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Big changes could be coming to the Tyler Independent School District. The school board is looking at the possibility of redrawing boundary lines for its high schools and middle schools for the 2018-2019 school year. It's been almost 50 years since TISD has seen boundary changes at the high school level. School Board Vice President Wade Washmon says with the lifting of a federal desegregation order last year, now is the time to realign. view article arw

As a rare downpour of fluffy white snow fell throughout Texas, Ryan was one of several Leander ISD employees who drove the 200-square miles of the district roadways to personally survey weather conditions before making a final decision about any cancellation or delay for Friday Dec. 8. About 25 area school districts, including Austin ISD, made the call early, cancelling schools and notifying parents as early as 10 p.m. that night.  view article arw

It's no secret that we've had a rough fall and winter with natural disasters. Even as we write this, fires burn in Southern California, adding to the previous wildfires in the northern part of the state that burned over 245,000 acres in October. Hurricanes Irma and Harvey devastated communities across Florida and Texas, while touching communities in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas and Louisiana. The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were devastated by back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria. view article arw

Customer service. It isn’t just for businesses anymore. One of our points of focus in McAllen ISD this year has been on improving our customer service. If you look at our system, we are one of the biggest businesses in town. We have a $280 million budget. We’re very big on human capital and, most importantly, we educate the community’s children. So, from a business standpoint, we have to make sure that we’re doing a good job in serving our students, our parents and our community so that we can attract students, keep the best and the brightest teachers and continue to be a driving force in this competitive arena that we now call education. view article arw

The DISD Board of Trustees voted Thursday night on name changes for three elementary schools bearing the names of Confederate leaders. Back in September, right around the time the Robert E. Lee Statue was being removed from its 81-year-old location in Oak Lawn, the DISD Trustees voted unanimously to proceed with the name changes for three schools, giving each school organization the task of coming up with a recommended name. The vote approved three names changes: view article arw

Eighth grade students at S.C. Lee in Copperas Cove had a little fun Wednesday by applying what they have learned earlier this semester to use a hovercraft. A grant used from the Copperas Cove Education Foundation allowed students the opportunity to learn what propels and lifts hovercrafts off the ground. Copperas Cove High School students built the hovercraft. view article arw

Longview ISD trustees have awarded almost $1 million in incentive pay for high-achieving teachers. The board this week unanimously approved Longview Incentive for Teachers pay for performance during the 2016-17 school year on state accountability ratings. LIFT awards, along with other district incentive pay, to staff members was up about $170,000 compared with the $820,000 that was paid this past year and more than doubled the $350,000 given to district staffers in 2014-15, the first year of the program. view article arw

TYLER - The sounds of machines buzzing emanates from the end of a long hallway in Tyler ISD’s state-of-the-art Career and Technology Center, which has all of the high-tech gadgets students and teachers could ask for.  As visitors approach the last shop in the corridor, they begin to recognize the sounds of machines familiar, if not slightly out of place right next door to an engineering and design class. view article arw

A local organization is helping another to brighten the lives of families this holiday season. People Offering Wisdom Empowerment and Resources, or P.O.W.E.R., has donated more than $2,000 in toys, clothing, books and supplies to Communities in Schools of Greater Central Texas. view article arw

Pampa ISD strengthens AP program

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For the first time in Pampa Independent School District history, the district earned Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll honors from the College Board. Pampa ISD is one of 26 school districts in Texas to receive this honor this year. The district is also one of 447 districts in the United States and Canada to earn placement on the 8th annual AP District Honor Roll. “All the kids at Pampa High School can be successful in AP if we provide them with enough support and so that’s kind of our ‘go to’ is how are we going to help our kids,” said Hugh Piatt, the principal at Pampa H.S. “We want the kids to be successful now that they’re in this upper level program.” view article arw

Gatesville teen passes away

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A 16-year-old Gatesville student passed away Tuesday.  Clancy Evetts Lawhorn was a sophomore at Gatesville High School and was active in the Fighting Hornet Band at the school.  view article arw

Teacher, firefighter and professional athlete used to top the list of what students at Neal Elementary in Bryan wanted to be when they grew up. But in the past couple of years, the list has become a variation on "engineer." The difference between then and now is $1 million in grant money and a pilot program known as Making the Makers. view article arw

More concerns are emerging about a company awarded a $4 million no-bid contract to mine special education data in Texas, based on the company’s previous work in Louisiana. News 88.7 obtained a copy of that report by SPEDx, which experts say raises serious questions about their methods and findings. “What jumped out at me is that it seemed counter to much of the research that has been done nationally,” said Randy Soffer, with the University of St. Thomas. view article arw

The sounds of machines buzzing emanates from the end of a long hallway in Tyler ISD’s state-of-the-art Career and Technology Center, which has all of the high-tech gadgets students and teachers could ask for. As visitors approach the last shop in the corridor, they begin to recognize the sounds of machines familiar, if not slightly out of place right next door to an engineering and design class. view article arw

Eanes Independent School District is hitting the pause button on its participation in a state project to data mine special education records, saying they want time to rethink the project. “Given the concerns raised by various stakeholder groups, Eanes ISD feels it is in the district’s best interest to stop and take the time to consider next steps,” said spokeswoman Claudia McWhorter.  view article arw

The Massey Oaks development, Massey Ranch, was fully allocated to Alvin ISD in November. The neighborhood is made up of 975 planned lots, 650 of which were originally allocated to AISD. The other 325 were allocated to Pearland ISD, said AISD. The city of Pearland acquired the property in July through voluntary annexation and decided the area must be completely within one school district. view article arw

