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Former Fort Worth ISD students-turned-teachers hope to inspire next generation of teachers
Fort Worth ISD is looking to the future to try and help with its teacher shortage.

They brought students together with several universities and colleges on Wednesday, hoping their students will return to the classroom as teachers.  

Former Fort Worth ISD student and now-teacher Aracely Valdes had to overcome obstacles along her journey to the classroom. She took a break from her young students to share her story with some high school seniors who are considering teaching as a possible career.

Dallas leaders get down to business as ‘Principals for a Day’
Tuesday was no ordinary day for about 150 business and civic leaders from across the Metroplex, who got to spend the day with students on Dallas ISD’s 22nd annual “Principal for a Day.” From storytime to observing instruction and making morning announcements, this year’s honorary principals stepped into the shoes of campus administrators to further understand how they can help uplift students and ensure a quality public education for students. 

Seguin board OKs land for new campus
Seguin ISD is setting the foundation for a new elementary school.

Trustees voted unanimously Friday to move forward with purchasing 25 acres on FM 725 between Lake Creek and Terminal Loop for $1.375 million from the Dammann family. The motion allows Seguin ISD Superintendent Matthew Gutierrez to finish the negotiations to purchase the property.

Former San Antonio-area superintendent will be Uvalde schools’ interim leader
After a three-hour huddle in closed session, Uvalde schools trustees voted to name Gary Patterson, the retired superintendent of San Antonio’s East Central Independent School District, as the interim leader to replace Hal Harrell when he retires.

The board made no announcement after the vote, but Patterson spoke briefly with reporters at the meeting late Wednesday and said no date has been set for him to take over.

Voters of color had mail-in ballots rejected at higher rates than white voters in Texas’ March primary
Asian voters were most disproportionately affected by the new ID requirements included in voting restrictions passed by the 2021 Legislature, a Brennan Center for Justice analysis found.

Alice Yi of Austin is frustrated when she thinks about the March primary election, in which her 92-year-old father tried to vote by mail, as he had many times before, but couldn’t.

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CDC group endorses adding Covid shots to recommended vaccine schedule
The unanimous recommendation to add the vaccine to the annual schedule does not mandate the shots or preclude unvaccinated kids from attending school.

An advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Thursday in favor of adding the Covid vaccine to the recommended immunization schedule for children and adults.

Children 6 months and older, as well as adults, should get the Covid vaccine, plus boosters, when they are eligible for it, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said in an unanimous vote.

14% of students receiving special education in the United States are Hispanic
Special education includes a variety of services that can be provided for students with disabilities. Instead of a “one size fits all” approach, it is tailored to meet the needs of each student. 

Previously known as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) from 1975 to 1990, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a landmark for special education in the United States. As described by U.S.News, the law states that children with cognitive, physical, emotional and medical conditions are entitled to special services, supports, technologies and individualized planning and goals outside the general education curriculum.

Major companies warn congressional leaders ending DACA would hurt economy
More than 80 major businesses and trade associations sent a letter to congressional leaders on Thursday urging them to pass legislation protecting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as it faces an uncertain future in the courts.

The program, which was established by the Obama administration in 2012 to prevent deportations of those brought into the U.S. illegally as children, has long been the subject of legal battles, with the case widely expected to land at the Supreme Court again.

Military recruiters are increasingly targeting Latinx and low-income students for enlistment
With a record low number of potential recruits and few of those willing to enlist, the U.S. military is trying to boost its numbers by targeting low-income and working-class communities of color for recruitment drives and altering how it markets military propaganda in schools to students of color who view enlistment as a potential means of escaping cycles of poverty. As national population demographics continue to trend toward an increase in non-white communities (especially among people under the age of 18), anti-recruitment advocates have noticed an alarming uptick in military efforts to attract Latinx students and their families in particular, reflecting the growth of Latinx communities across the U.S.

Answering a District’s Call for Bilingual Teachers, a Mother and Daughter Leave Puerto Rico for Virginia
It’s not uncommon for teachers to remain in the same school their entire careers. Even when they do switch schools, they often stay within the same district. Venturing across state lines for a new teaching job, let alone leaving one’s homeland, was once exceedingly rare. But as school districts seek to address stubborn teacher vacancies and hire educators who reflect the diversity of their student bodies, some are extending their recruiting efforts beyond the United States mainland.

Lesliean Luna, a veteran teacher from Puerto Rico, responded to such efforts, almost accidentally. In 2016, Luna attended an international teaching job fair with a friend who was considering the move. There, she learned about the World Languages program in Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools, which needed to recruit more bilingual teachers to staff the program.

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