HOUSTON, Texas -- Two Houston high schools are at the head of their class when it comes to the best public high schools in the U.S. New rankings from U.S. News & World Report put Houston ISD's Carnegie Vanguard High School at No. 40 nationally (up from No. 42 last year) and DeBakey High School for Health Professions No. 43 nationally among the best STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) high schools and No. 18 nationally among the best magnet high schools. view article arw

Second graders are learning about furries in school? That's what the prominent right-wing Twitter account Libs of TikTok (@LibsofTikTok) said in a tweet on Monday. However, it turns out that Libs of TikTok fell for a troll. The accusations she tweeted were faked. view article arw

An aviation program will be flying into McAllen ISD through its Career Technical Education Department beginning this fall. The program is designed to give high school seniors the chance to obtain private pilot and drone licenses. Administrators at the district briefed trustees on the program at a board meeting Monday evening. “Our intent is to get 10 students a year to get their private pilot license, and that’s a prerequisite for the commercial pilot license, and simultaneously to get a drone license as well,” Superintendent J.A. Gonzalez told the board. “So we know that there’s a big shortage of pilots across the nation and we believe that we can help fill that gap. So we’re excited about this program.” view article arw

Conroe Independent School District plans to apply for the opportunity to operate a virtual campus next school year after losing students to remote options during the pandemic. Under Senate Bill 15, which was signed into law last September, school district have the option to apply to the Texas Education Agenda for a County District Campus Number for a full-time virtual or a hybrid campus for the 2022-23 school year. At its regular monthly meeting on April 19, the CISD board of trustees approved a resolution for the district to apply for a CDCN. view article arw

A Galveston Independent School District employee resigned last week after administrators discovered that he installed unauthorized technology devices at six school campuses that could have breached student and employee data, according to the district. The employee attached his privately-owned devices to the district’s network, according to a statement from Galveston ISD, but members of the information technology department detected the threatening operation before any damage was done. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Energy presented a check for more than $377,000 to Austin ISD on Earth Day. The check represented a combined $377,177.80 in energy efficiency rebates and demand response incentives that Austin ISD earned in fiscal year 2021. The check also represents an energy savings of 1,605,166 kWh, equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of 245 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year. "Austin Energy is proud to recognize and commend Austin ISD for its steadfast commitment to fiscal and environmental stewardship," said the utility. "Austin ISD has long participated in the utility’s energy efficiency programs, supporting upgrades that improve student and teacher comfort while also lowering utility costs." view article arw

Alice ISD provided 1,200 Chromebooks for students and added Wi-Fi to buses so kids can access the internet no matter how far they live from school.  CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — As school districts across Texas moved to remote learning during the pandemic, Alice Independent School District found a way to keep students connected to the internet in the most rural areas. They even fitted 10 school buses with Wi-Fi.  view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Money and time — those are the biggest factors that can keep aspiring teachers from going after classroom jobs. A program called UTeach Accelerate at the University of Texas is working to fill that void by covering even more costs for accelerated teacher certifications. Heather Harris joined the program in fall 2021. She has a bachelor’s in biology and master’s in biotechnology and was an electronics technician in the Navy for six years. At the height of the pandemic, she wanted a change. “In 2020 everything was chaotic, and I did a lot of soul searching and realized I wanted to give back with my degree,” Harris said. view article arw

Tesla is working with Manor Independent School District to give high school graduates an opportunity to work full-time at Giga Texas while completing courses in Advanced Manufacturing Programming at Austin Community College. view article arw

Dallas ISD’s Career and Technical Education Department recently hosted the “Hilltop Entrepreneurship Challenge.” The in-person competition for Dallas ISD Career Institute Entrepreneurship students was held March 31 at the Price Career Institute South. More than 40 volunteers assisted with the presentations of over 150 student businesses. This event was a culminating activity for the Hilltop grant that was awarded in an effort to promote entrepreneurship for the Career Institutes for the 2021-2022 school year. The event was designed to assess student understanding of the lean business model through a 3-minute fast pitch presentation of student-created businesses. Based on the NFTE curriculum, the CTE department created a Hilltop Expectations and Timeline document. The yearlong course had the following deliverables: view article arw

