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Tag Archives: AISD

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…

Monday, August 13, 2018 by Samantha Zern

Sánchez Elementary targeted for modernization

On Thursday night, the Metz-Sánchez-Zavala Modernization Planning Team voted to recommend Sanchez Elementary School for modernization as part of the 2017 bond program. The bond called for a modernization project at one of three campuses, either the Metz, Sánchez or…

Friday, August 3, 2018 by Claire McInerny

As fear rises among undocumented community, Austin ISD reminds families schools are a safe place

As the new school year approaches, the Austin Independent School District is preparing for more immigrant families to rely on it for resources outside of education.Leonor Vargas, AISD’s administrative supervisor of parent programs, said when there’s a rise in reports…

Thursday, August 2, 2018 by Samantha Zern

As under-enrollment trend continues, AISD searches for ways to keep kids and money in district

The Austin Independent School District’s enrollment numbers are predicted to continue their downward trend in the coming school year, affecting long-term district decisions regarding budgeting and other financial policy. According to the most recent demographic study, the district will lose…

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Samantha Zern

AISD budget task force begins tackling $30M deficit

At the Monday night meeting of the AISD Budget Stabilization Task Force, the 31-member group focused on establishing priorities and procedures as it begins the process of developing recommendations to balance the district’s budget.The task force, made up of Austin…

Monday, July 16, 2018 by Claire McInerny

New principal hopes project-based learning will improve academics at Mendez

When students at Mendez Middle School return to school next month, there will be new curriculum – and a new principal.After Mendez failed state standards four years in a row, the Austin Independent School District agreed to let an outside…

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by Claire McInerny

What should I ask of my legislators if I want Texas’ school funding system to change?

It’s a typical summer day at Emily Herrington’s house in Northeast Austin. Her two daughters, Penly, 7, and Laurel, 3, are playing with their kittens and reading books in the living room.Penly is going into second grade at Blanton Elementary…

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Mose Buchele

New data show lead in drinking water at five more Austin schools

Lead has been found in the drinking water of five Austin public schools, new data obtained by Environment Texas from the Austin Independent School District shows. It’s the second time in the past year the toxic metal has been discovered…

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Norman and Sims end school year as separate schools, before combining this fall

The Austin Independent School District is hosting a picnic Saturday to introduce the Norman and Sims elementary school communities to one another before they combine as one school in August.Students from Norman will go to school in the Sims building…

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin’s infill builders raise $10K to pay for 3,400 student lunches

With an eye toward public education, infill developers in Austin are tackling a new problem.Builders Care Austin, a 501(c)(3) that allows infill builders around town to make philanthropic contributions, has raised $10,000 to help pay off the lunch debts of…

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Jack Craver

How can city government help Austin parents with child care?

The high cost of day care, which can easily run $1,000 per month, is one of a number of expenses that are making the city increasingly inhospitable to working- and middle-class families. City Council is exploring ways to make child care…

Friday, April 6, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Two community groups compete for job to help turn Mendez Middle School around

Mendez Middle School will be run by a group outside the Austin Independent School District next year. At a meeting last night, two groups explained to parents, teachers and community members how they would improve academics at the school.Mendez has…

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

Middle school turnaround plan impresses board

Having to reinvest in a failing school is typically a somber affair, but the Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees was pleasantly surprised by the thought and energy that had been put into the Burnet Middle School Turnaround Plan…

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: What blind spots?

Colossus of roads… “There’s no question that I am probably the largest road proponent in the Milky Way.” Thus Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty began a stemwinder about his transportation prescription for Central Texas at a luncheon hosted by the…

Friday, January 26, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Austin ISD delays decision to rename schools named for Confederate figures

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees is slowing down its timeline for a vote on whether to change the names of five schools named after Confederate figures.When the school board started this discussion in November, it proposed changing…

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

AISD submits top picks for Transformation Zone partner

After meeting with representatives from eight Northeast Austin campus advisory councils last week, the Austin Independent School District administration has selected its top picks for the role of design partner in a Transformation Zone grant. Empower Schools Inc. from Boston…

Friday, December 29, 2017 by Austin Monitor

2017: A Monitor year in review

City Manager search Oh boy. City Council closed out the year by (finally) appointing new City Manager Spencer Cronk more than a year after former manager Marc Ott announced his departure. That is great news for a city that has…

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