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Texas News
La Promesa’s Cruz Receives Statewide Recognition as ESL/Bilingual Secondary Teacher of the Year
Margarita Cruz is an English as a second language (ESL) teacher at La Promesa with a big passion for making a difference in the lives of her students from other countries. Cruz was recently named the 2022 ESL/Bilingual Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE).

Cruz began in Aldine ISD as a ninth-grade ESOL 1 teacher at La Promesa before serving in her current position as the ESL instructional specialist. The eight-year veteran is currently in her second year with Aldine ISD. Before joining Aldine, Cruz served in Tomball ISD for seven years, where she taught English and ESL and was an ESL specialist for five years.

Hispanic Texans may now be the state’s largest demographic group, new census data shows
For years, the state’s Hispanic population has grown significantly faster than the white population. The new census data is the first to reflect Texas passing a milestone in its cultural and political evolution.

A closely watched estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday indicates that Texas may have passed a long-awaited milestone: the point where Hispanic residents make up more of the state’s population than white residents.

The new population figures, derived from the bureau’s American Community Survey, showed Hispanic Texans made up 40.2% of the state’s population in 2021 while non-Hispanic white Texans made up 39.4%. The estimates — based on comprehensive data collected over the 2021 calendar year — are not considered official.

Texas could tie community college funding to student outcomes
A commission tasked by the Texas Legislature to recommend new ways to fund community colleges is suggesting the state fund schools based on how successful students are at completing programs in high-demand fields and transferring to universities to continue their education.

A commission charged by the Legislature to suggest new ways of funding Texas community colleges is poised to recommend a complete system overhaul that would tie state dollars to how successful schools are at getting students to graduation or four-year universities.

While Campaigning on “Parental Control,” Top State Officials Champion School Vouchers
Undermining public schools has been a winning strategy for governors in several states. But for many rural, conservative communities in Texas, such schools are the only game in town.

At a July campaign event in Fort Stockton, Governor Greg Abbott played what has proven to be a winning card for Republicans across the country. “Parents,” he said, “should not be forced to send their child to a government-mandated school that teaches critical race theory, or is forcing their child to wear a face mask against their parents’ desire, or is forcing them to attend a school that isn’t safe.”

Counseling Uvalde families is a long-term commitment — and dogs have helped
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That’s what students in Uvalde were drawing in the days immediately after the shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 19 kids and two teachers, said Ayla Rahmberg, a San Antonio-based volunteer with Canines for Christ.

“The pictures were so sad,” Rahmberg said. “The feelings they were drawing were really heart-wrenching.”

The Familia Reception
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Friday, September 23, 2022 • 5:30–7 pm
Lonestar E Ballroom, Grand Hyatt San Antonio Riverwalk

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National News
White House recognizes National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week
HSI week is being celebrated shortly before the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are colleges or universities where Hispanic students represent at least 25% of the full-time equivalent student body, according to the U.S. Department of Education. HSIs can be public or private nonprofit institutions, but they must be certified as such by the Department of Education. 

California Implements Later School Start Time, Other States Considering
New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Virgin Islands discussing mandated later start times

California middle and high schools began the academic day later this year, implementing a state law other states are now considering. 

After long-standing research showed the devastating impact of early classes on teens’ health, California’s district middle schools will start no earlier than 8 am; and high schools will start no later than 8:30 am. Rural district schools are exempted from the state mandate. 

Bilingual tweaks to assessments, classroom support key for English learner support
Constructing assessments for dual language learners with a student’s linguistic skills in mind can more accurately assess their academic and developmental skills.

Bilingual staff in classrooms who students feel comfortable with can also help dual language learners show what they understand by giving them the option to communicate in their native language.

Wealthy Families Stick With Full-Time Tutors Hired Early in Pandemic
Upper-middle-class families, dissatisfied with K-12 schools, are signing up for the instruction as well

Jean-Francois Gagnon and his wife, Genevieve, watched their two teenage children grind through six hours of remote learning every day in spring 2021, as the pandemic rolled into its second year.

The classes were inefficient. The schedule was inflexible. The children weren’t engaged.

Read Your Way Through Mexico City
Juan Villoro, who spent over two decades perfecting one book about Mexico City, recommends reading on the city he loves. “Mexico is too complex,” a visitor said. “It needs to be read.”

Álvaro Pombo, a Spanish author, came to Mexico City in 2004. He’d written a novel that took place during the religious revolts of early 20th century Mexico, and wanted to know what the country he’d studied in books was like, he said.

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