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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..."

Headlines
News Story  September 13, 2018
"...6. The training, led by SAFE, focused on creating safe and respectful workplaces and hopes to push the conversation on harassment education, prevention, and intervention...."

Austin Film Festival Leading the Charge on Diversity
Film fest awarded Academy grant for second year
DAILY Screens  September 6, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...AFF's commitment goes beyond one program: At last year's festival, 50% of the 215 panelists were people of color or women, and since then, the festival has sponsored and organized several special events relating to diversity, including (with the Academy's Education and Nicholl Fellowships Programs) the Launching Your Writing Career: Finding Representations event in Los Angeles last March, and (with Baylor University and the Washington National Cathedral) the three-day Long, Long Way: Race and Film 1968-2018 conference, with follow-up events scheduled for D.C. and New York in February 2019...."

Playback: Waterloo Music Festival vs. Eastside Kings Festival
Austin music’s fall festival opens with a double-barrel bang
Music Column  September 6, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"..."It's been such an education into an incredible American folklore," says Russo. "For me, it's been a slow study over a decade, but the songbook's there and it's up to people how they interpret it."..."

Teachers Unions File Suit
Believe Senate Bill 1882 will lead to "charterization" of public school system
News Story  September 6, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...The Texas American Federation of Teachers and Texas State Teachers Association filed a joint lawsuit against Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath over legislation that they say allows charter networks to grow inside public school districts. The law in question (Senate Bill 1882), was passed during the 2017 legislative session and permits school districts to contract with outside groups to help improve academic performance at struggling schools..."

Your Queer Guide to Austin
A crash course on the city's LGBTQ parties, prides, and resources
DAILY Qmmunity  September 5, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Transgender Education Network of Texas: A wonderful resource for trans and nonbinary folks seeking support or information. Also a great resource on how to best support the trans community...."

UT Service and Activist Organizations to Join
Make a difference in Austin and around the world
DAILY Chron Events  September 1, 2018, by Eilish O'Sullivan
"...This coalition works on exposing the younger generation to the 17 sustainable development goals the UN created in order to achieve a better future for the planet and the people on it. This blueprint includes ending poverty, hunger, and inequalities, as well as promoting quality education, gender equality, and a sustainable environment, among other matters..."

Seafood Restaurant Guild Launches a Community-Focused Club
Become a member to get swanky perks and help your neighbors
DAILY Food  August 30, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...Memberships are a one time fee of $99, with 50% of the proceeds going back to a different community organization each month. The first beneficiary is Central Austin’s Rosedale School, which helps children with severe special needs – including those who are medically fragile or need intensive behavioral support – improve their self esteem, increase their independence, and experience a greater quality of life through tailored and personalized educational opportunities...."

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
"...Meanwhile, the district continued planning construction projects intended to modernize older campuses, paid for through funds from the $1 billion bond package approved by voters in 2017. As the summer drew to a close, the Texas Education Agency gave AISD a B rating, while five of the district’s 130 campuses received failing grades..."

Events to Help Queer Up Your Autumn
As the temperatures cool, the queers come out to play
DAILY Qmmunity  August 30, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Unite the Fight Gala Equality Alliance – that queer org that raises cash for other queer orgs – is preparing for another epic party to collect cash for Equality Texas, the Kind Clinic, Transgender Education Network of Texas, Austin LGBT(Q) Chamber of Commerce, and Out Youth. Six baby queens and their mamas will wow, as will the plated dinner..."

What Follows Five Years of Failure at Mendez Middle School?
Making the grade
News Story  August 30, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Two weeks ago, when the Texas Education Agency released district and campus scores as part of its new A-F accountability system, five schools in the Austin Independent School District received failing grades. That designation for one such school, Rosedale, at 49th Street and Burnet Road, was particularly galling for district officials, who argued it should never have been rated: The school services students with severe special needs, and many are unable to even give answers on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams that are a major component in establishing campus grades..."

