Blake Cooper

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Booming energy sector has Commerce ISD, others hoping for a boost in funding

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

State STAAR results not good; Commerce ISD makes gains, but 'room for improvement'

Blake Cooper
Credit 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."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Commerce ISD enrollment up by 35 students

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Commerce ISD pleased with STAAR test results

Blake Cooper
Credit 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.

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The Morning Bell
8:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Special Edition: Roundtable discussion with local superintendents

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Wells leaving as Commerce head football coach

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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

McKinney schools study Commerce; Boots 'n' Barbecue Saturday

Blake Cooper
Credit 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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

STAAR testing this week ... and 'a new way of doing school'

Blake Cooper
Credit 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

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

New Commerce UIL district includes charter schools

Blake Cooper
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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

New high school graduation requirements coming this fall

Blake Cooper
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.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Commerce ISD will install school security buzzers

Blake Cooper
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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Commerce ISD
4:11 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Commerce ISD amping up security measures with technology

cthousegap.com

Commerce Independent School District will soon be making their campuses more secure using technology.

Throughout the coming weeks, workers will begin installation of a buzzer system at the front entrances of each campus. These systems will be equipped with two-way video/audio connection to the front office, allowing campus staff to see and speak with the person at the door, while still being at the safety of his/her desk.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Cooper: High schoolers will choose 'endorsements'

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says, starting in the fall of 2014, incoming high school students will choose one of several "endorsements," which are similar to college majors.  The endorsements will give more flexibility to students in the courses they take.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Blake Cooper: CSCOPE not well understood

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the controversial CSCOPE resource system that has been used in the Texas schools is more than a few controversial lesson plans.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Commerce ISD starts new drug-testing program

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

The Commerce Independent School District is starting a new random drug-testing program.  Commerce ISD Superintendent Blake Cooper explains the program on the Blacklands Cafe.

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