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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.

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Austin trustees approve plan to leave some schools without nurses
 The Austin school board Monday night approved a $7.1 million student health services plan that will continue to leave some campuses without a school nurse and others with a part-time nurse. The new contract also eliminates school mental health therapists from 16 schools. Seton Healthcare Family, which has provided the district’s student...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Austin school board Monday night approved a $7.1 million student health services plan that will continue to leave some campuses without a school nurse and others with a part-time nurse. The new contract also eliminates school mental health therapists from 16 schools. Seton Healthcare Family, which has provided the district’s student...
Austin trustees approve $1.4B budget, with 1.5-percent teacher raises
 The Austin school board Monday night adopted a $1.4 billion budget, which requires dipping into its reserves for nearly $30 million to cover the district’s shortfall. It is the second consecutive year the district will need to pull from its savings to cover expenses. The board voted 7 to 1, with Trustee Ted Gordon voting against. Gordon...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Austin school board Monday night adopted a $1.4 billion budget, which requires dipping into its reserves for nearly $30 million to cover the district’s shortfall. It is the second consecutive year the district will need to pull from its savings to cover expenses. The board voted 7 to 1, with Trustee Ted Gordon voting against. Gordon...
Austin ISD board adopts plan that leaves some schools without nurses
 The Austin school board Monday night approved a $7.1 million student health services plan that will continue to leave some campuses without a school nurse and others with a part-time nurse on site. Seton Healthcare Family, which has provided the district’s student medical services for nearly 25 years, will provide 75 nurses and 48 clinical...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Austin school board Monday night approved a $7.1 million student health services plan that will continue to leave some campuses without a school nurse and others with a part-time nurse on site. Seton Healthcare Family, which has provided the district’s student medical services for nearly 25 years, will provide 75 nurses and 48 clinical...
Austin board to vote on plan that leaves some schools without nurses
 Despite outcry from parents and medical professionals who lobbied for more nurses in Austin schools, trustees at tonight’s board meeting are expected to approve a new health services contract that continues to leave some campuses without one. Administrators are recommending a $7.1 million student health services contract with Seton...

Posted: 3 days ago

Despite outcry from parents and medical professionals who lobbied for more nurses in Austin schools, trustees at tonight’s board meeting are expected to approve a new health services contract that continues to leave some campuses without one. Administrators are recommending a $7.1 million student health services contract with Seton...
Austin school board on path to deplete district reserves in 3 years
 As Austin school board members on Monday weigh a $775.2 million operating budget, their spending plan for the 2018-19 school year is overshadowed by future budget forecasts that threaten the school system’s solvency. For the second consecutive year, the district will pass a budget with a deficit – this year $29 million &mdash...

Posted: 6 days ago

As Austin school board members on Monday weigh a $775.2 million operating budget, their spending plan for the 2018-19 school year is overshadowed by future budget forecasts that threaten the school system’s solvency. For the second consecutive year, the district will pass a budget with a deficit – this year $29 million &mdash...
12 percent of Austin students have safety concerns, a new survey shows
 About 4,600 students in the Austin school district, or 12 percent of students questioned, said they never feel safe at school or only feel safe “a little,” according to the annual survey done by the district. The percentage of students who said they felt safe at school dropped 4 percentage points since the 2016-17 school year...

Posted: 9 days ago

About 4,600 students in the Austin school district, or 12 percent of students questioned, said they never feel safe at school or only feel safe “a little,” according to the annual survey done by the district. The percentage of students who said they felt safe at school dropped 4 percentage points since the 2016-17 school year...
Fewer Austin students feel safe at school, new survey shows
 About 4,600 students in the Austin school district, or 12 percent of students questioned, said they never feel safe at school or only feel safe “a little,” according to the annual survey done by the district. The percentage of students who said they felt safe at school dropped 4 percentage points since the 2016-17 school year...

Posted: 10 days ago

About 4,600 students in the Austin school district, or 12 percent of students questioned, said they never feel safe at school or only feel safe “a little,” according to the annual survey done by the district. The percentage of students who said they felt safe at school dropped 4 percentage points since the 2016-17 school year...
Lockhart ISD board names Mark Estrada as lone superintendent finalist
 The Lockhart school board has tapped Assistant Superintendent Mark Estrada to lead the 5,900-student district. The trustees voted Monday night to name Estrada as the lone finalist for superintendent, but state law mandates the board must wait 21 days to offer him a contract. “I am humbled by the opportunity to be selected to lead Lockhart...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Lockhart school board has tapped Assistant Superintendent Mark Estrada to lead the 5,900-student district. The trustees voted Monday night to name Estrada as the lone finalist for superintendent, but state law mandates the board must wait 21 days to offer him a contract. “I am humbled by the opportunity to be selected to lead Lockhart...
Austin’s beloved Doss Elementary closes for rebuild
 Wade Owens took a Sharpie and printed his name, his wife Jennifer’s name, and the names of their three children on the concrete wall at Doss Elementary, along with the dates that each of them attended the school in Northwest Austin. All of them walked the same halls, going back to 1978. They even had a few of the same teachers. The...

Posted: 16 days ago

Wade Owens took a Sharpie and printed his name, his wife Jennifer’s name, and the names of their three children on the concrete wall at Doss Elementary, along with the dates that each of them attended the school in Northwest Austin. All of them walked the same halls, going back to 1978. They even had a few of the same teachers. The...
TEARFUL GOODBYE: Austin’s beloved Doss Elementary closes for rebuild
 Wade Owens took a Sharpie and printed his name, his wife Jennifer’s name, and the names of their three children on the concrete wall at Doss Elementary, along with the dates that each of them attended the school in Northwest Austin. All of them walked the same halls, going back to 1978. They even had a few of the same teachers...

Posted: 16 days ago

Wade Owens took a Sharpie and printed his name, his wife Jennifer’s name, and the names of their three children on the concrete wall at Doss Elementary, along with the dates that each of them attended the school in Northwest Austin. All of them walked the same halls, going back to 1978. They even had a few of the same teachers...
Austin school transformation plan sputters after board president’s ouster
 The Austin school district’s plan to tap millions in state funding to help low-performing schools is in jeopardy after a lack of interest from its campuses and the ouster of a school board president who once appeared to support it. Administrators initially looked to the state’s Transformation Zone program as a way to boost...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Austin school district’s plan to tap millions in state funding to help low-performing schools is in jeopardy after a lack of interest from its campuses and the ouster of a school board president who once appeared to support it. Administrators initially looked to the state’s Transformation Zone program as a way to boost...