TALAS E-newsletter – June 20

Posted on June 20th, 2019
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Ft. Bend ISD – Chief Human Resources Officer Chief Human Resources Officer

Richardson ISD – Executive Director Career and Technology Education

Shepherd ISD – Director of Curriculum
Ysleta ISD – Grant Fund Administrator

El Paso school teachers get 6% raises under newly-approved pay plan
Teachers in the El Paso Independent School District will receive pay raises averaging 6 percent under a compensation plan approved by the school board on Tuesday night.

The measure also increases the starting annual salary for new teachers from $48,300 to $50,566.

The pay raises will take effect in August.
Ysleta ISD approves budget for 2019-2020; Includes employee raises
On Tuesday night, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) Board of Trustees has approved a $475.5 million budget for the 2019-2020 school year, which includes employee pay raises ranging from 5% to 6.5%, and a one-time lump-sum payment of $500 per full-time employee.

Tomball Economic Development Corporation pursues culinary incubator, food hall concept to address farmers market growth
The Tomball Economic Development Corporation is considering creating a culinary incubator space to support emerging food entrepreneurs in the city of Tomball, Executive Director Kelly Violette said.

The incubator space could include a commercial kitchen, open for food entrepreneurs to rent by the hour or day, and a food hall—similar to a mall food court—open to the community where all of the vendors are local businesses, Violette said.

“[This idea] came out of the growth and success of the Tomball Farmers Market and the businesses that are growing out of that,” Violette said during an annual TEDC update during a June 17 City Council meeting.

Congratulations to Laredo ISD, Leander ISD, Magnolia ISD and Plano ISD
Just-Announced ‘Turnip the Beet’ Awards Recognize High-Quality Summer Meals
As school year’s draw to a close and summer breaks begin, USDA is pleased to announce the third annual Turnip the Beet awardees. These awards recognize outstanding summer meal program sponsors who distinguished themselves with high quality meals that are appetizing, appealing, and wholesome.
10 Edinburg CISD schools named to national Honor Roll
The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District recently announced that 10 of its campuses have been named to the 2018-2019 national Honor Roll, which recognizes high-performing, achievement gap-closing schools.
“We are honored to receive these national recognitions for the fourth consecutive year,” ECISD Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez said. “We thank all of our students, parents, teachers, staff, board members and the community for their hard work in helping us to continue to receive these awards for our high academic achievements.”

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National News
Austin Community College Lauded For Serving Latino Students
ACC is one of just 20 finalists for Seal of Excelencia, with the awards ceremony scheduled to be streamed live on Facebook.
Austin Community College is a national finalist for the inaugural Seal of Excelencia recognizing institutions for their positive role in serving Latino students, officials said Wednesday.

The award, presented by Excelencia in Education, selects finalists for their alignment of data and practice in serving Latino students, strategies and practices that have been institutionalized in serving Latino students, and evidence of effectiveness and intention of institutional practices. ACC is one of only 20 finalists nationwide.
Key Takeaway From International Educator Survey: At a Time of Growing Protests, U.S. Teachers Say They Feel Satisfied but Undervalued
​Teachers in the United States work long hours and feel undervalued by the public — but like their jobs anyway. Those findings, from an international education survey released Wednesday, offer fodder for all sides of a debate about teacher pay and working conditions that is mobilizing teachers to protest across the country.
The Teaching and Learning International Survey, coordinated by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, surveyed teachers and their principals in 49 industrialized countries, including U.S. teachers and principals involved in grades 7-9. Educators were quizzed on a host of issues, including their backgrounds, professional development and attitudes toward the profession.
Here are five key findings from the report: Key Takeaway
States Classify Long-Term English Learners Very Differently
The broadest study ever undertaken of long-term English learners (LTELs) in U.S. public schools underscores the need to better understand how students receive this classification, and why the classification varies widely across and within states.

Since LTEL status may negatively impact future educational opportunities and outcomes, the study recommends a much closer examination of how LTELs are classified across the U.S. which could impact English learner master plans.

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