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Press Conference: EPISD responds to reports of Bowie, Jefferson consolidation

Superintendent Juan Cabrera says there are "no plans" to close schools

by Juan E. Cabrera, El Paso ISD // February 21, 2014

Press Conference: EPISD responds to reports of Bowie, Jefferson consolidation

"Thank you for being here today. First of all, I want to reassure our community that this news story was created based on an employee mistakenly sending notes from a brainstorming session. There are no plans in place to close schools. We were exploring all options new and old that have might have been reviewed." More...

Legal historian and immigration law scholar speaks as part of UTEP’s Centennial Lecture series

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Legal historian and immigration law scholar speaks as part of UTEP’s Centennial Lecture series

by Alberto Tomas Halpern // February 5, 2014

“What we realize is that in recent years, we have close to quadrupled the number of deportations,” Tirres said, adding that the reasons are complex and involve economic, political and demographic shifts. More...

Mexico chucks test bonuses, national exam

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Mexico chucks test bonuses, national exam

by Kent Paterson, Frontera NorteSur // February 5, 2014

A controversial, national student test is now history in Mexico. Accompanied by other federal officials, Education Secretary Emilio Chuayfett announced this week that the ENLACE exam will be discontinued, as well as the policy of financially compensating educators and students for good test results. More...

Going against the odds from Kindergarten to University

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Going against the odds from Kindergarten to University

A Tarahumara woman tells the story of her struggle to get an education in Ciudad Juárez

by Alejandra Gómez, El Diario de Juárez // January 24, 2014

Carolina Fuentes began attending the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ), located near the Chamizal National Park, four years ago, at the age of 24, to study education. But, because of a lack of financial resources, she later abandoned her studies. “I didn’t have money to eat or to take the bus,” she said. More...

Century-old school educates Mexican and U.S. students across national lines

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Century-old school educates Mexican and U.S. students across national lines

Lydia Patterson Institute prepares students for college, raises funds for next 100 years

by Alberto Tomas Halpern // December 11, 2013

The Lydia Patterson Institute, a private nonprofit Methodist school in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio neighborhood, stands eight blocks from the U.S.-Mexico border, in the shadow of El Paso’s downtown government buildings. The century-old school is located in a two-story, red-brick building on south Florence Street in a poor neighborhood that, despite its modesty, has a long history of educational success. More...

Blowout at UT El Paso: View from Parnassus—forty years in the vineyards of the muses

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Blowout at UT El Paso: View from Parnassus—forty years in the vineyards of the muses

by Felipe de Ortego y Gasca // December 6, 2013

Hard to believe that 43 years ago (1970) I arrived on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso as founding director of the Chicano Studies program. That happened because of Dr. Ray Small, who was then Dean of Arts and Sciences, a mentor and friend of mine, and the Chicano students of MEChA who took a chance on me.

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Hear no evil, see no evil: TEA fails to hold public schools accountable

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Hear no evil, see no evil: TEA fails to hold public schools accountable

Drastic cuts in funding and monitoring at TEA preceded EPISD public corruption scandal

by Alberto Tomas Halpern and Lucia Quiñonez // November 27, 2013

The public school system in El Paso was shaken in 2009 and 2010 when allegations of public corruption by superintendent Lorenzo Garcia came to light at El Paso Independent School District or EPISD. The former superintendent plead guilty and was sentenced to prison in 2012 for orchestrating a years-long cheating scandal that intentionally kept low-performing students from taking state and federal mandated performance tests. More...

Promoting literacy, one 'Little Free Library' at a time

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Promoting literacy, one 'Little Free Library' at a time

Community book exchange program creates mini-libraries throughout the El Paso community

by Lucia Quiñonez // October 31, 2013

A group of El Pasoans are working to improve literacy in the community, one Little Free Library at a time. “As a native El Pasoan (who) grew up across the border in Ciudad Juarez, I was taught the value of literacy and how to treasure books,” said Lisa M. Lopez Williamson, a long time literacy advocate and the unofficial founder of the Little Free Libraries in El Paso. More...

An open letter to the public from El Paso ISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera

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An open letter to the public from El Paso ISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera

by Juan E. Cabrera, El Paso ISD // September 4, 2013

To the people of the El Paso community, I greet you with a heart filled with gratitude and dedication to helping each one of our children achieve academic success, and a strong commitment to restoring the public’s trust in the integrity of El Paso ISD and its employees. More...