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The OISD Board of Trustees took action today to accept the Voluntary Separation of Lynn Redden from the position of Superintendent.  view article arw

NBC 5 Investigates has learned that the abrupt resignation of Israel Cordero, deputy superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, came after he was accused of workplace misconduct. Prior to his resignation, he had been placed on administrative leave, according to several sources. One source with direction knowledge told NBC 5 Investigates the misconduct allegations involved sexual harassment claims. view article arw

An allegation of sexual harassment has led to the resignation of one of Dallas ISD’s top administrators. DISD Deputy Superintendent Israel Cordero — the district’s second-in-command — resigned Thursday, a day after being placed on administrative leave by superintendent Michael Hinojosa. view article arw

Cecilia "Cissy" Reynolds-Perez is saying goodbye to the Corpus Christi Independent School District. But she's not leaving Corpus Christi. She's joining the West Oso Independent School District as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction and Human Resources, according to a news release Friday from the district. view article arw

The OISD Board of Trustees took action today to accept the Voluntary Separation of Lynn Redden from the position of Superintendent.  view article arw

What:  The Texas AFT Retiree Committee is in town to testify at a Teacher Retirement System Board vote on increasing premiums $50 a month for retired teachers and school employees (not yet on Medicare) starting in January, 2019. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick recently encouraged the Board not to raise premiums, because he said it is the responsibility of the Legislature to find more funding and not let the burden “fall on the shoulders of our retired teachers.” view article arw

Repost!  The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees is holding meetings today and tomorrow. The board was considering increasing premiums to non-Medicare retirees by $50 per month. However, TRS Executive Director Brian Guthrie has stated that the staff recommendation is to not increase these monthly premiums. Since the benefits committee didn’t act on the proposal to increase premiums, the board won’t increase or change the benefits structure. Guthrie updated the Benefits Committee on the improved status of TRS-Care. He said that the fund is facing a $238 million budget shortfall. This figure is on the smaller side of previously projected ranges, which were between $400-$600 million. view article arw

State education commissioner Mike Morath celebrated the progress being made in public schools on Thursday but said Texas still has many challenges ahead.  Not nearly enough students are college-ready when they leave high school, Morath said during a discussion about the state of public education sponsored by the Dallas Regional Chamber. view article arw

Rural Texas school districts are experiencing a teacher shortage, even more than their larger counterparts are. It can be difficult for these districts to not only attract teachers to work there, but also to stay there. Taylor McWilliams went to school in a small town and is in student teaching right now. view article arw

Waco Independent School District special need students will no longer have face-to-face speech therapy sessions if the school board approves a contract for online therapy services next week. If approved, for the first time in the district, students will sit in front of a computer to log into a teleconference speech therapy session with a speech pathologist. The board will make the final decision on the contract at a regular school board meeting on Sep. 27. A lack of applicants led the district to seek out online therapy contracts to ensure students received the speech therapy services the district is required by law to provide, Waco ISD spokesman Kyle DeBeer said. view article arw

A local substitute teacher has been pulled from the classroom over allegations he struck a student on Wednesday at Sam Rayburn Intermediate School in Bryan. BISD officials say the substitute teacher was removed from their schools immediately after complaints came in from students. The 6th grader at Sam Rayburn Intermediate says she's still confused by what she says happened during her math class Wednesday. view article arw

Troup educator recognized for efforts

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Karyn Ard, biology teacher at Troup High School, was honored as one of the three finalists for Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year and as Region 7 Secondary Teacher of the Year Friday, Sept. 14, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. “Troup ISD is fortunate to have great teachers throughout our district,” stated TISD Superintendent Tammy Jones. “We were thrilled to learn Mrs. Ard was recognized for her amazing efforts and passion for teaching students.” As one on 40 regional winners, Ard automatically became a semi-finalist in the Texas Teacher of the Year awards program. view article arw

MANSFIELD A gay teacher has been subject to “a barrage of adverse employment actions and professional harms” simply for being in a gay marriage that she refuses to hide, a new filing claims in the federal lawsuit filed by embattled Mansfield educator Stacy Bailey. The legal filing suggests Bailey is subjected to scrutiny daily for her gay marriage. It describes an work atmosphere characterized by “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” when it comes to gay employees in Mansfield schools. view article arw

