It has been a busy week for education in the State of Texas!
On Tuesday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced that it has been awarded more than $174 million in new federal assistance under the Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program (Emergency Impact Aid). The federal funding will assist Texas school districts with the cost of educating students displaced by Hurricane Harvey during the 2017-2018 school year. You can read more about these funds below or at this link.
The next day, TEA released the district and campus accountability ratings. Commissioner Morath commended the work taking place in high-performing school districts statewide. Under the 2018 A-F state accountability system, 153 school districts and district charters achieved an A rating. “Achieving an A rating reflects the hard work and commitment of everyone within a school district, starting with our classroom teachers. We should all celebrate the outstanding work of these dedicated educators,” said Commissioner Morath. “Districts with high levels of poverty who attain this high level of performance are proof positive that poverty is not destiny. With strong instruction and curriculum, all students can succeed.” Information on the ratings is shown below or can be viewed atwww.TXschools,org.
Also this week, classes began for many districts across the State and will begin for Humble ISD on Monday. In preparation for this, the District issued their annual Your Schools Newsletter, which is featured below. This will be the 100th Anniversary of Humble ISD and accordingly, they have planned a Centennial Celebration on Saturday, August 25th, which you can read about also. The Humble ISD Education Foundation featured a story on the Ryan J. Huberty Fund in their newsletter this week titled “Overcoming Dyslexia” and we have included that below, as well. Check out how you can get involved in supporting dyslexia education in the District through this fund, named for my son.
I want to remind you about Early Voting, which is occurring right now, for the August 25th Harris County Flood Control District Bond Election. The dates, hours and locations for Early Voting are available online at www.HarrisVotes.com, but are also included in our downloadable calendar below. Election Day information will also be available on the same site. Please remember to get out and vote in this important election.
Lastly, the most recent update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Dredging Project at the West Fork of the San Jacinto River is included below. You may have seen activity by the contractor as they prepare to start the removal of sediment and debris left in the river basin after Hurricane Harvey. This much needed emergency project is vital in the prevention of future flooding in our area.
Should you have questions regarding anything in this newsletter, please feel free to contact us directly using the information provided at the bottom of this email.
Have a great weekend!