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Michelle Reynolds has not been seen since Thursday, but her car has been located in New Orleans, according to her husband.  The search for a missing Alvin ISD teacher is ongoing after her car was found in New Orleans, according to her husband.  Michelle Reynolds, 48, a teacher at Fairview Junior High, has not been heard from since Thursday afternoon. Her husband said that was the last time she was seen.  Alvin ISD confirmed Reynolds is a district employee. Her husband said his wife has been teaching sixth-grade language arts for eight years. He told KHOU 11 that they have three children together and that he's in New Orleans looking for her. view article arw

ollege Station school board members voted unanimously to expand its School Resource Deputy program to include two deputies who will be assigned to the elementary and intermediate campuses. The expansion is reflected in an amendment in the district’s five-year interlocal agreement with the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, which provides the school resource deputies in the district. The amendment increases the number from seven to nine deputies. The district currently has an assigned school resource deputy at each middle school and high school with one “rover,” who does not have an assigned school. The two new school resource deputies will be considered “rovers” as well, but specifically to provide support at the district’s elementary and intermediate school campuses. Chief Administrative Officer Molley Perry told the board during the Sept. 20 meeting, “While they will have a home base and an office, they will be serving our intermediate and elementary campuses districtwide.” view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Across the nation teachers are leaving the profession at an alarming rate, leaving school districts scrambling to fill positions. At the end of August, the Austin Independent School District needed to fill about 200 teacher openings, but the latest numbers showed there were more than 300 openings. PAST STORY: Austin ISD works to fill over 200 open positions “There have been changes due to, of course, teacher resignations,” said Norma Castillo, assistant superintendent of human capital systems at Austin ISD. The district said finding teachers can be a challenge, but it made some changes that will hopefully make a difference. “July 18 we added a few incentives, and then here towards the beginning of August we added even more,” said Castillo. view article arw

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Port Arthur Independent School District is revolutionizing the way it finds and hires their substitute teachers. Officials are now looking within the district and training their own students to rise up to the challenge and help teach the next generation. In about two weeks, 28 Woodrow Wilson Early College High School seniors will start a new kind of high school job. "We can get a new opportunity to see if we want to really make this our career," said senior Jailee Snodgrass. Snodgrass and Nancy Lee are two of the seniors who will start working at PAISD elementary schools as subs and tutors. view article arw

An East Texas school district gets a new police chief, ready to ramp up security and community involvement. The Chapel Hill ISD police chief shares how his vision will impact the district. “That high visibility presence is just a tremendous deterrent.” The Chapel Hill ISD Police Department recently added Shawn Scott as their new police chief. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) —  Across the nation teachers are leaving the profession at an alarming rate, leaving school districts scrambling to fill positions.  At the end of August, the Austin Independent School District needed to fill about 200 teacher openings, but the latest numbers showed there were more than 300 openings. “There have been changes due to, of course, teacher resignations,” said Norma Castillo, assistant superintendent of human capital systems at Austin ISD.  The district said finding teachers can be a challenge, but it made some changes that will hopefully make a difference.  “July 18 we added a few incentives, and then here towards the beginning of August we added even more,” said Castillo. view article arw

Jon Dahlander, who’s served as Highland Park ISD’s director of communications since 2015 and subsequently took on the role of the district’s chief of staff there, is returning to Dallas ISD – this time as chief of strategic partnerships and intergovernmental relations.  Before joining HPISD, Dahlander had worked in the communications office for Dallas ISD for nearly 20 years. His last day at HPISD is Sept. 23 and he starts at Dallas ISD Oct. 3.  “(Dallas ISD has) made so much progress over the last several years. It’s been great to watch. I’ve got kids in that school district. I’ve seen the progress that they’ve made. They endured the (October 2019) tornado, they went through the pandemic. I’ve been through that too, but I’ve also seen a lot here and learned a lot here in the process,” Dahlander said of his new role.   “I believe in it, and I think that the future of this city really rests on how well Dallas ISD does,” the W.T. White High School alumnus added.  Dahlander was the first hire of then-incoming HPISD superintendent Tom Trigg in 2015 and helped inform the HPISD community about projects that touched campuses across the district and saw the opening of the district’s fifth elementary school and first new elementary campus since 1949, Boone Elementary, as part of the district’s $361.4 million bond package approved in 2015. view article arw

