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Stories by Courtney Griffin

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD to seek bids for 10 properties

The Austin Club and the Austin Independent School District’s centrally located administrative headquarters — as well as other district-owned properties — might soon see an ownership change. On Monday, the AISD board of trustees announced that 10 district properties that are…

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD looks into becoming “innovation” district

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees heard a proposal that could provide the district with more flexibility in its establishment of school hours, student-to-teacher ratios and teacher benefits, among other things. According to AISD Superintendent Paul…

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD announces Lee Elementary decision deadline

In a year defined by hard conversations about race and historical legacies, the Austin Independent School District has finally announced a date to vote on a potential name change for Robert E. Lee Elementary School. The issue was brought to…

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD staff to formalize HUB participation program

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees directed staff to move forward with final plans for the district’s first official historically underutilized business program (known as HUB), though many board members expressed reservations.Although the issue has long…

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD moves ahead with new equity assessment model

It’s been more than a year since the Texas Civil Rights Project sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education to call attention to disparities in the ways the Austin Independent School District educates its students. And despite AISD…

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD teacher appraisals impetus for possible new salary structure

In a unanimous vote Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees gave the green light to its new teacher appraisal system, which ties teacher appraisals to student performance on standardized tests. Kimiko Krekel, AISD’s executive director of educator quality,…

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

Shrinking AISD enrollment could be new normal

Trustees for the Austin Independent School District are asking district staff to let them know what variables they have control over after hearing grim student enrollment projections.At Monday’s workshop meeting, board members heard the results of an annual demographics report conducted…

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD hires marketing firm to tackle enrollment woes

Land purchases and resignation announcements aside, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees took additional steps to address the district’s enrollment issues Monday. In a 7-0 vote with trustees Kendall Pace and Edmund Gordon abstaining, the board decided to spend…

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Study: AISD passive participant in discrimination

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees heard troubling news Monday: AISD’s contracting process does nothing to combat entrenched discriminatory practices among businesses and governmental entities in the Austin area, according to a recent disparity study.The study, which began in…

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD changes school naming policy, barely

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees unanimously tweaked its facilities naming policy. Although the change clarified the district’s ability to abolish controversial school names, it provided little guidance on if and how such a process might…

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD delays, but keeps “new” LASA on table

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees heard a barrage of new academic program proposals for South Austin on Monday. But at the end of the meeting, the long-discussed idea of creating South Austin’s version of the district’s prestigious…

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD punts Confederate name changes to committee

With tension hanging thick in the air, Austin Independent School District trustees’ tempers rose as they discussed ways to tackle the politically and racially charged topic of potentially changing Confederate-related names associated with five AISD schools: Robert E. Lee Elementary…

Monday, November 2, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD tightens military access to students

Military recruiters seeking to sign up future servicemen and -women will have less access to Austin Independent School District students than they did one year ago. On Monday, board members unanimously adopted new language in the district’s visitors policy that…

Thursday, October 22, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD reviews staffing; changes could cost millions

With enrollment dropping, a tight budget and no sign of relief from the Supreme Court of Texas, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees trudged forward with its budget discussion Monday, assuming another year of limited resources and growing…

Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD considers new East Austin school

The Austin Independent School District has a chance to build a school on free land, but unfortunately that land is situated in a somewhat contentious area where current schools are struggling to fill seats and others have historically been insufficient…

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD talks prison pipeline; reviews current system

At Monday’s dialogue meeting, AISD trustees took their first look at the state of the district’s “school-to-prison pipeline” system, examining the district’s policies and practices that push students out of the classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.Speaking…

Monday, October 5, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD to begin video ticketing

During a quick approval of Monday’s consent agenda, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees unanimously OK’d the use of camera-based ticketing to help curb drivers’ illegal passing of stopped school buses.AISD entered into a one-year renewable contract with…

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD trustees appoint Wagner to D7 spot

The Austin Independent School District concluded a more than six-week appointment process at its regular meeting Monday when, in a 7-0 vote — with Secretary Jayme Mathias abstaining — board members appointed Yasmin Wagner to South Austin’s District 7 seat.…

Monday, September 21, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD District 7 candidate forums conclude

Two Austin Independent School District trustees and about 40 residents packed Baranoff Elementary School’s cafeteria this weekend to hear District 7 candidates Yasmin Wagner and Jonathan “Dale” Sump field questions.Saturday’s meeting was the third and final in-district forum. Now AISD…

Friday, September 18, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD begins South Austin academic talks

Even if the Austin Independent School District trustees come to an agreement in December, a new, advanced academic program in South Austin probably will not open its doors until the 2017-2018 school year, said Superintendent Paul Cruz.At the board’s dialogue…

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