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Ector County ISD Staff Test Positive For COVID-19 Days Before Classes Start

By Mitch Borden For the first time since last spring, students rushed to make it to classes before the final bell rang at public schools scattered across Odessa on Wednesday. But this time around, hallways were bare since the pandemic … Continue reading

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Here’s How The Start Of The School Year Will Look Like In Midland-Odessa

By Mitch Borden Students, parents, and teachers are all preparing for the 2020-2021 school year as the first day of class quickly approaches. Whether class will be held in person, online, or a mix of the two depends on the … Continue reading

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After Students Fled Permian High — Ector County ISD Says There Was No Active Shooter

By Mitch Borden This morning, according to Odessa’s Ector County School District, a fire alarm was pulled at Permian High School, causing students to flee the building and some classrooms to go on lockdown. Exactly what happened at the Odessa … Continue reading

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Permian Basin Leaders Pledge $55M To Support Charter School Project

By Mitch Borden Permian Basin leaders this week announced $55 million dollars in private funding they intend to use toward education. The group of foundations, businesses and individuals are throwing that money behind an effort to bring charter schools to … Continue reading

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As Odessa Schools Struggle To Hire Teachers, A New Program Hopes To Put A Dent In The Region’s Educator Shortage

By Mitch Borden Summer vacation is in full swing across Texas. Families going on long trips. On hot days, kids heading to the pool with friends or are running down ice cream trucks to get a cool treat. But for … Continue reading

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To Keep An Odessa School From Closing, Ector County ISD Focuses On Improving Student Literacy

By Mitch Borden In Odessa, Blackshear Elementary Magnet is on its last leg. For years the state has said the struggling school needs to improve, and in 2018 the Texas Education Agency even gave the Permian Basin campus a failing … Continue reading

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Midterms In West Texas: What Ector County ISD’s Tax Election Means For You

We’re days away from the start of early voting in the November elections. Leading up to that, Marfa Public Radio is bringing you coverage of what you can expect to see on the November ballot. In Alpine, Odessa and Midland, … Continue reading

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Faced With A Teacher Shortage, West Texas School District May Be Latest To Go Virtual

As an oil boom increases housing costs and lures staff away, the Ector County school board has struggled to recruit and retain enough teachers.

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Record Growth in Odessa Schools Could Be Here To Stay

When the last oil boom in the Permian Basin screeched to a halt in 2014, something unexpected happened — families stuck around. Now, with production ramping up again, all corners of the community are feeling the effects of population growth. … Continue reading

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