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Even as Austin ISD’s enrollment declined by 5,018 students from fall 2019, the number of students who failed at least one course more than doubled from the same time last year. AISD Director of Academics Suzanne Newell said pandemic stress and the adjustment to virtual learning have both had an eect.

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a third-grader, and Nathan, a sixth- grader—navigate their virtual classes and submit assignments. As a part- time AISD reading specialist, she teaches on-campus classes three times a week, interacting with a mix of

in-person and online students. On the days Murray leaves for work, Nathan, a student at Gorzycki Middle School, continues to learn virtually with a pod of other local classmates.

Betsy Murray has seen both sides of the virtual learning battle during the coronavirus pandemic. As an Austin ISD parent, she stays home twice a week to help her two children—Owen,

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B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub has seen its fair share of national and global crises over its 20 years in operation, but 2020 marked the year the locally owned downtown bar would meet its defeat. The pub opened in 2000 on East Sixth Street, just before the economic downturn of the dot-com bubble burst and struggled while tourism and travel came to a sudden halt following the 2001 terror attacks. Less

B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub closed its downtown location in August. Co-owner Steve Basile said he could no longer hang on when conventions and tourism dried up. CHRISTOPHER NEELYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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FROMDEEDA: Scramble to feed the kids. Try not to show laundry in the background of the Zoom call. Shout to the spouse to ask why the Wi-Fi is weak. Sound familiar? This was our routine for months working and parenting from home. In our front-page story, Senior Reporter Nicholas Cicale shares the consequences this balancing act is having on Austin students. He explores what gaps in education have formed or been exacerbated by virtual learning and where we go from here. This story is part of our Annual Community Guide, which provides snapshots of topics including transportation, health care, development and local government. No Wi-Fi required. Deeda Lovett, GENERALMANAGER

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FROMJACK: This edition looks ahead to the most important stories of 2021, and there is no bigger story right now than the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. It aects everything from how teachers teach to how people commute to work (or don’t). And yet, Austin’s pre-COVID challenges are still here: How do we navigate our growth? And how can we continue our successes without pushing community members out? Those questions are as important as ever, and the change will not stop as our city, hopefully, returns to some version of normal. Jack Flagler , EDITOR

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hold its grand opening Feb. 25 at 8820 Burnet Road, Ste. 502, Austin. Owned by husband-and-wife team Sergio Martinez and Cara Silverman, Humpty’s Wall will specialize in customizable sandwiches, wraps and bowls as well as coee. 512-394-5221. www.humptyswall.com ANNIVERSARIES 6 The Backspace , which has a location at 1745 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, celebrated its 10th anniversary in January. The downtown pizza spot opened in the back space of Shawn Cirkiel’s agship restaurant, Parkside, in 2011. The restaurant expanded to North Austin with its second location in July 2020. 512-474-9899. www.backspacepizza.com NEWMANAGEMENT 7 Local specialty care group Texas Orthopedics , with a location at 911 W. 38th St., Ste. 100, Austin, announced Jan. 4 it has merged with ve other orthopedic practices from Dallas, Houston and Tyler to form OrthoLoneStar. Locally, Texas Orthopedics will retain its name as a division of the new group, and remain physician-owned and -operated. 512-439-1002. www.txortho.com IN THE NEWS 8 Austin-based dating app Bumble on Jan. 15 led paperwork with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to go public. Headquartered at 1105 W. 41st St., Austin, Bumble had around 42 million users as of the third quarter of 2020. www.bumble.com CLOSINGS 9 Video game lounge Forge Gaming Center , located at 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Bldg. 3-132, Austin, announced in December it is permanently closing along with the adjacent boba tea cafe Tea Amo, due to nancial hardships incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic. www.forgegamingcenter.com

