Education

  Raise Your Hand Texas to hold town hall on public education in Nacogdoches

The “For the Future” House District-11 Town Hall on Public Education, is part of a series of over 50 public education candidate events that the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation will be hosting across the state through the 2020 elections.

Lufkin ISD coach arrested on drug charge

State reports over 9,000 COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools for week

East Texas lawmakers sign letter calling for STAAR exams to be canceled this year

Lufkin ISD ending remote learning for most students

State announces $420M reimbursement for Texas schools to continue remote learning

  Second East Texan elected to State Board of Education

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Daily updates on COVID-19 cases across East Texas public schools

SFA bringing a sense of ‘normalcy’ to campus amid COVID-19 resurge

  With COVID-19 surging, schools suspend in-person education

Nearly 40K cases of COVID-19 reported across Texas public schools

  Groveton ISD holds drive-thru luncheon for veterans

Despite rising COVID-19 cases, universities including Texas Tech and Texas A&M are planning in-person fall graduations

  Burkeville superintendent says school is going smoothly following Hurricane Laura

Ann Gardner, Burkeville superintendent, said students are back in school with the help of six portable buildings and lots of community support.

  SFA announces academic partnership with Texas A&M

A partnership between Stephen F. Austin State University and a Texas A&M research and education center is sealed. SFA’s College of Education will be offering a degree through the A&M ‘RELLIS’ Academic Alliance in Bryan.

State reports over 2,600 student cases of COVID-19 in public schools

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported over 2,600 cases of COVID-19 in students on public school campuses Thursday.

State reports average teacher pay raise in the thousands

The pay raises are part of a $1.1 billion annual investment in additional compensation that started last year for Texas teachers, counselors, librarians, and school nurses.

  WATCH: 17 East Texas school superintendents join East Texas Now

  Lufkin primary school using ‘Smart Cycles’ to better engage students in learning

  SFA nursing grads tackle master’s program while facing challenges brought on by pandemic

Superintendent says one Buna ISD officer cleared in intruder drill incident

Unannounced intruder drill at Buna Elementary ‘could have been a disaster’

Texas Universities' COVID-19 prediction models offer information at national, state and local levels

State reports over 2,400 COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools

The report states 2,425 students tested positive while 1417 staff tested positive.

San Augustine ISD moving to virtual learning next week due to COVID-19

Due to increased incidences of positive COVID-19 cases in our district population, beginning Monday, October 26, 2020 - Friday, October 30, 2020, all SAISD students will transition to Wolf Academy, our virtual /remote school environment. During that week, all district facilities, buses, vehicles and

  Nacogdoches students earn career skills in small animal management class

Students have opened a doggy day spa for the year on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

University of Texas Longhorn band won’t play “The Eyes of Texas” this weekend after some members say they’re unwilling

The Longhorn Band will not play “The Eyes of Texas” at this Saturday’s football game between the University of Texas at Austin and Baylor University after a survey of members revealed several students are unwilling to play the traditional alma mater song, according to The Daily Texan.

Texas Tech to Host In-Person and Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

Texas Tech University is changing up its normal commencement schedule to offer both in-person and virtual commencement ceremonies for December 2020 graduates.

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

These items, all under $15, can help make distance learning more appealing to even the youngest learners.

Governor, TEA establish targeted education funds for families of students with cognitive disabilities

Qualifying families will gain access to a targeted spending account to purchase services costing up to $1,500 per eligible student

  Kirbyville CISD uses video app to engage students during COVID-19 pandemic

KTRE’s Jeremy Thomas is in Kirbyville where a video the district posted is going viral.

Texas Tech unveils renovations to historic Dairy Barn

For almost 100 years, the Dairy Barn on the campus of Texas Tech University has stood as a symbol to the early days of the university and the persevering spirit embodied in all Red Raiders.

  SFA reaches settlement with students involved in false-report allegation

The case was tied to an alleged false police report against a fellow student on Sept. 14.

  72 ballots missing school board, bond info in Huntington on first day of early voting

Huntington ISD’s Superintendent David Flowers says he was called out of his office twice yesterday when voters had complaints. The first man said he and his wife’s ballots were missing the two issues.

