TALAS E-newsletter – July 25

Posted on July 25th, 2019
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Superintendent – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD – Deadline to apply August 14 PSJA ISD Search
Interested applicants may contact O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo at lohrstrom@808west.com, or Waterford School Services atfelipealanis@att.net or waterfordschoolservices@gmail.com.
Brownsville ISD:
  • Deputy Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Chief Financial Officer

Donna ISD – Director Transportation
Making Dallas Schools Work for Students, Teachers and Business

Dallas is in his DNA. Dr. Michael Hinojosa grew up, raised a family, taught and coached, and has served as superintendent of schools for Dallas ISD for 10 years. 

The biggest metroplex in the south, Dallas added more than a million people to its population in this decade. It’s a global business center with more Fortune 500 companies than all U.S. cities but New York and Chicago. 

DISD (@Dallasschools) is a large district on the upswing in terms of improvement, with 155,000 students in 230 schools. Seven of 10 students are Hispanic. But like Houston, Dallas has welcomed immigrants from around the world, adding global diversity to its many schools.  Making Dallas schools work
Juan Nava is the new principal at Terry High School in Lamar CISD.
Taking over for Osagie at Terry High School will be new principal Juan Nava. A graduate of Texas State University, Nava received his masters from Prairie View A&M University. Nava has more than 26 years of educational experience and most currently served as the principal of Reading Junior High School.
San Antonio ISD administrator leaves to join Holdsworth Center
A San Antonio Independent School District deputy superintendent is leaving to join the Holdsworth Center, an Austin-based organization that works with Texas public schools to improve leadership development.

Pauline Dow, who has been SAISD’s deputy superintendent for academics and school leadership since 2017, will become vice president of the Austin-based center, the organization announced. Read more here: Pauline Dow
Texas college students take on too much debt, with the heaviest burden on black families, study finds
Texas students at public universities are taking on more debt than state leaders consider manageable, with black students facing the biggest financial challenges, according to a new study.

State and national leaders want to reel in the student debt crisis and ensure that college graduates can afford the loans they take out to earn degrees. Texas set a goal for student debt load to be no more than 60% of a student’s first-year earnings by 2030. Texas college students
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National News
‘My Name Is Maria De Jesus’ Short Film Depicts Americanization of Mexicans in the U.S.
Many Latinx are aware of the fact that areas that are considered part of the United States today were originally part of Mexico. But in addition to the loss of these lands, many Mexican Americans experienced the loss of their culture through what’s known as the “Americanization” process. 

This little-known aspect of history is the premise for the award-winning 15-minute short film “My Name is Maria De Jesus” written by Marcella Ochoa, which recently premiered on HBO Latino. 

Read more here: My name is Maria de Jesus
Civil rights commission calls for schools to combat racial disparities in discipline
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights calls attention to pervasive racial disparities in student discipline in a new report, but is drawing criticism for a more controversial conclusion.

The report, released Tuesday, finds that students of color are disciplined more often and more harshly than their white peers — and also concludes they are no more likely to commit offenses in the first place.

If true, that would mean systemic factors — including bias on the part of teachers, principals and others — explain the discipline disparities in their entirety. But there was little if any evidence in the report to back up the conclusion that there are no racial disparities in behavior.
Read more here: Civil rights commission
Analysis: As More Diverse Circle of Parents Homeschool Their Kids, It Can Be a Living Room Laboratory for the Future of Education
Homeschooling in America is changing. In the 1980s and 1990s, it took hold mostly among white religious conservatives. They rejected secular public education and wanted to educate their children on their own terms.
As a new CRPE research brief shows, homeschoolers are becoming more diverse, and so are their motivations. The ranks of black and Hispanic homeschoolers have grown dramatically. Parents of students with disabilities have developed customized programs of therapy and support. Some LGBTQ youth have taken to homeschooling to escape bullying and peer pressure.
This shifting landscape might hold lessons for public education as a whole.
Williams: Dual Language Immersion Doesn’t Work If English-Speaking Students Are Given Preference
I spent a day on the National Mall with a diverse group of elementary school children last fall. Their class was on a field trip. As we walked past the U.S. Capitol, a small Latinx boy turned to me with wide eyes. “Is that Donald Trump’s house?” he quietly asked in Spanish. “No,” I said. “That’s where Congress meets. It’s a different part of the government.”

He bit his lip. “I hate Donald Trump,” he muttered, his face an angry scowl. I asked if he wanted to talk about it. He did. Then he didn’t. He couldn’t.
It’s a hard time to be in an immigrant family in the United States. It’s a particularly hard time to be a native Spanish-speaking child of immigrants. In a moment of searching debates around the nature of the United States’ common identity, these children can struggle to see a place for themselves here. There’s no question that our schools are struggling to recognize and support English-learning children of immigrants in the Trump era. Teacher surveys from UCLA’s Civil Rights Project reveal that these children appear to be suffering from significant fear, stress and distraction in the country’s schools. In such a moment, these students must be a priority.

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