The Corsicana High School Certified Phlebotomy Tech students are hosting a three-day bloodwork bonanza in an effort to qualify for their certification exams. The students will set up in the CHS front office conference room from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 27. Corsicana ISD students receive hands on healthcare skills before walking the stage and earning their high school diploma. The skills learned will help set them up for success and prepare them for the realities of the healthcare field. Each of the 16 students needs 30 successful vein punctures to qualify. For the record, that’s not full vials of blood drawn, just evidence of blood flow starting. But, they can get by without 480 volunteers. view article arw

APRIL 22, 2022 — A recent campus visit offered students of one magnet school an up-close look at the various experiential opportunities UTSA has to offer — as well as giving university students a chance to hone their communications skills. Members of the University Tech Solutions (UTS) Bold Careers Ambassador and Internship Program welcomed students from the Northside School of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (NSITE), a business and technology high school within the Northside Independent School District. view article arw

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — Welding students at Taylor High School and Texas State Technical College are bending metal and, metaphorically, breaking glass in class.  "I may not have had a woman role [mentor] for me, but I had someone else that was a mentor for me to help me see what I can do for myself and get better," Jacqueline Ehrlich, one of the welding instructors at Taylor High School, said. view article arw

Representing a variety of industries and with a goal to recruit the upcoming generation of leaders, over 80 local businesses gathered at Tyler ISD’s Career and Technology Center for an Opportunity Fair that allowed 1,600 CTE students a chance to network and get an insight of job positions. Jessica Brown, CTE work-based learning coordinator, said the fair was originally implemented in 2018 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it has been absent for the past two years. Brown said the main goal of the fair is to open the eyes of students and showcase the local businesses and organizations that are currently available, especially as they close out their high school careers. She also mentioned how the event caters to businesses. view article arw

MANOR, Texas - Tesla is offering employment opportunities for Manor ISD graduates at its GigaTexas factory. Manor ISD said the Tesla Manufacturing Development Program (MDP) provides graduates the opportunity to launch a career at Tesla by participating in a seven-week program at Austin Community College leading to full-time employment at Tesla. ACC is one of two homes of the Tesla START program, an intensive training that provides students "with skills necessary for a successful career" with Tesla's automotive and manufacturing teams. During the program, individuals develop technical expertise and earn certifications through in-class theory, hands-on labs and self-paced learning, says Tesla. view article arw

After months of planning, preparation, and hard work four groups from the Anthony Independent School District are headed to the Texas Computer Education Association state finals. The teams impressed judges locally in the TCEA area 19 robotics contest held in January. Students from AISD worked to find solutions to real world issues like cleaning ocean litter and safety in work zones. Jose Levario is a Senior at Anthony High School and is one of several students headed to the state competition in Hutto, Texas on April 23. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) participated in a roundtable discussion on Tuesday in Tyler. Cornyn heard from regional leaders, health care providers, educators, and economic development officials at the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital. “No longer is access to the internet a convenience,” Cornyn said. “It really is a necessity.” The roundtable highlighted the challenges of limited broadband access that many East Texas communities experience and how Sen. Cornyn’s current legislation would allow local leaders to use unspent COVID-19 relief funds for regional projects like expanding broadband and infrastructure. Cornyn said the legislation could unlock up to $225 million in unspent COVID aid for 34 East Texas counties. view article arw

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said during a stop in East Texas that expanding broadband is a serious issue in rural East Texas and that local communities should be able to use federal coronavirus dollars to make it happen. The senior Republican U.S. senator from Texas met Tuesday with leaders from Smith, Gregg and other East Texas counties during a roundtable at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital in Tyler focusing on the challenges of limited broadband in the region and Cornyn’s own proposed legislation that would allow local leaders to use unspent COVID-19 relief funds for regional projects — like expanding broadband and infrastructure. view article arw

The internship fair featured 40 businesses and companies offering internships. About 350 students from across Fort Worth ISD high schools attended. South Hills High School student Italia Jalomo, 18, picked up welding with her father — who works with metals. She learned to get the job done on her second day observing him — she’s a “hands-on learner,” she said. “I’ve done welding with my dad and my uncle, who own their little gate company. I’ve done that before with them. And ever since I did that, I really enjoyed it,” Jalomo said. “People will say that’s not a woman’s job. I’ve been tied down so many times about that. But I make myself happy. I think women should be a part of anything that they can do.” Jalomo’s father encourages her to pursue welding while also having a back-up plan. view article arw

