Thursday, January 23, 2020 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD considers opening a school for young adults with autism

A local nonprofit wants to start a school in Austin that serves young adults with neurological conditions like autism. Easterseals of Central Texas is seeking to start the school within the Austin Independent School District. The school would help students…

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Chief equity officer calls Austin ISD’s school closure process inequitable and ‘short-sighted’

School closures and consolidations are not “equity strategies,” the Austin Independent School District’s chief equity officer says in a report released Monday. “They are short-term and often short-sighted approaches to cost savings that are seldom reinvested in programming in the…

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Human Rights Commission seeks apology from AISD

Last week the Austin Independent School District’s chief equity officer, Stephanie Hawley, called the board of trustees’ vote to close four elementary schools racist and inequitable. In an effort to improve the district’s financial situation, the board was faced with…

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD equity officer calls closure plan ‘racist’ before board votes to close four schools

The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted 6-3 on Monday to close Brooke, Metz, Sims and Pease elementary schools at the end of this school year. Trustees Ann Teich, Arati Singh and LaTisha Anderson opposed the closures. Parents…

Monday, November 4, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Under new proposal, Austin ISD gives itself more time to consider closing eight schools

Instead of closing 12 schools over the next five years, the Austin Independent School District is now proposing to close four schools over two years. In a revised school changes plan released Friday, AISD says it will take more time…

Monday, October 14, 2019 by Claire McInerny

What’s next in the process to close Austin ISD schools?

The Austin Independent School District finished its third week of community meetings to get feedback on its plan to close and consolidate 12 schools. Now, district staff will revise the proposal before the school board votes in late November. Here’s…

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