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Happy Friday! Here's your daily report.

Dear Fort Worth Report friend,

Good morning! 

In your Friday Report: Nearly 17,000 Fort Worth ISD students are enrolled in summer school this year, an increase from 2021. The district says the program is no longer just for credit recovery, but also acceleration and enrichment. Education reporter Kristen Barton explores what students are learning in the classroom. 

‘Try something else’: Students use summer school to learn skills for next year
Also, hundreds of people showed up in support of Chandler Crouch at the Tarrant Appraisal District Board of Directors’ meeting but quickly found themselves locked out of the building. Reporter Sandra Sadek recaps the series of events. 

• Tarrant Appraisal District Board violated open meetings act by locking doors, attorney says
And, for Wallace Bridges, it’s all about community. Education reporter Kristen Barton tells how his experiences in his first neighborhood in New Orleans influences how he serves the southside now.

 ‘There is an expectation of us to look out for each other,’ new school board member Wallace Bridges says
 
Additionally, Fort Worthian Tuan Phan took a leap of faith in 2020 when he switched career path from biochemistry to start a nonprofit foundation tackling affordable housing. Reporter Sandra Sadek chats with Phan about his goals in the latest Profile in Leadership.

• Fort Worthian hopes to tackle housing crisis in North Texas through new nonprofit 
Finally, volunteers with the Southside Community Garden built three more raised bed gardens in the 76104 ZIP code Thursday to help give residents access to fresh produce. Photojournalist Cristian ArguetaSoto talks to Kasandra Ewing, one of the three recipients about how the garden will help.

Photo gallery: Southside Community Garden builds 51st garden in 76104
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ON TAP: Refugee Services of Texas recently published a cookbook containing stories and cuisines from around the world. Refugees, survivors of trafficking and asylum seekers across Texas shared their stories. Reporter Chongyang Zhang takes a bite into the book. Make sure you keep coming back for the latest, relevant reports on Fort Worth Report.

As always, thanks for reading, and please let us know what you want in your Report.

Seth Bodine,
Business reporter

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📚 What we're reading:

Editor's note: 'What we're reading' is a feature designed to boost knowledge of Fort Worth and Tarrant County residents through collaboration with other area news organizations. Any views or opinions in the stories linked below are not representative of Fort Worth Report.

Study: Fort Worth among best cities for women in tech. (Fort Worth Magazine)
Fort Worth skyrockets to No. 1 in ranking of cities with clear 4th of July skies. (Culturemap)
Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of undercover Fort Worth officer. (Press release)

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