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Texas teachers, child care workers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Texas teachers, child care workers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Texas teachers are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, health officials announced Wednesday.Effective immediately, all Texas vaccine providers should include all school staff, Head Start program staff and child care staff in their vaccine administration programs, according to a notice the Texas Department of State Health Services sent to providers.The notice comes after the Biden administration urged all states Tuesday to prioritize vaccinating teachers and school staff. Texas had not previously...

March 3, 2021
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Texas teachers, child care workers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Texas teachers, child care workers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Texas teachers are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, health officials announced Wednesday.Effective immediately, all Texas vaccine providers should include all school staff, Head Start program staff and child care staff in their vaccine administration programs, according to a notice the Texas Department of State Health Services sent to providers.The notice comes after the Biden administration urged all states Tuesday to prioritize vaccinating teachers and school staff. Texas had not previously...

March 3, 2021
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Texas Republicans want to keep transgender women out of women’s school sports teams

Texas Republicans want to keep transgender women out of women’s school sports teams

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Texas Republicans are again trying to limit the ways transgender youth can participate in athletics.Lawmakers have filed legislation that would ban transgender girls and women who attend public K-12 schools, colleges and universities from playing on single-sex sports teams designated for girls and women.filed by Rep. , R-Spring, is similar to others filed across the country that are characterized by conservative advocates as trying to maintain fairness in women’s sports. Idaho passed a law last year...

January 30, 2021
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Jordan’s story: Isolated, anxious and failing online classes, an 11-year-old Texas boy considered suicide

Jordan’s story: Isolated, anxious and failing online classes, an 11-year-old Texas boy considered suicide

For mental health support related to COVID-19, call the state’s 24/7 at . You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at or text 741741 from anywhere in the country to text with a trained crisis counselor. Read our for more information.Editor’s note: This story contains graphic content and explicit language.One evening in early October, 11-year-old Jordan typed the following into a Google document:“give me 10 GOOD reasons why I shuldnt kill myself hereShare here:”No reasons were listed.Those words set off a cascade of actions. Since Jordan was using a school-issued computer,...

January 13, 2021
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At least three Texas Board of Education members test positive for the coronavirus after in-person meeting

At least three Texas Board of Education members test positive for the coronavirus after in-person meeting

Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day's latest updates.At least three members of the State Board of Education tested positive for COVID-19 after meeting in person for four days in November, according to multiple board members.Georgina Pérez, an El Paso Democrat, said she tested positive. Two other board members also tested positive, board chair Keven Ellis told The Texas Tribune. All three tests came within two weeks of Nov. 20, the last day of the board meeting, according to Ellis and Pérez.Support staff for the board...

December 9, 2020
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Texas education board approves new sex ed policy that does not cover LGBTQ students or consent

Texas education board approves new sex ed policy that does not cover LGBTQ students or consent

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Starting in 2022, seventh and eighth grade students in Texas will learn about forms of birth control beyond abstinence, but middle schoolers still won't have to learn about the importance of consent or the definitions of gender identity and sexual orientation.Over the last several months, panels of educators and medical professionals formulated recommendations to overhaul the health and sex education policies. The Texas State Board of Education, which determines what 5.5 million Texas public school...

November 19, 2020
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Alarming failure rates among Texas students fuel calls to get them back into classrooms

Alarming failure rates among Texas students fuel calls to get them back into classrooms

Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day's latest updates.As fall progresses, Texas public school superintendents are realizing that virtual instruction simply is not working for thousands of students across the state.Report cards from the first weeks of the school year show more students than last year failing at least one class. Students are turning in assignments late, if at all; skipping days to weeks of virtual school; and falling behind on reading, educators and parents report. Many parents say they’re exhausted from...

October 23, 2020
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Texas schools tell teachers with medical risks they must return to classrooms during the pandemic

Texas schools tell teachers with medical risks they must return to classrooms during the pandemic

Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day's latest updates.After several miscarriages over the last few years, Joy Tucker is finally pregnant with her third child at the age of 37.A school counselor at the Houston-based Windmill Lakes campus at the International Leadership of Texas charter school, Tucker talked to her doctor about the risks she and her child would face if she were to contract COVID-19 from students or other employees. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that pregnant people may be at an...

October 20, 2020
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Texas gives preliminary approval for revised school sex ed policy that excludes LGBTQ issues

Texas gives preliminary approval for revised school sex ed policy that excludes LGBTQ issues

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.The Texas State Board of Education gave preliminary approval this week to a sex education policy that includes teaching middle schoolers about birth control beyond abstinence — its first attempt to revise that policy since 1997.In jam-packed meetings held Wednesday through Friday, the 15-member Republican-dominated board came one step closer to revising minimum standards for what Texas students learn about health and sex. It is expected to take a final vote in November.The board voted to teach seventh and...

September 11, 2020
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Gov. Greg Abbott says local health officials can shut down schools only in limited circumstances

Gov. Greg Abbott says local health officials can shut down schools only in limited circumstances

Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day's latest updates.In a statement Friday, Gov. said local health authorities can shut down schools if there’s evidence of an outbreak after students return to campus — but cannot shut them down weeks before schools open.His statement backs a legal opinion released by the Texas attorney general Tuesday.But Abbott, who issued the statement with top education officials, said school districts could apply for waivers to keep their buildings closed beyond the state's eight-week maximum if...

July 31, 2020
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