Responding to an apparent need for alternative attendance options, the Hutto ISD board of trustees on Thursday night approved implementation of the Optional Flexible School Day Program at the River Horse Academy beginning in the fall. The Optional Flexible School Day Program is a state-approved plan that allows districts to provide “flexible hours and days of attendance for students,” according to the Texas Education Agency website. The Optional Flexible School Day Program is available for students in grades 9-12. view article arw

That’s the case for more than 260 educators from throughout the El Paso Independent School District, who this week spent the day at Franklin for the Summer Institute to brush up on a variety of topics and bring fresh ideas to their classroom. Teachers participating in the third annual Summer Institute also received a day credit – allowing them to extend their summer break to August 6 instead of returning on August 3. view article arw

It's easy to get buried under the life-changing news that H-E-B has just announced beer and wine delivery in under an hour, making deciding to wear pajamas all day long a possibility. But more than a few did pick up on the fact that the Texas-based grocer has also entered the public art arena, installing an interactive light sculpture along the escalator at its new H-E-B Bellaire Market. There was a bit of whining that the artist selected, Ansen Seale, is based out of San Antonio instead of Houston. Yet others wanted to know whether the artist was asked to donate the work in exchange for publicity while organizer Weingarten Art Group earned a hefty commission. view article arw

The Texas Tribune reports TEA officials on Monday put out a call for applications for more than $20 million in grants.The search comes after a lengthy federal investigation found the state had effectively denied students with disabilities access to needed services. Several of the contracts will go to organizations that can help schools educate some of the most vulnerable and neglected students with special needs view article arw

Artificial turf from the Astrodome now has a new home at a Pasadena Independent School District elementary school. Two rolls of AstroTurf from the Eighth Wonder of the World were installed on a school playground. It’s a new addition to the Freeman Elementary School playground principal Mike Van Loenen is proud to show off. view article arw

Texas has been named "America's Top State for Business," according to a study conducted by CNBC. CNBC made the announcement live on its network from Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas. “Texas offers a blueprint for business success,” said Governor Abbott. “The Texas economy is the fastest growing in the nation, and more Texans are working than ever before.  view article arw

Less than two months before the former Robert E. Lee High School greets students with a new name, North East ISD is getting ready to auction off more than 1,000 pieces of memorabilia from the school. NEISD voted in October to rename the school Legacy of Education Excellence, or LEE High School, among a renewed national debate over what to do with symbols of the Confederacy spread across the South. view article arw

A coalition of more than 70 education leaders — from charter school operators to national teachers unions — are calling on the Trump administration to retain an Obama-era guidance document that urged school districts to reduce their reliance on suspensions and expulsions and to eliminate racial disparities in discipline. In a letter sent Tuesday to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the education groups said they accept responsibility for rethinking traditional approaches to school discipline “because the consequences of inaction are dire.”  view article arw

Compassion Katy is marshaling community support for its expanded Operation Back 2 School program that provides help to students in the Katy Independent School District. Last year, the nonprofit Compassion Katy reached more than 400 students at Sundown Elementary School, said Rhonda Player, Compassion Katy’s director of marketing. This year, the mission has broadened to eight Title 1 schools with more than 4,000 students and is projected to expand even further in 2019. view article arw

Channelview ISD is investigating a social studies teacher for comments that appeared last week on Twitter about the recent incident involving a stolen "Make America Great Again" hat, district spokeswoman LaKeisha LeBlanc said. The tweets, which appeared to come from Anthony Aguirre Junior High teacher Jogi Pattisapu's account, referenced a cellphone video on July 4 showing a man verbally abusing a 16-year-old boy at a San Antonio Whataburger while taking the boy's red "Make America Great Again" hat. The video shows the man dumping a drink in the boy's face. view article arw

Jungle Disk LLC is hoping to get fresh eyes on how it does things from its first group of high school interns, part of a program with the San Antonio Independent School District. The program, which started Tuesday, will have 21 SAISD students and recent graduates studying Jungle Disk’s product suites as part of four teams. They will work from 1 to 5 p.m. for 20 hours a week and present their research at the end of the internship at Highlands High School. view article arw

