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Pulling From TEA Report, Ratliff Argues Public Schools Better Than Charters
Ratliff gets rebuke from federal education heads for saying public schools outperform charters
"...Traditional public schools outperform charter schools: That's the aggressive stance taken by..."

July 24, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Charter School Approval Sparks More Debate
Williamson County charter school wins approval, but the charter school issue in general remains contentious
" the Georgetown Independent School District's Gifted & Talented program was limited, and district officials did not appear willing..."

Jan. 9, 2009 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Public Notice: No Help for Public Schools
Why the PPP only works for charters
"...With Austin schools struggling to reopen and budget cuts looming at the..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

The Life and Death of Schools
Educational warrior Diane Ravitch takes on the "school reform" movement
"...testing and the ongoing, bipartisan, national love affair with charter schools – have done much, or anything, to fix..."

Sept. 28, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Not Everyone Keen on Charter IDEA
AISD considers partnership with charter school program
"...last week when Superintendent Meria Car­star­phen and IDEA Public Schools CEO Tom Torkelson laid out their proposal to turn..."

Nov. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Charter School Earns an F
The Texas Academy of Excellence fails accounting (and ethics)
"...Excellence did with the $6.5 million the East Austin charter school has received from the state since it opened..."

July 2, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Will District Support Neighborhood Schools?
"...with anyone in the superintendent's office regarding the in-district charter school plan for the Eastside Memorial High School and..."

Nov. 16, 2011 Postmarks

TAE Charter Faces Crisis of Dollars and Confidence
Teachers at the Texas Academy of Excellence charter school walk for nonpayment, and the school stumbles on
"...teacher Jody Gay wasn't exactly surprised. The East Austin charter school has suffered financial problems since its founding in..."

Feb. 20, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Deconstructing the Public Schools
"...directly from the districts' budgets and redeemable at private schools. The cost of the two-year "pilot" program is estimated..."

May 2, 2003 News Feature by Michael May

Shrinking Schools
While the suburbs sprawl, central city schools count their children – and their blessings
" populations are flat or declining, even as outer-fringe schools are bursting with children. Of AISD's 74 elementary schools,..."

May 20, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Neighborhoods, Schools, and Budgets
Austin ISD's looming financial crisis is a statewide story
"...was the AISD budget, which pays for the district's schools. And there was the state budget, which helps pay..."

Feb. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Community-Backed Charter in Travis Heights Goes to the Board
As AISD considers dumping one charter, a new one is floated
"...Austin Independent School Dis­trict considers showing one Eastside in-district charter school the door, trustees are considering opening a new..."

Dec. 14, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Charter School Stirs 'Revitalization' Politics
Eastside revitalization or private profit on public dime?
" of all: to build a community center and charter school in East Austin that will revitalize the Govalle/Johnston..."

Aug. 10, 2007 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Three Plans for Four Eastside Schools
Four schools, three very different plans
" the Johnston Campus, it's been split into two schools (Global Tech and Green Tech), reintegrated, almost handed over..."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

TEA Takes Over Eastside Charter School
The state steps in at the Texas Academy of Excellence
"...Responding to growing evidence that East Austin charter school Texas Academy of Excellence faced total financial meltdown,..."

Feb. 27, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Not by the Book
Charter Schools Gain Respect Right and Left

Sept. 5, 1997 News Feature by Roseana Auten

Bush's Faith-Based Farewell
Final presidential address from the Texan president throws red meat to small government crowd
"...churches tax dollars to make lemonade for you) and charter schools: two conservative touchstones that aren't going anywhere soon...."

Jan. 16, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

TPPF Conference
Conservative conference points toward next Legislature
"...mood of consensus with a heated exchange about urban charter schools. Wil­son charged they are failing because they're underfunded,..."

Jan. 18, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Fuller Versus IDEA
Charter school group attacks academic's work, he rebuts
"...turn the Eastside Memorial Vertical Team into an in-district charter, then you will know how much of that fight..."

Dec. 8, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Who Can Vouch for the Charters?
The state's freewheeling experiment with charter schools gets a poor grade.
"...As proposals for public school voucher programs and related school issues are once again under discussion..."

April 4, 2003 News Feature by Michael May

Sterling Lands' New Mission
Sterling Lands II and the Eastside Social Action Coalition fight for equity in Austin's public schools.
"...federal court case that ended official school segregation], our schools are still separate and still unequal." The Coalition demanded..."

Jan. 12, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Capitol Chronicle
The Supreme Court, by supporting vouchers, removes another brick from the church-state wall.
"...Supreme Court decision -- that a Cleveland school voucher program which overwhelmingly funds religious schools does not violate the..."

July 5, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Can Edison Pass the AISD Test?
AISD considers hiring Edison Schools Inc. for East Austin.
"...(Thursday), representatives of the for-profit school management company Edison Schools Inc. appear before Austin ISD Superintendent Pat Forgione and..."

Jan. 25, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Next Round of School Reform
AISD focuses again on Eastside schools
"...a consensus in the Austin Inde­pendent School District: The schools in East Austin should get the same opportunities, and..."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Vampire Vouchers Rise Again!
'Virtual' or 'Pilot' – Lege begins the biennial campaign to siphon money from public schools
"...With that, expect both vouchers and an expansion of charter schools to figure into lawmakers' discussions when they take..."

March 25, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

Bad Medicine?
No Child Left Behind prescribed for Austin schools – although the cure may be worse than the illness
"...row to allow its students to transfer to better-performing schools. The transfer option is the first "intervention" in a..."

Sept. 30, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Farewell to Allan
Eastside parents watch AISD and IDEA dismantle their neighborhood school
"...away from them and handed over to IDEA Public Schools. Next year, the same thing will happen to Eastside..."

June 1, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Virtually Unkillable: TEA to Resurrect Online Charters
Supporters of 'virtual schools' never say die
"...So it seems with the Texas proponents of "virtual charter" schools -- Web-based, generally home-schooled substitutes for classroom education...."

Jan. 16, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Public Notice: Which CAMP Are You In?
Privatizers launch new strategy for school board elections
"...basically two camps. One side wants to maintain public schools as a common good overseen by democratically elected school..."

Sept. 11, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

AISD to Consider Charters and Communities Tonight
Agenda a complex dance between trustees, neighborhoods and employees
"...employees' union. The keywords for the night will be charters, co-location, and community...."

Dec. 17, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

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