Meria Carstarphen http://kut.org en Superintendent Meria Carstarphen Says Goodbye to Austin http://kut.org/post/superintendent-meria-carstarphen-says-goodbye-austin <p>Wednesday will be Austin School Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s last day with the district before she leaves for <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-school-superintendent-carstarphen-leaving-atlanta">the same position in Atlanta</a>.</p><p>Carstarphen attended her final school board meeting in Austin Monday night, where she was recognized for her contributions to the district over the past five years.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:08:21 +0000 Kate McGee 10270 at http://kut.org Superintendent Meria Carstarphen Says Goodbye to Austin Paul Cruz to Lead Austin Schools As Interim Superintendent http://kut.org/post/paul-cruz-lead-austin-schools-interim-superintendent <p><strong>Update: </strong>KUT has learned from multiple sources that&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">AISD&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chief School&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.austinisd.org/community/hispanic-almanac/paul-cruz" style="line-height: 1.5;">Paul Cruz</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is expected to be named interim s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">uperintendent</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at Tuesday's school board meeting.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:03:22 +0000 Kate McGee & Nathan Bernier 10211 at http://kut.org Paul Cruz to Lead Austin Schools As Interim Superintendent Austin School Board Mulls Two New Superintendents: One Interim, One Permanent http://kut.org/post/austin-school-board-mulls-two-new-superintendents-one-interim-one-permanent <p class="p1">Austin ISD Superintendent&nbsp;Meria&nbsp;Carstarphen&nbsp;is expected to <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-school-superintendent-carstarphen-leaving-atlanta">leave to head Atlanta's public&nbsp;schools</a> in the coming weeks or months. The Austin&nbsp;School Board is just beginning the&nbsp;search for a new superintendent –&nbsp;and one to serve in the interim.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">On Monday night, they talked about the process to appoint an interim superintendent, as well as hiring an outside company to help find a replacement for&nbsp;Carstarphen.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143713925&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:11:17 +0000 Kate McGee 10148 at http://kut.org Austin School Board Mulls Two New Superintendents: One Interim, One Permanent Austin School Board Begins Long Task to Find New Superintendent http://kut.org/post/austin-school-board-begins-long-task-find-new-superintendent <p>Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and the AISD School Board met Monday for the first time since Carstarphen was named the sole finalist as superintendent for Atlanta's public schools.</p><p>They met late into the evening in executive session to discuss what happens next.</p><p>No decisions were made in the meeting, but board president Vincent Torres told reporters the executive session would serve as a primer for the presumed superintendent search.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142554693&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:56:06 +0000 Kate McGee 10074 at http://kut.org Austin School Board Begins Long Task to Find New Superintendent The Carstarphen Tenure: Austin Schools Superintendent Looks Back http://kut.org/post/carstarphen-tenure-austin-schools-superintendent-looks-back <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Editor's note</em></strong><em style="line-height: 1.5;">: Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen&nbsp;is leaving to become Atlanta's school superintendent. <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-school-superintendent-carstarphen-leaving-atlanta">Read more about Carstarphen's departure and what that means for AISD</a></em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">.</em></p><p><em>In December 2013, on the eve of what would be Carstarphen's final State of the District address, KUT looked back at her time leading AISD. </em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Original story</strong> (Dec. 3, 2013):&nbsp;</span>Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s releases her <a href="http://www.austinisd.org/sod">2013 State of the District</a> today – a movie where the superintendent highlights the district’s achievements and challenges over the past year.</p><p>It’s Carstarphen’s fifth State of the District since she became superintendent in 2009.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/122974424&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:34:11 +0000 Kate McGee 9300 at http://kut.org The Carstarphen Tenure: Austin Schools Superintendent Looks Back Austin School Superintendent Carstarphen Leaving for Atlanta http://kut.org/post/austin-school-superintendent-carstarphen-leaving-atlanta <p>Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen&nbsp;has been named as the sole finalist for the superintendent&nbsp;job in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p>She was chosen from a list of four candidates for the position.</p><p>Carstarphen came to Austin ISD in 2009. The district has faced significant challenges during her tenure, including $60 million in funding cuts after the 2011 Legislative session.</p><p>In a statement today, Carstarphen said Austin had risen to meet those challenges.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:12:40 +0000 Kate McGee & Matt Largey 10050 at http://kut.org Austin School Superintendent Carstarphen Leaving for Atlanta Austin School District Brings Diversity to District Leadership http://kut.org/post/austin-school-district-brings-diversity-district-leadership <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/carstarphen-tenure-austin-schools-superintendent-looks-back" target="_blank">Meria<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Carstarphen</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://kut.org/post/carstarphen-tenure-austin-schools-superintendent-looks-back" target="_blank"> became superintendent </a>of the Austin Independent School District, she became the first female Superintendent in the district’s history. