SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo Heights Independent School District is responding to a video allegedly showing students making racial slurs.A parent shared the video online, so we reached out to the school district for information.  Here is the statement they released: view article arw

Mesquite ISD recently announced that it will be reopening the doors to its campuses this fall, Aug. 17, with a remote learning option for those families not comfortable sending their students back into the traditional school setting at this time.  The home-based schooling model is called Virtual Learning Academy or VLA, which will follow the district’s curriculum provided by certified Mesquite ISD teachers and will be open to any students,  PK–12, residing within the district’s boundaries. view article arw

JEFFERSON — Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell said Tuesday the district will provide school supplies for all students, free of charge, for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.  The district will provide all paper, pens, kleenex boxes, glue, crayons, scissors, folders, etc. for the about 1,275 expected students in every grade across the district, in an effort to help out parents and guardians during a time when the nation has been hit hard economically due to an economic shutdown earlier this year from the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We were talking about school supply lists with the principals and I said, ‘Let’s cut all of that out,’” Barnwell said Tuesday. “I mean kleenexes, hand soap, pencils, etc., I’ve just always thought the district should have been providing the school supplies for students all along.” view article arw

According to a post on the district's Facebook page, the district understands that some families may have concerns with returning to school because of COVID.  Last week, Canyon ISD says it spoke with the Texas Education Agency concerning virtual schooling.  The district said that the requirements for virtual schooling are "significantly more demanding" on students' daily participation and completion of work at home, as compared to the spring semester.  Based on these new requirements, the district is discussing how to prepare for and build a plan to manage school at home instruction. view article arw

I WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — In a time when healthcare professionals are needed more than ever, Archer City High School students will now have access to courses in the field.  This fall, students who complete the Intro to the Nursing program at Archer City High School and have an interest to learn more will be able to do so with this new Certified Nurse’s Aide and Medical Assistance Program. view article arw

As Texas plans to open schools amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, some parents are concerned about sending their children back into school buildings.  One option may be Texas Tech's fully-approved K-12 program, which started in 1993. Superintendent Justin Louder said the school has served more than 400,000 students, in more than 70 countries.   "A student can go full-time with Texas Tech and they can actually graduate with a high school diploma that says Texas Tech University High School," Louder said. "Or they can just take one or two classes to help make up their schedule at a regular school, make up lost credits or accelerate time to graduation." view article arw

A North Texas school district is tackling a tough year that’s included its own tragedy, the disruption of normal life and social unrest across the nation.  Community I.S.D. in rural Collin County created a video message of unity that challenges adults to leave a better world for our children.  Community I.S.D. set out to show what community really means, even in trying times. view article arw

Two new surveys of teachers and school administrators confirm some of the worst fears about the switch to distance learning since the pandemic struck: The vast majority of teachers could not teach all the material they were supposed to, teacher confidence plummeted in schools without supportive working conditions and fewer than half of teachers in high schools, high-poverty schools and schools serving a majority of children of color were able to contact their students. view article arw

The treatment of students with disabilities in the Texas public education system has all the ingredients for an emotional and disturbing HBO series. It involves politics, money, deception, denial, Federal investigations, lawsuits, questionable State contracts and the wrongful termination of a “whistleblower” at the Texas Education Agency (“TEA”). Unfortunately, it also involves the neglect of underprivileged students and families that rely upon and are guaranteed assistance from public schools. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the global pandemic continues to bring uncertainty to everyday life, some Austin families are taking proactive steps to address schooling in the fall — by electing to homeschool their kids or selecting a district that allows 100% virtual work.  Most public school systems haven’t fully revealed concrete schedules for the fall, but many have shared vague plans to deliver hybrid models that require students to engage in learning that requires at least a portion of the time spent physically in the classroom. view article arw

Irving ISD will offer students and their families a choice this fall between at-home or in-school learning, the district announced Monday. Online registration for the 2020-2021 year will begin July 6, and families are encouraged to make their decisions by July 24 to help the district plan for the fall semester. view article arw

