H-E-B will be extending exciting back-to-school savings to help Texas teachers stock up for the upcoming school year without breaking the bank. view article arw

Summer vacation is winding down for kids in the Houston area, and before the end of August more than 200,000 students in Houston ISD will be back in class for the 2019-2020 school year. Students in Houston ISD will start the 2019-2020 school year on Aug. 26. Parents who've been part of Houston ISD for a while may be very familiar with a program for parents and students called Parent Student Connect, but parents who are new will find it to be a hand resource. view article arw

On Monday, July 15, Ron Roth, principal at Legacy Early College High School, spoke at the regularly scheduled Taylor ISD school board meeting. He talked about the successes of the programs over the most recent school year. In comparison to previous years the program has met and exceeded standards. view article arw

Marshall ISD and Walmart will partner together in MISD’s 2019 “Pack The Bus” School Supply Drive with a “Pack The Bus” Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at Marshall Walmart. That day coincides with Walmart’s grand opening for their remodeled store, as well as tax-free weekend. MISD will have a school bus on-site and both MISD and Walmart are encouraging shoppers that day to consider purchasing school supply items on MISD’s elementary school supply list and donating them to the district’s “Pack The Bus” school supply drive. view article arw

Community members older than 60 will be able to go to Conroe ISD events for free, according to the CISD board of trustees. At its July 16 meeting, the CISD board approved a report from Director of Communications Sarah Blakelock on a Senior Priority Pass Program. Blakelock said the program will provide free admission to citizens 60 years or older who live within the CISD boundaries to any CISD athletic event or fine art performance, excluding playoffs and fundraisers. view article arw

It may be the summer, but for some Snyder students the learning doesn’t stop. Instead a group of Snyder High School students are making stops, teaching kids across the city about science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and mathematics. A group of Snyder High School STEM students are taking the classroom to the streets. “We have all these robots and iPads and stuff that are just sitting in a school closet not being used,” Snyder High School Senior Jesi Hunter said. view article arw

It's truly unbelievable how quick summer goes by. Soon we'll be dropping our kids off at school again, but before that happens they'll need school supplies! This year the first day of school will be Monday, August 19th for Tyler and Longview ISD along with many other school districts around East Texas starting around the same time. We'll will soon be flocking to the office supply store, big box retailer, mall and other specialty stores to purchase those items on the school supplies list as requested by teachers and schools. view article arw

Texas voters and politicians will decide at some point whether it would be out of order to redirect some of the attention now being given to the president’s racist remarks about members of Congress back to the detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border. A president hammering away at his foes with an old and caustic racist slur provides heat without new information — an ugly and loathsome attempt to distract attention. President Donald Trump deserves every single bit of the backlash he’s getting for his social media blitzkrieg on four members of Congress — and broadly, on people of color and anyone who got to the U.S. after his family did. But remember, he concocted this big, stinking mess to distract us from the even bigger one on the border. view article arw

If kindness was a country, it would be fortunate to have Paige Cook of Cleburne as its ambassador. The rising 8th grader at Wheat Middle School has spent her summer focused on the fall, and her ‘Kindness Matters’ effort which is meant to provide her district with all the school supplies she can. view article arw

Hudson High School freshman Cullen Merrell recently attended a six-day deployment with the National Naval Flight Academy at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The camp was designed to give students the chance to experience life on a simulated aircraft carrier. The students surrendered their electronics at the beginning of the week and were sorted into squadrons. Cullen was put into the Dragon Slayer squadron. She said the experience was amazing.  “I’ve got to be honest, it was beyond what I can say,” she said. “It was so realistic to what it would be like in real life in the Navy. For me, it felt like I really want to do this in the future. I was in awe.” read more arw

Ector County ISD is working to make registration easier for parents of new and returning students. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will soon be underway and both new and returning students will be able to do much of the work online. According to ECISD's website, students who are new to the district will be able to find the appropriate forms online, fill it out at home and bring it to District Wide Registration. view article arw

