Stories by Kate McGee

Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Kate McGee

Despite state decriminalizing truancy, Austin students can still get charged for skipping

Lunch time is wrapping up at Austin High School, just west of downtown. As students walk back in the school, Austin Independent School District Police Officer Christopher Roddy walks out. He heads toward the MoPac highway underpass where there are…

Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Kate McGee

North Austin students want to unify in a school divided

Students at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy and Lyndon B. Johnson High School have developed a set of short-term solutions to increase collaboration and improve relationships between the two schools, which are located on the same campus in Northeast…

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Kate McGee

Austin teachers union pushes back on AISD immigration memo

Teachers and principals should not feel afraid to provide information to immigrant families about what to do if ICE shows up at their homes, the local teachers union said at a news conference Wednesday. Education Austin was responding to a…

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 by Kate McGee

Cap Metro takes down social media post referencing 2013 Barton Springs drowning

In the photo, a curly haired woman stares into the camera wearing a red lifeguard bathing suit, holding a red rectangular flotation device over her shoulder. “It can be really serious at Barton Springs,” reads the quote that accompanies the…

Friday, May 13, 2016 by Kate McGee

To end traffic fatalities, Austin says it takes engineering, enforcement, education … and you

Francis Reilly is unique for an Austinite: He doesn’t have a car. He often rides his bike, but these days he mostly depends on the bus. To explain why, he met me at the intersection of Wallis and Rollingwood drives…

Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Kate McGee

In Austin, traffic safety improvements come to those who ask

Traffic fatalities are down nationwide, but new research shows those declines are mostly among highly educated people. For those who have less than a high school diploma, the rate of death in a car crash has actually increased. That doesn’t…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Kate McGee

Vision Zero Plan passes through Mobility Committee, heads to City Council for final approval

Austin’s Vision Zero plan is heading to the full City Council for final approval next week with the blessing of the city’s Mobility Committee, which approved the plan Monday. At Monday’s meeting, Francis Reilly, who works in the Planning and…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Kate McGee

To reduce traffic deaths, Austin envisions ending homelessness

Robert Lormond is standing on the corner of Ben White and Manchaca watching his friend Jerry. Two police officers have stopped him. “I called him across the street. I didn’t see a police officer and he jaywalked,” Lormond says. There…

Friday, April 24, 2015 by Kate McGee

Why Texas isn’t paying for what it wants from Austin’s classrooms: Audio from KUT

Travis County and the City of Austin take part in a regular fiscal dance with the State of Texas over who pays the costs of government. Over the three days, KUT News and the Austin Monitor looked at key examples…

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