The district’s Student Health Advisory Council has recommended stricter rules as well When cell phone use exploded in the earlier 2000s, one of the major dilemmas many parents faced was at what age was it appropriate to get their child their own cell phone. Since then cell phone use has only increased and now it has become normal for young children to have a cell phone. However, some Southlake Carroll parents think it has gone too far, and are now asking the school to enforce stricter cell phone policies. Over the last few years, many schools have been forced to change their rules as students experienced remote learning. However, with many districts returning to normal, many of the old policies are being put back in place. While technology has been a big part of the learning experience the last couple of years, many parents think cell phone use is out of hand, believing their children need to get back to “quality” learning.    (11) view article arw

t’s not exactly “The Magic School Bus,” but the federal government is promoting options for electric and lower-emission buses for school fleets in and around El Paso, Texas. U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, and EPA officials introduced the Clean School Bus Program which will allocate $5 billion over the next five years to replace school buses around the country, thus reducing emissions. Escobar was joined by EPA Region 6 Administrator Earthea Nance at the March 21 announcement. The EPA is still building the program, Nance said, so many of the details and rules for application will be clarified after the final guidelines are released in April. The $5 billion federal budget for the program dwarfs the agency’s spending on the traditional school bus replacement program, as the $1 billion annual budget is 100 times greater than the $10 million annual average for the last five years. view article arw

In partnership with Dallas College and Dallas ISD, school officials say that one lucky dual-credit student will graduate debt-free this Spring. IIlias Gomez, a senior at Conrad High wasn't always focused on school, but through a program offered at his soon-to-be alma mater, he found his calling - designing computer games. "Gaming is very new," said Gomez. "A lot of teens and a lot of young adults are introduced to video games. We are the founding generation of gaming" Dallas College says it will honor Gomez along with his fellow classmates for their hard work in the P Tech program. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — Giga Texas, where Tesla’s headquarters are located, will host its grand opening on Thursday with 15,000 guests invited to attend the facility. Del Valle ISD is planning to release students early that day to accommodate for traffic.  The school district is located approximately five miles from Giga, Texas. District officials said it’s an opportunity for students to either work for Tesla or expose them to the tech industry.  “Having Tesla in our backyard, probably two miles from the high school, accelerated what we wanted to do,” said Alex Torrez, who is chief workforce officer at Del Valle ISD. view article arw

Great communities start with great schools and that’s what members of Odessans for Education are striving to get across to residents, proponents of a May 7 bond election said this week. Odessans for Education was formed to advocate for Ector County ISD’s $398,255,000 bond issue that comes up for a vote May 7. Former Odessa Mayor Lorraine Perryman is co-chairing Odessans for Education with Chris Cole. She said a survey of 4,000 people by Opportunity Odessa found that ECISD is the No. 1 priority of the 12 that they established for the future growth and prosperity of the community. view article arw

The series will have four sessions that will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Ector County ISD will be offering a four-part series called "Digital Family" during the month of April. This series will provide families with lessons devoted to understanding the technology that we use in our lives.   The series will be held every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and if families attend all four sessions, they will receive a "Digital Family" certificate.  view article arw

DEL VALLE, Texas — Tesla's Cyber Rodeo is set to kick off Thursday. As the pseudo-grand opening draws near, the Del Valle Independent School District is looking to improve an already strong relationship by providing more opportunities for its students. view article arw

HALLSVILLE — A group of Hallsville ISD students enrolled in automotive technology recently attended and one placed at the Skills USA state competition after placing recently regional and area levels. The five automotive technology students participated in the Skills USA area competition before advancing to the state level where one student placed third. Skills USA is a student organization that has formed a partnership of students, teachers, and industry leaders working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. view article arw

LATEXO – Latexo High School has teamed up with Dell Technologies to implement a Dell Computer Repair Certification program. Latexo students who were interested in the inner workings of computers and technology took a six-week course through Dell Technologies, and are now Certified Dell Repair Technicians. Upon completion of their certification, each student has joined the Latexo Tiger Tech Service Technicians team. This program allows these students to work with the technology department to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain the district’s student computers. view article arw

