The Branch

A Monthly Newsletter from RootEd

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RootEd Awards

Congrats to our 2020-2021 Award Winners!!


We are so thankful for the effort everyone put into making this year happen. Whether it was adding their RootEd hashtag to their post or working with their Principal to put on a virtual Kinder Round Up, you all worked so hard to be cheerleaders for your schools. The pandemic made it hard to do what we normally do, so it took more effort to be creative and show parents what the schools were all about. You all are amazing! It takes a group effort to market the schools to help parents make choices. RootEd would be nothing without the help of our Reps, school staff, principals and parents. Thank you for everything you do.

RootEd Staff Member of the Year

Congrats to our RootEd school Staff Member of the Year….Jan Morrish!!
We love seeing teachers and staff at our RootEd schools promote their programs on social media! It’s important to share the stories. Ms. Morrish does an excellent job at Bellaire along with their fabulous RootEd Rep, Rosemary Longoria.

#RootEdBellaire #RootEdHarlandaleISD

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RootEd Reps of the Year

Congrats to our RootEd Reps of the Year…Kathy Mochel, Sarah Aguirre and Kelly Schriever! All of our Reps are special but these three really made a difference for their school this year. The statement from their principal really spells it out. Congrats to Kathy, Sarah and Kelly!! #RootEdColoniesNorth
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RootEd School of the Year

Congrats to Krueger Middle School in NEISD for receiving our Spirit of RootEd Campus Award! It was fun to see so many campuses sharing their stories and using their RootEd hashtag this year and Krueger truly embraced the community spirit and RootEd mentality. Congrats to all who are KMS…it’s a team effort!! #RootEdKrueger

Nominations

For a full list of those nominated for our awards this year, click link below. Congrats to everyone!!!

Legislative Updates

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3-Legged Stool

We are proud to work with Sophie Torres, Raise Your Hand Texas Advocate - San Antonio on education policy. This session we’ve been focused on funding for education. Raise Your Hand Texas created a powerful visual showing how districts received funding from HB3 last session and that the state held the districts harmless during covid from attendance penalties but that schools were still waiting on federal stimulus dollars to be released to the districts. The advocacy worked and the state released one of the stimulus aid packages to the districts! We are so grateful but know there is still a lot of work left to be done. RootEd loves the mini stool we received from RYHT to remind us that education advocacy is important!

Update from Sophie Torres, RYHT Regional Director for Advocacy and Outreach - San Antonio Area

The federal government provided three separate rounds of federal stimulus funding for public education. These funds, totaling over $19.2 billion for Texas, allow districts to implement health and safety measures including air quality improvements and provide resources to stem learning loss such as tutoring, after-school and extended-year programs.

Unlike most states, Texas did not flow federal funds to schools immediately, and they supplanted Round 1, over $1.1 billion and will supplant a little over $2 billion as a whole. State leadership and members of the legislature held on to the funds from Round 2 and 3 for various reasons, including wanting to place additional restrictions on school use of these funds. Schools will receive over $15.1 billion in the coming months to use on a wide array of programs. Funds will flow based on the proportion of Title I students.

Depending on your school, you may not know what the supplanted, or swapped, amount from the 2nd round of funding will be until September of this year for the newly released Round 2 of federal funds. TEA will also have over $1.9 billion for statewide grant programs, mostly budgeted for Accelerated Learning programs across the state in HB 4545.

Noteworthy

RootEd out in the Community

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RootEd Facebook Groups



Ready to dive into some podcasts that either may get you fired up about public education? Or want to be in the know about our legislative priorities and what's going on in public education in Texas?


Check us out. Click on the graphic below for links.

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Go Public Partnership

Go Public is asking RootEd reps to submit a testimonial or video about why you love public schools. The submissions will be used throughout the 2021-22 school year on their social media, website, and in campaigns. A random drawing will be held for a TBA staycation prize! Submissions open through July 10th. Get all of the details here and help us get the word out to parents with Go Public!


Click here for entry: Parent Palooza - Go Public (wegopublic.com)

Monthly Updates

Please complete the google form to let us know where you will be next year!

Click Here: 2021-2022 Rep Info (google.com)

About RootEd

RootEd is a parent-led, grassroots organization that promotes neighborhood public schools through storytelling, advocacy, and education. We believe a strong public school system for all children creates a robust economy and well-connected community. RootEd is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.


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