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NORTH CENTRAL NOWOPEN 1 Charoen Express opened Jan. 11 in the Cloud Kitchens space at 5610 N. I-35, Austin. The Thai restaurant operates in a ghost kitchen, meaning it is open for online delivery, takeout and catering orders with no dine-in service. Co-owner Char Chongchitmate, a former chef at Thai Lada on Parmer Lane, said the COVID-19 pandemic heavily inuenced the decision to open a space focused on delivery and takeout in a ghost kitchen space. 737-333-6669. www.charoenatx.com 2 Pet Specialists of Austin , a specialty and emergency hospital for pets, opened Jan. 11 at 3901 Guadalupe St., Austin. A member of Pathway Vet Alliance, a national veterinary management group based in Austin, Pet Specialists of Austin is open 24 hours for emergencies. The pet hospital has specialists in cardiology, surgery and oncology, and is set to oer internal medicine services beginning in the fall. 737-241-5756. www.petspecialists.com

COMING SOON 3 Construction is underway on 27 Eleven , a new 320-unit apartment building at the former site of Chase Bank, 2711 W. Anderson Lane, Austin. According to architecture rm Davies Collaborative, the project totaling more than 300,000 square feet also includes two oce spaces and is part of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program to provide housing options to moderate- income families, the elderly and people with disabilities. 512-852-4310. www.daviescollaborative.com 4 South Austin Mexican restaurant Curra’s Grill plans to open a new location in the Hyde Park space that previously housed vegetarian restaurant Mother’s Cafe at 4215 Duval St. According to Curra’s Grill co-owner Julieta Rodriguez, an opening is tentatively planned for the spring, no later than April, after some remodeling work is completed. 512-444-0012. www.currasgrill.com 5 Humpty’s Wall of Breakfast , a fast- casual breakfast and lunch concept, will

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10 Hempton’s Retro Threads at 3511 Hyridge Drive, Austin, permanently closed Dec. 31 after over four years in business. The vintage-inspired boutique has its remaining clothing stock for sale on its website while supplies last. 512-368-5005. www.hemptonsretro.com

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Community Impact Newspaper . 877-219-6168. www.gowithcore.com 4 The second Austin location for clothing store Pavement held its grand opening Jan. 8 at 2932 Guadalupe St., Austin. Managing partners Avery Robinson and Trent Sellers opened Pavement’s rst Austin location on South Lamar Boulevard in August. Pavement sells new and gently used on-trend clothing. 512-551-3132. www.pavement.store 5 Sweetgreen opened a second Austin location at 2234 Guadalupe St. on Dec. 21. The Drag’s newest 3,100-square- foot location features a pickup window and stadium-style seating. This location joins the salad eatery’s rst Austin venture on Music Lane, which opened in August. 737-255-8800. www.sweetgreen.com 6 Chicago-based primary care clinic VillageMD opened a location at 720 W. 34th St., Austin, on Jan. 26. The location will oer same-day and virtual appointments as well as at-home visits. This is the 38th clinic VillageMD has opened nationwide. 512-381-5599. www.villagemedical.com COMING SOON 7 Houston-based vintage clothing store Leopard Lounge will open alongside recently opened sister store Pavement, 2932 Guadalupe St., Austin, in spring 2021. Located on Guadalupe Street, the two businesses will form a “specialty, upcycled shopping destination of more than 13,000 square feet,” according to a press release. www.leopardlounge.store ANNIVERSARIES 8 San Jac Saloon, 300 E. Sixth St., Austin, had its fth anniversary Jan. 16. The live country music bar is currently operating as a restaurant at limited capacity and plans to celebrate ve years in business sometime in February. 512-782-2216. www.sanjacsaloon.com RENOVATIONS 9 The Blanton Museum of Art, located at The University of Texas, 200

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DOWNTOWN WEST CAMPUS NOWOPEN 1 Dallas-based IT company Bresatech opened a new oce Dec. 30 at 501 Congress Ave., Ste. 150, Austin. “We have strong ties to the area with multiple clients and several public sector agencies. It’s a bold move that shows commitment to growth in the great state of Texas and beyond,” Bresatech Vice President Matt Bomberger said in a news release. 866-728-2889. www.bresatech.com

