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Unintended Consequences

Two education stories that came out over the weekend revealed unintended consequences to education of US law and a United Nations Security Council resolution.

The first story—”A Popular Principal, Wounded by Government’s Good Intentions” (NYTimes, July 18)—tells of the removal of a Burlington, Vermont school principal Joyce Irvine from her leadership position at a school with 97 percent low income children, and 50% foreign-born children, a large number of whom are refugees who have had traumatic experiences of one kind or another.

Although all comers are impressed by the accomplishments of the children from year to year, the testing system under the No Child Left Behind Act—which has meant that some new-comers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Sudan, for example, have had to take an English language state math test after a month or less in the United States, for example—is not adapted to this type of situation.

As a result of standardized tests offered under these conditions, the school scored poorly, and the school district was faced with a choice of fulfilling heart-breaking requirements—closing the school; removing half the staff and the principal; or removing only the principal and transforming the school—to receive as much as $3 million in federal stimulus funds, or forgoing the stimulus funds. The decision was that removing the principal was the least damaging choice.

The principal is so highly regarded that she has been given another job by the school district that removed her and both the Burlington school superintendent and US Senator Bernie Sanders have spoken very highly of her.

The second story—”Standardized English Tests Are Halted in Iran” (NYTimes, July 17)—explains that the UN Security Council resolution of sanctions against Iran as well as US sanctions make it impossible for Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), to accept payment of registration fees from Iran.

As a result, registration for the TOEFL testing program has been suspended, making things more difficult for people whom the sanctions were not intended to affect in this way. The situation may, however, be short-lived because a State Department spokesman has reported that explorations of alternative means to allow the program to resume are under consideration.

Popular Texas ISD – Independent School Districts

One of the most searched for areas on our site is that of ISDs. This is a term most commonly used in the name of school districts in Texas. ISD stands for Independent School District. To find a school district or Texas ISD on our site – start at http://texas.educationbug.org/ – this will take you to the directory for the entire state – then click on one of the search links under the school districts tab. You can search by name, city, or county. Most districts

We decided to list some of the most viewed Texas ISD profiles on our site. These are sorted by most popular:
1. Houston ISD – this ISD has many schools (we list over 308) and is located at 3830 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77027-5838 – you can reach them by phone at 713-892-6000. The Houston ISD is located in Harris County, Texas. This is the 7th largest school district in the country.
2. Dallas ISD – another very large district with over 227 public schools listed in our directory – main offices are located at 3700 Ross Ave Dallas, TX 75204-5491 and they can be reached by telephone at 972-925-3700 – The Dallas ISD is located in Dallas County, Texas. This is the 14th largest school district in the country.
3. El Paso ISD – not as large as some of the others listed, but it manages to bring lots of visitors – their main offices are at : 6531 Boeing DR EL Paso, TX 79925 – this district has approx. 93 schools and over 63,000 students. Located in El Paso County, Texas. 58th largest school district in the U.S.
4. Katy ISD – another not so large school district where a lot of parents are searching for contact information. This district is in Waller County and can be found at : 6301 S Stadium LN Katy, TX 77494-1057 – Phone: 281-396-6000 – Katy ISD contains over 40 public schools and has over 40,000 students registered.
5. San Antonio ISD – a pretty good size district with over 100 school and nearly 60,000 students enrolled – 141 Lavaca ST San Antonio, TX 78210-1039 or by phone at 210-299-5500. This district is located in Bexar County, Texas. 74th largest school district in the country.
6. Fort Worth ISD – another huge school district in Texas. Ft. Worth ISD has over 140 schools and over 80,000 students. Find them at : 100 N University DR Fort Worth, TX 76107-3010. 38th largest school district in the U.S.
7. Austin ISD – This is the 36th largest school district in the country. Located at 1111 W 6th ST Austin, TX 78703-5399 in Travis County.
8. Other popular districts include – Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Northside ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Arlington ISD, North East ISD, Aldine ISD, Garland ISD, Plano ISD, Pasadena ISD, Brownsville ISD, Alief ISD, Lubbock ISD and Mesquite ISD. Many of which are ranked in the U.S. top 100 by student population.

For more information on any Texas ISD – please visit our sections of the Texas education directory where you can search them alphabetically:
School Districts by Name
Texas School Districts A-I
Texas School Districts J-R
Texas School Districts S-Z
Our Texas school district directory contains approx 1265 ISD/School Districts which are responsible for the education of well over 4.3 million public, charter, and magnet school students.

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