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.
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...
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...
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...