Tag Archives: AISD

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 said…

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 older…

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 very…

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 a…

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 and community…

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 considering…

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 a…

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD says second draft of school changes will emphasize academics district-wide

At a live discussion of the Austin Independent School District’s proposal to overhaul the entire district, school officials said the idea is about more than just closing schools. Meanwhile, city leaders said there’s room to grow to bring more equitable…

Friday, August 16, 2019 by KUT News

Austin ISD gets B overall from TEA, sees failing grades at some middle and elementary schools

By Claire McInerny & Jimmy MaasReport cards are out, and the Austin Independent School District received a preliminary grade of B for the 2018-19 school year from the Texas Education Agency. But the district also received failing grades at elementary…

Monday, August 5, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Parents push back against possible boundary changes as Austin ISD works out school closure plan

The cafeteria of Bedichek Middle School in Southwest Austin was chaotic as almost 100 parents fought for the attention of AISD administrative staff. Some were still in work clothes, some in T-shirts. Almost all of them were asking questions –…

Friday, August 2, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD says it needs more time to announce school closure plan

The Austin Independent School District will not publicly announce which schools it is considering for closures until Sept. 6.The board of trustees had been planning to review possible options at its August meeting. Now it will discuss scenarios at its…

Monday, July 29, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: AISD school consolidation

This week, Austin Independent School District’s Dr. Lisa Goodnow, who is the associate superintendent of academics and social and emotional learning, and Matias Segura, AISD operations officer, join Austin Monitor reporter Jack Craver to talk about the current process to…

Thursday, July 25, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Solution to boost revenue for transit leads to broad debate over city signage policy

The Austin City Council will be considering limited exceptions to a city ban on off-premise advertising at its Aug. 22 meeting in order to allow Austin public schools and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display simple, non-electronic advertisements at…

Friday, June 28, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Confused about Austin ISD’s decision to close schools? You’re not alone.

The Austin Independent School District is in the middle of a process to decide which schools to close and consolidate in the city. It announced in February that the closures needed to happen to help the district’s financial situation; later…

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD school board approves raises for teachers, hiring of new equity officer

The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted Monday to approve a $1.6 billion budget, which includes across-the-board raises for school employees.The board also voted unanimously to hire Stephanie Hawley as AISD’s first chief equity officer.During public comment at…

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by Claire McInerny

To better market its schools, Austin ISD is turning to Realtors

Two dozen Realtors sit in the bleachers of the Burger Athletic Center, eating pastries and sipping on coffee. They’re listening to administrators from the Austin Independent School District preview the day ahead, which is a six-hour tour of schools in…

Monday, April 29, 2019 by Claire McInerny

Here are the regions Austin ISD is using in its plan to close schools

Austin Independent School District announced in February its plan to close and consolidate some schools. Now it has a clear plan for how to choose which schools.To make this decision, AISD administrative staff divided the district into seven regions. The…

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…

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