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Incoming Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has looked to Texas to find his state education commissioner. The Republican governor-elect’s transition team announced Thursday that Texas Education Agency chief deputy commissioner of academics Penny Schwinn will lead the Tennessee Department of Education. view article arw

Valley Mills Elementary School Assistant Principal Joanie Moody will be honored as the TEPSA Region 12 Assistant Principal of the Year. Recognition of this award will be showcased at her home campus on Friday, January 18, at 8:00 am. Ms. Moody was chosen by her peers as the TEPSA Region 12 Assistant Principal of the Year due to her dedication to helping students. Ms. Moody had to meet all the criteria for this award, including active membership in TEPSA and at least two years of administrative experience. view article arw

A 2nd grade teacher at Ropes ISD has been killed in a deadly one-vehicle accident. KAMC News reports that a 15-year-old driving a pickup east on FM 1585 in Hockley County fell asleep at the wheel at Hummingbird Road and drifted toward a ditch. The teen woke up and over-corrected, causing the vehicle to flip. view article arw

The word “pedigree” is used liberally in conjunction with Zac Harrell among Texas football aficionados. So when the Athens ISD board of trustees confirmed his position Thursday as the district’s new athletic director and head football coach, the glee was almost palpable. “Coach Harrell has the background and necessary skills to take our athletic programs to new heights,” said Superintendent Blake Stiles. “I can’t wait to get him here working with our athletes. Harrell’s first day on the job — and his first as a head coach — will be Tuesday. He spent the fall semester as the football offensive coordinator at Waxahachie High School. Before that he was on the coaching staffs at Van, Prosper, Sweetwater, Denton Ryan, and Alvarado, mostly as offensive coordinator. view article arw

The Amarillo Independent School District has issued its own statement after soon-to-be former volleyball coach Kori Clements announced her resignation on Wednesday. view article arw

The Commission on Public School Finance is recommending paying the state's best teachers $100,000 a year for meeting certain criteria, like working on at-risk campuses for example.  Education Commissioner Mike Morath said that's where education is, at times, most vital. view article arw

Monday, about 34,000 teachers will walk off the job in Los Angeles – a move described as "historic." It echoes what happened almost a year ago when a West Virginia teacher walkout triggered similar strikes elsewhere in the US. Teachers all over the country are lobbying for higher pay. Here in Texas, 10 percent of all first-year teachers leave their jobs before their second year. Better pay may be key to keeping more of them in the classroom, and last week, top state lawmakers pledged that 2019 will be the "Year of the Teacher" in the Texas Legislature, promising to boost salaries. But there's still many details yet to be decided. view article arw

A former Kennedale ISD custodian was arrested Tuesday following a report of a former district employee inappropriately behaving in front of a minor student. Since an allegation of inappropriate behavior was made December 20, Kennedale ISD, Kennedale Police and state agencies have been investigating Lewis Wayne Rawlings, a 70-year-old white man who at the time was a custodian with the school district, according to Kennedale ISD. view article arw

The Bastrop City Council read two proclamations at their regular meeting Tuesday, January 8 – one in support of the Bastrop ISD school board and the other regarding the Martin Luther King Walk.  Mayor Connie Schroeder began with the list of events she has attended which included a total of nine events on December 8: Bastrop Library open house, the Bastrop County Historical Society Home Tour, the Friendship Bible Baptist Church recognition of Mary Butler, the Christmas parade and the Bastrop County Historical Society Rendezvous. She mentioned her young grandson, Luke Chavez, enjoys parti view article arw

Those who work for or attend the Seymour ISD are mourning the death of a woman who they say served as more than an educator. Lisa Gray lost her battle with cancer on Sunday and though her colleagues knew she was fighting a battle, it is still hard for folks in Seymour ISD as they remember Lisa Gray. 28 years of service to Seymour ISD still does not feel like it is enough for those who grew to know and love Lisa Gray. view article arw

The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees and administration discussed potentially authorizing the Early Resignation Notice Incentive Pay Plan for the 2018-19 school year. The plan is designed to give teachers a bonus for letting the district know they are retiring by spring break so that the district will have ample time to find a replacement for them, according to Sheila Adams, executive director of communications and public relations. view article arw

