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Quote of the Week: Ted Gordon
AISD Trustee Ted Gordon on school funding
News Column  October 18, 2018
"...– Austin ISD District 1 Trustee Ted Gordon, noting that the state of Texas, via recapture (i.e., “Robin Hood”), is now expected to receive more in local property tax funding than is retained by the school district, and a gross total in excess of the city of Austin’s share of property taxes..."

Public Notice: Ted Gordon Believes
Is it too late to fix the AISD bond package?
News Column  June 22, 2017, by Nick Barbaro
"...That's how AISD trustee Ted Gordon, the board's lone African-American member, began a long, impassioned plea to the AISD board Monday night, bemoaning the district's plan to move the Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy off of the campus it shares with low-income students at LBJ High, and to drop a much-anticipated Mueller middle school from the proposed bond project list under consideration for a November vote (see "AISD's Big Balancing Act," June 23), and otherwise – in his eyes – snub his largely minority Northeast District 1. It was such an extraordinary speech that I'm going to give him the bulk of this column space to expound...."

Quote of the Week: Ted Gordon
AISD trustee on the Confederate school names
News Column  March 1, 2018
"...– Austin ISD Trustee Ted Gordon on Feb. 26, making the motion to remove the names of Confederate figures from five Austin schools; the motion passed 7-2..."

Mark Wahlberg and the teddy bear he willed to life as a child stay BFFs into adulthood in Seth McFarlane's zany first foray onto the big screen.
Film Review  June 29, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Voilà! Voiced by the director ("Oh, c'mon! I don't sound that much like Peter Griffin!" Ted says at one point), the bear is nonetheless extremely close kin to MacFarlane's seemingly unstoppable television Family. Cutting forward to the present, John is spinning his wheels in a dead-end job while sharing wake 'n' bake bong hits and zoning out to Mike Hodges’ 1980 camp disaster, Flash Gordon..."

Public Notice: Ted Talks
AISD trustee lays it on the line about LBJ / LASA
News Column  February 16, 2017, by Nick Barbaro
"...13, related to the update of the district's facility master plan. A number of people spoke against various school closures, but the board seemed most vexed by the proposal to move the LASA magnet school away from its shared campus with LBJ High, to a new campus, likely to be built on the site of the current Alternative Learning Center, the old Anderson High in East Austin, which Trustee Ted Gordon refers to as "Black Anderson." Toward the end of the meeting – just after midnight – Gordon summed up with an eloquent and poignant speech about the difficult decision the board will face:..."

The Run-Off: Live Election Coverage
An historic race crosses the finish line
DAILY News  December 16, 2014, by the News Staff
"...DISTRICT 1 Edmund “TedGordon....3,164 / 55.91% David “D” Thompson.........2,495 / 44.09%..."

Beside the Point: When You Assume ...
Yep, we're the assholes here
News Column  November 15, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...I depart Austin for my native Baltimore in two weeks, yet have managed to attract a few new critics on my way out. In last week's issue, as a tack-on to our election coverage, I published a list "remembering some assholes" that included outgoing Austin ISD District 1 Trustee Ted Gordon, saying that even he would likely admit that he can sometimes be an ass..."

Re-Forming AI$D
What's behind the national involvment in local school board races?
News Story  November 26, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Austin Kids First at least appears indigenous. But there's nothing local about Leadership for Educational Equity – the D.C.-based group that spent almost $6,000 on District 1 candidate David "D" Thomp­son, who's in a run-off with UT-Aus­tin department chair Edmund "Ted" Gordon...."

The Mighty Ducks
Q: Why a duck? ¶ A: Because the Bad News Bears was already taken. ¶ In The Mighty Ducks Gordon Bombay (Estevez) is the type of lawyer who gives the...
Film Review  October 2, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Q: Why a duck? ¶ A: Because the Bad News Bears was already taken. ¶ In The Mighty Ducks Gordon Bombay (Estevez) is the type of lawyer who gives the profession a bad name..."

Live Election Night Results & Updates
The latest from the polls and candidate watch parties
DAILY News  November 6, 2018, by News Staff
"...There's been little change elsewhere. LaTisha Anderson's apparent upset of Ted Gordon's somewhat of a shocker in AISD District 1, and Carmen Tilton has extended her lead a bit in the At Large Position 9..."

