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Record Number of Votes Were Cast in AISD Board Races. The Run-Offs Will Be a Different Story.
Lower voter turnout may intensify already close races
"...during 2019's "School Changes" process, when her children's school, Pease Elementary, was closed...."

Nov. 13, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

A New Plan for Austin ISD?
School board elections tee up calls for change – and rebuilding broken trust
"...2017, and then the wildly unpopular closure of four elementary schools last year – has shaped the contours of..."

Oct. 16, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Chronicle Endorsements for the November General Election
Our picks for the local, state, and national races you'll see on your ballot
"...School Changes process – which closed her children's school, Pease Elementary – with professional policy expertise and commitment to..."

Oct. 2, 2020 News Feature by The Chronicle Editorial Board

Four Open Seats, and Many Demands for Change at AISD
School board shakeup
"...campus closures and consolidations, and voted to shutter two elementary schools in his district (Brooke and Metz) as part..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

The Challenges of Going Back to School
Parents, teachers, and students share their anxieties over starting the fall semester while COVID-19 is still rampant
"...a year now, before the pandemic. The families of Pease, Brooke, Metz, and Sims have had to navigate the..."

Aug. 7, 2020 Features Feature

Local K-12 Educators Look at Ways to Start the School Year as COVID-19 Looms
Put on your thinking cap
"...board of trustees' controversial November vote to close four elementary campuses – three serving historically Black and Latinx neighborhoods,..."

Aug. 7, 2020 Features Feature by Aaricka Washington

Kevin Curtin Hung Out With All of Austin’s “Tree of the Year” Winners
A socially distanced journey through the city’s green spaces
"...2010: Bur Oak, Highland Park Elementary (Community Tree Honorable Mention)..."

July 31, 2020 Arts Feature by Kevin Curtin

Great Demand, Greater Expectations for AISD
Timeline set for superintendent search
"...Monday's meeting, the board voted on renaming two new elementary schools in AISD. The new school in South­west Austin..."

May 22, 2020 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

Opinion: AISD Is Perpetuating a Historic Racial Dividing Line
Annika Olson of UT-Austin’s Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis urges AISD to reconsider its School Changes plan for elementary school closures
"...District (AISD) voted to close Metz, Sims, Brooke, and Pease Elementary Schools. Three of these four schools have student..."

March 20, 2020 Column by Annika Olson

Anger at Pease Elementary as AISD Revokes Transfers
Transfer requests were for schools that had already reached maximum enrollment capacity
"...Parents at soon-to-be-closed Pease Elementary are again frustrated at Austin ISD leaders after..."

March 6, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Paul Cruz Steps Down at AISD
Superintendent takes UT post; transition plan still TBD
"...was not always reciprocal, especially among parents at Metz, Pease, Sims, and Brooke elementary schools, who fought tooth and..."

Feb. 28, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Paul Cruz to Step Down as Austin Schools Chief
Superintendent to join UT faculty after eventful AISD tenure
"...was not always reciprocal, especially among parents at Metz, Pease, Sims, and Brooke elementary schools, who fought tooth and..."

Feb. 19, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

2019's Big Stories Shaping Austin's Path Into a New Decade
Never a slow news day
"...the board of trustees voted to close Metz, Brooke, Pease, and Sims elementary schools, despite startling and blunt testimony..."

Dec. 20, 2019 News Feature by the News Staff

AISD Equity Report Hits Home Hard
Was the School Changes process doomed from its inception from an equity perspective?
"...when its board of trustees voted to close four elementary schools found its target this week, with the public..."

Dec. 13, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Grief, Anger, Activism Follow AISD’s Move to Close Schools
Lingering questions over unreleased equity report fuel frustration
"...of the Austin Independent School District to close four elementary schools and implement a host of districtwide initiatives, community..."

Nov. 29, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Bad, Bad Decision
"...Dear Editor, My grandson attends Pease Elementary. My daughter has been active in Eastside groups..."

Nov. 21, 2019 Postmarks

AISD Board Votes to Close Four Austin Elementary Schools
Despite public outcry, Brooke, Pease, Sims, and Metz all to shutter
"...https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2019-11-19/aisd-board-votes-to-close-four-austin-elementary-schools/..."

Nov. 22, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

AISD Board Votes to Close Four Austin Elementary Schools
Despite public outcry, Brooke, Pease, Sims, and Metz all to shutter
"...Four Austin ISD elementary schools will close next year, following a 6-3 vote..."

Nov. 19, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Pease Parents Aim to Change the School Changes
"...of trustees to intervene have intensified. Students sang at Pease Elementary, and state Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, offered her..."

Nov. 15, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

AISD Delays Plans to Close Eight Schools
Advocates push to save Pease, Brooke
"...of School Changes released Friday, Nov. 1: Metz, Sims, Pease, and Brooke elementary schools...."

Nov. 8, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Austin ISD Delays Its Plans to Close Eight Schools
Four others remain on list as "conversations" continue
"...of School Changes, released Friday, Nov. 1; Metz, Sims, Pease, and Brooke elementary schools. The first two will close..."

Nov. 3, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Public Notice: Destroying Some to Save Others
City, Austin ISD look for similar changes in similar places
"...hitting like a double whammy – witness the Ridgetop Elementary community, targeted for both school closure and transition area..."

Oct. 11, 2019 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Equity, Clarity Sought in School Changes Process
(UPDATED) AISD hears from parents at both East and Westside schools
"...their schools for closure – most vocally at Maplewood, Pease, and Ridgetop elementary schools. Others, like Webb Middle School,..."

Oct. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Austin at Large: The Oldest Story in Town
Will Austin ISD's "School Changes" be our last chance to learn our lesson?
"...my first Austin ISD back to school night, at Pease Elementary. (I remember it vividly, because I spent much..."

Sept. 20, 2019 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

AISD's "School Changes" Process Places Equity Front and Center
“Historically, this is a very racist city, and unfortunately, this school district is a part of that system"
"...that determine the paths that Austin students follow from elementary to middle to high school...."

Sept. 13, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

AISD Releases Plans for School Closures and Consolidations
12 campuses impacted as district grapples with declining enrollment
"...seven of them approaching rates of 90% or higher. Pease Elementary, which consists mostly of transfer students from parents..."

Sept. 5, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Austin's Barbecue Culture Is Well-Seasoned Thanks to These Pioneers
A brief history of old-school 'cue
"...father at the pits after school let out at Pease Elementary. "It's very important to keep a piece of..."

June 15, 2018 Food Feature by Veronica Meewes

Celebrate MLK Day With P.I.E.
“Peace Includes Everyone” and everyone could use a treat right now
"...Peace Through P.I.E. Social with rousing gospel music, two elementary school choirs, a pie auction benefit, and a festive..."

Jan. 12, 2018 Food Post by Jessi Cape

Saving the Church Bees
An estimated 1 million bees removed from church wall
"...will build the fence for their ninth partnering school, Pease Elementary. He also advocated for a bill that passed..."

Sept. 23, 2015 News Post by Jessi Cape

The Changing Face of Mueller
A burst of development marks the latest phase of the central city neighborhood
"...landmark Mueller Hanger (and at the French Legation and Pease Park), drawing teams from all across Texas and beyond...."

May 10, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

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