About 400 school districts and counting have adopted District of Innovation plans, including Ector County ISD.
Dallas, Highland Park, and Ector County schools recently became the latest districts to opt for the “District of Innovation” status. Districts across Texas are grabbing hold of a 2015 law that allows them wider flexibility and control of everything from the start and end dates for the school year, class size, and length of a school day, to who they can hire to teach.
Highland Park ISD’s board of trustees voted a District of Innovation plan in March. Ector County ISD passed its plan in April.
The District of Innovation concept was provided for in 2015 when the state legislature passed House Bill 1842, which allows districts some flexibility in seeking exemptions to state education code on various facets of curriculum, governance, accountability, and finance.
To begin the journey, a board adopts a resolution to examine the issue, then holds public hearings and appoints a committee to develop the district’s plan.
Proponents point to the local control, and to the opportunity for the same flexibility charter schools have. Opponents frequently say there is the potential for a slippery slope scenario that would lead to hiring unqualified teachers.
There is also a fair amount of fret about what teacher contracts would look like on a District of Innovation landscape, but so far districts that have passed plans have insisted teacher contracts would not be affected. (more…)
9330 Clevenger Road Odessa, Texas, Currently listed for $1,395,500 by Amy Turman, Legacy Real Estate Brokerage
Ideally located in prestigious Musick Estates in Odessa, Texas, lies a recreational Equestrian retreat built for those looking to live large in West Texas. Situated on a sizable 2.84-acre lot with three-stall horse barn, sparkling resort pool, spectacular covered patio, and lush green space, it offers the best of private pastoral living, just minutes from downtown Odessa’s cowboy spirit.
2500 Humble Ave, Midland, TX currently listed for $410,000 – Photo Credit, Zillow
Former first lady Laura Bush’s childhood home at 2500 Humble Drive in Midland was just listed for $410,000 by Caroline Earles of Trudy Thomason Realty, boasting original design attributes from when Bush lived there from 1961 to 1963.
Look no further – this stunning custom build in Midland has it all. Situated on a lushly landscaped lot with covered patio and private fenced-in lawn, the European-inspired estate at 5001 Mira Vista Circle in Midland listed for $975,000 is the ultimate luxury oasis filled with countless designer upgrades, and intimate outdoor living areas perfect for hosting your next summer soiree.
Midland’s housing inventory continues to tighten amidst influx of buyers, including nearly 170 families currently relocating with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.
The Midland Reporter-Telegram recently cited a 10-year record high for March with 231 homes sold at $66.458 million, compared to $40.934 million homes sold in the most active February going back five years.
This news is no surprise to Victoria Printz – top producing real estate agent serving Midland area residents since 1995.
While prospects for Midland-Odessa’s economic recovery remain steady and strong, a recent article by The Midland Reporter-Telegram suggests growing problems over housing availability. Citing information provided by the Permian Basin Board of Realtors, The Reporter-Telegram reports that housing inventory reached a new low last month.
Photos courtesy The Victoria Printz Team Realtors
The house itself is a stunner, but want to know what really caught our eye? Wel, 419 Sir Barton Parkway, you had us at outdoor kitchen. Especially this outdoor kitchen. We were immediately drawn to it. With that gorgeous pool, some frozen adult beverages and a couple of comfy lounge chairs, we’d have very little reason to leave.
“It catches everyone’s eye,” said Realtor Victoria Printz. “It’s absolutely fabulous. It’s on a little over acre and it’s got unbelievable outdoor living, complete with a cabana and fireplace.”
Economic analysts expect 2017 to be a growth year for Midland-Odessa.
Economic analysts predict 2017 will be a much-needed year of growth for Midland-Odessa. According to a story by The Midland Reporter-Telegram, Midland’s two-year slump seems to be coming to an end. Citing a report prepared for the Midland Development Corp by economist Karr Ingham, The Reporter-Telegram says that despite slow growth in some sectors, key factors indicate the area’s economy is in recovery.
While the decline in spending merely slowed, employment numbers suggest real growth. Reports indicate that nearly all of the job losses reported since 2015 have been recouped. However, optimism over employment numbers remains tempered by the expectation that revised data from the Texas Workforce Commission, to be released next month, will likely show the two-year job losses as much higher than previously reported.