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Texas News
El Paso ISD announces two new key appointments
El Paso ISD recently named a new executive director of Specialized Learning and director of Connecting Languages.  

Veronica Reyes, the new executive director of Specialized Learning, comes to El Paso ISD from Socorro ISD where she was the director of bilingual education/English as a Second Language. She also served as a high school principal in Socorro ISD and Fort Hancock ISD. Reyes earned her bachelor of science in biomedical sciences, a master’s degree in science instructional specialty and a master’s degree in educational administration from UTEP.  

Dr. Sandra Calzada, new director of Connecting Languages, was an elementary school principal in Ysleta ISD before joining El Paso ISD. She has served Ysleta ISD as a middle school principal and assistant principal. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, master’s in educational administration, and doctorate in educational leadership and foundation from UTEP. 

74 Interview: Former Dallas Schools Chief Hinojosa Speaks Out on How COVID Hit Schools, Texas Education’s Partisan Fights & His Political Future
The ex-superintendent reflects on a combined 13 years leading Dallas schools and why the pandemic wasn’t the lowest point of his tenure

Michael Hinojosa left one job this year as superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District only to take on a few more. In one, he’ll be coaching superintendents on how to survive the culture wars and stay focused amid broadsides from local school boards. In another, he’s taken a leading role with a consulting group that he said alleviated some of the “pain points” he faced in Dallas. 

The Texas Story: Will Students in West Texas and East Texas Be Ready for Their Futures?
The hurdles mid-sized cities in the Lone Star State are facing to prepare students for the next generation of jobs

Towering metropolitan populations dominate the storyline of modern Texas. The 13 largest cities in the United States include five from Texas: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth. The Texas Triangle, a megaregion in the middle of the state that includes those five main urban centers, is home to nearly 21 million of the state’s 28.6 million residents. The rest of the state’s 7.5 million residents — still greater than the population of 30 smaller states — live in rural areas, small towns and moderately sized cities.

CCISD schools named after Hispanic leaders of the Coastal Bend
Within the Corpus Christi Independent School District, there are five elementary schools named after Hispanic individuals who did great things for the Coastal Bend.

Garcia Elementary School was named after Jose Antonio Garcia.

He helped establish Del Mar College and secured the construction of Buccaneer Stadium.

Like his younger brother, Dr. Hector P. Garcia, he also fought discrimination against Mexican Americans.

The historic walkout by Chicano students in Crystal City is brought to theater
David Lozano is the director of Crystal City’s 1969 play, a true story of the walkout in 1969 to protest the unequal treatment of Chicano students in schools.

Texas has a long history of unacknowledged struggle for equity, allowing further racist violence to be committed against Mexican Americans and Mexican descents. One of the most important cases of students’ activism in the Southwest, and which almost nobody talks about, is the walkout in Crystal City, Texas.

In 1968, Chicano or Mexican American high school students represented 87% in Crystal City— nearly half represented children of migrant farm workers. 

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14 Charts This Year That Helped Us Better Understand COVID’s Impact on Students, Teachers and Schools
From unfinished learning to missing students and lost earnings, these charts help explain the pandemic’s long-term impact

The pandemic had to end sometime. Historians will ultimately place its climax at some point in 2022.

It was the year that Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s most prominent public health authority, declared that the country was “out of the pandemic phase,” as COVID case rates plummeted from their Omicron highs. By the fall, President Biden was in somewhat controversial agreement with that sentiment, noting that most people had laid down their masks and returned to something like normal. 

Teachers Union Membership Drops by 59,000 Across the Nation
NEA ended the school year with 2.5 million working members in 2021-22, down 40,107. AFT had 1.12 million, a loss of 19,078

The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers lost more than 59,000 working members combined during the 2021-22 school year, according to U.S. Department of Labor disclosure reports.

That decline comes after an 82,000-member loss the previous year.

1 in 4 principals say they would quit ‘ASAP’ for a higher paying job
While the vast majority (94%) of K-12 public school principals are generally satisfied, many have lost enthusiasm for the profession.

Generally speaking, the vast majority of principals are satisfied with their jobs. But like most professions over time, it can get to the point where the pay is no longer worth the effort. And for 25% of K-12 public school principals, that’s the consensus.

That’s according to the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Characteristics of 2020-21 Public and Private K-12 School Principals report. The NCES is one of the most dominant federal organizations responsible for collecting and reporting education-related information.

Many schools find ways to solve absenteeism without suspensions
In some places, the practice is off-limits, recognized as not only counterproductive but damaging

Pandemic-related school closures wreaked havoc on attendance. Strict quarantine periods and policies demanding students stay home at any hint of a cough or runny nose tormented schools even after they reopened. Students got out of the habit of getting to school on time or going consistently at all.

By the 2021-22 school year, districts and charter networks across the country were facing what many dubbed a crisis of absenteeism. Students weren’t showing up, and educators had to act. 

8 strategies for districts looking to add or expand internship programs
Data suggests while 79% of high schoolers are interested in work-based learning experiences, just 34% know of opportunities.

Most high school students never get the chance to complete an internship. But what if more did?

Experts suggest having an internship in high school can be a highly valuable experience for students, helping them learn how professional environments operate, gauge their interest in different careers, and begin tackling real-world problems.

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