Media Coverage 2022 

TX Teen Taunted For Being Black, Roland Martin Unfiltered, December 27, 2022

Keeping schools safe from racial abuse, Gerald Ott, Bleeding Heartland (Iowa), December 20, 2022

West Texas Parent are Suing Their Schools Over Racism as Others Demand Action Over Antisemitic Bullying, Angela Valenzuela, Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas, December 17, 2022

IDRA, Lubbock NAACP challenge Racial Discrimination in Slaton ISD, Lubbock-Cooper ISD, Texas AFT, December 16, 2022

Texas school district accused of inaction over racist bullying of Black students, Antonia Hylton, NBC Nightly News, December 15, 2022

Black Lubbock, Tx Area Students Describe Relentless, Racist Attacks from Classmates, Katy Tur Reports, MSNBC, December 15, 2022

Claims of racism in Lubbock-area schools make national news, by Wes Rumbelow, EverythingLubbock/KLBK-TV (CBS-Lubbock), December 15, 2022

‘This Is the Only Way’: Black Texas Student Slapped Bully Who Called Her the N-Word; She Faced Severe Discipline, Driving Her Into a Mental Institution, by Nyamekye Daniel, Atlanta Black Star, December 15, 2022

Claims of racism in Lubbock-area schools make national news, by Wes Rumbelow, EverythingLubbock/KLBK-TV (CBS-Lubbock), December 15, 2022

West Texas parents are suing their schools over racism as others demand action over antisemitic bullying, by Jayme Lozano, The Texas Tribune, December 14, 2022 (also appeared on KABB-Fox San Antonio, December 18, 2022)

Families demand action after civil rights complaints filed against Lubbock-Cooper ISD, Slaton ISD, by Jaxie Pidgeon, EverythingLubbock, December 13, 2022

Texas high school accused of ignoring ‘daily’ racist harassment of Black students in federal complaint, Josh Marcus, The Independent, December 13, 2022

Taunted for being Black, a student fought back, civil rights complaint says. The 30-second fight derailed her life, by Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, December 12, 2022

Federal civil rights complaint alleging racism filed against Lubbock-Cooper ISD, by Sarah Self-Walbrick, KTTZ (NPR), December 12, 2022

Families at Lubbock-Cooper ISD, Slaton ISD file complaints of civil rights violations, by Caitlyn Rooney, EverythingLubbock/KLBK-TV (CBS-Lubbock), December 12, 2022

NAACP, parents address school board, by Brittany Michaleson KCBD-TV (NBC Lubbock), December 12, 2022

Escola secundária do Texas acusada de ignorar o assédio racista ‘diário’ de estudantes negros em queixa federal, Por Redação, G7, 13 De Dezembro De 2022

Column: Schools have a moral (and legal) obligation to resist ‘divisive concepts’ ban, by Tom Shields, Richmond Times Dispatch, December 3, 2022

Mississippi coalition with other organizations seeks to end corporal punishment in schools, by Joshua Williams, Mississippi Clarion Ledger, November 30, 2022

State NAACP to Host Group Seeking to End Corporal Punishment, Press Register (Mississippi), November 10, 2022

‘Unsafe, unwelcoming’: LGBTQ students report facing hostility at school – More than 80% of LGBTQ students say they faced harassment or assault, by Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat, October 25, 2022

State of Texas: Common ground solutions where Texans agree, by Monica Madden, Kelly Wiley, Josh Hinkle, Arezow Doost, John Thomas, KDAF CW33 Dallas-Fort Worth, October 10, 2022

Weeks into school year, vacancies impact bilingual and special education classrooms, by Kelly Wiley, KXAN News, October 6, 2022

Texas AFT Member, President Testify at Uvalde Listening Session, Texas AFT, September 30, 2022

Attempt to Add Climate Change and Oppression Into Texas Social Studies Fails, by Darlene McCormick Sánchez, Epoch Times, September 27, 2022

Back to School 2022: UnidosUS Partners with Educational and Media Groups to Improve K-12 Learning, Progress Report, September 20, 2022

Book Bans Create Fear in Schools – During this year’s Banned Books Week, Andrew Warner takes a look at school book banning policies and legislation, by Andrew Warner, Language Magazine, September 20, 2022

STATI UNITI L’infinito dibattito sulle punizioni corporali a scuola [United States: The endless debate on corporal punishment at school], di Manuela Cavalieri & di Donatella Mulvoni, Ticino (the most prominent Italian newspaper in Switzerland), September 20, 2022

Fronteras: Raza Unida Party members reflect on Chicano activism on its 50th anniversary, Texas Public Radio, September 9, 2022

