TALAS E-newsletter – June 27

Posted on June 27th, 2019
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Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD – Chief Communications Officer Chief Communications Officer

Principal – Smith High School – Principal – Smith High School

Edgewood ISD – Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer
Clear Creek ISD – Coordinator for Professional Learning

Director of Human Resources-Professional Staffing and Employee Retention – Director of Human Resources
Garland ISD – Assistant Superintendent for Safety and Operations Assistant Superintendent
Danny King retiring as superintendent of PSJA
Dr. Daniel P. King, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Superintendent of Schools for the last 12 years has announced his plans to retire this fall. The sought-out visionary and leader has spent 42 years in public education, including 20 as Superintendent in two school districts.

“My tenure in public education has been exciting and fulfilling,” Dr. Daniel King said in a letter submitted to the PSJA School Board. “It is time for me to move into a different phase of my journey.”  

Latina Superintendents Creating a Legacy for Success

TALAS President/Tomball ISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora , TALAS Board Member/Hutto ISD Superintendent Celina Estrada-Thomas , and TALAS Board Member/Fabens ISD Superintendent Veronica Vijil all shared their journeys and insights on attaining the position of superintendent at the TALAS Summer Pre-Conference in Austin. Look for more from these outstanding Latinas in future TALAS newsletters.
Congratulations to Karen Zuniga, Hays CISD
New Principal of Lehman High School
Karen Zuniga, who has been the Science Hall Elementary School principal since 2017, will serve as the new principal of Lehman High School, replacing Denisha Presley, who was hired to lead San Marcos High School for the 2019-20 school year in May. Zuniga began her career with Hays CISD in 2002, teaching at Hemphill and Tobias elementary schools before becoming an instructional strategist and then the assistant principal at Chapa Middle School.

Zuniga took the top spot at Science Hall at a time that the school was not meeting state standards, according to the Texas Education Agency; the next year, Science Hall students did meet those standards.
UT Students learn about intersection of race and education
A new approach to a UT-Austin course is helping students learn about the history of American education by studying the intersection of race and education in Austin. 

Luis Urrieta, a professor of cultural studies in education, has taught the course “Sociocultural Influences on Learning” since the fall semester of 2006. After recent restructuring to the class, the course now allows students to interact with local communities and schools in addition to reading textbooks and having discussions. This spring, Urrieta’s students engaged with Austin elementary school students.

As part of the course, Urrieta takes his classes on a “caminata” — a walk through the East Austin community and Austin ISD’s Zavala Elementary. 
Running while brown: How Julián Castro is navigating white presidential politics
By the time his plane touched down in California at the end of a whirlwind week, Julián Castro had set an early political benchmark in the crowded presidential race.

It was early April, and the former mayor and housing secretary had just released a sweeping immigration policy platform, garnering national headlines and widespread praise from immigration reform advocates who went as far as calling his proposals “exactly what we need in this moment.”

Castro was still struggling to break from the pack, but he was the first in the field with a detailed plan to tackle the one issue that could come to define the 2020 presidential campaign. Yet when he sat down for an interview on comedian Bill Maher’s television show, the host instead catalogued Castro’s proposal in terms that the white men also running for president would surely never face.

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National News
How immigration battles are firing up Latinos and putting Texas, battleground states in play for the presidential election
The immigration news is grim: a plan for looming massive family roundups for deportations, a report of children detained in America without enough food and water, and a nation embroiled in debate over whether or not to welcome asylum seekers with open arms.

“This is not about being Mexican,” said Gilmer, a U.S. citizen for 30 years who is among the millions of Latinos in the U.S. who are growing more determined than ever to have their voices heard during the primary and presidential votes next year.
Texas Hispanics Edge Closer to Becoming the State’s Biggest Ethnic Group
​Texas’ white plurality is this close to being over, according to data released last Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Any day now, it seems, the state is set to become majority Hispanic.

According to the bureau’s 2018 population estimates, Texas has about 11.9 million white, non-Hispanic residents, compared with 11.4 million self-identified Hispanic residents. In 2010, the earliest year for which data is provided in the Census report, there were 9.5 million Hispanics living in Texas, compared with 11.4 million non-Hispanic whites.

While Hispanic population growth has easily outpaced white population growth from 2010 to 2018, the differences in growth over the last year are even starker. Texas’ white population grew by about 24,000 residents in 2018. Its Hispanic population grew by almost 215,000. Texas Hispanics
Aging Baby Boomers, growing Asian, Hispanic populations shape region, data shows
Many people have touted the Austin culture as the driving factor for why they moved to the metro area, which in 2018 was again the fastest growing in the country with at least 1 million people. The latest census data shows much of this growth is driven by increases in the Hispanic population, particularly in the suburban counties surrounding Austin.


“The urban core counties are becoming a little priced out for some families,” Valencia said. “You start to see some of the younger families move out to the suburban counties, like Hays County. Many of those people looking to cut costs are going to be families that are more likely to be Hispanic.”

Hays County had the third-fastest growing Hispanic population in the state between 2010 and 2018 in counties with populations of 50,000 or more, data show. The Hispanic population grew 59.2% in that period.

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