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Lege Lines: Full-Day Pre-K Tops School Wish List
Bipartisan support emerges for plan to fund full-day pre-kindergarten
"...Teacher pay-for-performance also got Public Ed's attention as a way to..."

Feb. 15, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Lege Lines: The Voters Speak, the Governor Listens
Abbott leaves the red-state red-meat back at the mansion
"...5, Gov. Greg Abbott named school finance, increasing teacher pay, property tax "reform," school safety, and (evoking Hur­ri­cane Harvey)..."

Feb. 8, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Austin at Large: Put on Your Shrinking Caps
So why – let alone how – do we "need" to "reform" Texas property taxes?
"...white folks are.) We've already instituted laborious workarounds to pay for the highways GOP voters want, the flood control..."

Feb. 8, 2019 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Lege Lines: Eric Johnson Prevails Over Racist Confederate Plaque
No more Confederate nonsense, Empower Texans gets a pass, and the first-ever LGBTQ Caucus
"...school finance reform, property tax "relief," and increased teacher pay. "We can do more to educate the next generation..."

Jan. 18, 2019 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Austin At Large: Fractured Fairy Tales
Will no Prince Charming come to save our school district in distress?
"...and responds to certain sources of pressure – the teachers' union, the PTA moms, the usual – but frankly..."

Jan. 11, 2019 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Sen. Kirk Watson on the 86th Texas Legislature
“In Texas, we don’t focus on what our needs are; we focus on what we want to pay
"...about, like early childhood development, like doing better by teachers, like focusing on pockets of poverty? There’s going to..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Rep. Donna Howard on the 86th Texas Legislature
“Let’s target some new money toward childhood literacy, toward high school success, toward teacher quality – the kind of things that research shows make a difference”
"...have to have quality principals who can hire quality teachers, regardless of how much money you put into the..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Central Texas Lawmakers Speak Out About the 86th Legislative Session
Interviews with the team representing 2.1 million Austin metro residents
"...we need, and then, let's figure out how we pay for it. I think what will happen is we..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by the News Staff

Rep. Vikki Goodwin on the 86th Texas Legislature
“I worry when people talk about property tax caps [and not] where the revenue is going to come from instead”
"...feel like we've been successful when the state is paying 50%. Since the state constitution says the state government..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

This Holiday Season, Give Political Gifts That Resist
Anti-MAGA merch, feminist nudie mags, Chron swag, and more
"...in January? Neither are we! So our public school teachers can look forward to lacking resources for another two..."

Dec. 7, 2018 News Feature by the News Staff

AISD Prepares to Slice the Apple
School district battles its budget monsters
"...committee to recommend cost-saving measures that would avoid impacting teachers and the students they serve. "When we're making these..."

Dec. 7, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Election Ticker: Last Chance for Controversy
E-Day is tomorrow! Here's the latest news before it's too late.
"...You Don’t Miss Your Money: IndyAustin will no longer pay petitioners to gather signatures in their effort to put..."

Nov. 5, 2018 News Post by News Staff

On the Trustee Trail
AISD, ACC candidates talk money, equity
"...and a list of demands for district leaders. Increased pay for teachers in Title I schools, the redrawing of..."

Oct. 12, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Beto & Willie Rally the Resistance
Nelson unveils new song “Vote ’Em Out”
"...what he says he’ll fight for: LBGTQ rights, increased pay for public school teachers, affordable college options, increased resources..."

Sept. 30, 2018 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Thoughts on Housing First
"...permanent housing using the Housing First model, but to pay for it, other programs were cut. Two-year temporary housing..."

July 23, 2018 Postmarks

Point Austin: The Struggle Continues
The Poor People's Campaign renews the long-term fight
"...Louis Malfaro, president of the state American Federation of Teachers, one of the unions partnering in the campaign. "Our..."

June 15, 2018 News Column by Michael King

The Tides of March
Ready for a blue wave in November's midterms? That'll depend on the race.
"...Teachers at Lupe Valdez's elementary school in San Antonio used..."

Feb. 9, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

It Takes a Village to Eat Safely With Food Allergies
Local restaurants adapt to the growing number of Americans with food allergies
"...Friday night, and just as I was about to pay for our salads and pizza, my daughter requested a..."

Feb. 2, 2018 Food Feature by Melanie Haupt

Location, Location, Location
AISD is moving its administrative offices from West Sixth Street to Highway 290. Why would any government entity do that?
"...location, and that's why Schlosser Devel­op­ment was willing to pay $36.5 million for six buildings in poor shape. (How..."

Jan. 26, 2018 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Dear Glutton: Threeway Dining
An out-of-the-way place to get to know your group before group sex
"...into one of our friends or our daughter's preschool teachers or something is agonizing. Help a couple of perverts..."

Sept. 29, 2017 Food Column by Emily Beyda

Looking at the Lege After a Flaccid Special Session
Alpha males Abbott and Patrick can't get their red meat passed
"...to the call – attacks on local government, unions, teachers, abortion rights, and medical professionals; not to mention the..."

Aug. 18, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

R.I.P. Mark White, Former Texas Governor
Last surviving Democratic governor dead at 77
"...aggressive advocate for better public schools and improved teacher pay...."

Aug. 11, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Robbin' the Hoods
How can state lawmakers fix school finance?
"...he insisted that lawmakers pass a $1,000 per teacher pay raise (without increasing revenue), as well as a voucher..."

Aug. 4, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Bills on the Move
Tracking the fallout from the special session
"...GOP are truly concerned with maternal mortality or just paying lip service to balance out anti-choice votes. The full..."

July 28, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in Austin
How local authors who work beyond the world we know meet, connect, and launch themselves into the business
"..."Nicky's one of our teachers now," says Schwarz. "In fact, a lot of this..."

July 14, 2017 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Dripping Springs Keeps Growing, But Can the Dining Scene Keep Up?
Austin real estate pushes restaurateurs beyond city limits
"...renovate, during which we were going to have to pay rent, and it was going to be $400,000 in..."

June 9, 2017 Food Feature by Melanie Haupt

Point Austin: What’s That Smell?
Our Austin-bashing governor knows how to spread manure
"...on cities." Beginning with a cosmetic public school "teacher pay increase" (supposedly to be accomplished without new funding), there..."

June 9, 2017 News Column by Michael King

DPS Troopers Push Undocumented Immigrants Into a Deportation Pipeline
Spike in traffic stops raises concerns about racial profiling, faulty record keeping, and the damage done to families
"...showing up on his free time to help the teachers photocopy lessons and cut out pictures for the students..."

June 2, 2017 News Feature by Debbie Nathan

On Consent: AISD Employees See Increased Wages
A 1.5% increase will go to district employees
"...Austin Independent School District staff will get a 1.5% pay raise next year. That's less than employee union Education..."

May 26, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

James Magnuson Leaves the Michener Center
James Magnuson reflects on his 23 years as director of the Michener Center for Writers
"...craft and start their professional careers – not as teachers of writing, dammit, but as working writers – would..."

May 26, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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