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Texas News
Jacob Nunez selected as principal of Moisés E. Molina High School
Jacob Nunez has been selected as the new principal of Moisés E. Molina High School. One of the first participants of Dallas ISD’s new principal residency program, Mr. Nunez most recently served as Principal Resident at Sunset High School, and has previously held administrative roles at Grenier Middle School, Lassiter Early College, and Kimball High School.
MISD announces four new principals
Congratulations are in order for four new Midland ISD educators appointed to serve as principals starting next month. The new principals are currently working in MISD and are being promoted from within the district. 

In a recent news release, a series of interviews with district administrators, campus personnel, parents, and community members took place in order to be selected as candidates. The final interview was with Superintendent Ramsey, then offers were made. 

Uvalde Teacher Who Was Dedicated to Family and Students Remembered Friday
Eva Mireles was finishing up her 17th year of teaching when a gunman walked into Robb Elementary School on the next to the last day of the school year

Eva Mireles loved her dog, hiking and exercising. But mostly, she loved her family and her students.

A funeral Mass was Friday for Mireles, 44, who was killed May 24 when a gunman burst into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde Texas. Nineteen children and teacher Irma Garcia also died in the attack. Relatives briefed by police have said the two teachers died trying to protect their students.

Q&A: Outgoing Austin ISD superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde speaks on tenure, issues facing district
Austin school district Superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde is set to leave her position on June 30 to become the superintendent of the Dallas school district after nearly two years in her current position.

She sat with an American-Statesman for an interview about her departure, tenure and the issues facing Austin and other school districts. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

Teacher organizations don’t support Gov. Abbott’s active shooter training plan
Education Austin President Ken Zarifis said in the past, active shooter drills have caused some issues at Austin ISD.

In a letter written on Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott requested the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, also known as ALERRT, to bring its active shooter training program to all Texas school districts. Some of the classes ALERRT teaches include isolating and distracting an active shooter.

Though we don’t know yet which classes will be offered to schools and who exactly will be getting this training, law enforcement officers have traditionally received this 16-hour training.

Upcoming Events
TALAS Summer Conference 2022
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Kalahari Resort, Round Rock, TX
Are you interested in networking and learning more about how you can become involved with TALAS in your local community? We invite you to join your colleagues on Tuesday, June 21 from 9 – 11:45 at the Kalahari Resort in Kalahari Salon A.

During this time you’ll have an opportunity to meet with others from various TALAS affiliates, including Garland, Houston, El Paso, and Central Texas, as well as to discuss and share innovative practices, network with peers, address the issues administrators face every day, and gain fresh insights on how to support Latino learners and leaders in Texas.

Interested in learning more? Please reach out to TALAS Executive Director Dr. Robert Duron at
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National News
Unions lobby Biden for bolder approach to student debt relief
Some labor groups want Biden to go higher than $10K per borrower and avoid income limits.

The nation’s largest unions are mobilizing a last-ditch effort to convince President Joe Biden to go big on student loan forgiveness as the White House weighs a final decision on canceling debt.

A growing number of unions in recent weeks have ramped up their public calls for Biden to act on student debt relief, including unions that have not previously weighed in on the issue. And behind the scenes, labor leaders have been lobbying senior White House officials to press the case for sweeping loan forgiveness.

Hispanic-serving universities provide most economic mobility, report says
The schools that have at least 25 percent Hispanic students offer quicker returns on their students’ investments and enroll less affluent students, data shows. 

A number of colleges and universities whose student populations are at least a quarter Hispanic have been the most successful in providing students with economic mobility, according to a report from the Third Way, a Washington-based think tank. 

How can school systems sustain federal funding to address teacher shortages?
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said “federal funding alone is not going to cut it” during a Thursday speech. “We need this at all levels.”

While U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has continuously pushed for states and districts to use pandemic relief and recovery funds to address the teacher shortage crisis, he announced Thursday how American Rescue Plan fund investments to support the teaching profession can be sustained in the long-term through other existing federal allocations.

The Risks and Benefits of School Police: Black and Latino Parents Weigh In
After 19 students and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, schools across the country sent out condolences and messages about safety measures they were taking in response to the shooting.

One measure was adding police to school buildings in the days following the shooting, which some school leaders said would bolster safety. But to some parents of color, inviting law enforcement into school buildings as a response to a shooting isn’t comforting, it’s concerning.

Alliance seeks to double Latino and Hispanic doctoral enrollment
A total of 20 U.S. research institutions formed a coalition to double doctoral enrollment of Latinos and Hispanics

A total of 20 U.S. research institutions formed a coalition to double doctoral enrollment of Latinos and Hispanics, they announced Thursday.

The Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities (HSRU) also aims to increase by 20% the Hispanic professoriate and update academic institutions in line with the growing Latino demographic.

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