Special Session expanded to include school finance, following announced deal on vouchers (En Español)

By Paul Stinson This special legislative session ends Tuesday. So, three Texas education bills are in limbo. On Tuesday of last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he had reached an agreement with the House on school choice. As a result, he…

Austin ISD Trustees Approve $1.86 Billion Budget for 2023–24

Board agrees to spend $52 million in savings to fund across-the-board pay raises Early Friday morning, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a $1.86 billion budget for the 2023–24 fiscal year, which starts on July 1.  The budget…

Take a peek at the (school) year in numbers (en español)

Sadly, this is the end of another school year! No, it’s not sarcasm. Lots of amazing things happened in 2022-23. And I want to share some of them with you. If you’re like me and you love numbers – buckle up for this  journey!   Children spent 75,600 minutes…

District proposes compensation package for 2023-24 School Year (en español)

On Thursday night, April 28, the district presented three compensation packages to the board of trustees.  The third proposal reflects an agreement reached in collaboration with Education Austin as part of the consultation process.  Yes, and…No compensation…

Austin ISD moves to twice-monthly pay starting in July (en español)

Beginning in July 2023, all employees in all departments and at all campuses—full-time, part-time and substitutes—will get paid twice per month. Employees will receive their paychecks on the 15th and the last business day of each month, which is 24 paychecks…

Ask Ed: Does the school district have to pass a budget? (En español)

Lately, we’ve been hearing questions about whether it’s necessary for the Austin ISD Board of Trustees to adopt a budget, so we put the question to Ed Ramos, Austin ISD’s chief financial officer. Ed: A school board must adopt a budget by June 30. If a board…

Recapture from Austin ISD to Reach Nearly $800 Million in 2022–23 (En español)

Austin ISD, which already sends the most local property tax dollars to the state by a wide margin, is projecting a $37.3 million increase—to $798.6 million in the 2022–23 school year.


AISD proposes recapture solutions that Lege might listen to (En Español)

There are two solutions that could drastically ease Austin ISD’s recapture payments without significantly altering the state’s funding formula, and district leaders are hoping the Lege will listen.

Campus Report Cards now Available

Two report cards about your campus are now available for you to review.  They’re called the State of Texas 2020–21 School Report Card and the Federal Report Card.   Why it matters: These report cards provide information about student performance on the…

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What is recapture? (En español)

You’ve read the headlines: Austin ISD paid the most in recapture than any other Texas district. But what does that mean? Here is an explainer. 


Superintendent Asks Community for Support on Improving Academics, Balancing Budget (En español)

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde asked the community for support as she has to make tough decisions to improve academics and balance the budget. 

Teachers and classified staff could see pay increase (En Español)

Austin ISD teachers could receive a $1,000 base pay raise in addition to a 2% raise of the midpoint of their pay scale in the new school year.