High-poverty schools struggle to earn Texas’ highest rating. Some in the Rio Grande Valley break that trend, by Brian López and Eric Lau, Texas Tribune, September 5, 2022 (also ran in San Antonio Express-News, September 6, 2022)

Castigo físico en la crianza: ¿Por qué no es una opción? Valentina Boeta Madera, Diario de Yucatan, September 3, 2022

Unbanning History: Georgia teen organizers fight back against school censorship, Rhonda Sonnenberg, Southern Poverty Law Center, September 2, 2022 (Also ran in Georgia Law News, September 4, 2022)

ACLU of Texas Launches Hub to Support Black, Brown, LGBTQIA+ Students, ACLU of Texas, August 31, 2022

Our view: Cassville policy needs to be abandoned, Editorial, The Joplin Globe, August 30, 2022

Kid You Not – Misbehaving students to be smacked with wooden paddle as parents allow schools to bring back corporal punishment, by Tariq Tahir, The U.S. Sun, August 30, 2022 (Also in The Irish Sun, August 30, 2022)

Maestros podrán azotar con una paleta de madera a sus alumnos mal portados en un distrito escolar de Missouri, Alejandro González, La Opinión, August 30, 2022

¡A nalgadas! Distrito escolar en Missouri aprueba castigo corporal para disciplinar niños, The Associated Press, Al Día Dallas, August 29, 2022

Paddling Makes a Comeback in a Missouri School District, The New York Times, Michael Levenson, August 27, 2022

Missouri school district reinstates spanking if parents OK, ABC News, August 29, 2022 (Also in NPR News,, OPB, Journal Inquirer, KSIS Radio 1050 AM, KTTN, The GrioAl Día Dallas, InformNNY, Nachrichten De, Etc E Pop!, BitDaily, Lubon TV, August 26-29, 2022)

Spanking allowed in Missouri school district to ‘discipline’ students, Opoyi Central, Sammya Mukhopadhyay, August 27, 2022

A Reckless Anti-Immigration Lawsuit Challenges Texas Tuition Laws, Latino Business Report Podcast, August 23, 2022

San Antonio leaders back program to get locals connected to Internet, San Antonio Express-News, Madalyn Mendoza, August 17, 2022 (Also in Government Technology, August 18, 2022)

Senate study committee to consider education funding,

Round Rock school officials, parents focus on safety, Austin American-Statesman, Fernanda Figueroa, August 12, 2022

Dallas non-profit working with community groups to help kids succeed long-term, Audacy, Alan Scaia, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD, August 11, 2022

Barton-Garcia: A strengthened Community Reinvestment Act Must Advance Digital Equit, Rio Grande Guardian, Jordana Barton-Garcia, August 11, 2022

Hays County to add 6 school resource officers, but experts say that’s not the answer, Austin American-Statesman, Luz Moreno-Lozano, August 11, 2022

Most efforts to ban books in Texas schools came from 1 politician and GOP pressure, not parents, Houston Chronicle, Hannah Dellinger & Alejandro Serrano, August 10, 2022

We Must Protect Every Texas Child in Our Schools, Tim Lindsey, Every Texan, August 3, 2022

Author of “critical race theory” ban says Texas schools can still teach about racism, The Texas Tribune, Brian López, August 1, 2022 (Also in 25 abc,, KHOU-11, KWTX-Waco, KXXV-CBS Central Texas, and The 74 August 1-11, 2022)

Texans flock to Austin to debate CRT, other social studies lessons with board of education, by Edward McKinley, Houston Chronicle, August 1, 2022

Many local bilingual special ed kids are cheated by schools. Here’s how it happens, by Mariana Rivas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 11, 2022

Civil rights groups warn Texas schools not to discriminate in dress codes, Dallas Morning News, Emily Donaldson, July 7, 2022

Meet Altheria Caldera, Executive Director of the D.C. Area Writing Project, Howard University, The Dig, June 30, 2022

Anti-‘Critical Race Theory’ Laws Are Working. Teachers Are Thinking Twice About How They Talk About Race, Time, Olivia V. Waxman, June 30, 2022

Almost 100 Texas school districts have added their own police departments since 2017, but not everyone feels safer, María Méndez, The Texas Tribune, June 15, 2022

‘State-sanctioned violence:’ Inside one of the thousands of schools that still paddle students, Tara Garcia Mathewson, The Hechinger Report, June 6, 2022

Laws restricting lessons on racism are making it hard for teachers to discuss the massacre in Buffalo, Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, May 18, 2022

‘It is an empty threat’ | Organization, local schools react to Gov. Abbott’s remarks on challenging Plyler v. Doe, Maria Aguilera, KVUEabc, May 11, 2022

High school student to serve on IDRA Youth Advisory Board, Texas Border Business, May 9, 2022

