The Problem: Austin ISD uses harmful classroom removals, like out-of-school suspensions, to punish very young students. Black students and students who receive special education services are overrepresented in this discipline system. Austin ISD’s youngest students are facing in-school and out-of- school suspensions and alternative school placements for completely age appropriate behaviors and for behaviors that should be addressed with services and positive supports.
Fact Sheet with data about Austin ISD (AISD) elementary school removals
Texas Appleseed joins six other organizations — the Fair Share Housing Center, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, the Mississippi Center for Justice, the National Fair Housing Alliance, and Texas Low Income Housing Information Service — in welcoming new federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at protecting civil rights during the response to and recovery from major disasters. Key words: disaster planning; disaster response; disaster recovery; Hurricane Katrina; Hurricane Ike; Superstorm Sandy.


Bail Reform
Civil Asset Forfeiture
Criminal Discovery
Debt Collection
Debtors' Prisons
Disaster Recovery & Fair Housing
Foster Care & Courts
Homeless Youth
Immigrant Children & Families
Juvenile Justice
Mental Health
Payday & Auto Title Lending Reform
Protecting Seniors from Financial Abuse
School-to-Prison Pipeline