Two Longview high school athletic trainers were honored in Austin on Monday for their role in helping save a cross-county coach’s life. As Ken Jernigan wrapped up a practice Oct. 22, he headed up a hill near the school where his runners were. As he walked, he noticed it was getting dark, and before he knew it, he had passed out. Students raced into the training room and got trainers Deirdre Scotter and Kristin Croley, who used an defibrillator and CPR to resuscitate Jernigan until paramedics arrived. view article arw

Peter Greene nails it again, in this brilliant article that appeared in Forbes,which is typically read by people in the business world. He begins: Teachers don’t want to strike. Teacher strikes happen because teachers believe they are out of alternatives. There has never been a union meeting in which members said, “The board says they’re willing to talk, and we trust them to do so in good faith, but we think we should strike instead.” view article arw

Authorities in Navasota are investigating an alleged improper student-teacher relationship involving a high school teacher and student. The alleged inappropriate conduct may have taken place off campus, according to Superintendent Dr. Stu Musik. Navasota PD investigated and determined there was sufficient enough evidence to substantiate an arrest warrant, which was filed on Monday. view article arw

A teacher and coach at Wagner High School has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested on Thursday. According to Bexar County public records, Andre Lamont Jackson was arrested just before noon on January 10 and charged with DWI, possession of dangerous drugs and unlawful carry of a weapon. He was released on bond two days later.  view article arw

A four to one vot by the Desoto ISD school board made it official for the future of the Marshall Maverick head coach. The district that once saw national success under Mathis has brought him back hoping to catch lightning ina bottle one more time. Mathis was rumored all day to be named the coach but around 8:50 pm Monday night the district made it official. view article arw

A Conroe ISD school counselor is beaming with joy after being surprised Friday with a celebration hosted by local parents, her fellow faulty members and district officials at Lucille J. Bradley Elementary School. view article arw

The Carlisle Independent School District said they are mourning the loss of a high school math teacher. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Lajuan Fisher Rice, 65, of Henderson was killed in a car accident Friday. view article arw

Austin ISD and the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy community will have a memorial service Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. for the school’s namesake, Gus Garcia, who died Dec. 16. Garcia was a community leader who served as the city of Austin’s first Hispanic mayor. He also served on the AISD board of trustees from 1972-78 and was a member of Austin City Council for a total of 10 years, according to a Jan. 13 news release from the school district. view article arw

Former Southlake Carroll coach Hal Wasson is expected to make a return to the sideline. Wasson will be announced as the new Corsicana head football coach Monday, pending approval from the school board, according to a Corsicana Independent School District spokesman. Wasson spent 11 years as head coach at Southlake Carroll High School, where he tallied a 121-26 record that included a state championship in 2011. view article arw

When you lose someone you dearly love, it can be devastating. But one East Texas School district is turning their grief into acts of kindness. Longtime Troup ISD teacher Karen Agnew died of cancer more than a year ago but she left such a legacy, that her students have decided to carry it on. view article arw

Former Southlake Carroll coach Hal Wasson is set to become the next HFC at Corsicana, pending the school board’s approval, Matt Stepp of Dave Campbell announced on Thursday. According to Stepp, one of Wasson’s first jobs was an assistant at Corsicana. Since then, Wasson has had stints at Fossil Ridge, Italy, San Saba, Pittsburgh, Kerens, Mexia and Liberty Hill. view article arw

Aledo ISD is working toward realigning leadership roles in its athletic department and football program. Superintendent Dr. Susan K. Bohn plans to recommend to the Aledo ISD board of trustees that head football coach Steve Wood be hired as the district’s athletic director.  If this move is approved by the board, Athletic Director and former coach Tim Buchanan will return to the sidelines in 2019 as the Bearcats’ head football coach.  view article arw

A Hart Independent School District employee has been placed on administrative leave following allegations of the employee engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student. The allegations were reported to the Castro County Sheriff's Office and Child Protective Services in accordance with the district's policies. view article arw

