It’s about vision and foresight, Cleburne Economic Development Foundation President Justin Hewlett said of the organization, which recently celebrated its 56th year. Along those same lines of thinking, Foundation Executive Director Jerry Cash called it fitting that Cleburne ISD Director of the Career & Technology Center Mark McClure serve as keynote speaker of the organization’s annual membership meeting, which was held Wednesday at the Cleburne Conference Center. Cleburne voters in 2016 approved $130 million in bonds for construction of a new Cleburne High School and renovation of the former school into the career and technology center. The new high school is open with work on the technology center scheduled to complete soon. view article arw

Georgetown ISD announced late Nov. 11 it will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow on Nov. 12 due to potential inclement weather. Parents and staff should plan to report two hours later than their usual start time, according to a release. For more information on usual start times, visit the district website at view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District has announced that school will start one hour later for all levels due to the anticipated cold weather. view article arw

A number of school districts across North Texas will open school buildings early on Tuesday in anticipation of the below-freezing temperatures and biting wind chills in the forecast. Tuesday will start off quite cold. It is expected to be the coldest morning of the fall so far, with temperatures in the teens. School officials say opening early will reduce the amount of time students have to wait outside in the cold. view article arw

Something is cooking at wilder intermediate school, seriously. Food for the stomach, but better than that. Food for the soul. Made by some of the neatest kids on campus. “They are awesome and full of energy." “Do you like taking coffee and donuts to teachers? Yeah. It's great. It's great? Yeah. view article arw

Spring ISD will unveil and dedicate its new Spring ISD Memorial during a special ceremony Dec. 4 at 10 a.m., the district announced in a Nov. 11 press release. The memorial, which is on-site at the district’s new Planet Ford Stadium located at 23802 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, is funded through the district’s $330 million bond approved by voters in 2016. The project is designed to be a space for the Spring community to honor and remember veterans. view article arw

Tatum ISD Superintendent J.P. Richardson has accepted recommended changes in the district’s dress code and has eliminated Head Start, replacing it with two more prekindergarten classes.  At Monday’s school board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Drenon Fite said research showed that out of about 90 school districts, Tatum’s was the only one with specific wording on “puffball” hairstyles in the dress code.  Specifically, Fite said no other district in the Region 7 Education Service Center had the word “puffballs” in the dress code.  Fite gave a presentation from the district improvement team with recommendations to change the hair and grooming policy within the dress code. view article arw

While Veterans Day isn’t until Monday, the students of Conroe Independent School District invited the community to honor our nation’s veterans a few days early with a special ceremony on Friday at the Woodforest Bank Stadium in Shenandoah. Despite the cold temperatures and consistent rain, members of CISD’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps performed a traditional military pass in review parade, after guest speaker retired Lt. Gen. Steven Hummer addressed the event attendees. view article arw

Between 2013 and 2018, Leander Independent School District grew faster than any other Central Texas school district. Over the next decade, the school district is expected to grow by 1,200 students every year. That growth has mixed in with the growth of the city as well. Mayor Troy Hill said the City of Leander has tripled in population since 2009.  view article arw

Hundreds of people in Collin County came together Wednesday night to remember four teenagers killed in a crash. Seventeen-year-olds Andrew Miller and Jordan Kidd and 16-year-olds Marilynn Dominguez and Secily Lackey died Tuesday afternoon in a crash on State Highway 78 in Lavon. view article arw

Clear Creek ISD is in the process of updating its five-year strategic plan, a document officials said guides the district’s progress and will take CCISD to a higher level while building on the progress of the existing plan. While the district’s goals for the new plan have not been set, officials said it will have a greater emphasis on students’ mental and emotional well-being, treating students as individuals to meet their unique needs and preparing children for life after school. Officials are cutting down the meetings required for the plan creation process in hopes of including more residents’ input. view article arw

It took over 21 minutes to read out the name, rank, branch of service and years of service of the veterans in attendance. The Crosby Independent School District’s Veteran’s Celebration, which it holds on the Thursday before Veterans Day (Nov. 11), was moved inside from its traditional location of Cougar Stadium due to rain, but people packed the Crosby Middle School gym. view article arw

John Thompson, historian and recently retired teacher in Oklahoma, assays the damage that corporate reformers and their patrons have inflicted on the public schools of Tulsa. The district is overflowing with Broadies and has Gates money. What could possibly go wrong? The Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) offers an excellent case study in data-driven, market-driven school reform.  Before No Child Left Behind, we in the Oklahoma City Public School System (OKCPS) studied Tulsa’s successes, and it quickly became clear that children entering TPS had advantages that their OKCPS counterparts didn’t have. They had lower poverty rates and, due to enlightened philanthropic leadership, they had higher reading skills. Moreover, philanthropists continued to invest in holistic social services, as well as early education. view article arw

The American dream, a journey of adversity and resilience. “My dad came here when he was 15 and basically started an annual tradition of working 9 months here in California and then going back to Michoacan his home state in Mexico. Gets married and then has kids and then when we get older a teacher finally convinces my dad to settle roots,” says José M. Hernández. view article arw

Extended Hands helping out Sanford-Fritch ISD view article arw

Michael Berg is a biology teacher at Crockett Middle School in Irving, but that isn’t the only thing he does. He is currently the extraordinary leader of the Crockett Middle School Dance Club, a safe place for kids to get together twice after school. "I was getting into learning hip-hop off of YouTube and felt like I had more things I could teach them," Berg explained. "In fact, one of the first dances I taught my kids was one I learned off of a video, and it was way too difficult for all of us, but we did it! That year I auditioned for the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue. I didn’t make it, but it wet my appetite for hip-hop and from there, I learned all I could from local classes and online and it has spiraled from there." view article arw

