In early March with an eye on the quickly rising Covid-19 case count and death toll in northern Italy; educators, administrators, and politicians were debating what schools should do to help stem the inevitable tide of infections coming to the United States; as well as to protect students, teachers, and staff. Abrome, along with many others, recognized at the time that the risk of bringing people together was too great given the many unknowns about the virus. As such, Abrome ended up canceling in-person meetings for the remainder of the 2019–2020 academic year, and schools statewide soon followed suit.


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I received an email from a parent I did not know expressing fear over their kids opting out of college to pursue trade careers. This parent has two master’s degrees and their partner graduated from one of the top three law schools in the country. They value higher education and they chose one of the “best” (most affluent) public schools in the state to put their kids on the right path. The final paragraph of their letter read:

I am reaching out to you because I struggle with my fears regarding their choices. I viewed a couple videos posted by…

Candidates for Eanes ISD school board

On Tuesday, I drove out to the Bee Cave City Hall for the last day of early voting. I have voted early multiple times at that location over the past seven years for a variety of races up to congressional and presidential, but I’ve never shown up for a local election with what might seem to be of such little political consequence, on paper. The only options on my ballot were for two seats on the Eanes ISD Board of Trustees (the school board of one of the most affluent, suburban school districts in Texas). …

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One year ago today, on March 30, 2020, we ‘returned’ remotely after an extended three-week spring break that allowed us time to better understand the threat of the burgeoning Covid-19 pandemic. …

Dear Abrome Learners and families,

We published the first version of this contingency planning document on June 9, 2020. This document outlined our plan for how we could more safely be together during the pandemic, and allowed our community to have more certainty about what the 2020–2021 academic year would look like. It also made clear that we were going to place community care before convenience, and people before profits. …

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Yesterday, unfortunately, Emily Oster’s latest essay “Your Unvaccinated Kid Is Like a Vaccinated Grandma” was published in The Atlantic. The subtitle declared, “Parents should bet on vacations with their kids this summer.“ I’ll explain why this essay being published is so unfortunate after I properly introduce you to the author.

Even if you haven’t heard who Emily Oster is, you’ve surely heard people parroting her continued dismissals of the risks of Covid-19 in school settings. …

World Travel & Tourism Council, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas (26279225765), CC BY 2.0

Yesterday I was talking to some Abrome Learners when one of them mentioned that Texas Governor Greg Abbott was about to make an announcement of some sort. I immediately thought to myself, “bad news.” Not because I knew the content of what he was going to say, but because he has consistently used high profile, public announcements to score political points in ways that usually harm those with the least political and economic power. I then jumped on a call with some remote Learners, and by the time I got off I had gotten the notification that Abbott was lifting…

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Central Texas schools operating as sites of infection

Last week, Dr. Mark Escott of Austin Public Health shared some shocking Covid-19 positivity rates in school-age children. The positivity rates for elementary, middle, and high school students were 19.8%, 27.1%, and 20.2%, respectively; all of which were greater than the 17.8% positivity rate for Austin/Travis County. The numbers stand in stark contrast to the dangerously misleading and incessant claims that schools are somehow safe spaces during the pandemic.

Schools are not safe during the pandemic. Schools are where students, teachers, and staff come together indoors for extended periods of time. Masking…

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This week too many students, teachers, and staff will be returning to schools. They’ll be returning to schools even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, in the worst stage of the pandemic, only ten days removed from mass infection events called Christmas gatherings, and less than four days removed from mass infection events called New Year’s Eve gatherings.

The headline of a just republished article that “kids are more likely to be infected by a family member than in a classroom” is media malpractice. It is clickbait. Of course kids are more likely to be infected by a family member than at school. People are more likely to be infected by a family member than at a bar, at a restaurant, or at a church, as well. That doesn’t suggest that bars, restaurants, and churches are safe places to congregate.

Antonio Buehler

Anti-oppression. Liberation through education: @AbromeEd. End police abuse: @PeacefulStreets.

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