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Suddenly, It Makes Sense?
Pearce closing: a theory
"...no one's been able to understand about the whole Pearce Middle School closure fiasco is the horrible timing. If..."

July 30, 2009 News Post by Nick Barbaro

Pearce Vote Monday
AISD confirms repurposing meeting to take place Aug. 3
"...details of how they plan to proceed with the Pearce Middle School repurposing...."

July 29, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Pearce Progress Report
AISD to present the new repurposing proposal "by the end of the week"
"...For those wondering what the latest situation with Pearce Middle School is, AISD Director of Communications Andy Welch..."

July 28, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Pearce Closing: Scorched Earth, Uncertain Horizon
Pearce community is trying to work through the closure crisis
"...The Texas Education Agency says it's the Austin Independent School District's fault that Commissioner Robert Scott intervened at Pearce..."

July 24, 2009 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

Headlines
"...Austin ISD continues to work on ways to "repurpose" Pearce Middle School, after state Education Commissioner Robert Scott ordered..."

July 24, 2009 News Feature

Community Wants Pearce in '09
Survey response instructs Carstarphen to work to re-open Pearce this year
"...The Pearce Middle School community has spoken, and it overwhelmingly backs..."

July 22, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Pearce: Fill in the Blanks
AISD using online survey to decide next step for threatened middle school
"...Citizens attending the public meeting at Pearce Middle School on Wednesday got to have their input..."

July 17, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

TEA to Pearce: Drop Dead
School officials and community are blindsided by agency's decision to close Pearce Middle School
"...Agency, Commissioner of Education Robert Scott's decision to close Pearce Middle School, announced last week, isn't the end. It's..."

July 17, 2009 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

Headlines
"...• Austin ISD and the Pearce Middle School community continue to plan a response to..."

July 17, 2009 News Feature

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

Pearce Meeting Tonight
District seeks community input on saving school and debunks myth of Commissioner Scott's appeal
"...the most important public meeting for the future of Pearce Middle School. AISD staff will be presenting options for..."

July 15, 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

Kress Bashes Pearce
No Child Left Behind architect gloats over middle school closure
"...Seems there's one person who's happy about Pearce Middle School facing closure: Public school accountability advocate Sandy..."

July 11, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

ACC Vice-Chair Leaving
Rivera to join Mexican American Legal Defense Fund in DC
"...Board of Education, and the clear message sent by Pearce Middle School stakeholders at a lunchtime meeting that they..."

July 10, 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

Pearce, Scott and HB3
Did commissioner of education ignore legislative intent of last session's accountability reforms?
"...Education Robert Scott ordered the closure of Johnston High School, he kept claiming his hands were tied by law...."

July 8, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Pearce Middle School to Close
School commissioner announces closure with little warning to district
"...announcement that has rocked Austin ISD staff and parents, School Commissioner Robert Scott has announced that Pearce Middle School..."

July 8, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

AISD Takes a Peek at Its Budget
It looks like the reserves will be taking a hit
"...Like every other government entity, the Austin Independent School District is trying to balance its budget in these..."

June 19, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD Ledger
Feds to the rescue
"...that the accountability and finance systems are steadily choking school districts. But did they do enough?..."

June 12, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

School Reform Bills Headed to Governor
House Bill 3 holds a glimmer of hope for Pearce Middle School
"...Two bills marking the largest reform of public-school accountability and financing since No Child Left Behind are..."

June 5, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

TAKS Scores
Pearce's best chance of survival lies with the Legislature
"...Knowledge and Skills scores, the fates of Reagan High School and Pearce Middle School stand on a knife edge...."

May 29, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Headlines
"...scores that show marked improvements across the district, but Pearce Middle School could still face closure. See "TAKS Scores."..."

May 29, 2009 News Feature

Point Austin: The Super Looks Back
Retiring Pat Forgione considers a decade mostly well spent
"...he's brought to his 10 years of managing Austin schools. On the whole, it's been a very successful tenure,..."

May 22, 2009 News Column by Michael King

School Accountability Gets Green Light
Can school accountability measure save Pearce and Reagan?
"...after lawmakers rolled out their planned reforms to the school accountability system, the new and improved draft changes received..."

May 1, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD: A Chat With the New Super
"...In June, the Austin Independent School District gets its new leader when Meria Carstarphen leaves..."

May 1, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Save the Teachers
Dukes amends HB 3 so re-purposed schools can keep their strongest asset
"...Replace "steelworks" with "school", "steelworkers" with "teachers", and "profit" with "academically acceptable status"..."

April 29, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

School Bill Put to the Test
Omnibus school bill doesn't make the grade, critics say
"...Another legislative session means another public school omnibus bill. Legislators were presented with the mammoth 128-page..."

March 13, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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