesday for allegedly fostering a hostile environment for Black students. The Ministers Justice Coalition, which is led by the Rev. Kyev Tatum of Fort Worth and includes several North Texas ministers, believes the district’s culture led to an April incident in which a student was allowed to repeatedly use a racial slur during a class presentation. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Education, the group says that through disproportionate discipline and lack of integration in advanced programs, Black students experience differential treatment and isolation in the Fort Worth school district. Read more at: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crossroads-lab/article265807991.html#storylink=cpy view article arw

PROSPER Texas - Parents in the Collin County town of Prosper are still angry with their school district over the way it handled the continuous sex abuse of two girls. The district made moves to address concerns, but that didn't sway any opinions. The Prosper ISD school board decided to hire an independent firm to investigate sexual abuse accusations against a former employee. Trustees met in a closed session Tuesday morning. The school board voted to hire the firm Thompson & Horton in a 5-2 vote. view article arw

Hundreds of parents poured into Prosper Independent School District's administrative building Tuesday to speak to board members about an allegedly abusive school bus driver from the past. Earlier in August, attorney Levi McCathern and fellow attorney Kristin Hecker allege that two young girls, 5 and 7 years old, endured "over 100 instances of abuse" and that "Prosper ISD was willfully indifferent in recognizing, preventing, interceding, and responding to any suspicion of—let alone actual instances of—sexual misconduct involving its administrators and students." view article arw

Throughout this summer, children in Texas’ youth prison system have repeatedly been trapped in their cells, forced to urinate in water bottles and defecate on the floor. For months, children in at least two of five state lockups reported regularly lacking access to toilets as the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s workforce shrunk below dangerous levels. Calls for immediate action by juvenile justice advocates and dozens of lawmakers to address the crisis have largely gone unanswered by Gov. Greg Abbott. Last month, the governor’s office said the safety of staff and youth at TJJD was a top priority for him, touted the agency’s recent pay raise — funded largely by agency officials siphoning cash from the plethora of vacant officer positions — and promised to support further salary boosts during next year’s legislative session. His office did not immediately respond to questions for this story.    (14) view article arw

Signed declarations about the experiences of two families with transgender children currently under investigation were filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the probes.  An employee from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services showed up at a 13-year-old transgender boy’s middle school to interview him as part of an investigation into his family over the use of gender-affirming medical treatments, according to newly filed court documents.  The child, identified in court documents under the pseudonym Steve Koe, was interviewed in a school conference room for an hour about his gender identity and mental health history, his mother, called Carol Koe, said in a signed declaration. The surprise interview, along with interviews of his parents, has caused the child significant mental and emotional stress, and even caused him to miss school for multiple days because of anxiety, his mother said.  “Steve told me he had a ‘meltdown’ and became very fearful and upset that something might happen to me or his dad because of who he is,” Carol said in the declaration.  The family’s case is one of 12 that DFPS opened following a directive from Gov. Greg Abbott to investigate the use of gender-affirming medical treatments as a form of child abuse, based on an opinion issued by Attorney General Ken Paxton view article arw

Two Katy ISD high schools are at the center of an investigation after racially insensitive noises were caught on camera at a volleyball match on Friday. It happened during a girls' varsity volleyball match at Jordan High School, which was hosting rival Paetow. Lakeesha Adams’s 16-year-old daughter, Devan, is on the Paetow team. view article arw

Police have arrested two suspects concerning the Fentanyl overdoses among students in the Hays Independent School District. 20-year-old Anthony Rios is facing charges of manufacturing, delivering, and possession of a controlled substance. Police say during his arrest, they also found nearly 400 Percocet pills containing Fentanyl in his home. view article arw

For years, Carroll ISD has been the face of educational culture wars and battles over inclusivity. In the past year, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights opened five discrimination investigations in the district, all are ongoing. None of the families behind the five complaints have publicly spoken before, but Jennifer Schutter is sharing her story because she believes it can help lead to change. view article arw

Katy ISD is investigating racist noises allegedly made against Paetow High School players during a volleyball match on Friday at Jordan High School after the incident was captured in a video shared on social media. Lakeesha Adams, who posted the video on Twitter and has a 16-year-old daughter, Devan, on the Paetow team, claimed that students in the Jordan High School section made monkey sounds when her daughter's team was serving. view article arw

When Jenny Crossland, a mother of an incoming kindergartner, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Fort Worth Independent School District (Fort Worth ISD) asking for book lists between kindergarten and 12th grade, she was not expecting to be charged the equivalent of round-trip flights across the world. As such, when Crossland was given a $1,267.50 bill for the book lists, she was more than a little shocked. “To tell a parent it costs $1200 to get the reading list is absurd,” Crossland told Chalkboard Review staff in a private communication. “It paints a picture of chaos, bad faith, and a lack of trust in our public school system.” view article arw

Hackers targeted the second-largest school district in the US with a cyber-attack over Labor Day weekend, officials at Los Angeles unified school district have confirmed. The district characterized the cyber-attack as a “significant disruption to our system’s infrastructure” but officials said they did not expect major problems with teaching or such services as transportation and food. It said business operations might be delayed or modified. view article arw

Lakesha Adams said her daughter’s volleyball game turned vulgar on Friday night. “It did not feel like a safe environment,” she said. Adams’ daughter is on the varsity team at Paetow High School. The team was playing against Jordan High School when the mother said the end of the game took a turn. “They began to start making monkey sounds when our girls were serving,” Adams said. view article arw

Dallas police are investigating the alleged sexual assault reported by a Dallas ISD student. The student reported the attack happened about five blocks away from the K. B. Polk Center for Academically Talented & Gifted near Love Field. The school sent letters to parents last week. Dallas police wouldn't confirm details about the attack, but the school says the student was attacked by a large man wearing a blue flannel jacket. view article arw

A Klein Independent School District teacher’s aide has been terminated after she allegedly slapped a 1st grader with autism. The parents of Kingston Ware, 6, said the incident happened Thursday morning at Mittelstadt Elementary. “He was with his teacher, and the associate was trying to make him do something that he didn’t want to do, so I guess he started scratching the teacher, and she didn’t like that. And she slapped him in the face,” said Kingston’s father Marcus Ware. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The trial of the former City View Independent School District tax collector will be delayed after a judge grants a request for a continuance.  Judith Ann Heaston Mugshot courtesy the Wichita …89th District Judge Charles Barnard granted the continuance motion from defense attorney Ed Lane asking Judith Heaston’s trial be removed from this month’s trial docket. view article arw

A former Kansas middle school math teacher will soon receive a settlement of nearly $100,000 after a school district attempted to force her to violate her religious beliefs and call students by their preferred names and pronouns — and then withhold those same preferred names and pronouns from parents. Pamela Ricard, 58, sued Geary School District, located about an hour west of Topeka, after she was disciplined in March 2021 for refusing to use male pronouns to refer to a biologically female student. Ricard is a practicing Christian who believes that God creates human beings as either male or female and that gender is a fixed characteristic determined at conception, the lawsuit argued. Therefore, asking her to address the female student as a male "actively violated her religious beliefs." view article arw