Melissa B. Taboada, Austin American-Statesman

Melissa B. Taboada

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Recent articles by Melissa:

Coronavirus robbed seniors of prom, graduation, so they created their own milestones

Sydney Carreon slipped on a borrowed blush gown and hoop earrings, dabbing on a little extra makeup as she got ready alongside her three best friends.The → Read More

Coronavirus in Texas: Abbott gives OK for in-person summer school but some districts balk

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday gave the go-ahead for in-person summer school, but many district leaders who are weighing options to restart in the fall → Read More

Williamson County reports sixth coronavirus death and first confirmed cluster in nursing facility

A sixth person in Williamson County has died from coronavirus, the Williamson County and Cities Health District announced Saturday.The person who died was → Read More

Austin-area districts prepare to close for remainder of school year amid coronavirus pandemic

A handful of Austin-area school districts have announced they are extending closures until mid-April or later, but behind the scenes, many are preparing → Read More

Austin mayor calls for new retailer restrictions amid coronavirus pandemic

More restrictions are being placed on Austin-area retailers in effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic.Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Saturday night signed → Read More

Questions nag parents, community in Austin district's school closure plan

The Austin school district’s multiyear plan that calls for shuttering 12 campuses and revamping paths to attending prized magnet programs prompted a flurry of questions Friday among families and community members seeking more details about the draft scenarios.Some praised the district’s aim to boost academic opportunities for low-income students and children of color, but others worried that the… → Read More

Austin district plans to close 12 schools under multiyear plan

Austin school district leaders are proposing to shutter 12 elementary and middle schools under a multiyear plan, a historic move for a district that has → Read More

BREAKING: Austin district to close 12 schools under multi-year plan

Austin district leaders will shutter 12 elementary and middle schools under a multi-year plan, a historic move for a district that has undergone years of → Read More

Multiple Austin-area schools receive F's from the state

Multiple Austin-area schools received failing grades under the state accountability system, which doled out letter grades to campuses for the first time → Read More

BACK TO SCHOOL: Bus cameras again looking out for drivers whizzing by illegally

When Austin district's yellow buses return to the roads Tuesday, the first day of school, mounted cameras on 303 school buses again will be watching for → Read More

BACK TO SCHOOL: Austin school district debuts headquarters while others open new schools

After nearly 35 years in its prime real estate spot downtown on West Sixth Street, the Austin school district this year will uproot its administrative → Read More

BREAKING: Austin district leaders delay school closure decision

Facing an impending deadline, Austin district leaders will delay a decision to recommend which schools will be closed.Superintendent Paul Cruz said → Read More

Leander school district taps Dripping Springs Superintendent Bruce Gearing as new leader

The students never missed a class.Even during the voluntary Saturday sessions educator Bruce Gearing offered, the teenagers — who didn't have → Read More

UT's pledge to cover some students' tuition welcomed as 'a huge relief'

Throughout his senior year of high school, Levi Perez worked two jobs — one at a golf course and another at an auto shop warehouse — trying to put away enough money to pay for college.He did so while simultaneously studying to earn his associate degree through Austin Community College and get his high school diploma. Perez, 18, chalked up the juggling act as “the way of life” for low-income… → Read More

Manor ISD superintendent to departure from the district

Manor Superintendent Royce Avery on Wednesday night announced his upcoming departure from the district, moments after the school board emerged from a → Read More

Without contract extension, time is short for Manor ISD superintendent

After three years at the helm, Manor Superintendent Royce Avery’s time in the school district could be nearing the end.In a special meeting called for Wednesday night, the school board will conclude Avery’s annual evaluation and is not expected to offer an extension to his contract. With less than a year left on his current contract, the lack of a renewal would signal the school board has no… → Read More

Del Valle ISD board names acting superintendent

The Del Valle school board has named Annette Villerot as acting superintendent effective Wednesday.Villerot, who has been with the district for two years, → Read More

Austin ISD board approves $1.6 billion budget

The Austin school board Monday night adopted a $1.6 billion general budget that gives all employees a minimum pay increase of 6%, thought to be the largest single-year pay bump in the district's history.District teachers, counselors and librarians who have more than five years of experience will get a 7% bump in pay. Other employees, including bilingual and special education educators, also will… → Read More

Austin ISD triples portion of church rental revenue to be used for LGBTQ activities

Drawing from revenue generated by the rental of its Performing Arts Center to an area church opposed to gay marriage, the Austin school district has decided to more than triple the amount of money it directs to LBGTQ initiatives and activities in the district.The district now has budgeted $35,000 in 2019-20 toward its participation in the annual Austin Pride Parade, scheduled for Aug. 10, and… → Read More

Austin ISD employees to receive minimum 6% boost in pay

Austin school district teachers, librarians and counselors who have more than five years of experience will get a 7% bump in pay starting in August, and → Read More