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Texas News
2022-23 TASA President-Elect and Vice President Announced, Other Changes to Executive Committee
At its March 23, 2022, meeting, the TASA Executive Committee ratified the election of Aldine ISD Superintendent LaTonya Goffney as 2022-23 TASA president-elect. She currently serves as the 2021-22 TASA vice president.

The committee also elected Tomball ISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora as 2022-23 TASA vice president. She currently serves as the Region 4 representative on the Executive Committee, and had been re-elected to a second term on the committee from June 1, 2022, to May 31, 2024. An election to fill the Region 4 position on the Executive Committee for the two-year term beginning June 1 will be held soon.

Roscoe Collegiate ISD Announces New Superintendent of Schools
The Roscoe Collegiate ISD Board of Trustees has named Dr. Guillermo Mancha, Jr. as the new superintendent. 

Dr. Mancha was the superintendent in the Brackett ISD. 

Roscoe CISD’s website has also announced the appointment.

“I am extremely pleased and excited to be a part of the Roscoe Collegiate ISD team. I am the new Superintendent of Schools at Roscoe Collegiate ISD; I am a Plowboy. Roscoe Collegiate ISD has earned a reputation of creating a rich student-centered educational environment. I am honored to join our team as we continue to provide our students with a world class education. Roscoe Collegiate ISD will remain a leader and shining light for public education.  

‘Numbers-driven’ Socorro superintendent seeks to build on district’s record of success
By the time Nate Carman moved to the Rio Grande Valley in September 2017, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District had seen a revolving door of superintendents, with four resigning over a three-year span.

Carman was hired to bring stability to the troubled district, former San Benito Trustee Michael Vargas recalled. Trustees didn’t just want someone who wouldn’t be out the door in a few months — they wanted someone with a plan to fix the district’s finances and academics.

“The district had been in a financial ruin. Academics were dismal,” Vargas said. “You could name one thing wrong with a school district and that was San Benito CISD.”

El Paso children’s museum reveals name: La Nube. ‘The cloud we can all go up to.’
On Wednesday, students at Aoy Elementary School filled the campus gymnasium with rolled up blue T-shirts in their hands.

When told, the kids unrolled them, revealing the name of the El Paso children’s museum – “La Nube: The Shape of Imagination.”

“It’s the cloud we can all go up to, to think, imagine and feel,” said El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser at the announcement Wednesday morning.

3 North Texas superintendents discuss critical race theory, controversial books and a mayoral run during roundtable
Three leaders in education in North Texas sat down for a roundtable with the Texas Tribune Thursday. All three have either left or are leaving their position. 

Fort Worth’s Kent Scribner is retiring in two years, Richardson’s Jeannie Stone left in December, and Michael Hinojosa is leaving Dallas ISD too. 

The roundtable started with what it has been like leading through a pandemic.

“It’s been one issue after another and none of these things were in our strategic plan,” Hinojosa said. “Dallas ISD found a way to persevere despite these huge challenges.”

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Pandemic caused many Black and Latino students to cancel their college plans, study says
Many students’ education plans were disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and new research reveals how Black and Latino students were disproportionally impacted. Almost a third of Black and Latino students cancelled their plans to continue their post-secondary education, a much higher rate than white students. 

A new report published by the Latino Policy & Politics Initiative at University of California, Los Angeles, used Census Bureau data to understand how the coronavirus pandemic impacted American households. The results found that during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and even a year later, many students of color planned to cancel all their plans for postsecondary education.  

After Losing High-Profile Book Battle, Conservative Moms for Liberty Turns to Critical Tennessee School Board Race
The Feb. 21 Williamson County, Tennessee, school board meeting opened with far less commotion than the raucous gatherings that came before it: Gone were the hecklers, sign wavers, screamers and air pokers who made headlines around the world for threatening doctors and nurses who spoke out in favor last summer of reinstating a mask mandate for young children. 

Placards were banned and attendees were warned at the start not to use vulgar language, single out board members or otherwise disrupt the proceedings lest they be hauled off by deputies. 

Eight Best Practices for Teaching in Dual Language and Other Bilingual Programs
When most Americans think about bilingual education, what first comes to mind isn’t its long history in this country. But Manka Varghese, a professor at the University of Washington’s College of Education, reminds her students that the United States has always had multiple languages, starting with Indigenous ones. Before compulsory education laws were on the books, public schools offered instruction in languages like German to attract immigrant families, Varghese says, and the Supreme Court has affirmed both a school’s right to do so, in 1923, and, in 1974, the responsibility. In the latter case, Lau v. Nichols, the court found that English-only instruction unlawfully deprives non-English speaking students of the opportunity to learn.

What are the consequences of the Latino undercount in the 2020 U.S. Census?
The recent report from the U.S. Census confirmed what many experts and advocates have worried about over the past two years, that despite achieving an accurate overall estimate of the population, the 2020 Census suffered from a significant undercount of Latinos and other racial and ethnic minorities. The undercount of Latinos was 4.99%, three times the 1.54% undercount in 2010, a statistically significant difference.

The following quote, in reaction to the first release of apportionment numbers from the 2020 Census numbers last year, speaks to the consequences that this undercount will have for Latino communities across the country.

Latino viewers helped keep film studios afloat despite limited representation, study says
“For people of color, and especially Latino families, theaters provided an excursion when almost everything else was shut down,” a UCLA expert said. “They should get a return in the form of representation.”

With Latino-focused films such as “Encanto” and “West Side Story” in the running to receive Academy Awards on Sunday during Hollywood’s biggest night, it may appear that Latino representation in movies improved over the past year.

But the newest Hollywood Diversity Report from the University of California, Los Angeles, released Thursday shows that Latinos barely saw themselves represented, in front or behind the camera in last year’s top films.

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