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A Closer Look at AISD's Ratings
Many schools improved over the last year – but not all
"...exceeded the minimum standards. Out of that total, 32 schools reached the state's highest ranking of "exemplary" – up..."

Aug. 6, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

It All Comes Down to Well-Qualified Teachers
"...in adequately preparing students for college – well-qualified teachers. Schools serving poor and minority students have far lower percentages..."

Feb. 8, 2005 Postmarks

The Challenge of Judge Dietz
School finance decision puts responsibility where it's always been - on all of us
"...District Judge John Dietz last week found the current Texas public school finance system unconstitutional. His rulings were brief..."

Sept. 24, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Reform on Hold
Want Telecom Reform? Hang Up and Dial Again
"...People outside of Texas wonder how our state government functions with a Legislature..."

Dec. 20, 1996 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Point Austin: The Gavel Descends
The 86th Texas Legislature: Hoping for the Best ...
"...and supporters with the formal opening of the 86th Texas Legislature. It's a notoriously slow-starting circus, and the donkeys..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Column by Michael King

Lege Lines: Billpocalypse!
Bills start dying as sine die draws near; schools get new A-F grading system; and more
"...It's called billpocalypse. The 122nd day of any Texas legislative session is the last day for the House..."

May 22, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: The Quality of Mercy
If you're looking for compassion, you've come to the wrong place
"...dismal 82nd legislative session was the creation of Save Texas Schools, the Austin-engendered statewide coalition of Texans opposed to..."

July 22, 2011 News Column by Michael King

Point Austin: We Have Just Begun To Fight
The budget battles are only skirmishes in the long march toward democracy
"...out in six weeks by the newly established Save Texas Schools volunteer network. Malfaro had his own AFT lobby..."

March 18, 2011 News Column by Michael King

Scott's Challenge
Commissioner of Education tells critics to "bring it"
"...make some outlandish statement about the well being of Texas is like waiting for the #7 bus: Miss one,..."

Oct. 14, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
"...to cruise along, according to a report by the Texas Workforce Commission. The Austin unemployment rate went from 3.7%..."

Nov. 23, 2007 News Feature

A New Separate but Equal?
Are private schools really being oppressed by not being allowed in the UIL?
"...would open up the University Interscholastic League to private schools around the state - private schools that have their..."

April 24, 2007 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
Tremble in fear ... TAKS is here
"...2 pencil and eat a good breakfast: The state-mandated Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests began in all..."

Feb. 25, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

You're Only Cheating Yourself
Texas tries to stop test cheating ... by teachers
"...That's what Texas Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley said Monday as she announced..."

Jan. 14, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Findings of Fact
The Dietz decision recounts at length the financial straits of the public schools
"...Back home in Texas, our reactionaries have a somewhat tougher task – getting..."

Dec. 10, 2004 News Column by Michael King

All the Right Moves
Democrat Donna Howard faces self-proclaimed moderate Republican Cynthia Thornton in the general election for Austin's seat on the State Board of Education
"...as evidence Thornton's responses on questionnaires distributed by the Texas Eagle Forum, the Texas Christian Coalition, and the Free..."

Oct. 27, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Bigger Implications
"...reading Michael King’s article on unsafe lead levels in Texas schools [“Getting the Lead Out,” News, March 3], I..."

March 24, 2017 Postmarks

Public Education Back Under Fire
Republicans set anti-school agenda at national and state level
"...that the right wing is gunning hard for public schools...."

Nov. 10, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker

AISD's Carstarphen Atlanta Bound
Superintendent named sole finalist to head Atlanta Public Schools
"...quit her job as superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools to head up the Austin Independent School District. She..."

April 4, 2014 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

From Second Street to Carruth
AISD and city relations improving with concrete results
"...for not doing enough to protect Austin ISD's neighborhood schools. In fact, his tenure has lead to, if not..."

Feb. 9, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Back to School
From Dallas to the Border, Texas shortchanges its children and its future
"...month from the Equity Center (which advocates for public schools), retired Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff, once the reigning legislative..."

Aug. 20, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Money Makes AISD's World Go Round
Policy questions at Austin ISD are increasingly being answered by the district's fiscal crunch.
"...the next couple of years. It's no secret that Texas schools, like the rest of the public sector, are..."

Jan. 24, 2003 News Feature by Michael King

AISD Sued Over Eastside Planning Transparency
Suit by former campus committee member alleges open records law broken
"...and campus volunteer, who alleges they are violating the Texas Public Information Act...."

March 27, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Low Expectations
Not much reason to believe that the Lege will do right by Texas students
"...The schools, quite intentionally, are an afterthought. In the first place,..."

April 14, 2006 News Column by Michael King

Education Irony
Texas Education Agency gives $10 million to schools slated for closure in AISD repurposing plan
"...air-dropping burlap sacks of wheat onto starving refugees, the Texas Education Agency parachuted $10 million in grants onto the..."

Feb. 17, 2006 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...Texas schools need to be well-funded ["The Dropout Problem," News,..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Column

Lege Notes
Odds and ends – mostly odds – from beneath the pink granite dome
"...more than 450,000 public school employees," according to the Texas Federation of Teachers. TFT credits "thousands of letters and..."

July 22, 2005 News Column

Lege Notes
Odds and ends – mostly odds – from under the pink granite dome
"...until a state income tax becomes a reality in Texas. Rodriguez is one of only a few state lawmakers..."

July 1, 2005 News Column

On The Lege
Development Devils
"...the Circle C development. According to records at the Texas Ethics Commission, Stratus will pay up to $517,500 for..."

April 23, 1999 News Column

SBOE Passes Mexican-American Studies, but Whitewashes the Name
Right-wing board member objects to “hyphenated Americanism”
"...Four years and two failed textbooks later, the Texas State Board of Education finally agreed to provide public..."

April 13, 2018 News Post by Mary Tuma

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