Austin teachers resign as classrooms reopen – News – Austin American-Statesman

At the end of the first day back in the classroom on Monday, Kocurek Elementary second grade teacher Alyssa Baird felt overwhelmed. She was teaching students in person and over the internet and she worried about bringing the coronavirus home to her 1 year-old daughter and her mother, who watches the toddler and has a medical condition that puts her at high risk of becoming severely ill if she contracts the disease.

She resigned.

On Wednesday, still in the classroom until the Austin school district finds a replacement for her, she felt sick and said she had no choice other than pay $275 out of pocket to get a coronavirus rapid test. It was negative. But she said the experience reaffirmed her decision to leave her job after seven years in the classroom.

Since Aug. 1, 96 Austin district teachers have resigned or retired and and 64 more teachers have

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Kelley: Here’s to all the heroes involved in education – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

We all have heroes. My wife, dad, mother, daughter, son, etc., etc……will always be on the top of the list. As I look back over the past seven months and reflect on how this pandemic has impacted education, I find myself adding educators, especially teachers, to the list of heroes. Whether in private, public, or charter schools, teachers (everyone in the education system for that matter) stepped up and became heroes to so many individuals. In my school district, March 13 started spring break, and it did not end until Aug. 3. During this expanded holiday, I stood in awe and watched school food services workers give tirelessly to make sure students did not go hungry through the course of many different “stay home” orders. I was inspired as teachers leaped into action and started teaching students in a way that has been seldom seen in a PK-12 environment. Principals,

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2020 Election: Texas Board of Education, Austin ISD board seats

There are several State Board of Education seats on the ballot, as well as Austin Board of Trustees seats.

AUSTIN, Texas — While the presidential race is at the top of the ticket this November, down the ballot, Central Texans will make decisions that will impact the way children are taught in classrooms.

“You know, in many ways it’s, it’s more important, I think, than even elections at the State or federal level because those are the individuals who are close to home,” said Glenda Ballard, a lifelong educator and the associate vice president of graduate and professional studies at St. Edward’s University. “Those are the individuals who are most nearly going to reflect the values of the area and are going to impact the same decisions that are ultimately made.”

Let’s look at some of what’s on the ballot that directly impacts education in Central Texas. 

There are 15

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Austin mom fights for in-person instruction for special needs

Michelle Torres fought for her son to get two hours every day.

AUSTIN, Texas — An Austin mother wants to know why her son, who has special needs, is one of the few in the Austin Independent School District being offered in-classroom instruction.

Michelle Torres said it took her asking for the service instead of the district offering it.

She shared a video she took of her son inside Barton Hills Elementary School as eight-year-old Aaron concentrated on his jumping jacks during a one-on-one session with his life skills instructor last week.

Torres said her third-grader doesn’t have issues following school-related instructions on campus. That’s not so when it comes to online learning at home.

“So when he’s home, he wants to do his home things. And then when he’s at school, he does. He focuses at school. And that’s part of that autism and Down syndrome trait that they,

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Opinion: Patriotic education is a whitewashing of history – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

President Donald Trump recently announced a commission on “patriotic education” that aims to refute the focus on systemic racism and the role of slavery in our society. This will ultimately propagandize and omit the truth in confronting difficult aspects of our history.

American schools have grappled with this nation’s complex, malevolent treatment of Native Americans, enslaved Africans and other immigrants by glossing over our troubling chapters, such as the horrors of the “peculiar institution” by referring to enslaved Africans as “workers” and the omission of the federal government’s anti-Asian racism and internment of Japanese Americans in the 1940s.

We can’t allow the daily onslaught of politics to obscure an attempt to palliate the painful aspects of American history that fall short of our ideals. Nonpartisan, scholarly, community-involved curriculum reform that honestly assesses our past and connects to our present social challenges will “help redeem the soul of America” for our

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Pain. Outrage. Demands for justice. 

Following months of racial unrest in Austin and across the nation, KVUE is shedding light on the roots and results of systemic racism in Austin in a two-night TV special.

Part one will air on KVUE Sept. 21 at 6 p.m., and part two will air on KVUE Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.

Chapter one
Looking back at Austin’s history of systemic racism

With the end of the U.S. Civil War, 3.5 million enslaved Black Americans would be set free. Even though President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had been issued in 1862, which would eventually lead to the end of slavery in the Confederacy, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 – the date now known as Juneteenth – that word reached Texas when Union General Gordon Granger announced the order to the people of Galveston, Texas.  

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The good, the bad and the dietary: Making sense of cholesterol – Lifestyle – Austin American-Statesman

Cholesterol can be confusing. But understanding it could help you live a longer, healthier life.

So in honor of Cholesterol Education Month, we asked a pair of experts to clear up five common questions.

Do my blood cholesterol numbers matter?
“The answer is yes,” said Dr. Neil J. Stone, Bonow Professor in Medicine-Cardiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Studies show healthy people with LDL levels of 100 mg/dL or below tend to have lower rates of heart disease and stroke, supporting a “lower is better” philosophy, according to cholesterol guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association in 2018.

Older recommendations emphasized targeting specific cholesterol numbers. But today, doctors use cholesterol tests as part of a personalized assessment of overall cardiovascular risk. Those with the highest risk have the most to gain from cholesterol-lowering, said Stone, who was vice chair of the

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