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Stories by Courtney Griffin

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD board reacts to threat from charter schools

Austin Independent School District board members have urgently requested a policy change that would curtail area charter school districts’ access to student information.At the board’s dialogue meeting last Monday, members learned that nearby charter schools have been filing Public Information…

Monday, April 13, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD board discusses student transfer changes

Austin Independent School District board members approached student transfer policies last Monday with a scalpel instead of a sledgehammer, with the goal of trying to ease high enrollment in certain schools.After much discussion, they ended the meeting with an acknowledgment…

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Concerns raised over 18-foot-wide trail design

A proposed urban trail that is as wide as a city street became an issue Wednesday, after residents voiced concern about the pathway’s design.During an April 1 meeting, Environmental Board members heard an update on the Upper Boggy Creek Trail design.…

Monday, April 6, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

City says SH45 SW environmental study unsound

Austin’s Environmental Board is looking at its options after hearing from city staff that the approved environmental impact study, or EIS, for State Highway 45 Southwest is not based on sound science.The EIS was prepared by TxDOT and CTRMA, with assistance…

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD cautiously expands dual language program

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees decided Monday to extend its dual English and Spanish language program to two additional middle schools, but not before criticizing the administration’s lack of evidence supporting the expansion and a faulty application…

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD to move forward with equity assessment

The Austin Independent School District Board decided Monday to move forward with a self-assessment on educational equity in the district, although what that assessment will look like is still in the works. The board voted 7-1, with District 7 board…

Monday, March 30, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD committee tweaks equity presentation

The Austin Independent School District’s ad hoc Historically Underutilized Business Committee prepared its presentation for board members on equity and equality issues Monday, leaning toward providing the public a more recent history of the relationship between the Texas Civil Rights…

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

MoPac Boulevard project completion delayed

Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority officials announced Wednesday that a fully operational MoPac Boulevard may not happen until the end of the year. While the announcement currently delays construction only three-and-a-half months, officials said they were not confident they could complete the work…

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD board may create new equity committee

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees may vote to create a new, standing subcommittee that addresses equity and equality issues throughout the district.The proposal of a new committee stems from an interaction with the Texas Civil Rights Project, which…

Friday, March 20, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD increases community oversight of bond funds

Community members will provide more oversight to Austin Independent School District’s bond projects in the future.Superintendent Paul Cruz said the AISD’s Community Bond Oversight Committee will begin reviewing changes to bond projects before the board of trustees reviews them. In the…

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CapMetro board to vote on new bus routes

The Capital Metro Operations, Planning and Safety committee has approved adding several proposed bus service changes to the full Capital Metro board’s regular March 23 agenda for a final vote.Lawrence Deeter, senior planner for Capital Metro, presented proposed June 2015 service…

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CapMetro committee to create partnership policy

Board members with the Capital Metro Operations, Planning and Safety committee directed staff to begin crafting a board policy that gives parameters around future sponsors and partnerships at their committee meeting Wednesday.On the heels of a presentation overviewing CapMetro’s 2015…

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD board decides deadline for land purchase

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees directed district staff Monday to — after many years of discussion — create a timeline ending in January 2016  for the district to spend bond money to buy land for a proposed…

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