  Internet protection for East Texas students taking laptops home

Nacogdoches ISD focusing on virtual learning safety

Governor Abbott announces COVID-19 rapid testing pilot program for Texas school systems

Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pilot Program for Texas school systems.

Grace Community joins Longview ISD in pilot program for COVID-19 testing

Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pilot Program for Texas school systems.

Texas Tech cancels in-person classes following Thanksgiving break

Texas Tech has announced the cancellation of in-person classes following thanksgiving break.

Trump administration extends free meals for kids for entire school year

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year.

  Nacogdoches County students show livestock during drastically different Piney Woods Fair

Students from across Nacogdoches County wrapped up a week of showing their livestock at a drastically different Piney Woods Fair.

  Students accused of filing false police report sue SFA

The lawsuit follows a "swatting" incident in Sept. 14 on a fellow student.

SFA responds to statements from attorney of student who was subject of false report

Stephen F. Austin State University has responded to statements made by the attorney for Christin Evans, the SFA student who was the subject of a false report to the college's police department.

Special education teacher in Jacksonville finds second calling in competitive powerlifting

A charity fundraising competition helped a 27-year teacher discover her life's new passion.

COVID-19 cases at Texas schools level off

The state reported over 2,200 cases of COVID-19 on public school campuses on Thursday.

  TEACHER DIARY: Angelina County teacher says parents must help for learning process to be successful

This week, an Angelina County teacher shares their perspective on the struggles students face with virtual learning and how the district is working hard on them.

Tyler ISD superintendent says COVID-19 rates within system are ‘pretty minute’

He said the COVID-19 rates in the system were ‘pretty minute’ and said they hope to keep it that way. He also talked about the upcoming football game Friday night between Tyler Legacy and Lufkin.

Alba Golden shuts down football, volleyball for two weeks due to COVID-19

Alba Golden ISD will be postponing sports competitions for the next two weeks.

  Pine Tree ISD superintendent talks district COVID numbers

Thursday afternoon, the state released COVID-19 numbers for every public school district in the state.

Timpson ISD superintendent warns adults who won’t comply with sports COVID-19 protocols: ‘do it somewhere else’

"I will personally do everything in my power to allow students to continue to come to school each day and participate in our activities. It is shameful for adults to fight their personal battles on a field that our kids should be enjoying right now," Johnson said.

Cushing ISD superintendent says district is tightening restrictions at football games

Davis said for the Bearcat games, a message was sent to fans instructing them what they need to do to "keep the team going".

State releases district-level COVID-19 data for public school districts

The Department of State Health Services has released the numbers for positive COVID-19 cases for every public school district in the state.

  Chapel Hill ISD superintendent attributes district success to strategic planning, cooperation

The superintendent of Chapel Hill ISD in Smith County says that at week five of the school year, things are going well.

  Nacogdoches ISD superintendent says procedures reviewed to start football season

The district has also put football on hold for the next few weeks due to COVID concerns. 89 members of the JV and varsity teams are in quarantine, along with 16 coaches. Trujillo discussed what the district is doing differently to make sure everybody stays safe.

Over 1,800 COVID-19 cases reported across Texas schools

The state reported over 1,800 cases of COVID-19 on public school campuses on Wednesday.

  SFA to hold in-person commencement ceremonies in December 2020

There will be several new measures in place to help ensure the safety of attendees

  Livingston ISD superintendent calls pandemic ‘academic disaster’ for students

Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins says that his district’s response to the pandemic has been going well under the circumstances of a global pandemic.

  Overton ISD superintendent says virus cases manageable; waiting on state tech package

Overton ISD Superintendent Stephen Dubose says that the district continues to manage well under current circumstances.

Latexo ISD closes high school campus until Monday

Superintendent Michael Woodard reports five confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last two days and six affected teachers that must be quarantined for two weeks.

Texas Tech University surpasses 40,000 students

This fall, Texas Tech has again attained a record enrollment, for the 12th consecutive year, with 40,332 students as of the 20th day of class on Monday (Sept. 21).

WATCH: Tenaha ISD superintendent says start of 2020-2021 school year ‘mixed bag’

During his interview on East Texas Now on Tuesday, Tenaha ISD Superintendent Scott Tyner said the start of the 2020-2021 school year has been a bit of a “mixed bag.”

