Must reads for the weekend

Rebecca Palacios (Photo art: The Atlantic)

  • Long-time Corpus Christi AFT member and leader Rebecca Palacios is profiled in the The Atlantic for the magazine’s new series, “On Teaching.” The article, “A Witness to the Desegregation—and Resegregation—of America’s Schools,” looks at her innovative teaching methods and the effects of a landmark court case mandating the integration of Latino schools.
  • Texas Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston) writes for the Texas Tribune on “Is enough really enough? The case for funding special education.” Huberty writes: “In order to succeed, students with special needs require more than minimal support from public schools. It is the state’s responsibility to ensure that these students are provided robust services during the school day that will allow them to have meaningful impact on their community upon graduation. The momentous task should not lie solely with the families of these students.”
  • AFT Voices hears from Melissa Smith, an Oklahoma City teacher and AFT member, on “When students have neither books nor desks.” She notes: “Almost one in five of our elementary school classes has more than 30 students in each class. Have you ever been in a room with thirty 5-year-olds? Now imagine trying to teach them.”