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Schools Shuttered Until May 4, State-Wide Stay at Home Order in Effect

Schools Shuttered Until May 4, State-Wide Stay at Home Order in Effect

April 2, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order that shutters all Texas public schools until May 4 and urged Texans to stay home. The announcement came as the number of COVID-19 cases in Texas spik...

Washington Reaches Deal on Historic Stimulus Package

Washington Reaches Deal on Historic Stimulus Package

March 26, 2020

The past few days have been a frenzy in Washington as members of the US Senate and House have negotiated a nearly $2 trillion stimulus package bill to help with the nation’s damaged economic state due to t...

Scout BSA Troop 159 Holds Meeting Online While In-Person Events Are Cancelled

Scout BSA Troop 159 Holds Meeting Online While In-Person Events Are Cancelled

March 25, 2020

As COVID-19 cases first began to appear in the Austin area, the local Scouts BSA council decided to cancel all in-person events from Monday, Mar. 16 to Monday, April 6. Despite this cancellation, the ...

College Board Modifies AP Exams Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

College Board Modifies AP Exams Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

March 21, 2020

As outbreaks of COVID-19 threaten the safety of communities around the world, schools are facing challenges with continuing to educate students. Concerns over the coronavirus’ spread have forced educational ...

RRISD Ends Partnership with Law Enforcement, Establishes School Safety Committee

RRISD Ends Partnership with Law Enforcement, Establishes School Safety Committee

March 20, 2020

Last year, the law enforcement agencies that have historically provided RRISD with School Resource Officers (SROs), decided to end their partnership with the district. The agencies cited the demands of p...

Texas STAAR Test Requirements Waived Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

March 16, 2020

In an unprecedented move, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday he would waive testing requirements for this year’s STAAR exam, as many schools expect to be closed at least through the April testing window,...

Round Rock ISD Closes Schools and Offices Until April 3

Round Rock ISD Closes Schools and Offices Until April 3

March 16, 2020

Less than three days after students headed home for spring break, Round Rock ISD officials released a statement extending the break until Friday, April 3, with students scheduled to return to schools ...

SXSW Cancelled Over Coronavirus Fears

SXSW Cancelled Over Coronavirus Fears

March 11, 2020

Austin’s annual tech, film, and music festival known as South by Southwest (SXSW) has now been cancelled among rising coronavirus, or COVID-19, concerns. This marks the first cancelation in the festiv...

RRISD Addresses Coronavirus Concerns

RRISD Addresses Coronavirus Concerns

March 1, 2020

With the rampant increase of novel coronavirus around the world, along with the equally rapid increase of victims, the Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) issued a mandate in hopes of quelling ...

Austin Campaign Rally Invigorates Bernie Sanders’ Followers

Austin Campaign Rally Invigorates Bernie Sanders’ Followers

February 25, 2020

A compelling surge of enthusiasm ruffled through the throng of Austinites. Blue and white signs, emblems of Senator Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for President of the United States dotted the crowd ...

Students Attend “Re:build” TEDxYouth Event

Students Attend “Re:build” TEDxYouth Event

February 17, 2020

On Sunday, February 9, Residents of Austin gathered in the Long Center to experience TEDxYouth Austin, an annual event held to promote change, innovation, and new perspectives for today’s youth r...

Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl LIV 31-20

Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl LIV 31-20

February 4, 2020

A new NFL champion was crowned on Sunday, Feb. 2, with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. This was a landmark achievement for the Ch...