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Many Black, Latino students graduating in Texas’ top 10% aren’t enrolling in college
Despite automatic admission to most state universities for all students that graduate in the top 10% of their class, many top students of color are electing not to attend college. The labor market saw an increase in Texans ages 16-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially from economically vulnerable populations. Many of these students would be the first in their family to attend college and need extra guidance to navigate the system and financial barriers.
Texas requires tutoring for kids failing STAAR. But here’s why students might not get it
HB4545 requires schools to provide at least 30 hours of tutoring in each subject that a student failed or missed on state exams last school year. Districts across the state have faced big challenges finding enough staff and hours in the day to fulfill these requirements under the current model. TEA has stated that districts must show reasonable efforts to meet the requirements.
Who does what in public education?
In anticipation of upcoming elections, Texas Educators Vote released a guide for the public to understand roles in public education at the local, state, and federal levels. The Texas Legislature determines 92% of the funding for public education and designs the accountability system for Texas schools. The Lieutenant Governor appoints the chair of the Senate Education Committee. Local School board members hire and evaluate superintendents and ensure district policies align to goals and to meet legal requirements.
National News
Education Department Announces $35 Million Competition to Improve Teacher Quality
The USDE is inviting applicants to the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Program, which will award $35 million to support teacher preparation and teaching residency programs. Applicants are encouraged to apply for grants to establish Grow Your Own (GYO) programs to strengthen teacher pipelines and address shortages.
New Twist in Pandemic’s Impact on Schools: Substitutes in Camouflage
Dozens of National Guard soldiers in New Mexico have been deployed to classrooms to help with pandemic-related staff shortages. Guard members are living by their motto, “Semper Gumby” meaning “Always Flexible” as they step in to support the learning objectives of teachers across the state.
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