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Playback: Spotify Gifts Kealing Middle School
After the SXSW carnival leaves town, Kealing Middle School will have something to show for it – thanks to Spotify
Music Column  February 25, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...The company will recycle materials from its Spotify House, a popular annual attraction that features performances by Chvrches, Vince Staples, and Kacey Musgraves this year at 1501 E. Sixth, to build a recording studio at nearby Kealing Middle School...."

Kealing: Equal but Separate Plans
Parents of magnet and comprehensive program students have differing visions for Eastside middle school
News Story  April 6, 2007, by Justin Ward
"...At a March meeting, Kealing Middle School students and parents gathered inside the offices of the nearby Booker T. Washington housing projects to talk about the school's future..."

A Kealing Compromise
District won't formally separate Kealing Middle School's magnet program from neighborhood school
News Story  March 16, 2007, by Justin Ward
"...More than a month of heated debate over the future of Kealing Middle School ended in compromise last Thursday, when Austin Independent School District Superintendent Pat Forgione announced that the district will not formally split Kealing's advanced-academic magnet program from the neighborhood school. Forgione told the school board in late January that he proposed to make the magnet a separate school with its own administration and Public Education Information Management System number – an indicator state and federal officials use for accountability...."

AISD: Math Debate, More on Kealing
Board members and faculty debate which text to adopt for middle school mathematics, board discusses plans for Kealing Middle School
News Story  March 23, 2007, by Justin Ward
"...A special meeting of the Austin Independent School District board of trustees ran long into the night Monday as board members and faculty debated for more than two hours over which text to adopt for middle-school mathematics across the district. The board had reached an impasse after the committee that was formed to make a recommendation failed to reach a consensus across grade levels...."

Point Austin: Compared to What?
Crisis at Kealing the latest chapter in a too-long story
News Column  January 26, 2007, by Michael King
"...Kealing Middle School Principal Ron Gonzales, appointed only late last summer, appears to have accomplished the impossible. On a campus long known for its troubling divisions between underperforming neighborhood school and nationally renowned academic magnet, privileged commuter students and disadvantaged neighborhood students, the mostly minority Eastside community and mostly white magnet parent groups, Gonzales has united virtually the whole campus...."

Designed To Fail
As Pearce may face another repurposing, AISD gets excited about single-sex schools
News Story  November 18, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...In the main office, a grandfather is worrying about his granddaughter. He has been dropping her off at 6:30 in the morning, but the school is telling him that she is tardy when the bell rings at 8:10..."

AISD: Shakeup on West Sixth
Superintendent shuffles cabinet after retirements
DAILY News  June 21, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...The new school year will see a new cabinet for Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen. With five retirements and two staffers leaving for new jobs, she's shuffled several seats..."

Money Makes AISD's World Go Round
Policy questions at Austin ISD are increasingly being answered by the district's fiscal crunch.
News Story  January 24, 2003, by Michael King
"..."None of the choices are pleasant." Austin ISD spokesman Andy Welch was describing the district's ongoing budget deliberations, but he could as well be discussing virtually every decision AISD makes for the next couple of years. It's no secret that Texas schools, like the rest of the public sector, are strapped for cash..."

Capitol Chronicle
Just for the Kids' school rankings seem like just a lot of baloney.
News Column  November 9, 2001, by Michael King
"...A couple of weeks ago, with a great deal of fanfare and reverberating headlines, a nonprofit Texas education foundation named Just for the Kids announced its analytical rankings of the state's public schools. Established in 1995 by Dallas attorney Tom Luce, Just for the Kids is a thoroughly connected foundation with deep corporate pockets and a board of directors speckled with prestigious names from business and government..."

Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Police dropped charges against AISD senior Mamadee Kamara – but that didn't stop the district from acting as judge and jury
News Story  September 25, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...There is no dispute that something happened on the property of Kealing Middle School on the evening of July 14. And Austin Independent School District officials, the Austin Police Department, 17-year-old Eastside Memorial Green Tech High School senior Mamadee Baby Kamara, and his court-appointed lawyer, former prosecutor Rick Reed, all agree Kamara was present during the incident...."

