KUT Morning Newspod November 21, 2011
Rebuilding in Bastrop
Work, the cost of travel, prior obligations, those are just a few things that can keep people from getting home for the holidays. But this year, after the devastating wildfires in Bastrop Country, thousands of people there are planning the season without even a place to call home.
In-District Charters: Carstarphen’s Big IDEA
The Austin Independent School District board is scheduled to vote December 12 on whether to partner with a charter school operator from the Rio Grande Valley. IDEA Public Schools would operate an in-district charter school in East Austin for children from kindergarten through the 12th grade. In an interview with KUT, AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen says if the partnership is successful, it might “end up creating something that could be unlike anything else in the nation” in its ability to educate underserved children.
Landfill Makeover Proposed By City
There are multiple possibilities for the future of a capped landfill in Austin, according to a proposal in the master plan for the city’s trash department to implement a zero-waste strategy. Located just south of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the landfill stopped accepting waste in 2009. Now, in an effort to repurpose and recycle as much as possible, the city wants to transform these 360 acres into a solar farm, a gas-to-energy facility and an eco-industrial park.