Donations needed at red kettles in Fannin County
Posted: 7:30 AM - BONHAM,TX---Red kettle donations across Texoma could have a big impact on the Salvation Army in Fannin County.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State merit pay for Texas teachers will be replaced next year with grants meant to help instructors at poorer schools improve their skills.
The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that tight budgets and education funding cuts since 2011 prompted the changes.
The 2013 Legislature passed a measure eliminating merit pay, known as District Awards for Teacher Excellence, or DATE. The last bonus checks were distributed this fall. Roughly 18,000 educators qualified based on performance in the 2012-13 school year.
Lawmakers decided to move the remaining $24 million earmarked for merit pay to the new Educator Excellence Innovation Program.
Grants will be available to schools where at least half of the students are educationally disadvantaged. Teachers will be eligible for support such as mentoring and incentives to reduce teacher turnover.
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Posted: 12/02/2013 - DURANT, Okla., Dec. 2, 2013 – Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., a AAA Four Diamond resort and entertainment destination, is welcoming Captain Sig and Edgar Hansen from the Deadliest Catch on Friday, Dec. 6 from 7-10 p.m. at Gilley’s. The event is free to the public.
Posted: 12/02/2013 - Four local people recently completed at least 34 hours of training and 2 hours of courtroom observation in order to become volunteer advocates for children in foster care. The Honorable Judge Lauri Blake administered an oath to the new CASA volunteers in the 336th District Court after training was complete. New child advocates include Priti KC, Mary Norris, Dave Gehalo and Chantal Carey.