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The Med School Solution
A medical school, a teaching hospital, and a new health care system?
News Story  September 14, 2012, by Mike Kanin
"...Roser's first question echoed what has been the issue of the moment for Travis County residents, university students, future university students, and political observers from around the state: "Why should Travis County taxpayers help pay for a medical school?"..."

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Animation and reality collide in this paean to pubescence
Film Review  October 7, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Rafe Khatchadorian (Gluck), a budding artist, is starting over at his third middle school, a place governed by the rules-obsessed Principal Dwight (Daly) and his chief enforcer (Retta). As a tonic to the school’s rigidity, Rafe and his only friend Leo (Barbusca) embark on a plan to break every one of the rules in the school’s Code of Conduct handbook..."

Supremes to Consider School Strip Search Case
Was it unreasonable to check a 13-year-old student's bra for ibuprofen?
DAILY News  April 21, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...According to officials at the Stafford United School District in Arizona, the public schools are on the "front lines of a decades-long war against drug abuse among students," and as such have had to adopt policies -- many of them of the zero tolerance kind -- to protect kids and keep drugs off campuses...."

The Universal High School Experience
Sarah Dessen's latest novel is 'The Moon and More'
DAILY Books  September 26, 2013, by Amy Gentry
"...Sarah Dessen hated high school. So how did she become a bestselling author of young adult novels? With typical Southern modesty spiced with just the faintest whiff of irony, she admits, “All people thought was any good were my stories about the prom.”..."

Pearce Middle School to Close
School commissioner announces closure with little warning to district
DAILY News  July 8, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...In an announcement that has rocked Austin ISD staff and parents, School Commissioner Robert Scott has announced that Pearce Middle School will close before the beginning of the next school year...."

Rock School
More than his Philadelphia school of rock, it's blustery instructor Paul Green who becomes the true subject of this documentary.
Film Review  June 10, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Don Argott. Maybe this documentary plays better in places outside Austin, the so-called live music capital of the world, where the notion of a rock school for kids might be more of a eureka idea rather than an already existing reality that’s happening in garages, summer camps, and afterschool programs throughout the city..."

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
Visually arresting tale of a high school gone to sea
Film Review  April 28, 2017, by Ashley Moreno
"...To the Nineties kids who miss MTV’s Liquid Television, those of you scarred by high school, and anyone who thinks James Cameron’s Titanic could’ve used more sharks, good news: Comic book artist/writer-turned-writer/director Dash Shaw has created a stunning debut with My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea...."

School of Last Resort
The Bad Kids highlights a high school's "nurture and nag" approach
News Story  March 3, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's the kind of community with an implicit acceptance that kids will drop out. But Black Rock High, the school featured in new documentary The Bad Kids, is busting that expectation...."

School Finance Plan Headed for Hearing
Aycock promises no losers as Senate obsesses on vouchers
DAILY News  April 8, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Can Texas avoid further school finance lawsuits? That's what House Public Education Committee Chair Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, is hoping with his proposal to fix the broken way Texas pays to teach its kids. So while he prepares to take public testimony on his plan next week, the Senate is back on vouchers...."

High School Thesps Earn More Than Applause
New area musical theatre awards announce first nominations
DAILY Arts  March 21, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...More than 100 high schoolers from across the area packed into the Long Center's Rollins Theatre, some having driven 40 miles before dawn to make the big announcement at 7am. That's how jazzed these teen thespians were about the nominations for the first Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards...."

Judge: Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional
Now what? Legislators, education advocates and think tanks respond
DAILY News  February 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's been months in the coming, but when Judge John Dietz finally released his ruling yesterday on the Texas public school finance system, it was no surprise to anyone: The current system of "Robin Hood" recapture is unconstitutional on multiple levels, create a de facto statewide property tax, and is underfunded by the legislature...."

Night School
Kevin Hart goes back to school. Sadly, not comedy school.

Film Review  September 28, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...There’s not a lot to be said for comic Kevin Hart’s latest, which is something of a Hindenburgian riff on John Hughes' The Breakfast Club – "Oh, the humanity!” – although in fairness it does remind you that the presumably throwaway comedies of the Eighties were, even at their worst, orders of magnitude more entertaining than post-millennial, submediocre yuk-fests such as Night School. Crafted within the broadest, not-quite-funny brushstrokes possible, director Lee’s movie about a class of troublemakers, hustlers, adult J.D.s, and Rob Riggle’s patented goofy man-child schtick struggling to earn their GEDs at the eponymous classroom fails, epically...."

