Education

Plainview board approves salary increase for district’s employees

Full-time employees of Plainview Independent School District should expect a salary increase this year.

  Lubbock ISD announces teacher pay raises

Lubbock, area schools named to education organization’s ‘Honor Roll’

Frenship’s Legacy Elementary named to 2018-2019 Texas Honor Roll

Texas Education Agency approves ACE program for Dunbar CPA

Gov. Greg Abbott signs $11.6 billion school finance measure into law

Governor signs law boosting Texas’ lagging teacher pay

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LISD middle school students compete in hovercraft STEM challenge

Lubbock HS graduate receives inaugural Team of Distinction recognition

  LISD food programs provide for children during summer months

American Meat Science Association Honors Two Texas Tech Faculty Members

Texas Senate passes bill to give more teachers access to guns in classrooms

Lubbock teacher named first Christian Teacher of the Year Award winner

Mary Jo Newton, from Trinity Christian Schools, has been named the winner of the first Christian Teacher of the Year Award, given by Alpha Omega Publications.

State budget committee comes to agreement on Texas Tech vet school funding

The Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine is closer to reality thanks to legislators hammering out the state’s budget for the next two years.

Texas Tech commencement ceremonies take place Friday, Saturday

Opera singer Susan Graham and author Barry Lopez will take the stage this year as the spring 2019 commencement speakers for Texas Tech. The ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18.

Perfect attendance could get LISD 5th graders a free bike

Two fifth-grade students who have a perfect attendance record from each of Lubbock Independent School District’s 32 elementary schools will receive a free bicycle, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Lubbock.

Credit agency re-issues ‘elite’ rating for Texas Tech System

Area commencement ceremonies begin today for colleges, universities

Julia Stephen announced as new Coronado High School principal

Texas Tech president to make fifth tour of West Texas high schools

  One Class At A Time: Atkins Middle School band director, Communities in Schools awarded $500

  LISD Board approves site for new North Lubbock elementary school

  Muleshoe shoes in top 50 for nationwide Vans art contest

Two pair of canvas shoes became a blank canvas for Muleshoe High School art students. Now those shoes could help them win $75,000 for their program.

Texas Tech Meat Animal Evaluation Team Captures Fifth National Title

The Texas Tech University Meat Animal Evaluation Team won the National Meat Animal Evaluation competition for the fifth time in school history, earning the title of national champions, on April 1.

‘Grow your own’ approach helps rural schools develop and keep local teachers

In Texas, out of 1,247 school districts the Texas Education Agency categorizes 459 of them as rural. That more than likely means those 459 are facing either a teacher shortage, or a teacher retention issue.

Texas House approves major school finance reform package, adds teacher raises to the bill

After more than three hours of discussion, the Texas House nearly unanimously passed a comprehensive bill to reform the way schools are funded and slow the growth of property tax bills.

Texas Tech, South Plains College sign transfer agreement

It will soon be even easier for certain students to transfer credits from South Plains College to Texas Tech.

  Texas Tech reviews admissions procedures in response to national scandal

Texas Tech is reviewing their admissions procedures in the wake of a national scandal, assuring students that the conditions that led to the scandal do not exist at Texas Tech.

Summer camps available through Texas Tech

Well it’s never too early to start thinking about summer – and more importantly, what to do with the kids during the summer.

  Special Olympics cuts come under fire as DeVos faces budget questions

The Education Department has asked to end about $17.5 million in funding for programs meant to support awareness of and encourage participation in the Special Olympics.

  LCU signs medical school agreement with Tech Health Sciences Center

An agreement between Lubbock Christian University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will allow for LCU honors students to apply early to the HSC’s medical school, granting pre-admission and exemption from a medical entrance exam.

Texas Tech President announces review of university admissions process

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec announced a review of the Texas Tech admissions process on Friday, in response to federal investigations at a handful of other institutions nationwide.

TTU System Board of Regents Elect New Chairman and Vice Chairman

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents elected Christopher M. Huckabee and J. Michael Lewis chairman and vice chairman, respectively, during a special-called meeting of the board on Thursday afternoon.

Lubbock-Cooper Education Foundation surprises educators with $105,000 in grants

The Lubbock-Copper Education Foundation surprised educators with $105,000 in grants for innovative education projects today. Twenty-five grants have been issued throughout all eight Lubbock-Cooper ISD campuses.

Greg Abbott tells every university in Texas to re-evaluate processes in light of admissions scandal

Gov. Greg Abbott is urging Texas universities to re-evaluate their admissions processes in the wake of a federal investigation that led to bribery charges against a coach at the University of Texas at Austin.