Fort Worth teachers upset by dual language learning changes | Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Isaac Windes and Mariana Rivas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 3, 2022

‘Spare the Kids’: SPLC and other advocates push to end corporal punishment in schools, Rhonda Sonnenberg, The Southern Poverty Law Center, April 29, 2022

Borders can be seen as barriers, but they can also provide opportunities to reach for the stars, Rebecca Daniel, The P.E.O. Record, March-April 2022 Edition

Kemp signs controversial education package,  Dave Williams, Capitol Beat, April 28, 2022 (Also in LongView News Journal, April 28, 2022)

NEPC Talks Education: Discussing the Use of Corporal Punishment in K-12 Schools, Michelle R. Valladares, Cision PRWeb, April 28, 2022

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and UNT complete five years of Project Success, Winston Henvey, Star Local Media,  April 22, 2022

Texas ironically uses online survey to gauge digital divide, Madalyn Mendoza, San Antonio Express-News, April 21, 2022

ACLU demands Houston-area school districts to stop removing books and apologize to students, Hannah Dellinger, Houston Chronicle, April 21, 2022

High school students at ECISD find value in tutoring young children, Christina Burgess, NewsWest9, April 20, 2022

What to know about Texas’ fight over college tuition for undocumented and out-of-state students, Valeria Olivares, The Dallas Morning News, April 13, 2022

‘Tentacles’ of redlining continue to grip upward mobility in San Antonio, Madalyn Mendoza, San Antonio Express-News, April 1, 2022

UTSA Professor, IDRA Fellow will study CARES Act, inform future investments in HSIs, UTSA Today, March 31, 2022

Parental rights bills have been introduced in most states. Teachers are pushing back, Nadra Nittle, The 19th, March 25, 2022

‘Teach the Truth’ campaign aims to battle book bans, censorship in Texas schools, Talia Richman, Dallas Morning-News, March 22, 2022

Combaten censura y prohibición de libros en escuelas de Texas, Talia Richman, Dallas Morning-News, March 22, 2022

Activists raising concerns over graphic scenes in books in Georgia schools, Wendy Corona, WSB-TV Atlanta, March 16, 2022

Commentary: New book charts Mexican Americans’ battle for equality, Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, March 7, 2022

GOP Texas House members ask schools not to buy books from vendors that supply “pornographic” materials, Brian López, The Texas Tribune, March 3, 2022

Laptops will be given to ECISD students as a surprise, BollyInside, March 3, 2022

ECISD students to receive surprise of laptop computers, Odessa American, March 2, 2022

Several Texas Republicans against “critical race theory” advance in State Board of Education primary races, Brian López, Texas Tribune, March 2, 2022 (Also in Corpus Christi Caller-Times, March 6, 2022)

Briefly State, Denton Record-Chronicle, March 2, 2022

Texas Civil Rights Groups and Education Equity Organizations Demand Granbury ISD Return Removed Books and Reaffirm Inclusion, Press release, February 28, 2022

Texas now requires new charter schools to ensure they won’t teach critical race theory, Brian López, Texas Tribune, February 17, 2022 (Also in KERA News, February 21, 2022; The 74 Million, February 28, 2022)

Bill would restrict teachers from ‘divisive’ race lessons in Georgia, Doug Richards, 11Alive WXIA Atlanta, February 9, 2022

State Senate panel advances bill to ban transgender athletes from girls’ school sports, Ross Williams, Georgia Recorder, February 9, 2022

Georgia House panel advances broad school voucher plan, by Jeff Amy, Atlanta CW 69, February 2, 2022

School-choice scholarships get initial nod from Georgia House, by Nyamekye Daniel, The Center Square, February 1, 2022

Critics say Georgia bill intended to ease school library book bans a ‘slippery slope’, Ross Williams, GPB News – PBS, January 26, 2022

Georgia Bill Would Give Schools 7 Days to Remove Material Parents Think Harmful to Minors, Ayumi Davis, Newsweek, January 25, 2022

Bill: Give Georgia parents way to quash ‘obscene’ school materials, Jeff Amy, WABE, January 25, 2022

Texas Gov campaigns on “Parental Bill of Rights” that could ban LGBTQ content from schools, Molly Sprayregen, LGBTQ Nation, January 24, 2022

Education advocates decry Gov. Greg Abbott’s ‘Parental Bill of Rights,’ Ariana Garcia, Laredo Morning Times, January 21, 2022 (also ran in Laredo Morning Times)

Critics say Georgia race bill threatens financial blow to schools, Ty Tagami, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 21, 2022

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott introduces ‘Parental Bill of Rights’ targeting state education system, Ariana Garcia, Houston Chronicle, January 20, 2022 (also ran in Laredo Morning Times; MySAMidland Reporter-Telegram; and the World Journal)