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From Texas Standard:

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement rule announced last week requires international students to return to their home countries if their college or university doesn't resume in-person classes in the fall. International students cannot reside in the United States while taking only online classes, but many colleges and universities have moved to online instruction because of the pandemic.

The rule could affect about 1 million international students nationwide.

Texas Teachers Caught In The Middle Of Political Battles Over Schools Reopening

Jul 12, 2020
 Students leave the classroom to work in the computer lab at Mata Intermediate School.
Pu Ying Huang | The Texas Tribune

Teachers like Jennifer Boyer have become the rope in a political tug of war over reopening Texas schools.

While record numbers of Texans are hospitalized and dying from COVID-19, the question of whether teachers will be pulled back into classrooms next fall, willing or not, has spawned pitched national and local battles over the safety of restarting in-person public education.

San Antonio ISD high school students hold a news conference to ask for more student input before the district's school board meeting Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.
File Photo | Camille Phillips |Texas Public Radio

When Marsha Madrigal was in middle school, she thought it was normal to see her classmates in handcuffs.

But she knows now that not all schools have a significant police presence, and the odds of seeing your classmates arrested go up if you are Black, like she is.

The 2018 Fox Tech High School graduate wants the San Antonio Independent School District to remove police from its schools so future middle schoolers never think it’s normal to see classmates in handcuffs. 

From Texas Standard:

Less than three weeks ago, Texas was set to unveil its public-school reopening plan for the fall. That announcement was stalled after coronavirus cases and hospitalizations started to soar in the state.

But on Tuesday, the Texas Education Agency finally released its back-to-school guidelines, which included recommendations for preventing the spread of the coronavirus on campuses.

An empty classroom is seen after Belgium's government ordered schools, cafes, restaurants and some shops to close due to the coronavirus disease.

Masks for students and teachers will be mandatory in counties with more than 20 reported COVID-19 cases when public schools resume in-person classes this fall, under new public health guidelines released by Texas state education officials Tuesday.

Bicycles line up outside HEB Student Union on the UTSA campus July 23, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The University of Texas at San Antonio has laid off more than 300 employees as part of a university-wide effort to cut about 10% of its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Students at Lyons Elementary school pass by logos for major universities on their way to lunch in this archive photo.

For 40 years, Robin Stauffer has taught high school English in seven different school districts in three different states. Most recently, Advanced Placement English in Katy, where she says working with kids has kept her young and lighthearted.

Provided | Edgewood ISD

The board of trustees for the Edgewood Independent School District voted to formally censure fellow trustee Dina Serrano Monday for posting a photo online of her husband wearing a noose.

File Photo | Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Trustees for the Edgewood Independent School District approved a budget for the upcoming school year Tuesday evening with a nearly $9 million shortfall.

The $104 million budget is $8.6 million higher than the district’s expected revenue.

Provided | Northside ISD

Trustees for the Northside Independent School District voted Tuesday evening to reduce starting pay for teachers by $335 for the upcoming school year.

This slight cut will ensure that teachers with one year of experience still earn more money than new teachers. Aside from a few exceptions, the compensation plan approved by the board does not include raises.