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Texas News
Ysleta ISD names new principals at 4 campuses
In preparation for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is appointing Monica Triplett, Gabriel Lopez, Ivan Cedillo, and Bonita Torres as the four newest principals within YISD, effective July 1.

Monica Triplett, current assistant principal at Eastwood Knolls International School, will serve as the new principal at Tierra Del Sol Elementary School. She began her career in education in 1989 as a 5th grade teacher in Las Cruces, and has taught at both the elementary and middle-school levels. Triplett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University.

Corpus Christi ISD names two principals, district leader
Corpus Christi ISD announced three new district leaders Thursday.

Shea Hernandez will lead Kolda Elementary School. Justin Milner will lead Metro Elementary School of Design.

Hernandez currently serves as assistant principal of Galvan Elementary School. She has 22 years of experience in education, including at CCISD, West Oso ISD and Flour Bluff ISD.

Dallas ISD launches Newcomer Academy for student immigrants
Thomas Jefferson High School is launching a new program for recent immigrants and English language learners called the Newcomer Academy.

The academy serves Newcomers and English learners. Newcomers are classified as someone who has been in the country for less than three years, and Thomas Jefferson High has one of the highest Newcomer Student populations in the state, according to the district. With 140,000 students, Dallas ISD also has more English learners than San Antonio ISD, El Paso ISD, Frisco ISD or San Fransisco has students, according to Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

In wake of Uvalde school shooting, San Antonio school police chiefs rethink their mass-shooter plans
Since a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, school district police chiefs in the San Antonio area have been re-examining their plans for how to respond to a mass shooting.

They have a lot to ponder amid the torrent of criticism, second-guessing and investigations triggered by the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School.

A Visit to Galveston, the Birthplace of Juneteenth
Texas was the last state to receive the news that slavery had ended.

The summer calendar has a new national holiday this year. A celebration born and bred in Texas, it is one that not everyone is familiar with given that it was only signed into law last year by President Joe Biden.

To understand Juneteenth, one must visit Galveston, its birthplace.

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
Editorial: Ten years later, why are Dreamers still in purgatory?
When Katia Escobar’s family members reminisce about their previous life in Mexico, they might as well be talking about a different planet. Escobar, whose parents carried her across the border as an infant and eventually settled in Houston, has always considered herself American.

America, however, isn’t so sure.

For Escobar, 18, being an “undocumented immigrant” was mostly an abstract notion. It never impacted her her education nor stunted her dreams. When she read a research paper in high school about the lack of diversity in the medical field and the higher mortality rate of Black women during childbirth, she set her sights on one day becoming a doctor to help remedy those stark inequities.

New GOP Bill Would Bar Biden Administration From Canceling Student Loan Debt
If you’ve been looking forward to paying off that student loan debt, Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson has some good news for you.

He’s introduced a bill he says will prevent the Biden administration from canceling student loan debt, ensuring the more than 43 million Americans who owe a total $1.6 trillion will have the right to pay off their debt in full.

“Hardworking Americans are not responsible for paying off the student loan debt of others,” said Ferguson in a statement. “The Biden Administration’s radical big government proposal would come at the expense of taxpayers – many of whom have fully paid off their student loans, worked hard to pay for their education, or chose not to enroll in college at all.”

Latinos record largest increase in college enrollment since pandemic began
Latinos were the only sector that reflected a 13.3% increase during the Spring of 2022

Latinos freshman enrollment at a four-year public institution are the fastest growing group in 2022.

According to the most recent research by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC), Latinos were the only sector that reflected a 13.3% increase during the spring of 2022, compared to 2021 and 2020. This staggered increase at public four-year colleges and universities was recorded despite the nationwide drop in students generated by the pandemic.

Analysis: Many Districts Doing Less This Summer to Make Up for Lost Learning
Despite national attention on bolstering summer school options for students who lost learning time during the pandemic, most large districts have not expanded or improved their 2022 summer programming, according to a review by the Center on Reinventing Public Education.

Even after an additional year to plan and more federal recovery dollars available, districts’ 2022 summer programs are mostly the same as last year, or have decreased in type and scope, based on our review of summer learning plans for 100 of the nation’s large and urban districts.

Study Links Longer School Bus Rides to Chronic Absenteeism
For some students, attending a high-quality or high-performing school means opting for a school that is outside of their regular attendance zones. These schools are usually a few miles away from the student’s home, requiring them to ride the bus longer than some of their peers.

But a new study suggests those school choices could set up a barrier for students’ success, rather than bolster it. It found that long bus rides pose a disproportionate burden on Black students and may significantly increase chronic absenteeism.

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