Texas Supremes: Not Our Job to Fix School Finance
Long-awaited ruling says school funding system constitutional
DAILY News  May 13, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Texas school finance system meets the minimum standards demanded by the Texas Constitution: That was the surprising ruling from the Texas Supreme Court, ending the long-running challenge to how the state funds grade school education...."

High School
You come in hoping to toke on a big ol' fattie, but instead you find yourself wallowing in seeds and stems – again.
Film Review  June 1, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...You come in hoping to toke on a big ol' fattie, but instead you find yourself wallowing in seeds and stems – again. Instead of putting the high in high school, this film is the kind of drug movie that gives pot smokers a bad name..."

School for Scoundrels
Although it stars Billy Bob Thornton and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder and is jam-packed with multitalented comedians and stars, School for Scoundrels is just not funny.
Film Review  September 29, 2006, by Toddy Burton
"...While it’s not uncommon for Hollywood to completely defy the laws of probability, sometimes the absurdity of a misfire is so poignant as to demand attention. Case in point: School for Scoundrels, a modern remake of a 1960 British satire..."

The School of Rock
In Linklater's studio-financed comedy hit, Jack Black brings his rock & roll vibe to riff-needy prep students.
Film Review  October 3, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...He has both the requisite chops and pipes, and with his Belushi eyebrows and Farley snits, he’s the best of the heavyweight comedians in one not-so-svelte package. Plus, as The School of Rock so admirably notes, the guy’s got heart..."

Recess: School's Out
Ah, summer. A time for skipping rocks, sing-alongs with the gang, and thwarting the insidious plots of nefarious villains with plutonium turbines and electron pulse generators. So sayeth Recess: School's...
Film Review  February 16, 2001, by Marrit Ingman
"...A time for skipping rocks, sing-alongs with the gang, and thwarting the insidious plots of nefarious villains with plutonium turbines and electron pulse generators. So sayeth Recess: School's Out, the first (more or less) feature-length outing based on Disney's Saturday serial (part of ABC's One Saturday Morning lineup)..."

High School High
In this new comedy from the producing team of David Zucker, Robert LoCash, and Gil Netter, who are best known for their Naked Gun sequels, schoolteacher Richard Clark (Lovitz) leaves...
Film Review  November 8, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, Mekhi Phifer, Guillermo Diaz, John Neville and Louise Fletcher. In this new comedy from the producing team of David Zucker, Robert LoCash, and Gil Netter, who are best known for their Naked Gun sequels, schoolteacher Richard Clark (Lovitz) leaves the private academy where his father is headmaster, to teach at an inner-city public school, Marion Barry High..."

2016 High School Musical Nominees
Theatre awards' third year boasts 28 schools, 136 nominees
DAILY Arts  March 9, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Repeat." How else to explain the insane level of energy in the Long Center before breakfast last Friday? The young thespians there were as jacked up at 7am as their pigskin-minded peers are under the Friday night lights. The cause: The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards nominations...."

The Texas School Solution: More Guns, Less Money
Post-Sandy Hook bill would put teachers in firing line
DAILY News  December 26, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Last session, Texas cut $5.4 billion out of public school funding. And now the gun lobby not only wants more guns on campus, but they want teachers to pay for them..."

Legal Battle With Dell Medical School Continues
Attorney Fred Lewis claims school withheld public information
News Story  June 8, 2017, by Michael King
"...Austin lawyer Fred Lewis has resumed his war of words with UT-Austin's Dell Medical School, accusing the school of withholding public information. UT's attorneys have requested an opinion from the state attorney general on whether they can withhold certain documents that Lewis has requested, in his ongoing campaign to determine whether the Medical School is legally spending annual funding it receives from Cen­tral Health Care District property taxes..."

Day Trips: New London School Explosion
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the deadliest school disaster in U.S. history
Columns  March 16, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The New London School Explosion on March 18, 1937, nearly wiped out an entire generation of a small East Texas community. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the deadliest school disaster in U.S..."

Fantastic Fest Review: My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
Remarkable animated adventure from graphic novelist Dash Shaw
DAILY Screens  September 24, 2016, by Ashley Moreno
"...Do you miss MTV's Liquid Television? Are you still scarred from high school? Or do you just think James Cameron’s Titanic could’ve used more sharks? Then Fantastic Fest has good news: Comic book artist/writer turned writer/director, Dash Shaw, brought his debut feature, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, to Austin...."

