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Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says a promising school finance reform bill failed to win support in the State Senate and has been withdrawn, so the issue will likely be left up to the state Supreme Court when it hears the lawsuit against the state's school-finance system this fall, and then to a special session of the state legislature next summer.  Blake says it also appears the Commerce ISD and other districts will be receiving less of an increase in state funding than they expected a few weeks ago.

Commerce ISD
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the district's enrollment is up by 60 students over this time last year, and 100 students since the beginning of the school year.  Cooper says the CISD is seeing a large number of transfer students from other districts, and he says he's heard from numerous Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty who have told him they plan to move their families to Commerce.  And he says the Commerce ISD will pay for students to take dual-credit college courses in the 2015-16 school year.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the Texas House budget would raise the level of funding for most Texas school districts, and, in fact, would raise funding for the Commerce ISD by about $700,000 per year. 

Commerce ISD
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says he's working on a bill with State Rep. Dan Flynn that would allow home-schooled students to take elective courses at high schools without being subject to state testing.  Cooper says he expects the new legislature will produce a tight budget for public schools, even though state revenue is up.

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the booming Texas energy industry, boosted in a major way by the controversial practice of fracking, may mean a boost in funding for Texas public schools when the state legislature meets year.  But he's not taking that for granted.

Commerce ISD

A recent Dallas Morning News article said the results of the latest STAAR tests for Texas schools are disappointing.  Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says while the Commerce ISD made significant gains, it still has "room for improvement."

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says enrollment is up by 35 students this school year.   About 90 students have transferred into the school district, he says.  Blake says he is conferring with State Representative Dan Flynn about proposing a change to Texas law that would allow home-school students to take elective classes at Commerce High School and other public high schools in Texas.

Commerce ISD

As students begin the 2014-15 school year today, Commerce ISD Superintendent Blake Cooper says the CISD performed well on the 2013-14 STAAR test results, as Commerce High School earned four of six possible distinctions, Commerce Middle School earned two, and A.C. Williams Elementary School earned one ; the district placed in the top 25% in attendance and reading-and-writing measurements; and that all of the district's schools met state standards.

This week is the last week of the semester for Texas A&M University-Commerce students and it's the last week for The Morning Bell until the fall semester.

To end the spring series, we have gathered together multiple superintendents from across Northeast Texas to get a deeper analysis of topics we have covered during this series.

Joining us in the KETR studios is Terrell ISD Superintendent Micheal French, Sunnyvale ISD Superintendent Doug Williams, and Commerce ISD Superintendent Blake Cooper.

Commerce High School head football coach and athletic director Scott Wells is leaving for a position as defensive coordinator at Sunnyvale High School, Commerce ISD Blake Cooper says.  But Blake says that he's already received numerous excellent applications for the position.

Commerce Independent School District

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the McKinney ISD recently sent a group to Commerce to study how Commerce Elementary School and A.C. Williams Elementary achieved recent gains in student test scores.  Also, Blake discusses this Saturday evening's Boots 'n' Barbecue fund raising event, sponsored by the Commerce Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation.

Commerce ISD

With STAAR testing underway this week, Commerce Independent School District superintendent Blake Cooper says the state legislature made progress in reducing the number of standardized tests for secondary students from 15 per year to five, and he hopes similar progress will be made for elementary-age children in the next legislative session.  And Blake says the Commerce ISD is now part of the Texas High Performing S

Commerce Independent School District

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says Commerce's new District 6-3A, Division 1 includes two charter schools, Dallas Life Oak Cliff and Red Oak Life, which are permitted to recruit players from within their school districts.  Other district schools include Caddo Mills, Sunnyvale and Scurry-Rosser.  Non-district football games will include games against North Lamar, Bonham, Quinlan Ford, Edgewood and Melissa.

Commerce ISD

The Texas Education Agency has approved new high school graduation requirements under House Bill 5, which take effect this fall.  Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the requirements give students more flexibility in choosing "endorsements," similar to college majors.  In particular, students who are more inclined toward vocational education will find expanded opportunities.

Commerce Independent School District

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the school district will soon install security buzzers in all of its schools, so that office personnel will have to "buzz in" visitors before they may enter the school.

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