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The La Joya school district will lay off about 120 employees as part of an effort to address the district being overstaffed by as many as 300 employees compared to other districts at a cost of over $20 million annually. La Joya trustees approved those position closures Wednesday as part of a staffing adjustment plan. A source with knowledge of the matter speaking on background said the 120-employee estimate was probably on the low end of the spectrum for the number of possible layoffs. view article arw

A Southwest Independent School District teacher has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a student, according to the district’s police department. Lane Allen Walker, a 27-year-old theater teacher, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with improper relationship between an educator and student, records with the Bexar County Jail show. An arrest warrant affidavit details the improper relationship, which police believe started in the summer of 2022. Police were made aware of the allegations on Dec. 19. view article arw

College Station ISD named a new prospect for head football coach and campus athletic coordinator for A&M Consolidated High School after Lee Fedora’s abrupt departure in December. College Station ISD Superintendent Mike Martindale and Athletic Director Kevin Starnes will recommend Brandon Schmidt, Prosper High School’s head football coach and campus athletic coordinator, for hire at a specially-called board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31. view article arw

Dozens of local men – including some community leaders – were arrested recently at hotels in Frisco and Southlake as part of a multi-agency prostitution sting. According to federal officials in the Dallas branch of Homeland Security Investigations, the 46 men included a volunteer firefighter, youth pastor, high school teacher and coach, semi-professional hockey player, and the director of operations for a large hospital network in North Texas. view article arw

Lewisville ISD has issued a statement on a former assistant football coach employed by the district who was arrested recently. The former Marcus High School teacher/coach, Tim Morrison, was placed on administrative leave when the district became aware of his arrest, and Morrison subsequently submitted his resignation last week, the district said in an emailed statement. view article arw

The principal at Canutillo High School was placed on administrative leave, according to school district officials. They could not disclose why. Canutillo High School's website list Teresa Clapsaddle as the principal. view article arw

The Tyler ISD board is scheduled to name a new head football coach for Legacy High School in a special-called meeting on Thursday. The hiring of the coach is one of two action items listed on the agenda. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. The meeting will be held two days following another special-called meeting on Tuesday, in which a Tyler High head football coach will be named. Various outlets have reported that former Oklahoma State and NFL wide receiver Rashaun Woods will be the next coach. view article arw

Administrators at the Killeen Independent School District are investigating an “appalling and extremely disturbing” assignment administered to “a small group” of students earlier this week by a “now-former” Rancier Middle School teacher. The district was notified on Jan. 18 and “immediately launched an investigation upon learning” of the assignment, said Killeen ISD Superintendent Dr. John Craft. view article arw

A Killeen Independent School District teacher was fired after giving students an assignment that was filled with offensive and racial slurs, according to a letter from Superintendent Dr. John Craft. Craft sent the letter on Thursday to the parents of students at Rancier Middle School. view article arw

Killeen ISD and one of its teachers have parted ways after the educator assigned middle schoolers worksheets loaded with racist slurs and language the district called "extremely disturbing." view article arw

Harlandale ISD emailed parents and teachers a survey this week, asking families if they would consider a three-day weekend for teachers and extending the school days by a few minutes. Samantha Santos, a first-grade teacher for Harlandale ISD, loves her job. “I love being there for these kids,” she said. But after five years of teaching, Santos has learned it can be hard to balance work and home life with her schedule. view article arw

Brownsville Independent School District is expanding their police force. The district’s police chief says that 14 new officers have been added to the department. view article arw

Two former Schleicher County Independent School District employees were accused of having an improper relationship between an educator and student. According to records filed in Schleicher County, a warrant for the arrest of Abby Ramos was issued on January 12. Ramos was arrested and booked into the Schleicher County Jail on January 16. Ramos was a former teacher at Schleicher County ISD. view article arw

Midland ISD Superintendent Stephanie Howard has hired two people from Ector County ISD and with ties to MISD to help lead the district’s administrative team. Roberto Cedillo’s will be the next deputy superintendent. The Midland ISD board approved his hire on Tuesday. The position was open going back to the departure of Kregg Cuellar in June. view article arw

During its first meeting of 2023, Jan. 12, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees already had a full plate. Trustees are facing a teacher pay crisis, inequities in learning outcomes, the challenge of hiring a new superintendent, and the Texas Legislature in session. Here are the highlights: view article arw

Abilene ISD paid $1.6 million for substitute teachers during its 2021-2022 school year, and now, because of the major shortage the district is battling, the substitute’s pay rate has increased. Sabrina Anderson, an Abilene stay-at-home mom since 2021, decided to reenter the workforce by applying to be a substitute teacher with Abilene ISD. view article arw

The principals who will lead Corpus Christi ISD's newest elementary schools next year have been announced. Cullen Place Elementary School will take in students from Montclair, Meadowbrook and Woodlawn elementary schools. Current Montclair Elementary School Principal Steve Barrera will lead the new consolidated campus. view article arw

Superintendent Molly Perry went into detail about the legislative priorities that were adopted for the year and why teacher retention is one of their main focuses. view article arw

