VOLUME 2, ISSUE 8 MARCH 6APRIL 9, 2020
CCISD reforming special education One year after a consultant’s audit on Clear Creek ISD’s special education program, the district is progressing with reforms and aiming to improve its rela- tionships with parents, some of whom have said they feel CCISD’s eorts still have not gone far enough. The district hired Gibson Consult- ing Group in August 2018 after several parents raised concerns and protested against CCISD, claiming its special edu- cation students are abused by district sta and that sta are not properly trained to best educate their children. In March 2019, Gibson released its report, which showed the district has many strengths as well as highlighting several areas in need of improvement. These areas include professional devel- opment, data usage and parent-admin- strator relationships, among others. The report also compiled and presented CONTINUED ON 30 BY COLLEEN FERGUSON
BY JAKE MAGEE Astronauts use their years of training to further NASA’s exploration of space. NASA is now training astronauts who will return to the moon and eventually go to Mars. ‘The coolest job on Earth’
Astronauts train underwater at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab near Ellington Field and learn how to move in space and perform repairs on the International Space Station.
NASA NEUTRAL BUOYANCY LABORATORY
SPACE CENTER BLVD.
MAK I NG P R O G R E S S
CLEAR LAKE CITY BLVD.
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Of the 27 recommendations in the Gibson report, 12 are complete. Three are being worked on, four are being completed over multiple years, and eight will be completed by the end of this summer.
Johnson Space Center training astronauts for missions to moon, Mars
Some of the country’s most dedi- cated, intelligent and motivated peo- ple live, work and recreate in the Bay Area. They are astronauts, and they spend their days at the Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake furthering NASA’s mission to explore space and
eventually reach Mars. But before astronauts ever strap into a rocket and blast o to the Inter- national Space Station, they must rst spend two years in basic train- ing as astronaut candidates followed by years of mission-specic training. Before that, they must be among the
talented few NASA selects from a pool of thousands of wannabe space explorers. In January, the latest group of astronaut candidates graduated and were ocially added to the Astronaut Corps. This class of 11 was the rst CONTINUED ON 26
Already completed In progress To be completed as part of multiyear plan Will be completed summer 2020
SOURCE: CLEAR CREEK ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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