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MINERAL WELLS -- School trustees in Mineral Wells this week approved a four-day school week that will start in August, Superintendent John Kuhn reported.   "There was a long discussion," he said of the special called meeting debate, much of which concerned the need of some parents to find care for younger children on Fridays.  "We'll be looking at offering an optional Friday remediation program for some grades — younger ones," Kuhn said.  The new calendar had not been posted to the district's website by Wednesday afternoon but was expected to go up soon. The address is www.mwisd.net and the calendar will be under the "Parents and Students" drop-down menu at the top of the main page.  The school year will begin on Aug. 8 and end on May 25, 2023. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — This week, a new poll from Change Research asked more than 1,000 Texas voters to weigh in on school voucher programs. The poll shows voters are split on having a school voucher program in Texas, 46% said they supported the idea, 43% opposed it, and 11% said they were not sure. However, when it comes to funding, 82% responded they are concerned the voucher program would take away from public school funding, which 57% then stated concern this could lead to higher property taxes. Earlier this month, Governor Greg Abbott announced his pledge to support school choice, adding it to his list of ‘parental rights’ he’s been campaigning on. view article arw

Laredo ISD has implemented it’s upcoming dress code for students in their upcoming year. The district had a board meeting to discuss their student standardized dress code, as the change was made after two years of uncertainty. Israel Castilla, the district’s accountability, and compliance director say women and men will wear their shirts based on their district’s high school colors which consist of red, white, green, yellow, blue, and maroon. view article arw

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas -- For the upcoming 2022-23 school year, Fort Bend ISD will expand its prekindergarten program to six additional campuses, the district announced May 11.  The video above is ABC13's 24/7 livestream.   According to the announcement, the district will extend that programming to 35 campuses-up from 29-along with a new tuition-based option for district employees and non-district employees alike. view article arw

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East Elementary in Brownwood Builds a Culture of Success  In 2018, James Clear published a book called "Atomic Habits". In this book Clear explains that all big things come from small beginnings. East Elementary, in Brownwood, TX started with a humble beginning, first opening its door in 1942. East Elementary has always been special place for students. The campus serves approximately 320 Prek-3rd grade students and has a rich history in being a community school.  view article arw

The Migrant Education Program is a law that is meant to aid migrant families or students who are 22 years old and younger. Those who migrate across the country for work in agriculture and fishing often have gaps in education and can fall behind. These essential workers are then provided with a free lunch program, housing and medical assistance, tutoring, school supplies and clothes. More than 11,000 people live in Robstown, Texas, which is about 20 miles west of Corpus Christi. Dr. Jose Moreno is the school district’s superintendent. He said the lack of growth is impacting the schools. view article arw

WHITEHOUSE, Texas (KLTV) - A monument to honor veterans is being erected outside the Whitehouse ISD Education Support Center. Kaden Black, a senior and the mayor of the Youth Community Council, spoke about the monument and an upcoming ceremony. Black said a likeness of veteran and Whitehouse ISD alumni Nelson Trent will be used for the monument. Nelson Trent died in combat in Afghanistan. “This is just a memorial to remember all veterans, but we are molding it in the likeness of a Whitehouse alumni to give it a more personal effect for the community. Mr. Nelson Trent,” Black said. “It’s a body of students willing to commit and make a difference within our community.” view article arw

Twenty-eight Clear Creek ISD seniors entered the next phase of their education and career journey during a signing ceremony May 5 at Clear View High School. Community leaders, educators, friends and family cheered the students as they reviewed and signed commitment letters for paid positions as patient care technicians with HCA Houston Healthcare. “Your commitment to learning about how a hospital operates and your interest in the healthcare field has led you to this monumental moment this evening,” CEO Todd Caliva said. “You took the initiative, pursued your interest, interviewed for and secured this exciting new position. view article arw

RISE Academy was the first group to graduate of the Tyler ISD Class of 2022 graduating class. On Wednesday night, 100 RISE Academy students walked the stage at the theater inside of Tyler High School. “What I love about this specific group of young men and women is your courage to do things different — to take a different path that aligns with your goals, whether is to move on to a career quicker, graduate while working and I know a lot of y’all are doing that or even to get this high school thing over with without dealing without all the traditional things. I love that..” said Wade Washmon, Tyler ISD board of trustees president, as he spotlighted the campus’ unique atmosphere among other district campuses. view article arw

MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD trustees voted May 16 to delegate authority to Superintendent Don Layton to employ contractual personnel and make vehicle purchases in June, July and August only. “We need the ability to hire people right now,” Layton told the school board, adding that the district has received more employment applications this year as compared to last year. Layton told trustees he would text hiring details to board members for their information.  Also, Malakoff ISD is looking to add another SUV to its fleet, with Layton saying it’s very difficult to buy a Suburban. The superintendent said he needs the immediate purchasing authority to “beat competition.” Trustees agreed, setting a spending limit of $60,000. view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dawson Elementary School 5th grader Malyke Johnson sat at a table with his friends, excitedly awaiting Empower Hour. It is a weekly, hour-long program aiming to help students connect with other students outside their friend zone to prepare them for middle school. He talked about video games and TV shows with his friends. view article arw

When the next school year rolls around, students at the Santa Rosa Independent School District may be experiencing four-day weeks. Teachers will still work five days a week if the new school week is approved, the district said. Santa Rosa ISD Superintendent Yolanda Chapa says the district has had a tough time filling open teacher positions all year – and she’s hoping the proposed change will address that. “We don't have a lot of teachers who are knocking at our door wanting to teach at Santa Rosa," Chapa said. "Teachers have a very difficult time, Right now they're overwhelmed. Students are overwhelmed."    (18) view article arw

For decades, scientists warned that human-induced climate change could put communities in danger around the world. More intense climate and weather events beyond natural climate variability have already damaged people and nature. Those threats are becoming increasingly evident in Texas. The ongoing heat wave, which brought unseasonably high temperatures and once again raised concerns about the capacity of the state’s power grid, is just one example. Here’s how climate change is already affecting Texans.    (18) view article arw

A monument to honor veterans is being erected outside the Whitehouse ISD Education Support Center. Kaden Black, a senior and the mayor of the Youth Community Council, spoke about the monument and an upcoming ceremony. Black said a likeness of veteran and Whitehouse ISD alumni Nelson Trent will be used for the monument. Nelson Trent died in combat in Afghanistan. view article arw

TIOGA, Texas (KXII) - Tioga ISD will be switching to a 4-day school week come next fall. At Monday nights school board meeting, the proposal for the 2022-2023 calendar was approved. Tioga ISD said this change would allow staff and students to rest and be in a less stressful environment, increase teacher and staff satisfaction in the work environment, as well as extra family time with longer weekends. The school days will be 28 minutes longer. view article arw

WINTERS, Texas — Leslie Lara is a parent of two students at Winters ISD. One student is in high school while the other just started kindergarten. Lara says her youngest child can be overwhelmed from the 5-day work week grind, "by Thursday, I’m telling you my little one she’s worn out." Winters ISD is going into a 4-day week schedule for the 2022-2023 school year. As many as 15 schools in Texas have adopted the 4-day work week. Winters Superintendent Sean Leamon says he presented the idea to his committee as a way to help save teachers and students time to catch up on other work. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Following a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Austin Independent School District’s “Diced and Sliced” culinary competition came back in full force Thursday. Six teams of middle school students competed against each other to have their burrito recipes on Austin ISD’s school lunch menus next year. Report: Austin falls from top 10 of ‘best places to live’ rankings “The opportunity to be here and show off my cooking is amazing,” Kealing Middle School student Helen Giarracani said. The young chefs competed and presented their burritos to a panel of judges to evaluate on taste, appearance, creativity, and presentation. “We wanted to make it spicy, something that the judges had never tasted before,” Giarracani said. “We added a lot of seasoning and used a lot of tomatoes.” This cook-off at Austin Community College serves as a springboard for AISD’s culinary high school programs. “In a foodie town like Austin, they can slip right into a number of jobs,” AISD executive chef Diane Grodek said. It also inspires these kids to pursue a culinary career. view article arw

