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April 15, 2024

Student shot, wounded classmate at Wilmer-Hutchins High School in Dallas, officials say

(Dallas Morning News) The shooting happened in a classroom, and the wounded student was shot in the upper thigh, a non-life-threatening injury, officials said. The student suspected in the shooting is in custody, officials said.

Dallas school shooting: Dallas ISD investigating how gun got into Wilmer-Hutchins High

(Fox 4 KDFW) The high school has metal detectors and the district has a new policy this year that requires students to have a clear backpack. A teacher intervened to get the suspect away from the school building and police took him into custody by the football field about 30 minutes later.

Great Hearts teachers put on leave after TEA review of fingerprint submissions

(San Antonio Report) An undisclosed number of teachers working at Great Hearts, a charter school with locations in San Antonio, have been placed on administrative leave after the Texas Education Agency found that background paperwork, including fingerprinting, had been improperly filed with the state.

CDC warns that measles spike poses a ‘renewed threat’ to the disease’s elimination

(Texas Public Radio) A spike in measles cases, largely caused by people not getting vaccinated, poses a “renewed threat” to the declaration in 2000 that the highly contagious airborne disease had been eliminated in the United States.

Houston teen sex trafficked on Bissonnet, says she was victim in former Klein ISD teacher trafficking case

(Fox 26 Houston) A Houston teen and her mother spoke exclusively to FOX 26 after seeing Kedria Grigsby, a former Klein ISD cosmetology teacher, was arrested for solicitation of prostitution and sex trafficking on April 8.

La Joya ISD board approves policy barring employees from public office

(MyRGV) The agenda item states employees of the district are prohibited from becoming a candidate to any public office, being an elected public officer within Hidalgo County or any other county in the state that has direct or indirect contractual relationships with La Joya ISD. It also prohibits employees from holding an elected public office that would conflict with his or her position with the district.

TxDOT to hold committee-led review of fatal Hays school bus, concrete pump truck crash

(Austin American-Statesman) State highway officials will conduct a committee-led review of the contributing factors to last month’s wreck involving a Hays school district bus and a concrete pump truck that killed two people, including a prekindergarten student aboard the bus.

In wake of Hays CISD crash, district commits to having seatbelts on all in-service buses

(KXAN) In a letter to parents, the district promised a meeting on Monday that will touch on its seatbelt plan for school busses.

Student, 15, injured after sports car collides with North Texas school bus: officials

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram) An Ellis County Co-Op school bus was headed north on Farm to Market Road 55 near Goodwyn Road around 4:30 p.m. when a Maserati Ghibli traveling south veered into the bus’s lane.

No students injured after Tyler ISD bus driver hits parked car

(KYTX) Tyler ISD spokesperson Jennifer Hines said the bus driver experienced a unique medical episode. He is receiving treatment from medical personnel, but he will be OK.

VERIFY | If a school bus has seat belts, do students have to buckle up while riding the bus?

(KENS 5) So yes, it is true. Texas state law states if a school bus has seat belts, all students must wear a seat belt while riding the bus.

Its growth has stalled. Its funding is crunched. Now Northside ISD faces an $84 million deficit

(San Antonio Express-News) And like every Texas district, Northside will be operating amid two harsh realities, the drying up of federal pandemic funding and the lack of any immediate prospect that the Legislature will use its substantial surplus to boost state education funding before next year’s regular session.

Richardson ISD staff expect operating cost increases in upcoming budget

(Community Impact) During the April 4 board of trustees meeting, David Pate, assistant superintendent of finance and support services, presented the expected increases, which fall under three categories: insurance, instruction and operation.

Leander ISD data shows improvements in recruiting, retaining staff

(Community Impact) The improvements follow a couple years of increased vacancies amid a nation- and statewide teaching shortage; however, some vacancies still exist in the district, LISD officials said.

Investigators: Humble superintendent’s husband made sexual remarks, created hostile workplace

(Houston Landing) Former Humble Independent School District athletics director Troy Kite, who is married to district Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen, created a hostile work environment by frequently making “unprofessional and sexually explicit comments” about his co-workers before his retirement this week, investigators hired by the district concluded in recent months.

