AM Update: 9/10/12
8:47 am
Mon September 10, 2012

AM Update: Single-Sex Schools, Controversial Highway, Texas vs. the Feds

It's back to work and school today but with cooler temperatures highs in the mid-90s. Here's a look at some of the big stories developing today:

AISD Looks at Single-Sex Education Options

The Austin  School Board is taking another look at single-sex middle schools this evening.

AISD Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen had wanted to create single-sex schools at Pearce and Garcia Middle Schools as soon as next school year. But the idea met resistance from some school board members and parents. If the board decides to go forward with the plan, it won’t go into effect until at least 2014-2015.

AISD is also considering a college-prep program just for young men in grades six through 12. If plans go forward, enrollment could begin next school year.

The board is meeting at 6:30 p.m. at AISD Headquarters.

Controversial Highway Up for Debate

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization or CAMPO is holding a public hearing tonight about the organization’s long-term transportation plan.

The part of the plan that has gotten the most feedback is State Highway 45 Southwest. The highway would provide a route from South MoPac to FM 1626. But critics say it poses a big environmental problem because it goes over the Edwards Aquifer.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium on the UT-Austin campus.

The Cost of Suing the Federal Government

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office has spent more than 14,000 staff hours and $2.6 million on litigation against the federal government, reports the Associated Press.

Abbott’s office has filed 24 lawsuits against the United States government during the Obama administration. 

Abbott’s office has both won and lost a number of high-profile cases in the past year. Last month, federal courts handed down decisions on three high-profile cases filed by the Texas attorney general’s office. Federal judges found that the state's voter ID law and most recent redistricting maps were in violation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Also in August, a federal appeals court ruled that Texas could exclude Planned Parenthood from the state Women’s Health Program.