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ECISD approves memorandum of understanding with Texas Tech for Ector

first_imgLocal NewsGovernment By admin – April 26, 2018 Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Texas Tech, ECISD logos The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees approved an agreement with Texas Tech University College of Education for an in-district charter school at Ector Middle School.After a 35-minute closed session, trustees voted 6-0 to approve the pact, which is a memorandum of understanding. Board member Ray Beaty was absent.The memorandum of understanding is a general agreement to pursue the partnership, the board recap said. It must still be signed by Texas Tech University and submitted to the Texas Education Agency by the April 30 deadline. Once the agreement is submitted to the Texas Education Agency, ECISD and Texas Tech will continue working out a more detailed contact for the charter school, planned to begin operating in August.ECISD has eight campuses on improvement required status under state accountability regulations. Ector Middle School, Noel and Zavala elementary are in their fifth year. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.A number of Ector Middle School staff attended the meeting.The board will schedule another meeting on Monday in case Texas Tech requests any changes to the memorandum of understanding signed by ECISD Thursday. “We’re still working on all the details,” Superintendent Tom Crowe said. “That’s the reason it’s a memorandum of understanding, rather than a contract because they’ve got their lawyers working on it and we’ve got our lawyers working on it, but the TEA said if we did a memorandum of understanding then that would carry us through and meet the April 30 deadline and we could continue to work on the details.”The window to do that is the end of school, May 24, Crowe said.Details like teacher retirement and who works for whom “are pretty much worked out,” Crowe said.The added time to is to ensure that Texas Tech “feels comfortable that this is going to work for them and we feel comfortable that the program’s going to work for us and our community,” Crowe said. “Their lawyers have to feel comfortable that it’s going to be a positive thing for Tech and so forth and the president and the board of regents have to look at it, as well,” he added.He said he wasn’t sure if the board of regents has to approve it, or just review it.As for whose school it will be, Crowe said the campus is still ECISD’s. “But they’ll have to the right to have their curriculum; they’ll have the right to employees; they’ll have the right to hire, to train, to do all this with the employees. But yet they’ll still report through us, as well. If they wanted to remove an employee, they’d have to follow our procedures to remove an employee,” Crowe said.It would still have to go through the school board.“I’m sure they’ll start out with the administration. If they keep our current administrators there, they’ll work for them, as well as on who stays because they know if they keep our administrators there, our administrators know the teachers and they’ll work with them,” Crowe said.“I would envision them keeping most of our teachers that are there and working with them and training them (in) the way they do business. I can’t guarantee that everybody would stay, but I think a vast majority would remain,” he added.Ector Middle School Principal Charles Quintela said he thought the approval of the memorandum of understanding was “the most positive thing we’ve had so far.”“But … we’re still waiting for the finale of everything to come through. I think on Monday it’s going to be determined, so we’re still up in the air a little bit. But it’s progress,” Quintela said.He said he thinks everyone wants to know that the agreement is done so things can move forward. Ector has a staff of about 120 people and a little more than 1,500 students in grades six through eight. “We have a lot of things to do; big plans. But it takes a lot of work and if we’re not ready right now, we’re behind the eight ball,” Quintela said. “… We’re trying to get our team finally in that point when we can see what’s going to happen tomorrow. That’s the hardest thing … not knowing what’s going to happen tomorrow.” ECISD approves memorandum of understanding with Texas Tech for Ector Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Previous articleThree indicted on capital murder chargesNext articleWhat’s Going On adminlast_img read more

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Trump says he would have a ‘hard time’ letting son play football in Super Bowl Sunday interview

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWin McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  Like millions of Americans this Sunday, President Donald Trump will be joined by family and friends to watch the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams face off in the Super Bowl.But in an interview that aired on football’s biggest day, Trump, a self-proclaimed fan said he would have a “hard time” letting his own son play the game and called it a “dangerous sport.”CBS News’ Margaret Brennan asked the president if he would let his 12-year-old pick up the game.“If he wanted to? Yes. Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn’t,” the president said.Football has faced a backlash — and a decline in youth participation — amid concerns about long term brain damage and physical injury. The NFL has tried to make changes to the sport to address the issues, but the president said that “hasn’t solved the problem.”“I hate to say it because I love to watch football. I think the NFL is a great product, but I really think that as far as my son – well, I’ve heard NFL players saying they wouldn’t let their sons play football. So, it’s not totally unique, but I — I would have a hard time with it,” Trump said.In the past, the president has complained about the NFL’s changes to the game in an effort to prevent serious injury.“Football has become soft. Football has become soft. Now, I’ll be criticized for that. They’ll say, ‘Oh, isn’t that terrible.’ But football’s become soft like our country has become soft,” Trump said while he campaigned in 2016 at a rally in Reno, Nevada.“They’re ruining the game,” the president said in 2017 at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama. “Hey, look, that’s what they want to do, they want to hit, OK? They want to hit. But it is hurting the game.”The president has had at times a strained relationship with the NFL, and railed against players like Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against black people and people of color.But the president told CBS on Sunday that he understands why some players would take that position, and said members of the NFL have reached out to applaud him for his administration’s efforts on criminal justice reform.“They have been calling and thanking, you know, that people have been trying to get that taken care of and it’s now signed into law and affects tremendous numbers of people, and very good people,” Trump said. “I think that when you want to protest I think that’s great. But I don’t think you do it at the sake of our flag, at the sake of our national anthem.”Trump signed the First Step Act in December which, among other things, aims to reduce recidivism rates among federal prisoners, and allows judges to hand down sentences below the mandatory minimum for certain offenders.The president will tune in to the Super Bowl at his private golf club in West Palm Beach and plans to enjoy a special performance from the Florida Atlantic University marching band. Trump says his Super Bowl party has grown in size every year.“Now I end up with about 700 people for a Super Bowl. And believe it or not, there are a lot of friends,” he said.The president told CBS he would be cheering for the Patriots.“Well, they have a very special owner and coach, and certainly they have, I guess, the greatest quarterback of all time. So I would say they would win. As the expression goes, who knows? I hope it’s a great game,” Trump said.Whichever team wins, Trump hopes to see them at the White House. He plans to leave the Super Bowl party early to return to the White House.“Not all the games are great. But I do tend to leave a little bit early, and I think I probably will in this case, too, because it’s good to get up in the air so we don’t affect the flights back to Washington and other places,” he said.This is the president’s third time spending Super Bowl Sunday away from Washington at his private Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, which he calls the “Winter White House.” It is also the president’s first time back in Florida after he chose to remain in Washington during the record 35-day partial government shutdown.Trump spent the weekend in Florida playing golf and spending time at Mar-a-Lago. On Saturday the he played golf with greats Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by February 3, 2019 /Sports News – National Trump says he would have a ‘hard time’ letting son play football in Super Bowl Sunday interviewcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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