Gov. Greg Abbott announced last Thursday that Texas public school students would return in person this fall, but the state has yet to release details about health protocols.  Dr. Marc Mazade, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Cooks Children's, worked with more than 50 physicians to create a list of recommendations for those health protocols. view article arw

It took just over 14 minutes for the Temple school board to approve their $115.9 million budget for the 2020-21 academic year Monday evening.  This is a near $4.5 million increase in total expenditures from the district’s budget for the 2019-20 academic year. The largest shift is in instruction with an increase of about $3.1 million.  District educators will receive a 2.7 percent average raise, while remaining staff will receive a 1.5 percent raise. Superintendent Bobby Ott repeatedly told the Telegram how these pay increases — an additional $3.5 million for staff compensation, positions and equity adjustments — will provide staff comparable salaries to area school districts. view article arw

The school district says commitment letters must be returned by July 10th, giving the district enough time to plan master schedules, class space, and other details.   On Monday Frisco ISD sent out emails asking parents and students to commit to either virtual or in-person classes for the 2020-2021 academic year. The email will be sent to the families of all registered students in waves through Tuesday. The district told WFAA the information will help administrators formulate a plan for the fall. view article arw

IDEA ready for new school year

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HARLINGEN — Right on time. IDEA Public Schools will open Aug. 10 as planned, with new precautions in place to keep kids safe.  IDEA comprises 96 campuses in Texas and Louisiana, including several in Hidalgo and Cameron counties.  The district has just announced its “Start Strong 2020” plan for the 2020-21 school year, which was created after input from the Texas Education Agency and more than 4,000 parents, said a news release. view article arw

Plano ISD will offer students and their families a choice this fall between at-home or in-school learning—just not both, Superintendent Sara Bonser said in a recent interview on KDFW-TV.  Officials ruled out a hybrid learning model for the 2020-2021 school year after judging the logistics would be too challenging.  “It’s very difficult to try to run three models at the same time,” Bonser said. “So, we’ve landed on: You can come to school in person, and then, if you’re going to stay at home, we’re going to serve you there.” view article arw

In his suburban New Jersey home-turned-classroom this spring, parent Don Seaman quickly found himself in the role of household vice principal.  While his wife holed up in the bedroom to work each day, Seaman, a media and marketing professional, worked from the family room where he could supervise his children's virtual learning. A similar scene played out in millions of American homes after schools shuttered and moved classes online to contain the coronavirus.  Now that the year's over, Seaman has strong feelings about the experience: Despite the best efforts of teachers, virtual learning didn't work. At least not uniformly, if his three children in elementary, middle and high school are any indication. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas school districts will have two new ways of calculating attendance come the fall semester, when many are set to reopen for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  On Tuesday, the Texas Education Agency announced its two modes of attendance-counting for the 2020-21 school year — and how they will contribute towards state funding. view article arw

Please complete this voluntary survey in regards to consideration CISD should take into account for the start of the 20-21 school year. Your participation in this survey is voluntary. Your responses are anonymous and there is no way to connect your responses to your name. The survey will be open until midnight on Sunday, July 5th. view article arw

Pearland ISD parents are being asked to complete an online survey about the upcoming school year, according to district officials. The district said a link to the survey will be sent out in a Skyward email and will include questions about students returning to school. Parents have from June 29 until July 11 to complete it. view article arw

No matter what opinion concerning COVID-19 one harbors, making rules and predicting how things will be six months from now is impossible under current conditions. Crosby ISD held their annual public hearing on the budget last Monday. Under normal conditions it is a tight budget reflecting dramatic growth, new specifications from the state, new taxing legislation from House Bill 3, and the slight over tax (taxed more money than budgeted for due to growth) from last year. In this case, the meeting was held under partially virtual, partially live circumstance concerning projections from last year before the COVID-19 outbreak and as if next year values and projections will remain constant. view article arw

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD is asking for your feedback on their response to COVID-19. The district says parent feedback will help them achieve their number one goal of keeping Pecos students safe while ensuring view article arw

