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South San board names Henry Yzaguirre as lone finalist for superintendent
The South San Antonio Independent School District board of trustees unanimously voted Monday to name interim superintendent Henry Yzaguirre as the lone finalist for superintendent.

Under state law, the board must wait 21 days before officially voting to offer Yzaguirre a contract as superintendent. Trustees Shirley Ibarra and Gina Villagomez were absent.

Seguin ISD officially recognized as one of the top school boards in Texas
The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees has officially been awarded for its distinction of being named Region 20 School Board of the Year.

A glass award, banner and a letter from the Region 20 office were recently presented to the members of the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees.

In early July, trustees learned that they had been selected as the top board. That’s out of the dozens of others who oversee school district operations in Region 20 – a region that includes Guadalupe, Wilson, Comal as well as Bexar County which alone has 16 school districts.

‘Communication is critical,’ Dallas ISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde talks safety efforts
Dallas ISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde acknowledged how much things have changed in regard to school safety, especially in the last few years. 

“For educators, for parents, this is really a difficult time. Schools should be a place of joy. We should be talking about content and projects and recess. But we also know the realities of today, and it requires us to also talk about drills and practices, about things that we certainly were not talking about when I was in school,”said Elizalde during an Aug. 2 press conference.

Two oil tycoons are spending millions to gut Texas public education, according to CNN report
For years, two oil and fracking tycoons from West Texas have been funding some of the most radical conservative political candidates in Texas, in a push that former associates say is aimed at completely replacing public education with Christian-based private schooling, according to a new CNN report. 

Over the last decade, Tim Dunn and his wife, Terri, have poured more than $18 million into far-right political action committees and political candidates for state and local positions across Texas, while Farris Wilks and his wife, Jo Ann, have given more than $11 million, according to CNN’s analysis of Texas Ethics Commission data.  

Houston preschoolers are now being prepped for mass shootings: ‘Times have changed’
Everyone from lunchroom staff to administrators from 31 southwest Houston preschools gathered Monday to learn about how to prepare themselves and the children for an active shooter.

About 500 staff from the nonprofit BakerRipley gathered in a cavernous conference room at the NRG Center to learn a protocol for responding to active shooters in the wake of the Uvalde school massacre. Teachers had spent much of the day on training, including how to confront an armed attacker, before returning to their classrooms later this month.

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Some highly selective private colleges enrolled more Black, Latinx, low-income students in fall 2021, new data shows
At 51 selective public and private colleges, the share of underrepresented racial minority students remained essentially flat between fall 2020 and the following fall, according to newly released College Board data.

This status quo came despite a flurry of applications, an 18% gain at those institutions in that time period, reported the College Board, which administers the SAT and Advanced Placement tests. 

Walking in the Shoes of a School Superintendent in 2022
Sullivan: COVID, bans on certain topics in classrooms, mass shootings and vocal extremism have left K-12 leaders in crisis management mode

Covering at the last minute as a substitute teacher in a fourth-grade classroom due to an unprecedented teacher shortage. Writing a letter to parents assuring them their children are safe from gun violence, even when they know a shooter armed with an AR-15 could destroy all preventative measures. Meeting individually with hostile school board candidates to brief them on priorities and progress as the fall election cycle approaches. What may sound like three disparate jobs all fall on one role in our country: the K-12 school superintendent. 

Into the Unknown: One Undocumented Student’s Anxious Search for a College
Raised in the U.S., she had the grades and the drive for college, but she didn’t have citizenship.

She wanted to go to Disneyland with her friends. How many 9- or 10-year-olds would turn down such an invitation?

But some things, she learned early on, just weren’t possible. Her mother had always told her that many doors in her future likely would be closed. This wasn’t discouragement — just a fact. “Because I wasn’t from here,” she says.

‘Tangible Equity’: Excelling at — and Then Dismantling — an Unfair System
Author Colin Seale argues it’s not enough to teach students how to overcome the odds, but to challenge how those odds are stacked against them

In the introduction, I defined equity as reducing the predictive power of demographics and zip codes to determine the success of young people inside and outside of the classroom to zero. This utopian idea sounds too pie-in-the-sky for a book called Tangible Equity. But there is a reason I set forward such an extreme, unreachable goal for equity: the process matters more than the outcome.

John Leguizamo has a plan to grow the Latinx presence in entertainment
Actor John Leguizamo has starred in a variety of movies, including “Romeo + Juliet,” “Collateral Damage,” and even as the iconic plumber Luigi in “Super Mario Bros.” But even he can’t break through Hollywood’s glass ceiling.

“It’s made out of plexiglass and it’s bulletproof, and you can’t get past it,” Leguizamo said in an interview.

Over the years, he said, studio executives have rejected his pitches for stories, telling Leguizamo — who is of Colombian descent — that Latino people apparently don’t want to see “feel-good movies,” he said.

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