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Texas News
MISD expects best TEA grade in two decades
Ramsey: “Our community can once again have pride in our system and trust that we are serving our community’s children well.”

Midland ISD is projecting that it will be “B”-rated when the Texas Education Agency comes out with official grades for districts around the state later this month.

Midland ISD Superintendent Angelica Ramsey made the announcement at convocation last Monday morning.

UH researchers awarded $1.7M to examine academic outcomes for adolescent immigrant youth
Project will help Texas schools better identify and serve struggling students

Researchers at the University of Houston have received a $1.7 million grant to investigate the unique challenges adolescent immigrant students face when entering U.S. schools for the first time, and to develop reading interventions to accelerate their literacy.

Project LISTO (Longitudinal Investigation for Successful Transitions and Outcomes), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, will be the largest study of academic outcomes for adolescent immigrant English learners ever conducted.

STAAR test scores are improving in East Texas since the pandemic
STAAR TEST scores across East Texas school districts have greatly improved.

“We’ve made amazing gains since COVID and the lockdown and kids not at school, being online versus being in school. There’s no comparison then a face to face teacher. Our score shave gone up exponentially,” said Melanie Pondant, head of School at Judson Steam Academy.

To make up for academic loss due to online learning, schools implemented lessons to capture to the students individually. These programs are working and will still push forward to reach even higher goals.

Houston ISD police not prepared for Uvalde-like active shooter, superintendent says
Houston ISD’s police department would not be prepared in the event of an active shooter incident inside one of the schools in Texas’ largest district, Superintendent Millard House II said this week.

“I don’t know that this has garnered community insight, but what I do know is that, if there was an active shooter in HISD, our police department is not prepared,” House said during an agenda review meeting Thursday night.

What a Sandy Hook mental health center can teach Texas about helping kids after a tragedy
The resiliency center provided a “bedrock” of long-term support for students impacted by a mass school shooting.

Beth Hegarty sat in a meeting at her daughters’ school when she heard gunshots.

Her second-grade, triplet daughters were in Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, 2012, when 20 first-graders and six adults were killed in the country’s deadliest mass shooting at an elementary school.

Hegarty’s children were “completely traumatized.”

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National News
K-12 Groups Back Racial Diversity as Supreme Court Schedules Affirmative Action Arguments
In a pair of U.S. Supreme Court cases about college admissions, several K-12 groups this week filed briefs supporting the consideration of race in elementary and secondary education contexts as well, with one arguing that a ruling against affirmative action would only increase efforts to limit books about and discussions of race in the K-12 classrooms.

The briefs are part of the last major batch of filings in two major cases the high court will hear this fall on the use of race in admissions. On Wednesday, the court set Oct. 31 as the argument date for Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College (No. 20-1199) and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina (No. 21-707).

Ed Dept: Students show ‘significant progress’ as staffing woes continue
School leaders expect vacancies for hard-to-fill positions in 2022-23 after a school year that saw significant staff burnout.

High poverty schools, schools with 75% or more minority students, and city schools all anticipate a higher number of teaching vacancies than other schools for the 2022-23 school year, according to a survey of 859 public schools released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics. The teaching positions most schools expect to be very difficult to fill include foreign languages, computer science and special education. 

Students with Disabilities Often Overlooked in Gifted Programming
These “twice exceptional” children face unique challenges: Their disability can mask their smarts, leaving their talents undiscovered at school

Gifted programming, already uneven across the country and prone to racial discrimination, has yet another blind spot: twice exceptional students. 

These advanced learners, who may also receive special education services, can languish academically, their skills overlooked. The same holds true for low-income children, students of color and those learning to speak English. 

Why transparency between administrators and parents matters
Being upfront about sharing your vision for your schools and allowing parents to share in the planning process will help earn their trust.

“The parent outreach and engagement process cannot be an afterthought,” says Kevin Chavous, president of technology-based education company Stride Inc. “Many superintendents, when they apply for a job, talk about curriculum and all the new things they want to do, and they put parent engagement at the bottom [of the list] if they include it at all.”

As K-12 schools prepare to open their doors for the first post-pandemic school year, leaders must carry the lessons they’ve learned into the future. The past two years have taught educators and leaders:

Ana Guerrero and her Love Story for Education
After a childhood in the ranches of California, we talk to Mexican-born Ana Guerrero about her academic career and the importance of higher ed for Latinos

Every summer, Ana Guerrero’s father assigned her to read and write in Spanish, which irritated her because what kid wants to study on holidays? What she didn’t understand at that time was that Isaías Guerrero had a specific mission: that his daughter would keep her Spanish even though she lived in the United States.

Patricia Guerrero, her mother, did something very similar during the summer. After a long day working as a maid, she used to take Ana to the libraries to pick out a book to read. Patricia wanted her daughter to understand early on the value of education through reading, as well as keeping her busy, because on the ranch where they lived there was not much to do, especially when it came to keeping an elementary school child entertained.

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