Many may know of La Porte primarily because of its famous Sylvan Beach and pavilion, but the community has as rich history. Text your knowledge of the city to see how you stack up. view article arw

North East Independent School District announced Monday it will auction off memorabilia from Robert E. Lee High School, which will be renamed Legacy of Educational Excellence, or LEE High School, in the fall. The name change followed a debate last year about naming schools after Confederate leaders. The school district announced on Facebook that it plans to auction 1,000 items bearing the Robert E. Lee name and image of the school’s old mascot, “Grumpy Gus.” The items include include apparel, cheerleading megaphones with the Confederate general’s name printed on them, old yearbooks, a mosaic tile art piece from the senior class of 1964, and folding chairs emblazoned with “Grumpy Gus” image. view article arw

Households within the West Orange – Cove School System may be contacted soon through an independent telephone survey for community input on possible improvement projects for the district. West Orange-Cove CISD has been working with a Citizens Advisory Committee for the past several months to identify facility and equipment improvements that would support academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs in the district. The Citizens Advisory Committee has studied district challenges related to facilities and equipment needs of the district and has identified cost effective solutions that the committee wants to consider after receiving input from a statistically valid survey of community voters. view article arw

Summer is still in full swing, but some families are already thinking about the next school year. Starting in the fall, Cleburne ISD will offer full-day pre-kindergarten for children who qualify. Last year, the district piloted the program at three elementary schools. After analyzing data collected from both students and teachers, the CISD board of trustees approved to implement the program at all seven elementary schools for the 2018-19 school year.  view article arw

There's at least one thing that's higher than buying a house on millennials' to-do lists: Graduating from college. That's according to new research from First American, which found that young adults today aren't giving up on homeownership, they're just getting there later. First American measured "potential homeownership demand" as part of its Homeownership Progress Index, or HPRI.  view article arw

The Cognition Crisis

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Our lives on this planet have improved in so many amazing ways over the last century. On average, we are now healthier, more affluent and literate, less violent and longer living. Despite these unprecedented positive changes, clear signs exist that we are in the midst of an emerging crisis — one that has not yet been recognized in its full breadth, even though it lurks just beneath the surface of our casual conversations and swims in the undercurrents of our news feeds. This is not the well-known crisis that we’ve induced upon the earth’s climate, but one that is just as threatening to our future. This is a crisis of our minds. A cognition crisis. view article arw

Fifteen Frisco ISD high school students are recipients of awards and scholarships from the National FFA Organization and the Texas FFA Association. The students comprise four FFA chapters from across the District. For more information about each award or scholarship, click here. Honored students will be recognized on stage at the 90th Texas FFA State Convention in July. Congratulations to the recipients of the following awards and scholarships: view article arw

Nerf bullets, kickball and escape rooms are all tools to connect police officers and Frisco ISD students at the Junior Police Academy this summer. Every week, about 60 students undergo training and learn the finer points of building searches, dispatch and other skills police officers use every day. “It's an interaction with the police officers and kids, just another step of kind of bridging that gap. Letting the kids see the officers in a different light,” said Lt. Mike Hagan, who heads the school resource officer and special investigations departments. view article arw

Five schools in Austin named for Confederate heroes likely won't get new names for another school year. The Austin American-Statesman reports that district administrators have slowed down the process after the school board voted in February to rename five campuses. That's to give a task force enough time to examine criteria for choosing new names. view article arw

The United Independent School District wants to make sure its students are dressed for success on the first day of school. Starting on July 16th, UISD will begin accepting applications for the standardized Dress Assistance Program. view article arw

Tyler ISD didn’t just meet the state’s goals for career and technology certifications, the district is years ahead of them. Where the state goal was for Tyler ISD to have 37 Texas Education Agency approved certifications completed by students in the 2017-18 school year, Tyler ISD delivered close to 10 times that many with 352 completed and more expected over the summer as students turn 18 or retest. view article arw

