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Fantastic Fest First Wave Hits Hard
Stephen King adaptations, Arabic cinema, and Three Billboards
"...all of that region that we term the greater Middle East."..."

Aug. 8, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Paramount Announces Summer Classic Film Series Lineup
See the whole schedule and get some tickets to escape the heat
"...charms his way into the hearts and minds of middle America, to the eventual misfortune of everyone...."

May 16, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

SXSW Adds Speakers, Films
Buzz Aldrin, Kesha, Cory Booker, Cecile Richards, and more
"...France D: Laurence "Baz" Morais, Sebastien Landry In the middle of small-town nowhere, seven friends are forced to kill..."

Feb. 7, 2017 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Work in Progress
Council members' transportation projects
"...Sidewalks: 12400-13111 Pearce Ln.; Turtle Creek Blvd.; Sahara Ave.; Emerald Forest Dr.;..."

Jan. 15, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

AISD High Schools Hit Target
TEA results for Austin improved from last year
"...become the bane of education policy: vouchers, charters, single-sex schools. As the Austin Independent School District receives some of..."

Aug. 14, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Top 10 Education Stories
The year in local education
"...John Dietz issued his long-awaited ruling on the state's school finance system, deeming it unconstitutional on multiple levels...."

Jan. 2, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Who Follows Bradley?
Austin ISD District 1
"...Bradley represented historic East Austin on the Austin Independent School District board of trustees. An often aggressive voice for..."

Oct. 17, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AFS Grants Announced
$115,000 awarded to filmmakers
"...$5,000 The death of a beloved pet compels a middle-aged man to examine the fragility of his present relationships...."

Sept. 2, 2014 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

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

Breathe In
A comely British exchange student in upstate New York upsets a cozy family dynamic.
"...Directed by: Drake Doremus. Starring: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, Mackenzie Davis, Matthew Daddario, Ben..."

April 18, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Heart of the Community
SXSWedu gathers voices on schools in communities, communities in schools
"...bulldozing tradition, and punitive accountability systems that treat neighborhood schools as piñatas, U.S. education policy has slowly but steadily..."

Feb. 28, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Next Round of School Reform
AISD focuses again on Eastside schools
"...There's a consensus in the Austin Inde­pendent School District: The schools in East Austin should get the..."

Feb. 7, 2014 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

Top 10 Education Stories
Mack Brown, Meria Carstarphen, and the rest of the gang
"...3) Back to the Courts The Texas public school finance system is unconstitutional. That was the preliminary ruling..."

Jan. 3, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Headlines
"...campus will host which of its new single sex schools next fall. On Dec. 16, trustees voted to turn..."

Dec. 20, 2013 News Feature

Headlines
"...ISD continues to implement its controversial policy to turn Pearce and Garcia Middle Schools into single-sex campuses in 2014...."

Nov. 1, 2013 News Feature

In the Name of Ann Richards
AISD's School for Young Women Leaders is a district showcase – does its glittering reputation hide a darker side for teachers and students?
"...and come back from it." When the Austin Independent School District opened the Ann Richards School for Young Women..."

Aug. 30, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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

AISD: How Much Single-Sex Is Enough?
AISD hires a principal for a new boys' middle school as plans for a boys' academy appear to be on hold
"...moving forward with their plan to open two single-sex middle schools at Pearce and Garcia middle schools in East..."

May 31, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD's Underutilized Business
AISD weighs equity study to improve its limited program for minority- and women-owned firms
"...Austin ISD bond package, their mantra was equity: All schools around the city must have access to the same..."

May 24, 2013 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

A Failure to Communicate
AISD's community outreach needs to go back to school
"...vote to hand over Allan Elementary to IDEA Public Schools. There was a heavier-than-normal police presence both in and..."

Feb. 8, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD: Board Approves Sex Segregation
AISD board approves three single-sex schools on Eastside
"...district further down that path by adding three single-sex schools, starting in the 2014-15 academic year...."

Feb. 1, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Against Single-Sex Schools
"...Dear Editor, Re: “Board Discord on Single-Sex Schools” [News, Jan. 18]: Single-sex schools? In Austin? What is..."

Jan. 29, 2013 Postmarks

Austin ISD: The Resegregationists
Pearce, Garcia to be single sex schools, IDEA back tonight
"...Opponents of the plan to turn Pearce and Garcia Middle Schools into single sex academies should..."

Jan. 29, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Board Discord on Single-Sex Schools
Little consensus leading up to Jan. 29 vote
"...or none: Those are the options for new single-sex schools facing Austin ISD. But with a board vote on..."

Jan. 18, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Headlines
"...have revived their controversial plans to create three single-sex schools. These had seemed dead in December, with few tears..."

Jan. 11, 2013 News Feature

AISD to Consider Charters and Communities Tonight
Agenda a complex dance between trustees, neighborhoods and employees
"...district's Annual Academic and Facility Recommendations for the 2013-14 school year. Introduced last year by Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, the..."

Dec. 17, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

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