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Austin Rethinks Transgender Day of Remembrance
Remembering those we've lost and celebrating the community
DAILY Qmmunity  November 19, 2018, by Ray Emerson
"...28, 1998. Austin, however, hosted its first TDOR vigil in 2002 in Republic Square Park, and the Transgender Education Network of Texas has sponsored the event each year since 2003..."

Sex Education Update: Respect, Consent, Responsibility
AISD gathers feedback on potential changes to Human Sexuality and Responsibility curriculum
News Story  November 15, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...According to district officials, AISD instruction about reproduction, puberty, and relationships has not been updated in 12 years, as opposed to the three- to six-year revision of content in other subjects. The district hopes to modernize its offerings with a curriculum based on the National Sexuality Education Standards, which take a broader and more inclusive approach to "sex-ed" by, for example, using gender-neutral terms beginning in seventh grade when describing human anatomy..."

SBOE Gets Schooled on Women
State Board of Education reverses decision to remove Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from curriculum
News Story  November 15, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...As Hillary Clinton accepted an award for public service at the University of Texas Tuesday night, the State Board of Education voted to keep – for now – the divisive-but-dedicated public servant in the Texas social studies curriculum. In a meeting that lasted over 10 hours, the SBOE also reversed course and reinstated Helen Keller and Texas' Women Airforce Service Pilots back into the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills – the state standards that instruct teachers on what students should be taught...."

Qmmunity
Remembering, honoring, and celebrating queers
Columns  November 15, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Trans Day of Remembrance Honoring the 20th TDOR, started in 1999 to observe the 1998 murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Mass. But this year, Transgender Education Network of Texas has teamed up with allgo to do something new..."

Beside the Point: When You Assume ...
Yep, we're the assholes here
News Column  November 15, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Gordon served one term on the AISD board before losing by 23 points to LaTisha Anderson; he will depart with recognition as a committed figure who carried noble, oppositional, and often unsuccessful ideas to the dais concerning ways to improve public education for the city's black and brown children. He was the only African-American trustee throughout his term, as Anderson will be now...."

Headlines
News Story  November 15, 2018
"...SBOE Turns Back: After initially removing Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from state social studies curricula, the State Board of Education reversed course on Tuesday amid major backlash. A final vote should take place Friday (see "SBOE Gets Schooled on Women," Nov..."

Council: Back to Work!
Police, Fire, Water top a slim agenda post-election, pre-Thanksgiving
News Story  November 15, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Earlier this week, the Mayor's Committee for People With Disabilities heard a presentation on the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, and raised concerns about dockless enforcement specifically. Staff acknowledged there's a need for improvement, mostly because of a lack of education..."

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
"...Thomas was careful to note that the task force would not recommend which campuses should be closed, only that it was looking at a "greater number of schools that could be closed" and that "every single corner of the district has to re-evaluate how we are delivering education" – implying the school board should not just look to underenrolled Eastside schools for closure or consolidation. And by adjusting district boundaries to boost underenrolled schools and relieve overcrowded campuses (most of which are on AISD's western side), the district could both erode historical East/West segregation and reduce the number of closures needed to stabilize the district budget...."

Boy Erased
Joel Edgerton goes to gay conversion therapy's heart of darkness
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Film Review  November 9, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...Gay conversion therapy is all about the destruction of the self, a mental, philosophical, and allegedly spiritual re-education camp that would do Pol Pot proud in terms of its sheer repetitive insistence on denial of a person’s reality. Australian director and actor Edgerton, frequently working alongside his brother Nash, has been drawn to the dark side of humanity as far back as their 2008 Sundance short "Spider" (check it out on Vimeo), that same year’s claustrophobic The Square, and the brilliant Ozploitation classic Animal Kingdom..."

Right on the Money
Postmarks  November 8, 2018
"...Dear Editor, I am deeply concerned about the recent budget cuts in funding for public schools that have grown to be a problem and do not show any signs of slowing down. ["Texas Education Agency on the Money," News, Sept..."

