How would you address the issue of declining enrollment in Austin’s schools and bridge the achievement gap across AISD?

Susana Almanza

City Council, District 3

In District 3, the AISD school enrollment has been the result of displacement and gentrification. We need to support the Peoples Plan. The Peoples Plan calls for the establishment of Low-income housing trust fund and appropriations. The trust fund will construct or subsidize housing for low-income families. It also calls for using public land to construct low-income housing. The Plan recommends a Right to Stay and Right to Return Program for East Austin residents. We need to institute a City-wide living wage of $15 hr.

We must link school and home. Close cooperation between schools, parents, and the community is one of the keys to closing achievement gaps. Parent involvement has a strong, direct impact on student achievement. Use Evidence-Based Instruction: formative assessment with targeted interventions and to proceed with instruction supported by ongoing performance data. Increase instructional time and introduce supplemental instruction. We must work to motivate and engage students by using various themes, technology, and choice. We must include curriculum such as Mexican and African American studies. Students have the right to learn about their culture and the contributions made by their forefathers. We must provide culture competence training for teachers.