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Texas News
TALAS names Robert Durón as new executive director
The Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS) announced Friday the selection of Robert Durón as its new executive director to assist the organization in its work to grow and advance Latino learners and leaders in Texas.

Durón steps into the top role at TALAS after having served as a board member for the organization since 2019. He currently serves as the executive leader for member support at the Texas Association of School Boards, a part-time position in which he helps with the facilitation of board and superintendent relationships and superintendent searches.

Weslaco ISD selects new superintendent
The Weslaco ISD School Board unanimously approved a new superintendent.

Dino Coronado, who has a doctorate in educational leadership, was hired during a Thursday board meeting, according to a news release from the district. He replaces interim superintendent Cris Valdez. 

Coronado served as the interim superintendent at Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD before coming to Weslaco. He has more than 15 years of experience in public education, beginning his educational career as a substitute teacher, before working his way up to superintendent, the news release stated.

Principal hired for Tinajero PK-8 school
El Paso Independent School District has named a principal for the Dr. Josefina Villamil Tinajero PK-8 school.

Tinajero PK-8 school is opening after the consolidation of Henderson Middle and Clardy Elementary.

El Paso ISD named Daniel Montoya the first ever principal for the Dr. Josefina Villamil Tinajero PK-8 school when it opens in the Fall.

G-PISD’s Gonzalez honored with TASBO RISE Award for Leadership
Gregory-Portland ISD keeps rolling through the year with more awards to decorate their shelves, this time with a the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) handing over the RISE Award to Ismael Gonzalez III. 

The RISE Award recognizes a person whose early accomplishments – within their career and TASBO – distinguish them as future leaders in the profession. The organization said the goal of this award is to bring to light those individuals who are on the RISE in the school business community.

Texas schools won’t lose funding for attendance drops during the pandemic
Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency announced Tuesday that public school districts may not lose funding because of low attendance rates caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Texas, schools are funded based on the number of students enrolled and the daily attendance on campus. Currently, schools receive a base allotment of $6,160 per student each year. The pandemic disrupted not only learning, but also enrollment, as some school districts reported lower figures than in non-COVID years.

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How Peer Tutoring Can Transform High School Academics — and Benefit Both Student Teachers and the Classmates They’re Helping
When an angry parent approached Principal Michael Mann a few years ago about her daughter’s failing math grade, he was well aware of the problem. His school, North Star Academy Washington Park High School in Newark, New Jersey, knew too many of his students were struggling to stay afloat academically. He saw it in the classrooms and he had the data. The numbers revealed in stark terms how incoming students from other schools were far behind in math and trying — and too often failing — to keep up with the charter school’s rigorous curriculum.

Mann had already set up weekly, teacher-led group tutorials for extra support, stretching educators to the limit of their schedules. He reassured the mother that her daughter was enrolled in the weekly teacher tutoring.

Despite Hispanic population growth, the number of HSIs has dropped for the first time in 20 years
Fewer colleges meet the federal standard to be considered Hispanic-serving institutions, in part due to pandemic enrollment decline.

The number of colleges with Latino enrollment of at least 25 percent has declined during the pandemic, reversing a 20-year trend in higher education, and putting these students at a disadvantage, experts say.

Colleges with at least 25 percent Latino enrollment are designated as Hispanic-serving Institutions, or HSIs, by the federal government and are eligible for certain grant programs to further Latino student success. Such resources can improve the quality of education for these students and ensure they receive enough support to earn their degrees.

Letters to the Editor: Nonwhite kids often don’t feel like they belong. Bilingual education can help
Jean Guerrero’s op-ed column on the treatment she received as a child speaker of both Spanish and English, and of her courage to drop the Anglicized pronunciation of her last name as an adult, struck my heart.

As a bilingual teacher of 52 years, I have watched children who start in kindergarten as Jose and Maria somehow morph into Joe and Mary by the third grade. Did teachers rename them? Did their friends (not likely)? Or did they do it themselves, driven by the need to fit in?

I attended a high school graduation where 90% of the students were Hispanic and the names were read as Joe, Mary, Rose, Albert and Ellen, and not Jose, Maria, Rosa, Alberto or Elena. I wondered what their parents were feeling.

Latino groups commemorating César Chávez Day through activism, mobilization
“We need to continue elevating the realities of our community, especially farmworkers that are the worst paid, working in the worst conditions,” said a Latina legal advocate.

Latino-led and nonprofit organizations are marking the life of the late labor and civil rights champion César Chávez on what would have been his 95th birthday.

As Covid-19 restrictions ease across the country, groups have been commemorating his legacy of activism by holding events and mobilizing crowds while focusing on several issues, from farmworker and labor rights to legal and environmental issues.

A Mexican American superhero travels to Ukraine’s aid in new comic book
“El Peso Hero” comic book creator Héctor Rodríguez said his superhero’s actions are a “direct contradiction” to the actions of Mexico’s president, who’s not “stepping up.”

When Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended his country’s non-interventionist policy against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Chicano comic book creator Héctor Rodríguez took action — and put his Mexican American superhero, El Peso Hero, in a new comic book issue set in Ukraine.

“This comic book is a direct contradiction against Mexico’s current policy on the war,” Rodríguez said about a special 18-page free online issue published Thursday, which calls on readers to support UNICEF’s relief fund for Ukrainian children.

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