Obituary:  Hoyt Floyd Watson

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Hoyt Floyd Watson, 91, of Denton went to be with his Lord and Savior June 24, 2020. Hoyt was born in Highland, Arkansas January 20, 1929 to Walker and Allie Watson.  After receiving his PhD, Hoyt began a career teaching at North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) from 1970-1998. After retirement from UNT, he continued working as a consultant with the Office of Field Services. He fully retired in 2012.  (30)   view article arw

In conclusion of a successful in-person graduation ceremony, there is finally appropriate closure for the 2019-20 school year. As a district we can now shift our focus back to the Temple Independent School District 2025 Plan. In previous installments I discussed the components of the TISD 2025 Plan and provided progress per each indicator. By sharing the results of the most recent demographic study, I aim to update the community on the fourth of the five identified indicators: growth. Early in 2018, Temple ISD, the city of Temple, developers, builders and realtors had multiple conversations discussing the growth potential within the school district’s boundaries. In response, Temple ISD secured a professional service for a baseline demographic study in May of 2018 — the first demographic study of our district in over a decade. The results of this report were delivered at the October 2018 board meeting and included in more than 60 presentations community-wide as part of my TISD 2025 community update. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Tyler Independent School District is investigating racists comments that have been circulating on social media.The posts refers to the renewed debate over whether the name of Robert E. Lee High School should be changed. Some also refer to an athlete who is refusing to wear her jersey unless the name is changed.  The messages appeared to have originated from Instagram. They contain obscenity, references to slavery, and racist and threatening language including comments about “keeping a ….. knife” and “….. our white supremacy selfs.” view article arw

The Texas Education Agency has released guidelines and suggestions for Texas school districts to follow for the 2020-2021 school year in order to receive attendance-based funding and instruct students as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state.  The TEA has released COVID-19 related waivers, expectations for instruction in order for districts to receive funding and details on the distribution of personal protective equipment for students and staff. view article arw

A group of Irving High School students is demanding action over complaints about racial, religious and sexual harassment and discrimination by adults at their campuses.  During stay at home time, the students exchanged social media, discovered similar concerns from in-person class time at multiple Irving High Schools, and formed an organization they call ‘Irving Diverse Student Alliance,’ or IDSA. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) –Some new changes are coming to the Amarillo ISD 2020-2021 school year. Not only can students pick between in-person or virtual learning, but additional guidelines are also being added.  When it comes to virtual school, AISD said it is a fluid option that can be accessed at any time, if a student wants to make the change to the virtual option, it is highly recommended that students only make a change at semester, if possible. view article arw

HEWITT, Texas – Midway Independent School District Superintendent George Kazanas sent out a statement Thursday night regarding the district’s reopening plans for the start of school this August. Kazanas says this is an important and complicated topic, with many details to share. The following information is taken from the statement: view article arw

In a letter to parents and guardians today, Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos shared what the Arlington ISD knows so far about how students and teachers will return to class this fall. Here is his letter: view article arw

Thursday night, leaders of various departments within the Fort Worth ISD logged into zoom to listen to parents, students, and teacher's concerns about race but teaching in a pandemic was top of mind. "I feel uncomfortable. There's not enough assurances, what are the safeguards for those peoples," said one teacher. view article arw

In response to an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Greater Houston area, Klein ISD has rescheduled its in-person graduation ceremonies and shifted from hosting in-person proms to drive-and-go proms, the district announced June 25. view article arw

A viral video allegedly involving several Alamo Heights High School students is forcing district officials to respond to the incident. In the video, one of the teens can be heard using a racial slur. People have reposted the video on social media, asking the district to take action. The district said there would be consequences for those students. Alamo Heights ISD officials released the following statement: view article arw

Belton ISD announced they will be sending out a survey to teachers and parents. In a Facebook post, school Superintendent Mike Smith said that without guidance from the TEA on what measures will need to be in place to keep kids safe, they’re going to go ahead and fully plan for three separate outcomes. view article arw

Humble ISD has joined several other area school districts, including nearby Crosby ISD, in deciding to suspend extracurricular activities through at least July 12. The move comes after Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Gov. Greg Abbott imposed new restrictions on Friday to help the region grapple with growing coronavirus cases. view article arw