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Save Pease signs
Julia Reihs / KUT

Parents of students at Pease Elementary, one of four schools the district voted in November to close, say they are dismayed the Austin Independent School District has revoked previously approved transfer requests.

Downtown Round Rock
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The Round Rock Independent School District's Board of Trustees approved boundary changes Thursday for six schools. The changes will affect students at Caraway, Elsa England, Herrington, Joe Lee Johnson and Teravista elementary schools and at C.D. Fulkes Middle School. 

State Board of Education candidate Robert Morrow is known for wearing a jester's hat.
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

With his history of sexist, racist rhetoric and incomprehensible, conspiracy-laden rants, Robert Morrow has become one of the most unifying political figures in Texas.

Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Even though Superintendent Paul Cruz said he's leaving the Austin Independent School District, the process of school closures that started under his watch likely will not end. But where it goes from here is unknown.

Paul Cruz is resigning from his position as superintendent of Austin Independent School District.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Paul Cruz, superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, announced Wednesday he is resigning to take a position at UT Austin.

Students eat lunch in the cafeteria of Highland Park Elementary. A sole person walks in an empty hallway.
Julia Reihs / KUT

About 4,500 fewer students are expected to be enrolled in the Austin Independent School District over the next five years, a new demographic report predicts.  

The Texas School for the Deaf
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

The Texas School for the Deaf is launching two apps to help implement a new state law aimed at preventing school violence and promoting school safety.

The Austin Independent School District
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Some special education teachers in the Austin Independent School District could see increased pay and stipends as soon as March, the district announced Tuesday.

UT Austin campus
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is donating $100 million to UT Austin to support students from lower-income families.

The money, which will be granted over 10 years, is the largest donation the university has ever received that will go directly to students.

The tower at the University of Texas Austin
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Incoming UT Austin students will need to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against measles starting this fall, according to University Health Services.

The new requirement does not apply to students currently in classes or those enrolling this spring or summer. 

UT Austin students raise signs signifying their opposition to leadership answers during a town hall forum on faculty sexual misconduct at the university on Monday.
Julia Reihs / KUT

UT Austin students urged university leadership to admit the school has failed them, during a town hall meeting Monday on faculty sexual misconduct.

A locker in the Austin Independent School District
Julia Reihs / KUT

A local nonprofit wants to start a school in Austin that serves young adults with neurological conditions like autism.

Easterseals of Central Texas is seeking to start the school within the Austin Independent School District. The school would help students older than 18 who have autism or other conditions learn important life and workplace skills. Students would attend the school after completing high school graduation requirements. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

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Cuando el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Austin anunció que era necesario cerrar y consolidar escuelas en febrero, también publicó una oferta laboral para el primer director de equidad del distrito.

The tower at the University of Texas Austin campus.
Martin do Nascimento / KUT

Seventeen employees at the University of Texas at Austin, including three faculty members and one research fellow, were found to have violated the flagship's sexual misconduct policies between Nov. 2017 and Dec. 2019, according to a university document released Thursday.

Five Bertha Sadler Means students
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The Austin Independent School District put off a decision last fall on whether to close eight schools as part of its districtwide overhaul. Since then, students, staff and parents at those schools have been waiting in a sort of limbo, and it could be months before they learn their schools' fates. 

Stephanie Hawley, chief equity officer for AISD, at a school board meeting.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

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When the Austin Independent School District announced it needed to close and consolidate schools back in February, it also posted a job for its first-ever chief equity officer.

As Dr. Ed Burger prepares to leave Southwestern University to become President and Chief Executive Officer of St. David’s Foundation in Austin, Texas, he and KUT's Jennifer Stayton discuss the art of letting go, as they wrap up the KUT podcast "Higher Ed."

Austin ISD Cief Equity Officer Stephanie Hawley, at a school board meeting Aug. 26.
Julia Reihs / KUT

School closures and consolidations are not "equity strategies," the Austin Independent School District's chief equity officer says in a report released Monday.

Children and community members hold signs asking that Pease Elementary not be closed.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees discussed transition plans for the four schools it voted to close at last month’s meeting at a work session Monday night.

In the very first episode of KUT's podcast "Higher Ed," Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger and KUT's Jennifer Stayton talked about the importance of failure to learning. Has any thinking changed about that concept in the past five years?

Three UT Austin students work on an anti-sexual misconduct poster.
Eddie Gaspar / The Texas Tribune

With the end of the fall semester looming, University of Texas at Austin administrators continue to face a burgeoning student protest movement over the return to the classroom of two professors punished for sexual misconduct policy violations.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Were the reading and writing passages on standardized tests that Texas elementary and middle school students took this spring too challenging for their grade levels?

"Thank you" may not always be the words that come to mind when struggling through a difficult lesson or dealing with a mountain of homework in school. But in this episode of KUT's podcast "Higher Ed," Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger and KUT's Jennifer Stayton discuss the role that gratitude can play in learning and education.

Julia Reihs / KUT

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La Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Austin votó cerrar las escuelas primarias de Brooke, Metz, Sims y Pease, a pesar de que el oficial responsable de Equidad del distrito dijo que el plan de cierre era racista.

Laura Isensee / Houston Public Media

In the last three years, Fort Bend schools have seen the demand for special education almost double. More teachers and parents are asking for children to be tested for a disability – which district leaders say is a huge step forward since the end of a Texas policy that denied services to tens of thousands of children for over a decade.

Julia Reihs / KUT

The Austin Independent School District's Board of Trustees voted to close Brooke, Metz, Sims and Pease elementary schools – despite the district's chief equity officer calling the closure plan racist.

A crowd holds signs protesting the proposed closure of AISD schools
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The Austin Independent School District's Board of Trustees approved a plan to close Pease, Metz, Sims and Brooke elementary schools as part of the first phase of the district's "school changes" process.

Laura Isensee / Houston Public Media

Twice, Britany Miller has asked for special education services and accommodations at two different Houston-area charter schools for her son, Nicholas Davis, who struggles with depression and an attention disorder.

Who does not appreciate making high grades in a certain subject or getting glowing performance reviews at work?  In this episode of KUT's podcast "Higher Ed," Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger and KUT's Jennifer Stayton explore the lure of the "success trap" and how to avoid it.

Carolinda Acevedo, 13
Chris Paul / Houston Public Media

Last year, as a seventh-grader at Lake Jackson Intermediate, Carolinda Acevedo struggled in class — even though she loves learning. She'd stay up late to finish her homework, but then did poorly on state exams. She lost interest in her favorite hobby, making slime in all the colors of the rainbow. Her anxiety and mood disorder flared up so much that Carolinda had to be hospitalized, her mom Christina Acevedo says.

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