Lege Lines: School Finance Math; Tax Plans Diverge; Veteran Benefits Restricted; and More
Is school finance dead this session?; House and Senate tax plans split; Lege restricts veterans' benefits; and more
News Story  May 14, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...School Finance: Add Cash, Subtract Reform..."

High School Musical Nominations Out!
In the theatre awards' second year, 26 area schools earn noms
DAILY Arts  March 7, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...While the old cowboys were upstairs chowing down on biscuits and sausage, the young thespians were downstairs enjoying a different kind of breakfast treat: the nominations for the second Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards...."

AISD: New South High School(s)?
AISD mulls over a possible South Austin high school
News Story  January 22, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Austin Independent School District has been contemplating a new high school in South Travis County since 2002. Yet with divisions on the board about its location, and the increasing complexity and cost of finding enough land for thousands of teenagers, the district is mulling splitting the school into several separate campuses...."

Court Rules Texas School Finance Unconstitutional
Dietz says current system fails students, must be rebuilt
DAILY News  August 28, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...In a long-awaited turn for Texas education, Judge John Dietz today issued his final ruling on the state's school finance system: It is unconstitutional, and it is failing Texas children...."

Dietz Stays on School Finance Suit
Hail Mary play by AG Abbott fails to force judicial recusal
DAILY News  June 24, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Attorney General Greg Abbott may have been taught a tough lesson yesterday: Don't try to change the referee, just because you're losing the game. After a failed protest by Abbott's office, Judge John Dietz remains presiding over the challenge to the state's school finance suits...."

Public School Bible Classes Run Afoul of Law
Classes violate state and federal provisions
DAILY News  January 17, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...In the Permian High School class on Bible History and Literature, students watch a slide show that includes a frame depicting a lush green landscape behind a cascading waterfall...."

High School Homecoming
The nation’s best runner, that guy from Spoon, and me
DAILY Sports  October 19, 2009, by Joe O'Connell
"...Going to someone else's high school reunion/homecoming is sort of like looking at friends’ vacation slides or being asked to say something nice about their ugly baby. The iceberg of the story is hidden from you – who was cool, who was a fool, who was an angry young woman..."

The School of Flesh
Provocative film is based on a Yukio Mishima novel and transposed to present-day Paris.
Film Review  May 21, 1999, by Steve Davis
"...Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Martinez, Vincent Lindon, Marthe Keller and François Berleand. The School of Flesh is a provocative film, but not in the way its title suggests; the nakedness depicted here is more one of emotion than bare skin..."

School Ties
In a Hollywood powerscape where so many of the key players come from Jewish backgrounds, it's rather peculiar that there have been so few films dealing with the issue of...
Film Review  September 18, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...Director Robert Mandel (Taps, F/X) tackles this loaded subject head-on and comes up with a film that, while well-done and skillfully played, nonetheless comes across as oddly unaffecting. School Ties wants very much to be the crowd-pleasing, prep-school, period piece that Dead Poets Society was, yet when combined with the sincerity necessitated by the subject matter, it overpowers the audience in its attempt to do both and ultimately ends up as neither..."

Be True to Your School
Members of Growl, Little Lo, and Mother Falcon navigate UT
DAILY Music  September 14, 2012, by Zoe Cordes Selbin
"...In last week’s column on interviewing, I mentioned that school was back in session. It’s difficult for me to balance school and work, but I don’t have near the challenge that student musicians do...."

Armstrong Community Music School
Austin Lyric Opera can't help but sing about 10 years of music instruction
Arts Story  March 26, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Has it really been a decade since Austin Lyric Opera opened the Armstrong Community Music School?..."

Old School
A trio of depressed thirtysomethings decide to start their own fraternity.
Film Review  February 21, 2003, by Kimberley Jones
"...Todd Phillips shot to critical attention with his documentary/exposé Frat House (the title is self-explanatory) and achieved commercial success with his gleefully vulgar narrative feature debut, Road Trip, about four college guys on a … you guessed it. Old School, in the very loosest of senses, marks a maturation of sorts: It’s about a trio of depressed thirtysomethings who decide to start their own fraternity..."

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Sweet-natured, unpretentious, and full-throttled comic acting make this reunion movie loopy fun.
Film Review  May 2, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...Romy (Sorvino) and Michele (Kudrow) are poor, their idea of ultimate pathos is the scene in Pretty Woman in which Julia Roberts gets the snub from Rodeo Drive shop clerks, and their Wonderbras are filled out a lot more substantially than their crania. Still, they're happy -- at least until word of their upcoming 10-year high school reunion sets them off on a binge of anxiety and regret about their humble stations in life..."

