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While many people in Austin are questioning why the Austin Independent School District is closing and consolidating schools, Roxanne Evans says she saw it coming.

Evans covered education for the Austin American-Statesman back in the 1980s, when students were bused in an attempt to integrate schools. She says what’s happening now is a continuation of something that was never finished.

Houston School Board Faces Dismissal Over Dysfunction

Aug 12, 2019

From Texas Standard:

The Texas Education Agency, or TEA, has the power to replace locally-elected school boards with its own appointed trustees, although it rarely does so. Such a step is typically reserved for extreme financial mismanagement or substandard student achievement. But in Houston, TEA officials are now considering replacing the local school board for a different reason: dysfunction.

Arianna Wagner, 5, looks up as an announcement plays on the PA system at a meet-the-teacher event Aug. 9, 2019 at YWLA Primary. She said she likes going to an all-girls school "because everybody is pretty and I like pretty things."
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Monday was the first day of the school year for the San Antonio Independent School District and several area charter school networks.

Two of SAISD’s schools are new this year: CAST Med High School on the South Side and Young Women’s Leadership Academy Primary just east of downtown.


South San ISD trustee Gilbert Rodriguez, right, asks district officials Aug. 7 about preparations to reopen previously closed schools.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

South San Antonio Independent School District’s elected school board voted 4-3 to “withdraw (their) consent” for state-appointed monitor Laurie Elliott Wednesday evening.

Rose Garcia speaks at a public hearing on the result of a state investigation into Harlandale ISD August 1, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Members of the Harlandale community voiced their concerns about the results of a state investigation into the school district Thursday evening at a public hearing.

Most people who spoke thought the investigation into allegations of nepotism, financial mismanagement and improper governance was needed, but they had different opinions about what should happen next.

Edgewood mariachi students perform in the lobby  of the district's performing  arts theater before its first State of the District April 11, 2019.
File Photo | Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The Edgewood Independent School District will start the new school year without a fine arts coordinator.

The decision is drawing criticism from Jeremy Brimhall, the director of education at the San Antonio Symphony.

Teenagers in foster care listen to advice from UTSA students who were previously in foster care July 23, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

 After 16 years of moving from one foster home to another, Krizia Franklin couldn’t wait to be out on her own when she graduated from high school.

When Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 3 into law earlier this summer, in addition to increasing school funding and approving teacher raises, he also approved a requirement for all Texas high school seniors to fill out an application for federal or state financial aid for college.

Trustees for the San Antonio Independent School District voted to give Superintendent Pedro Martinez an additional 5% raise Monday.

From Texas Standard:

The Texas Legislature passed a multibillion-dollar school finance bill during its most recent session. The funds provide a pay increase for teachers and other members of school staff. But now comes the hard part: how to actually apportion those raises.

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