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Solis appointed as interim superintendent for CISD
After accepting the resignation of Superintendent Jon Orozco, the Charlotte ISD school board motioned and approved to move Charlotte High School Principal Roger Solis as the interim superintendent at their Nov. 14 special school board meeting. Cyndy Zuniga motioned to appoint Solis and was seconded by Christina Campos. The motion was approved after a 6-1 vote. Matt Wagner voted against.

Solis has gathered years of experience as an administrator including four years as the Charlotte Junior High Principal and recently as the high school principal at Dilley ISD.

UISD students get inspired to become teachers
United Independent School District students are offered many opportunities to graduate, having many useful resources for a successful career or path in the workforce.

One of them, which has been going on for about three years, is the for CTE Education & Training Program. It allows students to obtain an Educational Aid Certificate.

Texas Supreme Court could issue decision on TEA takeover of Houston ISD as soon as this month
The Supreme Court of Texas could issue a final decision in Texas Education Agency v. Houston Independent School District as soon as this month.

One of the key considerations: changes to the system that places sanctions on districts with low-performing schools. TEA argues the changes in the law make their position stronger, and that the agency should be allowed to install a board of governors in place of the democratically elected school board.

What Texas lawmakers can do to get kids ready for kindergarten
A new dashboard lays out challenges and 50 policy recommendations for legislators to consider.

Many Texas children aren’t showing up to kindergarten ready to learn, but a new dashboard highlighting challenges points lawmakers to changes that could help students.

Many also face challenges unrelated to education — lack of access to food and health care — that also affect whether they arrive ready to learn.

South Texas professor wins John Lewis Award for spotlighting history of racial violence that touched his Mexican American family
Trinidad Gonzales, a history and Mexican American studies professor, has helped spotlight a century-old massacre on the Texas border that was only recently acknowledged by the state.

A professor of history whose research led him to discover that his own family had been victims of racial violence in Texas is the recipient of a national award.

Trinidad Gonzales, a professor of history and Mexican American studies at South Texas College, has been honored with the 2022 John Lewis Award for History and Social Justice.

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Latinos among the most segregated in schools
A new report shows that Latino students are among the most segregated student groups in the U.S.

In October, the U.S. Supreme Court listened to arguments regarding race-conscious college admissions. The discussion has brought to attention also the disparities between races and ethnicities in K-12 schools, which impact higher education. 

EducationWeek cited a brief by the Council of the Great City Schools, the coalition of the nation’s 76 largest urban school district, which argues that racial segregation in the nation’s schools persists and has been getting worse. The document contains information from a 2019 report from the Civil Rights Project (CRP) at the University of California, Los Angeles. It appointed that Latino, along white students, were the most segregated groups. 

USDA Partners with HACU, HSIs to Improve Hispanic Representation in Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced two initiatives on Tuesday that aim to give Hispanic communities greater access to the agency’s services and improve representation of Hispanic individuals in agriculture education.

The first of these efforts is a renewed partnership with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to create the USDA-HACU Leadership Group. The group brings together several USDA administrators and HACU members, all of whom are presidents or chancellors of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), to ensure equitable participation of the Hispanic community in USDA education and employment programs, services, and resources.

Racist rhetoric greets increasing population of Latino students in this Tennessee county
Sitting in the back of a packed room in the Hamilton County Schools administration complex, Clara fought the urge to leave. She had taken the day off from her factory job to be there but was nervous to see a crowd of people supporting a board member who had referred to Latino students as a burden.

On that fall afternoon, the mother of three felt like she carried the weight of those parents who wanted to defend their children but couldn’t show up out of fear, or could not leave their workplaces early to attend the school board meeting. Latino families who call Chattanooga, Tennessee, and its surrounding towns home are not invisible, and they don’t want to be a regular target of racist rhetoric and unequal treatment, she told CNN.

Faculty diversity isn’t meeting student need
A new report underscores how faculty diversity and student success go “hand-in-hand” and asks, “Why are university faculties so white?”

Faculty diversity is positively associated with student success across a variety of metrics. Black and Latino students are more likely to graduate when they see themselves represented in their instructors, for instance. But the benefits of faculty diversity aren’t just evident among historically underrepresented students: research suggests that engaging with diverse instructors, perspectives and ideas benefits all students—including in the development of empathy and problem-solving skills.

How to structure academic math conversations to support English Learners
Embracing academic conversations in the math classroom becomes routine when teachers intentionally prepare content-based linguistic supports to guide and scaffold language. These opportunities for language are important because verbalizing thinking helps students with sense- making, analysis, and reasoning. When students process and engage in sharing, they gain problem-solving perspectives and address misconceptions or incompleteness in their ideas more than if they worked independently (Webb et al., 2014).

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