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Texas News
Ysleta ISD assistant principal to participate in Texas Tech fellowship
Vania Reyes, assistant principal at Bel Air High School, has been selected to participate in the 2022-23 Texas Education Policy Fellowship Program (TX-EPFP), a Texas Tech University initiative designed to help education professionals deepen their knowledge and develop skills in leadership and public policy.

Reyes is a Ysleta ISD graduate, educator, advocate and parent. She also serves as vice president of the nonprofit organization Mija Yes You Can, and actively promotes the need for female representation in every decision-making room.

Donna ISD works to help migrant students
Donna Independent School District has a new initiative to get migrant students on the same level academically as their peers. 

More than 300 elementary school students are already in the migrant program at Donna ISD, with the possibility of that number to continue growing.

Migrant strategists involved in the program say they are making phone calls and going door to door to let people know about the program and its benefits. 

South Texas ISD, UTRGV ink deal to expand dual enrollment opportunities
South Texas Independent School District and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held a signing ceremony Monday morning to announce a new partnership between the two entities.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey, South Texas ISD Superintendent Marco Antonio Lara Jr. and Board President Douglas Buchanan participated in Monday’s event which was held at South Texas ISD’s Biblioteca Las Américas in Mercedes.

Austin ramping up network of neighborhood disaster support centers
Austin is preparing to open the first of its proposed resilience hubs this year as the city seeks to build a network of neighborhood resource centers that can assist residents during disasters.

The resilience hub concept has been developing through a partnership between the city, Travis County, Austin ISD and area community members. City officials called for the creation of the emergency response system in the wake of 2021’s Winter Storm Uri, and stakeholders have said the hubs—recreation centers, libraries, churches and other community spaces, for example—can serve as safe locations for residents to gather and obtain supplies in the midst of a disaster.

Texas sheriff opens criminal investigation into Martha’s Vineyard migrant trips
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said it appeared that 48 migrants were “lured under false pretenses” to the posh Massachusetts island.

A Texas sheriff said Monday that his office has opened a criminal investigation into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ unprecedented move to send nearly 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, last week.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said the inquiry was in its early stages, and he declined to name possible suspects. But in a news conference, he said: “Everybody on this call knows who those names are already.”

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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National News
Schools Turning to Attendance Detectives to Find Students Missing Amid Pandemic
The Greeley-Evans district in northern Colorado is one of many districts nationwide using federal COVID dollars to fund attendance-boosting efforts

The front door of the house was ajar when Domanic Castillo and Julia Madera approached. They were looking for a teenager named Jason who’d missed the first five days of school at Northridge High in Greeley.  

The boy wasn’t there, but his father was — dusty from working on renovations inside. 

New York City partners with Dominican Republic to hire bilingual teachers
New York City is partnering with the Dominican Republic to hire bilingual teachers in the city’s public schools.

Schools Chancellor David Banks announced the new effort, facilitated in partnership with the Consulate General of the Dominican Republic in New York City and the Association of Dominican-American Supervisors and Administrators (ADASA), on Thursday.

It involves recruiting bilingual educators from the Dominican Republic for a cultural exchange program, starting with the hiring of 25 educators this school year.

Electric School Buses Bring Cleaner Air and Cost Less to Maintain
Nationwide, diesel-powered school buses produce more than 5 million tons of carbon dioxide. Electric buses have long-term health and economic benefits

Each weekday, more than half of the K-12 students in the U.S. – over 25 million pupils – ride a school bus. Until very recently, nearly all of these 500,000 buses ran on diesel fuel.

School Districts’ Legal Battle With Juul Isn’t Over
The $438.5 million settlement announced this month between e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. and more than 30 states will require changes to the company’s marketing practices that allegedly target youths. But it does not resolve separate litigation brought by hundreds of school districts that contend they have been harmed by the rapid rise of student vaping.

The school district lawsuits have been consolidated in federal district court in San Francisco, and what is known as the “bellwether” case of that category—the one brought by the San Francisco Unified School District—is scheduled to go to trial in November.

To combat illiteracy post-pandemic, we must reimagine the ways and places where reading happens
In honor of International Literacy Day, some ideas for how to improve reading and support all learners

Reading can change lives. “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. … When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror,” says Rudine Sims Bishop, a former professor at Ohio State University.

Through reading, we see new vistas and we see ourselves anew. Beyond places of imagination, reading can transform us, quite literally. Literacy is a stepping-stone to the skills, understanding and pleasure that education brings. If you’re able to read, all other learning opens up for you.

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