AISD Budget http://kut.org en 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 AISD Board Approves Budget, Domestic Partner Benefits http://kut.org/post/aisd-board-approves-budget-domestic-partner-benefits <p>Austin Independent School District employees will start to learn more today about <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/aisd-could-offer-domestic-partner-benefits-end-year" target="_blank">adding an unmarried partner to their health insurance benefits</a>.</p><p>The AISD board approved last night expanding benefits to people a district spokesman calls the “unmarried, committed” partners of regular, full-time AISD employees. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:56:47 +0000 Laura Rice 8551 at http://kut.org AISD Board Approves Budget, Domestic Partner Benefits AISD Head Talks Challenges, Successes and Changes in Austin's Public Schools http://kut.org/post/aisd-head-talks-challenges-successes-and-changes-austins-public-schools <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F107328788" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Today is the first day of school for Austin ISD, and that means nearly 90,000 students filling hallways. Meria Carstarphen, AISD’s superintendent, sees the biggest challenges in a successful year as student safety, school funding, and <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/">STAAR testing</a>.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:45:26 +0000 Roy Varney & Nathan Bernier 8538 at http://kut.org AISD Head Talks Challenges, Successes and Changes in Austin's Public Schools Officials: Restored State Education Cuts Won't Help AISD http://kut.org/post/officials-restored-state-education-cuts-wont-help-aisd <p>AISD's Chief Finance Officer, Nicole Conley, presented a revised proposed $879 million &nbsp;budget for the next fiscal year Monday night.</p><p>She said although Texas public schools may be getting $3.9 billion dollars restored from the $5.4 billion state lawmakers cut in 2011,&nbsp;AISD isn’t expecting much of a benefit locally from the partial funding restoration.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Kate McGee 7993 at http://kut.org Officials: Restored State Education Cuts Won't Help AISD AISD Projects $45 Million Shortfall in 2014 Budget http://kut.org/post/aisd-projects-45-million-shortfall-2014-budget <p>The Austin Independent School District is estimating it will have a $45 million shortfall in its 2014 budget. The district is holding a <a href="http://www.austin.isd.tenet.edu/calendar" target="_blank">community meeting tonight </a>to discuss spending priorities.</p><p>AISD officials say there are a few reasons for the projected budget shortfall. Most of the deficit is money that will be taken or “recaptured” from AISD – a district considered property rich. That money is then distributed to districts that are considered poorer.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:05:06 +0000 Kate McGee 7472 at http://kut.org AISD Projects $45 Million Shortfall in 2014 Budget Group Files Complaint Against 'Misleading' Austin School Bond http://kut.org/post/group-files-complaint-against-misleading-austin-school-bond <p><a href="http://www.tctunion.com/">The Travis County Taxpayers Union</a> filed an ethics complaint with the <a href="austinisd.org">Austin Independent School District</a>, saying the proposed <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/682643-aisd-bond-summary.html">$892 million bond initiative</a> on election ballots next month asks too much of taxpayers.</p><p>The group's treasurer, Donald Zimmerman, said the district’s current budget already covers the increase in maintenance cost that the proposition requests. Zimmerman also alleged that AISD acted unethically by providing an estimated cost to average taxpayers on signs promoting the bond.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:38:33 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7449 at http://kut.org Group Files Complaint Against 'Misleading' Austin School Bond AISD Public Hearing Tonight http://kut.org/post/aisd-public-hearing-tonight <p>The Austin ISD&nbsp;Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting to discuss a nearly $900 million bond proposal tonight at Crockett High School in South Austin.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:55:10 +0000 KUT Staff 6300 at http://kut.org AISD Public Hearing Tonight AM Update: AISD Budget Approved, Highway Patrol Museum Closed, Dog Park Talk Tonight http://kut.org/post/am-update-aisd-budget-approved-highway-patrol-museum-closed-dog-park-talk-tonight <p>A good — and groggy —&nbsp;morning to the 50,000 UT-Austin students <a href="http://www.kvue.com/news/First-day-of-class-at-the-University-of-Texas-167809075.html">returning to class</a> today. Here’s some of Austin’s top overnight stories.</p><p><strong>Austin School Board Approves 2012-13 Budget</strong></p><p>The Austin ISD Board of Trustees approved a budget for the coming school year last night, including $14 million in raises for district employees.</p><p>The <em>Austin American-Statesman</em> <a href="http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/education/entries/2012/08/28/austin_school_board_approves_b_1.html">has more details</a> on the budget:</p><blockquote><p>The district will keep its tax rate the same, at $1.242 per $100 of assessed value, with $1.079 for operations and 16.3 cents for debt. The owner of an average taxable value home, $244,534 after exemptions, would pay $3,037 annually, an increase of $7.