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PSJA ISD partners with AVANCE to offer a Parent-Child Education Program
Program open to parents of children 0 to 4 years old

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) is partnering with AVANCE to offer a Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP), a free 9-month program to support parents of 0 to 4-year-olds

Established in 1973, AVANCE is a national, non-profit organization, primarily serving Texas, that creates pathways to economic mobility for predominately Latino families through high quality, culturally responsive, two-generation programming that ensures school-readiness for young children and opportunities for parents to build social and economic capital. 

Austin ISD’s $2.44 billion bond package passes with overwhelming support
Voters have approved Austin ISD’s $2.44 billion bond package, the largest in the district’s history. Five seats on the AISD Board of Trustees were also up for grabs. Four new members were elected to the board and one incumbent won reelection.

AISD’s $2.44 billion bond package is made up of three separate propositions.

Proposition A: $2.3 billion in general purpose funds
Proposition B: $75.5 million for technology
Proposition C: $47.4 million for stadiums

Tomball ISD begins construction of $15 million pre-K center for 500 students
Tomball ISD broke ground this week on its new prekindergarten center that will serve hundreds of students from around the district.

The facility off Keefer Road is part of the district’s $494.5 million bond approved by voters in 2021. According to the district’s website, the projected cost of the new center is approximately $15.38 million. 

GOP redistricting ‘weakened’ Hispanic vote in South Texas, groups say
Democrat wins district’s only border county by 11,000 votes

Redistricting by the Republican-led Texas Legislature diluted and “weakened” the Hispanic vote, especially in South Texas where two Latinas faced off to become the first woman ever to represent a border district, a pair of nonpartisan civil rights organizations say.

Tuesday night’s winner, Monica De La Cruz, also became the first Republican ever elected to represent Texas’ 15th Congressional District, which spans from the Texas-Mexico border to south of San Antonio.

Pearland ISD parents file lawsuit against district claiming the school board lacks diversity
Two parents in Pearland ISD are fighting for more diversity on the school board as two-thirds of the student population are young people of color. Yet, their seven-member school board is entirely white.

Pearland ISD’s Board of Trustees is currently elected through an at-large system, meaning that anyone who lives in the district can vote for all seven positions. A lawsuit filed last week argues that this denies fair representation to voters of color in a mostly diverse district.

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Second-Highest Youth Midterm Voter Turnout in 3 Decades, Early Estimates Show
Historically strong youth vote helped Democrats ‘defy political gravity,’ with 27% of 18- to 29-year-olds casting ballots

Youth voters contributed to better-than-expected results for Democrats nationwide this election cycle, turning out at their second-highest midterm rate in three decades.

Some 27% of all people ages 18 to 29 cast ballots, more than in any recent midterm election except 2018, according to estimates from Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Schools clash with parents over bans on student cellphones
Cellphones — the ultimate distraction — keep children from learning, educators say. But in attempts to keep the phones at bay, the most vocal pushback doesn’t always come from students. In some cases, it’s from parents.

Bans on the devices were on the rise before the COVID-19 pandemic. Since schools reopened, struggles with student behavior and mental health have given some schools even more reason to restrict access.

But parents and caregivers who had constant access to their children during remote learning have been reluctant to give that up. Some fear losing touch with their kids during a school shooting.

By The Numbers: The post-COVID growth of tutoring
A report by shows demand for help peaks on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

As school systems try to boost student learning after several years of COVID-19 disruptions and disappointing assessment results, some have turned to tutoring programs to supplement in-class studies. 

According to FutureEd, a think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, many districts are targeting federal COVID-19 emergency funds toward tutoring services.

The role of HBCUs in a post-affirmative action America
Leaders at historically Black colleges and universities say overturning race-conscious admissions would have a dire impact on higher education.

Historically Black colleges and universities are just as prestigious as Ivy League schools, and they’re diverse. That is why, leaders say, HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions will be even more important to students of color should the Supreme Court end affirmative action in college admissions. 

Tenoch Huerta of ‘Wakanda Forever’ says it was ‘beautiful’ representing Latino Indigenous heritage on-screen
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the highly anticipated sequel to Marvel’s 2018 hit, is now here.

Like its predecessor, the film is very diverse. This film puts a spotlight on a community not always seen in Hollywood — Latino Indigenous heritage.

To honor the moment, the National Hispanic Media Coalition invited Latino influencers and students from one of the only Indigenous Mexican schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District to a special screening of the movie.

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