"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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...