We’re organizing a forum about Tyler ISD’s decision to pair Head Start with full-day Pre-K. We want to hear from you. Queremos escucharlo.

What questions or perspectives do you have to share on this issue? Queremos saber qué es lo que usted quiere saber.

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Earlier this month, the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees voted to end the city’s Head Start program and invest in districtwide full-day Pre-K. While school board officials say this gives the district better control of the curriculum, critics argue that low-income students will lose access to crucial resources.

Now, the district says Head Start will continue after all, paired with Pre-K curricular and instructional standards.

Here at The Tyler Loop, our mission is to help residents of our city make informed choices about our shared future. We do this not only through in-depth reporting, powered by our readers, but also through community-driven events. The Tyler Loop is organizing a community conversation for residents and leaders in Tyler to share information and questions about this issue.

We want to know what you want to know.

Do you have questions about this decision? Do you have a perspective that you’d like to share? Do you want to be on our panel, or suggest someone you want to hear from?

Estamos organizando una conversación acerca de la decisión tomada por el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Tyler, de reemplazar el Programa de Head Start por Pre-K durante todo el día en todo el Distrito. Queremos escucharlo.

A comienzos de este mes, el Board del Distrito Escolar de Tyler votó para cancelar  en esta ciudad el Programa de Head Start y en cambio invertir en el programa Pre-K que dure todo el día y que se ofrezca en todo el Distrito. Mientras los integrantes del Board afirman que esto le ofrece al Distrito un mejor control del currículo/programa, los críticos argumentan que los estudiantes de bajos nivel socio-económico perderán el acceso a este importante recurso para ellos.

Aquí en el Tyler Loop, nuestra misión es ayudar a los residentes de esta ciudad a tomar decisiones acertadas acerca de nuestro futuro. Nosotros hacemos esto, no solo a través de informar a profundidad, reafirmado por nuestro lectores, pero también basados en los eventos que suceden. El Tyler Loop, está organizando un espacio donde la comunidad pueda abrir una conversación entre líderes y residentes de Tyler para compartir información y preguntas acerca de este tema en cuestión.

Queremos saber qué es lo que usted quiere saber.

¿Tiene usted preguntas acerca de esta decisión? ¿Tiene usted algún punto de vista que le gustaría compartir? ¿Le gustaría participar en nuestro panel de discusión, o sugerir a alguien que usted conozca o a quien le gustaría escuchar?

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Yasmeen Khalifa, a Loop 2019 summer intern, is a Mass Communication and English student at the University of Texas at Tyler. She is the managing and lifestyle editor of The Patriot, a student-run newspaper investigating issues on- and off-campus, exploring the changing East Texas culture, and giving students a voice. Khalifa recently co-founded a new music series in The Patriot titled “Music in the Pines: Exploring Eclectic East Texas.” The series highlights local musicians, venues, concerts and other events as the music scene in East Texas evolves and thrives. Yasmeen also works as a lab technician in the Mass Communication department. Khalifa is the founding president of the Keep Tyler Beautiful Youth Advisory Committee, a group of students working together to encourage beautification, litter reduction and recycling in Tyler.
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