Austin ISD is facing a $51.4 million funding shortfall that could lead to hundreds of layoffs as a result of decreased enrollment amid the pandemic.
Two weeks into the school year, AISD's enrollment was 5,119 students fewer than it was at the same point last year, Chief Business Officer Larry Throm told the AISD board of trustees.
Because state funding is based on average daily attendance, this could have a serious impact on the district's finances.
Each student enrolled at AISD earns the district about $10,040 a year, Throm said. At that rate, the current enrollment will lead to a $51.4 million shortfall in the amount of state funding AISD receives.
To make up for this, Throm said the district will have to consider laying off as many as 232 teachers—which would lead to about $30 million in savings—as well as cutting costs elsewhere.
"We cannot save our way by letting teachers go," he said.
Throm holds out hope that enrollment number may increase in the next two weeks, as AISD reopens for limited in-person learning.
"We don't want to alarm anybody," he said. "These are facts."
AISD is not alone in reporting a declining enrollment.
"Our surrounding school districts as well as school districts throughout the United States and in Texas are in fact experiencing some concerns with enrollment," Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde said earlier this month.
Nearby school districts, such as Eanes ISD, as well as others across the state, including Houston ISD, Dallas ISD and San Antonio ISD, are also reporting declines.
It remains unclear where the missing students are going. Some may be members of home-based learning pods, enrolled in private school or skipping out altogether. Elizalde has also expressed optimism that once AISD returns to some measure of in-person learning, enrollment numbers will improve.
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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.