Queers on Campus
Your back-to-school guide for a gay ol' time
Features Story  August 30, 2018, by Beth Sullivan
"...Queer & Trans People of Color Agency UT's QTPOCA aims to "contribute to the self-empowerment, education, and visibility" of queer and trans people of color on campus via community meetings, activism, and social events. In fact, their annual Bloq Party (tonight, 5pm on the east mall) is the welcome event for UT's qmmunity..."

A Medication-Assisted Therapy to Treat Opioid Abuse
Sponsors unveil new partnership at CommUnityCare clinic
News Story  August 30, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...From a patient-centered focus, we measure success in terms of reintroduction into a functional society. If we can, we try to support patients in important social determinants of health" – things like employment, housing, education, and access to health care itself...."

Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List
Lineup includes Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, + 280 more
DAILY Arts  August 29, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...– One Tree Jack E. Davis – The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea Dessa – My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love Paula Disbrow – Any Night Grilling: 60 Ways to Fire Up Dinner (and More) Justin Driver – The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind Casey Dunn and Helen Thompson – Texas Made/Texas Modern: The House and the Land Glory Edim – Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves Ashley D..."

Austin Scottish Rite Theater's Wit
In this production, people are there for one another and no one has to face the end alone
Arts Review  August 23, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...This teacher, as feared as she is revered in her field, has become the student once more, and she wants to share what she's learned. Wit is Bearing's education in the process of dying...."

Austin ISD Receives "B" Grade from Texas Education Agency
District's overall score was 89%
News Story  August 16, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...The Austin Independent School District received a "B" letter grade from the Texas Education Agency in a report released Wednesday for a new "A-F" school rating system passed by the Legislature last year. Following pushback from school leaders, state lawmakers delayed implementation of letter grades for individual campuses until 2019, although each campus did receive a numerical grade..."

Headlines
News Story  August 16, 2018
"...Go Grade Yourselves: The state of Texas won't adequately fund public schools, but it will grade them like a middle school teacher. The Texas Education Agency posted a "B" overall for Austin ISD, but cited five schools for failing to meet standards, including Mendez Middle School for the fifth time..."

Beto O'Rourke and Ethan Hawke in Conversation
Two Texans discuss politics, fear, and the power of Willie Nelson to bring us back together
News Story  August 16, 2018, by Ethan Hawke
"...She was rejected [because of her] race. She hired on Thurgood Marshall and they took the case to the federal bench in Texas and ended up integrating higher education..."

A Letter From Guest Editor Ethan Hawke
Blaze director on why it’s time for us all to act like grownups and demand integrity from our elected officials
Features Story  August 16, 2018, by Ethan Hawke
"...Our president is unfit to lead our children to war; this we all now know. Our president cannot handle our foreign affairs, our sick, our finances, our ethics, the education of our young, or the care of our land..."

Latino Civil Rights Group Cuts Ties With Southwest Key
UnidosUS cuts East Austin nonprofit out of funding and affiliate benefits
News Story  August 16, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...As a result, SWKey programs are no longer eligible for UnidosUS funding or other affiliate benefits. While the statement did not specify how much the local nonprofit would be losing out on, UnidosUS tells us the group has awarded SWKey some $250,000 in grants over the past decade for education, workforce development, and housing...."

Election Notes: It’s a Family Affair ... Again
Susana Almanza's back in D3, and Ann Kitchen has an opponent
News Story  August 9, 2018, by Sarah Marloff, Chase Hoffberger and Austin Sanders
"...• A second candidate has filed for District 9 of the AISD Board of Trus­tees, setting up the first officially contested race on the school board. (The rest will fill up in time.) Carmen Tilton has worked as a policy analyst in the Texas Legislature, spending six years working on education policy for various Democratic lawmakers..."

Austin Classical Guitar's dream
The quality of the music in this concert was exceptional, but what made it special was the quality of the listening
Arts Review  August 9, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...3-5. Recorded voices of local teenagers who had been interviewed by ACG Director of Education Travis Marcum provided insight into what these young people think and feel, how they view life and how they live it, then their words were followed by music that in some way connected with the emotional content or tenor of their comments, deepening our understanding of them..."

