Tag Archives: AISD

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…

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…

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