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Highest Stakes
Groobee gal Susan Gibson steps out on her own, chin up.
Music Story  October 4, 2002, by Margaret Moser
"...teacher wrote into my Web site and said, 'I'm gonna play your song for [other] P.E. teachers,'" reports Gibson, adding that the letter reminding her of her own days behind the monkey bars and her failure to pass the President's Council on Fitness tests in elementary school...."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 26, 2002
"...In addition to the $49.3 million in approved bond money, we must spend whatever it takes to rid our schools of mold. The health of our children, children's parents, and the beloved teachers is at risk...."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 12, 2002
"...Open Door's mission is to provide day care for children of all abilities. My older son has had children with cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome in his classes, and one of his volunteer teachers uses a wheelchair..."

News Story  October 26, 2001
"...Of this group, only three merit serious consideration for approval, because they address matters of equity: clearing confused land titles in Bastrop County, thereby allowing longtime residents to retain their homesteads (Nos. 1, 17), and allowing teachers to receive payment for public service (No..."

It's a Wrap!
A Legislative Wrap-Up on the 77th Session
News Story  June 1, 2001, by Michael King
"...It got about $100,000. More general revenue could have meant better teachers' health insurance or greater state employees pay raises, and so on."..."

The Art of Being Dagoberto Gilb
What's a successful writer like Dagoberto Gilb got against the establishment?
Books Story  March 23, 2001, by Clay Smith
"...His classroom is his kingdom, he felt; he should get to choose who could and could not sit in on his class. The SWT administration argued that a lot of time had been spent deciding who got to enter the program, that teachers didn't get to just decide willy-nilly who was going to be in the program..."

Through the Eyes of a Kid
Bringing kids to adult theatre is uncool, but what's about children's theatre, where they belong? Ada Calhoun borrows a friend's three-and-a-half-year-old son to find out and discovers that theatre ain't all magic when you're a preschooler.
Arts Story  July 21, 2000, by Ada Calhoun
"...Directed by Dede Clark, this was a different kind of show in that it was presented by the kidsActing company and performed by, you guessed it, kids (aged 7-17). A big musical in an auditorium, kids onstage, great costumes, an audience full of little kids and their shushing teachers, Goldie had promise..."

TV Eye
Two new specials focus on the Internet -- one on its remarkable past, one on its potentially hazardous future; also, Showtime launches the Latino Filmmaker Showcase.
Screens Column  January 28, 2000, by Belinda Acosta
"...While many "model" or "magnet" schools have the latest equipment and teacher training, this is not the norm. Because computer technology changes rapidly, and poor school districts lag behind in upgrading existing equipment, many schools work with out-of-date technology and/or teachers with inadequate training..."

First, the good news ...
Columns  November 5, 1999
"...Forgione is planning to focus on the school-to-work program and lead young heads to stir concrete or nail boards, we know how to do that without his help. If a principal's academy is to be opened on the Eastside, try locally raised and schooled teachers, not privileged swingers, and if his plan to coordinate their advancement with UT works, it wouldn't get a leaky merit if the board of regents succeed in bringing an Israel man as Larry Faulkner's successor, pushing us farther back..."

Wrong John, Wrong Reason
Columns  August 12, 1999
"...He's coming from Iowa. Add their weight to that of the president, football coach, their assistants and others, as a tremendous wedge that pushes the aspirations for promotion of workers, teachers, and staffers farther away..."

On The Lege
Cue the Fat Lady
News Column  June 3, 1999
"...Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo), which passed on Saturday, will allow Gov. Bush to take credit for "the biggest property tax cut in history." (However, those cuts -- about $60 a year on a house valued at $100,000 -- will probably be erased by rising local property taxes, much like last session's $2 billion "reduction" was.) SB 4 will also provide a fairly substantial ($3,000) pay raise for teachers, who according to several national reports rank 38th among all states in average salary, and 49th when statewide average salaries are taken into account...."

1999 SXSW Music Festival
Music Story  March 18, 1999
"...THE DONNAS: Class, put down those N'Sync foldouts. I'd like you to meet four new student teachers who just transferred from Palo Alto..."

Share the Smart Growth
Columns  December 31, 1998
"...I can't imagine every one of those children have trees at home, because I know not all of them celebrate Christmas. I know from my own experience, at elementary school, that Chanukah was never mentioned when it came to "Christmas" vacation or "What do you want for Christmas?" Due to peer pressure and intimidation of Christmas being heaped upon me (by teachers, too), as a young shy girl I felt embarrassed to admit I didn't "do" Christmas..."

