Your weekly look at Fort Worth schools


Happy Tuesday from the Fort Worth Report, and it’s time for the School Report! This is your weekly newsletter of education news you can use. We will be in your inbox every Tuesday morning. From Election Day to how to keep your student safe from RSV, here’s what you need to know about your schools.

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Your education tag team,
Reporters Jacob Sanchez & Kristen Barton


1

Today is Election Day. Polls close at 7 p.m. Here’s what you need to know about voting.

  • You can vote anywhere in Tarrant County. Check this site out to find out how long the lines are at polling places.
  • What’s on the ballot? Several key races that impact schools are on the ballot. They include the races for governor, lieutenant governor, the State Board of Education and seats in the Texas House and Senate.
    • Check out Tarrant County’s lookup tool to see who is on your ballot.
    • At the more local level, Birdville ISD voters are considering a $360 million bond proposal. Three propositions are on the ballot:
      • Prop. A: $284.7 million for replacing three campuses with two, renovating some campuses, buying property, repairing facilities, purchasing buses, and upgrading safety and security features.
      • Prop. B: $16 million for updating technology.
      • Prop. C: $59 million for building multi-purpose indoor facilities.
  • Need more information before you head over to vote? Check out the Report’s Election Center.

2

As last-minute voters head to the polls, the Fort Worth ISD school board will meet for its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Teaching and Learning Center, 1050 Bridgewood Drive. Here’s what to watch out for:

  • Trustees will consider $22.4 million in federal stimulus funds for retention incentives for eligible employees.
  • Trustees will hear an update on how students in early grades are faring on math at this point in the school year.
    • ICYMI: Jacob examined how students in pre-K to third grade are doing in literacy.
  • You can watch the meeting live on YouTube, Spectrum cable channel 192 and AT&T U-verse channel 99.

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3

The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine hosts monthly after-school programs to show elementary students that they can chart a career in the medical field. Our health reporter, Alexis Allison, got a firsthand look.

  • The program is called Mini-Medical School, and takes place during Fort Worth After School. The college, which is part of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, targets schools that have enrollments that are mostly Black or Latino.
  • The goal? Support students of color and increase their representation in medicine. Black and Latino primary care physicians are underrepresented compared with the state’s population.
  • Two more Mini-Medical School sessions are planned before winter break.
  • Why does this matter for students? “They see us with our white coat and our stethoscope, and they’re like, ‘Wow, she looks like me.’ Or, ‘Wow, she speaks Spanish like me,’” Alicia Segovia, a second-year medical student, told Alex.

4

A Fort Worth ISD student won the 4A state championship in cross country last week.

  • Diamond Hill-Jarvis junior Angel Sanchez won the meet with a time of 21:57.5.
  • As a sophomore, Sanchez placed fourth in the meet last year.
  • According to Fort Worth ISD, this is the second state championship Sanchez has won in 2022, winning the 4A men’s 1,600-meter race in May.
  • Congratulations, Angel!


5

Our news partner KERA reported that Cook Children’s hospital is seeing a surge in respiratory syncytial virus patients and has to mobilize more doctors and nurses. We found some tips from the CDC on preventing RSV.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not hands.
  • Wash hands often and with soap for at least 20 seconds (try singing “Happy Birthday” to pass the time.)
  • Avoid close contact, kissing, shaking hands and sharing cups and utensils.
  • Clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces.

Off campus: Dates to know

Here’s what’s coming up in Fort Worth and Tarrant County:

Always check your specific school for the official calendar in case of late scheduling changes.


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Kristen Barton

Kristen Barton is an education reporter for the Fort Worth Report. She has previous experience in education reporting for her hometown paper, the Longview News-Journal and her college paper, The Daily...

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Jacob Sanchez

Jacob Sanchez is an enterprise reporter for the Fort Worth Report. His work has appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram, The Texas Tribune and the Texas Observer. He is a graduate of St. Edward’s University.