For those of us who favor a welcoming society, where a regulated legal flow of immigrants helps grow the economy, we need to take seriously the concerns of those in this country who fear America is becoming a land of parallel universes. Otherwise, the pushback against immigration might only intensify, with opponents convinced that no one hears their concerns about America becoming a splintered nation. One of those worries — understandably — is that English will slip away as a unifying force in our country.  This anxiety is more than a passing one. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that nearly one in 10 U.S. public school students was learning English as a second language in 2015, and that number is projected to increase. In Texas, about 17 percent of students already qualify as English-language learners. In California, that figure is 21 percent. view article arw

Every Dallas ISD student, regardless of economic status, is eligible for free school supplies this year, as long as they attend the mayor’s Back to School Fair. The offer is a departure from previous years, when only students who could prove they met federal poverty guidelines were eligible for free school supplies at the fair. view article arw

Austin ISD has adopted an “improved” approach to working with families. In this customer-service model — called AISD Cares — educators will prioritize parent requests regardless of professional judgment. This new focus shifts attention away from student needs to submit to the public. In an age when students are at greater risk than ever, now is not the time to turn efforts away from them for the sake of appeasement. To do so will come at a hefty price. view article arw

After Gov. Greg Abbott revealed his School Safety Plan earlier this month, one San Antonio-area school district is wasting no time in enhancing campus security. School officials for Boerne ISD approved a safety and security coordinator position this week. view article arw

School safety, Hurricane Harvey recovery and recognition for several students and staff members were just a few items discussed during the Conroe ISD board of trustees meeting on June 19. All board members were present during the meeting. To view the May 19 agenda, click here. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District is urging the Texas Education Agency to provide educational services to the immigrant children being housed in temporary centers under the Trump Administration’s hard-line immigration policies. Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas on Tuesday hand delivered a letter to A.J. Crabill, TEA deputy commissioner of governance, to request “intervention regarding the educational services deserved by children being housed in temporary centers because of federal immigration policies.” view article arw

Three prospective appointees for the vacant District 7 spot on the Greenville Independent School District’s Board of Trustees were interviewed in closed session at a called meeting Monday. The board, however, did not vote Monday, but will today choose a replacement for Aaron Adel, who resigned effective May 31. The individual will then be appointed at tonight’s regular school board meeting. view article arw

Ector County School District officials say they're planning to offer full ride teaching scholarships to students who are pursuing careers in education. School districts throughout the Permian Basin are experiencing a high rate of teacher shortages. Superintendent Tom Crowe, of ECISD, says although there are already scholarship programs in place, administrators are working to reallocate funds to students who want to pursue teaching careers.  "We've got a teacher shortage and so they said, 'Well shouldn't the education foundation then be supporting the idea of people becoming teachers?'", Crowe said.   view article arw

Tim Lambert, Principal of Texas Middle School, has been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as the Region VIII Outstanding Middle School Principal of the Year.  view article arw

As Tyler ISD trustees look to slow down on deciding a possible name change for Robert E. Lee High School in favor of a process that involves community input, they're now figuring out the next steps toward that goal. “There appeared to be a real desire amongst the board to have a reasoned conversation about issues of race, our community’s history and the impact that this has had on our students that would include the public and move us out of a binary win-lose discussion,” Board President Fritz Hager said Tuesday, a day after the board voted to table a decision on the name change. “I’m seeking counsel on the best way to do that and comply with the Texas Open Meetings Act.”  view article arw

We are beginning to get notices of summer school cancellations due to the weather. We will update this list as needed. view article arw

Olivia Solis, the daughter of Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis and his wife Jacqueline, is going home today after spending the first four months of her life in intensive care at Children’s Health. It was there last month that Olivia underwent a heart transplant, a big procedure for anyone, and especially rare for an infant. view article arw

A vacant piece Padre Island property belonging to the Flour Bluff Independent School District was at the center of a misunderstanding between the district and the Padre Island Property Owners Association. Last August, the POA sent FBISD a bill which said the district owed the association a hundred thousand dollars. “We researched it, looked into it and indeed we did,” said Flour Bluff ISD Public Information Officer Kim Sneed.  “So we worked with them very closely to get that $100,000 paid.” view article arw

As Humble ISD grapples with rapid student population growth, it has designed and purchased land for its next elementary school. Expected to open in August 2020, Humble ISD’s Elementary School No. 29 will be located on the 13000 block of West Lake Houston Parkway in Atascocita. The next steps are the bid process and finalizing the design of the building, district officials said. view article arw

The Tyler ISD Career and Technology Center architecture, welding, and construction students recently collaborated to create small mobile shelters to help the local homeless population. Students wanted the construction to be simple. A light weight, water tight insulated box on wheels. The students delivered the structures to Church Under the Bridge in Tyler. view article arw

In a unanimous vote, the San Angelo ISD board of trustees approved next school year's compensation plans and pay for district employees at Monday's regular meeting. "We can afford this. We look to long-term and sustainability," said Jeff Bright, assistant superintendent of business support services. "We are going to bring a balanced budget, in fact we're going to bring a surplussed budget back to the table in August for the board." "We think it's fiscally responsible and well within our means to take care of our employees," he said.   view article arw

The following is a news release from College Station ISD: Discussion Regarding 2018-19 Budget. Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Mike Martindale made a fourth presentation regarding the development of the 2018-19 budget. The board reviewed staffing and budgeting priorities for 2018-19 and were presented with a draft revenue and expenditure numbers. The current budget development process reflects an overall projected budget deficit of $4.73 million. view article arw

