Kate McGee http://kut.org en Texas Wants to Push New Teacher Evaluation Program Back Another Year http://kut.org/post/texas-wants-push-new-teacher-evaluation-program-back-another-year <p>Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams wants an additional year to study a new state teacher evaluation system. The additional period would delay the official roll out for two years.</p><p>Commissioner Williams wrote a letter to federal education officials Wednesday, where he also requested the federal government extend a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements.</p><p>In a statement, Williams said:</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:02 +0000 Kate McGee 10849 at http://kut.org Texas Wants to Push New Teacher Evaluation Program Back Another Year Photos: Inside AISD's New Performing Art Center & Jaime Padron Elementary http://kut.org/post/photos-inside-aisds-new-performing-art-center-jaime-padron-elementary <p>Construction continues on two Austin school district buildings that are set to open this academic school year. The two sites – a performing arts center in the Mueller development and Jaime D. Padron&nbsp;Elementary School near Rundberg Lane and U.S. Highway 183 – will meet the needs of Austin's expanding population.</p><p>The new performance arts center isn’t expected to be complete until November, with grand opening events in January of next year. But the shell of the 1,200-seat auditorium is already visible. The center will house everything from performance and rehearsal rooms, to a recording studio and a kiln for visual art.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159934751&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:01:19 +0000 Kate McGee 10842 at http://kut.org Photos: Inside AISD's New Performing Art Center & Jaime Padron Elementary Akins High School Summer Camp Offers Students a Bridge into Computer Sciences http://kut.org/post/akins-high-school-summer-camp-offers-students-bridge-computer-sciences <p>Instead of going to a typical summer camp, this summer Chris Folwick and Jorge Sepulveda are crunching some numbers.</p><p>But Folwick and Sepulveda couldn't be happier. The two Akins High School students are a part of the STEMbridge program, which allows students to learn coding and develop useful computer science skills in a comprehensive four-week course.</p><p></p><p></p><p>This is the first summer the school has partnered with Austin nonprofit <a href="http://www.stemedlabs.org/">STEMed Labs </a>to bring comprehensive, year-round computer science courses to the high school. It's put on with the help of a grant from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kdk-harman.org/">KDK Harmon Foundation</a>.</p><p>Folwick and&nbsp;Sepulveda&nbsp;are playing Connect Four, but you won’t hear them playing with pieces. They’ve developed the game on the computer – by writing code.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past four weeks, the students have learned the basics of coding, but they say there were less computers than they thought there would be.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159626724%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-R6W1z&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:25:58 +0000 Kate McGee 10818 at http://kut.org Akins High School Summer Camp Offers Students a Bridge into Computer Sciences UT Regent Investigation Focuses Less on Wallace Hall, More on Powers’ Resignation http://kut.org/post/ut-regent-investigation-focuses-less-wallace-hall-more-powers-resignation <p>In what's become the never-ending story of state higher education news, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/committee/?committee=465&amp;session=83">Texas House Transparency Committee </a>continued to hash out details of the fractured relationship between the <a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents">UT System Board of Regents </a>and UT-Austin leadership Wednesday, as it investigates the actions of UT Regent <a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/current-regents/wallace-l-hall-jr">Wallace Hall</a>. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The committee is deciding if it should file impeachment proceedings against Hall, who some believe abused his powers as regent, but Wednesday's meeting also focused on last week's agreement for UT Austin President <a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-president-bill-powers-will-stay-one-more-year">Bill Powers to resign </a>at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:44:03 +0000 Kate McGee 10799 at http://kut.org UT Regent Investigation Focuses Less on Wallace Hall, More on Powers’ Resignation UT Affirmative Action Policies Stand in Fisher Ruling http://kut.org/post/ut-affirmative-action-policies-stand-fisher-ruling <p>In a two to one opinion, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld UT-Austin's affirmative action policies – the subject of Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. You can <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1219257-fifth-circuit-court-of-appeals-decision-in.html">read the decision here</a>.