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June 19, 2024

Cy-Fair ISD Trustees Uphold Widely-Criticized Move To Gut Science Chapters

(Houston Press) On Monday night, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD trustees backed their prior decision to remove over a dozen chapters of five science and health textbooks, declining to reverse course and reinstate these sections. The chapters will remain in the textbooks but will not be discussed during the courses.

Cy-Fair ISD trustees vote to give themselves prior review of library materials

(Houston Public Media) Board members voted 6-1 on Monday night to update the district’s procedures for acquiring books and other content for its school libraries, which has been the responsibility of campus-level librarians and principals.

HISD’s Mike Miles defends bold moves in front of Whitmire, city council

(Houston Chronicle) In an hour-long presentation centered around his Destination 2035 plan, Miles outlined the last year of his administration, including the overhauled New Education System Program, highlighted his administration on the quality of instruction, and pointed to recent standardized testing (STAAR) results as a way to remove state intervention. “More kids can read today than they did a year ago,” Miles told the body during the economic development meeting. “Our kids are thriving; they made gains.”

Klein ISD moves forward with 2% staff raises despite $36M budget shortfall

(Community Impact) Klein ISD officials are moving forward with 2% on-average raises for all staff members despite trustees approving a budget for fiscal year 2024-25 containing a roughly $36 million shortfall.

Eanes ISD board approves budget, includes pay increase for teachers and staff

(KXAN) The Eanes ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the budget for the 2024-25 school year at its June 18 regular meeting. It provides a 2% pay increase for teachers and staff and adjusts to declining enrollment.

Tyler ISD denounces Biden administration’s proposed changes to Title IX

(CBS 19) Tyler ISD trustees on Monday approved a resolution denouncing changes to Title IX from the Biden administration regarding sex discrimination protections.

New Braunfels ISD adopts $104.8M budget for 2024-25 fiscal year

(Community Impact) The $104.8 million budget covers the general fund, interest and sinking fund, as well as the child nutrition fund, said Paul McLarty, chief financial officer of New Braunfels ISD. The budget encompasses salary increases for staff and increased contributions to employee health insurance, McLarty said.

North East ISD trustees approve $62.5 million deficit budget

(Texas Public Radio) The North East Independent School District, like many districts in San Antonio and across Texas, is planning to spend millions more dollars than its expected revenue for the 2024-2025 school year.

Edinburg school district projects balanced budget; reviewing raises

(myRGV) The school district is among the rare schools districts in the Valley — and the state — that had little to no trouble getting a balanced budget.

Lorena ISD, school principal April Jewell issue first public statements in Jane Doe lawsuit

(KWTX) In what is known as a Rule 26 report – a road map used by the courts to govern the timing and direction of the suit –  Lorena ISD officials denied that they “looked the other way” or took actions that made it easier for former substitute teacher Nicolas Scott Crenshaw to abuse a 5-year-old girl in his classroom during the 2020-2021 school year.

‘Significant water damage:’ Vandalism at Tomball ISD school forces district to seek contract for emergency repairs

(Click 2 Houston) Tomball ISD says vandals caused significant damage to Creekside Park Junior High, forcing the board of trustees to pass a motion for the superintendent to execute a contract for emergency repairs in order for the school to be ready for the upcoming school year. The district passed the motion Tuesday, which will allow for the superintendent to execute a contract for an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 pending final vendor quotes.

Texas Ethics Commission will require influencers to disclose when they’re paid for advertisement

(Texas Tribune) The action comes after The Texas Tribune reported that influencers were being paid to defend impeached Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Texas A&M wants to keep emails about Leonard Leo’s $15 million gift secret

(The Intercept) The donation, one of the largest in the school’s history, was made as right-wing megadonor Leo shopped a new law center.

Texas A&M University tops nation in engineering research expenditures

(Houston Chronicle) Texas A&M University held the largest engineering research portfolio of any academic institution in the country last year, nearing half a billion dollars and surpassing Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the top spot, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Women lead majority of Tarrant County’s universities and college systems, defying national stats

(Fort Worth Report) At University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Wesleyan University, Tarrant County College, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and Tarleton State University Fort Worth, a woman leads the campus efforts.

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Grants for Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Equipment

State and local governments, corporations, individuals and any other legal entity that meet specified criteria and are located in designated parts of the state (map) — are eligible to apply for newly announced…

TRS Hires New Deputy Director

The TRS announced (May 7) that Caasi Lamb has been hired as the retirement system’s newest deputy director, with a scheduled start date of Monday, July 8, 2024. Lamb replaces Andrew Roth —…