My grandson attends Pease Elementary. My daughter has been active in Eastside groups opposing the closing of Pease ["AISD Bites the Bullet
," News, Nov. 22]. Though I live in Arizona, I watched the board of trustees meeting and proceedings on AISD.TV. I was appalled. As the [equity] officer spoke, it was even more appalling! No data, no reasons, no studies … so why close these schools? Racism? Not a good look for a growing Austin, Texas, and seat of Texas government. Pease is probably the most diverse school in the district. That is just one of the reasons my daughter and her husband chose Pease for their son. I am so disappointed in the action of the trustees. Why could they not step back and think all of this through and have solid studies to base a decision on? As it was, they did not have that, but they voted to close schools anyway. The oldest school in Texas, the most diverse school in Austin, will be closed. Options? Low-income housing or sell the property. How are those valid options? And it is not just Pease. It is the Eastside. Bad, bad decision. I can only hope this can be UNDONE!