</p><p>In a 2008 case, white student Abigail Fisher was not admitted into the university. She sued, claiming UT had discriminated against her because of her race. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, but the high court remanded the case to the circuit court last year, finding that when the court originally heard the case it didn't apply proper scrutiny to UT's affirmative action policies ­– as it was supposed to under a 2003 affirmative action case.</p><p></p><p>Read more background on the case here<strong>: <a href="http://kut.org/post/so-what-exactly-happened-fisher-v-university-texas-update">So What Exactly Happened with Fisher v. University of Texas?</a></strong></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:35:06 +0000 Kate McGee 10791 at http://kut.org UT Affirmative Action Policies Stand in Fisher Ruling AISD Wants Public Input in the Search for Superintendent Carstarphen's Replacement http://kut.org/post/aisd-wants-public-input-search-superintendent-carstarphens-replacement <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Leaders in the Austin Independent School District want to know what kind of leader they should hire to run the 86,000 student school district and they're asking for the public's input. The district is holding a series of public input meetings this week starting Tuesday. The forums are part of the school board’s plan to have a more open search process. When the district hired former Superintendent&nbsp;Meria&nbsp;Carstarphen&nbsp;in 2009, she was unveiled as the sole finalist. The move upset some people in the community who thought the process lacked transparency.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This time, the district will initially interview candidates in a closed search. After it identifies two to four finalists, it will introduce them to the public. Community groups, parents and stakeholders will then have a chance to provide feedback on the finalists.&nbsp;But before all that happens, the district wants to hear from the community about what kind of finalists they should be looking for in the first place so it can create a profile once it starts accepting applicants.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158792241&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:25:18 +0000 Kate McGee 10787 at http://kut.org AISD Wants Public Input in the Search for Superintendent Carstarphen's Replacement U.S. Education Secretary Hosts Austin Roundtable for Male Students of Color http://kut.org/post/us-education-secretary-hosts-austin-roundtable-male-students-color <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was at Austin Community College Friday afternoon meeting with male high school and college students of color. It’s part of the White House’s 'My Brother’s Keeper' initiative to close the achievement gap between young men of color and their peers.</span></p><p>Sitting in a circle, about 15 young African American and Hispanic male students sat with the secretary telling him about their role models, their aspirations and the struggles they face at home and school. Some had disciplinary problems, many were raised by single parents. Others were bullied or said they needed mentors.</p><p>Alberto Garcia is an ACC student who’s also taking care of his sister’s son. &nbsp;He says one of the big problems for minority students in low-income neighborhoods is a lack of employment networking opportunities.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155290655&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:50:55 +0000 Kate McGee 10650 at http://kut.org U.S. Education Secretary Hosts Austin Roundtable for Male Students of Color AISD OKs Federal Prevailing Wages in Split Board Vote http://kut.org/post/aisd-oks-federal-prevailing-wages-split-board-vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An hour before the Austin school district’s board meeting began last night, more than fifty labor advocates were crowded in the courtyard outside, chanting, with handmade signs. By the time doors opened, the crowd had doubled.</span></p><p>After nearly four hours of deliberation, the crowd got its wish and erupted in cheers. In a 5-4 split vote, the board voted to adopt federal prevailing wages for workers on upcoming construction projects at Austin schools.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:34:52 +0000 Kate McGee & Ryan Kailath 10623 at http://kut.org AISD OKs Federal Prevailing Wages in Split Board Vote Dove Springs: Turning the Corner in Southeast Austin http://kut.org/post/dove-springs-turning-corner-southeast-austin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Welcome to Dove Springs.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Driving through the neighborhood, you may not realize you’re in the same city that’s home to Franklin Barbeque, Barton Springs or the Continental Club. Five miles down I-35 from the Texas Capitol lies a modest residential area in the city’s southeast corner, one of the last neighborhoods many Austin residents pass as they head to the airport.