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AISD Board President resigns after controversial text messages surface

During a press conference Monday morning, Kendall Pace referred to her text messages as "a stream of a conscious rant (sic) born out of frustration."

AUSTIN — Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees President Kendall Pace announced she is resigning from the board during a press conference Monday morning.

Her resignation comes after Education Austin, the union for Austin ISD teachers and employees, called for her to step down after the group obtained a text message Pace sent to another trustee. In the message about a program to help struggling schools, Pace referred to “crazy ignorant community activists and poverty pimps.”

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"I regret the language I used in a text message to a colleague. I'm sorry for the crudeness of the discourse. It was a stream of conscious rant (sic) borne out of frustration over the lack of urgency by many adults to address the inequities and student outcomes," said Pace Monday.

Pace says her resignation from the Board is effective immediately.

"I realize my work is done here. I decided I will press for change on the outside versus continuing service on this board, so I'm also resigning from my position as trustee-at-large, place 9, effective immediately."

It’s unclear whether the Board will fill Pace’s seat for the remainder of her term. She was up for re-election in November.

Watch her full, unedited speech below: