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Who Killed Porter Middle School?
The evidence points to George W. Bush. But he wasn't alone.
"...A school died in Austin this week. The causes were definitely..."

March 10, 2006 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Mendez and Martin Sixth-Grade Elimination Will Create Overall Enrollment Boon, Says District
Parents and teachers maintain that the district's priorities may be skewed
"...As the communities at Martin and Mendez middle schools seek answers about a coherent..."

March 18, 2022 News Feature by Morgan O’Hanlon

School's Garden Bulldozed
AISD contractors mowed down Martin Middle School's wildlife habitat
"...Families at Martin Middle School are already feeling like they're under siege..."

July 20, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Closing AISD Middle Schools, One Grade at a Time?
Two historically Black and Latinx middle schools set to lose sixth grade
"...Students, families, and educators at Martin and Mendez Middle Schools still have many unanswered questions..."

March 11, 2022 News Feature by Morgan O’Hanlon

High School Stakes
Austin ISD election could shape a new direction for the district
"...On Nov. 6, voters in the Austin Inde­pen­dent School District won't just be selecting new trustees. They will..."

Oct. 5, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD's "School Changes" Process Places Equity Front and Center
“Historically, this is a very racist city, and unfortunately, this school district is a part of that system"
" early June, as part of the Austin Indepen­dent School District's "School Changes" process, parents turned out in force..."

Sept. 13, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

DVDanger: School's Out!
"Evil Speak" and "Final Exam" vie for murder cum laude
"...School's out! But before everyone packs away their pencils, it's..."

May 17, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

AISD Boys' School Has a Target
Covington Middle School seems the likely candidate
"...The Austin Independent School District is edging closer to opening a second single-sex..."

Nov. 2, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

School of Thought
Montessori Eschews by-the-Book Teaching Methods
"...responsibility." -Amber Miller, pictured above at the Austin Montessori School with students using educational tools common to Montessori classrooms..."

Sept. 26, 1997 News Feature by Roseana Auten

Faster Than Sound: School’s Out for Dayglow
Nineteen-year-old Sloan Struble leaves UT for the bedroom-pop big leagues, while two new area record stores make their debuts
"...10, using loops and samples "like song Legos." Into middle school, he emulated Christian mainstreams Owl City and Relient..."

June 21, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Demetri Martin: Under mild surveillance
Demetri Martin, of the "Trendspotting" segment on The Daily Show, explains his quick rise in comedy, how it feels to be semifamous, and why he chose Austin for filming his next Comedy Central special
"...Demetri Martin produces the "Trendspotting" segment on The Daily Show. He's..."

Nov. 17, 2006 Arts Feature by Daniel Oppenheimer

Running to the Middle
Part II of the Chronicle's preview of the Nov. 5 general election
"...tout their ability to tackle the budget shortfall, resolve school funding issues, and rein in sky-high insurance rates. Given..."

Oct. 18, 2002 News Feature

Farewell to Allan
Eastside parents watch AISD and IDEA dismantle their neighborhood school
"...From Shady Lane, it looked like any elementary school festival. Children played in a bouncy castle or lined..."

June 1, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Time goes backward in this riff on Big (or maybe it just feels that way)
"...Tina Gordon Chism. Starring: Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Marsai Martin, Mikey Day and Marley Taylor...."

April 12, 2019 Movie Review by Danielle White

AISD Prepares to Slice the Apple
School district battles its budget monsters
"...exhausted task force volunteers assembled in the library of Martin Middle School. [inset-3-right]..."

Dec. 7, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

What's Next for Allan Elementary?
IDEA was sent packing – now AISD and the neighborhood face the school's 'repurposed' future
"...Allan Elementary School is gone, and will not reopen as a neighborhood..."

Oct. 4, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

IDEA Opt-Out Deadline Friday
Last chance to avoid the Allan takeover
"...That's the big deadline looming over the IDEA Public Schools takeover of Austin ISD's Allan Elementary – one affecting..."

Feb. 23, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

'If Not Edison -- What?'
Austin Interfaith's Alliance programs represent one alternative to failing AISD schools.
"...In the Texas Education Agency's 2001 assessment of state school districts, the Austin Independent School District as a whole..."

March 22, 2002 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Money Makes AISD's World Go Round
Policy questions at Austin ISD are increasingly being answered by the district's fiscal crunch.
" couple of years. It's no secret that Texas schools, like the rest of the public sector, are strapped..."

Jan. 24, 2003 News Feature by Michael King

Austin ISD Leans in to Win Back Families, Boost Enrollment
Every student counts
"...there are fliers advertising Joslin as "The Coolest Ele­men­tary School in South Austin," information sheets about the area's middle..."

Aug. 13, 2021 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Eastside Memorial: The Future of Panther Pride
High schools boss explains path forward with Johns Hopkins
"...not in content. Austin ISD Associate Superintendent for High Schools Edmund Oropez, along with trustees Jayme Mathias and Vince..."

June 21, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Slow Dying of Johnston High
State accountability standards may close a school on the edge of survival
"...might have been a turning point for Johnston High School...."

Nov. 30, 2007 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Changing Directions
Community-based programs aim to redirect the 'school-to-prison pipeline'
"...and Kaelyn's father – committed suicide. At Bowie High School, Kaelyn, who suffers from bipolar disorder, began smoking, taking..."

June 6, 2014 News Feature by Dagny Zenovia

AISD Accountability: Good News and Bad
New rating system poses challenges for educators, stakeholders alike
"...Good news for Austin ISD: 70 of its schools earned a total of 205 Distinction Designations from the..."

Aug. 15, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
"...• Austin's Martin Middle School will begin offering the International Baccalaureate program..."

May 4, 2007 News Feature

AISD Approves New Charter Partner for Mendez
Faced with district takeover and only one applicant, trustees say it was their only choice
" they agreed to enter a partnership at Mendez Middle School with a new charter operator – the lone..."

April 1, 2022 News Feature by Morgan O’Hanlon

Not Everyone Keen on Charter IDEA
AISD considers partnership with charter school program
"...Austin Independent School District staff met a polite but chilly community response..."

Nov. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Air Bud
"...Directed by: Charles Martin Smith. Starring: Kevin Zegers, Bill Cobbs and Wendy Makkena...."

Aug. 1, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Teen Beat on the Eastside
'Latinitas' magazine online is giving latina girls a louder voice
"...IM shorthand. A bunch of Latina girls in area middle and high schools are exercising their old-school literary gifts..."

July 16, 2004 Screens Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Local Wildlife Habitat Under Siege
Meanwhile, Martin Middle School's garden, bulldozed, has plans for a return
"...Austin recently. Earlier this summer, families and staff at Martin Middle School were distraught when contractors wrecked their certified..."

Aug. 17, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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