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Signs of Trouble and of Hope at Mendez Middle School
In-district charter seeks to turn around a campus’ longtime struggles
"...Eight months ago, Mendez Middle School in Southeast Austin was taken over by..."

March 1, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

What Follows Five Years of Failure at Mendez Middle School?
Making the grade
"...as part of its new A-F accountability system, five schools in the Austin Independent School District received failing grades...."

Aug. 31, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

AISD Ends T-STEM Partnership at Mendez Middle School
District will decide how to move forward in a vote later this month
"...The operators of Austin ISD's first in-district charter school have run out of time to boost performance at..."

Dec. 10, 2021 News Feature by Morgan O’Hanlon

Proposition 5: The Middle School at Edwards Aquifer
The controversy over the proposed Southwest middle school has a long history
"...it did not include funds for a new Southwest middle school. Neither was it there in May, when the..."

Aug. 27, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

TSTEM Coalition Steps in at Mendez
A plan to save a school
"...Texas Education Agency approved a partnership last week between Mendez Middle School and the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and..."

July 13, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

The Med School Solution
A medical school, a teaching hospital, and a new health care system?
"...should Travis County taxpayers help pay for a medical school?"..."

Sept. 14, 2012 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Mendez and Martin Sixth-Grade Elimination Will Create Overall Enrollment Boon, Says District
Parents and teachers maintain that the district's priorities may be skewed
"...As the communities at Martin and Mendez middle schools seek answers about a coherent plan following..."

March 18, 2022 News Feature by Morgan O’Hanlon

AISD Approves New Charter Partner for Mendez
Faced with district takeover and only one applicant, trustees say it was their only choice
"...corner as they agreed to enter a partnership at Mendez Middle School with a new charter operator – the..."

April 1, 2022 News Feature by Morgan O’Hanlon

Closing AISD Middle Schools, One Grade at a Time?
Two historically Black and Latinx middle schools set to lose sixth grade
"...Students, families, and educators at Martin and Mendez Middle Schools still have many unanswered questions after Austin..."

March 11, 2022 News Feature by Morgan O’Hanlon

High School by Redesign
Garza Independence High School students get involved with plans to rework local high schools
"...The Austin Independent School District promises that four R's will come out of..."

June 10, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

High School Stakes
Austin ISD election could shape a new direction for the district
"...On Nov. 6, voters in the Austin Inde­pen­dent School District won't just be selecting new trustees. They will..."

Oct. 5, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

In Memoriam: Rodolfo Mendez
Remembering the founder of Ballet East Dance Theatre
"...go on to win a statewide competition in high school, study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance..."

May 7, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Behind the Buzzwords: Diving Deeper at SXSW EDU
Panels that highlight challenges and strategies shaping the Mendez turnaround plan
"...– has been an education buzzword for years, and Mendez Middle School is not the only AISD school to..."

March 1, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Building a Path to Literacy
Educators and nonprofits work to close the achievement gap in Dove Springs
"...challenges facing the neighborhood is literacy. Dove Springs' Consuelo Mendez Middle School is on the Texas Education Agency's 2015..."

April 8, 2016 News Feature by Sam Anderson-Ramos

My Dove Springs ... and Ours
What life in 'the 44' says about the two worlds of Austin
"...graffiti has been painted over. There is an elementary school, a middle school, a Sonic, a gas station, and..."

April 11, 2014 News Feature by Sam Ramos

Ballet East
The company establishes its first dance academy for students at Eastside Memorial
"...Academy, a program for students at Eastside Memorial High School (formerly Johnston) that offers training in movement across the..."

Dec. 4, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Murals
Two new murals that made their debuts in February reveal the pride of the Southside
"...mural made its debut in February, this one at Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square. The mural, one of..."

Feb. 24, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

East Austin Residents Need Resilience Hubs Sooner Rather Than Later
City looks to fill in some of the gaps of inequity during times of crisis
"...last year during Winter Storm Uri, people sheltered at Mendez Middle School struggled with addiction withdrawal, waited hours for..."

April 29, 2022 News Feature by Heather Stewart

Outside the Box
Opening Closed Doors, an organization founded by artist Benné Rockett to give artists opportunities to address social conditions through their artwork, presents photographs, sculpture, assemblage, and paintings created by young adult offenders in the state Criminal Justice Division's Project Spotlight program in the exhibition "Self-Contained."
"...(their idea was to clean the park across from Mendez Middle School, to create temporary sculpture for the area..."

April 5, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Sub Mission
There's No Substitute for a Teacher - Just Ask AISD
"...else. It's also no wonder that the Austin Independent School District is ending the school year with a record..."

May 29, 1998 News Feature by Lisa Tozzi

Four Open Seats, and Many Demands for Change at AISD
School board shakeup
"...Nearly half of the Austin ISD school board trustees will be newcomers after Nov­em­ber. Four of..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

COVID Hospitalizations Are on the Rise Again in Central Texas
Find out where to get vaccinated right now, free of charge
"...Lamar Middle School (AISD, UTHealth) • Time: 3 p.m. to 7..."

July 15, 2021 News Post by Kimberley Jones

Restoring Rundberg's Kids
Problem-solving with CARY in Northeast Austin
"...At the time, gangs were all the rage at Mendez Middle School, and it seemed possible that any angry..."

Sept. 18, 2015 News Feature by Sam Anderson-Ramos

Loving and Fighting
A history of struggle at Blackshear Elementary
"...already bred generations of East Austin youth when the school song was composed, during the Depression, and the decades..."

June 28, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...town hall meetings to gather public input on proposed school boundary changes. The schedule is: Wednesday, Jan. 27 at..."

Jan. 15, 1999 News Feature

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
"...60." – Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick, guest-teaching a Mendez Middle School class last week, and revealing the need..."

April 22, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

On Leaving Dove Springs
A meditation on neighborhood, fear, family, and change
"...used to scare me when I walked home from Mendez Middle School, hooting and laughing as she is mangled..."

Aug. 22, 2014 News Feature by Sam Anderson-Ramos

Headlines
"...Yourselves: The state of Texas won't adequately fund public schools, but it will grade them like a middle school..."

Aug. 17, 2018 News Feature

Naked City
"...The second of six town hall meetings on AISD school boundary changes will be held tonight, Jan.28, at 7pm..."

Jan. 29, 1999 News Feature

Res Publica
Civic calendar of events, Aug. 18-25
"...TAX-FREE WEEKEND Everything you need to go back to school will not be taxed this weekend: clothes, notebooks, crayons,..."

Aug. 19, 2011 News Column

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