2013 AISD Bond Election http://kut.org en Austin ISD Names New Athletic Director http://kut.org/post/austin-isd-names-new-athletic-director <p>The Austin Independent School District has a new athletic director. Leal&nbsp;Anderson will oversee AISD sports programs that involve more than 14,000 students. Anderson says part of his mission is improving the academic success of students through the character development that happens in athletics.</p><p>"I think graduation will increase," Anderson said at a media availability Tuesday." I think the numbers of enrollment will also increase. We'll also have less students dropping out. Those are things that I think are really important, that will help. And that's what I look forward to doing."</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:56:16 +0000 Lynn Romero 9718 at http://kut.org Austin ISD Names New Athletic Director Why Austin ISD Can't Spend Any of Its 2013 Bond Money http://kut.org/post/why-austin-isd-cant-spend-any-its-2013-bond-money <p>In May, Austin voters approved nearly $600 million dollars in bond propositions for capital improvements in the Austin School District.</p><p>The money is allocated for technology upgrades in the classroom and district offices, and systemic repairs to facilities on campuses across the district, among other upgrades.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 22:36:04 +0000 Kate McGee 9078 at http://kut.org Why Austin ISD Can't Spend Any of Its 2013 Bond Money After Funding Failure, What's Next for Austin School Facilities Plan? http://kut.org/post/after-funding-failure-whats-next-austin-school-facilities-plan <p>The Austin School Board last night approved a <a href="http://www.boarddocs.com/tx/austinisd/Board.nsf/files/9BWUPC717A40/$file/Exhibit%20O%20-%20FMP%20Guiding%20Principles.pdf">set of principles</a> to direct them as they begin to create a Facility Master Plan, a document that will guide the board&rsquo;s decision making process as it deals with facilities across the city. The principles were approved with an emphasis on community engagement.</p><p>&ldquo;We need to educate all our constituents about a topic that is quite complex. You&rsquo;re dealing from safety to facility construction, to financial to communications to academics,&quot; says School Board President Vincent Torres.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:18:17 +0000 Kate McGee 8831 at http://kut.org After Funding Failure, What's Next for Austin School Facilities Plan? Gov. Perry Calls Third Special Session of Texas Legislature http://kut.org/post/gov-perry-calls-third-special-session-texas-legislature <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Just over an hour after lawmakers ended their second 30-day special session of the year, Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;called lawmakers back for a third one, with transportation funding the only issue on the agenda.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">"When it comes to transportation, the stakes facing our state could not be higher, and a failure to act now could take years — if not most of a decade — to correct, as traffic congestion increases and harms our quality of life," Perry said in a statement announcing the call.</span></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:23:43 +0000 The Texas Tribune 8435 at http://kut.org Gov. Perry Calls Third Special Session of Texas Legislature Gov. Perry Signs Texas' Sweeping Abortion Bill Into Law http://kut.org/post/gov-perry-signs-texas-sweeping-abortion-bill-law <p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/both-sides-texas-abortion-bill-welcome-future-legal-challenges" target="_blank">controversial bill </a>into law this morning.</p><p>"It is a happy, celebratory day, and so many of you in this audience are the reason we're here today," Perry said. "In signing House Bill 2, we celebrate and further cement the foundation on which the culture of life in Texas is built upon."</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:19:03 +0000 Laura Rice & Veronica Zaragovia 8376 at http://kut.org Gov. Perry Signs Texas' Sweeping Abortion Bill Into Law Public Input Sought for Rules on Texas Abortion Clinics' Upgrade http://kut.org/post/public-input-sought-rules-texas-abortion-clinics-upgrade <p>Now that <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/photos-over-protest-senate-passes-abortion-bill-tampons-confiscated-gallery-watchers" target="_blank">House Bill 2</a> has passed and awaits Governor Rick Perry’s signature, a long process will begin to determine how the new, stricter standards for abortion clinics will be implemented.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us">Texas Department of Health Services</a> will be in charge of writing rules for how abortion clinics in Texas will need to upgrade.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:50:34 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8364 at http://kut.org Public Input Sought for Rules on Texas Abortion Clinics' Upgrade Both Sides on Texas Abortion Bill Welcome Future Legal Challenges http://kut.org/post/both-sides-texas-abortion-bill-welcome-future-legal-challenges <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F100589260" width="100%"></iframe>A familiar sound filled the Texas House on Wednesday morning – the voting bell, applause and protesters.</p><p><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/texas-house-approves-abortion-restrictions" target="_blank">House Bill 2 passed</a>, 96 to 49 nays, and it's&nbsp;also expected to pass the Senate, late this week or early next. Opponents of the new abortion restrictions say regardless, it will end up in court.