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Texas News
UISD ‘ecstatic and elated’ by latest TEA grade
United Independent School District held a press conference Tuesday to officially announce its A rating from the Texas Education Agency for the district.

District leaders said they were proud to continue on having an A ranking by the TEA.

The district originally wanted to make the announcement Monday but the inclement weather forced it to close down schools and administrative offices. Instead, it made the announcement Tuesday morning the UISD Boardroom.

Ysleta ISD received ‘A’ rating from Texas Education Agency
The Ysleta Independent School District earned an “A” rating for overall academic performance from the Texas Education Agency for the 2021-2022 school year.

Ysleta ISD received 98 percent of its campuses earning top ratings of either “A” or “B” for their educational programs, according to state accountability results released Monday.

Ysleta ISD is the only “A”-rated district among the city of El Paso’s largest districts.

‘I’m pretty speechless’: Austin ISD school board unanimously approves equity-focused bond
The Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday to put a $2.44 billion bond on the November ballot. It is the largest bond package in AISD history, but district officials and school board members say what makes the bond significant is its investment in historically underserved schools and communities.

“I’ve been in Austin all my life. I have never seen AISD bring forward such an equity-focused bond,” said Trustee LaTisha Anderson, who represents District 1. “I never thought I would see that. I’m pretty speechless.”

SAISD’s new superintendent excited for the first day as he rides bus with kids to school
San Antonio’s third largest school district, San Antonio ISD, welcomed back their 45,000 students Tuesday. This time with new leadership.

SBG San Antonio’s Matt Roy got up early and spent nearly two hours this morning with the new superintendent, Dr. Jaime Aquino, riding the bus to school with the students and seeing how he feels about his new gig.

“I am so excited,” Aquino said. “I also have the first day jitters just like the students. But I am excited – this is going to be the best school year ever.”

Texas ranks 45th in the nation for overall child well-being, new data shows
Texas is one of the lowest-ranked states in the nation for the well-being of children, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The AECF’s annual Kids Count Data Book evaluates national and state data across four categories—economic well-being, education, health and family/community—through the lens of children. Texas ranked 45th this year, which was consistent with recent years.

Texas’ ranking is relative to other states, Coda Rayo-Garza said. Rayo-Garza is the director of research and data for Every Texan, a nonprofit policy organization.

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National News
Should districts brace for a recession? A heads-up for leaders
America may not be expecting a recession, but there are several economic changes that are going to be hitting school districts all at once—and if leaders aren’t prepared, they’ll have to make major budget cuts.

That’s according to Research Professor and Director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University Marguerite Roza.

Schools have had access to billions of dollars in federal funding to increase teacher pay and hire mental health professionals, among other things. But many have been too quick to make long-term financial decisions that they may not be able to sustain, according to Roza. She addresses three economic shifts that district leaders need to be prepared for:

How Educators Are Tackling Disrupted Learning in ESL and Bilingual Students
New whitepaper highlights three strategies for helping English learners catch up — and how educators nationwide are making those innovations work

Ten students walk through the entrance of a K-12 school in America. Go by the data, and at least one will be an English learner. 

In the United States, there are 5.3 million English learners (also known as multilingual learners, dual language learners or emergent bilinguals), the fastest-growing student population in U.S. K-12 education. In some districts, this can translate into serving a student population that speaks over 70 different languages. 

The education industry is now the no. 1 target for cyberattacks
Research reveals that technology produced during the pandemic has created more avenues for malware to creep into schools.

Over 80% of malware attacks in the last month targeted the education industry, and the pandemic is the leading cause.

That’s according to a report from Atlas VPN, a leading VPN provider. Remote work forced institutions to implement new strategies for students to complete assignments from home. Video conferencing, e-learning software and others created more avenues for cyberattacks to intrude.

How Many Teachers Have Been Assaulted by Students or Parents? We Asked Educators
More than 4 of every 10 educators said at least one teacher in their district has been physically assaulted or attacked by a student in the past year, a new EdWeek Research Center survey found.

In addition, 10 percent of educators said they personally have been physically assaulted or attacked by a student, according to the survey of 1,042 district leaders, principals, and teachers conducted between July 27 through Aug. 8.

Can U.S. Colleges Serve People Who Primarily Speak Spanish?
Higher ed leaves out millions of people who might benefit from bilingual or dual-language programs.

When Anna Camba moved from Venezuela to the U.S. four years ago, she worried about arriving too “late” in her educational journey to succeed in her new home.

But the Spanish-speaker says she found the support she needed by enrolling in a dual-language program at the Honors College at Miami Dade College, which helped her to pursue higher education in both her native language and in English. Camba just graduated with her associate degree and will transfer to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the fall.

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