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San Isidro ISD names Sara Alvarado as lone finalist for superintendent
On April 18, the San Isidro ISD Board of Trustees named Sara Alvarado as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent. Alvarado currently serves as Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services in San Benito CISD.

The San Isidro ISD board is scheduled to vote to hire Alvarado after the 21-day waiting period required by state law.
Texas Republicans target Houston ISD over ‘vaccine passport’ for COVID sick leave
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Republicans in the Legislature are taking aim at Houston ISD, arguing that the district’s COVID sick day policy violates state law.

This academic year, Houston ISD is offering 10 additional days of paid sick leave to employees who are vaccinated against the coronavirus but test positive during the school year. Unvaccinated staff, however, must use personal leave time if they are infected.

Austin ISD proposes $2 million for afterschool activities with a focus on equity
KXAN is learning more about the Austin Independent School District’s first-ever proposed $2 million “equity allotment” for campuses in the district with a special focus on Title I schools with a high percentage of economically-disadvantaged students.

According to the latest data from AISD, the district has 66 of these campuses out of its 125 schools.

AISD Chief Financial Officer Eduardo Ramos told KXAN if approved, schools across the district would receive part of the $2 million investment.

‘Every single student:’ San Antonio ISD superintendent finalist is meeting, listening, talking
Minutes after his name was made public as the next San Antonio Independent School District superintendent, Jaime Aquino was already on task, introducing himself to the community.

His excitement was evident in lively hand gestures and full body responses to questions about his vision for the district and the 45,000 students he called his children.

“I’m up for this challenge,” Aquino told the SAISD board Monday evening, after trustees picked him as their lone finalist for the position. “This concept of family, of familia. I’m not going to be alone.”

A Reformed “Model Immigrant” Shares What It Costs to Become American
In You Sound Like a White Girl, Julissa Arce combines memoir and history to reclaim the Latino identity she pushed away as an undocumented immigrant in San Antonio.

For over a decade, Julissa Arce was quietly breaking the law. Arce was born in the Mexican state of Guerrero but lived in San Antonio with her parents on a U.S. tourist visa. When she was 14 years old, the visa expired, and she became undocumented. Out of necessity, she learned how to fit in and how to keep her status a secret. At 22, she landed a job at Goldman Sachs, securing the position with a counterfeit green card and Social Security number. Arce kept quiet about her immigration status, rising up the corporate ladder until she married a U.S. citizen in 2008 and became naturalized in 2014. 

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Change From the Bottom Up: Political Science Research Suggests That More CRT Bills Could Come to Washington Next Year
The barrage of new state legislation aiming to control how teachers can talk about race and sex has become one of the biggest education stories of 2022. But new research on the connection between local and national political parties indicates that the laws could also become a Congressional fixture next year.

In a recently published article, political scientist Alex Garlick found that sudden increases in legislation at the state level are associated with more bills introduced in Congress on the same topic in the following legislative session. The correlation, which is particularly strong among Republican office holders and those within the same state delegation, suggests a consistent pathway of political messaging between state capitals and Washington, D.C.

Students of color in special education are less likely to get the help they need – here are 3 ways teachers can do better
When I was a special education teacher at Myrtle Grove Elementary School in Miami in 2010, my colleagues and I recommended that a Black girl receive special education services because she had difficulty reading. However, her mother disagreed. When I asked her why, she explained that she, too, was identified as having a learning disability when she was a student.

She was put in a small classroom away from her other classmates. She remembered reading books below her grade level and frequent conflicts between her classmates and teachers. Because of this, she believed she received a lower-quality education. She didn’t want her daughter to go through the same experience.

Pandemic Learning Was Tough On Everyone. Bilingual Students Faced Additional Challenges
In the entryway of Graciela Garcia Elementary, visitors are greeted twice. Once by a huge multi-colored sign that says “Welcome” and again by one that reads “Bienvenidos.”

Another sign cheerfully declares, “Today is English day!”

All that is made explicit because Garcia Elementary is a dual-language school. Just a couple days after Thanksgiving break 2021, its teachers aren’t just trying to get students caught up on multiplication tables or grammar. They’re making up for months lost to the pandemic when students could have been making bigger strides with their second language, English, which they will need when they’re older and expected to take all their classes in.

‘Buried’ Latino history: Colorado sculpture honors family’s fight for school equity
The story of Latino parents who successfully fought school segregation and discrimination went unexamined for a century. A new sculpture honors the Maestas decision of 1914.

All Francisco Maestas wanted was for his children to get a quality education. When his local school district in Alamosa, Colorado, insisted he send his kids to the so-called Mexican School, Maestas fought the district in court and won.

Remembering Rosario Ibarra, Mexico’s champion of the disappeared
As she searched for answers about her son who went missing, she became a “pioneer in the defense of human rights, peace and democracy in Mexico.”

Rosario Ibarra, whose long struggle to learn the fate of her disappeared son helped develop Mexico’s human rights movement and led her to become the country’s first female presidential candidate, died Saturday at age 95.

The National Human Rights Commission now headed by her daughter Rosario Piedra announced the death on its Twitter account, calling her a “pioneer in the defense of human rights, peace and democracy in Mexico.”

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