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:52:45 +0000 Mark Dewey & Wells Dunbar 4972 at http://kut.org AM Update: AISD Budget Approved, Highway Patrol Museum Closed, Dog Park Talk Tonight AM Update: AISD's Billion Dollar Budget, Funding for Nonprofits, Texas Preps for Isaac http://kut.org/post/am-update-aisds-billion-dollar-budget-funding-nonprofits-texas-preps-isaac <p>Good morning. Expect <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=30.2729209&amp;lon=-97.74438630000003&amp;site=all&amp;smap=1&amp;searchresult=Austin%2C%20TX%2078701%2C%20USA">a high near 95</a> and a slight chance of showers this Tuesday. Here’s some of this morning’s top stories.</p><p><strong>Austin School Board Sets Budget </strong></p><p>The Austin ISD Board of Trustees gathers to act on a budget this evening.</p><p>The board will vote on a $1 billion spending plan Tuesday night that provides a one-time three percent pay raise for staff by drawing money from its emergency checking account. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:18:00 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Laura Rice 4961 at http://kut.org AM Update: AISD's Billion Dollar Budget, Funding for Nonprofits, Texas Preps for Isaac AM Update: AISD Board Tackles Budget, Zeta Money Laundering Hearing, Hasan Returning to Court http://kut.org/post/am-update-aisd-board-tackles-budget-zeta-money-laundering-hearing-hasan-returning-court <p><strong>Austin School Board Takes Up Budget Tonight</strong></p><p>The Austin School Board meets tonight to discuss its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.</p><p>The proposed $838.9 million budget is closely aligned to the board&rsquo;s &ldquo;Strategic Plan Priorities,&rdquo; which include expanding academic, physical, emotional initiatives to enhance the education of the &ldquo;whole child,&rdquo; as well as better preparing students for college and improving recruitment of educators.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:15:51 +0000 Sam J. Ellison & Wells Dunbar 4496 at http://kut.org AM Update: AISD Board Tackles Budget, Zeta Money Laundering Hearing, Hasan Returning to Court AM Update: Perry's Spending Pledge, AISD Budget Plan, LCRA's Evaporating Water http://kut.org/post/am-update-perrys-spending-pledge-aisd-budget-plan-lcras-evaporating-water <p><strong>Governor Rick Perry to Unveil Budget Pledge</strong></p><p>From the <em><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-people/rick-perry/perry-unveil-budget-compact-houston/">Texas Tribune</a></em>, Governor Rick Perry is focusing on the state&rsquo;s financial future. He&rsquo;ll be in Houston this afternoon to talk about a budget plan.</p><p>Perry will unveil a pledge he&rsquo;ll ask politicians to sign. It promises to cut spending, keep taxes the same and set strict limits on how much government can expand.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s his first major move as governor since <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/perry-drop-out-endorse-gingrich">dropping out of the presidential race</a>.</p><p>Perry says this pledge will &ldquo;lead to a stronger Texas.&rdquo; But some state Democrats aren&rsquo;t so sure.</p><p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:46:39 +0000 Laura Rice 4036 at http://kut.org AM Update: Perry's Spending Pledge, AISD Budget Plan, LCRA's Evaporating Water Sound Off on the AISD Budget Tonight http://kut.org/post/sound-aisd-budget-tonight <p>The Austin school district has a budget of almost a billion dollars to spend next year, and it wants your input on how to do it.</p><p>AISD is hosting two public meetings on its preliminary budget and facilities master plan this month. The first meeting is tonight, at Reagan High School, 7104 Berkman Drive, 6-8:30 p.m.</p><p>As KUT News <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/am-update-aisd-budget-talks-health-reform-hits-texas-house-advances-nerve-repair">previously reported</a>, the <a href="http://www.boarddocs.com/tx/austinisd/Board.nsf/files/8RNTKA77B5E4/$file/Attachment%20%231%20FY2013%20Prelim%20Budget%20Primer-online.pdf">2012-13 preliminary budget</a>&nbsp;would increase spending slightly while assuming the district will lose $8.7 million in federal money and $53.6 million in state funding.</p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 21:48:26 +0000 Nathan Bernier 3960 at http://kut.org Sound Off on the AISD Budget Tonight AM Update: AISD Budget Talks, Health Reform Hits Texas House, Advances in Nerve Repair http://kut.org/post/am-update-aisd-budget-talks-health-reform-hits-texas-house-advances-nerve-repair <p><strong>Austin&nbsp;ISD&#39;s&nbsp;Preliminary Budget for 2012-2013</strong></p><p>At tonight&#39;s <a href="http://archive.austinisd.org/inside/board/">Austin ISD&nbsp;School Board</a> meeting, administrators will present a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.boarddocs.com/tx/austinisd/Board.nsf/files/8RNTKA77B5E4/$file/Attachment%20%231%20FY2013%20Prelim%20Budget%20Primer-online.pdf">2012-13 preliminary budget</a>&nbsp;that increases spending slightly while assuming the district will lose $8.7 million in federal money and $53.6 million in state funding. The <em>Austin-American Statesman</em> reports:</p><blockquote style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><p>The preliminary $724 million spending plan increases expenses 2.9 percent over the current budget and holds the property tax rate steady at $1.242 per $100 of valuation. It includes $14.2 million for an across-the-board 3 percent pay raise and $1.1 million to jump start an early childhood center at Linder Elementary School in Southeast Austin, among other goals. To hit those targets, budget officials say the district plans to dip into reserves for $32.5 million.