education austin http://kut.org en Austin School Board Approves Three-Year Teacher Contracts http://kut.org/post/austin-school-board-approves-three-year-teacher-contracts <p><strong>Update:</strong>&nbsp; The Austin School Board voted to reinstate three-year contracts for teachers and principals in a five to four vote Monday night. At the same meeting, school district officials also proposed to to close a projected $32 million budget gap for Fiscal Year 2015.&nbsp;</p><p>The decision to move to three-year contracts&nbsp;comes after the school district and teacher's union, Education Austin, came to an impasse over the issue last month. Austin ISD went from three to one year contracts in 2011, when the state legislature cut billions in public education funding, also forcing the district to lay off more than 1,000 employees.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:50:51 +0000 Kate McGee 9831 at http://kut.org Austin School Board Approves Three-Year Teacher Contracts Austin ISD and Education Union at Odds Over Teacher Contracts http://kut.org/post/austin-isd-and-education-union-odds-over-teacher-contracts <p><strong>Update: </strong>Education Austin, the teachers union that represents around 1,800 Austin teachers, and the Austin Independent School District are at an impasse over teacher contracts. The two groups are at odds over contract length: the union wants the district to reinstate three-year contracts, while AISD wants to continue offering one-year contracts.</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Helvetica">In a state without collective bargaining laws,&nbsp;it’s rare for a school district to have such a clear-cut process when it&nbsp;and another party&nbsp;can’t agree.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Helvetica; min-height: 19.0px">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Helvetica">“It’s been very clearly defined&nbsp;that if parties can’t reach agreement, the board of trustees then will ultimately engage in a solution process," Michael Houser, AISD's&nbsp;chief human capital officer, told the school board last night. The last time the district came to an impasse with Education Austin was in 2008.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Helvetica; min-height: 19.0px"> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:33:40 +0000 Kate McGee 9757 at http://kut.org Austin ISD and Education Union at Odds Over Teacher Contracts 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 AISD STAAR Scores Inch Up – Still Well Below Future Standards http://kut.org/post/aisd-staar-scores-inch-still-well-below-future-standards <p>The Austin Independent School District <a href="http://www.austin.isd.tenet.edu/articles/aisd-students-achieve-gains-four-subject-areas-preliminary-2013-staar-grades-3-8-results" target="_blank">saw minimal gains </a>on this year’s STAAR tests compared to last year.</p><p>Reading, math, science and social studies passage rates each increased by three percentage points from the previous year. Students showed the best results in reading with 79 percent passing in all demographics – including racial minorities and the economically disadvantaged.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:19:47 +0000 Mone Miller 8066 at http://kut.org AISD STAAR Scores Inch Up – Still Well Below Future Standards Texas Education Experts Weigh Proposals' Impact on Students http://kut.org/post/texas-education-experts-weigh-proposals-impact-students <p></p><p></p><p>The Texas Legislature is&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/2013/03/legislature-tackles-competing-education-bills/" target="_blank">debating bills</a>&nbsp;intended to help more students graduate from high school, by reducing the emphasis on standardized tests and increasing the&nbsp;emphasis&nbsp;on the kinds of education they need to be productive members of the workforce.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>This week, the House passed House Bill 5, which would let high school students take a path to college or take a route intended to lead them more quickly to work. The bill also would drop the number of STAAR exams from 15 to 5.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:44:08 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7143 at http://kut.org Texas Education Experts Weigh Proposals' Impact on Students AM Update: Migration from Mexico, AISD Negotiations, McLeroy Visits 'Colbert Report' http://kut.org/post/am-update-migration-mexico-aisd-negotiations-mcleroy-visits-colbert-report <p><strong>Migration from Mexico to U.S. at Net Zero &mdash; Or less</strong></p><p>Are more Mexican immigrants leaving the United States than entering? Maybe. A <a href="http://www.pewhispanic.org/2012/04/23/net-migration-from-mexico-falls-to-zero-and-perhaps-less/">new report</a> by the Pew Hispanic Center found net migration from Mexico to the U.S. has stopped&mdash;and perhaps reversed.</p><p>In an analysis of censuses and other data from both countries, researchers determined 1.4 million Mexicans immigrated to the U.S. from 2005 to 2010. Over that same five-year period, 1.4 million Mexican immigrants and their U.S.-born children moved<em> from</em> America to Mexico. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:12:49 +0000 Laura Rice & Wells Dunbar 4085 at http://kut.org AM Update: Migration from Mexico, AISD Negotiations, McLeroy Visits 'Colbert Report' Austin School Board Examines Contract With Union Tonight http://kut.org/post/austin-school-board-examines-contract-union-tonight <p>The <a href="http://archive.austinisd.org/inside/board/index.phtml">Austin ISD school board</a> will discuss alternatives to their current, longstanding consultation agreement with <a href="http://tx.aft.org/austin">Education Austin</a> tonight.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:51:50 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3693 at http://kut.org Austin School Board Examines Contract With Union Tonight Tensions Develop Between Austin ISD and its Teachers Association http://kut.org/post/tensions-develop-between-austin-isd-and-its-teachers-association <p>Education Austin has been the lone organization representing AISD staff <a href="http://tx.aft.org/austin/index.cfm?action=article&amp;articleID=c5848fbf-7222-4306-baaf-73729f2f4bfb">for the past twelve years</a>, but now Superintendent Meria Carstarphen is opening the door to changing that, and the teacher&rsquo;s association is not happy about it.</p><p>&quot;This is an attempt to marginalize our voice. And we&#39;re disappointed that the district is taking this path,&quot; Education Austin co-president Ken Zafaris told the <em><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/local/austin-education-labor-group-wants-to-keep-its-2019366.html">Austin American-Statesman</a></em>. He accuses Carstarphen of seeking to punish Education Austin for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=193196514095590&amp;set=a.187544261327482.47221.146498392098736&amp;type=1&amp;theater">its opposition</a> to a proposal to <a href="http://kut.org/2011/12/aisd-board-split-over-idea-in-district-charter/">create an in-district charter school in East Austin.</a></p><p>But Carstarphen denies anything of the sort, telling the <em>Statesman </em>that most AISD staff chose not to be represented by Education Austin, and she wants an organization that will serve more employees.</p><p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 18:03:15 +0000 Nathan Bernier 3174 at http://kut.org Tensions Develop Between Austin ISD and its Teachers Association Teachers Don't Want AISD to Cut Full Day Pre-Kindergarten http://kut.org/post/teachers-dont-want-aisd-cut-full-day-pre-kindergarten <p>The Austin teachers' association <a href="http://tx.aft.org/austin/">Education Austin</a> is planning to stage a rally tonight outside Austin Independent School District headquarters. The local group, representing about 4,000 teachers and school staff, wants the Austin ISD school board to maintain <a href="http://www.austinisd.org/academics/curriculum/prekindergarten/">full-day pre-kindergarten</a> and not reduce planning time for high school teachers.</p><p>KUT’s Ben Philpott spoke with Rae Nwosu, co-president of Education Austin.</p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 22:43:01 +0000 Janani Kasturi, Ben Philpott & Nathan Bernier 319 at http://kut.org Teachers Don't Want AISD to Cut Full Day Pre-Kindergarten