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Zavala Families Facing the Future
As Austin ISD modernizes one Eastside campus, others remain fearful
"...and former staff rallied in the cold rain outside Zavala Elementary School on Monday to draw attention to what..."

Oct. 19, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

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 the..."

March 6, 2020 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

A Declaration of Independence
Zavala Elementary and Principal Sean Fox are succeeding at going their own way
"...a student stole a book from the library at Zavala Elementary. "It was a big deal," he said. "Normally,..."

May 9, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Cast Away
Pure Castings, Zavala Elementary, pollution, jobs ... and the neighborhood
"...and their potential effects on the foundry's nearest neighbor: Zavala Elemen­tary School. A 12-year veteran of the Texas Air..."

Aug. 28, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Changing Places
The new Pickle Elementary School is a crucible of the changing St. Johns neighborhood
"...From above, the recently inaugurated Pickle Elementary appears more like a small airport than a school,..."

Feb. 7, 2003 News Feature by Michael May

'If Not Edison -- What?'
Austin Interfaith's Alliance programs represent one alternative to failing AISD schools.
"...would have privatized a cluster of low-performing East Austin elementary schools under the management of the for-profit education corporation..."

March 22, 2002 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Shrinking Schools
While the suburbs sprawl, central city schools count their children – and their blessings
"...They were followed by the very best readers at Zavala Elementary: sixth-graders in tiaras, fourth-graders blowing kisses, a jeep..."

May 20, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Naked City
Al Mindiz-Melton, the Johnston High School principal who got busted for marijuana possession last week, was a capable administrator who brought improvements to every school he oversaw.
"...That was Alejandro Mindiz-Melton, who was then principal of Zavala Elementary School in East Austin...."

April 21, 2000 News Feature by Roseana Auten

Bully Pulpit II
Jim Hightower Stages an On-Air Comeback
"...Consider the case of AISD's Zavala Elementary, which just four years ago was rated as..."

Aug. 30, 1996 News Feature by Chris Walters

Naked City
The Industrial Areas Foundation demonstrates its substantial clout at the Southwest IAF Conference, held in Austin earlier this week.
"...In 1991, 75% of the students at Zavala Elementary in East Austin couldn't pass the TAAS test,..."

March 9, 2001 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Naked City
Organized through Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish congregations, the Industrial Areas Foundation's Saturday gathering was not unlike a secular church service.
"...campuses that emphasize active parental involvement and community outreach. Zavala Elementary, one of the Austin's lowest-performing elementary schools, became..."

Sept. 29, 2000 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Austin Interfaith
Organizing Austin One Congregation at a Time
"...School program, convincing five of the city's lowest achieving elementary schools - Zavala, Ortega, Becker, Jordan, and Blackshear -..."

July 21, 1995 News Feature by Robert Bryce

AISD’s Transformative Schooling
Decoding Kendall Pace’s texts
"...that Pickle, Overton, Norman, Oak Springs, Jordan, and Barrington elementary schools as well as Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership..."

June 1, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

AISD's Haves and Have Nots
"...Blackshear Elementary..."

March 22, 2002 News Feature

When Does Toxic Become Too Toxic?
"...station has been in operation on the roof at Zavala Elementary since Feb. 19, and the agency has placed..."

Aug. 28, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Critics: Kids
"...Best Elementary School for the Classics: Robert E. Lee Elementary (1994)..."

Sept. 24, 1999 Best of Austin Feature

Election Wrap-up
"...included Central and Northwest power boxes like 239 (Gullett Elementary), which saw 32.7% turnout and gave Wynn 68.6% of..."

May 9, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Food-o-File
Local culinary news from Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood.
"...school three evenings a week. The cafe at Blanton Elementary is funded by restaurant company Fired Up Inc., the..."

Nov. 17, 2000 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

The Tides of March
Ready for a blue wave in November's midterms? That'll depend on the race.
"...Teachers at Lupe Valdez's elementary school in San Antonio used to pull the future..."

Feb. 9, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

What Worked at Webb
"...involved in the community. They worked on the Pickle Elementary campus. They hosted block parties, neighborhood cleanups, and unity..."

Nov. 30, 2007 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Naked City
"...Ellen Richards, the daughter of Gov. Ann Richards, visited Zavala Elementary School last week to recruit students in the..."

Nov. 17, 2006 News Feature

AISD Notebook
"...Austin High's principal and was succeeded at Webb by Zavala Elementary's innovative Al Mindiz-Melton, and super-nice-guy Patrick Patterson, former..."

Aug. 9, 1996 News Feature

Naked City
"...money, if approved, would be used to build six elementary schools (including three in Southwest Austin), two middle schools..."

June 23, 1995 News Feature

Studio Visits: Bobby Scheidemann
Stuck in Traffic? Say 'Hi.'
"...has taken up residence in a cozy house near Zavala Elementary School on Austin's Eastside. His room that he..."

March 21, 2014 Arts Column by Andy Campbell

About That History? It's Gone.
Developers destroy a little bit more of Eastside history
"...Castings factory, controversial for its fumes and proximity to Zavala Elementary (see "Cast Away," Aug. 28, 2009) – the..."

May 4, 2012 News Feature by Cindy Widner

IDEA Opt-Out Deadline Friday
Last chance to avoid the Allan takeover
"...the IDEA Public Schools takeover of Austin ISD's Allan Elementary – one affecting students, another hitting teachers – and..."

Feb. 23, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Daily Hustle: 6/24/10
Liveblogging City Council
"...with city land to move Pure Castings away from Zavala Elementary...."

June 24, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
"...the Pure Castings Co. foundry in East Austin, near Zavala Elementary School. After making a presentation on March 12..."

March 20, 2009 News Feature

Res Publica
Citizen's calendar, Dec. 18-25
"...location, in a residential area across the street from Zavala Elementary and the Pan American Recreation Center, is better..."

Dec. 19, 2008 News Feature

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