Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune

Aliyya Swaby

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Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Aliyya:

Texas police using tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters incites more violence, experts say

Organizers and protesters say the use of force by police during protests in Texas cities highlights the underlying discord between law enforcement and residents that underpinned the protests in the first place. → Read More

Texas parents struggle to find child care, food as school closings keep kids at home

Lower-income households are being hit the hardest by school closings as parents try to hang on to jobs and care for their children. Districts are cobbling together ways to keep their educations on track. → Read More

Houston school district asks federal judge to put the brakes on likely state takeover

Houston ISD lawyers told a federal judge the education commissioner is exceeding his authority, and asked for a preliminary injunction stopping him from booting out the elected school board of the state's largest district. → Read More

State to take over Houston ISD by replacing school board and superintendent

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath informed Houston ISD of those plans in a letter Wednesday. He also sent letters saying the state would take over Shepherd and Snyder ISDs. → Read More

This school district has been at risk of state takeover for years. Some blame white flight.

In a 2003 lawsuit, Hearne Independent School District officials said the state's failure to stop white students from transferring to a nearby district contributed to their academic struggles. → Read More

Austin ISD sex ed battle could be preview of state-level debate

Austin ISD's contentious board meeting comes months before the State Board of Education revises its curriculum standards on sex education. → Read More

Hear how this Texas school district found itself at risk of returning to a segregated past

A new audio series, a collaboration between The Texas Tribune and 1A, explores why students of color in Longview ISD still don't have the same educational opportunities as white students. → Read More

Texas is paying more for full-day pre-K. But some school districts are delaying.

How are Texas school districts using state pre-K funding to expand educational options for 3- and 4-year-olds? It depends where you look. → Read More

Three Texas school districts face state penalties after getting failing grades. Look up your campus' A-F grade here.

Houston ISD, the state's largest school district, is among those that could have its school board taken over by the state, due to consecutive low ratings of one of its schools. → Read More

Texas tried to incentivize school districts to work with charters. Districts are turning to local nonprofits instead.

Not many school districts are partnering with charter schools, in some cases because they know it wouldn't be politically palatable in their communities. → Read More

Texas just made it easier to punish students who harass teachers. Will the law be misused?

The change has re-upped a perennial debate over how to help teachers manage aggressive or violent student behavior — without increasing the chances that the state's most disadvantaged kids will be disciplined and then drop out. → Read More

Teacher raises and all-day pre-K: Here's what's in the Texas Legislature's landmark school finance bill

The $11.6 billion legislation is on a path to the governor's desk and includes property tax cuts, a hike in per-student funding and money to ease the state's reliance on the "Robin Hood" program. → Read More

Texas' legislative leaders say they have a deal on school finance and property tax reform

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced they have accomplished their top legislative goals at the Governor's Mansion on Thursday. → Read More

Can pay raises help rural Texas districts like Buffalo retain teachers?

Starting teacher pay in Buffalo is thousands below the state average, and it's hard to attract people from outside the small town. The district's superintendent hopes school finance reform will help. → Read More

In a surprising turn, Texas House opts to delay consideration of sales tax swap legislation until 2021

The legislation, intended to help fund ongoing cuts to school district taxes, was endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott and other legislative leaders. But has now been effectively killed this session. → Read More

Texas Sen. Larry Taylor unveils new school finance bill, adding $5,000 teacher pay raise

The bill differs in significant ways from the version the House approved this month. → Read More

Texas lawmakers promised to rein in school district property taxes. What do their plans actually do?

Three quarters of the way into the legislative session, lawmakers are still juggling several proposals related to school district taxes, including some that would not provide any tax relief. → Read More

Can Texas’ top three Republicans muster enough support to pass a sales tax swap?

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have already signaled opposition to the proposal from Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. → Read More

A Texas sales tax increase would hit poor people the hardest

Top Republican leaders have proposed raising the sales tax and using the money to lower local property tax rates. Wealthier Texans and businesses would likely benefit, while poorer Texans would likely pay more. → Read More

Texas charter schools are facing more backlash this year, but they could also receive more cash

School finance reform could bring the privately operated public schools a windfall. But traditional public school advocates are still fighting the charters' expansion. → Read More