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Officers arrested a La Joya school district administrator last week after he started driving erratically and refused to stop, according to court records. The Palmview Police Department arrested school district administrator Adalberto Javier “A.J.” Chapa, 38, of Mission on March 7. Chapa is charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony, and driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor. Court records don’t list an attorney for Chapa, who didn’t respond to requests for comment. view article arw

The Plano ISD school board thanked a PISD bus driver and bus assistant during its last meeting for showing bravery under pressure. Trustees recognized driver Robert Krause and assistant Jayshree Panchal for their “exceptional professionalism in a crisis,” said Missy Bender, school board president. In January when a Plano ISD bus was involved in a pile-up on Spring Creek Parkway and U.S. Highway 75 after Allen Police chased a reckless driver from Allen to Plano. The PISD bus was one of four other vehicles involved in the crash. No passengers were injured. view article arw

A Dallas County jury has acquitted Garland ISD special education teacher Michael Roell on the first of his two criminal charges for indecency with a child by contact, a second-degree felony. In a case investigated by Sachse police, Roell, 37, was accused of improperly touching a 14-year-old boy in early 2016. The jury deliberated Thursday and Friday and returned its not guilty verdict Monday. According to court documents, Roell's attorney had challenged the competency of witnesses against his client. The boy who was the complainant in the case suffers from short-term memory loss, court documents said, and said in recent counseling sessions that he did not remember being touched by Roell. view article arw

 For months, Columbia-Brazoria ISD has been without permanent, full-time police officers as illness and turnover gutted the small department. The district has filled the gap with temporary officers to provide security at its schools, but officials are considering a better long-term solution in which the West Columbia Police Department takes over the district’s department. view article arw

A Longview school teacher told district officials that he "needed to be arrested" after admitting to a relationship with a female student, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit obtained by the Longview News-Journal.  Jacob Vincent Badgett, 25, was arrested on March 8 and charged with an improper relationship between an educator and student. According to the News-Journal, Badgett coached sports at Spring Hill High School and Spring Hill Junior High. He also taught physical education at Spring Hill Primary School. view article arw

An arrest warrant is revealing new details about the case of a teacher who was charged for allegedly having an improper relationship between an educator and a student.  Longview police arrested Jacob Vincent Badgett, 25, of Longview on March 8. Badgett, who was an educator with the Spring Hill Independent School District, was booked into the Gregg County Jail. view article arw

Alexina Beckley is a first year corps member teacher with Teach For America. She teaches 7th Grade reading and writing at PSJA ISD’s Audie Murphy Middle School in Alamo. view article arw

Amid the implementation of Stephensville Independent School District's "iChampion" 1:1 initiative, Director of Digital Learning Brianna Hodges has ensured amid that strong pedagogy remain the focus in her rural Texas schools. As a former middle school English teacher with a master's in curriculum, focused on instructional design and technology, Hodges knows all too well that importance. At SXSWedu, Education Dive caught up Hodges, who serves as the Instructional Coaches "strand adviser" for the Future Ready Schools initiative and oversees her district's induction into Digital Promise's League of Innovative Schools. We asked about Stephensville's tech rollout, the importance of pedagogy and inspiring the next generation of students. view article arw

William Perkins, a Chapel Hill ISD teacher, was arrested on Monday for allegedly displaying pornographic material to several high school students. According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a report on March 1, 2018 from the Chapel Hill SRO regarding a teacher who allegedly had a laptop that was displaying multiple pornographic images to students at a local high school. view article arw

A former Caldwell High School teacher was arrested last week on a second charge of improper relationship between an educator and a student, according to an assistant district attorney from the Burleson County District Attorney's Office.  In an interview with The Eagle on Monday, Burleson County assistant district attorney Erica Morgan confirmed that her office had been notified by phone around Wednesday that Aracely Sauceda, 24, was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border for having an improper relationship with a former student, her second such charge since September 2017. view article arw

In February, Conroe ISD hosted nearly 70 student teachers for the spring semester’s Student Teacher Reception. The student teachers, many of whom were already fully entrenched in their campus assignments, were welcomed at the event by Conroe ISD Superintendent Dr. Stockton and other District administrators prior to learning about becoming a teacher in Conroe ISD. "The journey our student teachers are beginning is an exciting one, and we welcome them to our district!” shared Conroe ISD Recruiting Specialist Christine Corson.  view article arw