It was the first school board meeting of the new year in Grapevine-Colleyville and trustees were set to approve a sweeping set of policies that targeted transgender students’ pronouns, library books and the way teachers could talk about race, gender and sexuality.  The proposals drew nearly 200 people who testified late into the night. Then, with limited debate among the trustees, the policies passed on a 4-3 vote.  The next day, school board vice president Shannon Braun published an opinion piece titled: “What Happened in GCISD Isn’t an Accident, It’s a Model.”  The shift in Grapevine-Colleyville reflects how North Texas may be the testing ground for far-right strategies to influence public education across the state. Newly elected trustees established a conservative majority and, just weeks into the school year, they’re taking action.  The political issues driving divisive fights at school board meetings are likely to amp up as the November elections and legislative sessions nears.  A wave of new school board members in several Tarrant County districts — elected with the money and support of wireless provider Patriot Mobile and other conservative PACs formed by parents — have ushered in swift changes and made national headlines. 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

The Smith County Commissioners Court accepted the resignation of Precinct 5 Constable Jeff McClenny on Tuesday. McClenny is taking a job as police chief of San Augustine ISD. His resignation is effective October 5. The Smith County Commissioners Court will appoint an interim constable to serve the remainder of his term. His law enforcement career spans 21 years, and he has served as constable for six years. view article arw

Texas must fix its leaky teacher pipeline that’s leaving many students without enough high-quality educators in the classroom, lawmakers and advocates said. Thousands of teachers are quitting the profession as many report mounting stress amid the ongoing pandemic, political pressures and a burgeoning workload. “I don’t know of anything that could be more serious in terms of how Texas is going to look in the future than solving the problems that teachers are facing,” Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, said before kicking off a legislative hearing on Tuesday. “We will, hopefully, develop legislation that will get at this problem once and for all.” Solutions could include expanding teacher mentorship programs, boosting yearlong paid educator residencies and restructuring school schedules to allow for more planning time, speakers told lawmakers in Austin during the hearing. Teachers also called for more mental health supports and a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. “We know that teachers are the single most important in-school factor impacting students’ outcomes,” said Dallas ISD teacher Josue Tamarez Torres. “It is imperative that we don’t have one single student … in Texas sitting in a classroom without a teacher of record, without a well-prepared teacher.” Torres chairs the state’s Teacher Vacancy Task Force, which expects to have its recommendations finalized by February. view article arw

The Georgetown Independent School District named Jennifer Hanna as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at a monthly board meeting on Monday, September 19. Hanna enters this new role with 18 years of experience in various financial positions in Texas public schools, most recently serving as CFO for Del Valle ISD and Liberty Hill ISD prior to that. Hanna has also served as an Assistant and Regional Controller, Financial Accountant and Senior Auditor in corporate settings. Hanna holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Trinity University and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Texas School Business Official. view article arw

Austin ISD is considering turning two of its properties into housing that teachers and other staff could afford as rising housing costs make it harder to retain and recruit employees. District officials have been holding public meetings on proposals for the Anita Ferrales Coy Facility in East Austin, the former Rosedale School in Central Austin, and Pease Elementary in downtown Austin, which closed in 2020. Jeremy Striffler, Austin ISD’s director of real estate, said it’s important to the district to invest in the three sites by finding new ways of using them. “Whether or not a campus is actively being used, it has value to us as an asset in terms of how we can serve the community,” he said. “And it’s something we’ve been really challenging ourselves to think about in the past few years.” view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – 29 Tyler ISD teachers have qualified to be nominated for a TOP teacher designation based on the 2021-2022 school year. Longview ISD reaches $2.5 million settlement with families of children allegedly abused at elementary school A TOP (Tyler Optimal Performance) teacher is a teacher at one of our current Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) campuses who has met stringent criteria such as student growth metrics, teacher observation data, attendance, and student surveys. Nine Tyler ISD teachers were approved for designations in the 2020 -2021 school year. “By participating in the Texas Teacher Incentive Allotment, Tyler ISD possesses an incredibly innovative tool by offering teachers the opportunity to make thousands of additional dollars in salary,” Tyler ISD Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said. view article arw

HOUSTON — Districts across the country are dealing with teacher shortages. As a result, some are turning to a four-day school week. According to the Wall Street Journal, the shorter week is despite objections from parents concerned about childcare and some evidence of lower test scores. It reports this year, at least 800 districts have made the switch nationwide, including some here in Texas. view article arw

