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Naked City
News Story  December 21, 2007
"...• The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is considering giving degree-granting powers to a college that teaches the Bible as literal scientific truth. On Dec..."

Point Austin: God Knows
Two recent Texas lessons about the relation between religion and freedom
News Column  December 14, 2007, by Michael King
"...And a few days before Romney made his pilgrimage to College Station, Texas state politics provided (as it inevitably does) an object lesson in just how well religion and freedom coexist, especially in these parts. Christine Comer, director of curriculum for science at the Texas Education Agency, was forced from her position last month because she had the temerity to do her job..."

ACC Report Card
Chamber of Commerce releases first-ever Progress Report; outlines challenges ACC faces and how business community can help
News Story  November 2, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Austin Community College is doing a good job of growing its enrollment in step with the Austin area's population growth and in preparing students for further education or entry into the workforce, but it needs to work even harder if it is to keep pace with Central Texas' future demands, says the Austin Chamber of Commerce...."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
News Story  August 17, 2007
"...The study also broke graduates down by ethnic group and found a troubling gap. Although 76% of white graduates went on to college, only 46% of Hispanics and 57% of African-Americans did the same, and economically disadvantaged grads fared the worst – only 43% went on to higher education..."

Gov. Perry's Ham-Fisted Veto Pen Strikes Again
Lege coverage
News Column  June 22, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Some of the biggest attacks came on higher education. Calling its funding "seriously flawed" and attacking legislators for making universities dependent on "pork barrel spending," Perry lopped off $36 million in special items, including $2 million for obesity research at the Texas Cooperative Extension and $5 million for public-health programs at the UT Health Science Center at Houston, which he called redundant duplicates of other projects...."

'Texas Monthly' Legislative Top 10s
Best and worst of the Lone Star State
News Column  June 22, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...• Supporters of early childhood education are lobbying Gov. Perry hard to sign bills to provide additional modest funds for improved educator training and higher reimbursement rates for prekindergarten services..."

Making It Happen
The 2007 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Arts Story  June 1, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...Go to the Zachary Scott Theatre Center, and you'll see Connelly taking a very active role in Red, Hot & Soul, the theatre's annual gala fundraiser. Go to Ballet Austin, and you'll see Armstrong's and Connelly's names adorning one of the studios in the new Butler Dance Education Center opening this fall..."

Capitol Briefs
News Column  June 1, 2007
"...The compromise on SB 1031, a hybrid version of the two chambers' views, includes an interesting twist for students who fall short of passing the required cumulative score on end-of-course exams. If scores fall short in a particular subject area, the student would enroll in a college-preparatory course in their senior year and take an additional test to erase the "debt score." The intention is to both prepare the student for a fourth test in the subject area and minimize remedial education for students who do plan to go on to a college education..."

Naked City
News Story  March 1, 2007
"...Johnson, a five-time All-Star during his 14-year pro career, was halfway through his second season as head coach of the Toros, Austin's representatives in the NBA Development League. Praised throughout his career as an exceptional basketball mind, Johnson was a perfect fit for the "education-first" D-League, where he led the Toros to a 24-24 record in their first year..."

Marching for Educational Equality
Mothers Against Discriminatory Racism in Education and Society hopes to call attention to group's cause
News Story  March 1, 2007, by Cheryl Smith
"...Few things more insidious than discrimination exist in this world. And one of the most harmful places discrimination is capable of rearing its grotesque head is in the educational system..."

Immigrant Detention Blues
Unknown number of immigrants languish in private detention center in Taylor; a small but growing group is working to make their situation public knowledge
News Story  February 2, 2007, by Diana Welch
"...Indeed on Jan. 30, the Commissioners Court decided to renew the contract with CCA for another two years, revising it to allow for termination at any time and adding that CCA "shall provide education in accordance with all state and federal education standards and guidelines to any child housed at the facility." The Commissioners Court also pointed out that, during this first year of the contract, CCA has made improvements and changes in "order to better accommodate the families during their stay while awaiting the outcome of their immigration hearings or return to their home countries," including a contract with Lone Star Circle of Care for ob-gyn care and a menu that reflects "cultural and medical needs and diets."..."

Naked City
News Story  December 15, 2006
"...Tamara Hoover, the former Austin High art teacher who was forced out of her job after appearing in nude art photos online, will soon be back in the classroom. According to her MySpace blog, she'll be teaching two continuing-education courses this spring at Austin Community College: "Urban Art," which is for students interested in the art movement that includes street art and skate art, and a mixed-media art class, which will include three-dimensional works..."

