Come & Take It Live
"...Who would be an Austin ISD trustee? District 7 Trustee Yasmin Wagner has been dinged on her day job in the city's communications and public information office for doing work related to her AISD responsibilities on city time. The audit, filed last week, says Wagner visited the AISD Board's website and used her district social media account during office hours, received two district-related emails to her work account, and used a city printer 30 times for district documents..."
"...In a near-unanimous vote, Austin ISD trustees appointed Yasmin Wagner to serve as District 7 trustee for the next 14 months...."
"...8 to file if they were interested in being an interim appointee until voters pick a new trustee in 2016. When the filing closed, only two names were in contention: city employee Yasmin Wagner, and state accountant Dale Sump (a third candidate initially filed paperwork, but then withdrew; the district will not be releasing that person's name)...."
"...However, on Aug. 15, before the board set the timeline for setting a timeline, controversial pressure group Austin Kids First sent an email to its supporters, asking them to support Yasmin Wagner, who lost to Schneider in last November's election, 48% to 52%, in spite of a $40,000 investment in her campaign by AKF...."
"...As applications closed to fill the empty Austin ISD District 7 seat, trustees will have to pick between two contenders: Yasmin Wagner, who came second in the election for the seat last year, and Jonathan Dale Sump...."
"...But this time around was a little different. Education advocacy group Austin Kids First doubled down on his opponent, Yasmin Wagner, dropping roughly $40,000 in contributions and in-kind expenditures into her challenge..."
"...A former teacher in Washington state, now a Realtor, Theresa Bastian describes herself as "super passionate about public education." Meanwhile, Yasmin Wagner, a creative director at computing firm AMD, said, "I want to see a change in our schools, and as a resident of Southwest Austin, I feel that we've gone too long without a change."..."
"...And unlike the current program, All Are Welcome will also be available for middle and high school faculty. "We're committed to creating an inclusive environment where all students are welcomed, embraced, and supported – no matter their backgrounds," said Yasmin Wagner, the trustee from District 7..."
"...The task force urged district leaders to craft a "thoughtful, deliberative, well-planned out process with a multi-year timeframe, done through the lens of equity" that avoids "[enhancing] segregation patterns already present in the community by placing a disproportionate amount of the fallout from consolidating campuses on "racial minorities and the economically disadvantaged." District 7 Trustee Yasmin Wagner acknowledged at the meeting a need for the AISD community to "stretch the idea" that students must live within close proximity of their schools to succeed. But, Wagner said, "if we start talking about busing to alleviate those issues, that's where we start losing families."..."
"...On that point, there is general agreement among trustees, while acknowledging the pain that closing and consolidating schools would cause in the community. Board Vice President and District 7 Trustee Yasmin Wagner told the Chronicle that a "resistance to change" was common in the AISD community, but that mentality could lead to "missing out on an even bigger opportunity" to improve education for students..."
"..."Everything we're talking about is a sacred cow," he said. "The recommendations won't be painful, but what the district does with them will be." But board Vice President and District 7 Trustee Yasmin Wagner offered encouragement to the tri-chairs as the board concluded their discussion at Monday night's work session..."
"...There is recent precedent for appointing rather than electing an interim successor. In 2015, the board appointed Yasmin Wagner to finish the unexpired term of the late Robert Schneider..."
"...DISTRICT 7 Robert Schneider: 9,925 (52.0%) Yasmin Wagner: 9,157 (48.0%)..."
"...Yasmin Wagner: $9,725 raised, $7,427 on hand..."
"...AISD Board Vice President Yasmin Wagner said that she did not "understand the reason" for waiting to identify which schools might be closed. "I feel like we're in a position where we understand very clearly what the demographic landscape looks like for our schools," she said..."
"...Unopposed. District 7: Yasmin Wagner..."
"...Trustees Ann Teich and Jayme Mathias confirmed late last week that the board's attorney was looking into ways in which the PAC policy could be clarified. Although the five trustees who questioned Celebration's rental agreement (Teich, Mathias, Ted Gordon, Cindy Anderson, and board VP Yasmin Wagner) cited confusion over the policy as motivation for exploring action at a board operations meeting in September, the church's anti-LGBTQ views appear to have played a role in the decision for at least two trustees...."
"...District 7 incumbent and Board Vice President Yasmin Wagner also filed Monday. Neither candidate has any challengers at this point. – A.S...."
"...Twelve hours after Kendall Pace resigned from the Austin Independent School District's Board of Trustees, her former colleagues voted to appoint District 6 Trustee Geronimo Rodriguez as the new board president. D7 Trustee Yasmin Wagner was appointed to the vice president position Rodriguez vacated..."
"...Rodriguez's supporters spent the weekend sending letters and signing petitions, and ultimately, the board sided with Rodriguez in a unanimous vote of support. (Though the vote may not have represented the full opinions of trustees: District 7 Trustee Yasmin Wagner made sure to praise each candidate, and District 3's Ann Teich encouraged both Delgado and Shield to run again when the seat comes up for election next November.)..."