KUT Morning Newspod November 8, 2011
Election Day Tuesday
Texans will decide the fate of ten amendments to the state constitution. On today’s Newspod, we take a look at Proposition 10 on the ballot. Travis County voters are also voting on two bond propositions for transportation and park projects.
The two county bond proposals are worth almost $215 million. On the parks side, projects include: new trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. For transportation: widening roads, repairing bridges and improving drainage.
In Travis County, Vote at Any Location
Travis County voters can cast a ballot at any polling location in the county, not just their assigned precinct. Polls are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
In addition to the regular precinct polling locations, the county is also allowing people to vote at some big sites used during early voting such as the Travis County offices on Airport Blvd. and the Randall’s Supermarket at Brodie & Slaughter.
AISD Considering In-District Charter to Prevent Dropouts
It’s hard to estimate the cost to society of high school dropouts. Researchers agree on one thing: it’s significant. One estimate from Texas A&M University said students in the class of 2012 who drop out of high school will cost the state and its economy up to $10 billion over their lifetimes. That’s one reason dropout prevention is a top priority for school districts. KUT’s Nathan Bernier reports on one new approach being considered by the Austin Independent School District.