2 Chick’nCone UT Austin opened at 2348 Guadalupe St., Austin, on Jan. 23. The international chain restaurant, which serves air-fried chicken in wae cones, initially opened at 50% capacity in accordance with state coronavirus guidelines and will oer takeout and delivery. This is its fth Texas location. www.chickncone.com 3 Core Group opened its national sales oce at Northwood Tower, 114 W. Seventh St., Austin, on Jan. 13. Headquartered at 925 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Core Group oers property damage restoration and specialty contractor services. “We absolutely have plans to expand in Austin,” Core Group CEO Daniel Cassara said in an interview with

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10 Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden , 79 Rainey St., Austin, opened a sub shop in December. The menu includes deli staples such as BLT, roast beef and turkey club sandwiches as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Orders are available for takeout, and catering is available. Dine-in customers can order the sandwiches by requesting a “secret” menu from their server as well. 512-386-1656. www.bangersaustin.com

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showroom within The Yard at 500 E. St. Elmo Road, Austin, according to a permit led with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Similar permits were led with the city of Austin on Jan. 14. According to the ling, Tesla will renovate the property for auto sales and vehicle services at an estimated renovation cost of $2.5 million. Construction could begin on the project in June and will take an estimated three months to complete. www.tesla.com 5 Synthetic Turf World will be opening a new location at 4211 Todd Lane, Ste. B, Austin, on Feb. 1. The business will continue oering turf installation around the Austin area, and the new location will allow customers to come in and review the products as well, according to Oce Manager Meaghan Callahan. 512-299-2330. www.synturfworld.com 6 Zilker Point , a new, seven-story oce building, is set for development at 218 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. The 195,000-square-foot project will feature 16,000 square feet of ground-oor restaurant and retail space, ve levels of below-ground parking, a public plaza, a tness center and a community art gallery. According to the project’s developer, Joe Llamas of General Commercial Properties, Zilker Point “is designed for a post-COVID world,” with HVAC systems found in hospitals and abundant outdoor spaces. Construction is tentatively set to begin this summer and will last two years. www.zilkerpoint.com

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1 HipStirs Lounge opened in November at 3403 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. The craft cocktail bar also oers food from partner brands Phantasma Kitchen and Lechuza Tacos. Craft cocktail and mocktail-making kits are available on HipStirs’ website as well as bookings for virtual mixology classes. 512-621-4321. www.hipstirs.com 2 Pinthouse Brewing opened its new location at 2201 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin, on Jan. 6. This is the fourth location for the local brewery and restaurant. It is oering a limited menu of sandwiches and bar snacks such as popcorn and peanuts along with 14 beers on tap. Eventually, that menu will be expanded to include more items. 512-717-0873. www.pinthousepizza.com 3 Goodwill Central Texas opened a new location at 2415 S. Congress Ave., Austin, on Jan. 14. The store is located in a remolded 22,000-square-foot suite in the South Congress Square shopping center and is open shopping and donations. Goodwill Central Texas operates more than 50 locations in the region. 512-637-7177. www.goodwillcentraltexas.org COMING SOON 4 Tesla is planning a new South Austin

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IN THE NEWS 7 James White, owner and founder of famous dance hall the Broken Spoke , died Jan. 24 at 81 years old. “Austin, Texas and country music is better because of him. He’s up in Honky Tonk Heaven,” the

business wrote in a social media post. White opened the Broken Spoke in 1964, and musicians from George Strait to Ray Benson paid tribute on social media after his death. The dance hall plans to stay open under the leadership of White’s wife, Annetta White. 3201 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-442-6189. www.brokenspokeaustintx.net

