KUT Morning Newspod December 12, 2011
AISD to Vote on Charter Proposal, Dual Language Programs
The Austin Independent School District’s Board is scheduled to vote Monday night on whether to partner with a charter school to run in-district programs at some East Austin campuses. The Board is also voting on whether to expand dual language programs, in which students are taught in two different languages at the same time. The board will also consider on whether to keep or sell two administrative centers, including district headquarters on Sixth Street. Staff is recommending all bids be rejected. Monday’s meeting starts at 7 p.m.
City Smoking Ban May Exclude Golf Courses
Later this week, the Austin City Council will revisit a proposal that would permanently ban smoking in city parks. But the rules would still allow people to light up at city golf courses. As KUT’s Erika Aguilar explains on the podcast, a city advisory panel is worried a smoking ban at golf courses would be bad for business.
Gov. Perry’s Strategy in Iowa
With just over three weeks until the Iowa Caucuses, Republican presidential hopefuls have begun their final push to win the Hawkeye state. Texas Governor Rick Perry will use the time in hopes of convincing Iowans to give his candidacy a 2nd look. For KUT News and the Texas Tribune, Ben Philpott reports.