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The Austin Independent School Board delayed the school year to Sept. 8 in an early-Friday vote, giving teachers three more weeks to prepare for online learning and the community more time to see a drop in COVID-19 cases before students, faculty and staff return to the classroom.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered his annual "State of the City" address Wednesday—virtually.

This story has been updated to include quotes from the mayor's speech.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered his annual "State of the City" address Wednesday evening, in which he discussed the coronavirus pandemic, police funding, the local economy, homelessness, transit and equity issues.

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Austin Public Health testing

Austin Public Health is expanding its free testing service to residents without symptoms due to a drop in demand as cases plateau.

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Austin ISD considers delaying first day of school, extending virtual classes

The Austin Independent School Board is considering pushing back the first day of school to Sept. 8 and applying for eight weeks of virtual-only classes, citing "local health conditions" and the fact that COVID-19 disproportionately affects Hispanics, who represent a third of teachers and more than half of the district's students.

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Gov. Greg Abbott stresses local school officials "know best" whether schools should reopen

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott stressed Tuesday that only local school boards, not local governments, have the power to decide how to open schools this fall during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The University of Texas-Austin plans to test up to 5,000 people on campus each week for COVID-19 using "a strategic, scientific-based approach" that includes rapid results, contact tracing and community testing, officials said Tuesday.

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The union representing Austin Independent School District employees wants the schools to delay the first day of school, arguing that teachers need more time to learn how to teach their online classes effectively.

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The University of Texas updated its fall 2020 plans, requesting students self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus, and stating that football games will be held with the stadium at 25% capacity.

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