MARSHALL, Texas (KTAL/KSHV) – A man from Marshall, Texas, died heroically trying to stop a shooter at a church in California Sunday. Dr. John Cheng tackled gunman David Chou after he opened fire on the church during a lunch banquet following a morning service at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in the city of Laguna Woods, California. Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes told KTLA he was shot and killed in the process.  He graduated from Marshall High School in 1987 and was a beloved member of the community. He later moved to California, where he worked as a doctor serving the residents of Aliso Viejo and the surrounding communities.    (17) view article arw

A former Bachelor contestant recently slammed her Texas education, calling it a joke on her podcast on Thursday, May 5. Demi Burnett, the reality television star from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, spoke out about her blind spots and how the education system in the Lone Star State failed her. view article arw

More than 20 local Hispanic parents were honored Monday night by the Chapel Hill ISD Board of Trustees after recently finishing a semester of free English classes. The classes were hosted by the district as part of a partnership with the district and the Literacy Council of Tyler. “Thanks to our partnership with the Literacy Council of Tyler, we’ve been able to bring free English classes to 26 parents in our district," said Jadwiga Walters, director of bilingual and ESL programs at Chapel Hill ISD, before presenting the students with completed course certifications during the board meeting. "These classes have been able to change their lives, they have helped them find a tool and the support they’ve been needing in order to survive in a country they now consider their new home. Our parents have been committed to their own education and have worked tirelessly to meet their personal goals that will give them access to the resources their families need." view article arw

At the Magnolia ISD board of trustees budget workshop on May 16, trustees were presented with a budget proposal for fiscal year 2022-23 that includes a 2% raise for all employees, including teachers, bus drivers, and technical and clerical staff. According to the presentation by Assistant Superintendent of Operations Erich Morris, the raise will help create a competitive compensation plan and protect the district from student enrollment growth uncertainties, such as more or fewer students than projected. A figure for the district’s overall general fund budget for FY 2022-23 was not given during the budget workshop May 16. view article arw

Mexia ISD provided few details but the superintendent of Groesbeck ISD tweeted there were reports of shots fired on a Mexia campus. view article arw

Dr. John Cheng, a 52-year-old sports medicine doctor, was voted most likely to succeed when he attended Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas.(Source: Marshall High School yearbook)  Cheng, a 52-year-old sports medicine doctor who lived in California but had strong ties to the ArkLaTex, charged at the gunman at the California church and tried to disarm him. His heroism allowed other parishioners to subdue the gunman and hog tie him with extension cords, authorities said. view article arw

WINTERS, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Winters Independent School District (ISD) voted Monday evening to approve the move to a four-day school week for the next scholastic year (2022-2023). District officials officially announced the idea just last week. Winters ISD considering 4-day school week The Winters ISD school board voted Monday evening, the vote passing 6-0, KTAB/KRBC confirmed. If the new calendar is implemented, each school day will be increased by 15 minutes. At the end of the term, school would end May 25. With that extra day off, students are able to attend the Winters ISD After School Center for Education, which is usually open in summers, for five hours every Friday. The district would also provide breakfast and lunch to each student throughout the school year. view article arw

The College Station ISD Education Foundation awarded more than $154,000 in scholarships to 115 graduating seniors at its annual scholarship awards ceremony Monday night. The record-breaking $154,300 handed out at the ceremony at Pebble Creek Country Club went to seniors from all three College Station high schools who are pursuing higher education at a two-year, four-year or vocational college or university. “We’re really just overwhelmed at the generosity of our community toward our graduating seniors,” CSISD Education Foundation Executive Director Teresa Benden said. view article arw

ALTO, Texas (KTRE) - Alto ISD parents have been active on social media and in public forums to discuss an alleged increase in violence at the high school campus.  “We have had an increase in fights at the high school this year and it’s certainly not something that our kids normally do, so we are as concerned as the parents are, as far as what we needed to do,” Alto ISD Superintendent Kelly West said on Monday evening after a school board meeting.  The district held three forums to hear from the parents, something West said is not common. view article arw