Spirit Team builds leadership skills

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Three times a year, the Spirit Team of Bridgeport Intermediate School walks across the street to the Stagecoach Rehabilitation Center and Senior Care to put on a holiday performance for the residents. For Christmas, the kids danced and sang to “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” while the seniors looked on in delight. After they finished performing, the kids lined up to thank the seniors for listening, one by one. view article arw

UPDATE: Mount Pleasant ISD will hold classes on Thursday. Busses will run on the regular schedule. view article arw

The three suspects that broke into a Donna ISD school and stole a patrol unit are facing more charges. Jesus Colugna and Orlando Ramirez are charged with misdemeanor evading arrest. view article arw

The Food for Families campaign of the Katy Independent School District's Partners in Education met its fundraising goal to provide support for families around Christmas. "We met our goal and exceeded last year's total by raising $35,000," said Janet Theis, director of community partnerships for Partners in Education. "We served more campuses this year, as in every year that Katy ISD opens new schools," she said. "Food for Families is growing with the district thanks to our community's generosity." view article arw

An assistant principal from Amarillo has been recognized by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. Drew Daniel of Tascosa High School has been named the state's Assistant Principal of the Year. view article arw

From the outside looking in, critics claim we go too far here in Texas, where we build $60 million cathedrals to high school football, the official state religion. Risking blasphemy, I might even agree. Just the same, let me also suggest we haven't gone far enough. view article arw

The Marshall community and Marshall ISD staff, students and administration are working to salvage the Christmas season for a Marshall mother and her two children who lost everything during a house fire on Monday. Laquisha Oliver, of Marshall, was at work in Longview Monday morning when old electrical wiring in her house sparked a fire that destroyed her home, she said Tuesday. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District this week finalized plans to purchase a University of Houston satellite campus now housing students from the flooded-out Betty Sue Creech Elementary School. On Dec. 12, the district's board of trustees officially ratified the motion to spend $6.7 million to buy the 10-acre plot of the University of Houston's Cinco Ranch branch at 4242 S. Mason. view article arw

Several recent scandals at the Gainesville state school have gotten the attention of lawmakers in Austin, now the school could be in danger of closing. Last week a Houston senator proposed closing the Gainesville State School and moving the teens to a facility in a bigger city. He cited recent charges against four now-former correctional officers of sexual assault of an inmate. view article arw

Reciprocal Frustration

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Most people don’t want to actually get better. Scratch that. Most people want to get better, as long as it doesn’t require additional work and discomfort. Which means what they want to hear is this,  view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved a change to its class rank policy. Beyond the top 10 percent, which is required by law to be included on a transcript, students will have the choice to opt in or out of having their rank included. For months, the district has considered limiting how many students are ranked to avoid “GPA chasing” by students and to encourage colleges to look at the students’ overall performance. view article arw

Testimony wrapped up in the bribery trial of a former San Antonio ISD trustee Tuesday. Jurors heard from a man who says he conspired with Olga Hernandez to influence school board decisions. It's a story we've been following closely in our newsroom. Our Amanda Weber has been in court all day giving us updates on what's happening. view article arw

On Monday, the West Oso ISD Superintendent, two school board members, community leaders, and two architects toured the Young Women's Leadership Academy in San Antonio. It's an all-girls school that includes grade levels 6 through 12.  A similar school is being considered for Corpus Christi through the West Oso Independent School District. KRIS 6 News Anchor Jennifer Lira was invited along for the tour, to find out what the all-girls academy could mean for young ladies in Corpus Christi. view article arw

As an educator who has worked in Texas public schools for 20 years, I know that high school teachers face many challenges when they ask their students to read a book. Even before smartphones and YouTube, before Candy Crush and Snapchat, teenagers were happy to find ways not to read. Over the years, I have observed that one solution to this challenge lies in providing teenagers with books that are more like “The Hunger Games” or “Monster,” and less like “The Great Gatsby” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Also, with the increasing diversity of Texas classrooms, we would serve our students well by providing them with high-interest, young adult novels that reflect people and experiences with which they are familiar. view article arw

There was plenty of action at Spring ISD's Winter Wonderland Around the World literacy event on Friday, designed to help kids make the connection between reading and enjoyment through hands-on activities and crafts. The event hit its mark with Shukella Price, who brought her young son Cameron because she wanted to introduce him to new experiences, as well as literacy concepts. "Reading is so important, and building that foundation for the kiddos where it is associated with something that is fun and exciting, it's like second nature," she said. "They don't even realize they are learning and that is what this is." view article arw

Houston’s high school students will get a boost in college advising, thanks to $13 million in grant money to the Houston Independent School District. Part of that money from the Houston Endowment will expand efforts to match high-achieving, low-income students with top-tier colleges Trisha Cornwell directs EMERGE Fellowship, a nonprofit that partners with HISD to do just that. She expects to coach one hundred more students a year, bringing the new class of incoming EMERGE students each year to 350 students. view article arw

Students across the country aren’t just learning how to spell or solve math problems. They’re also learning what are known as social and emotional skills, which includes managing stress and having empathy. In Dallas ISD, teachers are learning how to teach these skills in the classroom. Every morning, Ines Hita’s third-grade students at Lorenzo DeZavala Elementary start with what they call a “magic moment.” They breathe in and breathe out. view article arw

As we embark on the busiest time of year, it’s a time to reflect and celebrate accomplishments. 2017 was a bright year for Midland ISD. We made gains in academic performance. We celebrated scholars, athletes, musicians. We danced and sang and read books. We made changes and gained new leadership.  We started to look innovatively at possibilities for the future. We collaborated. And, we found our why. Our why. Why do we wake up each day and work with the students of Midland? Why do we find cars in the parking lot of every school in town hours after dark? Why do we cry and laugh and sometimes both at the same time? Why do we stay up late grading? Why do we collaborate with our colleagues?  view article arw