Election Coverage: Blowouts, Run-Offs in Education Elections
Anderson, Ashy, and a run-off at AISD
News Story  November 8, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"..."I am humbled by the 72,000 Austin voters who helped our grassroots campaign," she said. "Our children are our future, and their education should not be political – it should be a priority."..."

Public Notice: Blue Wave Blues?
Something for everyone in Tuesday’s results
News Column  November 8, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...Texas Parent PAC is celebrating "a very good night for public education in Texas!" Lege candidates the group endorsed went 42-13 on Tuesday, knocking off six incumbents they saw as unfriendly to the cause of improving public education for all Texans. The winners include 16 freshmen who'll take seats in January, and the only incumbent they lost – moderate Dallas Republican Linda Koop – was beaten by liberal Dem Ana-Maria Ramos, who listed public education as her first campaign issue...."

Qmmunity
What now?
Columns  November 8, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Scorpio Fest Getcher Scorpio freak on with Zane Zena and more to raise money for Transgender Education Network of Texas. Mon., Nov..."

Point Austin: The Work Goes On
A mixed election bag nationwide, but real reasons for optimism
News Column  November 8, 2018, by Michael King
"...On that score, we'll wait, watch, and duck-and-cover. Simply watching Trump's public performance juxtaposed with that of Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi a bit later in the day is an education in the responsibilities of public officials..."

Rewriting History
Postmarks  November 7, 2018
"...Dear Editor, I am the great-grandniece of Helen Keller (1880-1968), and vice president of Education at the Helen Keller Foundation. I was saddened to learn Texas was considering omission of Helen Keller from the required curriculum for third-grade children – even as Time magazine recently named her one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century..."

Live Election Night Results & Updates
The latest from the polls and candidate watch parties
DAILY News  November 6, 2018, by News Staff
"..."I feel great. I'm very proud of the people in HD 46; they've needed representation in the Lege who wouldn't just fight, but deliver, on taxes, education, affordability and reproductive rights." During that lengthy campaign, Cole's father died; she recalls that among the last things he told her was, "I want you to be tough..."

Election Ticker: Last Chance for Controversy
E-Day is tomorrow! Here's the latest news before it's too late.
DAILY News  November 5, 2018, by News Staff
"...“I made a stupid mistake. Carmen did not approve or see the email.” But the Evite caused a minor panic within opponent Arati Singh’s camp; Tilton asked Dell to take it down, but on Friday hit Singh for accepting “thousands in PAC and out of state money to pay consultants.” Singh said she was “proud” to have the support of the local teachers union, Education Austin, and that she works “with the best professionals in the field” along with volunteers, because “the nearly 80,000 students of Austin ISD are worth it.”..."

Rooster Teeth Finds Some Common Ground
New documentary takes the politics out of the border
DAILY Screens  November 2, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...For Sorola, it's a way for people to exchange idea in the holiday season, and to learn about the reality for individuals. He himself admits that, even though he grew up in Eagle Pass, and used to walk across into Mexico all the time as a kid, making the documentary was also an education for him..."

Fixes OK’d for AISD’s Low-rated schools
Four struggling schools to see new plans for improved performance
News Story  November 1, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...The Austin ISD Board of Trustees approved plans on Monday night to improve academic performance at four schools which received an "improvement required" – or "IR" – designation from the Texas Education Agency through the state's accountability system. When a campus is rated IR, the Texas Education Code requires the school district to develop a "Targeted Improve­ment Plan" with detailed strategies and goals aimed at improving the school's performance in the next year's ratings...."

Day Trips: Best of Day Trips
Five best things about daytrippin’ in 2018
Columns  November 1, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...1) Best place to talk like a turtle: Kudos to Sea Turtle, Inc. (www.seaturtleinc.org) of South Padre Island on their new multimillion-dollar Education Complex..."