SXSW Film Conference and Festival '98 Further Reflections
Screens Story  March 27, 1998
"...He grasps the first straw that comes by, a telephone offer of a job as a permanently temporary (or temporarily permanent) detention-hall teacher in a senior high school (another clue to the state of Walmsley's mind, as this is not your ideal re-entry situation). Students who openly taunt him, knowing he has no recourse, teachers who have long since given up trying to teach, and a principal concerned only with keeping students alive and lawsuits at bay are all part of Walmsley's initiation at the ominously named Donner High..."

Entrances & Exits
Comings and Goings on the Theatre Scene
Arts Story  September 5, 1997
"...So it is with the characters in the ongoing drama we call Austin theatre. Each season sees the arrival of actors, directors, designers, playwrights, dancers, technicians, choreographers, patrons, musicians, managers, teachers, critics, and others in our performing arts community, and each season sees the departure of same..."

Experience the C.H.A.R.M.?
Marketing the "live music capital of the world"
Music Story  September 6, 1996, by Andy Langer
"..."Because no other government entity anywhere is trying to do what we're doing with music," explains Monahan, "I spend a good deal of time researching the marketing efforts of professional trade associations and the directories they publish. The trick was determining what was needed and what services people expected from their industry, which made looking at the National Association of Music Teachers book as important as ASCAP's."..."

Off the Desk:
News Story  July 5, 1996
"...5 million for maintenance, operation, and debt service. What will the district do with it all? Accommodate almost 2,000 new students, compensate its teachers a bit better, and launch a number of new initiatives in the curriculum, including putting technology into the classrooms..."

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
"...That someone could be on the school board, which reflects and responds to certain sources of pressure – the teachers' union, the PTA moms, the usual – but frankly does not channel the breadth and depth of the energies of thousands of vocal activists and engaged citizens, from throughout Austin's socioeconomic spectrum, who have really put their back into fighting for the kids. Why aren't those people better organized to actually guide and power the district forward, instead of haranguing it from outside the walls? Why aren't they running for school board? (Both Rodriguez and Yasmin Wagner ran unopposed in November, not the first time that's happened.) Do we need to pay the school board members? How 'bout we get on that? Choosing Our Own Adventure..."

Beto & Willie Rally the Resistance
Nelson unveils new song “Vote ’Em Out”
DAILY Music  September 30, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Amid a correctly pronounced chant (“Beh-Toe, Beh-Toe”), O’Rourke emerged onstage and laid out what he says he’ll fight for: LBGTQ rights, increased pay for public school teachers, affordable college options, increased resources and services for military veterans, treating addiction as a medical not criminal issue, universal healthcare, and decriminalizing marijuana. Behind political stances loomed a larger theme, equality – unity...."

Thoughts on Housing First
Postmarks  July 23, 2018
"...Rapid housing can only work while all the other pieces are in place.  Seattle approved a major grant to fund temporary and permanent housing using the Housing First model, but to pay for it, other programs were cut. Two-year temporary housing services with case management, addiction services, life-skills teachers, bank services, hygiene centers, and others did not have their funding renewed after decades of support, in order to build these new facilities..."

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."..."

R.I.P. Mark White, Former Texas Governor
Last surviving Democratic governor dead at 77
News Story  August 10, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Praising the former governor, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said White "had the political courage to invest in our children and teachers. He did right by Texans and our great state." Gov..."

Lege Lines: Bills on the Move
Tracking the fallout from the special session
News Story  July 27, 2017, by Richard Whittaker, Mary Tuma, Chase Hoffberger and Sarah Marloff
"...• The Senate also approved SB 19, by Sen. Jane Nel­son, R-Flower Mound, which would borrow money from the Health & Human Services Commission to help pay for a $193 million increase to statewide teacher bonuses and a $212 million boost to a health insurance program for retired teachers. – C.H...."

Dripping Springs Keeps Growing, But Can the Dining Scene Keep Up?
Austin real estate pushes restaurateurs beyond city limits
Food Story  June 8, 2017, by Melanie Haupt
"...The median home price in the Dripping Springs area is approximately $390,000, which poses an affordability problem for service industry workers (and teachers, and firefighters, and custodians, and so on). The lack of affordable housing in Dripping Springs and the ETJ means that the labor pool is extraordinarily shallow..."

Point Austin: What’s That Smell?
Our Austin-bashing governor knows how to spread manure
News Column  June 8, 2017, by Michael King
"...That's not to say there isn't plenty here to cause alarm to rational Texans, and to confirm the reaction of Mayor Steve Adler that Abbott's shotgun agenda amounts to a "war on cities." Beginning with a cosmetic public school "teacher pay increase" (supposedly to be accomplished without new funding), there will be another run at making it easier to fire those same teachers. "School choice" (i.e., private school vouchers, opposed even by rural Repub­licans) is in the mix, as are "property tax reform" and "caps on spending" (more attempts to punish local jurisdictions for the state's refusal to fund public schools)...."