Brookesmith ISD is proud to announce the addition of Mrs. Megan Whited, Agricultural Science Teacher, to our faculty. Mrs. Whited graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Food Systems with specialization in Agricultural Education. She also earned a Master of Science degree from Western Governors University in Curriculum and Instruction. Her prior experience includes three years on faculty at Willapa Valley School District in Washington State. view article arw

The Georgetown Independent School District named Jennifer Hanna as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at a monthly board meeting on Monday, September 19. Hanna enters this new role with 18 years of experience in various financial positions in Texas public schools, most recently serving as CFO for Del Valle ISD and Liberty Hill ISD prior to that. Hanna has also served as an Assistant and Regional Controller, Financial Accountant and Senior Auditor in corporate settings. view article arw

Officials said the teacher admitted to having a sexual relationship with the teen months after she resigned from her role as a chemistry teacher.  SMITHVILLE, Texas — A former Smithville High School teacher was arrested this week, charged with sexually assaulting a child and possession of child pornography  The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office began investigating the case on Aug. 30 after receiving a report of the assault. A 16-year-old male made an outcry that he was assaulted by his former teacher, 25-year-old Abigail Seidel of Rosanky.  Officials said Seidel was employed as a chemistry teacher before she resigned in May 2022. She claimed their sexual relationship began months later in August 2022. view article arw

Three current Killeen ISD teachers say they are understaffed, overwhelmed, and on the verge of quitting as their pleas for help continuously fall on deaf ears. “I’m literally stuck in the most abusive relationship I’ve been in,” one educator said in an interview with the Herald on Friday. “The only thing that keeps me in this position is the kids.” The Herald agreed to not identify the three Killeen Independent School District employees because they said they fear retaliation for speaking out. In the past weeks, months, and years, parents and educators have come forward alleging the Killeen Independent School District is failing its most vulnerable special education students. In the six years since the U.S. Department of Education found the state of Texas to be in violation of federal law over its 8.5% cap on special education — which effectively denied thousands of students the services needed to succeed at school — some Central Texas parents say its just as bad as its ever been. view article arw

A Killeen ISD bus driver who garnered attention this week following an emotional speech to the Killeen school board returned to work Friday. Killeen Independent School District bus driver Roy Johnson, who has worked for KISD for 13 years, reported for work again Friday as a bus monitor — a position he happily accepted as he continues his fight against stage IV metastatic gastric cancer. view article arw

Northside Independent School District Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Janis Jordan joined leading SA to talk about the return to the classroom and post-pandemic learning. In the aftermath of the pandemic and virtual learning, some reports show students across the country are falling behind in math and reading. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Teacher shortages continue to be a problem around the country and school districts in Texoma are not exempt. Wichita Falls ISD introduced a new plan on Tuesday to help out. WFISD school board officials approved a waiver certification for teachers during Tuesday’s meeting. This will allow them to hire teachers without the proper certifications. “We’ve got many vacancies in the district, we’re trying to fill those,” WFISD Superintendent Dr. Donny Lee said. “There is a statewide shortage of teachers which has trickled down to Wichita Falls ISD and schools around the state, so we’re looking for teachers. Teachers are looking for jobs, so why not marriage those two things together and get more teachers in here by providing them other opportunities.” Some districts have been using permanent subs to combat the shortage, while others have been increasing classroom size. view article arw

DALLAS, Texas — A former Dallas Independent School District auditor asked to be reinstated after alleging the district terminated her for uncovering 'grade changing and attendance manipulation' within its classrooms.   The former auditor and manager of Investigative Services within the district's Office of Internal Audit, Andrea Whelan, appealed her termination during a grievance hearing before select board members Thursday afternoon.   The board members listened to Whelan's attorney, Austin Campbell, who levied the allegations on Whelan's behalf.   "Ms. Whelan was fired in retaliation for protected activity under the Texas Whistleblower Act," Campbell said.   "In 2021, Ms. Whelan uncovered evidence of grade and attendance manipulation within the district, including at Samuell High School." view article arw

The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees will soon consider approving a supplemental longevity pay program for all eligible employees. If approved by the board of trustees during its upcoming Sept. 19 meeting, the program would provide one-time supplemental payments worth $13.2 million in the first year, according to agenda documents. However, the funding would be contingent upon a majority of registered voters approving an upcoming tax rate election slated for the ballot on Nov. 8, according to the district’s resolution. The board of trustees gave the go-ahead for that tax rate election on Aug. 22, proposing a $0.0755 tax rate increase and bringing the proposed fiscal year 2022-23 tax rate to $1.2101 per $100 valuation. While the average resident would face a $208 increase on their annual property tax bill, FBISD would start to earn an additional $47.7 million in annual revenue beginning in FY 2022-23. view article arw