Election Coverage: Election Miscellany
Here's to some losers and assholes
News Story  November 8, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...• Ted Gordon, AISD District 1: Ted Gordon cared about those kids. Let's Remember Some Assholes..."

Chronicle Endorsements: Austin ISD and Austin Community College Boards
School’s in session
News Story  October 18, 2018, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"...Austin ISD Board District 1: Ted Gordon..."

Coalition Issues Manifesto on East Austin Schools
Coalition issues manifesto on East Austin schools
News Story  September 13, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...A group of East Austin community advocates led by Austin ISD District 1 Trustee Ted Gordon presented a 15-point "manifesto" last week of issues they say have gone unaddressed by the school district. Chief among the demands is a call for district administration to "do all in its power" to raise academic achievement among minority students; improve the compensation of and benefits offered to teachers, especially to those working in schools with high concentrations of low-income students; and "restructure school boundaries, or permit East Austin to form its own school district" to end segregation and inequity within AISD schools...."

On the Trustee Trail
AISD, ACC candidates talk money, equity
News Story  October 11, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...East Austin's District 1 contains the most Title 1 schools (those where economically disadvantaged students make up at least 40% of enrollment) and the highest proportion of students of color among trustee districts. Incumbent Ted Gordon's contentious first term on the board made the UT African Studies professor initially reluctant to run for re-election..."

AISD’s Big Balancing Act
The Austin Independent School District is considering bringing a $1 billion bond to voters in November. That's a lot of money. What all would it do? And can the package keep everybody happy?
News Story  June 22, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...According to Pace, the plan's components had been options for a while, but until recently seemed implausible. It was only at a meeting earlier this month, between trustees Cindy Anderson, Jayme Mathias, and Ted Gordon, representatives of the LASA, Eastside, and Old Anderson communities, and Cruz, that the idea sparked..."

Tempers Flare as AISD Board Tackles Confederate Legacy
Name change issue punted to the board's policy committee
News Story  November 12, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The majority seemed to want to move along, and focus on issues like community outreach and the cost of buying new signs. Then Trustee Ted Gordon and Board Secretary Jayme Mathias framed the name change as a moral imperative, with Gordon arguing there was no need for a policy change..."

Race-Based Voting?
Some candidates say names, race influenced election
News Story  November 13, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Before election day, all three races with more than two candidates were expected to go to run-offs: In District 1, the smart money was on UT Chair Edmund "Ted" Gordon facing KIPP Austin charter founder David "D" Thompson; in District 6, PR expert Paul Saldaña against former Austin Council of PTAs chair Monica Sanchez; and, in At-Large Position 9, District Advisory Council member Kendall Pace against Education Austin endorsee Kazique Prince. Pace said, "We just thought it would be a run-off between the people who were out there and had money and endorsements."..."

Who Follows Bradley?
Austin ISD District 1
News Story  October 16, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Edmund T. "Ted" Gordon is a theoretician: chair of UT's African and African Diaspora Studies Department, his research has centered on race and gender in the U.S..."

Public Notice: No Fireworks, but a Bombshell
City Council, AISD Board adjourn for summer with work left to do
News Column  June 29, 2017, by Nick Barbaro
"...In the end, with a new Mueller middle school added to bring the bond package up to $1.05 billion (see "Billion-Dollar AISD Bond Goes to Vote in November," June 30), the proposal passed unanimously, with no substantive discussion. Even Trustee Ted Gordon seemed resigned to the fact that this is likely the best package the board could pass, and that voters may approve in Novem­ber..."

Written in Stone
History of racism lives on in UT monuments
News Story  May 28, 2015, by Mac McCann
"...But even Coppini's original intention of representing "reunification" has its issues. Edmund "Ted" Gordon, chair of the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies (and an AISD trustee), notes that Wilson re-segregated the military and the federal government, and "got the United States involved in what was essentially an imperialist war." He points out that Wilson praised the racist, pro-Ku Klux Klan film The Birth of a Nation (one of the very first films to be shown at the White House), and that, in the film, Wilson is even quoted in support of the KKK..."

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