The Corsicana ISD administration is recommending the hiring of former Kerens coach Hal Wasson for the head football coaching position to the Corsicana ISD Board of Trustees on Monday, Jan. 14. Wasson is no stranger to Corsicana ISD. Prior to his head coaching career, he was an assistant football coach for the Tigers from 1983‐1986. In 2001, when Wasson was hired at Southlake Carroll High School, he worked with Dr. Diane Frost, currently the Superintendent at CISD, who was an administrator in Southlake at the time. view article arw

Hart ISD Superintendent issued the following statement on a possible inappropriate relationship between a Hart ISD employee and a student. view article arw

Former language arts teacher Rebecca Huff takes over as principal of Elkhart Middle School, effective Monday. In December, members of the Elkhart school board offered her a one-year probationary contract. Huff, 46, replaces Ron Mays, 52, who led the middle school for 16 years. Elkhart School Board President Kevin Bush said the board and Superintendent Lamont Smith hired Huff based on her previous teaching and adminstrative experience, after two rounds of interviews. view article arw

A Hart ISD employee has been placed on paid administrative leave while officials investigate allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student. view article arw

Controversial Facebook comments have gotten Abilene City Councilman Kyle McAlister kicked off the soccer field. Abilene ISD has requested the Abilene Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) "scratch McAlister from officiating AISD soccer games." view article arw

Several months after hiring Johnson High’s first principal, Hays CISD has named the school’s inaugural athletic coordinator. Steve Hoffman, who is the current head football coach at Coriscana High and assistant athletic director for Corsicana ISD near Waco, was selected as Johnson High’s first athletic coordinator, according to a press release. Hoffman was selected after an “extensive” interview process. More than 100 applicants threw their hats into the ring for the job. Tim Savoy, Hays CISD chief communications officer, said Superintendent Eric Wright made the decision to hire Hoffman on a teacher’s contract. view article arw

Law enforcement and the Hart Independent School District are investigating into a possible inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a District student. According to a statement from Hart ISD Superintendent David Cox, the district recently received information indicating an employee may have solicited and/or engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student. Per customary personnel practices, the District began an internal investigation into the matter. view article arw

A Coppell ISD middle school teacher accused of inappropriate behavior with a student was arrested Monday on campus, officials say. The Dallas County Sheriff's Department arrested Julie Jenkin Brewer, 45, about 3:30 p.m. at Coppell Middle School West in the 2700 block of Ranch Trail in Dallas. Officials had received a complaint about alleged inappropriate text and social media messages between Brewer and a student, Sheriff's Department spokesman Raul Reyna said. view article arw

The superintendent of the East Central Independent School District on Monday night decided to table the discussion on whether to implement a guardian program, which would allow specific teachers to carry guns in schools under certain conditions. KSAT 12 News reporter Max Massey talked with some parents whose children attend ECISD schools, to get their reaction to the idea. view article arw

Why Are Teachers Leaving Their Jobs?

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During the news lull between Christmas and New Years, the Wall Street Journal published an alarmist piece about the high rate of teachers and other public educators quitting their jobs. Reporters Michelle Hackman and Erick Morath examined Labor Department data on employee turnover during the first ten months of 2018 and found that educators were exiting at the rate of 83 per 10,000 per month, which would work out to almost one in ten over the course of a full year. This, they noted, was the most since job departures began getting tracked in 2001, although they cautioned that it didn’t necessarily mean all were quitting public education altogether; some number of them were changing schools, relocating, etc. It’s worrying, though, especially when this turnover is combined with the teacher shortages that many districts (and charter and private schools) are facing, creating an absolute inability to fill some jobs with qualified individuals. view article arw

A Coppell Middle School West teacher accused of inappropriate contact with a student was arrested Monday. Julie Jenkin Brewer, 45, was arrested by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department around 3:30 p.m. at the CMS West campus and was charged with online solicitation of a minor, according to officials. Police said that a complaint of alleged inappropriate behavior between a teacher and a student involving text and social media messages was reported to school officials. Campus administrators and law enforcement personnel launched an investigation, and Brewer was taken to the Dallas Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Section where she was interviewed by detectives. view article arw