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Teachers and Social Media

Teachers and Social Media

When I went to my very first new teacher orientation training in 2003, the assistant principal running the show advised all of us rookies to be careful when drinking adult beverages in restaurants.  It’s just awkward to run into a kid and their family with a beer in...

Stop the Substitute Shuffle

Stop the Substitute Shuffle

COVID continues to expose the cracks in our societal structures.  It is completely possible for us to just shuffle from year to year, trudging along within ineffective systems…until something unexpected pops up and demolishes that system, finally spotlighting the...

Texas Senate Bill 15 & Remote Learning

Texas Senate Bill 15 & Remote Learning

The Texas House Public Education Committee passed SB 15 earlier this week.  This bill would allow schools to create programs for virtual learning, enabling some students to attend class via computer.  According to the draft bill, schools must qualify by earning at...

Mask Wars

Mask Wars

There were several new developments this week in the Mask Wars raging throughout Texas schools. First, Disability Rights Texas filed a federal lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott and TEA Commissioner Mike Morath.  The suit claims that the executive order banning mask...

Battleground or School Playground?

Battleground or School Playground?

Speaking via Zoom to anxious parents, one Austin ISD principal pleaded to his audience by saying, “Don’t make the battleground for wearing or not wearing a mask [our] elementary school.”  This admonishment did little to prevent the chat from blowing up in response....

SSES Grant Application Deadline Extended

SSES Grant Application Deadline Extended

Texas students with significant disabilities that have been affected by school closures due to COVID-19 can still apply for the SSES grant—Supplemental Special Education Services.  TEA manages and disperses these funds, and students and their families can access the...