There are many rumors coming out after Wednesday's West Oso Independent School District board meeting. There are talks about a voluntary early resignation incentive program offering teachers $1,000, along with rumors that the district will not be able to pay its teachers when May comes around. Interim West Oso Superintendent Kim Moore said that teachers have nothing to worry about in regards to being paid through May. view article arw

The Carlisle ISD superintendent has released a statement on the arrest of its junior high principal, saying there is no threat to the safety of students. Paul Louis Richards, 45, of Longview, is charged with failure to make a required child abuse report. view article arw

"As a new teacher, sometimes it's hard to see the long-term effects of the fruits of your labor," said Superintendent Matt Smith. Belton ISD gave 66 new-to-the-profession teachers their flowers early as they celebrated reaching the halfway point of their first school year. view article arw

Austin ISD’s Chief Financial Officer Ed Ramos told school board members Thursday that compensation is the number one priority for the district’s 2023-2024 budget. “Hiring teachers and keeping them in the district is a challenge not only for Austin ISD, but for districts across the state,” he said. view article arw

A staff member from Waller Independent School District has been terminated after the district opened an investigation following allegations of an inappropriate relationship involving a student. According to officials, the district received a tip on Jan. 5 via their anonymous reporting application, CrisisGo. An investigation was immediately opened with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the staff member was reportedly placed on leave the same day. view article arw

A teacher from the New Caney Independent School District has resigned after she was recently charged for having improper relationship with a student. According to the district, New Caney ISD Police issued an arrest warrant against the teacher, Samantha Cummings, on Friday, Jan. 13. Cummings was originally placed on administrative leave and later resigned from her position as a culinary arts teacher. She also coached volleyball and track. view article arw

The Big Spring ISD posted on their Facebook a statement about an allegation against one of their employees: Superintendent Jay McWilliams released a statement regarding the district employee being accused to have engaged in illegal conduct with a minor that occurred several years ago. This conduct allegedly occurred before the employee started working with the district view article arw

A school crossing guard says a driver spit on and slapped him after asking the driver to stop at a stop sign while the children were getting out of school. The crossing guard, Shujaat Qureshi, said he was simply directing traffic when a driver ran a stop sign. view article arw

The district confirmed in a statement how they learned of an anonymous tip on January 5. Details were not shared on the alleged incident, except stating "an inappropriate relationship between a staff member and a student." Additionally, the employee's identity nor position with Waller High School was released, as of this writing. view article arw

Some people thought the Hamilton ISD school board would discuss girls’ basketball coach Patrick Blount’s allegations, but it didn’t happen at the Monday night meeting. Some parents accused Blount of making inappropriate comments towards players, like mentioning their bras or belittling them. Millie Shinn said her daughter used to play for Blount and was a dedicated player on the team. view article arw

Two veteran educators with the Killeen Independent School District have been promoted to serve at the campus and district level, according to a news release. Ms. Katie Hequembourg was named Principal of Saegert Elementary School following the promotion of Ms. Eli Lopez to Director of Multilingual Services. view article arw

Haley Tobias always knew working in a school was where she was meant to be, and now as a Registered Dietitian for Coppell ISD, she’s found a passion for health and a love for feeding students. view article arw

Georgetown ISD superintendent Fred Brent said the dozens of district job openings are “not normal,” as the district struggles to keep schools staffed. Brent said the issue is the result of many teachers leaving the profession during the pandemic, and also a lack of funding coming from the state legislature. Dr. Brent talked with KXAN about staffing, fentanyl, security, student achievement, and more as part of our superintendent series. view article arw

An investigation is underway after a Humble ISD teacher is accused of assaulting a student and it was caught on camera. The incident happened Wednesday in a Humble High School classroom. The parents of the student say the video of this happening to their son is hard to watch. They say it’s more difficult knowing it's a teacher that put his hands on him. view article arw

The Houston ISD board will consider terminating Jack Yates High School principal Tiffany Guillory during a Thursday night meeting. The discussion regarding Guillory's termination will happen in closed session, but the board will vote publicly on the matter. The district sent a note home to parents the Friday before winter break that Guillory was "relieved of her duties." view article arw

A Klein ISD teacher was honored during the Jan. 10 school board meeting for saving the life of a student who was choking. On Oct. 28, 2022, Wunderlich Intermediate School teacher Sarah Ford noticed a student who was choking and couldn’t breathe. view article arw

Just hours after a similar move from Lubbock-Cooper ISD, Slaton Independent School District's board of trustees voted to adopt a resolution condemning racism and outlining steps the district says it has taken to combat hate speech and harassment on its campuses. The board's move comes in the wake of a federal civil rights complaint filed against the district and national news coverage highlighting numerous reports of racism in South Plains schools, including an NBC News report detailing an alleged incident at Slaton High School. The federal complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, alleges rampant racism in Slaton schools and alternative education programs, including daily use of racial slurs including the N-word by students and administrative inaction to stop it. view article arw