Tag Archives: AISD

Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD trustees lean toward transparent appointment process

The Austin Independent School District board of trustees laid out a timeline for potential District 7 applicants at a special meeting Tuesday night. Most of that process will be open to the public.In a 6-1 decision with District 1 Trustee…

Monday, July 27, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin Achieve and charter education

John Armbrust and Emily Morrison join Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk about their Austin Achieve charter school and charter education in general. Show is embedded below:

Monday, July 27, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Lack of program metrics could complicate AISD equity assessment

Austin Independent School District students have roughly 98 campus-based summer programs to choose from this year. However, there is no single reliable system tracking program-related student metrics. It’s a flaw that AISD Board Member Kendall Pace said could hinder the district’s…

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD superintendent eliminates top positions

Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz has said that his vision is to “create an effective and streamlined organization that does not duplicate programs and services” during his time in the captain’s chair.That’s one of the reasons he decided…

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD funding requests dominate joint meeting

It is no secret that the Austin Independent School District is in tough financial straits, and requests for additional monetary help from the Austin City Council and the Travis County Commissioners Court dominated the recent joint subcommittee meeting.Representatives from all three…

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Springdale Farm conflict moves to AISD

A dispute that was seemingly settled by the Planning Commission made its way to the Austin Independent School District on Monday night after residents surrounding Springdale Farm proactively reached out to trustees during public comment.Springdale Farm, a 5-acre farm located in…

Monday, June 22, 2015 by Sunny Sone

Alcohol waiver approved, policy review promised

City Council approved an alcohol waiver for a planned Tiny Boxwoods restaurant on 35th Street at its meeting Thursday but not without giving the subject serious scrutiny and planning a discussion on Council’s larger policy in committee.Council approved the waiver 10-1, with…

Friday, May 22, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD educators ask for $24 million more

Employees from every area of the Austin Independent School District asked for higher wages Monday night. The most popular request came with a $24.5 million price tag.As in past meetings, Education Austin, an AISD teachers union, continued to advocate for an across-the-board 5 percent…

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD remains hopeful about school finance bill

Austin Independent School District trustees received good news Monday: A state bill restructuring school finance, House Bill 1759, still has wind in its sails.In the hour-plus monthly meeting with staff, AISD Intergovernmental Relations Committee members heard updates on several key…

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD, others ask state for $3 billion in new funding

Three members from the Austin Independent School District board stood with more than 20 other school districts at the State Capitol on Wednesday to ask legislators for $3 billion in additional statewide school funding.“For AISD, this figure is vital,” said…

Friday, April 24, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

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

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 next three days, KUT News and the Austin Monitor will look at…

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…

Monday, April 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Appointment drama continues

Casar challenges District 6 appointment … Last Friday, Council Member Greg Casar used the City Council Message Board to announce that he will be asking Council to rescind the District 6 nomination to the Commission on Immigrant Affairs, Rebecca Forest.…

Friday, April 10, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: AISD Trustee Paul Saldana

AISD Trustee Paul Saldana joins Monitor publisher Mike Kanin and reporter Courtney Griffin to talk system equity, resources, and more. Sponsored by Kerbey Lane Cafe. Audio is embedded below.

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…

Monday, March 16, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Planning Commission wants AISD representative

The Planning Commission is looking into adding a new member to the dais to advise its members about how zoning changes might affect Austin schools.At a meeting Tuesday, Commissioner James Nortey said Austin Independent School District President Gina Hinojosa can…

Friday, March 13, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council funds AISD software, debates relationship

When it comes to using tax dollars to serve children in the Austin community, there can be a fine line between education and health and human services. Before passing an agreement Thursday to help fund truancy tracking software for the…

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