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New Rules or New Roles for Charter Schools?
TEA proposes a crackdown on failing charters, but can it be enforced?
"...in the resumption of the debates over education – charter schools – is getting a well-timed touch-up by the..."

Jan. 14, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Good Work on Charter Schools
"...Editor, Although the article ["Who Can Vouch for the Charters?," News, April 4, 2003] was done in April 2003..."

April 6, 2004 Postmarks

Austin's Charter Schools
"...SchoolStarted2002 TEA Rating NYOS Charter School1998Exemplary American Youthworks 1996Acceptable Star..."

April 4, 2003 News Feature

Charter Advocates Advocate for Charters
Widely touted study or request for funds and deregulation?
"...a report alleging that empirical facts prove that Texas' charter school law doesn't work. But when the report comes..."

Dec. 8, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Save Our Schools!
Texans advance on Capitol in bid to preserve public schools
"...through the $10 billion in planned cuts to public schools, or do they protect classrooms? The Save Texas Schools..."

March 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Coalition Issues Manifesto on East Austin Schools
Coalition issues manifesto on East Austin schools
"...benefits offered to teachers, especially to those working in schools with high concentrations of low-income students; and "restructure school..."

Sept. 14, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Pulling From TEA Report, Ratliff Argues Public Schools Better Than Charters
Ratliff gets rebuke from federal education heads for saying public schools outperform charters
"...Traditional public schools outperform charter schools: That's the aggressive stance taken by..."

July 24, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Charter School Approval Sparks More Debate
Williamson County charter school wins approval, but the charter school issue in general remains contentious
"...enroll her child in any of Williamson County's parochial schools. So Nunn, almost two years ago, gathered a group..."

Jan. 9, 2009 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

More Charter School Stats
"...There are 230 charter schools listed in the state accountability ratings for 2002...."

April 4, 2003 News Feature

Not Everyone Keen on Charter IDEA
AISD considers partnership with charter school program
"...last week when Superintendent Meria Car­star­phen and IDEA Public Schools CEO Tom Torkelson laid out their proposal to turn..."

Nov. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Charter School Earns an F
The Texas Academy of Excellence fails accounting (and ethics)
"...Excellence did with the $6.5 million the East Austin charter school has received from the state since it opened..."

July 2, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Schools in Session
Legislators Study Issues: From Vouchers to Combat Pay
"...give itself authority to grant so-called "home rule" school charters, allowing school districts to make up many of their..."

Jan. 3, 1997 News Column by Roseana Auten

The Life and Death of Schools
Educational warrior Diane Ravitch takes on the "school reform" movement
"...testing and the ongoing, bipartisan, national love affair with charter schools – have done much, or anything, to fix..."

Sept. 28, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

TAE Charter Faces Crisis of Dollars and Confidence
Teachers at the Texas Academy of Excellence charter school walk for nonpayment, and the school stumbles on
"...teacher Jody Gay wasn't exactly surprised. The East Austin charter school has suffered financial problems since its founding in..."

Feb. 20, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Charter School Loophole Vote Pushed Another Week
Seemingly settled issue of planning and land use for charter schools drags out
"...seemingly settled issue of planning and land use for charter schools got punted for another week, at the behest..."

June 24, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Balancing the Books After Years of Neglecting Schools
The Texas Legislature wants to fix school finance, but how?
"...put them behind a cloak of secrecy in private schools or home schools."..."

April 7, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Shrinking Schools
While the suburbs sprawl, central city schools count their children – and their blessings
"...school populations are flat or declining, even as outer-fringe schools are bursting with children. Of AISD's 74 elementary schools,..."

May 20, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Neighborhoods, Schools, and Budgets
Austin ISD's looming financial crisis is a statewide story
"...was the AISD budget, which pays for the district's schools. And there was the state budget, which helps pay..."

Feb. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Deconstructing the Public Schools
"...directly from the districts' budgets and redeemable at private schools. The cost of the two-year "pilot" program is estimated..."

May 2, 2003 News Feature by Michael May

Closing Schools, Shrinking Enrollment Make for Tense Times at AISD
Sour apples at AISD
"...garnered ire from several trustees) for recommending closing 15 schools and making cuts to magnet schools – AISD's crown..."

Jan. 11, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Community-Backed Charter in Travis Heights Goes to the Board
As AISD considers dumping one charter, a new one is floated
"...Austin Independent School Dis­trict considers showing one Eastside in-district charter school the door, trustees are considering opening a new..."

Dec. 14, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Charter School Stirs 'Revitalization' Politics
Eastside revitalization or private profit on public dime?
"...one of all: to build a community center and charter school in East Austin that will revitalize the Govalle/Johnston..."

Aug. 10, 2007 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Will District Support Neighborhood Schools?
"...with anyone in the superintendent's office regarding the in-district charter school plan for the Eastside Memorial High School and..."

Nov. 16, 2011 Postmarks

SXSWedu: Weingarten and Ravitch on Schools
Highlights from the education conference
"...to her formal panel on the value of community schools, she had a chance to see in action two..."

March 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Start With Schools
"...the cause? One idea is to help desegregate Austin’s schools. My neighborhood in East Austin continues to get whiter..."

July 11, 2016 Postmarks

Three Plans for Four Eastside Schools
Four schools, three very different plans
"...at the Johnston Campus, it's been split into two schools (Global Tech and Green Tech), reintegrated, almost handed over..."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

TEA Takes Over Eastside Charter School
The state steps in at the Texas Academy of Excellence
"...Responding to growing evidence that East Austin charter school Texas Academy of Excellence faced total financial meltdown,..."

Feb. 27, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Not by the Book
Charter Schools Gain Respect Right and Left
"......"

Sept. 5, 1997 News Feature by Roseana Auten

A Level Playing Field
Due to a city loophole, a charter school can build a campus in less than half the time AISD can
"...sound crazy, but it's already happened in Austin, as charter schools have taken advantage of a loophole in the..."

June 3, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Waiting for 'Superman'
More provocative than genuinely informative, this documentary, nevertheless, has kicked off a national discussion about remedying our failing educational system.
"...is that the system is broken – that public schools in America have failed to meet the needs of..."

Oct. 15, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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