Tag Archives: AISD

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…

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…

Friday, March 6, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council backs application for Obama Promise Zone

The Austin City Council threw its support behind an Obama administration initiative Thursday when it backed the city’s application to have a large tract of East Austin dubbed a “Promise Zone” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.…

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Five seats open on Austin School District board

The Austin Independent School District has seen some tough times over past years, and it does not look like things are going to get better anytime soon.Earlier this year, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen resigned to take the superintendent’s job in Atlanta.…

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City budget talks turn to city schools

Though it was the last budget work session for City Council, there was plenty left to talk about on Wednesday.After the public hearing had been closed, Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo presented Council with the most recent budget…

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Gene Davis

AISD funding situation dire, panel hears

On the second day back in school for students, Austin Independent School District Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley briefed the Council Audit and Finance Committee on the severe financial challenges the district is facing.Or, as Council Member Laura Morrison put…

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