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Texas News
West Oso ISD Superintendent Garcia named 2021 Region 2 Superintendent of the Year
Superintendent Conrado Garcia of West Oso Independent School District has been selected as the 2021 Region 2 Superintendent of the Year.

According to the Region 2 Education Service Center, Garcia has effectively guided the district through difficult times, taken a leadership role in promoting safety and offering vaccination opportunities for educators, and has contributed and been credited with the current district’s status of students and community engagement.

Garland ISD 2021 senior twins earn combined $600k in scholarship offers
Twin sisters graduating from Garland ISD have earned a combined $600,000 in scholarship offers.

Mayra and Melissa Alvarez are graduating from South Garland High School in the top 5% of their class and both will attend the University of Texas at Dallas this fall. 

Mayra plans on majoring in Arts and Humanities and received $373,850 in total scholarship offers. Melissa plans on majoring in Business and received $268,916 in total scholarship offers.

Seventy-five outstanding students receive scholarships funded in Superintendent Hinojosa’s honor
Seventy-five outstanding graduating seniors are receiving the annual Superintendent’s Scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each.

For over a decade, the Superintendent’s Scholarships have been funded with proceeds from the annual Superintendent’s Scholarship Golf Tournament supported by members of the business and civic community.

The student recipients were selected from each of our comprehensive high schools based on academic achievement, character, service and financial need.

Waco ISD board passes anti-racism resolution in response to Texas critical race theory bill
Responding to state legislation seeking to limit how racism should be discussed in Texas classrooms, Waco ISD trustees voted Thursday to reaffirm their commitment to dismantling structural racism.

The legislation, House Bill 3979, lays out rules for discussing controversial current events involving racism, lists specific documents that should be included in the state curriculum and requires a civics education training program for teachers.

Bill to fund virtual learning at public schools next term dies in Legislature
A bill that would’ve allowed public schools to continue offering remote learning next school year without having their funding reduced died at the last moment in the Texas Legislature this past weekend. 

House Bill 1468 had bipartisan support and passed through both chambers of the Legislature, but because changes were made to it in that process, it went to a conference committee where lawmakers worked out a compromised version of the bill. 

Top Golf VIP Event
June 24, 2021 in Austin

Sponsored by Swing EducationIXL, and in partnership with TALAS

As the year winds down Swing Education and IXL, in partnership with the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, are preparing for our June Top Golf outing! This event is by invitation only and space is limited.  

This year’s event will be limited to the first 50 TALAS Members that register for the event as part of the Summer Mentoring Program Meeting in Austin, TX. Once registered all you need to do is show up on June 24th and be ready to have a great time. EVERYTHING is included: Shuttle Transportation, Top Golf, Food, and Open Bar!
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8 Quick (And Easy) Ways To Make Career Progress When You’re Busy
It might seem impossible to squeeze in those things you need to do to get a professional leg up in these hectic times. But making headway needn’t be time-consuming or difficult. Here are eight quick and easy ways to make progress in your career.

National News
High school senior denied diploma after wearing Mexican flag over gown
District officials said they wanted him to apologize for violating the dress code.

A TikTok video of a North Carolina graduating senior has gone viral after he was denied his diploma for wearing a Mexican flag over his graduation gown.

Adolfo Hurtado was filming his cousin, Ever Lopez, during the ceremony, watching him walk down the stage at Asheboro High School wearing a Mexican flag draped over his gown, when he appeared to get stopped by a faculty member.

Biden’s $20 Billion Education Equity Proposal Would Create ‘Powerful Incentive’ for States to Close Funding Gaps Between Districts
Educators welcome President Joe Biden’s plan to spend $20 billion — on top of the federal government’s current funding for high-poverty districts — to address the needs of schools with the greatest concentrations of disadvantaged students.

But with the new administration already getting a late start on the budget process and Republicans cringing at the size of Biden’s infrastructure and family policy proposals, it’s unclear where the additional funding will come from.

College Enrollment Dip Hits Students of Color the Hardest
During the 2020-21 school year, 120,000 fewer new high school graduates entered the nation’s colleges and universities than the year before, according to a new analysis by the College Board.

The pandemic has particularly set back students of color, and seems to have set up significantly different education trends in two- and four-year colleges.

Tulsa Commits to Teaching ‘Hard History’ After State Restricts Antiracist Instruction
When Tulsa, Oklahoma fifth-grade teacher Akela Leach began her lesson this May on the race massacre that took place in the city’s Greenwood District 100 years earlier, her young students knew they were entering contentious curricular territory.

The state of Oklahoma had recently passed a controversial bill that observers described as an “antiracism teaching ban,” part of a wave of legislation from Republican lawmakers across the country to scale back discussion of systemic racism in the classroom.

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Negrete, Chicago folklorist, writer, singer of Chicano movement, dead at 72
‘He told our stories,’ actor Edward James Olmos says of the Chicago writer of corridos some called the ‘Chicano Woody Guthrie.’

Jesus “Chuy” Negrete composed hundreds of corridos — Mexican folk ballads.

“Some people used to say he was the Mexican Bob Dylan,” said U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill., for whom he once wrote a corrido urging people to vote for him for mayor of Chicago.

Others “called him the Chicano Woody Guthrie,” said actor Edward James Olmos, a friend who said Mr. Negrete “was like a brother” to him.

DACA Recipient Areli Morales Pens Children’s Book Dedicated to Dreamers
The cover art for Areli is a Dreamer by Mexican-American author Areli Morales and illustrated by Luisa Uribe features two cities – Mexico and New York with a young Areli straddling the border between the two. The art evokes the lived experience of immigrants who live in between two worlds, never fully belonging to one or the other. In the picture book — out June 8 — Morales tells her story of being a young girl growing up in Puebla, Mexico with her grandma and brother while her parents live in New York City. She eventually moves to New York as an undocumented immigrant experiencing the highs and lows of this new home. In the author’s note she sums up the crux of the book: “I was a child of two worlds — a Mexican citizen by birth but raised as an American.”

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