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How Schoolchildren Will Cope With Hurricane Harvey

The Atlantic – Hayley Glatter

As floodwaters from tropical storm Harvey continue to rise in the nation’s fourth most-populous city, well over 100 districts across southeastern Texas remain shuttered during what for some would have been the opening days of the academic year. The closures affect hundreds of thousands of students. Canceled are the back-to-school barbecues. Postponed are the sounds of clanging lockers and squeaky new sneakers. Elongated are the first-day jitters, as summer vacation extends for an extra, harrowing week across Houston and surrounding areas.”(more)

How to Help Houston

Ed Surge – Staff Writer

“Twelve years ago, after Hurricane Katrina, Houston modeled what it means to be a citizen, a neighbor and a friend to those displaced and in need. Now it’s time to help Houston. With countless lives disrupted—among them, more than 160 districts across the state closed—many families and educators must rebuild before they can return to school.”(more)

Texas’s Commitment to Quality Pays Off for Charter Students

Education Next – Nina Rees

“When it comes to giving parents a choice in their children’s public education, quality matters most. The state of Texas has been making a concerted effort to raise the quality of its public charter schools through sound policy reform, effective implementation, and resources to help practitioners zero in on improvement. This effort is paying off, especially for Hispanic students. That’s the upshot of two recent studies that looked at Texas charter school students in K-12 and in college.”(more)

Making automation and globalization work for more people starts in elementary school

The Dallas Morning News – William McKenzie

“What is happening at this Dallas school district campus is encouraging as well as instructive. One of the economy’s biggest challenges is making the forces of automation and globalization work for more people. That is especially important as we debate more decent-paying jobs, the kind that expand the middle class.”(more)

Moseley: Public support of STEM education is key to student success

The Houston Chronicle – Jeff Moseley

“Gov. Greg Abbott has rightly pointed out that if Texas were a country, its economy would rank 10th in the world. Our businesses here in Houston, and across the state, regularly invest in science, technology, engineering and math industries, making us a significant producer of the most sought-after goods and services in the global marketplace. To maintain our position of strength, we must align our education system to our state’s employment needs. Maintaining a pre-eminent economy and workforce begins with giving students the skills needed to adapt across multiple jobs and even careers within a lifetime.”(more)

Demand surges for Mandarin lessons

China Daily – May Zhou

“As more than 1,000 Chinese language teachers gathered in Houston to exchange the latest ideas in teaching, education leaders from the United States and China recounted the achievement of Chinese learning in the US over the past decade on the opening day of the 10th National Chinese Language Conference on Thursday. Chinese learning in the US has made tremendous progress, said Linda Liu, vice-president of the US nonprofit College Board. “Not only has the interest in learning Chinese grown, but also the proficiency of understanding Chinese language and culture has grown with it,” Liu said.”(more)