Point Austin: Strange Bedfellows, Stranger Politics
"Efficiency audit" petition campaign could use an independent audit
News Column  August 9, 2018, by Michael King
"...The "Fund Action," according to Searle, is a "public education and engagement" project of the Austin Civic Fund, whose mission is "to identify and support innovators in Austin who are working to address the city's most pressing problems." The Fund's corporate donors are not identified – it's 100% "dark money" – but Searle said "sunlight" for the city does not imply daylight for donors: "Transparency is a necessary obligation of government, not of private citizens. Donors to the Austin Civic Fund, who are entitled to privacy, represent a broad range of Austin residents who support the mission of the organization."..."

Dark Money
Campaign finance reform as true-life political thriller
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Film Review  August 3, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...“Campaign finance is like the gateway issue to every other issue that you might care about – whether it be education or tax reform or foreign policy,” says Ann M. Ravel, the former chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission and one of this film’s more inspiring and succinct speakers..."

The Mahogany Project Makes Space for Queer People of Color
The latest performance by the theatre collective embraces joy
Arts Story  August 2, 2018, by Trey Gutierrez
"...While being in the Mahogany Project is an emotionally draining gig, there is validation to be found in the healing dialogues opened with each performance. In keeping with the Project's goal of education, each volume closes with a talkback, where audience members of all backgrounds can ask questions, express opinions, or simply show their appreciation..."

Election Notes: New Names for AISD, Council
News from the campaign trails
News Story  August 2, 2018, by Sarah Marloff, Nina Hernandez and Austin Sanders
"...Singh has worked as an education consultant for two decades in Texas and Washington, D.C., and she spent two years teaching at a bilingual school in South Texas. Singh has also been active in PTA groups, belonging to the political advocacy arms of the Austin Council of PTAs and the Texas PTA..."

2018 Texas Teen Book Festival Lineup
Tenth fest brings YA stars Marissa Meyer, Patrick Ness, & more
DAILY Arts  July 25, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Dao (Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix) ● Julissa Arce (Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream) ● Katharine McGee (The Towering Sky) ● Kiersten White (The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein) ● Kristen Simmons (Pacifica) ● L.L. McKinney (A Blade so Black) ● Laini Taylor (Muse of Nightmares) ● Leila Sales (If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say) ● Lilliam Rivera (The Education of Margot Sánchez) ● Marissa Meyer (Archenemies) ● Mark Oshiro (Anger Is a Gift) ● Mary E..."

Eighth Grade
Modern middle school life has never been captured better
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Film Review  July 20, 2018, by Steve Davis
"...Middle school is the ring of hell Dante overlooked when deconstructing his Inferno, an unsentimental education that few of us remember fondly and most of us would rather forget. In the painfully astute dramedy Eighth Grade, 13-year-old Kayla Day (Fisher) is a child of the iGeneration, weaned on social media..."

AISD: Thinking Outside the Schoolhouse
Task force schemes new ways to stabilize Austin ISD budget
News Story  July 19, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Additionally, school funding is a continually shrinking line item in the state's budget. Ten years ago, state and local entities split the cost of education about 50-50; but in 2017, close to 60% was paid with local revenues...."

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing
Despite unprecedented taxpayer investment, state-funded CPCs deliver few services
News Story  July 19, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"..."These rules signal how the administration is seeking to reshape policies related to women's health," says Kami Geoffray of the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, which currently administers the Title X funds. "They want the network to add more entities that have not historically participated in Title X." Under the potential rules, that includes providers that have objections to contraception; emphasize natural family planning and abstinence education only; and that don't refer patients to abortion..."

Somos Semillas Presents RAICES With $6,000 To Reunite Families
The fundraiser strengthened community bonds and inspired attendees
DAILY Qmmunity  July 17, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Couldn't attend the event, but still want to help reunite families? RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) is still taking donations via their website. You can also visit the Chronicle's coverage on other ways to get involved...."