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s also one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods with a history of gangs and drugs, poverty, teen pregnancy and obesity.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it's a neighborhood filled with hardworking parents, multi-generational families and cultural diversity. There’s always been a lot of pride, but recently, residents are giving the neighborhood a voice. They’re advocating for better services, organizing events and this fall, they’ll elect a city council member to specifically represent their district.</span></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://dovesprings.kut.org" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">Click here to view our site profiling two Dove Springs families.&nbsp;</a></strong></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154130775&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:33:42 +0000 Kate McGee & Joy Diaz 10589 at http://kut.org Dove Springs: Turning the Corner in Southeast Austin This Teen's Looking Beyond Dove Springs – But Not Forgetting Where He Came From http://kut.org/post/teens-looking-beyond-dove-springs-not-forgetting-where-he-came <p>Mendez Middle School lies in the heart of Dove Springs. It’s the only middle school in the neighborhood – so if you grow up in the area, it’s more than likely you’ve walked these halls.</p><p>Students here deal with lots of challenges. For one, more students at Mendez have at least one parent in jail than any other school in the district. Nearly 95 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Most students are being raised by just one parent. Others are undocumented –&nbsp;or their parents are.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:50:24 +0000 Kate McGee 10587 at http://kut.org This Teen's Looking Beyond Dove Springs – But Not Forgetting Where He Came From After Charter Fracas, AISD Hopes Allan Childhood Center Regains Parents' Trust http://kut.org/post/after-charter-fracas-aisd-hopes-allan-childhood-center-regains-parents-trust <p>East Austin resident&nbsp;Archette&nbsp;Alexander remembers when she took her son out of the neighborhood public elementary school and put him in a charter school. She says teachers had lost their passion due to all of the testing.</p><p>Now, Alexander’s youngest daughter is three, and she’s interested in putting her back in the school district –&nbsp;at AISD's early childhood center.</p><p>“The passion the other teachers have gives me hope as a parent that kids can thrive here,” Alexander says.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153873194&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:20:41 +0000 Kate McGee 10574 at http://kut.org After Charter Fracas, AISD Hopes Allan Childhood Center Regains Parents' Trust For Dove Springs Principal, Data Are 'X-Rays' to Diagnose Ailing School http://kut.org/post/dove-springs-principal-data-are-x-rays-diagnose-ailing-school <p><em>This article is part of KUT's yearlong series <a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner">Turning the Corner</a>, taking a look at Austin's Dove Springs neighborhood.&nbsp;For decades, the neighborhood has had a negative reputation. Now, many community members are trying to change the perception of the 78744 zip code.&nbsp;</em><em><a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner">Listen to those stories here</a>.</em></p><p>Ron Gonzales loves numbers. It makes sense: he used to be a math teacher before he became a principal. His love of hard data is obvious when you enter Mendez Middle School, where he has been the principal for the past four years.&nbsp; One of the first things you see is a bulletin board with each grade’s daily attendance rate. Next to it, he posts how much money the school lost due to absences that day.</p><p>“For example, yesterday we had 23 sixth graders and we also know lose $45 per scholar per day, so we lost $1,035 just for grade six," Gonzales says, pointing to the bulletin board.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151912960&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:47:00 +0000 Kate McGee 10514 at http://kut.org For Dove Springs Principal, Data Are 'X-Rays' to Diagnose Ailing School Austin Releases SXSW Survey Results, But Offers Few Opinions http://kut.org/post/austin-releases-sxsw-survey-results-offers-few-opinions <p>The City of Austin's special event office Wednesday night&nbsp;presented the <a href="http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/CityStage/Austin_Center_for_Events_Survey_Results.pdf">results of a feedback survey </a>on this year’s South by Southwest music festival.</p><p>Bill Manno, Corporate Special Events Program Manger for the City of Austin, hinted at possible changes they're discussing, but some meeting attendees say they still aren't sure of the point of the survey and felt it was vague and the questions were ambiguous.