  Coaches and parents in college admissions scheme find jobs in danger

At a brief court appearance Wednesday, a judge allowed Lori Loughlin to be released on $1 million bond and travel to the area around Vancouver, Canada, to work but otherwise imposed strict travel restrictions.

Texas Senate unveils its first version of a school finance reform bill

On the night of the deadline to file bills this legislative session, Texas Senate leaders turned in their first crack at legislation designed to reform school finance — rounding out a series of proposals in the upper chamber aiming to address rising property taxes and fix the way the state pays for

Senator Campbell files two bills to expand access to school choice

With less than 48 hours until the bill filing deadline, State Senator Donna Campbell filed two significant bills on Thursday to expand school choice in Texas.

  Texas Senate unanimously passes $5,000 teacher pay raises, adding librarians

The Texas Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill that would provide $5,000 annual pay raises for full-time classroom teachers and librarians, at a cost of $4 billion over the next two years.

  Texas Tech social media experts weigh in on YouTube self harm videos

As concerns grow over what children may be exposed to on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app, social media experts are speaking out on what kids are seeing, and who needs to be monitoring them.

  Dunbar celebrates Black History Month through art

A Lubbock middle school is celebrating Black History Month through art.

  Texas Senate panel advances $5,000 teacher pay raise proposal

After a contentious three-hour public hearing Monday, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed a bill that would provide annual $5,000 pay raises for all full-time classroom teachers in the state.

Tech Regents approve facilities budgets, demolition plan for Coliseum

The Texas Tech Board of Regents approved an online graduate certificate in veterans affairs, approved funding for various facilities projects, and moved forward with plans to demolish the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium and Coliseum, scheduled for April 10.

Democrats lay out their priorities for Texas school finance as lawmakers await leadership-endorsed bill

The Texas House Democratic Caucus laid out a $14.5 billion plan for school finance reform and property tax relief Wednesday, releasing a list of priorities in advance of a key school finance bill Republican education leaders are expected to file and support.

School bus driver crashed into tree while under influence of drugs, NJ police say

First responders found the bus driver unconscious at the crash site and used Narcan to revive her.

Tech Board of Regents to meet Thursday, Friday

The Texas Tech System Board of Regents will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday for a regular board meeting. Thursday’s meeting will end at 5 p.m. and will pick up at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Texas community colleges warn they may consider tuition hikes in the face of property tax reform

The community colleges that educate about half the state’s higher education students are warning of possible tuition hikes if the Texas Legislature enacts its sweeping property tax proposal.

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

After a 5-year-old in Texas got her hair cut, her friends started calling her a boy, and she began wearing a hat to school. But her teacher’s kind gesture changed everything.

  Karen Slay, former Texas PTA president, LISD trustee dies at 58

Karen Slay, the Texas Parent-Teacher Association president from 2012-2014 and eight-year Lubbock Independent Board of Trustee member, has died. She was 58 years old.

Teacher tells students MLK assassination was ‘complete fabrication,’ NC parent says

After the school district began investigating the allegations, the substitute teacher turned in her resignation.

Seminole to begin search for new superintendent

Gary Laramore, the superintendent of Seminole Independent School District, has submitted his resignation to the district. The district’s board of trustees will soon begin a search to fill his position.

Tech System accepting artists submissions for Womble Complex art

The Texas Tech University System is accepting submissions for public art for the Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center, currently under construction west of the United Supermarkets Arena. Professional artists have until 3 p.m. March 20 to submit a proposal.

Father sues bullies after son named ‘most likely to shoot up school’

Because of the rumor, allegedly spread by bullies, the boy was ostracized and ridiculed by his classmates and searched and interrogated by staff, according to the father’s attorney.

  Chancellor Tedd Mitchell talks about future of TTU Vet School

Chancellor Tedd Mitchell sat down with KCBD NewsChannel 11’s Amanda Ruiz to talk about the future of the TTU Vet School now that it’s on the legislative budget.

  One Class At A Time: Smyer ISD teacher, American Cancer Society awarded $500

Smyer ISD teacher Belinda Maye is the fifth 2018-2019 recipient of KCBD’s One Class At A Time donation and recognition sponsored by Frontier Dodge and Spirit Automotive.

LCU receives accreditation for another ten years

Lubbock Christian University's accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Teacher, aides punished children with autism using dark bathroom, loud whistle, investigators say

The three suspects were investigated after a witness reported them to the school resource officer, according to the sheriff.

