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Faced With the Possibility of School Closure, Parents Sprang Into Action

Due to financial challenges, a Texas district was considering closing several schools. These parents came together in search of a solution.

This Article, Faced With the Possibility of School Closure, Parents Sprang Into Action was written by Maryland Education on   on EW - Families and the Community

In December of 2022, the Pflugerville Independent School District outside Austin, Texas, proposed closing six elementary schools, citing a multimillion-dollar budget deficit. The district has been struggling with absenteeism and low enrollment since the pandemic, while also dealing with inflation and rising property taxes.

When the news reached parents at Parmer Lane Elementary School, one of the schools listed for possible closure, the group was in shock. Motivated by their passion for their school and community, they organized. As the district evaluated its options, parents voiced their concerns at board meetings, wrote letters of support, and educated themselves on all that was needed to keep their school open.

They presented the board with possible solutions—including ways to increase enrollment, methods for raising funding through grants, and offers to rally at the state level to increase their funding allotment.

Ultimately, the district decided to keep all schools open for the upcoming school year. In the meantime, the school system is implementing widespread budget cuts across departments while hoping the Texas legislature will increase funding for public education in the current session.

Here, a parent talks through that experience and process, and offers advice for parents looking to stay informed and involved in their own school communities.

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