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Here Today, There Tomorrow
Austin ISD Schools grapple with high student turnover – and all its consequences
"...are participating in a neighborhood walk to meet their students' parents, and talk with them about their concerns...."

March 11, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

The Slow Dying of Johnston High
State accountability standards may close a school on the edge of survival
"...staffers who would deal directly with the Johnston "intervention." Student leaders were also on hand, among them senior class..."

Nov. 30, 2007 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

The Dropout Problem
Not students, but teachers – AISD struggles to retain qualified educators
"...AISD's annual turnover rate is 16%, which just about mirrors the state..."

Aug. 12, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

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Our readers talk back.
"...simplistic. Especially inappropriate is your anecdotal coverage of a student who referred to John as "Payne" and was given..."

Dec. 21, 2001 Column

St. Michael's Passion
Whose truth prevails at Austin's Catholic high school?
"...school. But it's not your parents' Catholic school. The students wear no uniforms. There are no nuns whacking kids..."

Dec. 14, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

'If Not Edison -- What?'
Austin Interfaith's Alliance programs represent one alternative to failing AISD schools.
"...the district gap between the graduation rates of white students and African-American students stood at 19%. Between white and..."

March 22, 2002 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Loving and Fighting
A history of struggle at Blackshear Elementary
"...school that had already seen massive waves of staff turnover. The Blueprint now covers six campuses, but at that..."

June 28, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Johnston High Turns Triplet
AISD moves on plan to divide Eastside school into three smaller 'learning communities'
"...a redesign that created 10 academies of about 200 students and a dozen teachers each. "It's a place to..."

Feb. 25, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Johnston Tensions Land in Court
Transferred Johnston High School teacher sues Austin ISD
"...She also complains that the school didn't accommodate black students' requests to have a Martin Luther King Jr. Day..."

Dec. 17, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

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Plan for People, Not Cars
"...Dear Thinking College Students and Voters,..."

March 26, 1999 Column

In the Name of Ann Richards
AISD's School for Young Women Leaders is a district showcase – does its glittering reputation hide a darker side for teachers and students?
"...August 2008. Mason-Murphy – or Coach Mason, as her students call her – wasn't looking for a regular teaching..."

Aug. 30, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Sterling Lands' New Mission
Sterling Lands II and the Eastside Social Action Coalition fight for equity in Austin's public schools.
"...study of AISD and Texas Education Agency statistics), minority students -- particularly African-American children -- have been institutionally ill-served..."

Jan. 12, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Pearce Gets a New Principal
High test scores at what cost?
"...School in Southeast Houston, where more than 95% of students are Hispanic and economically disadvantaged and nearly 100% are..."

Aug. 24, 2007 News Feature by Justin Ward

The Advance's Retreat
Is this the end for Cinematexas?
"...Cineastes grumbled. "Where else could film students have michillindas at the San Jose Hotel with Werner..."

Sept. 14, 2007 Screens Feature by Marrit Ingman

Bad Medicine?
No Child Left Behind prescribed for Austin schools – although the cure may be worse than the illness
"...for two years in a row to allow its students to transfer to better-performing schools. The transfer option is..."

Sept. 30, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Two Schools of Thought
The upcoming ACC and AISD elections share a ballot but address different challenges
"...credit hour – a move actually endorsed by the student government. The financial boosts allow the college to begin..."

April 30, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...to pay for this magnanimity? Strayhorn argues that teacher turnover can cost as much as $13 billion a year,..."

Dec. 17, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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Readers weigh in on the criminality of musicians, the integrity of neighborhoods, and more.
"...teachers who teach and teachers who care about the students and believe in them. It makes us wonder what..."

July 6, 2001 Column

Staff Infection
Sick of Low Wages, UT Staff Vow Three-Day 'Burnt Orange Flu'
"..."I like what I'm doing. I like working with students. But I can take so much."Sick and Fired? Stories..."

Sept. 1, 2000 News Feature by Erica C. Barnett

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Home Is Where the Tax Credits Are
"...allowed to sell private activity bonds (for affordable housing, student loans, industrial revenue bonds, etc.) by - you guessed..."

Aug. 28, 1998 Column

Suburban Blight
Austinites' Escape to the 'Burbs Backfires
"...and being replaced by poorer people. (SMI also tracks turnover within census tracts, which bears this scenario out.)..."

March 27, 1998 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

AISD Goes Global
Johnston High School welcomes immigrant students and makes waves in the neighborhood
"...Martinez is 16 years old and a student at the Austin ISD's International High School. The school,..."

Nov. 26, 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.
"...auditors, created new positions to oversee finance, operations, and student reporting, and aired the district's costly accounting mistakes. Parents..."

Oct. 29, 1999 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Nickel-and-Diming It
Security in State Jobs
"...Austin Community College, where required tuition and fees cost students as little as $40 per semester hour, the lowest-paid..."

May 21, 1999 News Feature by Erica C. Barnett

Sculpting a School
David Deming on the Art of Being a Dean
"...and we try to figure out ways to get students and faculty interested in each other and take advantage..."

Aug. 29, 1997 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

West Campus Wear
21st and San Jacinto
"...secondhand knowledge, can recount tales of life in funky student squalor, in rambling houses built to occupy proper University..."

May 5, 1995 News Feature

Bridging the Language Gap
A Q&A with AISD Public Relations & Multicultural Outreach Director Alex Sanchez
"...run schools that reflect the diversity of the actual student population. For example, in the Denver model, the multicultural..."

Nov. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Changing Places
The new Pickle Elementary School is a crucible of the changing St. Johns neighborhood
"...of the highest attendance rates in the city, teacher turnover is next to nothing, and Zavala has been federally..."

Feb. 7, 2003 News Feature by Michael May

Can Edison Pass the AISD Test?
AISD considers hiring Edison Schools Inc. for East Austin.
"...schools with a high percentage of minority and low-income students. Reviews of the 10-year-old company -- by researchers, parents,..."

Jan. 25, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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Readers hash over the war on drugs in response to an AISD principal's being busted for marijuana possession.
"...the number of administrative positions, prevent the expulsion of students with remedial math problems, increase the pay and status..."

April 21, 2000 Column

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