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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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A classroom in Cactus Elementary School in Cactus on Jan. 28, 2020.

By Aliyya Swaby, The Texas Tribune

Local health officials do not have the authority to shut down all schools in their vicinity while COVID-19 cases rise, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in nonbinding guidance Tuesday that contradicts what the Texas Education Agency has told school officials.

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STAAR decorations adorn the hallways of Wharton Elementary School in 2018.

By Aliyya Swaby, The Texas Tribune

Texas students will still have to take the STAAR test next year, but fifth and eighth grade students will be able to move on to the next grade even if they fail, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday.

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When the pandemic shut down Austin student Grant Sherwood's school along with the rest of the district in March, continuing his education online was simply not possible.

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Back when being a freshman in high school meant noisy hallways teeming with teenagers and weekends overflowing with dances and games and first dates, Cassidy Miller, 14, had things to look forward to in ninth grade.

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A top local health official is backing a study that recommends school districts prioritize reopening for K-5 and special education programs, attended by students who the survey said would be most disadvantaged by online education.

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Austin parents face hard choices about work, childcare as school year nears

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a letter Friday that, while public schools in Texas can be—and in some cases, have been— closed by a local health authority, religious schools can decide themselves.

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Commissioner Morath's address to parents and teachers

The Texas Education Agency will allow schools to have online-only instruction for the first eight weeks of the school year, the agency said in updated fall 2020 guidelines.

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