When McCollum volleyball coach Rose Ann Martinez was a freshman at Harlandale, something happened that shaped the way she approaches road trips now. Martinez and a freshman teammate went to the bathroom while McCollum was en route to a volleyball game in Del Rio. While they were in there, the Cowboys bus left without the team’s only two freshmen. Martinez said they asked a woman at the gas station to give them a lift to Del Rio. But before they were able to leave, McCollum’s bus came back for its missing passengers. view article arw

We are so proud of our Ector Eagle students. We had several students travel to Savannah, Georgia to compete at Nationals for Beta Club. In elementary we had the following students compete, Dillon Barber – Science, Kaleb Haggard – Science, Lilly Neel – Poetry, Beau Roberts – Science in which he placed 8th for fourth grade and Chesney Robinson – Language Arts. view article arw

A year after Texas lawmakers prohibited schools from suspending most young students, some Central Texas districts are still using the practice, including one that reported a surprisingly high 571 suspensions in the 2017-18 school year.Starting last fall, school officials could no longer suspend students in prekindergarten through second grade except in a few narrow cases — if a student brings a gun to school, commits a violent offense or is involved with drugs or alcohol. view article arw

By 2040, Interstate 35 will run through a San Antonio-Austin metroplex with a population rivaling the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s current size.  And if nothing major changes by then, near-constant gridlock driven by the population boom will bog down what already is one of Texas’ most congested highway corridors.  To keep I-35 drivable, the San Antonio- and Austin-area Metropolitan Planning Organizations — local transportation planning entities for urban areas of more than 50,000 people — are coordinating on a nascent plan to add a pair of lanes in each direction to some 120 miles of the highway, from Bexar to Williamson County. view article arw

Flour Bluff ISD trustees voted to dissolve the University Preparatory High School program by the end of the 2018-19 school year. The program allows high school students to earn up to 60 hours of college credit and is offered to students who fit one or more of the below criteria: view article arw

TOP LYS TWEETS – JULY 9, 2018

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If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. view article arw

Four Houston schools have received 27,000 books to restock their libraries after Hurricane Harvey destroyed them. The Allstate Foundation donated $400,000 to replace books at Braeburn, Hilliard, Mitchell, and Scarborough Elementary schools, which are part of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and were among the most damaged in the district. view article arw

In an era when school supply lists seem to be getting longer and longer, the parents and students of one local district won’t need to shop for any. The Whitesboro Independent School District has decided to forgo the supply list and provide its students with the items they will need for the 2018-2019 school year. Tommie Ruth Fletcher, the president of the Whitesboro ISD board of trustees, said the move is a response to some concerns expressed by parents last year. She said some were upset that teachers were asking for particular brands of products. view article arw

Texas Student Assessments has released State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing results for Leander ISD’s spring semester, demonstrating a majority of passing scores for grades 3-8 in math and reading. Students in certain grades were also tested in writing, social studies and science. Results marked “approaches grade level” are passing scores, while “did not meet grade level” indicates a failing score on the test. view article arw

The Thai soccer team that has been stuck in a cave in northern Thailand may need to remain there for months.Rescuers found the 12 boys and their soccer coach alive and relatively healthy on an elevated rock about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the mouth of the cave on Monday evening after 9 days of searches.   However, the boys will have to learn how to dive or wait months until the flooding subsides before they can get out safely, the BBC said, citing the military. Food may need to be sent in for at least the next four months, the military added. Thailand's rainy season usually persists through October. view article arw

For the second year in a row, Belton High School students won the SkillsUSA TeamWorks national championship. The team of construction trades students Bailey Eickenloff, William Glaser, Antonio Hernandez and Lyhue Penny took first place in the TeamWorks event at the 2018 SkillsUSA National Student Leadership Conference held this week in Louisville, Ky., a Belton school district news release said In the TeamWorks competition, teams of four students receive blueprints for a construction project that that requires carpentry, electrical, plumbing and masonry skills. After making a presentation on how they will approach the project, teams have three days to complete the structure. view article arw

School may be out for the summer, but the Tyler Independent School District Council of PTAs is still hard at work. The group, which encompasses all 24 Tyler ISD campus PTAs, helps individual campuses organize, prepare and get involved. “Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality,” outgoing Council of PTAs President Maureen Kaiser said. view article arw