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Tag Archives: AISD

Friday, April 12, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD removes Andrews principal accused of discriminating against immigrant parents

The Austin Independent School District has removed Andrews Elementary Principal Gabriela Soto after parents and teachers accused her of discriminating against immigrant parents.A group of school advocates held a press conference Monday to publicize the accusations. Parents said Soto made…

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by Sangita Menon

Activists demand action after Andrews principal is accused of bias against immigrant parents

A dozen community activists assembled outside Andrews Elementary School in East Austin Monday to demand the school district do more about Andrews’ principal, who is accused of discriminating against immigrant parents.The Austin Independent School District is investigating Gabbie Soto after…

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Under House school finance bill, Austin would get to keep $194 million more in taxes in 2020

Austin Independent School District would pay $194 million less in recapture in 2020 if House Bill 3, the chamber’s $9 billion school finance plan, is passed.Recapture is the law that requires “property-rich” school districts, like Austin ISD and most other…

Monday, March 11, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Bowie High School development plan nullified by new survey

Technological advancements are generally welcomed with open arms thanks to their potential to save time, money and recalculations. Unfortunately, applying these new capabilities to work done almost three decades ago can reveal errors that throw carefully negotiated plans out the…

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD board members push back on short timeline to close schools

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees is balking at the administration’s plan to announce school closures by summer.AISD has lost more than 6,000 students in the past six years, and enrollment is projected to continue its decline. As…

Monday, February 4, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Access to schools highlights Cap Remap limitations

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority knew that its June 2018 network change, Cap Remap, would remove transit service from vulnerable communities long before the changes took place. The eliminations were part of an intentional attempt to funnel resources into frequent service…

Friday, February 1, 2019 by Jack Craver

Council kicks off new year with measures aimed at affordability

In its first official meeting since the election, City Council unanimously approved several measures aimed at Austin’s growing affordability crisis.In an attempt to increase funding for affordable housing in a rapidly gentrifying part of East Austin, Council approved a change…

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Task force recommends Austin ISD cut magnet programs, consolidate schools to save money

A task force created by the Austin Independent School District released a report outlining budget cuts and ways the district can bring in more money. Some of the more dramatic recommendations are redrawing attendance zones, closing schools and cutting magnet…

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Austin ISD budget document suggests consolidating 12 schools to cut costs

Facing a shortfall and declining enrollment, the Austin Independent School District is considering consolidating schools, among other options, to cut its deficit by as much as $55 million over the next few years.A budget document sent to the Austin school…

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Local pols examine impacts, options in state school funding debate

Leaders from all levels of government in Central Texas, plus most of the area’s school districts, learned Wednesday that they could be in for budgetary hits if state lawmakers pass limits on local property tax increases without restructuring the state’s…

Monday, December 3, 2018 by Jack Craver

Austin teachers fear less planning time, increased class sizes

About two dozen teachers showed up to the Nov. 26 meeting of the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees to voice their concerns about a proposal floated by the district that would reduce the teacher-to-student ratio in middle schools…

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by Jack Craver

AISD board approves one Confederate name change, delays others

Eight months after voting to find new names for five facilities named after veterans of the Confederate military, the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday approved renaming one building, but punted on the remaining four.As a result…

Monday, November 26, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: AISD elections with Austin Sanders

This week, Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard sits down with The Austin Chronicle‘s Austin Sanders to talk AISD. Listen in below to catch up on the results of the recent election along with everything facing the Austin Independent School District…

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD faces unpopular options to fix budget: Closing schools and redrawing boundaries

It’s time for the Austin Independent School District to do something drastic to improve its financial situation, says a member of a task force studying its budget.On the table: closing schools and changing boundaries.“There are some really key things that…

Monday, November 19, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Austin school board, communities clash over names for Confederate-named schools

The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees will vote next Monday on what to rename four schools currently named after members of the Confederacy. The board will decide between honoring the schools’ wishes, which in some cases means no name…

Thursday, November 8, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD seeking parent input on new sex ed curriculum

The Austin Independent School District is seeking parental input as it prepares to rewrite its human sexuality curriculum.The district hasn’t revised its elementary and middle school curriculum in 12 years. Parents received an online survey Wednesday inviting them to give…

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by KUT News

Here are the new names proposed for Austin ISD buildings tied to Confederate figures

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote Oct. 22 on the proposed new names for four AISD buildings named for Confederate figures.After a long dispute about whether the buildings commemorated the state’s struggle with racism…

Monday, September 24, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: AISD East?

This week Roxanne Evans and Jim Harrington talk to Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano about their bid to save East Austin schools, their new manifesto designed to do just that, and why they are threatening a…

Friday, September 14, 2018 by Claire McInerny

On the eve of East Austin school consolidation, community still has questions

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees will vote in a little over a week on how to consolidate three elementary schools in East Austin. Students at Metz, Zavala and Sanchez elementary schools will combine into one school, which…

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD schools honoring Confederate figures will find out new names this semester

Five Austin Independent School District schools named for Confederate figures will get renamed this semester.The Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted in February to rename the John T. Allan facility, Zachary Taylor Fulmore Middle School, Sidney Lanier Early College High…

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