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Corpus Christi, TX: Reading scores low because of 'social ills'; sensory rooms called for

Feb 26, 2020, KIII-TV, Corpus Christi, TX: Dispute over comments at CCISD meeting https://www.kiiitv.com/article/news/education/aftasksccisdforapology/503-f038837f-ac31-492c-9db5-7ccf6697d580 Dr. Nancy Vera, President of AFT, says that the reason reading scores are so low is not because of the teachers. At the CCISD board meeting Monday, the local chapter for the American Federation of Teachers claimed that board member John Longoria and Dr. Cynthia Hernandez blamed teachers, librarians, and principals for the district's poor reading scores. … "We are right now demanding that CCISD, and Dr. Hernandez issue a strong apology to the employees in CCISD" Dr. Vera said. "The reason the reading scores are so difficult to increase is because of the social ills in our community" Vera continued. One of the recommendations Dr. Vera made was for sensory rooms. According to Vera, it will cost the district roughly $3,000 to make a room for each school to help students feel more at ease. …