Davis Calls for School Funding Settlement
Says AG Abbott is "defending the indefensible"
DAILY News  February 10, 2014, by Michael King
"...In a brief press conference held outside the Rio Grande campus of Austin Community College, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis called on her GOP opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, to "move to settle" the current public school funding lawsuit. "Now is the time to end this mess," said Davis..."

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
The film has talent, quirks, laughs, and even some skin, but nevertheless creaks its way through an awkward story.
Film Review  April 21, 2006, by Toddy Burton
"...Starring: Robert Carlyle, Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen, Sean Astin, Donnie Wahlberg, David Paymer, Adam Arkin and Danny DeVito. While the characters and events occasionally captivate, Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School never synthesizes into a story of any substance..."

High School
One of America's most acclaimed documentarians, Wiseman employs a cinema vérité style to observe the relationships between human beings and the bureaucracies that serve them. High School is a stark observation of social conditioning at a large urban school.
Film Review  March 26, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...His two early features in this program hail from 1969, a time ripe for raised consciousness. High School is a stark observation of social conditioning at a large, urban high school...."

Chronicle Recommends: Back to School
Seven of the best movies about edumacation
DAILY Screens  September 11, 2018, by Chronicle Film Staff
"...Every month, the Chronicle's film critics select a theme and offer movie recommendations. As everyone heads back to school, we celebrate the best and worst of movies about life in and out of the classroom...."

UT Textile and Apparel Hosts High School Design Competition
TXA looks for multifunctional clothing ideas from students
DAILY Chronolog  March 2, 2018, by Tinu Thomas
"...This March, high school students from across the country have the opportunity to participate in the UT Textile and Apparel High School Design Challenge...."

Playback: Spotify Gifts Kealing Middle School
After the SXSW carnival leaves town, Kealing Middle School will have something to show for it – thanks to Spotify
Music Column  February 25, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...The company will recycle materials from its Spotify House, a popular annual attraction that features performances by Chvrches, Vince Staples, and Kacey Musgraves this year at 1501 E. Sixth, to build a recording studio at nearby Kealing Middle School...."

School Finance Reform Dead
House Bill 1759 disappears, taking $800 million with it
DAILY News  May 14, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Success has many parents, but failure has none, the saying goes. But as House Bill 1759 slowly curled up and died on the House floor today, there was more than enough blame to go around for the failure of school finance reform...."

School House Pub Opens Today
Long-awaited new neighborhood bar opens on Manor restaurant row
DAILY Food  August 23, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...There's a certain kind of symmetry to the fact that the new School House Pub(2207 Manor Road) is opening just as students head back to class. Experienced restaurateurs Edgar and Christina Torres had no way of knowing how long their first from the ground up project would take, but they are relieved school is finally in session...."

Back to School
How to choose a college
DAILY Music  August 24, 2012, by Luke Winkie
"...The University of Texas was the only school I applied to. To my parents it made perfect sense..."

UT Regents Vote for Med School Plan
Vision for UT-Austin med school one step closer
DAILY News  May 3, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...University of Texas regents today voted in favor of a plan to bring a medical school to Austin...."

School Scores, School Funds
Board president Mark Williams drills the data
DAILY News  August 4, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Mark Williams, president of Austin Independent School District, is facing a conundrum. How is he supposed to set policy for the years ahead when the state doesn't seem to know what it needs?..."

School Finance Agreement? Maybe
Conference committee nearing deal, but let's see what chambers say
DAILY News  May 27, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Most times, when you're tracking a bill in the Lege, you follow the sponsoring lawmakers. Today the eyes were on House Speaker Chief of Staff Denise Davis*, because wherever she was going was where the school finance deal was being brokered..."

High School Musical 3: Senior Year
College approaches, but that's no reason to stop singing and dancing.
Film Review  October 31, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Alyson Reed, Olesya Rulin and Bart Johnson. I confess to being a High School Musical virgin, but I’ve always admired the way the franchise's first two made-for-TV's Disney Channel installments became cultural phenomena despite altogether bypassing standard theatrical distribution..."

Fate of School Finance Delayed
A new timeline to sort out school finance may push resolution to 2016
News Story  January 15, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The 84th Legislature was supposed to be the session where Texas politicians took on the thorny issue of school finance. Now the heavy lifting may be delayed two years, as all parties in the ongoing litigation on the issue asked for a massive extension on the timeline...."

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