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Texas News
LISD earns state-wide recognition for their bilingual program
The Laredo Independent School District Bilingual/English as a Second Language Program and its educators were named among the best in the state. The recognition was presented during the Texas Association for Bilingual Education Conference held in Houston.

Laredo ISD won second place for the School District of the Year statewide in English Language Proficiency Growth.

School vouchers, politics and teacher shortages weigh on Texas superintendents
Takeaways from a conversation between school leaders.

From upcoming school voucher fights to the need to bridge communities across political divisions, current and former Texas superintendents shared their thoughts on the biggest pressures facing public education.

In a candid conversation Wednesday, the leaders shared their perspectives with The Dallas Morning News on the political pressure cooker the superintendent post has become and how school leaders can navigate the challenges.

CRT on mind of community members during MISD feedback sessions
Midland ISD held a second opportunity for the community to provide feedback about the characteristics and qualifications it would like to see in the district’s next superintendent.

And for the second time in a row, few people showed up, and for the second time, the promotion of social and emotional learning was part of the feedback.

North Texas schools closing on Election Day amid safety concerns
Many North Texas schools will be closed Nov. 8 as districts navigate their roles as polling sites and the attendant safety risks in the wake of school shootings and threats to poll workers.

Why it matters: Campuses have been used as polling sites for years, but the influx of visitors during school hours has posed security challenges.

Districts either have to cancel classes, forcing parents to find child care alternatives, or figure out how to reconfigure safety plans and the flow of traffic.

NBA legend Magic Johnson speaks to El Paso ISD student-athletes during surprise visit
Legendary NBA superstar Earvin “Magic” Johnson paid a surprise visit Wednesday to Andress High School’s Performing Arts Center and implored more than 310 boys and girls basketball players from all El Paso ISD high schools to harness the talents they develop on the court and in the classroom to chase their dreams.

The student-athletes, who were on hand as part of an event organized by El Paso ISD and Cigna, were unaware of Johnson’s participation and roared with delight upon his introduction by Vince Sheffield, El Paso ISD Deputy Superintendent of Administration and Academics.

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The Association of Hispanic School Administrators (AHSA), 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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The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Announces Recipients of its 2022-2023 Leadership Awards
The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) announces the winners of its 2022-2023 Leadership Awards. The awards program honored 17 individuals for their extraordinary education advocacy and leadership. The recipients were announced during a special awards gala following the 19th Annual National ALAS Education Summit held recently in Puerto Rico.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Effort Aims to Get More Women Into Superintendents’ Jobs
Barbara Jenkins, a former superintendent of Florida’s Orange County district, will lead a project to boost the number of women running school systems—a figure that has remained stubbornly low even though the workforce is predominantly female.

Jenkins, Orange County’s first female superintendent, who left this summer, said the Women in Leadership Initiative at Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan organization that focuses on education leadership at the state and district levels, aims to help prospective female superintendents land the job and stay in them.

Experts Expect K-12 Ripple Effects as Supreme Court Considers Race in Admissions
Conservatives want decisions to be merit-based, but others say losing affirmative action could ‘derail’ teacher diversity efforts in K-12

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday in a pair of closely watched cases that could determine whether universities can continue to consider race in student admissions. 

While it is focused on higher education, the court’s ruling in those cases is bound to filter down to K-12 schools.

States Are Desperate for Special Ed. Teachers. But They Can’t Cut Corners to Get Them
In the face of teacher shortages, many states have lowered licensing standards to get teachers in classrooms as quickly as possible. But here’s a Catch-22: they can’t do that with special education teachers.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the federal law on educating students with disabilities, requires that special education teachers be “appropriately and adequately prepared and trained” and “have the content knowledge and skills to serve children with disabilities.”

An inside look at how one school has adapted to serve migrant students
In a classroom at P.S. 33 in Chelsea, students read a book about breakfast in Spanish, and then again, in English.

“A carrot!” teacher Esthephani Valdez exclaims. Then, in Spanish: “Zanahoria.”

The class was created out of sudden necessity. In early October, Principal Cindy Wang received a phone call on a Friday night.

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