Access Statement on Uvalde, Texas school shooting

We continue, alongside our community, to process the latest horrific act of violence against school children and teachers in Uvalde.  “While school shootings remain rare, there were more in 2021 — 42 — than in any year since at least 1999. So far in 2022, there have been at least 24 acts of gun violenceContinue reading “Access Statement on Uvalde, Texas school shooting”

Texas legislators take public comment on HB 4545’s required 30 hours of tutoring.

The Texas Senate and House Public Education committees are meeting today to hear public comment on the unpopular HB4545 bill, which requires students in grades 3-8 who do not obtain a passing grade on the STAAR test for any reason, to receive 30 hours of tutoring per subject. Students subject to the requirement include: studentsContinue reading “Texas legislators take public comment on HB 4545’s required 30 hours of tutoring.”

Area voters repel extreme candidates in some May 7 school board elections, elect them in others.

The results are in and the message in suburban communities in our area is clear: bringing communities together is key to electing candidates who are focused on student success, teacher retention and equity rather than the disinformation-driven politics of exclusion. In Pflugerville ISD, current PISD Board President and incumbent Renae Mitchell was re-elected over aContinue reading “Area voters repel extreme candidates in some May 7 school board elections, elect them in others.”

As budget and staffing decisions loom, Access drives advocacy for student-centered decisions.

The RRISD Board of Trustees meets tonight, May 5th to work on budget priorities for the 2022-23 school year. Meanwhile, the District is actively seeking to hire key leadership in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and in Library Services. In order to drive timely advocacy for students during these key decisions, Access EducationContinue reading “As budget and staffing decisions loom, Access drives advocacy for student-centered decisions.”

Access advocacy on LGBTQ Pride yields positive response!

Access Education RRISD recently launched a letter writing campaign calling on area parents and community members to send a pre-written, or their own personalized letter to Board members and district leadership. In its sample letter, Access Education RRISD asks for district-wide recognition and support of LGBTQ Pride, citing how AISD celebrates its own AISD PrideContinue reading “Access advocacy on LGBTQ Pride yields positive response!”

Vote in TWO elections in the next 30 days!

Today is the first day of early voting in the May 7th municipal and constitutional election. In an email call to action this morning, Access Education RRISD reminds voters to get to the polls TWICE before school lets out for the summer. The second election is the primary runoff on May 24th. While Round RockContinue reading “Vote in TWO elections in the next 30 days!”

Following reinstatement of Dr. Azaiez, Access RRISD turns attention to new health & human sexuality curriculum.

In a 5-2 vote on March 24th, the RRISD school board voted to reinstate Dr. Hafedh Azaiez, who had been on administrative leave since January 6th pending results of a District-funded investigation into allegations of misconduct outside of work. With the Board-approved Superintendent back at work, Access RRISD has turned its attention to matters directlyContinue reading “Following reinstatement of Dr. Azaiez, Access RRISD turns attention to new health & human sexuality curriculum.”

Trustees decide fate of RRISD Superintendent tonight.

On an evening when most parents and community members are unlikely to be paying attention (having just returned from Spring break), the RRISD Board of Trustees will vote whether to reinstate, dismiss with compensation, or fire without compensation its duly selected Superintendent, Dr. Hafedeh Azaiez. Access Education RRISD wrote the following in a letter toContinue reading “Trustees decide fate of RRISD Superintendent tonight.”

RRISD SPED parents call for censure of Trustee Weston

Parents of children with special needs in Round Rock ISD called for censure of Trustee Weston this week due to alleged targeted silencing of their critical comments in a public forum, and alleged attempts to have a SPED parent removed from their position on the SHAC and replaced with another parent who supported Trustee WestonContinue reading “RRISD SPED parents call for censure of Trustee Weston”

Another delay in resolution of Superintendent’s investigation.

Round Rock ISD parents and community members will have to wait yet again to learn the fate of Superintendent Dr. Hafedh Azaiez. Azaiez was placed on administrative leave by a reluctant board on January 6th. The Board was to meet in closed session regarding Azaiez on February 3rd, but that meeting was cancelled due toContinue reading “Another delay in resolution of Superintendent’s investigation.”