Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde

Superintendent to principals: academics is the key focus

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde had a message for principals at Austin ISD Tuesday: this year’s primary focus is on academics. “The main thing has to stay the main thing,” she said. “Our kids must be academically prepared.” Elizalde spoke to principals at…

Carlen Floyd

Austin ISD teachers and students concerned about impacts of restricting social studies curriculum

For some teachers, there’s been an extra challenge as they prepare lessons for the year – making sure they don’t violate new laws passed by the Texas Legislature.

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Get Tested

A new report shows that the more we get tested for COVID-19, the more we keep it out of classrooms. “Face masks and proactive testing are projected to substantially mitigate spread,” says the report from the UT Austin Modeling Consortium. Why it matters…

Pide comunidad hispana un proceso equitativo mientras Austin ISD avanza hacia un posible bono

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Austin intenta ganarse la confianza de la comunidad hispanohablante en una conversación destinada a evaluar un pasado que los padres describen como "traumático".

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What is the Tie Ceremony at Gus Garcia YMLA?

Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy held their annual Tie Ceremony where students learn how to properly wear their school uniform. Staff, seventh- and eighth-graders worked with sixth-graders to ensure students feel successful walking into school each…

Marith Diaz Cruz

Eastside student selected as Texas Young Women in Bio Ambassador

By Benjamin Beane The first day of school can be a whirlwind for any high schooler, but this year was especially memorable for Eastside Early College High School junior Marith Diaz Cruz, who learned she was selected as a Young Women in Bio Ambassador. “They…

Community members ask Austin ISD to examine past mistakes before moving forward on bond

The theme struck by community organizers and the Superintendent alike at Monday’s community meeting was reckoning with past mistakes so Austin ISD could move forward. “This is about giving the community the space to tell us how we’ve eroded trust in the past…


Austin ISD Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Sounds of Spanish horns and guitar erupted at the AISD Performing Arts Center Austin ISD's Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Kick-off Celebration on Monday. "For many of our students, families, and staff, the Spanish language is an important part of Hispanic…

Austin ISD Fights COVID-19 Transmission with Picnic Tables

Students at many campuses will soon enjoy the benefits of outdoor spaces with new picnic tables built by the Austin ISD Service Center. The district is building 375 picnic tables to support outdoor classrooms and lunch areas for students.

Homeowners could see lower tax rate (En Español)

Austin ISD is set to approve the lowest tax rate in 20 years at its Sept. 23 meeting of the Board of Trustees.


AISD Painter Jesus Vazquez Carvajal Stays Late to Help a Parent with Car Trouble

When Mariette Hummel went to pick her son up from school, the day was already taking a bad turn. Her husband had called just before dismissal to tell her he had been in a car accident.

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Lawmakers vote to fund virtual learning programs (En español)

Austin ISD may soon recoup some of the funding that went toward operating its virtual learning program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.