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Pearce Middle School to Close
School commissioner announces closure with little warning to district
"...announcement that has rocked Austin ISD staff and parents, School Commissioner Robert Scott has announced that Pearce Middle School..."

July 8, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Who Killed Porter Middle School?
The evidence points to George W. Bush. But he wasn't alone.
"...A school died in Austin this week. The causes were definitely..."

March 10, 2006 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Community Wants Pearce in '09
Survey response instructs Carstarphen to work to re-open Pearce this year
"...The Pearce Middle School community has spoken, and it overwhelmingly backs..."

July 22, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Pearce To Reopen
Education Commissioner Scott approves repurposing plan for middle school
"...month of upset, tears and politics, the good news: Pearce Middle School will re-open on August 24...."

Aug. 4, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Pearce Vote Monday
AISD confirms repurposing meeting to take place Aug. 3
"...details of how they plan to proceed with the Pearce Middle School repurposing...."

July 29, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Pearce Meeting Tonight
District seeks community input on saving school and debunks myth of Commissioner Scott's appeal
"...the most important public meeting for the future of Pearce Middle School. AISD staff will be presenting options for..."

July 15, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Pearce Repurposed: But For How Long?
Commissioner Scott decides not to remove the axe from East Austin school
"...were informed of some pretty bleak and surprising news: Pearce Middle School won't get a new PEIMS (Public Education..."

Aug. 25, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

School Closings Under Fire
Austinites pack Delco Center to oppose closing of schools
"...Master Plan Task Force to close several elementary and middle schools...."

Jan. 12, 2011 News Post by Michael King

TEA to Pearce: Drop Dead
School officials and community are blindsided by agency's decision to close Pearce Middle School
"...Agency, Commissioner of Education Robert Scott's decision to close Pearce Middle School, announced last week, isn't the end. It's..."

July 17, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Pearce Closing: Scorched Earth, Uncertain Horizon
Pearce community is trying to work through the closure crisis
"...The Texas Education Agency says it's the Austin Independent School District's fault that Commissioner Robert Scott intervened at Pearce..."

July 24, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Next Round of School Reform
AISD focuses again on Eastside schools
"...There's a consensus in the Austin Inde­pendent School District: The schools in East Austin should get the..."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

A New Lease on Life for Pearce? Not Exactly.
Pearce has been repurposed – but for what purpose?
"...the Texas Education Agency approved the repurposing plan for Pearce Middle School on Aug. 4, the school district and..."

Sept. 4, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Pearce Gets a New Principal
High test scores at what cost?
"...James Troutman seems like a perfect fit to lead Pearce Middle School in Northeast Austin. Troutman is quite familiar..."

Aug. 24, 2007 News Feature by Justin Ward

Making Plans for Reagan and Pearce
AISD bracing for news on fate of Reagan and Pearce
"...Two campuses in the Austin Independent School District risk closure this year under Texas' accountability rules...."

June 4, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

School Accountability Gets Green Light
Can school accountability measure save Pearce and Reagan?
"...after lawmakers rolled out their planned reforms to the school accountability system, the new and improved draft changes received..."

May 1, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Pearce Progress Report
AISD to present the new repurposing proposal "by the end of the week"
"...For those wondering what the latest situation with Pearce Middle School is, AISD Director of Communications Andy Welch..."

July 28, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Poor Ratings for Pearce, Garcia?
Despite overall TAKS improvements, two middle schools lag behind
"...Two of East Austin's middle schools are expected to receive bad news when the..."

June 24, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

A Plan for Pearce
AISD release new Pearce repurposing proposal ahead of Monday's board meeting
"...has released their proposal for the repurposing plan for Pearce Middle School (Download the full plan here)...."

July 31, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Pearce, Scott and HB3
Did commissioner of education ignore legislative intent of last session's accountability reforms?
"...Education Robert Scott ordered the closure of Johnston High School, he kept claiming his hands were tied by law...."

July 8, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Pearce: Fill in the Blanks
AISD using online survey to decide next step for threatened middle school
"...Citizens attending the public meeting at Pearce Middle School on Wednesday got to have their input..."

July 17, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

AISD Braces for Challenging School Year
After rocky start, district tries to smooth out bumps
"...to the new academic year in the Austin Independent School District began in earnest this week with the start..."

Aug. 14, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Pearce Plan Approved
AISD Trustees pass repurposing unanimously: Now it's up to TEA
"...AISD Board of Trustees meeting, the repurposing proposal for Pearce Middle School was passed 9-0 on Monday night...."

Aug. 3, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Kress Bashes Pearce
No Child Left Behind architect gloats over middle school closure
"...Seems there's one person who's happy about Pearce Middle School facing closure: Public school accountability advocate Sandy..."

July 11, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

School Bill Put to the Test
Omnibus school bill doesn't make the grade, critics say
"...Another legislative session means another public school omnibus bill. Legislators were presented with the mammoth 128-page..."

March 13, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

School Reform Bills Headed to Governor
House Bill 3 holds a glimmer of hope for Pearce Middle School
"...Two bills marking the largest reform of public-school accountability and financing since No Child Left Behind are..."

June 5, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD Boys' School Has a Target
Covington Middle School seems the likely candidate
"...The Austin Independent School District is edging closer to opening a second single-sex..."

Nov. 2, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Designed To Fail
As Pearce may face another repurposing, AISD gets excited about single-sex schools
"...It is early afternoon at the James E. Pearce College Preparatory Academy. In the main office, a grandfather..."

Nov. 18, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Unaccountable
In the public school testing frenzy, responsibility and consequences flow only downward
"...it's time to get worried again about troubled public schools. Under the gun this year are Pearce Middle School..."

Nov. 21, 2008 News Column by Michael King

Left Behind
AISD moves to close Webb Middle School – and transfer the "merchandise"
"...It's third period at Webb Middle School, and seventh-grade English teacher Patrick Harboure is at..."

Feb. 16, 2007 News Feature by Michael May

TAKS Scores
Pearce's best chance of survival lies with the Legislature
"...Knowledge and Skills scores, the fates of Reagan High School and Pearce Middle School stand on a knife edge...."

May 29, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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