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A Level Playing Field
Due to a city loophole, a charter school can build a campus in less than half the time AISD can
"...sound crazy, but it's already happened in Austin, as charter schools have taken advantage of a loophole in the..."

June 3, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Waiting for 'Superman'
More provocative than genuinely informative, this documentary, nevertheless, has kicked off a national discussion about remedying our failing educational system.
" that the system is broken – that public schools in America have failed to meet the needs of..."

Oct. 15, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Naked City
Charter Schools Flunk Out
"...Felipe Alanis, ordered that five of the state's "low-performing" charter schools, serving about 2,000 students in all, be closed..."

Nov. 15, 2002 News Feature by Michael King

Texas Charters, Turkish Coup?
Crackdown on Gülen movement comes to Texas
"...Charter schools have been blamed for many things, but never..."

July 20, 2016 News Post by Richard Whittaker

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.
"...a good time to take a closer look at "charter schools." The charter school program was created by the..."

April 4, 2003 News Feature by Michael May

Naked City
Don't like the answer? Blame the methodology.
"..."Charter schools are a form of school choice that a..."

Dec. 24, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Public Education Back Under Fire
Republicans set anti-school agenda at national and state level
"...that the right wing is gunning hard for public schools...."

Nov. 10, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker

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.
"...a Cleveland school voucher program which overwhelmingly funds religious schools does not violate the constitutional separation of church and..."

July 5, 2002 News Column by Michael King

The Price of an Education
As the Lege looms, don't bet the house on new money for schools
"...for school districts, financial incentives for high-scoring teachers and schools, and sanctions for low scorers. The report adds a..."

Nov. 26, 2004 News Column by Michael King

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

Public Ed Bill Escapes the House – Barely
Dems – and a few Republicans – try to hold back the privatization wave
"...could spell the beginning of the end of public schools in Texas. This unraveling process would start by empowering..."

March 18, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

Won't Back Down
Two mad-as-hell mamas take back their public school from the bureaucrats and unions that seemingly enforce the status quo.
"...argues for parents and teachers to eradicate underperforming public schools by taking them out of commission and creating charter..."

Sept. 28, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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

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

An Education Only a Boss Could Love
Public schools lurch a little closer to privatization with HB 2
"...conference. "That's why we're dropping the hammer on low-performing schools." In that vein, the bill would give the education..."

Feb. 11, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

Naked City
Handicapping the (future) race for mayor.Rep. Jim Dunnam introduces a bill that would place new restrictions on charter schools and limit the creation of new charters; charter school advocates protest, saying they're being punished for the misdeeds of a few.
"...opened up the public education system to privately run charter schools, some real stinkbugs have flown in the door...."

March 30, 2001 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Re-Forming AI$D
What's behind the national involvment in local school board races?
"...national organization that puts recent college grads into struggling schools...."

Nov. 28, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Study: Dropout Rates for Blacks Higher in Charters
A new UT study shows black high school students in Texas are three times more likely to drop out from a charter system
"...Think charter schools help minority students? Think again. A new University..."

April 27, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Uncontrolled Experiments
AISD says charters and single-sex academies will lift all students' boats – and attacks any research that says otherwise
"...the Eastside Memorial Vertical Team over to IDEA Public Schools – a South Texas-based charter group – beginning in..."

Dec. 9, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Winnowing the Charters
The Lege considers the troubled state of Texas charter schools
"...When the first 20 charter schools opened in Texas six years ago, the intention..."

July 12, 2002 News Feature by Michael 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

A Greater Burden
"...Field,” News, June 3]: The Austin Chronicle asserts that charter schools have an advantage over ISDs when building new..."

June 6, 2016 Postmarks

Are Unions Educational Kryptonite?
New doc pins school failures on unions
"...An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim presents U.S. public schools as struggling through a crisis created by intractable teachers'..."

Oct. 15, 2010 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

Texas Education Agency Ratings
"...There are 230 charter schools listed in the state accountability ratings for 2002..."

April 4, 2003 News Feature

Naked City
Anti light rail faction makes final push. Austin politicians travel to Round Rock to promote a charter school.
"...28 open house at the McCullough Academy of Excellence charter school in Krusee's district -- a PR event for..."

Nov. 3, 2000 News Feature by Louis Dubose

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