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The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy

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Freshman Raptors Return in Record Numbers

Lily Wilkerson, Staffer November 7, 2022

As LASA's freshman classes have grown over the years, the school has experienced growing pains to match. As LASA has moved to its own campus, the school will be able to further expand subsequent freshman...

Fresh Faculty Faces at LASA

Lasya Sangana, Staffer November 7, 2022

As students pour into classes again, many are being taught by unfamiliar faces. Since COVID-19, there have been more than a couple of teachers who have left LASA that have been swapped with new ones. Similar...

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AISD Educators Exit in a Mass Exodus

Wintyr Rice, Staffer October 17, 2022

According to the Texas Tribune, 8,600 Texas teachers quit their jobs in 2021, which is over the state average of 7,500. Because of this, many students came back from the COVID-19 pandemic to classrooms...

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New Years Means New Policies

Malvika Pradhan and Ava Spurgeon August 20, 2022

With the resignation of Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, the previous superintendent of the Austin Independent School District (AISD), and a new budget for the 2022-23 school year, LASA students and teachers could...

Losing a Major Competitor: District Realignment Makes Serious Changes

Sydney Jones, Staff Writer May 5, 2022

High school athletics in Texas are governed by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). High schools are placed into 1A through 6A divisions based on school size. 5A schools have student bodies ranging...

Recapture Regiment to Redistribute Revenue

Luci Garza, News editor May 5, 2022

In 1993, the Texas state legislature created the recapture program, a form of school financing that sends local taxpayer funding to the state in order to equalize school funding. Recapture, also known...

Study Buddies

Sophie Chau, Staffer May 1, 2022

A flurry of activity signals the end of another day as students rush out the doors to get home and get on with their lives at home. Some students, however, go to study halls to get extra assistance in...

AISD Plans for Next Year

Ella Lilly, Staff Writer March 28, 2022

As the Austin Independent School District (AISD) works to construct a new calendar for the 2022-2023 school year, principal Stacia Crensenzi addressed that rumors of seven-period days and early-release...

The Name is Bond, AISD Bond

Sarah Garrett, Staff Writer December 17, 2021

The Austin Independent School District (AISD) is in the preparation stages of a new 2022 bond, a package of money set to focus on equity for the district. According to AISD, they’re looking toward past...

AISD Offers Free Lunch

AISD Offers Free Lunch

Sydney Jones, Staff Writer October 15, 2021

In previous years, students in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) had to bring their own meals, buy food from school, or register for free or reduced priced meals. But as a continuation of a...

Staff Stance: COVID Comes to Texas – Again: How Texas Fails to Protect Students and Teachers

Beck Williams and LiLi Xiong October 15, 2021

On March 13, 2020, the Austin Independent School District (AISD) closed its schools temporarily to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Less than a hundred cases had been identified in the United...

How COVID-19 Highlights Disparities Across AISD

Luci Garza, News editor April 14, 2021

According to the University of Texas (UT) Institute of Urban Policy Research (IUPRA), more than 55% of Austin Independent School District's (AISD) student population qualifies for free or reduced lunches,...

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