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Fort Worth ISD names Dr. Angélica Ramsey as lone finalist for new superintendent
The Fort Worth ISD school board has unanimously named Dr. Angélica Ramsey as the lone finalist for superintendent.

In Texas, a 21-day waiting period will now begin, with final action expected to take place at a board meeting in September, the district said.

“We are excited to name Dr. Angélica Ramsey as the lone finalist for superintendent of the Fort Worth ISD,” said Board President Tobi Jackson. “She will bring her many amazing leadership qualities to our District and to the benefit of our greater community.”

McAllen ISD Uses Customer Service Approach to Educate Students
McAllen ISD has a long list of awards and accomplishments to its credit. It has maintained an A rating by state accountability standards since 2018, earned postsecondary readiness distinctions for three consecutive years, and received the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award for Best Large District in Texas this year, to name a few.

While impressive, awards are not what drive MISD’s leadership team.

“We’re not chasing awards. The awards are just a by-product of our system,” said MISD Superintendent J.A. Gonzalez, referring to the beliefs, expectations, and practices that push students and staff to become the best version of themselves, academically and personally.

UTSA Master of Social Work program named finalist for 2022 Examples of Excelencia
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program in the UTSA College for Health, Community and Policy and the M.S. in Environmental Science in the College of Sciences have been named finalists in the graduate category for the 2022 Examples of Excelencia program by Excelencia in Education. UTSA is the only university in the nation to have two finalists this year out of the group of 20.

North Texas school district rejects ‘In God We Trust’ signs in Arabic, rainbow font
Carroll ISD board president Cameron Bryan told a parent that the district already had enough signs. 

A North Texas school district rejected “In God We Trust” signs printed in Arabic, Spanish and other languages, as well as signs in colorful fonts celebrating the LGBTQ+ community that were donated by a parent Monday, despite a new Texas law requiring that the signs be displayed.

Senate Bill 797, which was passed last year and enacted earlier this month, requires that elementary and secondary schools “display in a conspicuous place in each building of the school or institution a durable poster or framed copy of the United States national motto” so long as the signs have been donated to the school district and/or the signs are purchased with private donations.

Analysis: The Uvalde school board has fired Chief Pete Arredondo. Accountability shouldn’t end there.
Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw and Gov. Greg Abbott have also failed to lead following the tragic shooting.

Last Wednesday evening — three months after the botched law enforcement response to the state’s deadliest school shooting — the Uvalde school board finally voted to fire district Police Chief Pete Arredondo for his part in the operation.

That unanimous, and overdue, decision came shortly after Arredondo’s attorney released a 17-page statement calling the board’s move an “illegal and unconstitutional public lynching” and demanding his client be reinstated with backpay.

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New Poll: Majority of Adults Don’t Trust Educators to Handle Sensitive Topics
Annual poll of public attitudes towards public schools shows adults rate local schools highly — but are split on teachers

New polling on the American education system shows widespread approval of local schools — along with ominous signs of dissatisfaction among both parents and the public at large.

Uvalde heightens schools’ interest in physical security
Experts have seen interest in measures like cameras and secure vestibules resurface in the aftermath of the May massacre in Uvalde, Texas.

High-profile school shootings like the May massacre at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, bring a resurfacing of ideas and moves to design and redesigning school buildings to address security concerns and prevent the next tragedy.

Implementing measures such as secure main entrance vestibules, metal detectors and security cameras in schools are not new ideas, said Shawna White, senior lead for school safety at WestED, a nonprofit covering education and human development.

Test English Learners in the Languages They Speak at School and at Home
Duran: Testing Spanish-speaking students in English only can result in lower levels of performance, which may be mistaken for learning disabilities

According to the U.S. Department of Education, enrollment of English learners in K-12 has increased by more than 1 million, representing 5.3 million students in U.S. public schools. Historically, this population has experienced inequities in educational outcomes due to factors including poverty, discrimination, poor instruction, exposure to crime and lack of health care and mental health services.

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff
Now, more than ever, these vulnerable students need advocates in schools.

This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the United States. Educators, school support staff and service providers are often the first individuals a student and/or family comes out to as undocumented.

Moreover, they are often the first ones to witness the impact of increased enforcement measures on students and their families.

A Mexican Chinese superhero brings a forgotten part of history alive
A new issue of the comic book “El Peso Hero” features a superhero whose family history is tied to the racist 1911 Torreón massacre against Chinese and Japanese Mexicans.

A new issue of the Mexican American “El Peso Hero” comic book tells a story about Mexico that very few readers know about.

“There is a long history of Chinese immigration to Mexico,” said the comic book’s creator, artist and educator Héctor Rodríguez, in an interview with NBC News about “El Comandante Chong,” a new issue released Monday.

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