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The celebration of civil rights icon Mr. Sam Tasby was held on Saturday, April 23rd, at Sam Tasby Middle School and broadcast virtually. The annual celebration provides a chance for students to show off their incredible talents while honoring the late civil rights icon. Since 2007, Sam Tasby Middle School has hosted Sam Tasby Community Appreciation Day to honor the legacy of the man who was the centerpiece of the lawsuit that ended desegregation in Dallas ISD. Every year, the program presents a new and honorable theme showcasing Mr. Tasby’s legacy. This year’s theme was “Honoring the Past and Shaping the Future.” view article arw

To that end, according to Santa Fe ISD, a handful of their school busses have been outfitted with automated camera systems that are designed to record vehicles that do not obey the extended stop signs on the busses. The systems are also evidence used to levy $300 plus fines issued to the owners of the vehicles, which aren’t necessarily the drivers of the vehicles. Some residents have complained that the system is not fair and is quick to generate tickets when the situation is questionable or downright unwarranted. view article arw

Ballot Issues: Two Constitutional Amendments; Galena Park Mayor; Sheldon Bond Issue - Early voting will start on Monday, April 25 and continue through May 3. Hours in general are M-S 7am – 7pm, Sun 12pm – 7pm. Hours on Election Day are 7am – 7pm view article arw

MARLIN, Texas — Things are finally looking up at Marlin Independent School District. That is according to Dr. Darryl Henson.  Since 2011 Marlin ISD has been a district that had its accreditation revoked by the Texas Education Agency and received an overall score of an “F”  But now students are making academic progress. Dr. Henson said he is confident Marlin ISD will finally be recognized as a public school district by the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

For the past two years, the federal government has turned away migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, including those who are seeking asylum, using a public emergency health order known as Title 42. It was launched by the Trump administration at the start of the pandemic and continued under the Biden administration. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that it plans to end Title 42 on May 23 because COVID-19 cases have decreased and vaccines are widely available. But that date is now in question because of Republican-led lawsuits aimed at keeping the policy in place. What started as an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the border has turned into a fierce debate over whether Title 42 should be continued as an immigration tool to block migrants from claiming asylum. Here’s what you need to know about the law:    (29) view article arw

An off-duty captain from Aldine ISD Police Department was involved in a confrontation with alleged robbery suspects inside a downtown parking garage early Saturday, Houston police said. It happened at the Market Square Apartments parking garage located in the 700 block of Preston Street. According to HPD, the Aldine ISD captain was notified by security of a suspicious vehicle parked inside the garage. view article arw

A first-grade student who has autism was allegedly physically injured by an Aldine ISD teacher and teacher's aide. The 6-year-old's parents, Pablo Reyna and Angelica Frias, said they noticed their son would return from school with random scratches, bruises, and bumps on his head. "Whether he was OK or not," Reyna said, "I thought he could have been playing or something. You never know, he bumped his head or something. I mean, he's a kid, but like I said, it was never in our mind that the teacher was abusive towards him like that." view article arw

An art teacher at Wagner High School was arrested Wednesday after authorities were notified that the Judson ISD employee had allegedly uploaded child pornography to an online account, the Express-News reports. Yahoo Inc. tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after the tech company noticed that Corey Davidson, 50, had uploaded eight files purportedly containing kiddie porn, the paper reports. view article arw

An Alvin ISD high school teacher is behind bars Thursday for what authorities have only described as an "improper relationship" with a student. Details are scarce but JoAnn Karel of Pearland was arrested Thursday by Alvin ISD police.   view article arw

KLEIN, Texas (KTRK) -- Klein Independent School District is responding to allegations of racial discrimination by the parents of two Black varsity cheerleaders who say their daughters were victims of an unfair tryout process at Klein High School. Parents Allegra Jackson and Vickie Dowell are calling on the high school to re-do its cheerleading tryouts this year and provide an "even level playing field" for all candidates. This comes after they say their daughters were the only returning varsity cheerleaders who tried out this year and didn't make the team. view article arw

