Tag Archives: AISD

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City, AISD agree on Bowie expansion rules

The city and the Austin Independent School District have reached an agreement on how the district can expand Bowie High School even though it is over the environmentally sensitive Barton Springs Zone of the Edwards Aquifer.City Council voted unanimously at…

Monday, June 26, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Bond doubles down on segregation, trustee says

At last week’s Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting, only one trustee voted against the adoption of the list of projects to be included in this year’s bond election: District 1 representative Edmund Gordon. In a sit-down interview…

Monday, June 19, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Eastside Memorial could be on the move

At a hastily called meeting this weekend organized by local education advocates, members of the Eastside Memorial High School community gathered in the cafeteria to discuss an Austin Independent School District bond proposal that would move the school to a…

Monday, May 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

City Council considers tax swap with school district

City Council is exploring a number of ways the city of Austin can lend a hand to the Austin Independent School District, which will forfeit $406 million this year to the state under Texas’ “recapture” policy.At a work session on…

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Teacher health care surfaces as key issue in AISD budget conversations

As the Austin Independent School District braces for a tough financial year, even by district standards, staff presented preliminary budget plans to the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting April 24.The rough waters are courtesy of Austin’s growth. Significant…

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…

Friday, April 7, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD magnet school policy in turmoil

Emotions ran high as Austin Independent School District trustees, school alums and parents weighed in on the district’s magnet school policy at the board’s special called meeting April 3.The board deliberated for several hours before it voted to adopt the…

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD board adopts Facility Master Plan update

Against the wishes of some trustees to postpone the item, the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees worked into the early hours of Tuesday morning to adopt the Facility Master Plan update in a special called meeting.The master plan…

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Draft AISD facilities update miscalculates root of underenrollment crisis, board trustees say

Tough conversations about racial segregation and economic disparity need to be had before the Austin Independent School District’s Facility Master Plan update is approved, some trustees said at the March 27 meeting of the AISD board.Monday night, members of the…

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…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Democrats urged to join fight against SB 4

Matt Simpson, policy strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, told members of the Central Texas Democratic Forum on Monday that Senate Bill 4, the so-called sanctuary cities bill, throws out policies created by sheriffs and police departments…

Friday, December 9, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council approves bid to buy AISD properties

City Council approved a measure Thursday to move forward with a joint effort between the city, Travis County and the Austin Independent School District to provide affordable housing on publicly owned land.The measure authorized city staff to submit a bid…

Monday, November 14, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Sore losers and sour grapes

Ghosting on reporters… It’s probably never fun to take reporter’s calls after losing an election, but usually candidates are good sports about it. However, former City Council District 7 candidate Natalie Gauldin managed to ignore more than five phone calls throughout…

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by KUT News

Texas education groups are trying to get more students, teachers to vote

By Kate Groetzinger & Kate McGeeAustin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz chatted with six Reagan Early College High School students Monday afternoon as they gathered at the early voting center at Austin Community College-Highland Mall to cast their ballots…

Friday, October 14, 2016 by Jack Craver

Austin teams up with Travis County and AISD on affordable housing

The city of Austin, Travis County and the Austin Independent School District are poised to enter a three-party partnership aimed at using publicly owned lands to address the shortage of affordable housing in the area.City Council did its part Thursday,…

Monday, September 26, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Upscale dogs, other complaints

You’re never too old to throw shade… Last Monday, the Austin Independent School District’s workshop meeting was full of lively discussion, including more pondering of academic programming and how to correctly catalog it for parents and district members. Often, special…

Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD postpones potential bond

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees decided to pump the brakes on future bonding efforts for district schools for another year.At the board’s workshop meeting, trustees met with the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee to…

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD employees see insurance hikes

The final board of trustees meeting attended by Austin Independent School District’s Chief Human Capital Officer Michael Houser brought hard news: Some AISD employees could see a significant portion of their newly approved raises go toward paying increasing health care…

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic Landmark Commission defies AISD, moves forward with historic zoning for Lee Elementary

Once again, the Historic Landmark Commission was the site of an ideological showdown over the fate of Russell Lee Elementary. And, on Monday night, it was also a face-off between the commission and the Austin Independent School District.Just prior to…

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Robert E. Lee sign change erodes trust between city commission and school district

In an emotional, accusatory hearing, the Historic Landmark Commission voted Monday night to initiate historic zoning on the school formerly known as Robert E. Lee Elementary.Since the case first appeared before the commission, AISD has voted to change the name…

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