The Dallas Morning News
UPDATE Austin schools’ return
With seven weeks left in a school year that has been disrupted by the pandemic, Austin Independent School District Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde emailed parents this week with the subject “Welcoming Students Back to School.”
She highlighted teacher vaccinations and a lower COVID-19 positivity rate, while reminding parents that students have a better learning experience in person.
But what wasn’t mentioned is that the district is at risk of losing about $5 million in state funding if Austin ISD fails to increase its in-person attendance to at least 44% of its total enrollment during the final six weeks of the school year. Currently, about 31% of Austin ISD students are taking classes in person.