In the past two years, the Austin Independent School District’s leadership has challenged my patience as a taxpayer and tempted my fury as a public school parent. Two years ago, the district floated the idea of closing my son’s high-achieving elementary school. The Austin school district has made me literally sit for hours in the cold rain for one of a handful of golden tickets necessary to address the district staff and board for three minutes 12 hours later. The district has continued to demonstrate an inability to meaningfully partner with parents to steer its schools into the future.
Despite the compounding of my frustrations, I remain a proud public school parent. I am not just proud that my son attends public school; I am proud that my son attends the Austin school district — one of the last urban school districts in the United States with demographics truly reflective of the community it serves. The district is by no means perfect, but it is doing an impressive job under increasingly difficult circumstances. My son is lucky to go to a public school with great teachers and an administration I fully support.
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