The Liberator

Proactive Not Reactive Safety

Nia Orakwue and Malena Heineman

October 11, 2019

In the first seven months of 2019, 22 school shootings occurred. As incidents of violence similar to these shootings flood the news, school safety has come under unique scrutiny. LASA and LBJ’s respective administrations have been working with the AISD Police to ensure the campus is a safe place for...

Dress Code Changes Perspectives

Luci Garza, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

Dress codes are inherently restrictive of students’ clothing choices, especially when implemented in a system that already heavily mandates student behavior. The manner students choose to dress is one of the ways they are able to express themselves and their interests. New Austin Independent School...

What’s the TEA on AISD’s Grades?

Sophia Chau, Staff Writer

October 9, 2019

Over the summer, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released its scores for the 2018-2019 school year. The rating, called the Accountability Rating System, assigns districts and schools with a score on a 100 point scale. Three metrics factor into the overall score: Student Achievement, School Progress,...

Recapture: Inside the controversial school funding laws

Somaya Jimenez-Haham

May 6, 2019

As Austin taxes climb, nearly half of the school district’s income is sent out of the city. $670 million in recapture payments will be sent to the state in 2019, who distributes the money largely to school districts with much lower incomes from local taxes. The exchange sustains property-poor districts...

LASA teachers float from class to class

Alex Watson, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019

All teachers have to handle rowdy classrooms and heaps of papers to grade, but not all of them have to face packed hallways between classes. When the bell rings, teachers who do not have their own classroom have to fight through hordes of students to get to their next class, rather than being shut safely...

LBJ fights the flames: all about Fire Academy

Alec Lippman, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019

A program that allows students to get within feet of a 30-foot-tall propane fire along with leaving high school ready to get a job with a 45 thousand dollar salary are just some of the possibilities that can be achieved through LBJ Fire Academy. LBJ Fire Academy is a double blocked course that takes...

Senior rows to San Diego

Senior rows to San Diego

Malena Heineman, Staff Writer

April 11, 2019

Senior Thomas Wilson plans to take his passion for rowing with him beyond high school. He began receiving attention early on as a club rower for his exceptionally fast times on the rowing machine, and his desire to compete in college has had a great impact on his college application process. Wilson beg...

Looking to the future

Looking to the future

Helena Lara, Photo Editor

April 9, 2019

The LBJ Jaguars boys basketball season officially ended with a district win and a solid playoff run, according to Head Coach Freddie Roland. Roland said the team has shown improvement, but still has room for more growth for next season’s goal of reaching state. The team finished first in district...

Prom prep

Emma McBride, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, seniors are getting ready to graduate, finalizing post-high-school plans and grappling with senioritis. According to Lisa Moomaw, LASA student council senior president, prom is the perfect opportunity to relax and hang out with friends. The joint event...

AISD magnets: the good and the bad

Nia Orakwue, Entertainment Editor

April 9, 2019

Magnet programs are not unique to Austin. By the 1980s, most major cities had magnet schools that were meant to attract kids from all-over a city to attend a school outside their assigned, district created attendance zone. While LASA was nominally an attempt to create a technologically advanced school,...

Raising alertness for AISD

Charles Taylor, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

In a day when violent acts such as the Santa Fe school shooting in May 2018 and the Parkland school shooting in February 2018 are occurring much more frequently, schools around the U.S. are exploring a range of approaches to deal with this threat and ensure student safety. Measures such as Town Hall...

Overwhelmed and overworked: LASA’s Custodian shortage

Somaya Jimenez-Haham, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Trash bins overflow with wrappers and food, tumbling out of the top. A thin film of dust coats the floor, and grime leaves the table surfaces sticky and textured. The understaffed team of custodians, although working tirelessly, has had trouble sufficiently cleaning both LASA and LBJ schools. LASA...

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