Margarita Cruz is an English as a second language (ESL) teacher at La Promesa with a big passion for making a difference in the lives of her students from other countries. Cruz was recently named the 2022 ESL/Bilingual Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE). Cruz began in Aldine ISD as a ninth-grade ESOL 1 teacher at La Promesa before serving in her current position as the ESL instructional specialist. The eight-year veteran is currently in her second year with Aldine ISD. Before joining Aldine, Cruz served in Tomball ISD for seven years, where she taught English and ESL and was an ESL specialist for five years. 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

Temple resident, Henry Hank Mayes is making what many think is impossible; possible.  He received his associate's degree at the age of 60, he's now furthering his studies at A&M Central Texas to become a certified teacher.  In light of the severe teaching shortage, Hank said he's doing what other teachers did for him.  “Growing up my family life wasn’t pretty good at all," said Hank. "I had a stepfather that was pretty abusive to all the kids ... going to school was my safe haven I felt safe there, the teachers took me under their wing and helped raise me." view article arw

Copperas Cove ISD instructional aide Anna Wakley looks for signs of success not just in academic scores but in student behavior. Wakley works with students who are mandated to attend CCISD’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program for students who have made incorrect behavior choices and need additional support. “My favorite part of being a paraprofessional is when I am able to make a connection with a student,” she said. “Even if it’s just one student, for one day, or even just one class period. “That connection might be something as small as making eye contact, or a smile, or a ‘yes ma’am’ instead of ‘yeah’ or ‘huh.’ I like to think that those little things will eventually lead to bigger and better things.” view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Teacher shortages continue to be a problem around the country and school districts in Texoma are not exempt. Wichita Falls ISD introduced a new plan on Tuesday to help out. WFISD school board officials approved a waiver certification for teachers during Tuesday’s meeting. This will allow them to hire teachers without the proper certifications. “We’ve got many vacancies in the district, we’re trying to fill those,” WFISD Superintendent Dr. Donny Lee said. “There is a statewide shortage of teachers which has trickled down to Wichita Falls ISD and schools around the state, so we’re looking for teachers. Teachers are looking for jobs, so why not marriage those two things together and get more teachers in here by providing them other opportunities.” Some districts have been using permanent subs to combat the shortage, while others have been increasing classroom size. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Teacher shortages continue to be a problem around the country and school districts in Texoma are not exempt. Wichita Falls ISD introduced a new plan on Tuesday to help out.  WFISD school board officials approved a waiver certification for teachers during Tuesday’s meeting. This will allow them to hire teachers without the proper certifications.  “We’ve got many vacancies in the district, we’re trying to fill those,” WFISD Superintendent Dr. Donny Lee said. “There is a statewide shortage of teachers which has trickled down to Wichita Falls ISD and schools around the state, so we’re looking for teachers. Teachers are looking for jobs, so why not marriage those two things together and get more teachers in here by providing them other opportunities.”  Some districts have been using permanent subs to combat the shortage, while others have been increasing classroom size. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD names new Chief Financial Officer   view article arw

Austin ISD parents were warned on Monday that the district might start "leveling" its classes soon to contend with the teacher shortage that is affecting schools across Texas. Leveling is the process of moving students from the class they started in at the beginning of the year to another classroom to even out the ratio of students per teacher, Austin station KXAN reports. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas - Austin ISD said it's looking to use existing facilities as affordable housing for its teachers and staff. One of the sites is the Coy Facility in East Austin. Teachers are crucial to a community, but many Austin ISD teachers and staff can't afford to live in the communities they serve. "What happens if a teacher can’t live here, they’re going to move to a surrounding county for example and at some point they’re going to say why am I spending so much money on gas, why am I driving all that way in, I’ll just get a job out here where I got my house," HousingWorks Austin Executive Director Nora Linares-Moeller said. With the median home price in Austin soaring above $650,000, many families are finding themselves priced out.    (15) view article arw

BUNA, Texas — 409Sports has confirmed that Buna Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Gary Kinne has been reassigned.  The news was first reported by Texas Football's Matt Stepp. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - As the cost for school supplies increase nationwide, parents aren’t the only ones being affected, so are teachers. For that reason, the Tolley family decided to help out teachers at Wichita Falls ISD by creating an appreciation grant totaling up to $1,100. After receiving over 200 applications, six teachers from across the school district were recently selected as the recipients. view article arw