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Photo Gallery: McAllen ISD teacher Michelle Cavazos named H-E-B award finalist

McALLEN — Michelle Cavazos, a McAllen ISD 3rd grade dual language teacher, is one of five finalists in the state of Texas for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Rising Star Award and received a surprise visit by H-E-Buddy and McAllen ISD administration to congratulate her.

McAllen ISD votes to offer free pre-K program for eligible students

The McAllen ISD school board last Monday voted unanimously to change the pre-Kindergarten program to offer it for free to all eligible 4 year olds for the upcoming fall semester.

Valley school performance rated highest in Texas by nonprofit

The research and child advocacy nonprofit Children at Risk reported improvement among public schools in the Rio Grande Valley for the 2022-2023 school year, but also pointed out troubling trends.

Three years later, McAllen Wi-Fi initiative still helping students

McALLEN — When the COVID-19 pandemic first shut down schools in the spring of 2020, local leaders found themselves facing a different crisis: how to continue educating students who could no longer go to their classrooms.

City manager ‘unhappy’ as McAllen ISD mulls pulling $4M from Quinta Mazatlan, IMAS

McALLEN — City officials and community members were blindsided by the McAllen ISD school board voting 4 to 2 to engage in a discussion to uncommit a portion or the total amount of $4 million previously allotted for projects at Quinta Mazatlan and IMAS.

McAllen ISD program strives to keep students warm

With the arctic blast freezing South Texas, McAllen ISD’s Crockett Closet is aiming to make a difference for their students by keeping them warm and is asking the community to donate due to a low inventory.

School delays, shelters and roadwork: Valley braces for arctic blast

Temperatures are expected to hit below freezing in the Rio Grande Valley early next week and local cities and schools are already making preparations for any anticipated interruptions of operations.

McAllen ISD police practice realistic, intense active shooter training

McALLEN — Conducting a handful of active attacker training every year, McAllen school district police officers took part in drills focused on stimulating active shooter situations to sharpen and prepare them for emergencies.

Valley school districts boosted test scores last year

HARLINGEN — The state’s new report cards show the Rio Grande Valley’s biggest school districts boosted their test scores over the previous year’s grades, while most posted slightly lower grades than the Texas average.

8 leadership changes, new tax rates shook up RGV schools in 2023

With 2023 coming to an end, the public education institutions in the Rio Grande Valley saw about eight superintendent changes in addition to school districts passing new tax rates and bonds.