Riding at Risk
Austin's streets still a hazard for two-wheeled transportation
News Story  November 10, 2006, by Daniel Mottola
"...Amid increasing local calls for safer bicycling conditions – including more designated space on roads, better signage, and community education – are also pleas by bicyclists for heightened enforcement against motorists who run down cyclists. Some bicyclists believe that police are lax in issuing citations, and motorists get off too easy..."

Point Austin: One for the Books
All the sound and fury is upballot, but the real work is on the ground
News Column  November 3, 2006, by Michael King
"...Bush once again faces Democrat John Kerry for re-election. It's a mark of both GOP desperation and political savvy that Kerry's throwaway line to students about education – if you don't take full advantage of it, you could wind up stuck in Iraq – is being lavishly employed by Bush and others as a bludgeon to attack the Democrats..."

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
News Story  October 20, 2006
"...In Texas, a majority of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Texas has also been working to make the meals more palatable, as well as healthier; the Texas Education Agency has hired a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef from Austin's Texas Culinary Academy to create new recipes that use fresh vegetables and whole-grain rice..."

Studying for Justice
Austin students get a summer immersion in activist history
News Story  July 14, 2006, by Michael May
"...Santos is an organizer with Austin Voices for Education and Youth, the main sponsor of the summer school. The group aims to get students involved in their education, and last year it arranged several communitywide meetings to discuss AISD's effort to redesign its high schools..."

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
News Story  July 7, 2006
"...• Visiting a conference of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association Friday, Rick Perry's challengers denounced his education policies and called for higher salaries for teachers. Kinky Friedman said he would legalize casino gambling to pay for schools, Chris Bell said he'd end "high-stakes" testing and raise teacher pay, and Carole Keeton Strayhorn called the contest a "two-person" race – or rather, one governor, one grandma...."

Naked City
News Story  April 7, 2006
"...Born in 1917 in San Antonio to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, Rapoport – known as "B" to his friends – has lived the quintessential poor-boy-makes-good tale of hard work and determination. He has provided financial support for education, social justice, and political causes, and for venerable institutions of all sizes, from the Texas Observer to UT..."

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
News Story  March 24, 2006
"...Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick, who want "real education reforms" included in the call..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  February 24, 2006
"...Two weeks after a fire destroyed several downtown buildings, including KOOP's studios, the cooperatively run community station began temporarily broadcasting Wednesday morning from the studios of classical station KMFA.Naked City• Colorful green brochures touting Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s commitment to the environment landed in about 100,000 local mailboxes this week, just as a lawsuit seeking to prevent AMD from causing "irreparable" harm to the environment arrived at the courthouse. AMD's eight-page "educational" mail piece is a PR attempt to blunt opposition to their plans to build a corporate campus upstream from the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer recharge zone..."

Here Comes the Guv
Kinky Friedman lights up his campaign
News Story  February 17, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...He and his supporters are fed up with the "business as usual," he says, which has done nothing but tarnish the Lone Star State, destroy Texas' sense of pride, and increase voter apathy and distrust of government. As evidence, he ticks off a list of shameful rankings: first among the states in dropouts and in executions, last in education and in the percentage of people with health insurance – and that's only the beginning of the list..."

Family Flight
Will AISD abandon its shrinking schools?
News Story  February 3, 2006, by Rachel Proctor May
"...With less than 250 children on a campus built for 550, it's the second most underenrolled elementary in AISD. Invoking the gods of Fiscal Prudence and Efficiency, Superintendent Pat Forgione has proposed transforming Becker into an early childhood center, a cutting-edge model of special education inclusion designed to get 3- and 4-year-olds with disabilities on grade level by kindergarten..."

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
News Story  January 27, 2006
"...• During the first meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Education Reform and Public School Finance – say that quick three times – Chair Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, pledged a modest agenda for education reform during the special session. Shapiro said she'd prefer, first, to address the issues of the Supreme Court school finance ruling and, second, to talk about a limited number of reform-related issues..."

