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Shrinking Schools
While the suburbs sprawl, central city schools count their children – and their blessings
" populations are flat or declining, even as outer-fringe schools are bursting with children. Of AISD's 74 elementary schools,..."

May 20, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Save Our Schools!
Texans advance on Capitol in bid to preserve public schools
"...through the $10 billion in planned cuts to public schools, or do they protect classrooms? The Save Texas Schools..."

March 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD Hears Loud and Clear: No Cops in Schools
Austinites call for schools to defund its police, too
"...for defunding police forces – including those in public schools, to allow more resources to be directed toward students'..."

July 3, 2020 News Feature by Aaricka Washington

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 by..."

Nov. 19, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Coalition Issues Manifesto on East Austin Schools
Coalition issues manifesto on East Austin schools
"...benefits offered to teachers, especially to those working in schools with high concentrations of low-income students; and "restructure school..."

Sept. 14, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

AISD High Schools Hit Target
TEA results for Austin improved from last year
"...become the bane of education policy: vouchers, charters, single-sex schools. As the Austin Independent School District receives some of..."

Aug. 14, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Unsafe Lead Levels Found in Texas Schools
AISD found high levels at two of 66 tested schools
"...found lead in the drinking water of many Texas schools. According to the report, "65 percent of Texas schools..."

March 3, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

News Roundup: Schools, Fair(?) Housing, and Plastic
TEA releases rankings, Linda Curtis returns, and more
"...In this week's News Roundup, the TEA ranks schools, Linda Curtis returns, the city releases its draft report..."

Dec. 29, 2014 News Post by the News Staff

Weekend Warriors for Public Schools
Save Texas Schools and Texas AFT to rally at capitol
"...the state budget, public school advocates including Save Texas Schools, Texas AFT and Texas Forward have organized multiple events..."

June 2, 2011 News Post by Ramon Martinez

Coleman: Perry Slow on State Schools
Legislative Study Group chair asks why governor has left fixing state residential facilities to legislature
"...already, since the Legislative Study Group Committee on State Schools sent him a report demanding urgent action. "The sad..."

Feb. 5, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Texas Lege Sends Message to Schools: Take the Money, Don't Talk About Race
Public schools retain their funding, but with culture-war strings attached
"...left intact, removing a threat that would hit Austin schools especially hard. "If there's any bright spot for this..."

June 4, 2021 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Opinion: Another Unfair Burden Put on Texas’ Public Schools
Greg Abbott and Mike Morath have put Texas schools in an impossible decision: shift to online learning, which is not as effective, or put students and families at risk by returning in the fall.
"...weeks of the school year, despite the fact that schools immediately shifted to teaching online. To Commissioner of Education..."

July 3, 2020 Column by Alyssa Potasznik

Austin Schools Get COVID-19 Vaccines Into Arms
Schools help promote vaccination while addressing community hesitancy
"...Health and Human Services, and Austin Public Health. As schools across Austin have promoted vaccination, Guerrero Thompson's efforts stand..."

June 4, 2021 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Save Texas Schools Gets Back in the Game
Protesters call foul on education funding
"...capitol today as part of the second Save Texas Schools rally. Many spoke to the crowd, but it may..."

March 24, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Austin Requires Masks in All Public Schools, Including Colleges
Local orders push back against Abbott’s ban on mask mandates
"...ordered that face masks are required at all public schools, as well as city and county properties including parks,..."

Aug. 13, 2021 News Post by Beth Sullivan

Fixes OK’d for AISD’s Low-rated schools
Four struggling schools to see new plans for improved performance
"...on Monday night to improve academic performance at four schools which received an "improvement required" – or "IR" –..."

Nov. 2, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Say Hello to the New (Less Confederate) Schools
Five AISD schools will get a name change
"...begin the process of changing the names of five schools or facilities named after individuals who fought for the..."

March 2, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Kashmere HS Marching Band Saves Texas Schools?
Public education needs more ‘Thunder Soul’
"...students descend on the capitol tomorrow for Save Texas Schools. The rally runs noon-1:30pm, but the march on state..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Music Post by Abby Johnston

Schools, Sprawl, and Citizenship
Vote begins on $520 million school bond package
"...million (or some fraction thereof) to build eight new schools and upgrade, expand, and repair the rest. Should all..."

Aug. 27, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Pulling From TEA Report, Ratliff Argues Public Schools Better Than Charters
Ratliff gets rebuke from federal education heads for saying public schools outperform charters
"...Traditional public schools outperform charter schools: That's the aggressive stance taken by..."

July 24, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Saving Austin's Schools
Nobody gets everything they want, but AISD’s bond may give everybody something they really need
"...$1.134 billion package goes to specific neighborhood campuses and schools of choice, as well as relocating the Rosedale special..."

Sept. 8, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

New Rules or New Roles for Charter Schools?
TEA proposes a crackdown on failing charters, but can it be enforced?
"...the resumption of the debates over education – charter schools – is getting a well-timed touch-up by the state..."

Jan. 14, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Neighborhoods, Schools, and Budgets
Austin ISD's looming financial crisis is a statewide story
"...was the AISD budget, which pays for the district's schools. And there was the state budget, which helps pay..."

Feb. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Deconstructing the Public Schools
"...directly from the districts' budgets and redeemable at private schools. The cost of the two-year "pilot" program is estimated..."

May 2, 2003 News Feature by Michael May

Public Notice: No Help for Public Schools
Why the PPP only works for charters
"...With Austin schools struggling to reopen and budget cuts looming at the..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

The Life and Death of Schools
Educational warrior Diane Ravitch takes on the "school reform" movement
"...and the ongoing, bipartisan, national love affair with charter schools – have done much, or anything, to fix American..."

Sept. 28, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Schools in Session
Legislators Study Issues: From Vouchers to Combat Pay
"...charters to non-profit organizations or colleges, which operate the schools in privately owned facilities. Two of these are in..."

Jan. 3, 1997 News Column by Roseana Auten

AISD High Schools Flunk Real-World Test
Audit says district poorly prepares grads for college or careers
" – and then the future of AISD high schools...."

Oct. 22, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

AISD Blocks Parent-Funded Posts at Upscale Schools
New equity formula ends PTA pay
"...longer be allowed to fund staff positions at their schools, a decision met with mixed reactions across the broadly..."

May 28, 2021 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Day Trips: Gillespie County Country Schools
Take a trip back in education history while enjoying the Hill Country scenery
"...Driving trails to the historic schools of Gillespie County follow scenic backroads around Fredericksburg and..."

May 22, 2020 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

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