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Several North Texas school districts have banned certain books from library shelves due to complaints from parents and politicians. The books cover subjects on the LGBTQ-plus community as well as race and gender identity issues.   On Tuesday, the Texas Library Association walked through its next plans as it tries to refute some of the attacks they are seeing.   "Politicians and proponents of banning books have started a culture war in our state," said Shirley Robinson, Executive Director for the Texas Library Association. "What we're seeing is that school boards and administrators are being put under pressure because of the rhetoric that is occurring with really small minority of folks that are not understanding the issue fully." view article arw

GRAPEVINE, Texas — The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD school board discussed a proposed school policy Monday that tackles topics like critical race theory and gender fluidity. The Classical Social and Emotional Learning (CSEL) Policy was recommended to the board by members, Casey Ford and Shannon Braun. “Shannon and I, we’re listening,” Ford said. “We’re taking input from the community. We’re hearing things about CRT, inappropriate material and books, having age-appropriate material for our children, etc., gender fluidity. We feel this will help protect our students, teachers and administration in the community and set guidelines while working together within the legal parameters that are out there.” view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The 100 Black Men of West Texas has released a statement in response to reported racial bullying of students in the Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District, after a page circulated Instagram with posted pictures labelling local Black students as animals.  The mentoring organization, known as “The 100,″ claims the release is to condemn the recent acts of racial bullying, and also what they refer to as a failure by LCISD staff to address “many years” of persistent bigotry within the district.  Organization President Reggie Dial has offered the full cooperation of the 100 Black Men of West Texas to help address these issues. Dial says he has already scheduled a meeting with LCISD superintendent Keith Bryant and he looks forward to developing an action plan to transform the culture at Lubbock-Cooper. view article arw

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is seeking more than $11.45 million in damages from Plano ISD over work done on the new Robbie & Lynore Robinson Fine Arts Center, which has yet to open because of what the district calls significant cracking in floors.  Law firm Peckar & Abramson P.C. filed a lawsuit on behalf of McCarthy on Feb. 14 in Collin County’s 471st District Court. The breach of contract lawsuit claims McCarthy was not paid for the balance of the firm’s contract with the district as well as change orders incurred during the project. The firm is also seeking damages for project delays and defective design documents provided by the district as well as interest, attorney fees and more.   view article arw

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is seeking more than $11.45 million in damages from Plano ISD over work done on the new Robbie & Lynore Robinson Fine Arts Center, which has yet to open because of what the district calls significant cracking in floors.  Law firm Peckar & Abramson P.C. filed a lawsuit on behalf of McCarthy on Feb. 14 in Collin County’s 471st District Court. The breach of contract lawsuit claims McCarthy was not paid for the balance of the firm’s contract with the district as well as change orders incurred during the project. The firm is also seeking damages for project delays and defective design documents provided by the district as well as interest, attorney fees and more.   view article arw

Seven Llano County residents filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the county judge, commissioners, library board members and library systems director for restricting and banning books from its three-branch public library system. The lawsuit states that the county judge, commissioners and library director removed several books off shelves, suspended access to digital library books, replaced the Llano County library board with community members in favor of book bans, halted new library book orders and allowed the library board to close its meetings to the public in a coordinated censorship campaign that violates the First Amendment and 14th Amendment. The plaintiffs — Leila Green Little, Jeanne Puryear, Kathy Kennedy, Rebecca Jones, Richard Day, Cynthia Waring and Diane Moster — insist their constitutional rights were violated when public officials censored books based on content and failed to provide proper notice or an avenue for community comment.    (26) view article arw

A federal judge in Louisiana plans to temporarily block the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a pandemic-era health order used by federal immigration officials to expel migrants, including asylum-seekers, at the U.S.-Mexico border. The temporary restraining order is expected in a lawsuit brought by Louisiana, Arizona and Missouri after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it would let the order expire May 23. The details of such a restraining order were not available late Monday.  “The parties will confer regarding the specific terms to be contained in the Temporary Restraining Order and attempt to reach agreement,” according to minutes from a Monday status conference in the case.    (26) view article arw