Boy with autism intentionally locked out of school by principal, mother says

The school district placed the principal on paid administrative leave while it investigates the allegations.

  Roosevelt teacher to receive Texas VFW Middle School Teach of the Year award

This weekend the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars will honor its Teachers of the Year Award winners in Austin and among those who will receive recognition is Sarah Martin, a teacher at Roosevelt Junior High School in Lubbock County.

Will Texas’ attempt to shake up school finance lead to higher stakes for standardized tests?

Top Texas lawmakers this year are proposing allocating billions of more dollars for public schools, but a portion of those dollars will likely have strings attached.

Floydada ISD debuts rendering of new campus, football stadium

The Floydada Independent School District has released a video that shows what the upcoming secondary campus and football stadium will look like.

Texas House proposes massive increase for public school funding

As Texas’ Republican leadership calls for property tax cuts and a school finance overhaul, the Texas House on Monday pitched a bold proposal: Pump roughly $7 billion more state funds into public schools — but only if lawmakers can satisfactorily overhaul the school finance system to slow the growth

Tech hosts Winter Raider Welcome for returning, new students

Texas Tech’s Office of Transition & Engagement will host Winter Raider Welcome from Monday to Sunday, which will be composed of more than 40 free activities for new and returning students.

  Lubbock ISD middle school impacts community as only IB program in West Texas

With each school year and each round of students, participation in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program is making the community a better place and students at Hutchinson Middle School better citizens of the world.

Hart ISD employee under investigation for inappropriate relationship with student

A Hart ISD employee has been placed on paid administrative leave while officials investigate allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student.

  Texas Tech becomes first university in Texas to offer augmented reality service to visually impaired students

With the start of Spring semester right around the corner, Texas Tech will offer a new way for visually impaired students to get around campus.

Higher education board to focus on poor students during next legislative session

As the new Texas legislative session approaches, officials with the Higher Education Coordinating Board are gearing up for funding requests they deem necessary for students across Texas.

South Plains College to open truck driving school in late January

South Plains College has announced it will open a professional truck driving school with classes beginning on Jan. 28 at the cost of $4,995.

Lubbock-Cooper’s Kattwinkel steps into full-time athletic director role

Max Kattwinkel, who currently serves as Lubbock-Cooper ISD’s athletic director and football coach, will step into a full-time role as athletic director for the district.

Texas Tech receives second Carnegie Tier One classification

Texas Tech is once again listed as one of the nation’s top doctoral universities after receiving its second Carnegie Tier One designation for its efforts on research activity.

Roy Bassett picked as Frenship ISD’s new police chief

Roy Bassett, a 32-year veteran with the Lubbock Police Department, was selected by the Frenship ISD board of trustees as the districts new police chief.

Texas Tech to host commencement Friday, Saturday

Texas Tech will host its fall commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday inside of the United Supermarkets Arena at 1701 Indiana Avenue.

Texas Tech finals have been rescheduled

All final exams scheduled for Saturday, December 8 have been rescheduled for Sunday, December 9 due to winter weather.

LCU commencement ceremony Saturday postponed until 2 p.m.

Lubbock Christian University will host two commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday on its campus.

Texas Tech rocket team to travel to Kennedy Space Center for rocket challenge

A rocket team from Texas Tech is one of five teams from different universities around the country competing in the Bayer Alka-Rocket challenge with the hopes of winning $30,000 and the chance to break a Guinness World Record.

  Virginia College officials announce closure of Lubbock, national campuses

Virginia College, the for-profit college owned by Education Corporation of America, is closing down due to financial and educational circumstances.

High winds knock down wall of secondary school being built in Floydada

With sustained winds of 20-30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph, it is no surprise that there was some damage reported across the south plains.

Tech professor goes before Senate for food safety nomination hearing

Mindy Brashears, a Texas Tech professor of food microbiology and food safety, will participate in a Senate confirmation hearing at 9:30 a.m. today in Washington D.C. with the hopes of becoming the United States Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for Food Safety.

SPC to host music-centered Fest Week from Dec. 3-6

The Create Arts Department of South Plains College will host its Fest Week, a music-centered series of performances, from Monday, Dec. 3 to Thursday, Dec. 6 in Levelland.

Decrease in international students slight concern for Tech president

On the same day Texas Tech was honored with the Senator Paul Simon Campus Internationalization award the Wall Street Journal published an article about the decreasing number of international students on U.S. university campuses.