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Texas News
Before Uvalde school shooting, Mexican-Americans fought for decades to improve school system
Students across the United States walked out of classes Thursday to protest gun violence and show support for the students and teachers killed in Uvalde – schools that have a little-known history of activism and walkouts.

Robb Elementary School is now the site of the second most-deadly school shooting in U.S. history. Five decades earlier, Uvalde schools were the site of one of the longest school walkouts in Texas history, prompted by discrimination against Mexican-American students. 

Nearly 2,000 Dallas ISD students are graduating with the ‘Seal of Biliteracy’
This school year, 1,943 Dallas ISD students are graduating with a Performance Acknowledgement for Bilingualism and Biliteracy, affectionately known as the “Texas Seal of Biliteracy.” That figure is up by more than 300 students from last year’s 1,608 who earned the honor.

Nearly 2,000 Dallas ISD students are graduating with the ‘Seal of Biliteracy’
Students may earn the seal in one of several ways.

Matthey Middle School teacher Ms. Elizabeth Lopez Named 2022 Bilingual Teacher of the Year by SAAABE
The San Antonio Area Association for Bilingual Education named Matthey Middle School teacher Ms. Elizabeth Lopez the 2022 Bilingual Teacher of the Year. SAAABE President Adriana Bermea said of Lopez, “She is not only held in high esteem by her colleagues and parents, but also exemplifies the qualities and dedication to teaching excellence that all our children deserve.” Ms. Lopez is in her eighth-year at Southside ISD.
Uvalde copycat threats hit schools across Texas
More than a dozen school districts across Texas have reported receiving threats in the wake of the Uvalde shooting.

Driving the news: Police have arrested several people for allegedly making terroristic threats to conduct shootings at public schools in the week since a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in South Texas, killing 19 children and two adults.

In several cases, guns were found on campus. Many schools have gone into lockdown. At least one district ended the school year early after what it called “continued rumors of threats.”

Texas Librarians Face Harassment as They Navigate Book Bans
As communities and school districts push for book bans, some Texas librarians are nearing their breaking point

Librarian Suzette Baker said she faced a hard choice last year when her boss asked her to hide a book on critical race theory behind the counter.

“OK, I’ll look into it,” Baker recalled telling her boss at the time.

Upcoming Events
Save the Date!
Save the date for the TALAS Summer Conference 2022:

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Kalahari Resort
Round Rock, TX

Stay tuned for continued updates on this exciting event.
The Holdsworth Center Webinar:
Why Invest in Strengthening the Principal Leadership Bench?
Thursday, June 9th, 2022 at 10 a.m.
Now more than ever, principals must be prepared to navigate ambiguity and respond to challenges with creativity. Aspiring principals need more opportunities within their districts to learn, grow and prepare for these critical roles, and, when given support and guidance, district leaders can design and develop systems that make this possible.

Join us for a conversation on June 9 at 10AM with three district leaders who have made this work a priority as part of their involvement with the Holdsworth Leadership Collaborative:

  • Dr. Roland Hernandez, Superintendent, Corpus Christi ISD
  • Dr. Walter Jackson, Superintendent, La Porte ISD
  • Dr. Hedith Sauceda-Upshaw, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, Conroe ISD
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National News
Around 100,000 ‘Dreamers’ to graduate without shot at work permits
Around 100,000 undocumented immigrants will graduate high school in 2022 without a shot at work permits, the first time in a decade that a majority of so-called Dreamers will not be eligible.  

Most undocumented 2022 graduates have not been in the country long enough to be covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama-era policy that was the focus of attacks and litigation during the Trump administration. Immigrants covered by DACA are known as Dreamers. 

More police isn’t the answer after Texas shooting, experts say
The Uvalde school shooting renewed calls for more police in schools. Experts say not only is that ineffective, but that it also invites problems for students of color.

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District in Texas has its own police department, complete with four officers, a detective and security staff who patrol the campus and its entrances. This didn’t prevent a gunman from killing 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School last week.

Detroit Boosts Civics Course by Including People of Color and Community History
The district says it is infusing local history and city government into civics classes, as well as promoting community engagement

During a social studies class at the all-girls Detroit International Academy, 10th grade students last week learned about a historic student protest that occurred in April 1966 at Detroit Northern High School. 

The students took turns reading passages via laptop computer and discussed the incident with their teacher on Wednesday. They learned that the Northern students, who were Black, were protesting what they described as inadequate educational resources at their school that had a white principal. 

Educator. Mentor. Translator. How One Man Aided Immigrant Families Through COVID
Ted Pedro has done it all to help his neighbors in the foothills of Appalachia build community and thrive during the pandemic


“Hello, good morning. I’m looking for Moises’s parents?”

In a windowless office at Mountain View Elementary School in Morganton, North Carolina, Ted Pedro settled in for another call he’d rather not be making. It was a few minutes past 9 a.m. on a Thursday in early January, and already, he’d dialed three Spanish-speaking families to break the news of their children’s possible exposure to COVID-19. 

A wave of Afghan teens arrived suddenly — and changed everything at a Chicago high school
Last fall, 18-year-old Omar showed up at Sullivan High School in Rogers Park without papers or ID. As more students followed, teachers rebuilt school from scratch.

Josh Zepeda hopes to eat his lunch. It’s just past noon and he’s yet to have a moment alone at his desk. As he steps towards his desk in the back corner of the library at Roger C. Sullivan High School in Rogers Park, Zepeda, who is in his fourth year as the school’s dedicated refugee and immigrant social worker, hears a student call his name.

“Mr. Zepeda!” she yells from the front of the room where she holds her head inside the door frame. “There’s some kind of problem. The boys. ”

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