Sex and the School District
Changes coming to the way AISD does sex ed?
News Story  November 1, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Perhaps anticipating pushback, district officials noted that parents could opt out of individual lessons or of the curriculum altogether. Whatever the new standards, the curriculum will remain abstinence-focused, as is required by the Texas Education Code...."

Kane Disabled
How long had Mikel Kane's beef been brewing?
News Story  November 1, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...2) On April 5, Pickett began a continuing education video by saying, "We're videoing it, so I was given directions to ... swear a little less..."

Club Endorsements
Who's backing whom in the Nov. 6 election
DAILY News  October 25, 2018
"...Steve Adler https://www.adlerforaustin.com ENDORSEMENTS: AFSCME, Asian American PAC, Austin Board of Realtors, Austin Central Labor Council, Austin Environmental Democrats, Austin Firefighters Association PAC, Austin/Travis County EMS Employees Association PAC, AURA, Austin Progressive Coalition, Austin Tejano Democrats, Austin Young Democrats, BikeAustin, Black Austin Democrats, Capital Area Progressive Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, Clean Water Action, Dove Springs Proud, Education Austin, Friends of Hyde Park, Liberal Austin Democrats, Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA), North by Northwest Democrats, South Austin Democrats, Stonewall Democrats of Austin, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (Austin), Texas Vote Environment PAC, University Democrats, Western Wilco Democrats, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – Central Texas, Workers Defense Action Fund, Friends of Austin Neighborhoods..."

Qmmunity
Trump and other things that go bump in the night
Columns  October 25, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"..."Our lives are just as human and real as our cisgender counterparts," Emmett Schelling, the executive director of the Transgender Education Network of Texas, says in response to the Trump administration's latest attack on the trans community. According to The New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services wants to establish a legal and small-minded definition of sex – "as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with ....."

Lone Dissenter
Postmarks  October 22, 2018
"...Dear Editor, Regarding your Austin ISD board Place 9 recommendation ["Chronicle Endorsements," Oct. 19]: I find it interesting that you've opted to ignore the endorsements of Education Austin (the teachers' union), the Greater Austin National Women's Political Caucus, and nearly 20 other local progressive endorsements (Austin Tejano Democrats, South Austin Democrats, University Democrats, Austin Progressive Coalition, and so many more) for Arati Singh in your own Place 9 endorsement. To put it simply: I'm sure the candidate you endorsed is a good person and a capable candidate..."

Jason Lutes: Berlin
Texas Book Festival brings the author and his magnum opus to Austin
DAILY Arts  October 22, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I did two years of research before I started drawing the first chapter, and it wasn't until I had about 200 pages behind me that I realized why I had chosen this subject: I needed to educate myself about the circumstances that led up to to World War II and the Holocaust. So the book, in many ways, was a self-education...."

Party with Puppies and Visit the craftHER Fall Market
Must love dogs (and beer and crafts)
DAILY Food  October 19, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...Calling all beer lovers! The Brewer’s Table continues its four week Beer School, and, although you might have thrown back enough Natty Light back in the day for your actual postsecondary education to qualify as the same thing, in this Beer School you’ll actually learn about beer. Laura Christie, certified Cicerone and owner of Hopsimath Beer Education will be hosting two more classes – October 22: Hops & Yeast and October 29: Adjuncts & Wood – inviting guests to explore the elements of beer through an interactive experience that builds sensory memory and vocabulary, with each hour-long class covering a specific element of beer brewing matched with a recommended three-beer flight to deliciously reinforce the evening’s lesson...."

San Marcos Fights to Preserve Historic First Baptist Church
First African-American church in San Marcos up for $150,000 grant
DAILY News  October 19, 2018, by Hannah Wisterman
"...20 and 21 from noon to 3pm. The event will offer education about the building’s history as well as a community art project and a digital time capsule...."