A Galveston Independent School District employee resigned last week after administrators discovered that he installed unauthorized technology devices at six school campuses that could have breached student and employee data, according to the district. The employee attached his privately-owned devices to the district’s network, according to a statement from Galveston ISD, but members of the information technology department detected the threatening operation before any damage was done. view article arw

Voters are preparing to cast ballots during a time of increased scrutiny on public schools, fueled by red-meat rallying cries over library books, critical race theory and “parental rights.” But beyond those headline-grabbing issues, whoever is elected in local May 7 school board races will have a major role in the nitty-gritty education work of combating deep academic setbacks due to the pandemic and, in several districts, choosing the next superintendent who could steer the direction of local schools for years. Advocates are gearing up for local races -- and setting the stage for November’s statewide elections -- with local meet-ups and fundraisers. They’re also looking ahead to what key issues will define the 2023 legislative session, with some striving to build momentum around expanded school choice while others are pre-emptively stoking opposition to any potential voucher push. view article arw

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Friday to halt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from lifting Title 42, a pandemic-era health order used by federal immigration officials to expel migrants, including asylum-seekers, at the U.S.-Mexico border. Title 42, which was enacted in March 2020 by the Trump administration, has been used 1.7 million times to expel migrants. Many of them have been removed multiple times after making repeated attempts to enter the U.S. The CDC has the authority to enact orders like Title 42 under the 1944 Public Health Service Act, which gives federal officials the authority to stop the entry of people and products into the U.S. to limit the spread of communicable diseases. Part of the reason the agency is planning to lift the order soon is that COVID-19 cases have been decreasing and vaccinations have become widely available. The order is set to expire on May 23.    (25) view article arw

A Big Spring ISD assistant baseball coach is behind bars after Big Spring Police say he is accused of having an improper relationship with a student. Matthew Yanez, 25, was arrested and booked into the Howard County Jail on April 21. The police department says it was made aware of the allegations on April 17 and reached out to BSISD. view article arw

EAST TEXAS (KETK) — May is a crucial month for elections, with not one, but two elections that will determine what goes on the final general election ballot this November. Mabank ISD calls for $94 million bond in May election With the second round of the primary elections now just weeks away, here are some deadlines you should be aware of to make sure your vote gets counted. May 7 – Statewide Constitutional Amendment Propositions and Local Elections Monday, April 25 – First day of early voting Tuesday, April 26 – Last day to to apply for a ballot by mail (received, not postmarked) Tuesday, May 3 – Last day of early voting Saturday, May 7 – Election Day    (20) view article arw

Attorney General Ken Paxton and Republicans in the Legislature are taking aim at Houston ISD, arguing that the district’s COVID sick day policy violates state law. This academic year, Houston ISD is offering 10 additional days of paid sick leave to employees who are vaccinated against the coronavirus but test positive during the school year. Unvaccinated staff, however, must use personal leave time if they are infected. In a nonbinding opinion last week, Paxton said the policy likely constitutes a “vaccine passport,” the documentation certifying a person’s vaccination status shown in exchange for “entry or services.” The GOP-led Texas Legislature last year outlawed such requirements for both private businesses and public agencies, and Gov. Greg Abbott issued a similar executive order banning the practice last summer. view article arw

President Biden has failed to enforce federal immigration laws and stop the surge of illegal aliens coming into Texas along the Mexico border. I am writing to ask for your legal opinion of whether or not the federal government has failed—intentionally or unintentionally—to uphold its obligations to protect our state from invasion under Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution and whether Texas has the sovereign power to defend itself from such invasion. Undoubtedly, you are aware of the circumstances at the Texas-Mexico border, but the House Committee on General Investigating held a hearing on April 20,   view article arw

A Forney ISD police officer and a student were treated at a hospital following a school fight. Police say a fight that involved four or five students broke out in the courtyard of North Forney High School at lunch time Monday. When police showed up to break up the fight, one of the students was taken into custody. Police say that's when the student headbutted an officer. view article arw

A Manor Independent School District teacher was arrested Tuesday after the district said he was seen hitting a student “several times.” On Wednesday, Manor ISD identified the teacher as Cedric Lloyd, 55, who’s been a special education and inclusion teacher since October 2017. He was also a sub from 1999-2017. The student was not named. Online jail records show Lloyd was booked into the Travis County Jail at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday. He was charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony. Bond hasn’t been set yet, and he didn’t have an attorney listed. view article arw

