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Family abductions are No. 2 cause of missing children in U.S.
 Family abductions make up the second-largest number of children who are reported missing in the United States, with the first being runaways, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. About 230,600 children were abducted by family members in the United States in 2013, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study...

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Family abductions make up the second-largest number of children who are reported missing in the United States, with the first being runaways, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. About 230,600 children were abducted by family members in the United States in 2013, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study...
Pflugerville, Round Rock ISDs lift college readiness rates
 Just over 41 percent of Central Texas high school graduates are ready for college, a double-digit decline from two years ago. Schools in nine Austin-area districts, including Pflugerville and Round Rock, fared slightly better than the statewide average; only 39 percent of Texas graduates in 2016 were ready for college, according to the latest...

Posted: 2 days ago

Just over 41 percent of Central Texas high school graduates are ready for college, a double-digit decline from two years ago. Schools in nine Austin-area districts, including Pflugerville and Round Rock, fared slightly better than the statewide average; only 39 percent of Texas graduates in 2016 were ready for college, according to the latest...
Austin school district chooses buyers for high-profile properties
 Austin school leaders are moving forward with the sales of the district’s downtown headquarters, the Baker Center and the Millett Opera House (home of the Austin Club), among other surplus properties. The school board next Monday is scheduled to vote on the sales of these properties: • The Carruth Center, the 2.7-acre district...

Posted: 2 days ago

Austin school leaders are moving forward with the sales of the district’s downtown headquarters, the Baker Center and the Millett Opera House (home of the Austin Club), among other surplus properties. The school board next Monday is scheduled to vote on the sales of these properties: • The Carruth Center, the 2.7-acre district...
AISD moves to sell headquarters to developer, Baker Center to Alamo Drafthouse
 Austin school leaders are moving forward with the high-profile sales of district headquarters, the Baker Center and the Millett Opera House (home of the Austin Club), among other surplus properties. The school board on Nov. 27 is scheduled to vote on the sales of the following properties: • the Carruth Center, the 2.7 acre district...

Posted: 2 days ago

Austin school leaders are moving forward with the high-profile sales of district headquarters, the Baker Center and the Millett Opera House (home of the Austin Club), among other surplus properties. The school board on Nov. 27 is scheduled to vote on the sales of the following properties: • the Carruth Center, the 2.7 acre district...
Campaign cash, outreach to parents fueled big Austin school bond win
 Even staunch supporters of the Austin school district’s $1.1 billion bond were surprised when it passed with 72 percent of the vote on Nov. 7. The single, all-or-nothing proposition was the largest ever approved by Austin residents, even as angst grows over ever-escalating property taxes. Those who lobbied for it stuck to...

Posted: 3 days ago

Even staunch supporters of the Austin school district’s $1.1 billion bond were surprised when it passed with 72 percent of the vote on Nov. 7. The single, all-or-nothing proposition was the largest ever approved by Austin residents, even as angst grows over ever-escalating property taxes. Those who lobbied for it stuck to...
Teacher accused of telling student ‘go back to Mexico’ is put on leave
 About 120 parents Friday morning packed the library at Fulmore Middle School, seeking answers days after a campus protest in which students accused a teacher of telling a student to “go back to Mexico.” At the meeting Friday, parents pushed for details on what actions the district had taken against the teacher, some calling for...

Posted: 5 days ago

About 120 parents Friday morning packed the library at Fulmore Middle School, seeking answers days after a campus protest in which students accused a teacher of telling a student to “go back to Mexico.” At the meeting Friday, parents pushed for details on what actions the district had taken against the teacher, some calling for...
Teacher accused of telling student ‘go back to Mexico’ is put on leave
 About 120 parents Friday morning packed the library at Fulmore Middle School, seeking answers days after a protest in which students accused a teacher of telling a student to “go back to Mexico.” At the parent meeting Friday, parents pushed for details on what actions the district had taken against the teacher, some calling...

