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Katy ISD said the birth dates and Social Security numbers of its employees were "inadvertently" released. However, the school district added it had no evidence that the data of its staff employed at the end of 2017-2018 school year were accessed. The school district disclosed on Thursday the accidental release of its employees' personal info. view article arw

In hopes of having an easier time filling substitute teacher requests, the Spring ISD board of trustees approved a temporary pay increase for substitute teachers who take assignments at six middle school campuses during its Oct. 8 meeting. While certified substitute teachers and noncertified substitute teachers at all other SISD campuses receive $105 per day and $90 per day, respectively, those who take substitute teaching assignments at any of the Lift 6 middle school campuses will receive $115 per day and $100 per day, respectively.   view article arw

New dean wades in on teacher shortage

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The new dean of the University of Texas Permian Basin’s College of Education, Larry Daniel, has some ambitious goals carved out — mainly to recruit more students to go into teaching. “We definitely are going to have to supply more teachers to the Permian Basin region. We’ve been graduating, with all of our educator programs, about 150 teachers annually. That’s not nearly enough,” Daniel said. view article arw

Former Austin ISD officer Adam Marsh took a plea deal Friday afternoon for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run that was caught on camera back in February 2018.  He took a no contest plea, meaning he neither disputes or admits to the charge. Court records show the original charge in the case was "accident involving serious bodily injury." view article arw

Mansfield’s top school official is appealing a recent federal ruling that a teacher’s lawsuit against the district for putting her on paid leave and transferring her to another school because of her sexual orientation may move forward. Retiring Superintendent Jim Vaszauskas on Wednesday filed a notice of appeal in the ruling regarding a lawsuit by Mansfield art teacher Stacy Bailey. Documents detailing the appeal are expected to be filed in the coming weeks. view article arw

The Center ISD Board of Trustees has scheduled a special noon Friday board meeting to consider personnel action, including the resignation of Supt. Dr. James Hockenberry. On Monday, Dec. 2, he was approved by the Longview ISD school board to fill the role of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Community Relations, according to a statement released by the Longview district. Center ISD Board President Matthew Mettauer on Thursday morning said Hockenberry visited with him on Monday regarding the job and resignation. view article arw

Mann Middle School parents are upset with Abilene ISD for not notifying them about the suspension of a teacher. Jim Counts, an 8th grade math teacher, was put on administrative leave Tuesday after he was identified as one of 20 men Abilene police said paid money to have sex with a human trafficking victim. view article arw

An Abilene ISD teacher and 19 other men are suspects in a human trafficking investigation. Police Chief Stan Standridge said they believe Jim Counts, an 8th grade math teacher at Mann Middle School, and 19 other men paid to have sex with a Chinese woman in her 30's at an Abilene hotel. view article arw

Plano ISD launched its search today for a new district athletic director following last month’s retirement announcement of longtime director Gerald Brence. After 12 years as athletic director and 39 years in the district, Brence’s retirement is effective Dec. 31. view article arw

Dallas ISD is investigating after a video showing a school bus driver refusing to stop for a student standing in the middle of the street. The video taken near Spring Valley and Preston Roads was posted to Facebook. The student is seen standing in front of the bus saying, “Open the door,” as the bus continues to move forward. view article arw

Alexander Elementary’s Amy Davies credits teachers she had for becoming a teacher herself. The reading intervention teacher works with students in grades kindergarten through fifth and is one of 67 Katy Independent School District 2018-19 Campus Teachers of the Year honored Dec. 3 at Katy Heritage Park. Each of the honorees has his/her name inscribed on a commemorative brick. The teachers and district officials were joined at the ceremony by representatives of Venus Construction, Modern Pest Control and the Katy Heritage Society, ceremony co-sponsors. view article arw

One of Austin's own is getting national recognition. Lonnell Shackles has been nominated by his peers as "America's Favorite Crossing Guard" for his hard work. He's a crossing guard at Harris Elementary School in northeast Austin and is one of more than 200 crossing guards employed by Austin Public Works' Safe Routes to School Program. view article arw

A La Vernia teacher has been fired after he allegedly sent inappropriate texts to a student, the district said in a letter sent to parents Monday. La Vernia Junior High School teacher and coach Joseph McIntosh was fired from his position Monday, the letter said. "We responded by immediately removing Mr. McIntosh from campus and have taken steps to ensure that he will no longer be an employee of LVISD," the letter read. view article arw

Dallas ISD is increasing the per diem rates for substitute teachers throughout the district. The district said the move is necessary to “stay competitive in the market and provide the support needed for students and campuses.” view article arw

The assistant principal at Canales Elementary in Brownsville has been placed on administrative leave with pay. Stephen Robert Shull, 59, was arrested on November for solicitation of a minor by Brownsville police. view article arw

While Eddy Moreno is usually working behind the scenes as lead custodian at Westwood High School in Round Rock, he was recently recognized by the district superintendent as this month’s “Round Rock Star.” Students went a step further, however. They put together a tribute video to show him how grateful they are for all that he does. view article arw

An English teacher who was fired after tweeting to President Donald Trump that her Texas high school was full of students who are in the country illegally has won an appeal to get her job back. Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath ruled Monday that Carter-Riverside High School teacher Georgia Clark’s tweet was protected by the First Amendment, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Morath also determined that Clark is entitled to back pay and employment benefits, or the Fort Worth Independent School District can pay her a year’s salary. view article arw

With less than one month until the dawn of a new decade, the Denison Independent School District was discussing a plan for the next 10 years at a joint meeting with the City Council on Monday. In November, voters approved a plan for the district to expand two elementary schools to deal with explosive growth. "You've got to manage that growth, and the only way to do that is to work in harmony," Denison ISD Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott said, explaining the meeting with city officials. view article arw

