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Melissa B. Taboada

K-12 education reporter

Melissa B. Taboada writes about K-12 public education for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the newspaper since 1999, previously covering suburban and county government, child welfare issues and the housing market, as well as writing a family life column for several years. Melissa studied journalism at the University of North Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Cedar Park with her husband and their two sons.

Latest from Melissa B. Taboada

OVERNIGHT: AISD board approves $990 million in bond projects, $1.4 billion budget
 The Austin school board early Tuesday morning approved 40 bond projects totaling $990 million, but delayed the actual vote for calling for a November bond election until next week. The approval of the projects was among three major financial decisions trustees made during a 7-hour board meeting Monday night that stretched into the early hours...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Austin school board early Tuesday morning approved 40 bond projects totaling $990 million, but delayed the actual vote for calling for a November bond election until next week. The approval of the projects was among three major financial decisions trustees made during a 7-hour board meeting Monday night that stretched into the early hours...
AISD board approves $990 million in bond projects, $1.4 billion budget
 The Austin school board early Tuesday approved 40 bond projects totaling $990 million, but delayed the actual vote to call for a November bond election until next week. The approval of the projects was among three major financial decisions trustees made during a seven-hour board meeting Monday night that stretched into the early hours of...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Austin school board early Tuesday approved 40 bond projects totaling $990 million, but delayed the actual vote to call for a November bond election until next week. The approval of the projects was among three major financial decisions trustees made during a seven-hour board meeting Monday night that stretched into the early hours of...
Austin school board approves 40 bond projects totalling $990 million
 The Austin school board early Tuesday approved 40 bond projects totalling $990 million, but delayed the actual vote to call for a November bond election until next week. Multiple parents and community members called on the board to wait so affected schools could have time to vet projects that have recently emerged, including the relocation...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Austin school board early Tuesday approved 40 bond projects totalling $990 million, but delayed the actual vote to call for a November bond election until next week. Multiple parents and community members called on the board to wait so affected schools could have time to vet projects that have recently emerged, including the relocation...
Austin school district board approves $1.46 billion budget
 The Austin school board on Monday night approved the district’s nearly $1.5 billion budget for 2017-18. Trustees Ted Gordon and Geronimo Rodriguez both abstained from the vote. The budget plan includes an across-the-board employee salary increases of 1.5 percent, totalling more than $8.5 million. The district’s recapture payment...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Austin school board on Monday night approved the district’s nearly $1.5 billion budget for 2017-18. Trustees Ted Gordon and Geronimo Rodriguez both abstained from the vote. The budget plan includes an across-the-board employee salary increases of 1.5 percent, totalling more than $8.5 million. The district’s recapture payment...
Austin school board approves $11.8 million in surplus land sales
 The Austin school board on Monday night approved the sales of two district surplus properties for $11.8 million. Trustees approved the bids by RSI Communities for $7.2 million for the 32 acre-Loyola Lane property, at the intersection of Loyola Lane and Ed Bluestein Boulevard, and $4.6 million for the 12-acre Service Center land, located south...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Austin school board on Monday night approved the sales of two district surplus properties for $11.8 million. Trustees approved the bids by RSI Communities for $7.2 million for the 32 acre-Loyola Lane property, at the intersection of Loyola Lane and Ed Bluestein Boulevard, and $4.6 million for the 12-acre Service Center land, located south...
HAPPENING NOW: Austin school board approves $1.46 billion budget
 1 a.m. update: The Austin school board overnight approved 40 bond projects totalling $990 million, and will officially call for a November bond election next Monday. The approval of the projects was among three major financial decisions made at the 7-hour Monday night school board meeting that stretched into the early hours of Tuesday morning...

Posted: 3 days ago

1 a.m. update: The Austin school board overnight approved 40 bond projects totalling $990 million, and will officially call for a November bond election next Monday. The approval of the projects was among three major financial decisions made at the 7-hour Monday night school board meeting that stretched into the early hours of Tuesday morning...
Taxpayers Union claims AISD exaggerated T.A. Brown Elementary damage
 The Travis County Taxpayers Union has asked the Austin school district to halt any plans to demolish T.A. Brown Elementary, alleging the structural damage that prompted the sudden closure of the school was exaggerated to win over voters for a proposed November bond election. The Austin school board is slated to call for the bond election...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Travis County Taxpayers Union has asked the Austin school district to halt any plans to demolish T.A. Brown Elementary, alleging the structural damage that prompted the sudden closure of the school was exaggerated to win over voters for a proposed November bond election. The Austin school board is slated to call for the bond election...
Immigrant allies in Austin: Fear still real despite DACA announcement
 After the Department of Homeland Security announced late Thursday that it would not immediately eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects unauthorized immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, Austin community leaders said there’s still more work to be done and that fear in the immigrant...

Posted: 6 days ago

After the Department of Homeland Security announced late Thursday that it would not immediately eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects unauthorized immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, Austin community leaders said there’s still more work to be done and that fear in the immigrant...
Johnston alumni protest moving Eastside Memorial to give LASA campus
 A group of Johnston High School alumni on Saturday are opposing preliminary plans to move the nationally ranked Liberal Arts and Science Academy out of LBJ High School to become a stand-alone school on the Johnston campus in East Austin. The plans are being considered as part of a bond proposal expected to go before voters in November. Eastside...

Posted: 6 days ago

A group of Johnston High School alumni on Saturday are opposing preliminary plans to move the nationally ranked Liberal Arts and Science Academy out of LBJ High School to become a stand-alone school on the Johnston campus in East Austin. The plans are being considered as part of a bond proposal expected to go before voters in November. Eastside...
Taxpayers Union claims AISD exaggerated damage to TA Brown elementary
 The Travis County Taxpayers Union has asked the Austin school district to halt any plans to demolish T.A. Brown Elementary, alleging the structural damages that prompted the sudden closure of the school were exaggerated to win over voters for a proposed November bond election. The Austin school board is slated to call for the bond election...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Travis County Taxpayers Union has asked the Austin school district to halt any plans to demolish T.A. Brown Elementary, alleging the structural damages that prompted the sudden closure of the school were exaggerated to win over voters for a proposed November bond election. The Austin school board is slated to call for the bond election...
Austin trustees’ new bond plan calls for LASA to move south and grow
 The nationally ranked Liberal Arts and Science Academy will move out of LBJ High School to become a stand-alone school on the Johnston campus in East Austin under a bond proposal expected to go before voters in November. Eastside Memorial High School, currently housed at the former Johnston High campus, would move to the Alternative Learning...

Posted: 7 days ago

The nationally ranked Liberal Arts and Science Academy will move out of LBJ High School to become a stand-alone school on the Johnston campus in East Austin under a bond proposal expected to go before voters in November. Eastside Memorial High School, currently housed at the former Johnston High campus, would move to the Alternative Learning...