From The Austin American-Statesman: Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott has approved the Austin school district’s plan to repurpose Pearce Middle School — a decision that was met by relief by those who wanted the school to stay open. The decision also will have the district scrambling to get the campus ready for the first day of class on Aug. 24.
Earlier...from The Austin American-Statesman: The Austin (Texas) school board has adopted a plan to reopen Pearce Middle School after the state education commissioner ordered it closed. The plan includes replacing the principal and all eighth-grade science teachers. Teachers would meet daily to monitor student progress and academic success, the school would have an adviser to meet with students daily to provide social and emotional support, and teachers would have more flexible schedules to devote more class time to certain subjects as needed.