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Canutillo ISD welcomes new district administrators
The Canutillo ISD last week announced the appointment of two new administrators who will help the District continue to provide high-level services to the students, employees and community of Canutillo.

Gustavo Reveles is the District’s new Director of Communications and Marketing, leading the Public Information Office. Raquel Lucero is the new Internal Auditor.

Reveles returns to Canutillo after having served as the Director of Community Engagement for the El Paso Independent School District since 2014. He previously served Canutillo as the Public Information Officer from 2010 to 2014.

David R. Canales begins role as Associate Superintendent of Human Resources at UISD
Last month David R. Canales was selected by Superintendent of Schools David H. Gonzalez and the United Independent School District Board of Trustees to serve as the new Associate Superintendent of Human Resources.

Canales replaces David Garcia, who previously held the position, and began his new duties on July 1, 2022.

“I truly appreciate the opportunity the Superintendent and the Board of Trustees have given me, and I look forward to working with the community and employees of the District,” Canales said.

Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova Will Leave the District This Summer
Hired a scant two years ago and often touted as Michael Hinojosa’s successor, Dallas ISD deputy superintendent Susana Cordova is set to depart from the district in August.

Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova will be leaving the district this summer, according to an update then superintendent Michael Hinojosa provided to the board of trustees before his departure. Her last day will be August 5, according to that update, which did not identify Cordova’s future plans. D Magazine has reached out to Cordova for comment. “We want to recognize and thank Susana for her significant contributions to the district,” the update added.

Civil rights groups warn Texas schools not to discriminate in dress codes
Districts have recently faced scrutiny over provisions impacting one gender or racial group.

Student dress codes should not discriminate based on race, gender or religion, an array of civil rights groups warned Texas superintendents on Thursday.

The organizations, including the ACLU of Texas and Texas Appleseed, asked school leaders to update dress codes over the summer to remove any gender-based or discriminatory language.

‘Huge effort’: 45,000 books donated for Uvalde teachers, students and the community
One Uvalde mother who works for a book publisher has a simple idea that’s taken off in ways she never imagined.

Something special is happening at St. Philips Episcopal Church.

“Every time there’s something I try to bring them and see what they’re doing,” Uvalde resident Beatrice Uriegas said.

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Two Latino pioneers, in civil rights and education, honored with Medal of Freedom
Raúl Yzaguirre, founder of the National Council of La Raza, and Julieta García, the first Latina to lead a U.S. university, are recognized for their work in dismantling discrimination.

Two Mexican Americans who have dedicated their lives to fighting for equality and the advancement of Latinos were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, at the White House on Thursday.

Raúl Yzaguirre is the founder and former leader of the National Council of La Raza, considered the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy group, renamed UnidosUS, and Julieta García is a former president of the University of Texas at Brownsville — the first Latina to serve as a U.S. university president.

Study: When School Board Members Are Elected, Their Property Values Go Up
With the actions of school boards coming under increased scrutiny, a recently released paper offers a dark rationale for why some run to serve: Money

With the actions of school boards coming under increasing public scrutiny, a recently released study has offered a surprising window into the motivations of their members.

In a paper examining a decade of election outcomes, academics at the University of Rochester, the University of Colorado, and Duke University discovered that many winners of North Carolina school board races saw property values rise in their neighborhoods. The gains may have been generated by winners’ manipulation of attendance zones to sort whiter and higher-achieving students into nearby schools.

Talking About School Safety With Kids: A Guide for Educators
High-profile acts of violence like the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman shot and killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school, resonate with students and educators far beyond where the tragedy takes place. After the Texas shooting—as with other such attacks—educators nationwide were called upon to help students manage their fears, and help them feel safe and ready to learn.

How one district created a program to recruit and retain 100 men of color
A South Carolina district superintendent explains how a pioneering initiative is already achieving success — and offers promise for the future.

With so much public attention on diversity and inclusion, some districts are forging ahead with bold statements that may receive pushback. Others are feeling pressure to take their strategic efforts undercover. At Richland School District Two in South Carolina, we’re fortunate to be on a different path — one that has allowed us to successfully launch an initiative to recruit, retain, and elevate men of color within our classrooms.  

PROOF POINTS: Computer scientists create tool that can desegregate schools – and shorten bus routes
See how school boundaries would change in 4,000 districts across the U.S.

One out of every six white school children in the United States – nearly four million white students – attend schools that are 90 percent or more white, according to the most recent federal data from 2019. A similar share of Hispanic children, totaling two million students, attend schools that are all or nearly all Hispanic. This degree of racial isolation is slightly less common among Black children. One out of eight Black children or almost one million attend schools that are 90 percent or more Black. 

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