Hector Perez http://kut.org en Bilingual Education: What Does it Mean for Austin's Spanish Speakers? http://kut.org/post/bilingual-education-what-does-it-mean-austins-spanish-speakers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly a third of all <a href="http://Austinisd.org">AISD</a> students -- about 25,000 -- are so-called English-learning students, a <a href="http://archive.austinisd.org/inside/initiatives/annual_report/">35 percent increase</a> over the last five years.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite programs aimed at encouraging high English proficiency, the district still finds low academic performance among Hispanic students.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">But with the need for qualified bilingual workers and a Hispanic population that is on track to become the <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2013/jan/23/george-p-bush/george-p-bush-says-texas-will-be-majority-hispanic/">majority in Texas</a> by 2040, some wonder what the future of bilingual education means for students in Austin.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:36:50 +0000 Hector Perez 8534 at http://kut.org Bilingual Education: What Does it Mean for Austin's Spanish Speakers? Leak Claims Jackson Shooting Accidental; Austin Police Union Calls For Probe http://kut.org/post/leak-claims-jackson-shooting-accidental-austin-police-union-calls-probe <p>The shooting death of Larry Eugene Jackson&nbsp;Jr. has resulted in a call from the&nbsp;Austin Police Association for an independent investigation: Not into the shooting itself, but into who leaked a statement from the officer that killed him saying the death was accidental.</p><p>Jackson <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/apd-detective-shoots-kills-man">was killed on July 26</a> after being shot by APD Det. Charles Kleinart. In the days following his death, details about detective Kleinart’s testimony to internal affairs investigators were released to members of the media. Wayne Vincent, president of the Austin Police Association, said the leaks are unacceptable.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:25:45 +0000 Hector Perez 8463 at http://kut.org Leak Claims Jackson Shooting Accidental; Austin Police Union Calls For Probe AmeriCorps Working for Turnarounds at Reagan, Travis High Schools http://kut.org/post/americorps-working-turnarounds-reagan-travis-high-schools <p>Picture 90 educational volunteers: That’s the number of AmeriCorps members the Austin school district is placing at two of its high schools for the next three years.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s all part of the <a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=School+Turnaround+AmeriCorps+Initiative&amp;sugexp=chrome,mod=7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8">School Turnaround AmeriCorps initiative</a>, a new program aimed at placing AmeriCorps members in some of the nation’s lowest performing schools. AISD was one of thirteen school districts that were chosen nationwide. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:05:47 +0000 Hector Perez 8425 at http://kut.org AmeriCorps Working for Turnarounds at Reagan, Travis High Schools Where Should Austin Bike Share Go? Have Your Say With This Interactive Map http://kut.org/post/where-should-austin-bike-share-go-have-your-say-interactive-map <p></p><p>With a launch planned for the end of the year, a bike share system is finally coming to Austin. And the city is pushing for public input for when the program rolls out at the end of this year.</p><p>Today, the city <a href="http://www.votebikeshareaustin.com/">launched an online tool</a> for citizens to suggest the best possible locations for rental kiosks. The Public Works department is also reaching out to Austin cyclists and stakeholders in public meetings.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:18:49 +0000 Hector Perez 8212 at http://kut.org Where Should Austin Bike Share Go? Have Your Say With This Interactive Map Study: Families Need At Least $67,000 to 'Get By' in Austin http://kut.org/post/study-families-need-least-67000-get-austin <p>A family of four needs to bring in around $67,000 a year to get by modestly in the Austin area.</p><p>That’s according to the recently-updated <a href="http://www.epi.org/resources/budget/">budget calculator</a> put together by the <a href="http://www.epi.org/publication/ib368-basic-family-budgets/">Economic Policy Institute</a>.&nbsp;The calculator takes into consideration things like housing, food, childcare and transportation.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:33:26 +0000 Hector Perez & Laura Rice 8332 at http://kut.org Study: Families Need At Least $67,000 to 'Get By' in Austin Credit Unions To Congress: Don't Tax Us http://kut.org/post/credit-unions-congress-dont-tax-us <p>Credit unions around the country want their members to memorize one phrase right now: <a href="http://www.donttaxmycreditunion.org">Don’t tax my credit union</a>.</p><p>The credit unions have enjoyed tax-exempt status since the 1930s, but lawmakers could push them to pay with new federal regulations. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:03:58 +0000 Hector Perez 8300 at http://kut.org Credit Unions To Congress: Don't Tax Us Does Austin's Newest Park Have Enough Funding? http://kut.org/post/does-austins-newest-park-have-enough-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just days after its </span><a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/roy-g-guerrero-colorado-river-metropolitan-park-grand-opening" style="line-height: 1.5;">grand opening</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Roy G. Guerrero Metropolitan Park already faces an uncertain future.</span></p><p>The Austin Parks and Recreation Department's budget allows for only four full-time workers to maintain a 400-acre complex of trails, playgrounds, sports fields and other features<strong>.</strong></p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:06:59 +0000 Hector Perez 8282 at http://kut.org Does Austin's Newest Park Have Enough Funding? Photos: The Three & a Half-Ton Stained Glass 'Austin Wall' http://kut.org/post/photos-three-half-ton-stained-glass-austin-wall <p></p><p>Clifford Ross’ passion for art has led him down an unusual path. Painting, sculpting, photography and camera-design have all led him to today, the day that his latest piece is displayed to the community.</p><p>His three and a half ton stained glass mural adorns the lobby of the new United States Federal Courthouse in Downtown Austin. Ross was approached to execute the project six years ago. His original vision of it did not include a mural, let alone one of such stature. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Hector Perez 8149 at http://kut.org Photos: The Three & a Half-Ton Stained Glass 'Austin Wall' Protest Aims to Close Detention Facility Outside Houston http://kut.org/post/protest-aims-close-detention-facility-outside-houston <p><a href="http://grassrootsleadership.org/">Grassroots Leadership</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TexansUnitedForFamilies">Texans United for Families</a> will conduct a vigil and protest outside of <a href="http://www.ice.gov/detention-facilities/facilities/polkctx.htm">Polk County Adult Detention Facility</a> this Saturday.</p><p>The vigil, the second of its kind within the past year, will call for the immediate closure of the detention center located in Livingston, Texas, 75 miles northeast of Houston.</p><p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 16:03:43 +0000 Hector Perez 8134 at http://kut.org