Parents no longer need to wonder what goes on in their children’s classrooms anymore, since Laredo ISD is giving parents a firsthand look to see what their kids do in class. view article arw

The El Paso Independent School District is looking at ways to extend student recess periods, or in some cases, prevent them from losing the precious time they currently have. Daniel Call, a trustee with district 7, has a child in EPISD.  He said, “My nine-year-old son made me promise I would change this once I joined the board of trustees.  Now here I am working to do the right thing for the kids.” view article arw

The Mineola High School Marching Band brought home the gold Wednesday night in San Antonio when it won University Interscholastic League Conference 3A Marching Band Championship for the second time in a row. The UIL holds the competition every other year. The returning 2017 champs, known as “The Sound of the Swarm,” scored a perfect 5 in the preliminary and final competitions to march away with the state title. view article arw

Excitement began to build in the hallway at Tyler ISD’s Career and Technology Center as a group of visually impaired students waited outside of a classroom full of dogs. Tyler ISD and Lighthouse for the Blind teamed up to offer a career exploration event for visually impaired students from across East Texas on Thursday. The CTC offers dozens of career paths that students can choose from, but it was the veterinary technician class, with three wagging tails waiting on the other side of the door, that had the students most excited. view article arw

Legacies left behind

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Over the past few years, I have shared guest columns that have focused upon many different areas of West Orange – Cove CISD. Recent columns have informed the community of the progress of our bond projects and some of the outstanding less-known programs housed within the walls of West Orange-Stark High School. However, today I will focus upon two individuals who have left exceptional legacies for our Mustang community. view article arw

Read Fort Worth started three years ago with the help of a community that saw a need. "Read Fort Worth is a call to action from the Mayor of Fort Worth and the superintendent because they understood the importance of third grade reading as a key academic indicator," said Elizabeth Brands, Executive Director of Read Fort Worth. Read Fort Worth is a coalition of community leaders, businesses and volunteers who have come together for one common goal. They want to ensure that 100 % of Fort Worth third graders are proficient readers by 2025. view article arw

Andrew Morris, 13, stood up from behind the prosecution table, adjusted his pink bow tie and walked to the center of the Victoria Municipal Court. He looked at the jury box and presented his opening statement. “There are some things you can’t do, like drinking and driving,” the Nazareth Academy eighth-grader began. “I expect you, the jury, to find Avery Johnson guilty of driving while under the influence of alcohol.” view article arw

As the sun rose bright and early, so did the pumpkins. "We're hoping to see a 45-degree launch angle and we’re hoping they'll go about 10 meters," said physics teacher Brock Hesse. Hesse developed the "Pumpkin Chucking Challenge" for his AP physics students at New Tech High School in Coppell. view article arw

The mother of a Texas elementary school student was caught on video whipping her son with a belt and making him apologize to a teacher, media outlets report. Now’s she under criminal investigation. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD is inviting community members to attend a ceremony next week in remembrance of the “Sugar Land 95,” the 95 individuals whose remains were found at a forgotten cemetery. A “Blessing the Ground” ceremony is set to start at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 at the James Reese Career and Technical Center. Performances, remarks and a candlelight walk are planned. view article arw

The Laredo Independent School District is mourning the life of a former superintendent and educational pioneer. According to the school district, Graciela Ramirez dedicated 39 years of her life to the students of LISD. She served as the district's first female superintendent back in 1995. view article arw

Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain gave a presentation at Springtown High School on Monday to inform parents about how their kids can stay safe on the internet. Swain said he discussed a wide range of potential dangers, such as kids making contact with strangers online and through gaming consoles. He also talked about cyberbullying and how kids’ concerns about cyberbullying should be taken seriously. Parents need to warn their kids not to meet online strangers in-person, and kids shouldn’t share personal information, like their school and location, online, Swain said. view article arw

Sherman ISD held its first of 6 community meetings this evening, which focus on the elementary and middle school attendance zone plans. These meetings are to inform parents and staff of upcoming changes to attendance zones, and give them the opportunity to have their voices heard before plans are approved by the board in December. view article arw

Voters in Hallsville have approved a $55 million bond that the district says will be used for a number of projects at multiple campuses. According to the district, the bond will fund improvements to New West Elementary School and the junior high school.  Money from the bond will also go into building a new auditorium for the high school. view article arw

On Nov. 5, Texas voters took to the polls to decide on 10 proposed amendments to the state Constitution. Texans approved nine amendments, including a proposal making it harder for future lawmakers to enact a personal income tax and a proposal concerning bonds for cancer research. Voters rejected one amendment. view article arw

Four students from Community ISD in southeastern Collin County were killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday in the town of Lavon. Lavon police said the crash took place around 5:45 p.m. on State Highway 78 at Lake Road, near the same area where a volunteer firefighter and two of his children were killed in a crash in 2016. view article arw

Voters had no issues or complaints while using new voting machines in Hays, Williamson and Travis counties Tuesday morning, according to local election offices. Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County clerk, said voters had only good things to say about the new touch-screen machines that offer voters Spanish and English translations and multiple font sizes. view article arw

Some voters were reporting problems at the polls early Tuesday morning in Tarrant County. Voting machines were down temporarily because of a minor technical problem at Genesis United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. Workers say the problem had been fixed and people are able to cast their ballots. view article arw

Youth education group, Window on a Wider World (WOW) is providing fifth graders from all over the panhandle region with the opportunity to experience science in the real world. “Our main goal for supporting Window on a Wider Worlds science collaborative is to show students all over the panhandle that cool things in science happen right here where they live. They can learn about science, they can have careers in science, and they can stay in their hometowns or the Texas Panhandle area and do cool things here,” said Sabrina Meck Perez, director of Workforce Attraction and Retention. view article arw