On September 5, 2019, shortly after the start of our school year, the Austin Independent School District (AISD), announced that it was considering closures for several public schools, including Maplewood Elementary as part of its “School Changes” effort. The proposed closure of Maplewood came as a shock to many of us. Founded in 1951, Maplewood Elementary School sits happily at the city’s cultural nexus, and has a diverse student body rarely seen in modern elementary education. It is a beloved, neighborhood school that has educated multiple generations in many East Austin families. Austin ISD plans disproportionately target East Austin schools for closure in a way that is not equitable or good for East Austin families.
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