SFA offering in-person graduation ceremonies in December

Stephen F. Austin State University has announced it will hold traditional in-person commencement ceremonies for December 2020 graduates with a number of new measures aimed at helping ensure attendee safety.

  WATCH: Pine Tree ISD superintendent talks continued vigilance, upcoming football season

Gov. Greg Abbott continued to stress the importance of Texans remaining diligent with health and safety measures while combating COVID-19 at a press conference on Thursday. Pine Tree ISD continues to do the same and encourages everyone to work together to do their part in preventing the spread of th

  Fine arts teachers at SFA get creative amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Where there is a will there’s a way. Budding musicians and dedicated faculty find a stage where they make it.

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

Only around a quarter of the nation's largest universities publicly release active COVID-19 case information. Public health experts say the more data available, the better.

  Trinity ISD superintendent says no confirmed COVID-19 cases in district

Trinity ISD superintendent Dr. John Kaufman appeared on East Texas Now Thursday.

  Canton ISD Supt. Brian Nichols on transparency, student safety in district

The district has implemented a page on the website for reporting cases of COVID-19 in the district.

  Nacogdoches ISD superintendent explains reasoning behind delayed start of school year

Nacogdoches ISD chose to delay their school start date twice before starting on Sept. 8.

SFA’s C.R.E.A.T.E. virtual tutoring service available for people who need schoolwork help

A new school year comes with new changes—and a group of educators and college students are working to make studying easier for people needing assistance. As KTRE’s T’Ebonie Tanner reports, this virtual service is free of charge and anyone can use it.

  Pittsburg ISD superintendent attributes low virus cases in district to good planning, cooperation

On Wednesday, Pittsburg ISD Superintendent Terry Waldrep joined East Texas Now to give an update on the first five weeks of school and how they are dealing with the pandemic as they work to educate Camp County students.

  Virtual learning is going very well for one family with Lufkin ISD students

On Tuesday, Lufkin ISD administrators presented the school board with a review of their asynchronous learning plan for virtual students. KTRE’s T’Ebonie Tanner finds out how one family’s virtual learning progress is going so far.

  WATCH: Anissa Centers speaks with East Texas teacher about ever-changing responsibilities

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way just about every job is done.

  Nacogdoches ISD dealing with learning curve presented by distance learning

District campuses are responding by conducting face-to-face tutorials for parents.

San Augustine ISD superintendent talks about district doing all virtual learning 1st few weeks

Unlike many other East Texas school districts, San Augustine ISD’s leadership opted to go the virtual learning route for the first few weeks of the 2020-2021 school year. Their students and teachers returned to in-class instruction on Sept. 9.

  Lufkin ISD superintendent says district still waiting for state hotspots, asks for ‘grace, patience’ for teachers

“We do have about 200 students we are worried about, and we are calling parents to help get them back on track," she said.

WATCH: Anissa Centers talks to longtime teacher about changes to teaching, learning

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, East Texas teachers and students are discovering that teaching and learning both look different than they did, say six months ago.

  Grand Saline ISD Supt. Micah Lewis says he’s looking for help for teachers

Supt. Mical Lewis joined Lane Luckie for a discussion about the first month of school.

  Huntington ISD superintendent says 60 are currently in quarantine

Huntington ISD Superintendent David Flowers said 60 students and staff are currently in quarantine as the district operates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nacogdoches ISD to host seminars to help parents, students navigate virtual learning software

Parents and students having problems navigating Canvas or having questions related to Canvas are encouraged to attend.

Nacogdoches ISD adds district COVID-19 reporting page to site

“In addition to the updates required by the state and the information we share with parents and staff, we want to provide notification to our community, as well, about any cases associated with the school district,” said NISD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo.

  Families withdrawing from public schools increase across the state

The Texas Homeschool Coalition (THSC) reports a 400% increase over last August in public school withdrawals using their website.

TEACHER DIARY: Angelina County teacher says students, teachers adjusting to new normal

We’ve started a new segment called Open Campus: Teacher Diaries where we hear teachers' perspectives about what is going on in East Texas classrooms this school year.