Making Reuse Mainstream
Austin needs a combo of government leadership, corporate responsibility, and individual commitment to meet reuse benchmarks
News Story  February 11, 2016, by Robyn Ross
"...The "reuse" in the center's name means that when customers drop off potentially hazardous waste that still has value, like half a bottle of Windex, the items are set aside for the public to peruse. The same goes for art supplies like paint and brushes, which are housed in a shed open to self-identified teachers and artists..."

Grace Potter Lives to Perform
Vermont wailer strikes out on her own with firmly-rooted pop
DAILY Music  January 27, 2016, by Alejandra Ramirez
"...I grew up with a very warm and wonderful hippie family. There were so many amazing teachers, friends, spiritual people, and artists..."

Politics Gift Guide
Donate to a teacher, help a Syrian refugee, or protect against shooters
News Story  December 10, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger, Mary Tuma and Richard Whittaker
" There is a shameful number of teachers who reach into their back pockets to pay for the books, supplies, the basics that you'd think the budget would cover. Alas, no, but that's why exists..."

AISD Proposes Property Tax Cut
AISD looks to adopt FY 2016 budget
News Story  August 6, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...31 hearing will also see the adoption of a near $1 billion budget for FY 2016, with one of the most important new investments being a long-awaited 3% across-the-board pay increase for all employees. This is a consensus deal, as the board originally proposed a 1.5% raise with an extra 1.5% for more experienced staff, while teachers' union Education Austin was looking for a 5% increase..."

Education: Failure to Invest
Fallout from the 84th Texas legislative session
News Story  June 4, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Put aside for a moment the always pressing issue of money. According to Texas Amer­ican Fed­er­ation of Teachers president Louis Malfaro, there's a chance this session will be remembered for lawmakers turning away from high-stakes assessments..."

Lege Lines
School finance debate heats up, HHSC consolidation on hold?, and more
News Story  April 2, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...That's her proposal for a taxpayer savings grant – in other words, a voucher system. In the Campbellverse, this isn't simply a subsidy for rich families to send their kids to private schools, but an escape route for kids fleeing gangs and bad teachers..."

We Remember What the Dormouse Said
Ten authors cut you a little slice of their own personal Wonderlands
DAILY Arts  March 31, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Films, books, teachers, and preachers had unthinkingly promised me that the world made sense. Good guys win, love conquers all, and life has meaning..."

News Roundup: No Justice, No Peace
Shootings, protests, and politics
DAILY News  December 1, 2014, by the News Staff
"...• On December 2, the Coalition for Public Schools will hold a symposium at the Capitol on the subject private-school vouchers and related policies, as well as research-based alternatives. The free event is billed as a Pre-Legislative Education Symposium; speakers include: Kevin Welner, National Education Policy Center; Julie Fisher Mead, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Luis Huerta, Teachers College, Columbia University; David Anthony, Raise Your Hand Texas; Leslie Boggs,Texas PTA President; Gina Hinojosa, Austin ISD School Board; John Kuhn, Supt., Perrin-Whitt ISD; Allen Weeks, Save Texas Schools; Steven Aleman, Disability Rights Texas..."

Who Follows Torres?
Cowan vs. Flanagan in AISD District 4
News Story  October 16, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"..."It only benefits a few people. We have a lot of kids that go to Davis that can't walk to school." She argues that people need to be more concerned about retaining staff than individual structures, including better starting pay and raises for teachers..."

What's Next for American YouthWorks?
TEA's closing leaves at-risk students adrift
News Story  September 11, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...... When they're closing you down because you have too many teachers in the classroom, and they won't allow us to explain how we pay for that number of staff, there's a mistake in your measuring tool."..."

Court Rules Texas School Finance Unconstitutional
Dietz says current system fails students, must be rebuilt
DAILY News  August 28, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Davis wrote, "Abbott has been in court for years, defending overcrowded classrooms, teacher layoffs and public-school closings, and today, Judge John Dietz ruled against him. This ruling underscores the crucial need to invest in education and reminds us of just how much our schools, teachers and students have had to sacrifice over the past three years just to get by."..."

Growth Funds: ACC's Bond Proposal
Community college asking for $386 million
News Story  June 26, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...At this point, there's no Plan B if either of the propositions fails; Vickers said he presumed there would just have to be some tough decisions. For example, though the board recently agreed in principle to improve pay and working conditions for its adjunct faculty (see "ACC Adjunct Faculty Sees Progress," May 23), the teachers' union, ACC-American Federation of Teach­ers, has already agreed that some of these changes may have to wait, if the M&O bond fails...."

'A Mayor Who Listens'
Sheryl Cole talks about her skills, her record, and what she learned on her 'house party tour'
News Story  June 19, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...You think people care a lot about their homes – they care a whole lot about their children. And it's just a place where the parents, the teachers, and the entire community comes together for the next generation..."

