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AISD Sends Signals on Future Budget Cuts
School closures and the redrawing of school boundaries eyed as potential ways to address $29 million deficit
News Story  November 15, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...School consolidations, attendance zone boundary adjustments, and a sunset review process for contracts and programs are among the strategies that could contain Austin ISD's budget deficit. Leaders with the Budget Stabilization Task Force presented a status update to AISD trustees on Monday night for the first time since the group was convened in June to find solutions to the district's $29-million-and-growing problem...."

Budget Cuts, Name Changes at AISD
Union urges wait-and-see stance on funding at board meeting
News Story  December 20, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...• "Modest cuts" based on recommendations from the Budget Stabilization Task Force should be made before deeper cuts are considered;..."

AISD: Thinking Outside the Schoolhouse
Task force schemes new ways to stabilize Austin ISD budget
News Story  July 19, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...AISD will operate at a $30 million loss in the 2018-19 school year, forcing district officials to again dip into its dwindling reserve fund, a process that district accountants have projected will continue if austerity measures are not taken. The Budget Stabilization Task Force has been charged with identifying and recommending to the AISD Board of Trustees solutions to the district's ballooning deficit...."

AISD Prepares to Slice the Apple
School district battles its budget monsters
News Story  December 6, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...At the final meeting of Austin ISD's Budget Stabilization Task Force on Nov. 14, Eric Ramos pleaded with the committee to recommend cost-saving measures that would avoid impacting teachers and the students they serve..."

Could AISD Shutter 12 Schools?
District discloses ideas for $55 million in budget cuts
News Story  December 13, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...A total of 91 potential budget reductions are listed in the document, which was not widely shared with the public or with members of the district's own Budget Stabilization Task Force, which has been working to finalize its own report on the topic. Of the items, which total about $55.1 million in potential savings annually, more than half would primarily impact AISD's central administration rather than its individual campuses and students, but the most controversial options would definitely be felt among the broader community...."

Closing Schools, Shrinking Enrollment Make for Tense Times at AISD
Sour apples at AISD
News Story  January 10, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...But two agenda items sandwiched between those moments highlighted the less pleasant work that lies ahead. The district's Budget Stabilization Task Force presented its likely-to-be-controversial recommendations for navigating through AISD's fiscal crisis, and a briefing from district demographers revealed that AISD expects to continue losing students for at least the next 10 years...."

Austin At Large: Fractured Fairy Tales
Will no Prince Charming come to save our school district in distress?
News Column  January 10, 2019, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Elsewhere in this issue, you'll see members and watchers of the Legislature ready to take new Speaker Dennis Bonnen at his word that the time is now for school finance reform, which may help Austin ISD and probably can't make its fiscal woes worse. You'll also see the district itself grapple with the reality that, in the words of its Budget Stabilization Task Force, "only the most politically charged options to address the structural [budget] deficit remain."..."

AISD and City: Let’s Work Together!
Looking for mutually beneficial uses for publicly owned land
News Story  January 31, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...Segura expects the needs assessment to take two to three months and hopes to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on potential uses when the district's next facilities master plan is due in June. That updated plan is expected to account for some school closures – an earlier AISD report suggested as many as 12, though the district's Budget Stabilization Task Force has not settled on a number..."

New to Town? Here Are Nine of the Biggest News Stories Affecting Locals.
A primer on Austin politics
DAILY News  August 30, 2018, by News Staff
"...The city, county, and a whole slew of law enforcement officials are currently being sued by eight sexual assault survivors who claim the criminal justice system – from street cops to the Travis County District Attorney’s office – fail rape victims at every turn. The original proposed class action suit was filed in June by three local survivors, and five more women have since added their stories..."

Mental Health Care Meltdown: Is There Room for Hope?
Austin police and mental health advocates make recommendations for patching Travis County's tattered safety net.
News Story  April 4, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"...Last month, Austin Police Chief Stan Knee's task force on mental health submitted its final report on the state of Austin's mental health care system. The task force was convened in the wake of the June 2002 shooting death of Sophia King and initially charged with reviewing and making recommendations for strengthening APD officer training on mental health issues..."

Mental Health Care Meltdown
The mental health care system for Austin and Travis County is increasingly overwhelmed, with no relief in sight.
News Story  December 20, 2002, by Jordan Smith
"..."Is police officer training necessary? Yes. But more important is a mental health community that doesn't push people off a cliff and onto law enforcement..."

Rep. Donna Howard on the 86th Texas Legislature
“Let’s target some new money toward childhood literacy, toward high school success, toward teacher quality – the kind of things that research shows make a difference”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...We have more low-income students and more English-language learners than we've had before. We also have a workforce that requires new skills and post-secondary certifications and degrees..."

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