At least four former Houston-area teachers accused of having inappropriate relationships with students have made court appearances so far in September, as the issue has grown more prevalent in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law last year that increases the penalty for principals and superintendents who fail to report teacher misconduct, adding the possibility of a $10,000 fine and two years in jail. view article arw

Faced with a drastic shortage of teachers, one West Texas school district may join a small but growing group of Texas communities settling for hiring some only available via screens. The Ector County school board, which oversees Odessa and its western suburbs, will consider a proposal Tuesday to contract with “virtual teachers” through an Austin-based company, Proximity Learning, in order to fill some of its 240 vacant teaching positions. view article arw

Longview Independent School District held a summit today in Longview. A hot topic at the event was teacher retirement plans. Not all change is bad change, but according to the Texas Retired Teachers Association, changes that could be made to the retirement plans of all Texas teachers would not be good. "If you're teaching today, first of all, you're probably not making a whole lot of money," said Tim Lee with the Texas Retired Teachers Association. "You are putting away some money in this plan, your defined benefit plan, the traditional retirement plan. It's like deferred compensation.  view article arw

Megan Holden, a Lake Travis High School English and art history teacher, was among the six state finalists for 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year. Holden was selected from among 40 regional teachers of the year and was honored Friday along with the other five finalists at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Holden, who has taught for 21 years, started the school’s “Fight Club,” an organization that helps teachers support students in crisis. She also co-founded with a parent volunteer the “Cavalier Lounge,” a resource center to provide food, clothing and personal care items to students in need. view article arw

A middle-school science teacher in the Alamo Heights Independent School District is the 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year, the Texas Association of State Administrators announced Friday. Jeff Wheatcraft will represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year competition. Rhonda Peña, a fifth-grade math teacher from Mission Consolidated ISD, was named the 2019 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year but was not chosen for the overall award to advance to the national competition. San Antonio ISD preschool teacher Andrea Greimel, of the Carvajal Early Childhood Center, was one of three finalists for Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency laid out its preliminary budget request for public education funding Wednesday at a Legislative Budget Board meeting, which ended up highlighting one of the key problems with the direction we’re heading funding our schools–an increasing share of that funding coming from your local property taxes instead of the state. view article arw

Local school district teacher Rhonda Peña is officially the statewide 2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year. The Texas Association of School Administrators named Peña the winner of the prestigious title during a luncheon Friday. The Bryan Elementary School fifth-grade math teacher was first selected as districtwide teacher of the year this January, followed by a regional teacher of the year recognition by Region One, and finally, the statewide honor. “Words cannot really express just how proud of Ms. Peña we are in Mission CISD,” said Carol G. Perez, Mission CISD superintendent, in a news release. “The tremendous heart and passion that she pours into her work each and every day is done with the sole focus of helping her students, not to bring attention to herself. So for Ms. Peña to earn this statewide award, it means so much more.” view article arw

Former Madison football coach Jim Streety, now athletic director of New Braunfels ISD, talks about his adjustment from coach to AD. He was head coach at Madison High School for 23 seasons before resigning to become AD at NB. He caught up with KENS 5's Dav view article arw

Carrollton Elementary teacher Susy Hernandez was recently given the C-FB ISD teacher of the nine weeks distinction. Hernandez has been teaching for six years and every year she’s learning something new about the profession. For her some of the best moments are seeing her students learn and grow. Her colleges say she is a dedicated teacher with an amazing heart and her students love her.  view article arw

The honors for Bryan Elementary School teacher, Rhonda Peña began in January when she was selected as the Bryan Elementary School Teacher of the Year. In May, Peña was honored as the Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) Elementary Teacher of the Year. In early August, she was selected as the Region One Elementary Teacher of the Year. Later in August Peña learned she was one of six finalists for Texas Teacher of the Year which is facilitated by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). During a special luncheon in Austin today, Peña was named the 2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year. The honor of representing Texas in the National Teacher of the Year went to the Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, Jeff Wheatcraft from Alamo Heights Independent School District. This makes Peña the top elementary school teacher in Texas for this year’s statewide contest. view article arw