Posted: 5 days ago

About 120 parents Friday morning packed the library at Fulmore Middle School, seeking answers days after a protest in which students accused a teacher of telling a student to “go back to Mexico.” At the parent meeting Friday, parents pushed for details on what actions the district had taken against the teacher, some calling...
Missing sisters found safe, but questions about case’s handling remain
 As the welcome news came Thursday that three missing Austin-area sisters had been found safe in Florida, questions remained about how long it took school officials to learn one child was missing and why authorities didn’t send out a statewide Amber Alert. Two of the sisters had been in foster care since Nov. 3, when authorities learned...

Posted: 6 days ago

As the welcome news came Thursday that three missing Austin-area sisters had been found safe in Florida, questions remained about how long it took school officials to learn one child was missing and why authorities didn’t send out a statewide Amber Alert. Two of the sisters had been in foster care since Nov. 3, when authorities learned...
Hays school board chooses Eric Wright as next district leader
 The Hays school board has tapped Fredricksburg’s Superintendent Eric Wright to lead the district. Hays trustees on Wednesday night named Wright lone finalist over the 19,860-student district. State law requires a 21-day waiting period before the board can offer him a contract. “This is a dynamic time for our district and we have...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Hays school board has tapped Fredricksburg’s Superintendent Eric Wright to lead the district. Hays trustees on Wednesday night named Wright lone finalist over the 19,860-student district. State law requires a 21-day waiting period before the board can offer him a contract. “This is a dynamic time for our district and we have...
Austin students protest, accuse teacher of saying ‘go back to Mexico’
 At least 60 students walked out of a South Austin middle school and circled the school building Wednesday afternoon in protest of a teacher’s culturally insensitive comments to a student, according to students and school officials. Several Fulmore Middle School students who participated in the walkout Wednesday told the American-Statesman...

Posted: 7 days ago

At least 60 students walked out of a South Austin middle school and circled the school building Wednesday afternoon in protest of a teacher’s culturally insensitive comments to a student, according to students and school officials. Several Fulmore Middle School students who participated in the walkout Wednesday told the American-Statesman...
Hays CISD names Fredericksburg’s Eric Wright as superintendent finalist
 The Hays school board Wednesday night tapped Fredricksburg’s Superintendent Eric Wright to lead the district. Trustees named Wright lone finalist over the 19,860-student district. State law requires a 21-day waiting period before the board can offer him a contract. “This is a dynamic time for our district and we have found a leader...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Hays school board Wednesday night tapped Fredricksburg’s Superintendent Eric Wright to lead the district. Trustees named Wright lone finalist over the 19,860-student district. State law requires a 21-day waiting period before the board can offer him a contract. “This is a dynamic time for our district and we have found a leader...
AISD to change Confederate school names, even if community disagrees
 Austin school district leaders will move ahead to rename five Austin campuses with ties to the Confederacy, even if some school communities push back against the decision. School Superintendent Paul Cruz told trustees Monday night that while it is early in the process, the district’s intent is to rename the schools. Input from...

Posted: 9 days ago

Austin school district leaders will move ahead to rename five Austin campuses with ties to the Confederacy, even if some school communities push back against the decision. School Superintendent Paul Cruz told trustees Monday night that while it is early in the process, the district’s intent is to rename the schools. Input from...
Coalition of Austin-area schools lifts college readiness rates
 Just over 41 percent of Central Texas high school graduates are ready for college, a double-digit decline from two years ago. Schools in nine Austin-area districts fared slightly better than the statewide average; only 39 percent of Texas graduates in 2016 were ready for college, according to the latest data available from the Texas Education...

Posted: 9 days ago

Just over 41 percent of Central Texas high school graduates are ready for college, a double-digit decline from two years ago. Schools in nine Austin-area districts fared slightly better than the statewide average; only 39 percent of Texas graduates in 2016 were ready for college, according to the latest data available from the Texas Education...
AISD moves to rename remaining schools with Confederate ties by August
 Five Austin school district campuses with names tied to the Confederacy will get new names by August under a proposal by district administrators. “The time has come that we address this elephant,” school board President Kendall Pace said Monday. “We don’t need schools named for Confederate soldiers and sympathizers...