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:17:15 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8338 at http://kut.org Both Sides on Texas Abortion Bill Welcome Future Legal Challenges Here's What Can Get You Kicked Out of the Texas Capitol http://kut.org/post/heres-what-can-get-you-kicked-out-texas-capitol <p>Decorum is the word these past few weeks at the Texas Capitol.</p><p>In the Legislature's&nbsp;special sessions, protest has been vocal - both outside the Capitol dome and in House and Senate chambers. Today in the House, <a href="https://twitter.com/KoltenParker/status/355043952895877120/photo/1">five opponents of HB 2 were reportedly arrested</a> by DPS troopers for failing to adhere to the chamber’s decorum. In the Senate, the so-called “citizens’ filibuster” <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/how-cheering-activists-defeated-texas-abortion-bill">ended the first special session</a> with a deafening crescendo, blocking an omnibus abortion bill in its final moments.</p><p>But how does the state define decorum? Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:22:46 +0000 Andrew Weber & Marylee Williams 8325 at http://kut.org Here's What Can Get You Kicked Out of the Texas Capitol Comprehensive Sex Ed Proposed in Response to Texas Abortion Debate http://kut.org/post/comprehensive-sex-ed-proposed-response-texas-abortion-debate <p>Texas has one of the highest teen birth rates in the country. &nbsp;According to a recent study by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/USTPtrendsState08.pdf">Guttmacher&nbsp;Institute</a>, in 2008, Texan teens had 85 pregnancies per 1,000 women 15-19 years old.</p><p>And while <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/texas-senators-wrap-abortion-testimony-after-march-rally-photos">protests and hearings continue</a> around&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=832&amp;Bill=SB1">Senate Bill 1</a> — the bill that would limit access to abortions in Texas — some Democratic state lawmakers have filed two bills that would make changes to health and sex education.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:06:12 +0000 Kate McGee 8312 at http://kut.org Comprehensive Sex Ed Proposed in Response to Texas Abortion Debate Senate Committee Wraps Testimony on Texas Abortion Bill http://kut.org/post/senate-committee-wraps-testimony-texas-abortion-bill <p><strong>Update: </strong>The Senate Health &amp; Human Services Committee public hearing on <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=832&amp;Bill=SB1" target="_blank">Senate Bill 1</a> wrapped up just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. Senators did not vote on the bill.</p><ul><li>Read the latest from KUT's Veronica Zaragovia:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/texas-senators-wrap-abortion-testimony-after-public-march-rally" style="font-family: Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 28px; line-height: 30px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 82, 155); ">Texas Senators Wrap Abortion Testimony After Public March, Rally</a></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(July 8, 10 a.m.): The Senate Health &amp; Human Services Committee is holding a public hearing today on a bill that would limit access to abortions in Texas. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:53:21 +0000 Laura Rice 8303 at http://kut.org Senate Committee Wraps Testimony on Texas Abortion Bill Texas Senators Wrap Abortion Testimony After March, Rally (Photos) http://kut.org/post/texas-senators-wrap-abortion-testimony-after-march-rally-photos <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F100302281" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>For the first time since <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/wendy-davis-filibuster-ends-abortion-bill-defeated-update" target="_blank">State Sen. Wendy Davis' historic Senate filibuster</a> last month, Texas senators revisited the abortion debate at a committee hearing that ended at almost 2 a.m. Tuesday.</p><p>There won't be a vote on this bill for now. Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, says the Senate will wait on the Texas House to approve its version of the bill. The full House is taking up the issue today. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 06:59:16 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8314 at http://kut.org Texas Senators Wrap Abortion Testimony After March, Rally (Photos) Tuition Revenue Bond Bill Refiled - But Will It Go Anywhere? http://kut.org/post/tuition-revenue-bond-bill-refiled-will-it-go-anywhere <p>State Senator Kel Seliger re-filed a bill that would provide $2.7 billion dollars to public universities for infrastructure improvements.</p><p>But he's not confident that Gov. Rick Perry will add the bill to the agenda of the state's newest special session.</p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:17:06 +0000 Kate McGee & Kate McGee 8266 at http://kut.org Tuition Revenue Bond Bill Refiled - But Will It Go Anywhere? As New Special Session Starts, So Does Debate Over 'Blocker Bills' http://kut.org/post/new-special-session-starts-so-does-debate-over-blocker-bills <p>In the Texas legislature, every rosebush has a thorn.</p><p>So-called rosebush bills, or blocker bills, have a unique role that allow senators to delay a debate on a bill, or block a bill’s movement altogether.</p><p>It’s typically a tactic used by the legislative minority, but two bills filed by <a href="http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist1/dist1.htm">Sen. Kevin Eltife</a>, R-Tyler, could serve as hurdles for lawmakers in the second special session that begins Monday. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:40:00 +0000 Andrew Weber 8250 at http://kut.org As New Special Session Starts, So Does Debate Over 'Blocker Bills' Rules Fight Looms Over Texas Legislature's Latest Special Session http://kut.org/post/rules-fight-looms-over-texas-legislatures-latest-special-session <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98895087" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Perry is fond of special sessions.&nbsp;</span>Since 2000, he's called for 11 special sessions as governor. And, after the legislative fireworks in the final hours of the last special session, Gov. Perry called yet another special session, bringing lawmakers back to Austin to address transportation, criminal justice and abortion regulations not covered last session's call.</p><p> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 01:41:31 +0000 Ben Philpott 8253 at http://kut.org Rules Fight Looms Over Texas Legislature's Latest Special Session How Cheering Activists Defeated the Texas Abortion Bill http://kut.org/post/how-cheering-activists-defeated-texas-abortion-bill <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98524220" width="100%"></iframe>Hundreds of supporters in orange shirts were at the Texas Capitol throughout the day on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, hoping to watch State <a href="https://twitter.com/WendyDavisTexas" target="_blank">Sen. Wendy Davis</a>, D-Fort Worth, successfully filibuster <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/whats-next-sb-5-abortion-bill-texas-legislature" target="_blank">Senate Bill 5</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:24:21 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8227 at http://kut.org How Cheering Activists Defeated the Texas Abortion Bill Wendy Davis Filibuster Ends; Abortion Bill Defeated (Update) http://kut.org/post/wendy-davis-filibuster-ends-abortion-bill-defeated-update <p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98368587" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>Update</strong>: It's clear this morning that the vote to pass SB 5 came too late. The filibuster by State Sen. Wendy Davis was successful. Davis took to twitter with the news:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thanks to the powerful voices of thousands of Texans, <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SB5&amp;src=hash">#SB5</a> is dead. An incredible victory for Texas women and those who love them.</p>— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) <a href="https://twitter.com/WendyDavisTexas/statuses/349821364695343104">June 26, 2013 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:30:59 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8215 at http://kut.org Wendy Davis Filibuster Ends; Abortion Bill Defeated (Update) Hundreds Denied Chance to Speak at Texas Capitol Abortion Hearing http://kut.org/post/hundreds-denied-chance-speak-texas-capitol-abortion-hearing <p>Hundreds of people who had signed up to testify at a <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/schedules/html/C4502013062013001.HTM" target="_blank">Texas House Committee hearing</a> on<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/texas-senate-bill-could-essentially-ban-abortion-statewide" target="_blank"> abortion restrictions</a> yesterday didn’t get to speak. Committee Chairman Byron Cook closed testimony after 3 a.m. Friday.</p><p>The House Committee on State Affairs was considering legislation that would <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=831&amp;Bill=HB00060" target="_blank">require abortion facilities</a> to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers and<a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=831&amp;Bill=HB00016" target="_blank"> ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy</a>. The committee didn't vote on the bills.</p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:05:14 +0000 Laura Rice & Sebastian Herrera 8189 at http://kut.org Hundreds Denied Chance to Speak at Texas Capitol Abortion Hearing Deadline: Redistricting, Abortion Bills, More Have Week Left at Lege http://kut.org/post/deadline-redistricting-abortion-bills-more-have-week-left-lege <p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97400694" width="100%"></iframe>Seven days remain in the current Texas special legislative session. Lawmakers are not finished debating bills on redistricting, abortion, transportation and criminal justice.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:49:45 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8152 at http://kut.org Deadline: Redistricting, Abortion Bills, More Have Week Left at Lege House Committee Preview: West, Redistricting, TWIA Finances http://kut.org/post/house-committee-preview-west-redistricting-twia-finances <p>The Texas Legislature has just over a week left in its special session.</p><p>Today, House Committees will meet on a <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MeetingsUpcoming.aspx?Chamber=H" target="_blank">variety of topics</a> including permanent election maps, oversight of the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion and the financial condition of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:03:00 +0000 Roy Varney & Laura Rice 8139 at http://kut.org House Committee Preview: West, Redistricting, TWIA Finances Perry Signs 'Merry Christmas' Bill http://kut.org/post/perry-signs-merry-christmas-bill <p>Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB308">a bill</a> today making clear that it’s okay to say things like “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” at public schools.</p><p>The law also says religious symbols may be displayed, as long as more than one religion is represented.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:08:39 +0000 Trey Shaar 8112 at http://kut.org Perry Signs 'Merry Christmas' Bill