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IN THE NEWS 8 Hot Luck Festival announced Jan. 12 Southern Smoke Foundation will become its new charity beneficiary. The festival was co-founded by Aaron Franklin, pitmaster at Franklin Barbecue, 900 E. 11th St., Austin. According to a news release, Southern Smoke, a nonprofit started by Houston chef Chris Shepherd, has donated more than $4 million to 2,200 people in the culinary industry in need in 2020. Details for the 2021 Hot Luck Festival have yet to be announced. www.hotluckfest.com CLOSINGS 9 The El Chilito location at 1627 E. Seventh St., Austin, permanently closed Jan. 15. Orlando Sanchez, the chief operating officer for El Chile Group, which owns El Chilito, said in a statement the lack of commuter traffic, downtown business and lunch catering made it impossible to keep the doors open. The group continues to operate two other El Chilito locations, along with El Alma and flagship restaurant El Chile. www.elchilito.com 10 Hops & Grain Brewing permanently closed its taproom at 507 Calles St., Ste. 101, Austin, as of Dec. 3, according to a letter posted on the brewery’s website by owner Josh Hare. “For the foreseeable future, we’ll be focusing all of our energy and resources on the production and distribution of beers,” Hare wrote. The brewery will continue to produce its beers for retail sales. www.hopsandgrain.com

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5 Malina Flowers plans to relocate to 3311 N. I-35, Austin, by Feb. 14. Originally located at 13625 Pond Springs Road, Ste. 102, the flower shop offers arrangements for weddings, events and holidays as well as flower-arranging workshops. 512-877-5353. www.malinaflowerstx.com EXPANSIONS 6 Salt & Time expanded Jan. 11 to include a new venture, Salt & Time Wine Shop alongside its butcher shop and restaurant. The new spot, located at 1912 E. Seventh St., Ste. D, Austin, sells natural wine by the bottle and will eventually also offer it by the glass. A monthly wine club option is also available. Erika Widmann, Salt & Time’s new beverage director will oversee the shop after previously serving as a wine buyer for Whole Foods in Austin. 512-524-1383. www.saltandtime.com/wine-shop ANNIVERSARIES 7 Blackbird Fitness celebrated its fifth anniversary Jan. 1. The gym offers personal training and nutrition coaching at 701 Tillery St., Unit B3, Austin. 737-210-6868. www.blackbirdfitnessandnutrition.com

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EAST AUSTIN NOWOPEN 1 East Side Picture Framing opened inside Springdale Road’s Canopy Creative Complex, 916 Springdale Road, Bldg. 4, Ste. 105, Austin, on Jan. 4. The shop offers “museum-quality, full conservation” custom framing options across fine art mediums. 512-520-8031. www.eastsidepictureframing.com COMING SOON 2 Easy Tiger will open a new location in East Austin at 1501 E. Seventh St., Austin, in early February. This is the third location for the local bake shop, restaurant and beer garden, and the second to open

in four months; in October, Easy Tiger opened at a South Lamar Boulevard spot following the closure of its original downtown location on Sixth Street earlier in the fall. www.easytigerusa.com 3 Urban community developer StoryBuilt plans to begin development on a new residential project, known as George, in February. Located at 2211 E.M. Franklin Ave., Austin, George will include 80 townhomes and apartments along with 36 single-family homes. 737-200-2523. www.george.storybuilt.com 4 East Austin’s Mueller community has announced the development of a new office building to be built by Gemdale USA Corp. The 130,000-square-foot, five-story project will mostly house medical offices and will be bracketed