Special Election for Texas House of Representatives, District 48
The 'Chronicle' endorsement for the state House District 48, special election: Donna Howard
News Story  January 13, 2006
"...The dominating issue is education, because of its importance to District 48 voters, and because of the public school finance crisis and upcoming special legislative session, likely to be called this spring. Although Bentzin is running as a moderate determined simply to "improve the schools," he would replace his predecessor Todd Baxter as a reflexive vote for the GOP leadership, and he has already declared his support for private school vouchers "in certain circumstances" – a position indistinguishable from that of the stealth voucher promoters at the Capitol..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  December 2, 2005
"...John Cornyn, both of whom were represented at the ceremony by staff members. "It is our privilege to honor these men who sacrificed their education to serve their country," said AISD board President Doyle Valdez to an auditorium packed with veterans and their families..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  November 18, 2005
"...• Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley promised a higher education crowd this week that Texas, like the Austin ISD, is taking a hard look at the effectiveness of the state's high schools. Neeley is concerned, in particular, with the cost of academic remediation of graduates once they make it to college..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  October 7, 2005
"...Education Needs Better HelpDear Editor,..."

Katrina's Price Tag
Reimbursement is promised, but will it be delivered?
News Story  September 23, 2005, by Kimberly Reeves
"...So far, the federal government, through the Office of Budget Management, has proposed executive orders for full compensation of health care costs and close to full reimbursement of educational costs. But such a sweeping promise of payback has left plenty of observers nervous about the prospect of things going awry in the delivery process...."

Letters at 3AM
The sapping of America's economic and technological dominance is a boon for the world. Many are gaining from the decline of a few.
Columns  August 19, 2005, by Michael Ventura
"...... The value of outsourced jobs is steadily rising." Fortune's argument, in part, is that a college degree will mean less and less in this country because there are now many more people in the world with as good or better an education, willing to work for a lot less, and there are many more American companies willing to outsource high-level, college-degree-type jobs..."

Lege Notes
Odds and ends – mostly odds – from under the pink granite dome
News Column  August 19, 2005
"...Brown, an Austin attorney, is well into his fundraising efforts and has landed the support of prominent Democratic and community activists. Howard's friends and supporters, however, point to her experience in public education and public health as key selling points in the West Austin swing district..."

Rumblings of a Mad Mom Movement
Texas Parent PAC wants to purge Lege of lawmakers who won't go to bat for public ed, regardless of party
News Story  August 5, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May
"..."I spent many afternoons streaming the hearings on the Internet, and screaming at my computer," she said. Topping her most-loathed list are most members of the House Public Education Committee, who were "rude and mean" to the people who showed up to testify at the Capitol..."

Lege Notes
Odds and ends – mostly odds – from beneath the pink granite dome
News Column  August 5, 2005
"...• At the state Capitol these days, lawmakers are just as certain about what they won't pass as they are uncertain about what they will pass. Nevertheless, Senate Education Committee Chair Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, has proposed a new version of school finance (SB 8) that's conservative enough to pass the House but moderate enough to win some support from both rural Republican senators and the education community..."

Grandma vs. Cowboy
Can Strayhorn lasso Perry? Maybe the Lege will tell.
News Column  June 24, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...Back in the land of ordinary mortals, the self-anointed "one tough grandma" pounced on Perry's decision to reconvene the Legislature, reminding folks of the number of sessions that Perry let pass without moving an education package through the Lege. "For three regular sessions ....."

High School by Redesign
Garza Independence High School students get involved with plans to rework local high schools
News Story  June 10, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May
"...Sullivan, a Gonzalo Garza Independence High School grad, is one of the young people working with the nonprofit Austin Voices for Education and Youth to organize and promote a pair of community discussions on high school redesign on June 14 and 16. Student participation has so far been slim in district-organized forums; the AVEY students hope their PR campaign – PSAs, summer school announcements, "come kick it at the gathering about high school redesign" fliers – will convince area students that their voices are indeed welcome..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  June 3, 2005, by Lee Nichols and Cheryl Smith
"...See "Judge Hart Rules: TRMPAC Broke the Law." Headlines• You can come out of hiding – the 79th Legislature has adjourned. Rumors abound of a special session to solve education funding – legislators were too busy beating up gays and protecting us from lascivious cheerleaders to get around to fixing such lesser problems as educating children – but Gov..."

Anecdotal Support of a Private School
Postmarks  May 23, 2005
"...We all carried a lunch to school, and nobody was allowed to fail. With the exception of one boy in my class with emotional troubles, I think everyone received a superior education..."