From Spooky to Swanky, October Is Full of Food Fun
Open that calendar app and start making plans
DAILY Food  October 18, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...The Librandi family has been growing and producing Calabrian wines for generations, and Paolo Librandi will be joining Il Brutto’s Executive Chef Erind Halilaj in the restaurant’s private dining room as they discuss the lore and terroir of Calabrian wine and cuisine. Tickets are $65 per person and include wine, dinner, and a little education...."

Erica Anderson Comes to Texas State
Activist and expert in trans healthcare discusses the gender spectrum
DAILY Qmmunity  October 18, 2018, by Courtney Naquin
"...Having starred on a popular reality TV show in Sweden, Anderson continues to receive invites back to Scandinavia for Pride celebrations. While you might not be able to witness her Swedish celebrity status in action, you can catch her at Texas State University in San Marcos giving a lecture on transgender medicine and education Thursday, Oct..."

Living Off the Land With Local Leaf
Eric Knight and Stacy Coplin turn Central Texas foliage into yaupon tea
Food Story  October 18, 2018, by Veronica Meewes
"...He started working at Earth Native Wil­der­ness School, teaching both kids and adults survival skills (like how to build a fire and identify wilderness medicine), and led similar classes and edible plant walks at the Austin Nature & Science Center. It was there that he met Cop­lin, who was running the center's natural­ist workshop after returning from college in Colorado and leading environmental education experiences in the Everglades, on the East Coast, and in Dallas...."

Public Notice: False Binary Choices
Finding middle ground in Austin politics
News Column  October 18, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...The Austin Parks and Recreation Dept. is kicking off its 23rd Annual "Totally Cool, Totally Art" afterschool program next week, providing quality art education at neighborhood rec centers for kids grade 7-12, two afternoons a week, starting Oct..."

On the Trustee Trail
AISD, ACC Candidates talk money, equity
News Story  October 11, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...A former preschool teacher, Ashy is a strong advocate for early childhood education, which she sees as key to closing achievement gaps between white students and their African-American and Latinx peers. "We need to take a targeted approach to helping struggling students," Ashy said..."

The Luv Doc: Hot Mom
Austin has more Peter Pans than just about any city this side of San Francisco
Columns  October 11, 2018, by The Luv Doc


Extra Extras at ACL
Everything ACL fest has to offer
DAILY Chron Events  October 10, 2018, by Savannah Opre
"... [image-2] Help Your Community Get real at State Farm’s Neighborhood of Good. To get some perspective on music education, hunger relief, and at-risk youth, stop by each of the Neighborhood of Good’s four trailers and partake in a different activity – write encouraging notes to teens and get an airbrush tattoo, help assemble instruments and food packages, as well as scooping some “helpful” festival swag and charging your phone..."

SXSW Taps ConsenSys Founder Joseph Lubin for 2019 Keynote
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency track programming comes into focus
DAILY SXSW  October 9, 2018, by Bonny Chu
"...Margrethe Vestager (Cities, Government & Politics) Margrethe Vestager is European Union Commissioner for Competition. She previously served as Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior (2011–14) and Minister for Education (1998–2001) of Denmark, and as President of the ECOFIN Council (2012)..."

TX-10: Mike Siegel vs. Michael McCaul
"Restoring common decency"
News Story  October 4, 2018, by Michael King
"...Also at the top of people's minds is public education – "they don't want vouchers, and they want to take care of retired teachers." Finally, he mentions infrastructure needs, especially in and near Houston after Hurri­cane Harvey. "People are only now getting back to the status quo before the storm, and they worry that [the dams] are not going to withstand catastrophic failure."..."

TX-17: Rick Kennedy vs. Bill Flores
"Kitchen-table issues"
News Story  October 4, 2018, by Michael King
"...Kennedy said it's the "kitchen-table issues" that are motivating TX-17 voters, and "cut across the political spectrum – the economy, health care, education – and they all say they don't feel represented in Washington." Immigration is also high on the list, he added, but even in that instance, his polling found that 48% think it's [the border wall] a bad idea, and only 44% support it. "It's a symbolic issue, politically inflammatory to motivate the base..."