As teachers in Washington strike, and as educators in Los Angeles threaten to follow suit, teachers in Texas are getting ready to roll up their sleeves too. "Something very interesting happened after West Virginia," said Louis Malfaro, Vice President of Texas American Federation of Teachers, referring to the strike that earned West Virginian teachers a 5 percent pay raise. "All this talk went around, 'Could this be us? Could we do that?'" view article arw

Recently, the Houston area has seen an increase in the number of sex scandals between school employees and students. Hannah Siboyeh, 24, has been charged with sexual assault and improper relationship with a student.   view article arw

It was a roller coaster of emotion Wednesday morning in the auditorium of Dallas ISD's Booker T. Washington High School.  view article arw

A Spring Branch Independent School District teacher was placed on leave last week after officials learned she had been arrested on a charge of having an improper relationship with a female student. In a written statement, district officials said Whitney Laidlaw, a teacher at Cornerstone Academy, was removed from the campus last week after they were informed by Houston police about her arrest. view article arw

A high school biology teacher is on administrative leave after she allegedly mocked a student for supporting President Trump and calling others “a bunch of Trumpies” in Round Rock, Texas. The incident occurred on the fifth day back from summer vacation, Aug. 22, at McNeil High School outside of Austin, according to district officials. view article arw

Bond conditions were read for a former Houston Independent School District employee Thursday. Bradley Reynolds, Jr. is accused of fondling a 7-year-old female student in early 2015. The child, who is now 10 years old, told her mother last year that when she attended Bruce Elementary School in January 2015, Reynolds would touch her on her genital areas, according to court records. view article arw

April Harris, assistant principal of Midway Middle School in Hewitt, has been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as a Region 12 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year. TASSP recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from the 20 region Education Service Centers in the state. School administrators are nominated and chosen by their peers within their regions. Nominations are based upon exemplary performance and outstanding leadership. As a Region 12 winner, Harris is eligible to compete for the state title of Texas Assistant Principal of the Year. view article arw

The 2018-19 school year marks Monte Mast’s 12th year as Klein ISD’s director of fine arts. What are your responsibilities and duties as fine arts director? Fine arts are a critical part of student success. We know that students who participate in arts often improve their achievement in other areas of learning and life. The fine arts team collaborates with campuses to ensure our students are exploring their creativity and innovating in their chosen fine arts paths. Our job is to make sure that campuses have the resources they need so that our students can exit our system college or career ready with a purpose for their future. Klein ISD offers instruction in the disciplines of visual art, theatre arts, dance and music. view article arw

Mesquite ISD's Apple Corps program rewards excellence in teaching by honoring outstanding MISD teachers. This program inducts two new teachers each month during the regular Board of Trustees meeting. The honorees are nominated by their peers and approved by administration. During Monday night’s meeting Rugel Elementary second grade teacher Brittany Davis and Florence Black Elementary fourth grade teacher Chandra Shaabani joined this elite group. Davis is a graduate of Poteet High School and has been with Rugel 11 years. view article arw

A 31-year-old Spring Branch ISD teacher has been charged with sexual assault of a child and is accused of having an "improper relationship" with a student. Police arrested Whitney Grunder Laidlaw following allegations the Cornerstone Academy teacher had inappropriate contact with a student during the summer break. view article arw

Ex-Weinert admins lose their appeals

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The Seguin ISD trustees declined to overturn decisions made by the superintendent regarding a pair of grievances filed by two former administrators. Former Weinert Elementary principal Brandi Bell-Wiatrek and former assistant principal Veronica Ramirez presented their case before the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees in a special called meeting on Tuesday. view article arw

While Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and Carroll ISD continue to be required to send millions of tax dollars back to the state every year, both districts say they recognize the importance of increasing teacher and staff pay in order to remain competitive with other area school districts. Among the districts in Texas, GCISD ranks fifth in the amount of taxpayer dollars sent to the state, and CISD ranks 20th, according to Texas Education Agency data. GCISD approved its budget in June, and CISD approved its budget Aug. 27. Both school districts have adopted or have proposed a deficit budget but plan to use healthy savings accounts and a strategy of conservative revenue estimates to help cover costs. view article arw