Several area teachers were recently recognized by Education Service Center Region 12 for “their commitment to be highly trained and to mentor other teachers through the Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (TRC).” The TRC program is designed to improve science and math teaching through collaboration and mentoring. view article arw

Despite outcry from parents and medical professionals who lobbied for more nurses in Austin schools, trustees at tonight’s board meeting are expected to approve a new health services contract that continues to leave some campuses without one. Administrators are recommending a $7.1 million student health services contract with Seton Family of Hospitals, which has provided the Austin district its medical services for more than 20 years.  view article arw

The Austin school board Monday night adopted a $1.4 billion budget, which requires dipping into its reserves for nearly $30 million to cover the district’s shortfall. It is the second consecutive year the district will need to pull from its savings to cover expenses. The board voted 7 to 1, with Trustee Ted Gordon voting against. view article arw

It goes without saying; we want all students to succeed at learning so they can grow into productive members of the community. So this spring when Victoria school district opted to partner with University of Houston-Victoria’s education department to help two of the school district’s campuses improve and help their students succeed, we agreed it was a good idea. view article arw

One of my goals this year is inspiring fellow millennials to join the work of improving America’s public schools. Last November, I wrote in The 74 about the results of a poll showing that millennials believe education provides the best opportunity for success in life — much more so than factors like how much money you have or who your connections are. As with baby boomers and Generation X, the value millennials put on getting a good education seems imprinted in our DNA. view article arw

Google has announced the winner of its annual Doodle 4 Google contest. The theme of this year's contest was "What inspires me?" This year's winner is Sarah Gomez-Lane, a first grader from Falls Church, Virginia. Gomez-Lane's dinosaur-filled drawing was inspired by her dream of becoming a paleontologist. view article arw

For Bradley Dilworth, 12, a celebratory meal at a restaurant with his family is a stressful event because, unlike his peers, he struggles to read the menu. In spite of his completion of Waco ISD’s dyslexia program at Tennyson Middle School, private after-school tutoring, Saturday tutoring, summer tutoring, and an additional two hours a day of “daddy work” with his father, Barbara Dilworth said her youngest son still struggles with reading because of dyslexia. “Our biggest issue is that he’s still just not up on that reading level,” Dilworth said.  view article arw

After a pilot program last year, Manor Independent School District will be implementing a new dress code for middle and elementary schools in the fall. Called a new "standard mode of dress policy," all Manor ISD middle and elementary schools will adopt a similar uniform to "advocate self-respect, improved academics, and model behavior," according to a letter sent to Decker Middle School parents. view article arw

A Fort Bend Independent School District meeting was held Monday. The meetings in the past month or so have drawn a crowd, as the school district tries to address its growing population. view article arw

A Student Health Advisory Committee report recommends adding 12 crisis counselors to support the mental health needs of Midland ISD students. The additional staffers are being requested “in light of our focus on mental health programs and the continued need to be vigilant and proactive with the well-being of our students throughout Midland ISD,” the committee said. view article arw

The Belton ISD school board approved raises for district employees Monday night in its meeting, Belton ISD announced. The raises are included in the compensation plan for the 2018-2019 school year. Approved raises will result in a $1,200 increase for teachers, librarians, and nurses - equal to two percent of the midpoint of their salary range. view article arw

When Albana Gllareva met her high school counselor, the Dallas freshman said bluntly, “I want to be valedictorian.” Yeah, yeah, yeah, counselor Sonya Gilb thought. She’d heard such lofty, aspirational talk before. But as their meeting went on, the matter-of-factness and resolve Gilb saw in Albana — a refugee, an English-language learner, a breadwinner and rock for her family — revealed something uncommon for someone her age. view article arw

This was clearly no ordinary public school. Parents of prospective students converged on Lake Oconee Academy for an open house on a bright but unseasonably cold March afternoon for northern Georgia. A driveway circling a landscaped pond led them to the school’s main hall. The tan building had the same luxury-lodge feel as the nearby Ritz-Carlton resort. Parents oohed and aahed as Jody Worth, the upper school director, ushered them through the campus. Nestled among gated communities, golf courses and country clubs, the school felt like an oasis of opportunity in a county of haves and have-nots, where nearly half of all children live in poverty while others live in multimillion-dollar lakeside houses. view article arw

Online connection issues during state standardized testing this spring impacted thousands of local students, school districts in Bexar County reported, part of a statewide tally that climbed above 100,000. Local administrators expressed irritation and disappointment regarding the latest round of problems, the second such incident in three years. “While we see many benefits to online testing, our confidence in the state's ability to effectively implement online testing has been shaken,” said Carin Adermann, director of testing and evaluation for the Northside Independent School District, in an email.  view article arw

“In Arizona, the only state that rivals Florida when it comes to extensive, unregulated school choice, fourth-grade grade scores still rank near the bottom of the nation. It is joined at the bottom by other school choice states such as Nevada, South Carolina & Louisiana.” (By @pastors4txkids) view article arw

The hum of activity resembles more closely a day of summer camp than an outing to the library and that is pretty much the point. Killeen Independent School District librarians ditched the traditional summer hours at school libraries this year in an effort to provide students a more active, more diverse time of fun activity together at the beginning of the summer. It’s called Stream Camp and the four school librarians running it are excited based on the filled-up registration and the obvious excitement during the first of four scheduled weeks of activity. view article arw

Kilgore ISD trustees on Monday will consider approving the district’s participation in the statewide breakfast program for students. Trustees also will host a public hearing regarding an application for the Optional Flexible School Day Program during the meeting. view article arw