Tag Archives: AISD

Monday, September 13, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

East Austin stadium celebrated by Black community nominated for national historic status

At first glance, Yellow Jacket Stadium feels a bit unassuming. Visitors see a track, a football field, a few sets of bleachers, and a parking lot with room for only a handful of vehicles. Unlike other athletic sites like Burger…

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

AISD requires masks for all, despite Abbott’s order

Facing spiking Covid cases and a fast-approaching fall semester, the Austin Independent School District has made the decision to require face masks in defiance of an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott.  “I am responsible for the safety, the…

Thursday, July 8, 2021 by Hayden Steckel

AISD brainstorms ways to increase parent engagement 

Austin Independent School District’s annual survey, sent out January through March 2021, was designed to gather feedback from parents and guardians about various topics at their children’s schools. This year’s survey focused on measuring whether parents feel their involvement is welcomed…

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD is sued over backlog of special education evaluations

An advocacy group for people with disabilities filed a lawsuit Monday claiming the Austin Independent School District is “failing thousands of students” by not evaluating them for special education within a specific amount of time. KUT reported earlier this month that…

Thursday, March 25, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Rep. Talarico proposes bill for educational equity officers; AISD is a case study

Earlier this month, Rep. James Talarico, who represents Texas’ 52nd District, filed a bill aimed at tackling equity issues within the state’s education systems. Specifically, the bill would require school districts to hire a diversity, equity and inclusion officer. According to…

Thursday, March 11, 2021 by Claire McInerny

‘Panic mode’: Austin ISD needs to evaluate 800 students for special ed. It doesn’t have the staff to do it.

More than 800 students in the Austin Independent School District are being denied their legal right to a special education evaluation. An evaluation is the first step in the process to get special education services. Without one, there is no…

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 by Savana Dunning

AISD establishes 2020 Election Day as school holiday

Austin Independent School District students now have Election Day off this year following a decision by the AISD Board of Trustees to declare Tuesday, Nov. 3, a school holiday. The board voted to amend the 2020-21 school calendar at its…

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD plans to bring a small group of students back to schools in October

Lee esta historia en español. When the Austin Independent School District begins phasing students back into school buildings Oct. 5, it will prioritize special education and lower grade levels within each school as the first to return. At a school…

Friday, August 7, 2020 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD’s school year delayed until Sept. 8, first eight weeks could be online-only

The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted to delay the start of classes for the school year until Sept. 8. Virtual classes were supposed to begin Aug. 18, but the board wanted to give teachers more time to…

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by Claire McInerny

‘This is an issue of health’: Teachers union demands Austin ISD offer only online classes in August

The union for Austin Independent School District employees is asking the district and the state not to send employees back to school buildings in August. Union members say it is unsafe for employees and children to be in classes together.…

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by Claire McInerny

Schools in Travis County are not just segregated. They’re the most segregated in the state.

Valerie Sterne has always known anecdotally that schools in Austin are segregated. She used to be a teacher and an administrator with the Austin Independent School District, and saw firsthand that students of color and low-income students were all attending…

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD school board approves $1.6 billion budget, after public calls to defund AISD Police

The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees passed a $1.65 billion budget early Tuesday, taking $47.6 million from the district’s reserve funds to make up for a shortfall partly caused by COVID-19 expenses. The budget also includes 2% raises…

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Austin History Center chronicles the pandemic

The Austin History Center is a treasure trove of posters, books, photographs, and records from across the city’s history. And while the center is currently shuttered due to Covid-19, it is still doing the work of collecting records of the…

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

AISD officials discuss Covid-19 response

Austin Independent School District officials spoke at an Austin Justice Coalition panel Wednesday night, discussing how the district and its students are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home order that has shuttered schools. Speakers included AISD Board of…

Friday, February 21, 2020 by Claire McInerny

As Superintendent Paul Cruz prepares to leave Austin ISD, his school closure plan remains unresolved

Even though Superintendent Paul Cruz said he’s leaving the Austin Independent School District, the process of school closures that started under his watch likely will not end. But where the plan goes from here is unknown. At a press conference Thursday, Cruz…

Friday, February 14, 2020 by Jo Clifton

TCAD appraisal decision draws Realtors’ ire

On Wednesday, Marya Crigler, chief appraiser for the Travis Central Appraisal District, told representatives of nine local school districts that TCAD would not be reappraising most residential properties this year. That means the school districts, as well as Travis County,…

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, December 4, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Affordability committee moves forward as Realtor group sounds home price alarm

Members of the Regional Affordability Committee are continuing their work updating the group’s strategic plan for improving housing options, while another group tied to the Austin housing market has called for decisive action to keep housing prices from growing at…

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…

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