KUT Morning Newspod December 19, 2011
AISD Board to Vote on IDEA Charter School
A few dozen people lined up early this morning for a chance to speak about a controversial proposal for in-district charter programs that the AISD board will vote on tonight. The measure would contract with IDEA Public Schools, a private charter company, to run two charter programs in East Austin schools. The vote was delayed last week, after some school trustees raised questions about the contract. The districts teachers’ union and some East Austin parents have objected to the proposal, saying the district hasn’t taken enough to vet the contract and build community support.
In Iowa, Perry Makes a Case for the ‘Outsider’
Texas Governor Rick Perry wrapped up the first of his bus tours through Iowa Sunday, after dozens of stops that were a mix stump speeches, working the crowd and good ol’ Texas charm. Perry’s trying to drum up support for the January 3rd Caucuses in Iowa.
Bastrop Hangs Out the “We’re Open” Sign
This year’s wildfires torched 1,600 homes and set back 48 businesses, but Bastrop officials want to let people know the city is still open for business. Vicky Garza writes about economic recovery efforts in this week’s Austin Business Journal. She tells KUT’s Emily Donahue that Bastrop is losing $918 million in sales to other cities each year because it lacks the retail base to meet demand, so it’s taking action.