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Texas News
Fort Worth ISD makes Superintendent Angelica Ramsey’s hiring official
Fort Worth ISD officially has a new superintendent. 

Trustees held a special board meeting Tuesday to finalize Dr. Angelica Ramsey’s hiring, making her the district’s 21st superintendent.

The day after Ramsey officially took over the helm of Fort Worth ISD, there was an expression of confidence from FWISD Board of Trustees President Tobi Jackson.

UISD mental health program recognized statewide
The United Independent School District was recognized statewide by the Texas Association of School Boards’ Texas Lone Star magazine as an article entitled “Focusing on Mental Health” was showcased.

In the article, UISD Superintendent David H. Gonzalez was featured explaining the importance of mental health services in schools, and UISD school psychologist Dr. Linda Garza articulated how mental health can affect learning.

Cy-Fair ISD to host free ESL courses for parents this fall
Cy-Fair ISD is offering free English learning courses to the parents of students who are enrolled in English or ESL classes this fall. Classes are offered to those with introductory, beginner or intermediate proficiency with English. Interested parents can register for the courses in the school cafeteria on the first day of class and can choose from Saturday morning classes or Monday and Wednesday classes.

Saturday morning classes will start on Oct. 1 and be held from 8 a.m.-noon at Owens Elementary School, 7939 Jackrabbit Road, Houston, and Tipps Elementary School, 5611 Queenston Blvd., Houston. Classes will continue Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29, Nov. 5 and 12.

Houston ISD is the largest district in Texas, but it’s getting smaller. What does that mean for funding?
From the 2019-20 to the 2020-21 school years, HISD’s enrollment declined by about 13,000. More than 10,000 of those students were from elementary schools.

On a warm Saturday morning in mid-September, school counselor Reba Powell knocked on doors in Houston’s Independence Heights Neighborhood. She was part of a group of volunteers, staff members and district leaders encouraging students to re-enroll in high school.

Once-segregated Blackwell School in Marfa school gets historic designation
A once-segregated school in Marfa will soon have a historic designation after the House passed a bill to make it a National Historic Site. 

The legislation, which is headed to the White House for President Joe Biden’s signature, caps a yearslong effort to put the Blackwell School — a tiny schoolhouse where Mexican and Mexican-American children were taught for nearly 60 years in the far West Texas town — under the supervision of the National Park Service.

Announcements
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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House and Senate Democrats prepare resolutions to oppose local book bans
The moves represent urgent statements of concern from Biden’s party about ongoing controversies that affect as many as 4 million U.S. schoolchildren.

Top congressional Democrats are preparing to address a wave of bans and restrictions on school library materials with new resolutions that call on local governments “to protect the rights of students to learn,” according to lawmakers and a draft copy of the legislation.

‘Swatting’ Calls and Lockdowns: Tips for Schools to Ease the Anxiety and Disruption
A school lockdown can be stressful for students, families, and educators—and that’s true even if law enforcement officers later determine that no one was in any danger.

For the moments students huddle under desks and in dark corners, uncertain of what is happening in their school, it feels like the real thing. The same is true for parents, who receive panicked text messages from their children and often see rumors spread on social media.

New Jersey first state to introduce climate change curriculum in schools
The program will also introduce students to careers in climate change.

New Jersey public school students will be the first in the country required to learn about climate change while in the classroom starting this school year.

“Climate change is becoming a real reality,” New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy, who spearheaded the initiative, told “ABC News Live” on Thursday.

Staffed Up: How a Baltimore certification program fuels the teacher pipeline
Programs like the Baltimore City Teaching Residency have helped fill high-needs teaching roles in Baltimore City Public Schools, one district official says.

Seven years ago, Ashley Lawrence Brooks, then a public health worker, noticed inequities and health disparities among older adults who didn’t know how to read. This revelation would set her on the path to becoming a teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools.

Waiting for the traveling teacher: Remote rural schools need more hands-on help
Students in these tiny schools get personal attention, but need exposure to higher education to compete for college and careers.

On the long drive south, as the land on the horizon turned from mottled green to dusty brown, the college professor’s Subaru carried four cartons of doughnuts, two bags of fresh produce and a bin of children’s books.

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