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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

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

AISD's Wish List
Superintendent Meria Carstarphen gave her facility recommendations, but what's next is up in the air
"...Education policy wonks love to talk about school accountability and high-stakes testing. But at the ground level,..."

Sept. 14, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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: 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

AISD, Single Sex, And the Shadow of Separate But Equal
Trustee Bradley on why she believes East Austin needs a boys' school
"...good intention. But when she proposes two single sex schools, and explains her thinking, you have to ask: Is..."

Aug. 9, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Civics 101
"...SINGLE-SEX SCHOOLS MEETING AISD wants to turn Pearce and Garcia into..."

July 27, 2012 News Column

Headlines
"...› Carstarphen's campaign to push single-sex schools on East Austin revved up again this week, as..."

June 22, 2012 News Feature

Scott Quitting Texas Education Agency
Controversial schools commissioner to leave July 2
"...him, and "the educators who work tirelessly in our schools. I can’t thank them enough."..."

May 1, 2012 News Post 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 mantra of the Austin Independent School District under Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has been simple: Look..."

Dec. 9, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD Administration Proposes Changes for 2012
A breakdown of what's in store for the next school year
"...her annual academic and facilities recom­mend­a­tions for the 2012-13 school year. The timing of the announcement surprised the media,..."

Dec. 9, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD Releases Facility Recommendations
Superintendent will ask for two charters, more
"...In-District Charters: Two charters are proposed. – IDEA Public Schools take over K-2 and 6th at Allan in 2012-13,..."

Dec. 2, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Designed To Fail
As Pearce may face another repurposing, AISD gets excited about single-sex schools
"...It is early afternoon at the James E. Pearce College Preparatory Academy. In the main office, a grandfather..."

Nov. 18, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

A Mission To Communicate
Austin ISD's new multicultural, multitasking outreach director has a big job ahead: telling the district's story and getting the district to listen to the response
"...For a young man, the Austin Independent School District's Director of Public Relations & Multicultural Outreach Alex..."

Nov. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Headlines
"...formally unveiled a plan that could see Garcia and Pearce middle schools turned into single-sex schools as early as..."

Nov. 11, 2011 News Feature

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

For AISD, Some Positive Signs Amid Poor Ratings
Two high schools and six middle schools miss state targets
"...If the latest Texas Education Agency school rankings are accurate, many schools in the Austin Independent..."

Aug. 5, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Headlines
"...teachers and students find out the fate of their schools on Friday when the Texas Education Agency is scheduled..."

July 29, 2011 News Feature

Poor Ratings for Pearce, Garcia?
Despite overall TAKS improvements, two middle schools lag behind
"...Two of East Austin's middle schools are expected to receive bad news when the..."

June 24, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

'Are We Having Fun Yet?'
Superintendent Carstarphen rolls out new interactive timeline
"...missed was the first hints from Carstarphen that two middle schools heading for Academically Unacceptable rating this year may..."

June 20, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

AISD: Who is Under the Axe?
Breaking down the 1,017 proposed cuts
"...pick apart the presentation, and it's clearer now which schools, offices, and individual jobs are under the lay-off axe...."

Feb. 13, 2011 News Post 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

City Hall Hustle: If You Don't Build It, They Will Still Come
The welcome mat can only hold so many people
"...changes designed to prevent patrons from walking in the middle of the street...."

Jan. 21, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Headlines
"...• The Austin Independent School District could close as many as nine schools –..."

Jan. 14, 2011 News Feature

School Closings Under Fire
Austinites pack Delco Center to oppose closing of schools
"...Master Plan Task Force to close several elementary and middle schools...."

Jan. 12, 2011 News Post by Michael King

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

How Do You Formulate a Grand Prix?
The race to nail down an F1 deal involves multiple entities
"...downtown London," Hellmund said. "This is out in the middle of nowhere. These businesses all located there because of..."

Nov. 19, 2010 News Feature 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

AISD Looks Good in Fed Spotlight
Federal and state accountability ratings don't exactly jibe
"...continuing good, if slightly confusing, news for Austin Independent School District with the release of the new federal accountability..."

Aug. 13, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

A Closer Look at AISD's Ratings
Many schools improved over the last year – but not all
"...Austin Independent School District's campuses have seen big improvements under the state's..."

Aug. 6, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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