Malfaro on Carstarphen: Heard 'Good Stuff'

Education Austin president positive about AISD superintendent finalist, calls to put selection process behind district

Malfaro:
Malfaro: "We have every reason to extend a hand to her." (Photo by John Anderson)

For all the calls this morning from the AISD Board of Trustees that it's all about the children, if Meria Carstarphen becomes superintendent, she will also be boss for the district's employees. Teachers' union Education Austin President Louis Malfaro is optimistic about her, and said, "We are looking forward to working with the new superintendent."

Education Austin is one of the stakeholder groups that will have sit-down meetings with Carstarphen over the next few days, but Malfaro said he thought it unlikely that she would not get the job. Noting that she has worked in a variety of multicultural and multilingual districts, he added, "She brings a lot of things to the district that are going to, on paper anyway, make her a very effective superintendent."

Malfaro confirmed that, ever since Carstarphen's name had been leaked by the Statesman last week, he'd been asking around about her, particularly with his counterparts at the St. Paul Federation of Teachers. "I hear a lot of good stuff," he said, "that she's collaborative, and that they've been to conferences together that the union sponsored in Washington to look at school improvement efforts."

Still, he did have some last parting shots for how the trustees made their final decision. He explained, "If you read the profile that the school board put together [it] clearly spoke to the need to have someone had a lot of classroom experience, worked as a principal, worked as a superintendent – they didn't follow the profile." However, he added, "It's time to put aside a discussion of the process."

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More AISD
Saldaña Quits AISD Board
Saldaña Quits AISD Board
Trustee cites workload for abrupt exit

Richard Whittaker, April 7, 2017

Ben Carson Invites Himself to Austin ISD
Carson vs. Garcia?
GOP contender's photo op plan quietly falls apart

Richard Whittaker, Oct. 17, 2015

More Meria Carstarphen
Cruz in Contention for AISD Superintendency
Cruz in Contention for AISD Superintendency
Interim district chief now officially in the mix

Richard Whittaker, Dec. 3, 2014

Austin ISD Needs You (to Find the Next Superintendent)
Austin ISD Needs You (to Find the Next Superintendent)
Three days of input meetings starts today

Richard Whittaker, July 15, 2014

More by Richard Whittaker
The Ones Who Will <i>Take Your Dead</i>
The Ones Who Will Take Your Dead
Director's real life experiences with gang members inspire horror

June 15, 2019

How <i>The Last Black Man in San Francisco</i> Traded Righteous Rage For Gentleness
How The Last Black Man in San Francisco Traded Righteous Rage For Gentleness
Director Joe Talbot on the poignant side of gentrification

June 13, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

AISD, Meria Carstarphen, Education Austin, Education, Louis Malfaro

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle