About Us

Make a Donation
Fully-Local • Non-Partisan • Public-Service Journalism
Photo by Michael Minasi / KUT

Low enrollment might force Austin ISD to make budget cuts

Monday, November 29, 2021 by Claire McInerny, KUT

After seeing a continued dip in enrollment, Austin ISD is asking for feedback on its budget for next school year, which will likely include cuts.

School districts get money from the state based on how many students are enrolled; when fewer students enroll in a district, the district gets less money. AISD lost around $60 million this year. That prevented it from being able to give teachers and staff a 2 percent raise.

AISD Chief Financial Officer Eduardo Ramos said the district has relied on its savings account to help with extra costs caused by the pandemic, but it can’t continue to do so.

The district lost thousands of students last school year because of the pandemic. It was hoping to see 77,331 students enrolled this year, but instead there were only 74,727.

AISD’s director of enrollment, Alejandro Delgado, said earlier this month that he realizes it might take a few years to increase enrollment.

“Covid has really accelerated what was already happening around affordability, around parent choice, competition,” Delgado said. “That’s reality, and we’re going to work twice as hard, be more strategic and engage our communities more authentically.”

The district is asking for feedback from the AISD community about what its budget priorities should be. The feedback form is available until the end of January.

This story was produced as part of the Austin Monitor’s reporting partnership with KUT.

The Austin Monitor’s work is made possible by donations from the community. Though our reporting covers donors from time to time, we are careful to keep business and editorial efforts separate while maintaining transparency. A complete list of donors is available here, and our code of ethics is explained here.

Join Your Friends and Neighbors

We're a nonprofit news organization, and we put our service to you above all else. That will never change. But public-service journalism requires community support from readers like you. Will you join your friends and neighbors to support our work and mission?

Back to Top