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FEBRUARY 04 AND 11 ‘FOCUS ON THE FUTURE’ WEBINAR HOSTED BY UT’SMCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS The annual discussion series spotlighting industry and talking to experts in their elds goes virtual this year. Topics for the series hosted by McCombs School interim Dean Lillian Mills include health care Feb. 4 and technology and innovation Feb. 11. Noon. Free. 512-471-5921. www.mccombs.utexas.edu 05 AUSTINHISTORY CENTER’S ANGELINAEBERLYCELEBRATION The Austin History Center Association presents its annual fundraiser, which is moving online this year. The virtual event features the play “All Aboard! The Train Arrives in Austin,” written by local playwright Paullette MacDougal, which dramatizes the arrival of the rst train in Austin in 1871. The annual event is named for Eberly, an innkeeper who red a cannon shot in 1842 to start o the “Archives War,” alerting residents that rangers sent by president Sam Houston were taking ocial archives in an eort to move the capital from Austin to Houston. Noon. $75-$100.512-270-0132. www.austinhistory.net 06 AND 13 ‘THE SCIENCE OF POLLINATION’ ONLINE CLASS This class for gardeners from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildower Center is hosted by Alice LeDuc, adjunct professor of horticulture at Texas State University. She will help gardeners learn how plants have adapted to attract pollinators and how gardeners can bring more butteries and bees to their gardens. 1-3 p.m. $40. www.wildower.org 12 A VIRTUAL DISCUSSIONWITH MARGARET ATWOOD Atwood, the author of books such as The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace , will discuss her work in the context of current events in this event moderated by Emily Ramshaw of online news organization The 19th. 7 p.m. $15-$30. 512-472-5470. www.austintheatre.org The Contemporary Austin opened its new spring exhibits Jan. 23, including “Bible Eye,” featuring the work of Norwegian photographer Torbjørn Rødland. To commemorate the opening of the new exhibit, the modern art museum will host a conversation between Rødland and American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia. 7 p.m. Free. 512-453-5312. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org (Courtesy Sarah Schultz/Contemporary ATX)

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COMMUNITY CHALLENGE The nonprot organization dedicated to improving the health of Texans hosts this competition to improve community health. Participants can register online; earn points by engaging in healthy activities; and can join as part of a school, company or team. Free. 512-533-9555. www.ittcommunitychallenge.com 14 THROUGH FEB. 18 ‘THE PATH TO RACIAL EQUITY’ VIRTUAL CONVERSATION SERIES A group of 17 local organizations hosts this virtual series of discussions with experts on racial inequity in the Austin community. The series occurring weekly on Thursdays includes guests Tom Hawkins, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, on Feb. 4 and Chas Moore, executive director and founder of the Austin Justice Coalition, on Feb. 18. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. www.austinchamber.com/events/the- path-to-racial-equity-virtual-conversations 30 THROUGH FEB. 06 AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAONLINE CONCERT “Slavic Splendor” features works from Antonin Dvorak, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Igor Stravisky and Sergei Prokoev. The ASO has virtual concerts scheduled through spring. AT AUSTIN FILMSOCIETY The Sundance Film Festival, which normally takes place at a ski resort in Utah, will take place digitally and via satellite partners, including Austin Film Society, which is hosting drive-in screenings. Various times. $25 per car, $15 per additional passenger. Jourdan- Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin. 512-322-0145. www.austinlm.org 7 p.m. $50. 512-476-6064. www.austinsymphony.org 28 THROUGH FEB. 03 SUNDANCE FILMFESTIVAL

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Data & analysis on local communities

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The city of Austin grew by more than 86,000 residents between 2014 and 2019, according to the American Community Survey ve-year estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Dec. 10. That is a growth rate of more than 10% over ve years, putting Austin well above the statewide ve-year growth of 8.31%. These are the nal estimates before the ocial 2020 U.S. Census data is delivered to states early in 2021. The eort to count U.S. residents every 10 years aects states’ allocations of federal funding, U.S. House of Representatives seats and more.

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TRANSPORTATION

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As Project Connectmoves through early stages, bus lines could begin construction in fall

183 South This $743 million eort to add three tolled lanes in each direction and improve nontolled lanes along US 183 in East Austin between Hwy. 290 and Hwy. 71 is set to fully open in February, according to Mike Heiligenstein, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority executive director. Tolls on the southern portion were phased in through January. To drive the entire 8-mile tolled portion, drivers pay $2.30.