</p><p>“What are perceived as the problems that we’re addressing here?" asked Jimmy Stewart, owner of <a href="http://do512.com/">Do 512</a>, an event listing and RSVP site in Austin. "That’s where I’m unclear. This questionnaire is passed, we went over&nbsp;the&nbsp;results, but what are the problems? What are the objectives?”</p><p>When Stewart asked that question to the panel, they didn’t have a specific answer.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151816973&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:05:10 +0000 Kate McGee 10512 at http://kut.org Austin Releases SXSW Survey Results, But Offers Few Opinions This Austin High School Reduced Suspensions by Teaching Personal Responsibility http://kut.org/post/austin-high-school-reduced-suspensions-teaching-personal-responsibility <p><em>This is the final story in a three part series about student suspensions in the Austin Independent School District. Read <a href="http://kut.org/post/black-students-are-eight-percent-aisd-and-nearly-one-fourth-suspensions">Part One</a> and <a href="http://kut.org/post/why-do-black-students-get-more-suspensions-here-are-3-possible-reasons">Part Two</a>.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In&nbsp;AISD, black students make up about eight percent of the student population. But last year they accounted for nearly a quarter of the&nbsp;students suspended from&nbsp;school. The so-called discipline gap is an issue in public schools across the nation, and it's something&nbsp;AISD&nbsp;has tried to combat since former Superintendent&nbsp;Meria&nbsp;Carstarphen&nbsp;came to&nbsp;AISD&nbsp;in 2009.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Addressing Racial Disparities from the Top Down</strong></p><p>AISD Interim Chief Schools Officer Edmund Oropez admits a discipline gap exists between African-American students and their peers, but he says the district has&nbsp;implemented various strategies aimed at closing it. A few years ago, the district created the <a href="https://www.austinisd.org/cpi">Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness</a> department. Leader Angela Ward single-handedly provides cultural awareness training to all&nbsp;new teachers and administrators. The training asks teachers to examine their own biases – something UT Professor Richard Reddick says is key to creating trusting relationships between teachers and students. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150579367&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 21 May 2014 15:02:43 +0000 Kate McGee 10464 at http://kut.org This Austin High School Reduced Suspensions by Teaching Personal Responsibility Why Do Black Students Get More Suspensions? Here Are 3 Possible Reasons http://kut.org/post/why-do-black-students-get-more-suspensions-here-are-3-possible-reasons <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This story is the second installment of a three-part series examining the so-called discipline gap among student groups who receive out-of-school suspensions in the Austin Independent School District. <a href="http://kut.org/post/black-students-are-eight-percent-aisd-and-nearly-one-fourth-suspensions">Read Part One here.</a></em></p><p>During the 2013 school year, African-American students made up eight percent of the AISD student population, but nearly a quarter of the students given an out-of-school suspension.</p><p>The discipline gap is not unique to the district; nationwide, black students are suspended at higher rates than their peers. In March, <a href="http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/expansive-survey-americas-public-schools-reveals-troubling-racial-disparities">the U.S. Department of Education reported</a> the trend in black student suspensions&nbsp;starts as young as preschool.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While many, including AISD officials, admit the discipline gap exists, fewer people seem to have a solid answer as to why.&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150343641&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 16:32:07 +0000 Kate McGee 10449 at http://kut.org Why Do Black Students Get More Suspensions? Here Are 3 Possible Reasons Black Students Are Eight Percent of AISD – and Nearly One-Fourth of Suspensions http://kut.org/post/black-students-are-eight-percent-aisd-and-nearly-one-fourth-suspensions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since 2009, the number of suspensions at Austin public schools has fallen.&nbsp;But African-American students continue to receive out-of-school suspensions at a higher rate than their peers.</span></p><p>During the 2013 school year, 1,066 African-American AISD students – almost 13 percent of the black student population of 8,334 – received out-of-school suspensions. In that same period, 549 white AISD students were suspended­ ­–&nbsp;only 2.24 percent of the 24,543 white student population. Going by those numbers, African-American students are nearly six times more likely to be suspended from school.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite teacher training and district efforts, many African-American parents and community members feel like their children aren't understood.