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Texas News
Bilingual/ESL making strides in Ector County ISD
With the implementation of Dual Language One-Way, the Bilingual and ESL, or English as a second language department, has made significant progress.

At an Ector County ISD Board of Trustees meeting in September, Executive Director of Bilingual/ESL Education Betsabe Salcido offered these facts.

  • 26 percent of the top 10 students in ECISD high schools were former Bilingual/ESL students.
  • 13 students, including two valedictorians and one salutatorian, were served through Bilingual/ESL. That number is 6% higher than last year.

Hispanic Heritage and History lives on in campus namesakes throughout HISD
District wide, Hispanic descendants are honored by having schools carry their namesake allowing their rich history to live on.

HISD has 22 schools that recognize the contributions of Hispanic civic and community leaders who range from educators and civil servants to local restaurateurs, newscasters, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, and even Nobel Prize-winners.

Austin ISD to add electric school buses in 2023, aims to go 100% electric
Electric school buses will be a part of the near future in Austin. By next year, Austin Independent School District plans to have three electric buses on the roads next year, with a plan for 25% of its school bus purchases to be electric vehicles by then.

The switch is part of Austin ISD’s plan to go fully electric on buses by 2035. The Austin ISD board voted unanimously in favor of the measure, which aims to have half of its bus fleet electric vehicles by 2027, and purchasing only electric vehicles for the district by 2030.

Texas student dropout rate surges
Nearly 50,000 Texas students from grades 7-12 dropped out in the 2020-2021 academic year — a 34% increase from the 2018-2019 school year.

Zoom in: In Houston, about 11,400 students dropped out — also a 34% increase from the 2018-2019 school year.

Why it matters: The data is another illustration of how the pandemic has disrupted kids’ lives and academic achievement.

Uvalde families to start scholarship fund in honor of victims and survivors
Families of the Uvalde victims have created a scholarship program in the name of their loved ones who were killed during the May 24 mass shooting. They hope it will help kids’ futures while also keeping their memories alive.

Eva Mirales was killed in the shooting, using her own body to shield her students from the gunman.

Emergent Bilingual Week:
Accelerate Language, Accelerate Literacy
Oct. 17–21, 2022
Monday–Friday, 12 pm–1 pm EST
This five-day event will consist of a series of webinars that explore important aspects of supporting emergent bilingual students, including the acceleration of English language learning, the role of oral language in literacy instruction, language learning efficacy and research, how educators can leverage artificial intelligence to support Emergent Bilingual students, and much more!
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The Association of Hispanic School Administrators, TALAS’ Houston affiliate, is a professional organization for education employees of TEA Service Region IV who are dedicated to developing and advancing school leaders that can help better the lives of students we serve. Additionally, AHSA has adopted philanthropy of supporting rising school leaders and donates upto $35,0000 in scholarships to individuals pursuing a career in education. Since our inception, AHSA has given over a half-million dollars to this cause and continues to award more scholarships each year.
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Latinos will make up nearly a third of US students in 2030. Will schools help them succeed?
Latino students will make up nearly 30% of all public school enrollment by the end of the decade. How are schools preparing for them?

In late September in El Paso, Texas, residents of the Chamizal barrio and mothers Cemelli de Atzlan and Hilda Villegas held a vigil. They were mourning what they consider a crisis in barrio schools: pandemic disruptions, a shortage of teachers, the lack of culturally sensitive or dual-language programming, overcrowding and historical neglect. 

Schools Need Billions More to Make Up for Lost Learning Time, Researchers Argue
Student recovery from the pandemic will come with a huge price—$700 billion, a new study finds—and, so far, federal COVID-relief aid isn’t covering it.

Researchers Kenneth Shores and Matthew Steinberg set out to examine the magnitude of federal aid, how the government is distributing it, and how it’s being spent. Their study, published Oct. 11 in Educational Researcher, the American Educational Research Association’s journal, says schools would need around $500 billion more than the $190 billion allocated through ESSER and the American Rescue Plan to fully recover from the pandemic’s academic damage.

White House Cautions Schools Against ‘Continuous Surveillance’ of Students
Biden administration takes aim at algorithmic discrimination with non-binding ‘Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights’

The Biden administration on Tuesday urged school districts nationwide to refrain from subjecting students to “continuous surveillance” if the use of digital monitoring tools — already accused of targeting at-risk youth — are likely to trample students’ rights. 

Family matters: Study shows family support, awareness benefit Latino college students
A successful transition to college life is the first step to graduating. Among Latino college students, graduation rates are on the rise but still lag behind other ethnic groups. 

New research from the Arizona State University Department of Psychology has demonstrated the importance of family relationships for Latino students as they adapt to college. Family dynamics – especially communication and parent awareness of their child’s daily lives – had both immediate and long-term protective effects on student well-being. The study was published in Developmental Psychology.

Young immigrants are looking to social media to engage in politics and elections – even if they are not eligible to vote
Immigrants’ political power is on the rise in the United States.

The number of eligible immigrant voters nearly doubled from about 12 million in 2000 to more than 23 million in 2020.

Immigrant voters tend to be older than U.S.-born voters, but immigrants ages 18 to 37 still made up 20% of all immigrant voters in 2020.

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