TSTEM Coalition Steps in at Mendez
A plan to save a school
News Story  July 12, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...The Texas Education Agency approved a partnership last week between Mendez Middle School and the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Coalition to help improve the struggling school's accountability rating. TEA has rated Mendez "Improve­ment Required" for four years in a row, and a fifth could result in the Austin Independent School Dis­trict closing the school down (2017-18 ratings are expected in August)..."

Art Caravan for the Children's Act of Creative Resistance
Yocelyn Riojas, Jolt Texas are sending an artful message to the border
DAILY Arts  June 29, 2018, by Eilish O'Sullivan
"...Whether it’s dressing up in quinceañera gowns to protest SB 4 or dancing outside of Ted Cruz’s office to protest the cost of higher education, Jolt always finds a way to take a creative approach when it comes to activism. This time is no different, as Jolt is using art to protest the Trump administration’s recent policy of separating children from their families upon arrival at the border...."

Activists Protest Southwest Key at CEO’s Home
Frente de Liberación Inmigrante call on Sanchez to break gov contracts
DAILY News  June 29, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...The Frente de Liberación Inmigrante, formed this month, seeks to combat “detention, deportation, and militarized borders” and plans to fight against the “exploitation of immigrants and refugees.” Ken Zarifis is working with the group as an individual activist independent of his role with Education Austin, the Teachers' and Employees' Union For Austin ISD. “We can't overlook the opportunity to call out this behavior and make him accountable,” said Zarifis..."

The Duality of Southwest Key
An East Austin nonprofit in the immigration debate
News Story  June 28, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...after being donated seven acres of land, and has since grown to provide a variety of local programs, including East Austin College Prep, from pre-K through high school; Boys and Girls Clubs activities; exercise classes; and a juvenile justice program, explicitly meant to keep kids out of detention centers and jails. Southwest Key now operates in seven states, with a focus on "provid[ing] quality education, safe shelter and alternatives to incarceration for thousands of youth each day, while helping families become economically self-sufficient." According to documents, the city of Austin has financially supported the programs with funding totaling roughly $1 million since 2006, which includes $250,000 to help boost a workforce resource center, computer lab, and life skills training..."

“Regional Fictions” at MASS Gallery
This thought-provoking show takes on the educational system's traditional narratives by juxtaposing the familiar with images that challenge it
Arts Review  June 28, 2018, by Melany Jean
"...For Bulletin Board/Cartelera, the artists use education supply store bubble letters and scalloped trim to frame drawings and photocopies. These overtly, such as in a write-up of the damage sustained by vandalism of a school started by the Black Panthers, and at times cheekily, as in an elementary-style worksheet prompting, "Place the correct head in the space above," below a photograph of a man armed with a spear and a gun and above a set of black faces, none of which seem to be the correct head of a bereted Huey Newton, highlight the inherent racism of which narratives are commonly taught within and understood about the school system...."

How to Help Families Separated at the Border
Ways to volunteer, ways to donate, ways to take action
DAILY Emergency  June 20, 2018, by Kimberley Jones and Eilish O'Sullivan
"...The CARA Project – a joint effort of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association – is looking for volunteer attorneys, law students, and paralegals with interest and experience in asylum work. Volunteers should be either fluent in Spanish or collaborating with an interpreter. Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley..."

Attention Sushi Lovers: Lucky Robot Offers Time Out for Tuna Tuesdays
SoCo restaurant launches new sustainability campaign
DAILY Food  June 19, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...Whatever you order, the folks at Lucky Robot hope you’ll walk away from your #timeoutfortuna experience with a more intuitive understanding of the problems posed by unsustainable fishing practices, as well of an appreciation of the delicious solutions. “For us, says Nasoff, “This came from education, wanting to do a little research and information finding about sustainability..."