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149712014&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 16:37:50 +0000 Kate McGee 10427 at http://kut.org Black Students Are Eight Percent of AISD – and Nearly One-Fourth of Suspensions These Students Forged a Friendship in Austin's 'Golden Age' of Integration http://kut.org/post/these-students-forged-friendship-austins-golden-age-integration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin has its own convoluted history when it comes to school integration – one involving multiple federal lawsuits and many different strategies to desegregate schools.</span></p><p>Busing was one of those strategies. Many students were bused across the city to schools on the other side of town. West Austin residents went to East Austin schools and visa versa.&nbsp;</p><p>Saturday, May 17, marks 60 years since the Supreme Court struck down the concept of "separate but equal" in <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_v._Board_of_Education">Brown v. Board of Education</a></em>. It's a decision that affected students across the country. But for two Austin teenagers in the late 1980s, it also sparked a life-long friendship.</p><p>If you think about it, it’s a miracle Richard&nbsp;Reddick&nbsp;and Ryan Scarborough ever met. Scarborough, a white student from Austin’s Northwest Hills neighborhood, was bused to Johnston High School on Austin's east side, starting in 1986.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149763150&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:07:34 +0000 Kate McGee 10431 at http://kut.org These Students Forged a Friendship in Austin's 'Golden Age' of Integration Lege Committee Finds Grounds for Impeachment of UT Regent Hall http://kut.org/post/lege-committee-finds-grounds-impeachment-ut-regent-hall <p><strong>Update</strong>: The&nbsp;House Transparency Committee has&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">voted 7-1 that grounds to impeach UT Regent Wallace Hall exist. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The matter of whether to recommend impeachment proceedings is a separate question still to be decided. The committee&nbsp;will reconvene May 21 to consider articles of impeachment against Hall. But some committee members are hoping the UT Board of Regents or Gov. Rick Perry will take action before then.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"You have a responsibility, Board of Regents," Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, said. "You have known about this behavior for quite some time and you have a responsibility to take action to allow one trustee, one member to continue this misconduct, to allow someone to bring down the university. I think the responsibility lies with the Board of Regents. So we are looking to you to make some changes."</span></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:41:01 +0000 Kate McGee 10399 at http://kut.org Lege Committee Finds Grounds for Impeachment of UT Regent Hall Here are the Results for Central Texas City and School Bond Elections http://kut.org/post/here-are-results-central-texas-city-and-school-bond-elections <p>Local municipal and bond elections were held Saturday in many Central Texas communities. Voters approved five out of six Central Texas school school district bond propositions.&nbsp; Here are some results from&nbsp;those elections, separated by municipality:<br /><br /><strong>Cedar Park</strong>:</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 15:43:37 +0000 Kate McGee 10393 at http://kut.org Here are the Results for Central Texas City and School Bond Elections How Teen Pregnancies at Mendez Middle School Were Cut Down to Zero http://kut.org/post/how-teen-pregnancies-mendez-middle-school-were-cut-down-zero <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This article is part of KUT's yearlong series <a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Turning the Corner</a>, taking a look at Austin's Dove Springs neighborhood.&nbsp;For decades, the neighborhood has had a negative reputation. Now, many community members are trying to change the perception of the 78744 zip code.&nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Listen to those stories here</a>.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the 2012-2013 school year, the Austin school district reported 303 student pregnancies districtwide.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">22 of those pregnancies were middle school students.</span></p><p>Despite its location in the neighborhood with the highest rate of teen pregnancy in Travis County, n<span style="line-height: 1.5;">one of them were at Mendez Middle School.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So what happened?&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148590964&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 15:59:07 +0000 Kate McGee 10382 at http://kut.org How Teen Pregnancies at Mendez Middle School Were Cut Down to Zero