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Texas News
UISD, LISD partner to present at SA district convention
United Independent School District and Laredo Independent School District held their monthly meeting at the Arts Complex, where several topics about the wellness of the education of Laredo students were discussed.

School safety, bilingual and dual enrollment programs, and student enrollment were some of the highlights that were addressed, as well as common concerns such as the scholastic year calendar, finance, budgeting, legislative advocacy, staffing, weather related school closures, transportation, federal programs, COVID mitigation and vaccinations.

Ysleta ISD earns top college, career readiness scores in El Paso area
The Ysleta Independent School District earned the highest College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) scores among all school districts in the city and county of El Paso, according to 2022 state accountability results recently released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

On Tuesday, Ysleta ISD was also honored by the El Paso City Council for being the only school district in the city to earn a “A” rating for overall academic performance from TEA, with 98 percent of its campuses also earning top ratings of either “A” or “B” for their educational programs.

Texas schools awarded 31 of the nation’s 297 Blue Ribbon honors
North Texas winners include some private schools as well as perennial top-performing magnet campuses in the Dallas ISD.

Thirty-one Texas Blue Ribbon schools include public, private, urban and rural campuses. Winners in Dallas include All Saints Catholic School, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, and Dallas ISD magnet campuses School for the Talented and Gifted and the School of Science and Engineering.

Unannounced intruder audits begin at Texas schools in wake of Uvalde mass shooting
Unannounced school intruder audits began this week across Texas. It’s the latest step in boosting school security in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting.

The Texas School Safety Center says its team will conduct an intruder audit on at least 75% of all Texas schools by the end of the school year.

Security doors has long been a focus of school safety, but after what happened in Uvalde.

Texas’ Summer from Hell
Amid record temperatures, state residents struggle to keep cool.

Mention the month of July 2022 to Texans along the Austin-San Antonio corridor, and it will likely conjure involuntary feelings of relentless, all-consuming heat. All things being unequal, many of us escaped into air-conditioned homes, offices, and cars. If we lived close enough to a pool or a place like Austin’s Barton Springs and we could afford the entry fee, we dove in. But those who live and work outdoors or don’t have access to air conditioning faced the full force of the summer—blistering even by Texas standards. Houston, Austin, and San Antonio all logged record-high July temperatures; the state also set a new record for peak electricity usage, then broke it six more times before the month’s end. 

The Familia Reception
Hosted by MASBA and TALAS at TASA/TASB
Friday, September 23, 2022 • 5:30–7 pm
Lonestar E Ballroom, Grand Hyatt San Antonio Riverwalk

Open to all school board members, superintendents, and 2022 MASBA & TALAS sponsors.
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Beginning at the TASA/TASB convention this month, TALAS & Podcast Architects are teaming to provide vendors an opportunity to appear in a video podcast episode that will highlight their services and their contributions to school districts.

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National News
DeSantis choosing Martha’s Vineyard to send migrants just upped the ante
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis unexpectedly sent two planes carrying mostly Venezuelan immigrants, including children, to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday.

It’s the most sadistic iteration of a scheme preferred by governors of Republican states: dumping migrants on northern progressive cities as a political stunt against President Joe Biden’s immigration policy.

We Know Suspensions & Expulsions are Bad for Preschoolers. What Are Some Alternatives?
Research indicates that removing preschool students from learning and social settings is harmful

Research clearly indicates that exclusionary discipline — practices that remove children from their usual learning and social settings, such as suspension and expulsion — are harmful to preschool students. Because the first three years of brain development are the most crucial, the negative effects of exclusionary discipline, including poor educational outcomes and increased risk of incarceration, can last a lifetime.

Case Studies: Welcoming Immigrant & Refugee Students, & How Washington Can Help
Vázquez Baur: Under federal rules, many districts cannot acquire funding for thorough newcomer programming, informed by data and properly staffed

Remember those anxious jitters that hit the night before the first day at a new school? New space, new people, new challenges and opportunities. That inevitable nervousness is especially heightened for newcomers — immigrant or refugee students — starting their first day at a new school, in a new country, perhaps in a new language. 

Canceled classes, sweltering classrooms: How extreme heat impairs learning
As climate change drives up temperatures, kids are suffering in school buildings without air conditioning or being sent home early for ‘heat days’

It wasn’t even a week into the new school year, and already Marsena Toney’s students were being sent home.

But this time, the reason wasn’t Covid. It was extreme heat, which had pushed the temperature in Toney’s Philadelphia classroom to 100 degrees and led the school district to cancel afternoon classes for tens of thousands of students.

Hispanic identity may fade with each generation but some Gen-Z Latino-Americans are reclaiming their culture via language
Seventh-grade Spanish class was the first time Alex Del Dago sat down with the intention of learning his father’s native language. Although simplistic, this class served as the gateway for meaningful communication with his grandma, whom he calls abuela, who only speaks Spanish.

His abuela tells him that she’s glad he learned the language and that his ability to speak Spanish has improved their relationship.

“I knew that if I didn’t put in the work or put in the practice to learn it, I may never be, never be able to actually have like a real substantial conversation with her,” Del Dago said.

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