TX-35: Lloyd Doggett vs. David Smalling
“Maximum effort everywhere”
News Story  October 4, 2018, by Michael King
"..."There are many other issues that I care about," he concludes, "from immigration, to fighting drug companies, to education. ....."

More Off-the-Air Static at KUT
Overtime pay cut angers station's already demoralized staff
News Story  October 4, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...[S]o it was pretty rad that @KUT ... compensated us for that," education reporter Claire McInerny tweeted..."

Gender Unbound 2018
PHOTO GALLERY  October 1, 2018
"...Emmett Schelling, the Executive Director of the Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT), addresses the crowd..."

Cheers to Circle Brewing Co.'s Beto Beer
Doing your civic duty one pint at a time
DAILY Food  September 28, 2018, by Melanie Laporte
"...is hosting an event on Friday, Oct. 5 in the tap room supporting the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES); the brewery will donate $1 to RAICES for every pint sold..."

Qmmunity
Gender Unbound: bigger and better than ever
Columns  September 27, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Coffee With Dr. Z Nicolazzo Assistant professor of Trans Studies in Education at University of Arizona talks to the GSC before hir 11:30am lecture..."

Playback – Lords of the Dance: TC Superstar
TC Superstar promotes body movement, Dallas Acid get blissed with Laraaji, a black metal binge, and Trouble in the Streets breaks rules
Music Column  September 27, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...As part of Flett's vision to "make dance more accessible, not only in performance, but also education," she and DiFranco are hosting two master class dance sessions on Sunday. Participants who sign up via Facebook learn dance techniques using TC Superstar's choreography..."

Election Ticker: Endorse-a-Rama
You gotta support somebody
News Story  September 27, 2018, by Michael King, Chase Hoffberger and Austin Sanders
"...For the city elections, public forums are multiplying and candidates are proclaiming organizational endorsements. Thus far, incumbent Mayor Steve Adler's list includes labor groups AFSCME Local 1624 (city and Travis County employees), the Central Labor Council, the Firefighters and EMS PACs, Education Austin, and the Workers Defense Action Fund..."

Hive Arts Collective's Portraiture in the Park
PHOTO GALLERY  September 24, 2018
"...23, Hive Arts Collective set up camp at the historic Elizabet Ney Museum in Hyde Park for Portraiture in the Park. The free, family-friendly event combined food, music, and art activities, continuing the all-women group’s mission of arts education, advocacy, and inclusiveness...."

Texas Education Agency on the Money
Budget cuts coming to state public schools. Sound familiar?
News Story  September 20, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...The Texas Education Agency will seek about $3.5 billion less in funding for public schools through 2021, according to a legislative appropriations request issued by the agency last week...."

State Board of Education Tries to Rewrite History
A sharpie to your textbook
News Story  September 20, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...The State Board of Education on Friday, Sept. 14, tentatively approved new standards for social studies students in public schools across the state..."

Coalition Issues Manifesto on East Austin Schools
Coalition issues manifesto on East Austin schools
News Story  September 13, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Several of Gordon's fellow trustees expressed a willingness to explore the proposals, and AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz put out a statement last week that reads, in part: "Austin ISD is committed to providing the best education for all students and ... We acknowledge there is still work to do when it comes to equity and we encourage constructive engagement around this issue."..."

The Dirty Secrets Behind Sex Madness Revealed
Exploitation goes meta with a new twist on a vintage sleazefest
Screens Story  September 13, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...There's a mystery about who directed Sex Madness. Part potboiler, part peep show, part photo gallery of weeping syphilitic wounds, the sleazy little health education movie from 1938 has been attributed in many circles to Dwain Esper, mainly that seems to be because he made a coterie of equally scummy hygiene flicks like "How to Undress in Front of Your Husband" and Hitler's Strange Love Life! But with no credits for this 51 minutes of ghoulish sexploitation, it's hard to know definitively..."

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