Law firm Brewer Storefront filed a suit in federal court against Lewisville ISD and its trustees alleging the district’s at-large election system violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 because it denies fair representation to voters of color, according to the court filing. The firm filed the lawsuit on behalf of plaintiff Paige Dixon on April 12 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. view article arw

A Victoria I.S.D middle school student had to visit a local hospital after being involved in a school fight. The fight got so bad, that the student developed kidney issues as a result. 12-year-old Stroman Middle School student, Jordan Fox, says the fight occurred after one of her classes around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6. The video shows Fox walking away when an 8th-grade student runs up behind her and hits her. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO – A former East Central Independent School District booster club treasurer avoided prison this month after making restitution, Bexar County court records show. Ashlee Ring faced up to 10 years in prison after she was indicted in separate cases that accused her of taking funds from her former employer and then from ECISD’s Future Farmers of America booster club. Ring, whose sentencing was repeatedly delayed this winter and spring as she attempted to come up with a six-figure restitution payment, will be on probation until April 2032 and must pay more than $10,000 in fines and court costs. view article arw

Montgomery, Texas- Christa Tatem, an MISD special education counselor is under investigation by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) after attacking Kendrick Davis, a 7-Year-old special needs student at Madeley Ranch Elementary School in October 2021. Tatem was also recommended for termination of her position by the MISD Board of Trustees. However, she filed an appeal to continue her employment. If Tatem is successful in her appeal, she may be able to work with children again in the future, placing those children at risk of similar horrific experiences. view article arw

A federal jury on Thursday ruled in favor of Katy ISD in a civil lawsuit alleging the district violated civil rights protections by failing to properly investigate the sexual assault and harassment of a second-year special education student.    (08) view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston Independent School District's former chief operating officer and a former landscaping contractor for the district face new tax charges related to an alleged bribery scheme involving millions in taxpayer funds. On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced a federal grand jury returned a 33-count superseding indictment on former HISD COO Brian Busby, 43, and Southwest Wholesale owner Anthony Hutchison, 61.  The two are accused of allegedly filing false tax returns that underreported their income as it relates to the bribery scheme. view article arw

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — In the latest of a series of lawsuits surrounding a growing divide at Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD), a man who has been vocal at board meetings filed a civil lawsuit Monday against one of the board members asking for her removal. The lawsuit compiles complaints against Trustee Danielle Weston; including her walking out on a meeting where people were denied access due to COVID-19 protocols and her reportedly forwarding confidential information to certain members of the public. view article arw

Slidell ISD plans to seek an opinion from the Texas Attorney General’s office on records requested by the Wise County Messenger concerning the district’s girls basketball coach Lance Shelton being placed on paid administrative leave. After filing the request with the district March 30, Jennifer Powell, a shareholder with Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Muñoz, P.C, an Austin-based law firm […]  Shelton released a statement to the Messenger following the school board meeting Monday.  “I was put on paid administrative leave for two communication matters — one with a family, and the other with my assistant coach,” the statement reads. “Prior to being put on administrative leave, I was put on a growth plan due to a school employee and her daughter arguing with other parents in the stands before a basketball game. I had no involvement. This was the catalyst for my growth plan.”  In her email to the Messenger, Powell believes there’s another side to the story surrounding the district’s decision.  “Coach Shelton’s explanation of his situation is not entirely accurate,” she said. “But unfortunately, the district can’t rebut it because it does not disclose details about personnel matters based on employee privacy concerns.”Slidell trustees are scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. April 18, inside the high school library. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Independent School District officials said they’ve made inclusivity a priority when it comes to their young learners, pointing to the recent Pride Week celebration. “We want to make sure all students feel welcome when they’re in our classrooms,” AISD spokesman Eduardo Villa said. Now, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants to make parental rights a priority when it comes to LGBTQIA+ issues in the classroom. Patrick announced this week he wants a Texas version of a newly-signed law set to take effect in Florida this July. view article arw