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La Joya ISD installs e-books on buses
It might look like an average school bus, but it’s far from it.

Every time a La Joya Independent School District student boards a bus, they’ll have a library on wheels.

The school district has installed thousands of QR codes for e-books inside buses carrying middle and high school students for instant access.

Help wanted: Texas’ superintendent posts becoming political pressure cooker
New Fort Worth schools chief faced backlash even before taking the post.

Even before the new Fort Worth superintendent’s name was announced, skeptics had already combed through Angélica Ramsey’s background and attacked her across social media.

They decried her for pushing a “Latina critical race theory” agenda, alleging she would promote progressive ideals since her doctoral dissertation referenced CRT — despite the fact she earned that degree from the conservative Liberty University founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell.

DACA remains intact as appeals court sends case challenging its legality back to lower court in Texas
The latest ruling in the long-running legal fight over the program doesn’t change the status quo for the program, which protects some undocumented immigrants from deportation and gives them work permits.

A federal appeals court on Wednesday sent a case challenging the legality of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA — a national program that provides some undocumented immigrants work permits and temporarily protects them from deportation — back to a lower court in Texas.

Ramiro ‘Ramsey’ Muñiz, history-making Latino activist, dies at 79
The Raza Unida candidate, and first person of Hispanic descent to appear on the Texas general election gubernatorial ballot, leaves behind a complicated legacy.

Over the weekend, civil rights activist Ramiro “Ramsey” Muñiz passed away at 79. Muñiz was the first Hispanic to have his name on a Texas general election gubernatorial ballot. He ran for governor twice in the early 70s as a nominee of the Raza Unida party, a former political party focused on Chicano issues in the Lone Star State.

Meet the newest PBS Kids character: a Texas girl with a blended family and vocabulary
The executive producers behind public television’s “Rosie’s Rules” explain why they created Rosie and why San Antonio was the perfect setting for their show.

Daniel Tiger, Dora the Explorer and Doc McStuffins are household names for many. Now, add Rosie to that list.

Rosie Fuentes is the star of the brand-new PBS Kids program “Rosie’s Rules.” And she’s also a Texan – from San Antonio, to be exact.

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 Best Way to Honor Latino Culture is by Honoring Latino Family Values
L.A. school leader reflects on the values he grew up with and how he lives them with his students every day — not just during Hispanic Heritage Month

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and the signs and advertisements celebrating the culture are abundant. I feel, as I often do this time of year, mixed emotions. As a Mexican-American educator, I understand the good intentions behind the signs; celebrating diversity and honoring different cultures should be applauded.

The Supreme Court Will Decide a Significant Special Education Case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case stemming from the denial of services to a deaf child that could prove significant for remedies being sought in lawsuits against school districts on behalf of children with disabilities.

The case of Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools (No. 21-887) encompasses two questions involving the tangle of legal procedures families and school officials confront in disputes over the two main federal laws protecting children with disabilities.

For Students to Succeed, Put High-Quality Curriculum in Teachers’ Hands
Without guidance on classroom materials or effective professional development, teachers may give students classwork not appropriate for their grade

The recent National Assessment of Educational Progress results brought news that educators and families alike were dreading: Math and reading scores for 9-year-olds dropped to levels unseen for decades during the pandemic. Notably, average long-term math performance fell for the first time ever, and reading scores had the most significant drop in 30 years.

As digital equity eludes 16M students, Ed Dept provides roadmap to districts
A lack of consistent and high-speed broadband, the high cost of those internet services, and an absence of ongoing funding for affordable internet programs continue to hinder technology access in communities nationwide, according to a digital equity resource guide from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.

Suggested strategies include building partnerships with internet service providers to improve equitable broadband infrastructure and using public spaces and community partnerships to create more internet access. Ongoing federal, state or local funding can also help districts buy equipment and provide affordable internet access and digital literacy programs, the guide said. 

Hispanic Scholarship Founder Ernest Robles dies at 92
Because of his work, tens of thousands of Latino students have been able to attend college.

Ernest Robles died of heart failure last month, Sept. 5, at age 92. He started an initiative in 1975 that later became the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), a grant that supports Latino students to receive a college education. Robles started the fund with a $30,000 mortgage on his home and by the time he died, the fund had granted $700 million in scholarships, according to NPR. 

Born in the tiny border town of Pirtleville, Arizona, Robles moved to Riverside, California at a young age. 

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