Mitchell DeSouza wants to expand his growing tattoo business, but he can’t grow in the building where his Virtuoso Tattoo studio is located. He asked the council for a zoning change to locate to an area near North East Mall, but it was denied.
Smithfield received a “met standard” accountability rating for the 2015-16 school year. Under the “work-in-progress” A-F letter grades that were released Jan. 6, the school received A’s in student achievement and closing performance gaps, a B in student progress and a C in postsecondary readiness.
Educator Robert Thornell’s blog received more than 500,000 hits nationwide. Thornell, a father of three, stepped into an ongoing debate about Texas’ new accountability system with a personal story of student successes in his family. The new system gives schools and campuses grades of A through F.
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath outlined a new schools accountability model scheduled to be unveiled in August 2018. The new system will give campuses and school districts A through F ratings, but he says it is still a work in progress.