Why Has AISD Forsaken South Austin?

RECEIVED Thu., May 1, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Why has the Austin Independent School District forsaken Southeast Austin? On May 10, vote against the school bond proposal. The school board has neglected to apportion any funds to the Akins Vertical Team (i.e., Akins High School, Paredes Middle School, and a handful of Southeast Austin elementary schools that feed into Paredes Middle School). These schools are the only schools in the city of Austin that did not get any money from the 2004 bond package and will get nothing from this bond package. All of the Southeast Austin schools are above capacity, while many of the schools which received 2004 money and will receive 2008 money are under capacity. At the last minute, the bond committee responsible for this proposal rescinded the inclusion of a Southeast Austin school. The language used on the ballot, however, masks this renegation. As well, the misleading usage of the term "undesignated" is highly suspect, as the bond committee has already made the decisions as to where the money will go. Any school bond proposal should include all schools or should not be proposed.
Dusty Gibson
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