Naked City
News Story  June 22, 2007
"...Craddick's refusal prompted his parliamentarians to resign; he replaced them with former Reps. Terry Keel and Ron Wilson. Naked City • It looks like John Murtell, the man named interim principal for Kealing Middle School, won't be making the jump from the farm team to the big leagues after all..."

Naked City
News Story  March 1, 2007
"...Mayor Pro Tem Betty Dunkerley said this was because the program needed to be defensibly backed up by existing retail studies; those Downtown Austin Alliance studies did not address child-care centers. Dunkerley stated, "Escuelita would not be able to use these funds, but we are trying to find other ways to help the school." An Escuelita parent said the center plans to apply for a BR&EP loan anyway..."

Naked City
News Story  January 19, 2007
"...Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, here being sworn in by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (l) with his wife, Dr. Libby Doggett, and his chief of staff, Michael MucchettiHeadlines• Mid-January arrived in style Monday and Tuesday as an ice storm closed roads, schools, and businesses through Wednesday midday, when a slow thaw took hold..."

Cinematexas 11
Schedule: Wednesday, Sept. 20-Sunday, Sept. 24
Screens Story  September 15, 2006
"...Kealing Middle School (1607 Pennsylvania Ave.)..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  August 11, 2006
"...7 to Forgione's choices for four new administrators. Glenn Nolley will fill in as acting associate superintendent of schools; he's worked in the district before, as principal of Reagan High and the Alternative Learning Center..."

The Smartest Kids in the Room
Hint: It may not be the AISD board of trustees
DAILY News  April 29, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Between budget cuts and the unrelenting anti-intellectualism of standardized testing, there is no place for skills like rhetoric and public speaking for Texas school kids any more. So two Austin ISD students – Callier Creedle of Kealing Magnet and Eastside Memorial Junior Elijah Cofield – used the board meeting to show their skills...."

Naked City
News Story  February 8, 2008
"...• Municipal court, usually the site of trials for traffic violations, played unlikely host to a civil rights showdown last Monday as lawyers from the Texas Civil Rights Project faced off against prosecutors over two students arrested during a protest last spring. Lucas Grisham and Wesley Duke, students from Kealing Middle School, were picked up for truancy during a student-led walkout against the district's plan to split the school's magnet program away from the neighborhood school..."

Katrina Evacuees: Precarious Times at La Quinta
FEMA's new Dec. 1 cutoff deadline for picking up the tab of hurricane evacuees living in Texas hotels and motels leaves thousands of people in housing limbo
News Story  November 25, 2005, by Cheryl Smith
"...Ever since she learned of FEMA's hotel and motel assistance cutoff date, Donna has wavered between two options: trying to find an apartment in Austin, or going to Baton Rouge, where her daughter, who lives in an apartment complex, has gotten assurance from her landlord that there's a unit available for Jaren and Donna. Donna is torn about the prospect of yanking Jaren out of his new community, a huge part of which is Kealing Middle School in East Austin..."

Naked City
News Story  May 11, 2007
"...• The Austin Independent School District named Kealing Middle School teacher Michael Perkins the district's Teacher of the Year. Perkins graduated from LBJ High School and was a first-generation college graduate in his family..."

On Leaving Dove Springs
A meditation on neighborhood, fear, family, and change
News Story  August 21, 2014, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...I have to imagine it this way, because the alternative is to think of her lingering, angry and hungry, in a garbage-strewn yard, chained to a tree, flea-infested, her infected eye so neglected that she's lost her sight. Or that she found her way to a dog-fighting ring in someone's backyard, run by the very people who used to scare me when I walked home from Mendez Middle School, hooting and laughing as she is mangled by a bigger, meaner dog...."

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