Patricia Arvanitis’ role in today’s vastly improved Dallas ISD began a decade ago, when, as a parent, she was upset that no one seemed to care about rats in an elementary school cafeteria.  Today, Leadership ISD, the organization Arvanitis created out of that frustration, is relishing a trio of school board victories for trustees who vow to focus solely on student achievement — not politics, grandstanding or other silly distractions. The one-of-a-kind organization has evolved into a powerful player on the local political scene. Leadership ISD works with schools in Dallas County and has expanded its efforts to Tarrant and Harris counties since its 2011 founding. More than 800 participants have graduated from its training and countless others have gained knowledge from those original fellows. view article arw

A new partnership between the College Station school district and Blinn College will help seniors at district high schools prepare for college before high school graduation. College Station school board members approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with Blinn to provide remedial courses in math and English language arts for students who are not ready for college curriculum in either subject. view article arw

For the last few years, it has been the desire of the Charlotte ISD school board to provide all school supplies for their students. “We have always wanted to take that burden away from our families. We estimated it costs on average $100/kid for supplies and most parents try to pay for that up front. Some families also have multiple children, making it even more expensive,” said Charlotte Superintendent Mario Sotelo. view article arw

Many children have learning hurdles they must overcome in order to be successful. Some of those children have a harder time than others because they are working to overcome a learning disability. Emmanuel Hernandez, 11, is one of those children. "This is go-time. This is the big time," Hernandez said as he talked about getting ready for middle school. view article arw

Part of late billionaire H. Ross Perot’s legacy is a clear-cut rule about Texas high school sports: If a student can’t pass class, they can’t play. The law, with its catchy “No Pass, No Play” nickname, has been in place since 1984. When first signed by Gov. Mark White, coaches and communities worried their best players, most notably in football, would be sidelined and troubled students would drop out of school. view article arw

Kids using school libraries in Manor this summer will be able to read to therapy dogs, a less stressful alternative for readers who are still learning. Six Manor ISD school libraries are open one day each week this summer —three open on Tuesdays and three on Wednesdays. The district will bring therapy dogs to three of campuses over the next two weeks. view article arw

Robb Gentry is no stranger to Little Elm residents, a frequent target of praise from students and administrators alike. The welding and architectural teacher has built up a program unique in its versatility and capacity to help students beyond their high school years. With powerful partnerships and innovative teaching methods, Gentry and Little Elm ISD may be harnessing the new alternative in a 2019 education- jobs without a college degree.  view article arw

The Denison Independent School District continues to look at options to relieve capacity issues at Mayes and Hyde Park elementary schools. view article arw

Twenty-three summer graduates of Porter Early College High School will graduate next month with their college entrance paperwork complete, registered for classes at Texas Southmost College and with their first undergraduate course in the books. The students finished college-prep activities alongside courses to get them ready for summer graduation, which is in late August. Officials dubbed the effort Scorpion Academy for Secondary Success, SASS for short, and said it would be expanded to all seven BISD early college high schools next year. view article arw

Whether a family is new to a school district, relocated within its existing district or needs to enroll a new student in school, here are a few ways parents in Spring, Klein and Cy-Fair ISDs can get students registered for the 2019-20 school year. view article arw

Texans lost a legend of their own this week with the passing of billionaire businessman, philanthropist and one-time third-party presidential candidate Ross Perot. Perot, 89, died Tuesday after a battle with leukemia. Most remember him for his presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996.  But children in schools across Texas are still feeling Perot’s impact on the state’s education system. view article arw

Bowie Elementary third grade teacher Stacy Fischer has been named the Region 15. Elementary Teacher of the Year, according to a news release from San Angelo Independent School District. Fischer was selected as the Bowie Elementary Teacher of the Year in the spring, and was named the San Angelo ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year during the district’s annual ceremony in April. Fischer is a graduate of Angelo State University, and has taught in SAISD for eight years. view article arw

Fort Bend County commissioners have approved the principal terms of a proposed agreement to acquire part of a school construction site where the remains of 95 African Americans discovered last year will be memorialized. Fort Bend ISD district will pay the county $1 million to help fund the project. The district also announced that DNA testing will be performed on the remains, a step community leaders had long sought. view article arw

