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After a tumultuous year that has seen students falling behind and teachers simultaneously conducting classes remotely and in person, Texas public schools face a pressurized final six weeks … more
When M. Katherine Banks became the new engineering school dean at Texas A&M University in 2012, an associate dean drove her to the Zachry building, the heart of the university’s … more
Texas education officials advised school districts to suspend the first day of STAAR testing after thousands of students showed up in person and were prevented from taking the ... more
St. Edward’s University, a small, private university in Austin with about 4,300 students, is one of a few universities in the country so far requiring students and employees to get a … more
A group of parents are suing the Katy Independent School District, calling its continued requirement for masks in schools unconstitutional and a violation of Gov. Greg Abbott’s … more
More than 40 people signed up to speak prior to last week’s Leander ISD trustee meeting. The overwhelming majority of them raised issues about the district’s high school student choice book … more
Typical public education initiatives that get a lot of attention like teacher pay raises and funding for preschool are taking a back seat to emergency needs as schools reopen … more
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an update to its coronavirus prevention guidelines Friday that reduces the minimum required physical distance in classrooms ... more
Spending more on teachers lifts home prices, a new report finds. New buildings don’t matter. A study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) adds to the potential research … more
Texas will fully fund school districts that have seen student attendance drop during the pandemic, as long as they maintain or increase the rate of students learning in person ... more
Texas school superintendents did not receive advance notice of Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement ending the state’s mask mandate Tuesday, leaving them scrambling to tell parents and educators what to expect. more
The remaining Leander ISD school campus damaged by last month's historic snowstorm - Block House Creek Elementary School -  won't resume in-person school until next Monday, assuming repairs … more
Leander ISD announced this afternoon that all classes are canceled  through Friday. This includes in-person and virtual classes.  more
The Leander ISD board discussed an extension to the virtual learning for an additional four weeks to better implement a phase-in plan at the regular meeting on Aug. 20. more
Leander ISD announced on Wednesday night that they have canceled the first two days of the school year — Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 — for high school students due to a technology issue. more
Gov. Greg Abbott has yet to formally announce a definitive plan for reopening Texas schools safely, but two actions Tuesday effectively force districts to have students back in classrooms after eight weeks of the school year's start. more
Leander school trustees last week very nearly foundered on the shoals of Covid-19 uncertainties and concerns over structural issues with the budget before passing a total half-billion dollar spending … more
Leander Independent School District students and former students shared their stories of discrimination, racism and homophobia at Thursday’s meeting. One former student called out a Leander ISD board member for behaviors on social media, while another exposed body shaming  and hazing on the Leander High School Blue Belles dance team.   more

LEEF, in partnership with the Cedar Park, Leander and West Austin chambers of commerce will be presenting a virtual 2020 State of the District at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 10. 

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“In Leander ISD, we unequivocally condemn racism, discrimination and exclusion of all kinds,” Leander Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Bruce Gearing said during the 11th installment of the school district’s “Let’s Learn with Bruce and Friends” video series on June 3. more
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