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AISD’s Big Balancing Act
The Austin Independent School District is considering bringing a $1 billion bond to voters in November. That's a lot of money. What all would it do? And can the package keep everybody happy?
"...one of Austin's biggest property owners, the Austin Independent School District has a lot of real estate to worry..."

June 23, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
"...the car connected with the shooting death of Austin High School student Christopher Briseño last fall, were each sentenced..."

July 14, 2006 News Feature

Shrinking Schools
While the suburbs sprawl, central city schools count their children – and their blessings
"...up along the sidewalk joined in, until the entire school, plus moms and dads and grannies galore, was parading..."

May 20, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Gorgeous George
George P. Bush capitalizing on Latino roots to stump for Uncle George.
"...to the Bush dynasty told the crowd of cheering high school students. After the talk, young doe-eyed Hispanic females..."

Aug. 11, 2000 News Feature by Russell Contreras

Postmarks
More tributes to Doug Sahm
"...doing sound for Doug at Soap Creek was the high life. Whoa! What an incredibly seared memory. Oh god,..."

Dec. 3, 1999 Column

AISD Delays Plans to Close Eight Schools
Advocates push to save Pease, Brooke
"...Eight of the school campuses initially identified for closure and consolidation under Austin..."

Nov. 8, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Sharpening More Than Just Pencils
Sometimes 'Back to School' means way more than Trapper Keepers and book bags
"...blur of memories from 12 years in the public school system. With age came the knowledge of where those..."

Aug. 23, 2013 Features Feature by Jordan Gass-Pooré

Magic Time
Oh, the sights you'll see at First Night Austin
"...If you think those 50-story high-rises transform the look of Downtown, you need to see..."

Dec. 28, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Two Schools of Thought
The upcoming ACC and AISD elections share a ballot but address different challenges
"...In 2003, the highs were particularly high and the lows very low for..."

April 30, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Man of the Hour
Superintendent Pat Forgione discusses his goals for AISD in a Q&A interview with reporter Kevin Fullerton.
"...It's rare that a school superintendent enjoys the celebrity status that has been foisted..."

Oct. 29, 1999 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Reefer Madness: The Thin Green Line
Author Jonah Raskin explores the contradictions of life in Marijuanaland
"...briefly a Yippie – is now a writer (for High Times magazine, among other publications) and a professor at..."

Oct. 7, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Forgione's BEST-Laid Plan for Closing Webb
"...told the AISD board of trustees that Webb Middle School should close – regardless of how the students perform..."

Feb. 16, 2007 News Feature by Michael May

The Luv Doc: What's Right With the World
Even the prettiest of trophies get dusty eventually
"...in his own childlike, dopey, ill-informed way, even Ronald Reagan who, unlike the Donald, was smart enough to fake..."

May 6, 2016 Column by The Luv Doc

Naked City
"...Which schools don’t make the grade? That depends if you’re asking..."

Aug. 14, 2009 News Feature

Naked City
"...recently released Johns Hopkins University study labeled six Austin high schools "dropout factories" as part of a nationwide review..."

Nov. 16, 2007 News Feature

Naked City
"...• Last week, Austin Independent School District Superintendent Pat Forgione came to a public meeting..."

Feb. 2, 2007 News Feature

TV Eye
Belinda Acosta says bah-humbug to Law & Order and more.
"...the morning ritual of getting the kids ready for school. He sets them loose to pick out their school..."

Nov. 28, 2003 Screens Column by Belinda Acosta

Naked City
Austin Stories
"...is a partial response to the recent killing of Reagan High student Ortralla Mosley (see p.17). Bishop John McCarthy,..."

May 30, 2003 News Feature

Public Notice
Gather round the Yule log and the figgy pudding, get out a paper and pen, and jot down some of these items from our Annual Holiday Wish List 2000, Part 2. Local organizations need you!
"...-- was early December, 1980. After choking down a Reagan victory (and quickly realizing that our 20s were doooo-oo-oo-oomed..."

Dec. 29, 2000 Column by Kate X Messer

The Hottest Race in Texas
The David Fisher-Todd Staples Senate Contest in East Texas Will Decide the Fate of the State Senate -- and the U.S. House
"...up in East Texas. In the auditorium of Frankston High School in Anderson County, the Tyler League of Women..."

Oct. 27, 2000 News Feature by Michael King

Postmarks
It Gets Better
"...read your letter and said "Yeah, I remember that. School sucks. I hope she gets out of there okay."..."

Aug. 6, 1999 Column

AISD Braces for Budget Talks
AISD could be facing a $30 million shortfall in the next school year
"...Residents of the Austin Independent School District get their first glimpse of the budget process..."

Nov. 5, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD: Holes Plugged ... Temporarily
The 2009 AISD budget balances the books, but the financial future's not bright
"...government agencies in this recessionary year, the Austin Inde­pendent School District's coffers are in reasonable shape. But with the..."

July 31, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Bringing the Group to the Vision
As Pat Forgione prepares to say farewell, he looks back on his AISD decade
"...Arranging an interview with Austin Independent School District Super­intendent Pat Forgione is surprisingly difficult. Not because..."

Feb. 27, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
"...$8 million facility, located only a block from Johnston High School at 6002 Jain Ln., will be home to..."

April 18, 2008 News Feature

AISD Budget Cuts Roll Toward Trustees
The AISD budget task force closes its deliberations as the Board of Trustees gets ready to act.
"...This year's recapture payments are based on last year's higher values but paid with this year's lower revenues. And..."

March 7, 2003 News Feature by Michael King

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...included in Public Link's online database. -- R.U.S. Speed School..."

May 23, 1997 News Feature

Lee Elementary No Longer Lee Elementary
Renaming process has begun
"...teacher at some of Austin's most diverse and troubled schools, Teich has condemned the plan as a feel-good distraction...."

April 1, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Twang Twang Shock-A-Boom ‘Cutz’ New Music
Chris Searles revisits the cult local trio’s salad years
"...behind the drum kit since doing time at Austin High School. He played competitions and made All State tympanist..."

Dec. 10, 2013 Music Post by William Harries Graham

'There To Tell the Truth'
Seymour Hersh on journalism, politics, presidents, and war
"...this notion, like a cabal, that there was a higher order of beings, and the higher order of beings..."

March 30, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

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