Officially known as the At-Home Learning Initiative, the collaboration strengthens TEA’s efforts in assisting school districts and public charter schools with establishing instructional continuity and at-home learning during this unprecedented public health crisis.  AUSTIN, Texas – April 21, 2020 – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas PBS stations are proud to promote a joint initiative to air TEKS-aligned educational programming each week in 10 different PBS viewing areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officially known as the At-Home Learning Initiative, the collaboration strengthens TEA's efforts in assisting school districts and public charter schools with establishing instructional continuity and at-home learning during this unprecedented public health crisis. view article arw

On Thursday’s show: Inside the firing of two charter school leaders, funding mechanisms for flood prevention projects, and great villains of cinematic history. view article arw

Mansfield ISD will name the multipurpose athletic complex at Mansfield High School after Daniel Maberry. Maberry taught and coached football at Mansfield High for 18 years before he died on February 3, 2020 after a two-year battle with lymphoma. He was 47 years old. According to Mansfield ISD, Maberry served for 22 years in education, all of which were with the school district. view article arw

A group of students marched with banners at Horn High School this week. Students say they're protesting disciplinary action taken against a beloved teacher.  A large group of students staged a demonstration outside Horn High School in Mesquite this week. The students were marching around the campus, carrying signs and banners, while chanting. “What do we want?” “To break the silence!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” The students repeated the chant as they circled the campus. view article arw

“The transition program exists to help Richardson ISD students with special needs transition into the workforce with as much independence as possible,” district spokesman Tim Clark said. “Transition program teachers teach students life skills that can help the students navigate and be successful.” Those life skills include understanding the DART system, being on time to work and understanding the value of a dollar. view article arw

The three North Texans hope their hair stories will serve as a reminder that their appearance is much deeper than what meets the eye.  Three North Texas men who have never met each other are connected by their hairstyles and shared experiences because of it.  They say while seeking jobs in the past, their loc’d hairstyle has always been a concern. It has caused them to either be passed over for career advancement or have job opportunities rescinded. view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas – Lubbock ISD superintendent Kathy Rollo sits down for a candid conversation with KLBK’s Matt Stell. In the interview, Rollo announced that the district will offer the COVID-19 vaccine this summer to students and families who are in need of being vaccinated. view article arw

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas — With just a few weeks left of instruction, school districts are getting ready for summer school.  Sentencing Details: Former Brownsville ISD school board trustee sentenced to 80 months in prison   However, this year, things will look different.  Districts like McAllen ISD and Edinburg CISD are getting ready to welcome all students. Edinburg is offering a “summer enrichment academy” to all students from Pre-K to 11th grade.  “We normally have not had summer school for all in years prior but this year you’re right, it is different. The pandemic caused us to re-evaluate what we wanted to do for our students,” said Sandra Avila, Edinburg CISD Elementary School Area Director. view article arw

Refugio ISD will be able to reach a new range of possibilities in the coming years. RISD’s board of trustees recently approved the district’s status as a district of innovation, which will go into effect with the 2021-2022 school year. The concept, passed by Texas’ 84th Legislative Session through House Bill 1842, allows traditional ISDs a chance to gain flexibility from state mandates, similar to an open-enrollment charter school. view article arw

"It's definitely a bittersweet ending," third-grade teacher Corina Saldana said. "The students are definitely more excited now that they've gotten to visit the campus they're attending next year ... but Reagan was a small campus and our students are close to their teachers. So, it's definitely bittersweet." view article arw

Garland ISD unanimously approved the building of a coalition with the cities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse. The coalition is intended to create open and ongoing communication and collaboration, shared advocacy, and joint planning between Garland ISD and the cities they serve. view article arw

In 1974, Clarence Bailey was elected to the Longview ISD school board as its first Black trustee — now he will be honored with a campus named after him. Bailey was elected four years after Longview ISD integrated its schools. The board’s diversity has progressed leaps and bounds since that time. Today, the majority of trustees are not white — reflecting the student demographics of the district— and the board is led by Shan Bauer, a Black woman. The board voted Wednesday to honor Bailey by changing the name of South Ward Elementary School to Clarence W. Bailey Elementary School. view article arw

The McAllen Independent School District (McAllen ISD) is considering closing Bonham Elementary School due to low student enrollment. Since 2010, McAllen ISD has closed down three schools: David Crockett Elementary in 2011, Jose Antonio Navarro Elementary, after the 2017-18 school year, and Abraham Lincoln Middle School the same year. view article arw

A middle school yearbook is causing an uproar in a North Texas community. The yearbook for Downing Middle School in Flower Mound features a theme of "We Stick Together" and included dozens of stickers on the cover, including two that sparked the controversy, WFAA's Adrianne M. Haney and Malini Basu report.  One of the stickers featured the now-popular yard sign slogan: "science is real, Black lives matter, no human is illegal, love is love, women's rights are human rights, kindness is everything." The other sticker was a closed fist with the words "I can't breathe." The cover features a number of other stickers referencing recent events and pop culture, (see: a masked Baby Yoda), but parents reserved their anger for the two pieces they believed constituted a political statement.  - the school's art teacher and yearbook coordinator was reportedly placed on administrative leave. view article arw