The family of a Pakistani exchange student who was one of 10 people killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last year traveled to the U.S and visited the school and community this week, wanting to learn more about the nine months she had spent there, including her final moments. Sabika Aziz Sheikh’s father, three siblings and cousin entered the Santa Fe High School art classroom where the 17-year-old was shot as she hid with other students in a storage closet. Her mother, Farah Naz, couldn’t bring herself to take the final steps into the room, explaining in Urdu through an interpreter that the image “would stay with me … throughout my whole life.” view article arw

Registration for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and students new to Cleburne ISD — and a whole lot more — is planned for the Open Enrollment “Extravaganza” from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 25 at the new Cleburne High School. “We are excited to be staging this at the new Cleburne High school,” CISD Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Tammy Bright said. “This 12-hour event will include the enrollment of students new to our district, including those registering for pre-K and kindergarten. We will also have representatives from our campuses and district departments to welcome parents needing to sign up their child for transportation service in the new school year, register for the free and reduced lunch program or turn in the required paperwork for middle school and high school students who will be participating in our athletic programs.” view article arw

Marshall ISD trustees on Monday are set to look at approving the purchase of new band equipment, requested by the district’s new band director Mark Windham. Windham requested replacement instruments and a stand totaling about $120,000, which trustees are set to approve during Monday’s board meeting. view article arw

Although Alice Independent School District is out for the summer, staff members are still working to make the lives of their students easier. That's because, for the first time, they hosting a school supply drive. view article arw

Nancy Duran wishes some decades-old myths regarding career education would fade away. Duran, who is responsible for college, career and military readiness for the Killeen Independent School District, said there is still a stigma attached to programs that have the words “vocational” or “occupational” attached to them. view article arw

Texas Public Radio reported on the devastating effectthat charter expansion is having on the public schools of San Antonio. The city leaders, in their ignorance, decided not to improve the public schools, but to create a parallel private system to compete with them. Both sectors are funded by the public, but the charters choose their students and some do not offer transportation.The city’s population is growing but enrollment in its public schools is shrinking. view article arw

Many in education and in this community were thankful for the time that Interim Superintendent Jim Nelson gave to his former hometown. Nelson, an attorney, former Texas education commissioner and executive director of the national AVID program, left the school district in June after serving about 10 months in the interim role. He and his wife, Karen, took some time off and he will now do some consulting and other educational endeavors. Prior to leaving Odessa he said he was glad he came back to help his hometown during some difficult times. view article arw

A represented from the Department of Education attended Lackland Independent School District’s PurpleUp! Parade, held in recognition of the Month of the Military Child, here April 12. “We are starting this day by celebrating some of our most important citizens and those are the sons and daughters of our military families,” said Frank T. Brogan, Department of Education assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education. “April is the month of the military child and they are celebrating it is styles is JBSA-Lackland.” view article arw

Wimberley Independent School District in Central Texas is moving forward with the construction of a new environmentally friendly school. The project focuses on the conservation of water. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday, most of Texas is completely drought-free. That's a stark change from where the state was this time last year, let alone the extreme drought conditions of years past. But even as drought pressure has abated, water remains both a valuable and scarce resource in Texas, making it significant that this Hill Country elementary school is being constructed as the most water-efficient in the state. view article arw

Falls Career High School English teacher Mike Saenz admitted he bounced around in college before deciding education was the path for him. All that bouncing taught him not everyone travels at the same rate to get where they’re going, and it’s a lesson that has helped him as an educator. In June, Edgenuity, the parent company of Odysseyware, recognized Saenz’s efforts in the classroom with its Educator Impact Award. Falls Career High School utilizes Odysseyware software for teaching purposes. Saenz has taken advantage of the software’s flexibility for the past nine years to craft individualized lessons for his students. view article arw

When you usually think of sports equipment, you think of a basketball, or maybe a volleyball, but what about a controller? “I’ve always just did it as a hobby, I never though I could do it for grades or anything important,” said Merkel High School Senior Joseph Pena. It was an idea turned into a reality because now Pena gets to play video games for sport. view article arw