As I drive past the giant billboard in my hometown school district, I smile a little.  Many moons ago, this large traditional public ISD was the right choice for the birth of my teaching...
As a former teacher, I know just how much impact educators have in every child’s life.   Growing up, I loved school and always felt this sense of excitement to meet my teachers every...
MISSION, RGV - High school students in the Rio Grande Valley are performing better than the statewide average in many areas, including 8th grade girls’ math scores. Eugenio Longoria Saenz, deputy director of RGV...
In Rep. Gina Hinojosa’s March 25th op-ed, she made numerous claims about public charter schools that are misleading at best and deceptive by omission of important context. For example, Rep. Hinojosa states that “by law”...
Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has transformed the lives of thousands of students by preparing them for success in college and life. For the past 12 years, 100 percent of our graduating seniors have been accepted to college, proving that...
PHARR, RGV - Barbara Gonzales, the new director of GEAR UP at Vanguard Academy, has explained to parents some of the activities being planned under the federally funded program. Vanguard has been awarded just over $1.5 million each year for...
SAN BENITO, RGV - To coincide with National Nutrition Month, IDEA Public Schools has introduced what it is called the Leafy Green Machine at its San Benito campus. IDEA leaders say LGM is an efficient and environmentally conscious way to...
HARLINGEN, RGV - Harlingen CISD Superintendent Art Cavazos has boldly predicted that a unique partnership between his school district, UT-Rio Grande Valley and the City of Harlingen will “transform” the city and potentially become a state model. UTRGV President Guy...
It was during my freshman year of high school when I first realized that STEM was not the career pathway I wanted to pursue. While I understood the importance of a strong foundation in STEM fundamentals, my real passion was...
MCALLEN, RGV - While the Rio Grande Valley has made tremendous strides in improving educational attainment levels, there is still a lot of work to do. This was the message Teach For America CEO and Rio Grande Valley native Elisa...

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