A former Texas teacher was arrested Wednesday at the U.S.-Mexico border after officials learned she had an outstanding warrant on a felony charge of having an improper relationship with a student, officials say. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested former Caldwell High teacher Aracely Sauceda, 24, at the Progreso International Bridge on the warrant out of Burleson County.  view article arw

More than three decades after graduating from Sharyland High School, a former student returns to the district - as its new Human Resource Director. Deborah Garza, a Mission resident and student from the SHS class of 1983, started her new job with the district Monday after 11 years with the Mission Consolidated School District. “I’m excited to be here,” Garza said Tuesday. “I’m a hard worker, I’ve been in human resources for 12 years so this was an opportunity for professional growth. I know each school district has a different way of implementing their own program and I want to see how Sharyland does it.” view article arw

A former Spring Hill ISD coach was released from jail Thursday evening on $50,000 bond after he was arrested and charged with improper relationship between an educator and student. Jacob Vincent Badgett, 25, of Longview was arrested at 4:36 p.m. Thursday, according to LPD spokesman Sgt. Shane McCarter. Spring Hill ISD Superintendent Steven Snell said Badgett resigned Wednesday as a primary school physical education teacher and coach at the junior high and high school. Badgett had been a Spring Hill employee since January 2017. view article arw

Days after Texas voters went to the polls Tuesday to vote in state primaries, educators in the Lone Star state were still puzzling over a request by the state’s Republican attorney general to seek emails from superintendents and principals regarding efforts to get students and school personnel to vote. Scott Niven, superintendent of the Allen Independent School District, near Dallas, told the Dallas Morning News that he’s never seen anything like it in his more than 20 years in public education. view article arw

A former Spring Hill ISD coach was released from jail Thursday evening on $50,000 bond after he was arrested and charged with improper relationship between an educator and student. Jacob Vincent Badgett, 25, of Longview was arrested at 4:36 p.m. Thursday, according to LPD spokesman Sgt. Shane McCarter. Spring Hill ISD Superintendent Steven Snell said Badgett resigned Wednesday as a primary school physical education teacher and coach at the junior high and high school. Badgett had been a Spring Hill employee since January 2017. view article arw

A former Texas teacher accused of having an improper relationship with a student was arrested on an outstanding warrant while re-entering the United States, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Aracely Sauceda, a Santa Rosa woman, was stopped at the Progreso International Bridge checkpoint on Wednesday, authorities said. view article arw

A Dallas teacher is a finalist in a $1 million Global Teacher Prize. Out of 30,000 applicants from 173 countries, Thomas J. Rusk Middle School teacher Akash Patel made the list of the 50 best. According to Bill Gates via a Twitter video about the award, “Finalists were selected based on a rigorous set of criteria, including their proven effectiveness in inspiring students and helping them learn. The winner will be announced in Dubai on March 18th. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent John Craft honored three students and one school counselor at the latest board meeting Tuesday. Peebles Elementary School Counselor Judy Hughes and Ellison High School student Adriana Klerner were led by creative talent and spirit, but also with the help of a dog named Max. Just over two years ago, Hughes rescued Max. With the approval of Peebles Principal Gayle Dudley, Hughes started taking the dog to school with her. view article arw

The superintendent at Dallas ISD says he is not sure how the district will be able to afford its merit pay system next year if something does not change. The merit pay system, called the Teacher Excellence Initiative, compensates teachers for their work in the classroom, rather than by their experience. view article arw

A popular Mansfield ISD art teacher was placed on administrative leave with pay in September days after she asked officials to modify the district's anti-discrimination policy to include LGBTQ language, documents show. Stacy Bailey, an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School, emailed MISD assistant superintendent David Wright and several school board members on Aug. 25 to "begin a conversation" about including "sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression" in the policy's language, according to documents obtained by The Dallas Morning News. view article arw

Records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders confirm that a Northside Independent School District employee used her position to run a for-profit club diving team before being told by the district to disassociate herself from it. Kristin Libardoni, an aquatics coordinator based at the district's swimming and diving complex off Loop 1604, used her NISD email account for several months in 2016 to quote prices and forward travel arrangements for the South Texas United Diving Academy, according to email records. view article arw

Kimberlee McLeod had a $1,000 surprise in her Marble Falls High School (MFHS) classroom today, March 6. Representatives of H-E-B arrived about 10 a.m. to announce the English Language Arts chairman is a finalist for a 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award. The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards spotlight teachers among the best educators in Texas. McLeod joins the Marble Falls Independent School District in that spotlight. MFISD is one of only three Small District Finalists for the prestigious 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education District Award McLeod was invited with five teachers and two principals from around the state to Houston on May 5-6 to compete on a statewide level for larger cash prizes totaling $430,000. view article arw

