AISD Takes Lessons from Public Charters’ Playbook

May 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment

In this weekend’s Austin-American Statesman, “Austin school district implements sweeping changes to boost performance at struggling schools” (by Melissa B. Taboada) outlines the changes the Austin Independent School District (AISD) is making to some of the consistently low-performing schools in East Austin. The changes are a result of accepting that lessons learned from public charter schools can be implemented to benefit traditional public schools. Among those changes are: increased instruction time, daily tutoring requirements, longer school days, Saturday class requirements, and building in the expectation that students will be college bound.

These changes that AISD is planning to implement sound remarkably like what is offered at (credited) KIPP and East Austin College Prep Academy. However, one thing that is not addressed in the article about AISD’s plan are the wrap-around services that support not only the child IN school, but their family as well.

Acknowledging that students from minority and low-income neighborhoods have different needs (which frankly I haven’t heard acknowledged but only alluded to) is a step in the right direction. But until programs are put into place that also support the neighborhood and whole families living in East Austin communities, we continue to short-change the children in these neighborhoods. These are the kinds of programs that the East Austin Children’s Promise includes and the work the public charter school, East Austin College Prep, is already implementing.

Learn more about what East Austin Children’s Promise is to the families in East Austin.


~Narissa Johnson
External Communications Manager
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Entry filed under: East Austin, East Austin Children's Promise, Education, Govalle/Johnston Terrace Neighborhood.

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