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Point Austin: Webb Games
Webb Middle School is a test case for bad public policy vs. community resolve
"...far from settled, the public battle to defend Webb Middle School from the blunt and counterproductive logic of "accountability"..."

Feb. 16, 2007 News Column by Michael King

Meet the New Boss (Not the Big Boss)
Pearce Middle School community hears more from Carstarphen, but still in the dark about Commissioner Scott
"...The meeting at Pearce Middle School on Wednesday night to explain the options..."

July 16, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Fog of Repurposing
AISD board president fits saving Pearce Middle School into the bigger district plan
"...The Texas Education Agency has agreed to let Pearce Middle School re-open, but AISD is still working out..."

Aug. 5, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Welcome to the District, Meria Carstarphen
AISD Board President Mark Williams lays out the scale of the new superintendent's Pearce problems
"...what his big challenge was: We were the first school district to be held unacceptable for poor data, and..."

July 14, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Accepting the Challenge
Meet the candidates for AISD Board of Trustees.
"...saying to people that it is astounding how the school board is held accountable for what happens to every..."

March 29, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Where There's a Heartbeat, There's Hope
Author Michael Brick and principal Anabel Garza on saving Reagan High School
"...Spoiler alert: In Michael Brick's new book, Saving the School, the main character survives. That character is Reagan High..."

Aug. 17, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD Trustees: Bond, Eastside Headline Agenda
Bond target creeps up to $892 million
"...$892 million bond election, planning for Eastside Memorial High School, and a new fight over historic property tax breaks...."

Feb. 25, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Leffingwell Bites the Apple
Mayor criticizes AISD school closure plans
"...an age of occasional mayoral takeovers of major urban school districts, the city of Austin has always been very..."

Jan. 12, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Adventures in Can-Kicking
Austin ISD approves 2010 budget, avoids tax fight
"...that thing down the road? That's the Austin Independent School District budgetary can, and it got kicked there last..."

Aug. 24, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Changing Course
AISD shifts to community-based model for prepping younger kids for college
"...There are some words Pearce Middle School Principal Texanna Turner does not want to..."

Sept. 9, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Who's Accountable?
The TEA's decision to close Pearce Middle School is the tip of a political iceberg
"...in progress over the pending closing or "repurposing" of Pearce Middle School, there's one inevitable result of the state's..."

July 17, 2009 News Column by Michael King

A Plan and the Man With Its Fate in His Hands
The repurposing of Pearce Middle School
"...On Monday, Aug. 3, the Austin Indepen­dent School District board of trustees voted unanimously in favor of..."

Aug. 7, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD: We Know What Boys Are Like
Proposal would turn Pearce and Garcia middle schools into single-sex academies
"...Do East Austin's middle school boys need to be taught separately from girls?..."

Aug. 10, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Closing Schools Won't Fix AISD Budget
We have the Legislature to thank for this mess
"...When the Austin Independent School District released a draft list of nine underused campuses..."

Jan. 21, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Three Plans for Four Eastside Schools
Four schools, three very different plans
"...Eastside Memorial High School..."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD Going Out on a Limb
Single-sex schools aren't all they're cracked up to be
"...Okay, ready for school? Girls on this side, boys on the other. And..."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Timeline of Key Changes
A decade of changes in Eastside schools
"...For decades, East Austin schools felt like they were being ignored by AISD and..."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Res Publica
Citizens calendar, July 23-30
"...SUPPORT PEARCE MIDDLE SCHOOL: POSTPONED This event, in support of the..."

July 24, 2009 News Feature

Res Publica
Citizens calendar, Aug. 14-19
"...PEARCE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT ORIEN­TATION is open to any and..."

Aug. 14, 2009 News Feature

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
"...e-mail to that effect. Hamad, who taught at Small Middle School and was an official for the Palestine Children's..."

April 25, 2008 News Feature

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

No Bilingual Blueprint?
Forgione's new blueprint attracts critics who worry it will mean the end of the dual language program.
"...On Monday night, Austin Independent School District Superintendent Pat Forgione met with parents at Harris..."

May 3, 2002 News Feature by Michael May

The Proposal
Anatomy of a repurposing plan
"...So what's in the district's repurposing plan for Pearce Middle School?..."

Aug. 7, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...• Repurposed but not Forgiven Just when everyone thought Pearce Middle School had some breathing room, the Texas Education..."

Aug. 28, 2009 News Feature

Scott's Challenge
Commissioner of Education tells critics to "bring it"
"...had a medal, he would give that to the school. After that admirable comment, plus getting in an unnecessary..."

Oct. 14, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

AISD Scores Improve For Some
District gets academically acceptable status in latest state accountability scores
"...everyone is still waiting for the release of the Pearce Middle School repurposing plan, there are still another 199..."

July 31, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Headlines
"...of Education Robert Scott announced Wednesday he is closing Pearce Middle School, while ordering Austin ISD to hire "professional..."

July 10, 2009 News Feature

Res Publica
Citizens calendar, July 9-15
"...Pearce Middle School Meeting Learn more about the recently announced..."

July 10, 2009 News Feature

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

Dec. 14, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Blueprint and Blues for AISD
"...Blueprint Monday, as Supt. Pat Forgione announced the six schools to be included in his new program to improve..."

April 26, 2002 News Feature by Michael King

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