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The virtual scoping meetings covered the project’s history, environmental process, purpose, goals and objectives of the rail lines, among other topics, and gave residents a chance to provide feedback. Dave Couch, Capital Metro’s programmanager for Project Connect, told the agency’s board members Dec. 14 the process from here is very structured and stringent based on federal approvals the agency will need. The tax rate election Nov. 3, Couch said, puts Capital Metro “way ahead” in the nancial approvals it will need. According to a timeline he presented Dec. 14, the rail lines could move into the project engineering phase in early 2023. Initial timelines Capital Metro released ahead of the vote said construction could begin in 2024. The timeline leading to construction on new bus lines is shorter than it is for rail. Virtual meetings for the new Expo and Pleasant Valley lines that will run through East and Southeast Austin are scheduled for Feb. 2-4. That will be followed, Couch said, by environmental clearance and construction procurement, with work on new stations set to begin in the fall and be completed around spring 2023.

After Austin voters passed Project Connect, a $7.1 billion public transportation expansion in November, the rst task for Capital Metro and the city was to put in place the government board that would oversee contract approvals. That happened in December, when members of the Austin Transit Partnership were announced. The next step involves public engagement as Capital Metro goes through a federally regimented environmental review process before it can begin design and construction on the suite of projects. That review process will be longer for the two new light-rail lines than it will be for the new bus routes. Between Jan. 26-29, Capital Metro held four virtual scoping meetings to discuss the Orange Line, which will run north and south between Stassney Lane and the North Lamar Transit Center, and four meetings for the Blue Line, which will run between North Lamar and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Combined with the downtown tunnel that will take both lines away from trac in Austin’s core, the light-rail lines make up more than 80% of Project Connect’s total costs.

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EDUCATION

School news to follow

TOP EDUCATION STORIES OF 2021 STORIES F 2021

School funding once again amajor focus area during legislative session

• maintains funding for House Bill 3 initiatives; • bases funding on enrollment, not attendance; • increases funding for special needs programs; • recognizes challenges the pandemic caused in state accountability assessments; • supports local control and district exibility; and • increases transparency in proposed charter school expansions. SOURCE: AUSTIN ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER TOP PRIORITIES Austin ISD trustees approved 35 legislative priorities in November. According to the district, AISD will support legislation that:

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funding per student in Texas and provided $5 billion in tax compensation and supporting programs, including the expansion of prekindergarten services and teacher incentives. This year, Austin ISD is supporting legislation that would sustain the funding given through HB 3, according to AISD Policy Oversight Director Edna Butts. However, the coronavirus pandemic has shrunk the estimated fund available for all state programs, she said, which means cuts may be coming. Lawmakers will have to make up a $1 billion shortfall in the current budget caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and Popinski said the state could look to education funding as a possible solution to ll gaps elsewhere. AISD is also asking legislators to increase transparency in the process that

Lawmakers in Texas convened for the 87th legislative session on Jan. 12.

Two years ago, Texas passed an $11.6 billion education funding reform bill that lawmakers called historic. This year, the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12, will again be key for the future of the state’s education, according to Bob Popinski, the director of policy at Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonprot that advocates for equal access to public education. “The big issues at the session—I think it’s going to be budget issues; it’s going to be virtual and remote learning and how we fund that and open it up statewide; it’s going to be about the state assessment with AF [accountability ratings for districts]; and there might be some discussion on charter schools,” he said. In 2019, House Bill 3 increased state

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charter schools follow to expand into new areas and “level the playing eld” by making per-student funding equal for public and charter schools, Butts said. Outside of school funding, Popinski said some of the more heavily debated topics might involve expanding virtual learning as a more permanent solution beyond the pandemic and adjusting accountability measures. Although the state’s AF rating system for schools has been put on hold, STAAR testing is still scheduled. How the test will be implemented and scored, or potentially canceled for the current school year, could also be determined early in the session, Popinski said.

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