CHICO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - Friday was one of the last days some students will be in school, not just this school year, but maybe for every year going forward. More Texas school districts are changing their schedules next year to four-day weeks, seeing it as a way to retain overworked staff and possibly attract new talent in the midst of a teacher shortage. The district doesn't know if it will work. The last two years though, Chico ISD didn't have a single applicant for an open Spanish-speaking position. Since announcing the move to a four-day week, four people have applied. Other jobs that used to get five applications now see numbers rising above 20. The district hasn't changed anything else, including the pay scale. "The work model in 2022 looks significantly different across the nation than it did 20 years ago when I started in education," said Chico ISD superintendent Randy Brawner, who started looking into the change just a few months after he took the position last spring. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — More people in the Eanes Independent School District are challenging books that are in schools across the district. Taking books off the shelves some consider inappropriate has become a hot button topic, not only in Texas, but across the nation. It even caused one Central Texas librarian to lose her job. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - As the school year comes to an end, Olney ISD is looking toward the future. We spoke with Superintendent Greg Roach about how he and the district have grown. Roach started his career in education as a teacher and worked his way up to superintendent over the course of almost 30 years. Eight of those have been with Olney ISD and he is very proud of the many programs the district offers its students. “The AP program is huge, our dual credit program is huge, our UIL academics are huge here. Our high schools won district UIL championship 3 straight years,” said Roach. Roach says that adding and cutting programs is based on student interest and encourages students to take advantage of the opportunities. view article arw

Dallas ISD leaders are considering new sex education lessons at a time when the way Texas schools teach about gender and sexuality is under a microscope. Students would learn how to prevent pregnancies through contraceptives and about gender identity if school trustees adopt the expanded materials on May 26. The debate comes as conservatives challenge how topics such as sexuality and gender identity are broached in schools while progressives worry about the rippling effect overturning Roe vs. Wade will have. view article arw

For the upcoming 2022-23 school year, Fort Bend ISD will expand its prekindergarten program to six additional campuses, the district announced May 11. According to the announcement, the district will extend that programming to 35 campuses—up from 29—along with a new tuition-based option for district employees and non-district employees alike. “Prekindergarten is expanding to bring early literacy and numeracy learning opportunities for eligible (for free tuition) and noneligible young learners in our growing community,” said Carmela Levy-David, the FBISD assistant superintendent for elementary schools and early childhood programs, in an email to Community Impact Newspaper. “Research suggests that students in early childhood education programs typically develop reading, math and language skills faster and go on to academically outperform students for years to come who did not attend early childhood programs.” Children eligible to attend the program must either qualify according to the federal income eligibility guidelines, come from a family in which English is not the primary language, and/or be a dependent of a member of the U.S. military or a first responder, according to the announcement. The tuition-based program, meanwhile, will be offered at select campuses throughout the district with a limited number of seats. view article arw

Almost 90 graduates from five Tyler ISD high schools walked the halls one last time at Three Lakes Middle School today. This year’s class of 2022 was the first group to go through sixth, seventh, and eighth grade at the new middle school during the 2015-16 school year. view article arw

The South San Antonio Independent School District will keep paying two superintendents — including the one its board suspended early in December. The board voted 4-1 on Wednesday to extend the contract of Interim Superintendent Henry Yzaguirre another four months, with an automatic renewal of four months after that. Trustee Gilbert Rodriguez voted against it, and trustee Connie Prado abstained. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — After Gov. Greg Abbott ostensibly promised he would prioritize lawmakers pass a law to earmark taxpayer money for private schools, critics are now left asking if this means funds will be taken out of public schools. Abbott made this promise Monday while at a rally in San Antonio about parents' rights in education. He has made school issues, like school choice and banning books with what he claims is pornographic material, a major focus of his campaign, and was greeted with applause when vowing to push state lawmakers to pass a law that would create a school voucher system in the state. School vouchers are taxpayer money diverted to parents to pay for private school tuition. view article arw

More people in the Eanes Independent School District are challenging books that are in schools across the district. Taking books off the shelves some consider inappropriate has become a hot button topic, not only in Texas, but across the nation. It even caused one Central Texas librarian to lose her job. view article arw