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
America's favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, revealed as even kinder than you hoped
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Film Review  June 15, 2018, by Kimberley Jones
"...What you won’t come away with is a traditional cradle-to-grave education on the life and times of Fred Rogers. (We’re fully three-quarters of the way through before Rogers’ smirking sister brings up his childhood nickname, “Fat Freddy.”) Instead, documentarian Morgan Neville, an Oscar winner for 2014’s lively 20 Feet From Stardom and a lock for another nomination here, pulls together biography, psychology, and cultural history to probe Rogers’ mission to teach kids how to be moral, compassionate, confident citizens of the world...."

Scholars Call on State Board of Education to Repair Sins of Past and Present
Vote expected Friday to rename Mexican-American studies course
News Story  June 14, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Advocates and scholars spent Tuesday, June 12 pleading with the Texas State Board of Education to correct their many racially insensitive and historically inaccurate mistakes. In 2010, the SBOE passed such ideological social studies curriculum standards, even a conservative think tank slapped them with a failing grade for giving students a "politicized distortion of history." (That's gotta sting.) In testimony, academics suggested the board reverse its claim that slavery was not the principal cause of the Civil War, and criticized the standards for glorifying Confederate leaders such as Stonewall Jackson..."

Point Austin: The Struggle Continues
The Poor People's Campaign renews the long-term fight
News Column  June 14, 2018, by Michael King
"...This week's Austin action was largely educational – focused on "work and education," said Louis Malfaro, president of the state American Federation of Teachers, one of the unions partnering in the campaign. "Our country has really gotten out of balance," Malfaro said – citing income inequality, school segregation, and the wealthy now explicitly proclaiming that they "don't want to pay for other people's education or health care."..."

Abortion Gag Rule Could Jeopardize Local Care
More than 6,000 Austinites rely on Title X funds
News Story  June 7, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"..."This gag rule is going to restrict our ability to educate our patients about all their different options," said Gilman. "We consider that education a basic human right."..."

Kat Candler Moves to TV With Queen Sugar
OWN’s breakout hit comes to ATX Television Festival
Screens Story  June 7, 2018, by Beth Sullivan
"...Just as the Bordelons' story has evolved onscreen, Candler's role behind the camera has changed. From directing two episodes in season 1, to becoming season 3's showrunner, Candler sees her ascension as a complete education: "I'm trying to steal as much as I can from everybody else..."

Sudden Death for McKalla Place?
It's June. Expect a soccer showdown.
News Story  June 7, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...John Chen, a Whitfield-Chen partner, presented a plan for a mixed-use development similar to the Capella proposal, with the northern corner anchored by a grocery store and office space and the rest of the site going toward open space, residential buildings, an education and workforce training center, and studio space for artists...."

King: A Rare Treasure
Postmarks  June 1, 2018
"...Dear Editor, This is about Michael King's long-continuing gifts to my education as a citizen of Austin. My family just returned to Austin from a break in Colorado. Temperatures were in the mid 70s there, and the traffic was mostly light..."

AISD’s Transformative Schooling
Decoding Kendall Pace’s texts
News Story  May 31, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Although the disparaging language in former Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees President Kendall Pace's leaked text messages grabbed headlines, some parents, teachers, and education activists were more alarmed by the actual subject matter in her notes. References to the "Transformation Zone grant," the need for "Betty to run this from the inside," and for "Blaine to be the 'outside schools operator'" have given some in the education community pause over what is happening behind the scenes with the board and the Texas Education Agency...."

Point Austin: The Art of the Possible
A few thoughts on Texas Democratic prospects
News Column  May 31, 2018, by Michael King
"...Before we can hope for a "progressive" Texas Legislature and Congressional delegation, we had better continue to work toward a state politics that at least allows for opposition voices at the table. Right now in Texas, that's a pipe dream – meaning basic state services like public education, health care, transportation, etc., will continue to be held hostage by symbolic but real political cruelties like bathroom bills and even tighter restrictions on abortion..."

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