</p></blockquote><p>Austin&nbsp;ISD&nbsp;will present a revised budget on April&nbsp;16th&nbsp;and a public hearing is scheduled for April&nbsp;23rd. The board will vote on the budget on June&nbsp;18th.</p><p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:21:06 +0000 Lucia Duncan 3732 at http://kut.org AM Update: AISD Budget Talks, Health Reform Hits Texas House, Advances in Nerve Repair Top Morning Stories 1/31/12: Redistricting Closing Arguments, AISD, Texas Science Gets a C http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-13112-redistricting-closing-arguments-aisd-texas-science-gets-c <p><strong style="font-size: 87.5%; line-height: 1.5; ">Closing Arguments in Texas Redistricting Trial</strong></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:58:46 +0000 Divya Darsi 3559 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories 1/31/12: Redistricting Closing Arguments, AISD, Texas Science Gets a C Sunday Morning Roundup http://kut.org/post/sunday-morning-roundup-1 <p>Students have reached summer&#39;s end, though you couldn&#39;t <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=30.276265423522854&amp;lon=-97.73849487304687&amp;site=ewx&amp;unit=0&amp;lg=en&amp;FcstType=text">tell by the weather</a>.&nbsp; The beginning of&nbsp;school year brings changes in some <a href="http://www.capmetro.org/news/news_detail.asp?id=10555">Capital Metro bus schedules</a>. That includes the elimination of three bus routes that circulated MetroRail passengers throughout downtown from the Austin Convention Center.</p> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 14:14:51 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 2279 at http://kut.org Sunday Morning Roundup Top Morning Stories June 20, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-june-20-2011 <p><strong>AISD&nbsp;Makes Gains On TAKS</strong></p><p>More than 80 percent of students in the&nbsp;Austin Independent School District passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test, according to district data released to the <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/education/district-touts-taks-gains-1549980.html">Statesman</a>. The district&#39;s board of trustees is expected to receive the data at &nbsp;its meeting tonight.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:07:40 +0000 Matt Largey 1742 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories June 20, 2011 How New School Funding Formulas Cut Districts http://kut.org/post/how-new-school-funding-formulas-cut-districts <p>The House and Senate will take up <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&amp;Bill=SB1811">SB 1811</a> tomorrow. The bill creates about $2.5 billion for the state budget, while also cutting public education by around 4 billion.</p><p>How that money will be cut from individual schools wasn&#39;t known until this afternoon when the House put out what&#39;s called the district runs. The spreadsheet shows how funding in each district will change in 2012 and 2013.</p><p> Sat, 28 May 2011 22:01:39 +0000 Ben Philpott 1585 at http://kut.org How New School Funding Formulas Cut Districts State Senators Encourage Education Cuts Outside The Classroom http://kut.org/post/state-senators-encourage-education-cuts-outside-classroom <p>Six Republican State Senators stood side by side this morning at the Capitol and proclaimed that the budget can be cut in Texas, even education, without affecting the classroom.&nbsp; Senator Florence Shapiro says she has <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&amp;Bill=SB3">filed legislation</a> that would make it easier for districts to relinquish themselves of administrative staff.</p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:16:19 +0000 Nathan Bernier 985 at http://kut.org State Senators Encourage Education Cuts Outside The Classroom Hochberg Files Bill To Illustrate Education Cuts District-By-District http://kut.org/post/hochberg-files-bill-illustrate-education-cuts-district-district <p>It&#39;s not often that state lawmakers admit they don&#39;t like the bill they just filed, but that&#39;s exactly what State Rep. Scott Hochberg (D-Houston) did today after filing <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&amp;Bill=HB2485">HB 2485</a>.&nbsp; The bill is accompanied by <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/50310221/HB2485-Reported-Effect-on-School-Districts">a spreadsheet</a> that shows how drastic cuts to public education would affect individual school districts.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;ll be laying out a budget that cuts $9.8 billion out of the schools.&nbsp; But that&#39;s a number that doesn&#39;t mean anything to a legislator unless they know that means you&#39;re taking between $500 and $2,500 dollars per WADA (weighted average daily attendance) out of their local district,&quot; Hochberg said. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 22:05:13 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Ben Philpott 908 at http://kut.org Hochberg Files Bill To Illustrate Education Cuts District-By-District Top Morning Stories for March 8, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-march-8-2011 <p><strong>ACC Board Announces 3 Finalists for President</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.austincc.edu/newsroom/index.php/2011/03/08/acc-board-announces-finalists-for-new-president/">The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees selected three finalists</a> on Monday night to replace retiring President and CEO, Dr. Stephen B. Kinslow.</p><p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:42:41 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 904 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories for March 8, 2011