Posted: 9 days ago

Five Austin school district campuses with names tied to the Confederacy will get new names by August under a proposal by district administrators. “The time has come that we address this elephant,” school board President Kendall Pace said Monday. “We don’t need schools named for Confederate soldiers and sympathizers...
AISD moves to rename remaining schools with Confederate ties by August
 Five Austin district campuses with names tied to the Confederacy will get new names by August, under a proposal by district administrators. The school board tonight will discuss the proposal to change the names of the following schools: the Allan facility (former Allan Elementary), named for John T. Allan, an officer in the Confederate Army...

Posted: 10 days ago

Five Austin district campuses with names tied to the Confederacy will get new names by August, under a proposal by district administrators. The school board tonight will discuss the proposal to change the names of the following schools: the Allan facility (former Allan Elementary), named for John T. Allan, an officer in the Confederate Army...
Austin school leaders will ‘move swiftly’ to launch $1.1B bond projects

Posted: 14 days ago

The day after voters gave overwhelming approval to the Austin district’s $1.1 billion bond measure, school leaders said they will move swiftly to get the bond projects off the ground. The bond, the largest ever approved by voters in Central Texas, won with 72 percent of the vote. It will pay to rebuild multiple schools, construct new...
Voters approve Leander ISD’s $454.4 million bond by wide margin
 Voters in Williamson and Travis counties approved by a wide margin the $454.4 million Leander school bond package. With just under 10,000 votes cast, 66 percent supported the bond, while 34 percent voted against the package. It had been 10 years since the Leander school board placed a bond measure on the ballot. Among the projects in the...

Posted: 15 days ago

Voters in Williamson and Travis counties approved by a wide margin the $454.4 million Leander school bond package. With just under 10,000 votes cast, 66 percent supported the bond, while 34 percent voted against the package. It had been 10 years since the Leander school board placed a bond measure on the ballot. Among the projects in the...
Voters approve $1.1B Austin ISD bond, largest in Central Texas history
 Voters overwhelmingly approved the Austin district’s $1.1 billion bond, the largest bond package to pass in Central Texas history. The final unofficial results showed 66,512 votes cast, with 72 percent in favor of the bond and 28 percent against, or 47,931 votes for and 18,581 votes against. The bond funds will pay to rebuild multiple...

Posted: 15 days ago

Voters overwhelmingly approved the Austin district’s $1.1 billion bond, the largest bond package to pass in Central Texas history. The final unofficial results showed 66,512 votes cast, with 72 percent in favor of the bond and 28 percent against, or 47,931 votes for and 18,581 votes against. The bond funds will pay to rebuild multiple...
Ethics Commission throws out three exhibits in complaint against AISD
 The Texas Ethics Commission won’t consider three of the four issues cited in a complaint against the Austin school district, saying the allegations, if true, don’t constitute violations. The Travis County Taxpayers Union, and community member Karen Flanagan, alleged district employees had violated the Election Code by using public...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Texas Ethics Commission won’t consider three of the four issues cited in a complaint against the Austin school district, saying the allegations, if true, don’t constitute violations. The Travis County Taxpayers Union, and community member Karen Flanagan, alleged district employees had violated the Election Code by using public...
Austin district $1.1 billion bond package tops Nov. 7 ballot
 Voters on Tuesday will decide on the $1.1 billion Austin school district bond package, the largest attempted in Central Texas history. The school bonds would pay to build more than a dozen schools, revamp deteriorating campuses and address overcrowding. The Austin district lumped all of the projects into an all-or-nothing proposition after...

Posted: 16 days ago

Voters on Tuesday will decide on the $1.1 billion Austin school district bond package, the largest attempted in Central Texas history. The school bonds would pay to build more than a dozen schools, revamp deteriorating campuses and address overcrowding. The Austin district lumped all of the projects into an all-or-nothing proposition after...
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