Invites for Tesla Cyber Rodeo have gone out. Everyone near Giga Texas seems to be preparing for the event, including the Del Valle Independent School District (ISD), which has arranged to release students early on April 7. On April 1, the Del Valle ISD announced early dismissal schedules for all elementary schools, middle schools, DAEP, the Opportunity Center, and Del Valle High School. The school district is expecting heavy traffic on April 7 because of Tesla Cyber Rodeo and wants to make sure the kids get home on time. view article arw

The McAllen Independent School District is encouraging students to join its esports program. Gamers play on an extremely competitive level and face off against students not just within the district, but across the country.  For some students at McAllen Memorial High School, it's given them a sense of belonging and place to flourish.  "There's a bad reputation when it comes to video games in a certain aspect, so by esports and how it's growing I think it shows a lot more people that it involves a lot more fun being with your friends and socializing," said esports team member Kayla Johnson.  view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Ysleta ISD announced Tuesday morning that Eastwood High School teacher Raul Torres Santos has been named the 2022 Career and Technical Association of Texas (CTAT) Teacher of the Year. Officials share that Torres Santos was selected for his innovation in the classroom, commitment to students, and dedication to the improvement of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in their institutions and communities. “I love exposing my students to real world careers,” said Santos, who has taught STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at Eastwood High School for 13 years. view article arw

ODESSA, Texas — The UTPB STEM Academy has been approved by ECISD Board of Trustees to join ECISD. It is a team up that will provide more learning opportunities for all students involved. The academy will officially become part of ECISD on July 1. "Our students in ECISD have opportunities now with transportation provided to attend UTPB STEM Academy," said ECISD Superintendent Scott Muri. "Their students have some opportunities to participate in UIL activities, performing arts activities, and athletics as well. So it's a benefit to the students who attend UTPB STEM and a benefit to our students as well." The STEM Academy is grades K-12. ECISD will employ most of the staff members and all teachers. Related Articles Odessa holds groundbreaking ceremony for new playground at Casa Bella Park Neuroscientist, TED speaker visits ECISD students view article arw

HUNTINGTON — The Huntington High School Robotics team is gearing up for the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championship after winning a state title.  The team began preparing for the competition back in the summer of 2021, coach Dasha Dearing said. The students came in to watch a video explaining what the game would look like at the competition, she said.  When the students prepared in the summer, they really focused on design; they couldn’t build yet since they didn’t have supplies, sophomore Anna Denman said.  “We were just watching the reveal videos and deciding what it would look like, what we thought we would need to do and what our robot should do,” she said.  That decision is based on what the students hope will gain them the most points — though that’s hard to tell for sure until they get to the competition, senior Gray Graham said.  “You see these robots and they’re all different and creative, but as time goes on, they start to get similar as it narrows down,” he said. view article arw

Copperas Cove High School senior Jiya Edwards slowly pours the oral medical syrup into the bottle, measuring to a precise ounce. The pharmacy technician student plans to attend the University of Texas utilizing the skills and medical certifications earned at Copperas Cove High School. “Taking Pharmacology my junior year sparked my curiosity of pharmaceutical practices,” Edwards said. “The pharmacy technician program expanded my knowledge, showing me how important and prestigious the field is. The material is also challenging which is what I like and admire about the program and how it is taught.” Projected continued growth in the medical field has Copperas Cove ISD preparing students for the workforce with six industry-based certification practicum courses which all lead to entry level jobs in the therapeutic service industry. Teacher Jeni Carbone Williams instructs student in the Certified Pharmacy Technician Program. view article arw

The Donna Independent School District is focusing on an early childhood curriculum at two of their campuses that will allow kids to experience the arts, STEM, and robotics beginning at the age of three.  Rubili Sanchez says she made the decision to enroll her three-year-old in M. Rivas Primary Discovery Academy, even though its doors haven't opened just yet.  "With the integration of STEM, having the science and the math and just being able to learn through play all of those elements are going to create a well-rounded foundation for my daughter," Sanchez said. view article arw