AISD superintendent delivers ‘State of the District’ speech


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Today Austin ISD superintendent Paul Cruz gave his “State of the District” address during a luncheon downtown.

Some of the topics Cruz touched upon in his speech include a fundraiser for non-profit supporting district programs, as well as how the graduation rate is up, from 78 percent in 2010, to more than 90 percent last year.

Cruz also discussed how there is an achievement gap, where white students are outperforming Hispanic and African American students, but the gap is closing. 

“When we look at the way we’re serving kids, we have to look at everything that we’re doing and asking ourselves, ‘Is this really the best approach?’ So some of the things may be an easy call, some things may not, but it’s still taking a hard look at ourselves and making sure we’re making the best investments to serve our students,” said Cruz.

There were two important headlines for parents to take away from Cruz’s speech. The first was a secured funding for mental health centers at 19 middle and high school campuses and 23 elementary schools. The second was the district considering increasing the student-teacher ratio.

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