Shrinking Schools
While the suburbs sprawl, central city schools count their children – and their blessings
News Story  May 20, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May
"...For individual schools, however, student loss can affect staffing levels, funding, and morale, especially when student transfers to other schools add to the decline. While principals and parents in transitioning areas can't stop gentrification, some hope to take advantage of it – by convincing neighborhood newcomers that an East Austin address doesn't have to mean educational inferiority.Judging by the Numbers..."

My Education, Bright & Hollow Sky
Live shot
Music Review  May 13, 2005, by Martin de Leon II
"...My Education, Bright & Hollow Sky..."

Scrap It or Cap It? What to Do With Texas' Top Ten Percent Law.
Some want to do away with the post-'Hopwood' admissions law, but UT officials and others say it works
News Story  April 8, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May
"...Some want to end it. But everyone who testified at last Wednesday's Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education hearing regarding the Top Ten Percent law governing Texas university admissions agreed that the law – which guarantees that any Texas high school student who graduates in the top 10% of his or her class will be admitted to the state university of that student's choice – needs, at the very least, a tune-up...."

Naked City
HB 2 and HB 3 could look very different after they leave the Senate
News Story  April 8, 2005, by Kimberly Reeves
"...The Senate Public Education Committee began work on school finance on Tuesday, giving clues that the committee may prefer a bit, but certainly not all, of the language in HB 2 when it rolls out its own SB 2 next week...."

Lege Notes
Odds and ends (mostly odds) from the 79th
News Column  April 8, 2005
"...• It's voucher time again at the Capitol, as the House Committee on Public Education heard testimony on three bills (HBs 12, 1236, and 3042) that would establish private school voucher programs of various scope and grandeur for Texas schoolchildren. The most limited is HB 1236, which would establish a pilot program for which only 0.5% of, or 19,000, low-income students would be eligible; the most extreme is HB 3042, which would give every Texas child $5,500 a year to spend on private school tuition, regardless of their income or whether they're already attending private schools..."

Naked City
Legislator describes online learning as "the future of education;" actual educators disagree
News Story  April 1, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May
"...The House Committee on Public Education recently heard testimony on what detractors are calling the first voucher bill of the season: HB 1445 by Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Plano, which would establish a network of virtual schools in Texas..."

Looking Like Texas
District 51's Eddie Rodriguez represents the future of the state's people and policies
News Story  March 4, 2005, by Amy Smith
"..."I know it sounds so much like a cliché, but it's so true," he says. Like other members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Rodriguez consistently points to statewide demographic trends to argue the necessity of putting more state dollars into public education..."

Taking the TAKS Is Hard … Understanding the Results Is Harder
Austin ISD scores better -- we think
News Story  March 4, 2005, by Rachel Proctor May
"...However, NCLB also divides schools into separate subgroups according to ethnicity, limited English proficiency, and special education. Each subgroup within a school must meet AYP; each must also have 95% participation..."

Culture Flash!
Arts Column  February 25, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...• If you want the Lege to respect the arts in our schools, then join the Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 28, for Arts Education Day..."

Letters at 3AM
Statistics on American education tell a dreadful story, the story of an advanced technological society slipping back to a state of ignorance and superstition
Columns  February 18, 2005, by Michael Ventura
"...Statistics on American education tell a dreadful story, the story of an advanced technological society slipping back to a state of ignorance and superstition. If that sentence seems extreme, consider these facts:..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  February 4, 2005, by Lee Nichols
"...• You, too, can share the joy of My Pet Goat and other classics of children's literature with bright-eyed elementary school students. Austin Partners in Education, a nonprofit funded by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and AISD, needs volunteers for its new Literacy Champions program, which helps AISD students get up to grade level in reading..."

Naked City
Progressive lawmakers seek to protect gay, lesbian, and transgendered students
News Story  January 21, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...Discrimination and harassment are rarely, if ever, cited among the reasons students drop out of school, but three lawmakers agree those are factors that must be reversed in the state's public education system...."

From Schools to ... Nuts
The 79th Lege hasn't been here before – it only seems like it
News Story  January 14, 2005
"..."Whatever else happens over the next 30 days ... Texans should expect an education..."

Abstinence Makes the Head Grow Softer
A new report finds that federally funded abstinence-only educations contains "false, misleading, or distorted information about reproductive health."
News Story  December 17, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...While the amount of federal money earmarked for abstinence-only sex education has more than doubled in less than four years, a report released this month by U.S. Rep..."

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