ACC Adjunct Faculty Sees Progress
Plan would create hybrid lecturer / support staff posts
News Story  May 22, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Moreover, while an adjunct teaching three courses is not classified as half time, a lecturer is full time with only five. David Albert, government professor and vice president of adjunct faculty for the ACC chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, said, "It doesn't really pass the smell test ....."

Absolutely Confabulous
Austin Public Library's New Fiction Confab focuses on buzz over brawn
Arts Story  April 18, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...Bells and whistles notwithstanding, for many the fundamental role of the library is simply to point out a good read. According to Branch, visitors to the library still see the library staff as literary advisors – hybrids, perhaps, of English teachers and bookstore staffers: "'What are some good things to read? What could I read next?' People are hungry for that information..."

The Next New Neighborhood
City and residents plan a sustainable Colony Park
News Story  April 4, 2014, by Robyn Ross
"...On the other side of Loyola Lane from Colony Park, the much newer Agave neighborhood is also involved in the master planning effort. Agave NA president Chasity Larios describes the neighborhood's 400 households as comprised of professors, musicians, chefs, teachers, public employees, and people involved in the tech scene..."

Tonight's Your Last Chance to See 'Girl Rising'
'One girl with courage is a revolution'
DAILY Screens  May 2, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...AC: Could - and do you hope - that teachers in our Western culture could use the film as a teaching tool?..."

Judge: Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional
Now what? Legislators, education advocates and think tanks respond
DAILY News  February 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Perry and our legislative leaders. His ruling that our schools are not adequately funded is an indictment of the current leadership's failure to safeguard our children's education and Texas' economic future. Judge Dietz's decision echoes concerns that I have heard from parents and teachers in my district and across the state. As a result of his ruling I believe the Legislature now has a constitutional obligation this session to restore the cuts it made to our schools."..."

Guns & Ammo ... and Austin Politics
The state of gun control in Travis County
News Story  January 18, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...Gov. Rick Perry has already suggested that one potential response to school shootings would be arming more teachers; and on Tuesday – the day the Commissioners Court discussed the idea of banning gun shows at the Expo Center – Attorney General (and likely gubernatorial candidate) Greg Abbott offered this to his Twitter followers: "If Austin or Travis Co..."

Austin Kids First Throws Money into AISD Races
New pro-reform PAC drops $30,000 behind candidates
DAILY News  October 31, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Biggest donors Austin Kids First: $30,081 ($12,500 each to Pietruszynski and Guzman, $5,081 to Elenz.) Education Austin PAC: $17,000 ($9,000 to Hinojosa, $5,000 to Teich, $2,000 to Mathias, $1,000 to Charlie Jackson) Texas State Teachers Association PAC: $3,000 ($2,500 to Hinojosa, $500 to Mathias.)..."

Mark Williams Standing Down From AISD Board
President leaving safe seat after two terms
DAILY News  August 14, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...This leaves his Center City district seat (centered around Austin High School) open. One candidate, outgoing Austin Council of Parent-Teachers Association president Amber Elenz, has already launched a campaign website...."

Here Today ...
Choreographer Sharon Marroquín lets go through dance in order to live
Arts Story  March 23, 2012, by Jonelle Seitz
"...When Marroquín, on her lunch break in the teachers' lounge at Widen Elementary, received the phone call that said she had cancer, she was just a few weeks from performing her piece "So Far Ago." In shock, she had to decide whether to cancel the performance – both she and her partner, Frank Yezer, knew that no one else could fill the personal role she'd created with him. She considered delaying her mastectomy until afterward, even though one doctor, she remembers, said, "Nobody is going to tell you to wait." But she did wait..."

From Second Street to Carruth
AISD and city relations improving with concrete results
DAILY News  February 9, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Moreover, she may find herself challenged on some of the political realities of Austin life and AISD in particular. In her launch speech, she also railed against high property taxes: Be interesting to see where she will stand when AISD comes back to the voters for the inevitable tax rollback election they'll need to give staff and teachers a well-overdue pay raise...."

End of the Road for AISD Exigency
AISD is still in the red, but threat of mass firings has lifted
News Story  February 3, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Of course, this leaves many unanswered questions, like how the administration managed to squirrel away an extra $31.5 million in its fund balance since August 2010 while pleading poverty to the board. More pressingly, as trustee Robert Schneider asked Carstarphen, how long can the district use its savings to cover future shortfalls? According to district Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley-Abram, this would be a one-off deal: If the board wants to avoid future cuts or give teachers a long-overdue pay raise, it will need to ask voters for a tax rollback election...."

Top 10 Education Stories
Edukayshun 'r' us
News Story  January 6, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...5) No Gold STAAR at TEA Teachers had been expecting the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness for five years. Yet by the beginning of the school year, the Texas Education Agency had failed to provide even the simplest outlines, leaving them teaching to a test no one had seen...."

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