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During her tenure, there have been more women in the superintendent’s senior cabinet than ever before, including female Chief Financial Officer, Nicole Conley and Chief Academics Officer, Pauline Dow. &nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130370806&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kate McGee 9587 at http://kut.org Austin School District Brings Diversity to District Leadership Austin School Board Shows Support for Superintendent Carstarphen http://kut.org/post/austin-school-board-shows-support-superintendent-carstarphen <p>If you attended your first Austin school board meeting Monday night, you would have never guessed Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has ever received criticism from school board members, the teachers union, Education Austin, or the Austin community.</p><p>Austin School Board President Vincent Torres commended the superintendent in the board's annual evaluation, recognizing the challenges the district faces and outlining the district's achievements over the last year. He highlighted improved graduation rates, dual language programs, early childhood education, and the superintendent's ability to balance the budget in the face of continued cuts from the state.</p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/125286881&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:36:41 +0000 Kate McGee 9385 at http://kut.org Austin School Board Shows Support for Superintendent Carstarphen Interactive: Austin ISD Graduation Rates, Visualized http://kut.org/post/interactive-austin-isd-graduation-rates-visualized <p>During her<a href="http://kut.org/post/carstarphen-tenure-austin-schools-superintendent-looks-back"> State of the District address</a> yesterday, Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen touted the rise in graduation rates among high school students in the district.</p><p>Since she began running the district in 2009, overall graduation rates have increased by eight percentage points. Graduation rates have increased in all subgroups, including Hispanics, English language learners and special education students.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:32:33 +0000 Roy Varney 9309 at http://kut.org Interactive: Austin ISD Graduation Rates, Visualized Are Austin Teachers Punishing Students by Denying Them Time to Exercise? http://kut.org/post/are-austin-teachers-punishing-students-denying-them-time-exercise <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F111399315" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p>An Austin school board member is concerned students aren’t meeting state mandated physical education requirements.</p><p>In Texas, elementary students must get 135 minutes of physical education per week. But students only have gym class once or twice a week – which means teachers must ensure students make up the rest of that mandated time outside of gym class.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Kate McGee 8734 at http://kut.org Are Austin Teachers Punishing Students by Denying Them Time to Exercise? AISD Could Offer Domestic Partner Benefits by the End of the Year http://kut.org/post/aisd-could-offer-domestic-partner-benefits-end-year <p>Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen says the district hopes to offer open enrollment for domestic partner benefits as soon as this fall.</p><p>"While we still have a few obstacles to overcome, legal and otherwise, a clear path forward has emerged,” Carstarphen&nbsp;said <a href="http://www.austinisd.org/convocation">in a recorded video</a> as part of AISD's annual convocation on Wednesday. “Employees will have the opportunity to add new, qualifying individuals to their coverage as part of a separate enrollment period as soon as October 2013."</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Kate McGee & Nathan Bernier 8520 at http://kut.org AISD Could Offer Domestic Partner Benefits by the End of the Year AISD's School For Young Men is On Hold Indefinitely http://kut.org/post/aisds-school-young-men-hold-indefinitely <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106397929%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-y588P" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p>Public school begins next week in Austin, but Austin ISD's plan to open a School for Young Men remains in limbo. The district faces many hurdles to open the school, following the failure a bond proposition this May.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:38:28 +0000 Kate McGee 8514 at http://kut.org AISD's School For Young Men is On Hold Indefinitely Early TAKS Scores Up at Eastside Memorial http://kut.org/post/early-taks-scores-eastside-memorial <p>Preliminary standardized test scores for this school year show improvements in multiple subjects at Eastside Memorial High School – a school that has had a history of failure going back nearly a decade.</p><p></p><p>According to unofficial data presented to Eastside Memorial teachers this week, 90 percent of students passed the TAKS end of year exam in English and Language Arts.&nbsp;That’s a nearly 20 percent jump from last year.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 22:10:00 +0000 Kate McGee 7819 at http://kut.org Early TAKS Scores Up at Eastside Memorial AISD Board Approves Contract with Eastside Memorial Partner http://kut.org/post/aisd-board-approves-contract-eastside-memorial-partner <p></p><p>The Austin School Board Monday night approved a contract with Johns Hopkins University to implement its program —&nbsp;<a href="http://www.talentdevelopmentsecondary.com/">Talent Development Secondary</a>&nbsp;— at Eastside Memorial High School. The decision comes after <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/aisd-cancels-contract-idea-charter-school">AISD canceled a contract </a>with a charter school company to run an elementary school that fed into the high school.</p><p>The contract now goes to the Texas Education Commissioner for final approval. Although the vote was unanimous, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen questioned if the commissioner would approve the contract.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 17:27:01 +0000 Kate McGee 7816 at http://kut.org AISD Board Approves Contract with Eastside Memorial Partner AISD High School Attendance Doesn't Meet Strategic Plan Goals http://kut.org/post/aisd-high-school-attendance-doesnt-meet-strategic-plan-goals <p>A majority of Austin high schools are seeing increased attendance, according to an <a href="http://archive.austinisd.org/inside/initiatives/edc/attend-o-meter.phtml">online data tool</a> from the district. But only three of the district's high schools have attendance rates above the 2012 goal AISD laid out in its <a href="http://www.austinisd.org/powerofus">Strategic Plan</a>.</p><p>Anderson, Bowie and the Liberal Arts and Science Academy are the only high schools in the district with attendance rates over 93 percent. In the district’s Strategic Plan, the goal was attendance rates for all students above that by 2012.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 20:48:18 +0000 Kate McGee 7614 at http://kut.org AISD High School Attendance Doesn't Meet Strategic Plan Goals