Miles Independent School District has hired Charles Boles as its new head football coach and athletic director. Boles was officially approved at a school board meeting Tuesday, said Miles superintendent Robert Gibson. Boles arrives from Lindsay, a North Texas school that, like Miles, is in Class 2A. view article arw

Chico ISD hired Clayton Sanders as its next athletic director and head football coach by a unanimous 7-0 vote at Monday’s school board meeting. Sanders served as Chico’s defensive coordinator last season in his first year with the team. He is also the Lady Dragons’ softball coach. Sanders takes over for Lane Wilson, who was relieved of his coaching duties at the end of January. view article arw

Career Center East teacher Stan Feighny was named 2017 Educator of the Year by the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce during its “Unmasking Excellence” Awards Gala at Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Lewisville. Feighny, who teaches biotechnology, digital engineering and robotics, was one of three finalists for the chamber’s fourth annual award. He was joined by DeLay Middle School world culture/social studies teacher Bernette Lindamood and Independence Elementary kindergarten teacher Esther Rodriguez. Feighny was selected as the winner by chamber representatives. view article arw

For Akins High School student Kayla Ford, the school’s teacher training programs helped her pursue her interests in counseling, she said at a South by Southwest Education Conference and Festivals panel. “I found out how to communicate with other people, understand why people act the way they do, and it makes you more open-minded and helps you take time to think about ‘what am I doing to help other people?'” Ford said. view article arw

West Virginia’s striking teachers cheered, sang and wept joyfully Tuesday as lawmakers voted to give them a 5 percent raise, ending a nine-day walkout that closed schools across the state. A huge crowd of teachers packing the Capitol jumped up and down, chanted “We love our kids!” and sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The settlement came after a crippling strike had idled hundreds of thousands of students, forced parents to scramble for child care and cast a spotlight on government dysfunction in one of the poorest states in the nation. view article arw

Eanes ISD recognized their College Tutors Educator of the Quarter recipients for the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of the award is to highlight and recognize middle and high school educators that act as a role model for EISD students, a release said. The award, made with input from the school administration, recognizes educators that personify three core values: Can do, results matter, and leave it better. view article arw

Former math students of longtime local educator C.C. Turner remembered him this week as a “quiet” disciplinarian and gentleman who inspired them to master the subject. Turned died Friday at the age of 102. “We learned a lot. He was a good teacher,” recalled Gene McWhorter, a 1957 graduate who took a second-year algebra class from Turner in 1954-55 and a refresher class during the spring semester of his senior year. view article arw

From the classroom to the polling booths, an area teacher said he thinks educators are extra motivated to vote this election season. Aaron Phillips is not only the president of Amarillo Education Association but he is also a 5th grader Writing and Social Studies teacher at Coronado Elementary. He told us he thinks teachers have always turned out to vote more than the average citizen, but he thinks this year education has become a primary issue for teachers. view article arw

BROWNWOOD, Texas -- After weeks of waiting, and a lack of decision-making by Blanket ISD, Athletics Director and Head Football Coach Brent Williamson has decided to leave and take the same position with Zephyr ISD, Williamson's wife confirmed Monday.  According to Williamson's wife, an official announcement will be made Wednesday when Zephyr ISD is set to vote on Williamson. He said he decided to leave because the board was taking too long to “make it right.” view article arw

The former Round Rock school district chief operating officer is now leading construction management and facilities for the Austin school district.  The Austin school district board of trustees on Feb. 28 appointed Bob Cervi to the position that oversees construction of district schools and facilities. He will also oversee renovation of the district’s 130 schools and facilities. view article arw

Deborah Gist, member of Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change and former State Commissioner of Education in Rhode Island, is having a hard time holding on to teachers in her job as Superintendent of Schools in Tulsa.  Gist won Arne Duncan’s praise back in 2010 when she supported the decision to fire all the teachers and school staff at Central Falls High School because of low test scores. Since then, she took charge in Tulsa, where her tenure has been rocky. view article arw

Sherman ISD is taking early applications for the prekindergarten program. You can submit applications for the Fred Douglass pre-k and Head Start programs on Wednesday and Thursday. They are available at the Sherman ISD Central Office off Loy Lake Drive. view article arw