Boyd to offer tuition pre-K

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Boyd ISD is planning to expand its pre-K for all 4-year-olds in its district. The school district is offering pre-K to all students for $4,500, with the inception of a tuition-based pre-K. The hope is to give all Boyd students a chance at getting into the Boyd ISD system and provide a head start before entering kindergarten. “What if we can get all our 4-year-old BISD students in pre-K at 4 years old? They are our kids. They are within our boundary zone, starting a year early, a year earlier to learn to read, make friends and get into our school,” said Superintendent Tamara Vardy. The school board approved the program unanimously May 17. view article arw

Beginning this fall, Austin ISD parent­-teacher associations will no longer be allowed to fund staff positions at their schools, a decision met with mixed reactions across the broadly diverse urban school district. Some campus communities felt bruised by the district's haphazard communication and speedy timeline for change at their schools, while other stakeholders were incredulous that AISD ever allowed such a practice in the first place. The decision impacts 31 staff positions at a dozen elementary schools, almost all of which are whiter and wealthier than the district as a whole. A May 3 letter to principals from district leaders outlining the changes, months after AISD put in place new equity formulas for staffing campuses, sent employees unexpectedly scrambling to apply for new jobs and left parents wondering what to do next. As Chief of Schools Dr. Anthony Mays wrote in the memo, "The issue is not so much a legal matter as it is an ethical one – equitable schools." The district has picked up a handful of the positions and is still weighing whether to do so with others; PTA funding of afterschool programs is not affected. view article arw

The theme for this year’s seniors at MC Harris High School has been “triumph through adversity,” something Briona Holmes knows all too well. Holmes was the speaker Wednesday night as 107 class of 2021 MC Harris graduates walked the stage at Merrill Green Stadium as Bryan high schools kicked off commencement ceremonies. “I know I am here looking at you wonderful graduates today who have faced even worse circumstances than I, and I salute you,” said Holmes, who officially graduated in April. “So, go forth and embrace and conquer these changing circumstances. You will need to have a spirit of survival and perseverance.” view article arw

A class of fourth-grade students in LaPorte ISD received a gift Wednesday to help them grieve a loss they never expected to endure. “I just think about him a lot,” reflected Ryan Barnett, a fourth-grader at Heritage Elementary School in Deer Park. Barnett’s teacher, Brian Fournier, suddenly passed away on April 18, leaving his students, fellow teachers, parents, and staff heartbroken. Fournier, 56, taught at Heritage Elementary for years. His students said he had a knack for making them laugh while he taught. view article arw

(CEDAR HILL, TEXAS) Traphene Parramore Hickman has some advice for the 518 members of the Cedar Hill High School Class of 2021 seventy-one years after she and 14 classmates accepted their diplomas from the district.  “The future’s just out there,” Hickman said. “Take every opportunity. Take every step. Go forward, even if you’re afraid. Live for tomorrow and never look backward.”  Hickman, a 1950 Cedar Hill High School Graduate, and her husband, J.R. Hickman, a 1948 Cedar Hill High School Graduate, have exemplified those words throughout their remarkable, civic-minded lives in Cedar Hill.  Traphene retired in 1996 after a remarkable career as the Library Director for the City of Cedar Hill and later, for Dallas County, and J.R. retired from Southwestern Bell (now AT&T) in 1984, after 35 years of service with the company.  Traphene is still a member of the Cedar Hill Library Board, and J.R. is a member of the Cedar Hill Museum Board and a former election precinct chair for 25 years in the city. view article arw

As the school year winds down and summertime draws near, Longview ISD is hosting various athletic camps to help young Lobos be the best they can be. The Lobo Summer Strength & Conditioning program for all LISD students in grades 7th-12th is set for July 7-29 at Lobo Stadium. Workout days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, with male athletes working out at 8 a.m. and female athletes at 10 a.m.. Meals will be provided, and there is no cost for the program. Students must provide personal hydration, as well as the proper workout attire of shorts, T-shirt, and footwear (cross trainers and turf cleats are recommended). The LISD Food Service Department will provide meals after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. workouts. view article arw

The Longview ISD Board of Trustees approved an agreement with Ideal Impact to install new state-of-the-art HVAC monitoring equipment throughout the entire district, during a special-called meeting Wednesday, May 26. Wayne-Guidry-headshot-2021Dr. Wayne Guidry, Assistant Superintendent of Finance, explained that this monitoring system stands to provide estimated savings to taxpayers of $600,000 per year and, over the next 15 years, "we are anticipating a total savings of $15 million to the taxpayers of Longview ISD." "This program could conceivably pay for itself within four years," he said, adding that Ideal Impact "will be making a large number of significant improvements to LISD facilities." view article arw

