PHARR, Texas - Directors with the Pharr Economic Development Corporation have recognized Vanguard Academy students for successfully completing a summer internship program with local businesses. The program came about thanks to a grant received by Vanguard. Vanguard in turn asked...
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for spring 2021. (See https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/2021-staar-analysis-presentation.pdf for a summary.) The tests cover mathematics and reading for grades 3–8 as well as writing and...
EDINBURG, TEXAS - The leaders of RGV Focus have given their views on the disappearance of Rio Grande Valley students from virtual classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some schools, such as Vanguard Academy, did not lose any students. Others in...
This past year has taught us that without true partnerships we really cannot move our work forward. So, on behalf of myself as chair of RGV Focus, I would like to welcome you to this event this morning.  Since the...
We are just so proud and elated to be here with you here this morning at Region One. What a beautiful facility. Am I correct? Beautiful. I am so pleased to welcome you all to the RGV Focus Annual Scorecard...
EDINBURG, Texas - It is okay for parents in the Rio Grande Valley that do not come from a college-going culture to think about enhancing their own education, not just that of their children.    This is the view of...
MCALLEN, Texas - When Maria Cortez, a senior at McAllen ISD, took her first STEM class she was shocked at what she saw.  “I am not going to lie, the first day I thought I was in the wrong class...
Even before the pandemic, Texas schools faced daunting challenges. About 88% of students were economically disadvantaged. Two ethnic groups that comprised about two-thirds of enrollment (and rapidly growing) held less than 8% of the state's wealth. Many districts had...
PHARR, Texas - As the nation reflects on the year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic – marked by grim milestones and promising breakthroughs – many are looking forward to a return to normalcy.  Among them...
LAREDO, Texas - United ISD is doing so well that the Texas Education Agency has been down to see what is going on.  United, which covers much of Webb County, is now the largest school district in Region 1, with...

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