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Texas News
‘A model for the nation’: San Antonio ISD and UTSA partner to enhance dual-language programs
The University of Texas at San Antonio and San Antonio Independent School District are preparing to launch a partnership this fall focused on turning three dual-language campuses into national models.

Three of SAISD’s dual-language academies – Bonham Academy, Irving Dual Language Academy and Twain Dual Language Academy – will become Dual Language Community Lab Schools and will run under the direction of UTSA’s College of Education and Human Development.

Little Elm ISD approves ethnic studies courses
Little Elm ISD is moving forward with plans to offer two ethnic study courses in the 2022-23 school year.

The courses – African American studies and Mexican American studies – were approved by the LEISD Board of Trustees on Monday in a 4-2 vote.

With the approval the courses will be added to the district’s course catalog for high school students in October. The courses will count as social studies electives.

Irving ISD Releases Blueprint For Safe Return To School
Irving ISD will welcome back all students in-person for the 2021-2022 school year. With the health and safety of all students and staff in mind, the district has created a Blueprint for the Return to School.

“I strongly believe that in-person learning is the most effective for students and their progress,” says Irving ISD Superintendent of Schools Magda Hernandez. “Last year was a tough year academically – there’s no way around it. But perhaps one of the toughest challenges was not being able to interact and engage with all of our students in-person. Our team has worked diligently to ensure we can offer in-person learning in a safe and healthy way.”

Region 15 migrant program helps students fill gaps in their education
Region 15’s mission statement says their Education Service Center “is dedicated to excellence in education through leadership, partnership, and service.”

The center has many programs, one of which is the Migrant Education Program, or MEP.

According to Region 15’s website: The USDE Office of Migrant Education has provided funds for supplemental academic and supportive services to the children of families who migrate to find work in the agricultural and fishing industries.

Austin Mayor Adler: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has made it ‘impossible’ to protect students
“Parents, share your concerns with your schools. They need to hear from you.”

That’s part of a plea that Austin Mayor Steve Adler posted Tuesday as schools across Texas prepare to return to in-person learning for the new academic year — just as COVID-19 cases nationwide have surged.

But as many districts in the country move to enforce student mask-wearing, Texas districts are bound by an executive order from Governor Greg Abbott, which banned mask mandates from governmental entities.

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National News
In guidance shift, CDC recommends universal masking in schools
In a Tuesday announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance to recommend all students and staff wear masks in schools regardless of vaccination status, citing rising infections due to the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said this change is “not a welcomed piece of news” and “was not a decision that was taken lightly,” noting only 30% of children 12-17 are currently fully vaccinated.

Eight states having barred local districts from imposing mask mandates, and the extent to which schools at large will adjust masking policies remains unclear. The American Academy for Pediatrics has also recommended universal masking in school buildings.

Early Reading Skills See a Rebound From In-Person Learning, But Racial Gaps Have Grown Wider, Tests Show
The return of in-person learning last spring led to a boost in young children’s reading skills, but performance hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic levels and racial gaps have grown wider, according to new data from curriculum provider Amplify.

Compared to winter results, the end-of-year data on the widely used Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills, or DIBELS, shows that fewer students were at risk of not learning to read — a decline to 38 percent from 47 percent in kindergarten and a drop to 32 percent from 43 percent at first grade. But the scores at third grade, a critical year for developing more advanced reading skills, haven’t bounced back in the same way.

How Some Districts Are Trying To Get Anxious Families Back Into School Buildings
Paullette Healy isn’t sure yet where her 13-year-old son, Lucas, will go to school this fall.

She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and says New York City school buildings are in “disarray,” with overcrowded classrooms and windows that barely open. She worries about classroom ventilation and social distancing.

Child care, car seats and other simple ways to keep teen moms in school
On a chilly morning just before Valentine’s Day 2020, Viviana Longoria, 16, joined the stream of girls getting off the bus at Lincoln Park School, infant bucket seats in tow.

A slim, poised young woman with waist-length hair, Viviana walked past the principal’s office, along the main hallway, and made a left into the building that houses the school library and the daycare. There, Viviana handed her daughter, Bella Rose, a serious one-year-old with big brown eyes, to a child care teacher, who placed her on a rug with other babies.

Latino get-out-the-vote group goes door to door, shifting focus to Covid vaccinations
As the country is entering a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” there are worries the Latino community could be in for more devastation.

Guadalupe Torres of Mi Familia Vota stayed with Maria Cruz Meza for an hour at her doorstep, determined to get Covid-19 vaccinations for her and her husband and son.

Just five days earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sounded the alarm that the country is entering a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” as the delta variant of the coronavirus drives up Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. 

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