At the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, we have the privilege of working with extraordinary Texas educators and telling their stories which celebrate their work and contributions to the 5.5 million school children across this state. And, as part of Raise Your Hand’s ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, we are working to deepen our learning and to bring a concerted equity focus to our work, including our storytelling as well as our programmatic work in creating a more diverse teacher workforce in Texas.  view article arw

FORT WORTH, Texas - Dozens of parents and activists spoke out at Fort Worth ISD’s school board meeting Tuesday angry at the superintendent. They claim the district is forcing critical race theory on students. House approval of an amendment to HB 3979 is all that is left before the so-called critical race theory bill heads to Governor Greg Abbott's desk.    (27) view article arw

As the 2020-2021 year comes to a close, so does the inaugural season of Conversations with Dr. Heath Morrison. In the latest installment, Montgomery Junior High teacher Dr. Steven Meeker sits down with Dr. Morrison to reflect on the many opportunities, challenges and celebrations we experienced during this past year.    (27) view article arw

Belton ISD has gotten creative to bring a little joy and motivation to their youngest students. Bells stationed around campus are there to give the students a way to celebrate meeting their goals, and it's working. ”The kids come and you know, Ms. Mitchell, I want to learn my letters, I want to learn my numbers and it’s just been a huge motivator this year,” said Johanna Mitchell, Pre-K Teacher, Belton Early Childhood School. view article arw

Achieve Early High School in McAllen Independent School District (ISD) students to become bicultural and fluent in English and Spanish this fall. The district began offering dual language courses in 2013 at seven elementary schools. view article arw

NBC 5 recently invited school leaders, students, and parents from districts across North Texas to sit at our table and talk about race. There would be no list of questions, no agenda, simply an opportunity to share their own opinions about some of the incidents centered around race in school in North Texas this year, and personal experiences. We wanted to listen to each other, hear ideas and hope for the future, and just begin an ongoing conversation about topics many of us like to avoid. view article arw

Dallas Independent School District teacher Jocelyn Foshay was guiding a social studies lesson with her middle school class about the amendment that protects Americans from unreasonable search and seizure. “Where was the Fourth Amendment to protect Breonna Taylor?” a student asked her, referring to a Black woman who was shot and killed in her apartment by Louisville police officers during a botched raid in 2020. Foshay turned the question back to her students. “What do you think?” she asked, allowing students to process their thoughts and draw their own conclusions. view article arw

DALLAS - During the last two weeks of class, masks are optional at Dallas ISD schools. Parents do have the option to move their kids virtual if they're uncomfortable. After a year of back and forth in the classroom, Emily Castillo says her family has come to a decision that her 9-year-old nephew will switch once again from in-person learning to virtual learning for the final two weeks of school. view article arw

Today, Tesla and Del Valle ISD held a signing day event for the school’s 2021 graduates. Several graduates were selected to work at Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Texas, and the Tesla Owners Club of Austin was there to document this momentous event. Tesla has some big things happening and I spoke with both Matt Holm, President of Tesla Owners Club of Austin, and Anuarbek Imanbaev, Vice President of Tesla Owners Club of Austin. I also spoke with Annette Tielle, Del Valle ISD Superintendent, who shared how excited she was for her students to be able to work at Tesla while representing Del Valle at the state’s first-ever signing day. view article arw

SPRING, TX – May 25, 2021 – As Spring ISD prepares to open its new School for International Studies at Bammel this August, prospective families are invited to tour the school on June 1 at 8 a.m. or at 6 pm. to see everything the school will offer, including a dedicated dual-language program. The school is initially recruiting for students in pre-K through 2nd grade with plans to add another grade level each year until the program serves students in pre-K through 8th grade. The two-way dual-language immersion program will feature Spanish at the elementary level with additional languages for students to explore once they reach middle school. view article arw

Thursday is the last day of school in the Midlothian ISD, and some students will end the year with something good to celebrate.The students on a team called Mallet Heads won the district's "Shark Tank" competition.  Students pitched their product and business plans to judges last week.  For the Mallet Heads, the product was a set of interchangeable mallets for drums and percussion instruments. The idea won! view article arw

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Proms were paused in 2020 because of COVID-19, but a collaborative effort between students, staff and administrators at Waco and University high schools produced a pair of them this spring, perfectly planned for a pandemic. A committee made up of students and staff from both schools worked on the details for months. Waco High held its prom on May 15 on campus while University’s prom was Saturday night at the school. University High School Senior Class President JC Olvera was part of the committee and was thrilled with the outcome. view article arw

Midland ISD’s Special Services Department distributed book packs filled with age-appropriate books to more than 750 pre-K students district-wide. Each book pack included five books tailored to the student's reading level and instructional language (Spanish or English). The book packs will also include a journal, post card, colored pencils and activities related to the books to promote comprehension skills. The purpose of the program is to develop each student's interest in books and keep them reading during the summer months. It also encourages families to spend time reading together and developing a love of learning. view article arw

It's that time of year again when high school seniors say good-bye and move on to the next phase of their lives. In case you're wondering when and where your loved one will walk the stage to receive their high school diploma here's all the information from Robstown to the rural districts of Premont and San Diego. view article arw