The Liberator

Recapture: Inside the controversial school funding laws

Somaya Jimenez-Haham

May 6, 2019

Filed under News

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...

LASA teachers float from class to class

Alex Watson, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019

Filed under Web Exclusive

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...

LBJ fights the flames: all about Fire Academy

Alec Lippman, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019

Filed under Web Exclusive

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...

Looking to the future

Looking to the future

April 9, 2019

Prom prep

Emma McBride, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Filed under Student Life

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...

AISD magnets: the good and the bad

Nia Orakwue, Entertainment Editor

April 9, 2019

Filed under Student Life

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...

Raising alertness for AISD

Charles Taylor, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Filed under News

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...

Overwhelmed and overworked: LASA’s Custodian shortage

Somaya Jimenez-Haham, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Filed under News

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,...

The early bird gets the worm

Catie Graves, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Filed under News

LASA is different from other Austin Independent School District (AISD) high schools in many ways, including its starting time. Every other AISD high school starts at 9 a.m., while LASA and LBJ share the start time of 8:15 a.m....

Exchanging knowledge

Marlen Avila, News Editor

February 19, 2019

Filed under News

Students waited in anticipation in the back of the library, bringing extra chairs and huddling with questions scribbled on small slips of papers in their hands. They all looked towards the entrance of the library for the grand...

Closing LASA? Starting at nine?

Clara Morse, Editor-in-Chief

February 19, 2019

Filed under News

In a recent report about the AISD budget deficit, magnet programs, including LASA, were described as "separate and unequal," "serving to divide local communities," and sources of “historical grievances and upheaval.” The report...

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