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Westwood and Vandegrift high schools were named among the best public high schools in Texas in a recent education ranking published by education website Niche. Westwood came in at No. 8 and … more
Following the abrupt resignation of Trustee Jim MacKay, the Leander ISD Board of Trustees last week held a special meeting to formally accept MacKay's resignation and discuss options for filling the … more
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is locked in several pitched legal battles with cities, counties and school districts over their bids to require masks in public schools. In a May executive order, Abbott … more
At first glance, the latest iteration of the state’s COVID-19 case tracker for Texas public schools might be cause for alarm. Case counts at a dozen of the area’s largest districts … more
It was June 3, 2020, and James Whitfield couldn’t sleep. He hadn’t been able to sleep for the last several days. As a Black man, the deaths of three Black Americans, George Floyd, Breonna … more
The Texas Senate on Monday released its first draft of a new map for the State Board of Education's 15 districts. It attempts to reinforce a GOP majority for the entity that determines what millions … more
A mask requirement was reinstated late last week after a court ruled that the Round Rock Independent School District could once again enforce its mask policy. Last week, a Williamson County … more
Students in Texas public schools are facing another year upturned by COVID-19 as the highly contagious delta variant spreads, mask mandates are inconsistent and children under 12 cannot yet be … more
The death of a 20-year-old Texas A&M University student from COVID-19 last week spurred fear, frustration and sadness on the College Station campus. In the days since the biomedical science major … more
J.R. Hughes has been named the new principal of Cedar Valley Middle School. Hughes has served as the assistant principal of Paetow High School in Katy ISD since 2020. During that time, he … more
Heath Walz has been named the principal of Ridgeview Middle School. Walz has served as the associate principal of Cedar Ridge High School since 2018. During that time, he helped plan and assess … more
After discussion about COVID-19 safety measures on Thursday, the Leander ISD Board of Trustees resolved to direct Administration to investigate additional COVID-19 mitigation resources.The board … more
Leander ISD received a bond rating upgrade from another major bond rating agency, marking the second time in the past five years that the district’s bond rating has been upgraded. Citing the … more
The Texas attorney general’s office filed even more lawsuits Tuesday against districts that require students to wear masks to school. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced … more
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has unleashed another wave of lawsuits against school districts over their masking policies — but one of them says it doesn’t even require face … more
Misty Russell, a mother of three, had just moved to Greenville, South Carolina, and was ecstatic for her 8-year-old daughter to attend school in-person in a new state and school district. But, after … more
For the first time in the Texas mask wars, Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing six school districts that have defied Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on local masking orders. Paxton on Friday sued … more
Wearing masks all day isn’t a big deal for Brooke Vaught’s 375 students. They compliment each other on their cool choices — bright colors, Batman, funky designs — they put them … more
Toward the end of the last school year, Tomas Garcia made the difficult but, in his mind, right decision to leave teaching after 15 years. Like countless other educators, Garcia has loved the … more
The Texas chapter of the NAACP, along with the civil rights organization’s University of Texas at Austin chapter and a group of anonymous students, has filed a complaint with the U.S. … more
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