A La Vernia Junior High School teacher and coach has been fired after allegedly engaging in inappropriate texting with a student, the district's interim superintendent said in a letter to parents Monday. The La Vernia Independent School District said Joseph McIntosh was immediately removed from campus after the allegations came to light. view article arw

An Austin-area teacher is accused of having an improper relationship with a student and court documents now claim she performed sexual acts on that student in her classroom. Randi Chaverria, 36, was arrested last week for having an alleged relationship with a student, KEYE reported. view article arw

The Bastrop school board this month approved firing a teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. The school board, which only had members Kellye Seekatz, Billy Moore, Molly McClure and Chris Dillon present at a special board meeting Nov. 1, unanimously voted to accept the district superintendent’s recommendation to fire the Bastrop High School teacher. School administrators received an anonymous tip on Aug. 20 accusing the teacher of having an “inappropriate relationship with a student,” according to district spokesperson Kristi Lee and a Sept. 18 letter Superintendent Barry Edwards sent to parents. The teacher was placed on paid leave that same day. view article arw

Garland ISD's Naaman Forest High's Sharon Bradley is a living legend at as she has taught every school day for 25 years. view article arw

A Garland ISD teacher is being celebrated for her dedication and perfect attendance. Family and staff at Naaman Forest High School surprised Sharon Bradley at an event on campus Monday afternoon. view article arw

Nanette and Calvin Toler met as students at Tyler Lee High School. They developed a friendship that blossomed into romance. That led to marriage. Then they both got jobs in Tyler ISD, where they’ve worked for the last four decades. Most of their work life has been back at Lee, where they still work. view article arw

A Texas teacher who lost her job after asking President Trump on Twitter to remove the “illegal students from Mexico” from her school has won an appeal to get her job back.  Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath ruled Monday that the series of offensive tweets sent in May by Georgia Clark — an English teacher at Carter-Riverside High School in Fort Worth — were protected by the First Amendment, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. view article arw

A Round Rock teacher accused of having an improper relationship with a student allegedly engaged in sexual activity with that student in her classroom on school property, according to an affidavit. 36-year-old Randi Chaverria turned herself in at the Williamson County Jail Tuesday morning, and posted bond. Court documents claim Chaverria had sexual contact with a male student on several occasions during the fall semester. view article arw

The Fort Worth Independent School District says they'll appeal a ruling by the Texas Education Commissioner that allows an English teacher to keep her job after she was fired for tweeting to President Donald Trump that her high school was full of students who are in the country illegally. Earlier this year, several tweets from a now-deleted Twitter account that used Clark's name asked the president to crack down on student immigration at the school. One tweet asked him to help remove "illegals from Fort Worth." view article arw

Needville School Board members voted 6-1 to accept the resignation of longtime Assistant Superintendent of Finance Dovie Peschel, whose retirement will be effective Dec. 31. In a jovial move, Trustee Scott Valchar cast the lone dissenting vote, saying he did not want Peschel to leave. view article arw

Former Bess Brannen Elementary assistant principal Daniel LeFave, 36, died Tuesday more than a year after being diagnosed with a form of brain cancer, family members reported Wednesday morning. “Daniel impacted so many of our lives and will be missed immensely,” a statement from a social media page with updates about LeFave’s health stated. “Let’s find peace in knowing that this horrible cancer is no longer affecting him and his body is whole again.” view article arw

U.S. Marshals arrested a former Calallen ISD teacher accused of sexual abuse. Joseph M. Sandoval was wanted on Oct. 8 in Nueces County on suspicion of sexual abuse of a child, according to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service. Sandoval was found in Taft near Toland Avenue and County Road 1612 on Thursday, the release states. view article arw

Judson Independent School District trustees approved a revised compensation plan for employees Thursday, prompted by higher-than-anticipated attendance. The move supplies an across-the-board raise in addition to a previously approved incentive program.  Under the new plan, teachers, librarians, counselors and nurses will receive increases of up to $2,481, which is $551 more than the $1,930 raise approved in the summer. Of those groups of workers, employees who have been with the district for six years or longer also will receive a bonus drawn from the district’s reserve funds. view article arw

The Sherman Independent School District announced the educators that will lead its two middle schools going into the 2020-2021 school year. Piner Middle School Principal Amy Porter will be moving to the new Sherman Middle School while Washington Elementary Principal Amy Pesina will fill the opening at Piner. The new positions come as a part of the district’s preparations for the upcoming school year and the significant changes that will come with it. With the opening of the new Sherman High School next year, the existing high school will be converted into the district’s second middle school. There will also be changes in the future in the elementary and intermediate schools. view article arw

28 year old former Calallen ISD teacher, Joseph Sandoval from Portland was arrested during a traffic stop in the vicinity of Toland Avenue and County Road 1612 in Taft. Sandoval was wanted in Nueces Count on a charge of sexual abuse of a child from October 8th. The 2018 former teacher was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Task Force and a Texas trooper without incident. Sandoval was taken to San Patricio County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond. view article arw

Kelli Knight, a speech and language pathologist for the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, has been selected to serve on a national committee of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Knight is a specialist in teaching students, kindergarten through age 26, to communicate using alternative communication tools and technology in an area known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She was selected by ASHA in summer 2019 to begin serving on a committee that will work to establish board certification criteria for those specialists nationally who, like Knight, connect children and young adults with communication resources and technology. view article arw

A 42-year-old Rosenberg man is in custody after El Campo school district staff discovered a small camera hidden in a boys bathroom at Northside Elementary School. Scott Robert Gelardi, a contract Aramark food worker, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of three felonies by the El Campo Police Department as he was arriving at the school, according to a news release. Those charges include improper photography or video in a bathroom, possession of child pornography and possession of child pornography with intent to promote. view article arw