Former El Paso school district administrator sentenced to prison for kidnapping, rape

(El Paso Times) Jeffrey Steven Clay, 51, was sentenced April 4 to 30 years in prison on one count of kidnapping and 10 years on another count of transportation for illegal sexual activity, federal court records shows.

New vaping law lands hundreds of North Texas students in alternative school

(Dallas Morning News) More than one-fifth of students assigned to such campuses in eight Dallas County districts were there because of e-cigarettes, according to discipline records analyzed by The Dallas Morning News.

Even More Disgruntled Speakers Turn Up at Thursday’s HISD Meeting

(Houston Press) The object of their wrath? Houston ISD Superintendent Mile Miles who sat there through most of the 190 public speakers who came to complain about the dismantling of libraries, who did or did not want Wharton and Helms with their dual language programs to become magnet schools, and relaying even more reports of teachers saying they are planning to leave the district, tired of what they see as a hostile, bullying workplace.

Which Texas public colleges are most popular among Houston high school graduates? Explore the data

(Houston Chronicle) As Houston’s Class of 2024 students are making decisions about where they will attend school this fall, the Houston Chronicle has taken a dive into Texas public university data to see which schools were the most popular for Bayou City high schoolers in recent years. 

Texas’ diversity, equity and inclusion ban has led to more than 100 job cuts at state universities

(AP) A ban on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in higher education has led to more than 100 job cuts across university campuses in Texas, a hit echoed or anticipated in numerous other states where lawmakers are rolling out similar policies during an important election year.

Texas psychologists’ board pushes back on costly new national licensing exam, considers crafting a cheaper state test

(Texas Tribune) Faced with a nagging mental health provider shortage, the state psychologists’ licensing board is looking into whether the state should devise its own exam to get professionals licensed more quickly.

Fact brief: Did Fort Worth ISD remove more than 100 books from schools in 2023?

(Fort Worth Report) Fort Worth ISD pulled 120 titles from school libraries in August 2023 to review whether they are developmentally appropriate for students.

A Conroe ISD Teacher Is Taking The Fight Against Book Removals Into Their Own Hands

(Houston Press) A Conroe ISD teacher, along with several community members, has decided to take advantage of the diastrict’s direction to file complaints opposing book reconsiderations.

Superintendent salaries at Houston’s largest suburban school districts. Here’s what to know

(Houston Chronicle) Houtson ISD’s appointed superintendent Mike Miles has been hogging the headlines since the Texas Education Agency put him in charge of the state’s largest — but shrinking — school system last year. But several other Houston-area superintendents oversee nearly as many students and aren’t household names.

Hutto ISD projects $850K in recapture payments to state for 2024-25

(Community Impact) In this workshop, Caleb Steed, HISD’s Chief Financial Officer, shared that the district’s anticipated payment to the state of excess property tax revenues is projected to increase from $570,000, anticipated to be paid for the 2023-24 fiscal year, to $850,000 for the 2024-25 fiscal year.

McAllen ISD coach suspended following recruiting of Mexico player

(MySA) Border city school districts are under a microscope after one of their coaches made headlines across the region. The former head coach at Nikki Rowe High School in McAllen has centered Rio Grande Valley athletic discussions for months following his relief of duties due to his recruiting tactics that traveled borders. 

Texas Tech Asst. Professor Jairo Fúnez-Flores reinstated after investigation into social media comments

(KCBD) A statement released by Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec and Texas Tech University System Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell on Friday called the statements “hateful, antisemitic, and antithetical to our Code of Ethics,” but affirmed the university’s commitment to free speech and the First Amendment, saying that the investigation “did not find evidence of a violation of Texas Tech policy for discriminatory harassment.”

Free speech issues complicate Rice University’s ‘D’ rating on ADL’s antisemitism report card

(Houston Chronicle) Rice University is grappling with a “D” rating on the Anti-Defamation League’s antisemitism report card, which several rabbis have also flagged as sending an incomplete picture of Jewish life at the college.

Texas leaders, advocates build momentum on pre-K, child care ahead of Legislature

(Dallas Morning News) Representatives of more than a dozen Texas cities and a handful of state groups gathered in Fort Worth on Thursday to kick off the Momentum Early Learning Summit, a two-day event to discuss how they can better support children, parents and the workforce.

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