AUSTIN, Texas — Parents in East Austin are still fighting to keep their kids' schools open.
In September, AISD said that they plan on closing the following schools:
- Brooke Elementary
- Dawson Elementary
- Joslin Elementary
- Sims Elementary
- Maplewood Elementary
- Metz Elementary
- Palm Elementary
- Pease Elementary
- Pecan Springs Elementary
- Ridgetop Elementary
- Webb Middle School
- Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Some parents say the plan unfairly targets schools in East Austin that primarily serve students of color and from lower economic backgrounds.
Others say AISD hasn't involved them in this process at all.
"It kind of feels like the district is basically telling us, 'We know what's good for you, we don't require your input' ... 'We know what's good for you so we're just gonna go ahead and do it,'" Ruth Tovar, an AISD parent, said.
AISD board members are set to vote on the plan on Nov. 18. But they've long said this plan isn't final, and they could make changes based on community feedback.
This gathering at Brooke Elementary wasn't the first instance of parents protesting the school closure plan. In early September, a Change.org petition was started to "Save Metz Elementary School."
The district has been holding community meetings regarding the School Changes plan since late September.
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