AISD Budget

4:05 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Hochberg Files Bill To Illustrate Education Cuts District-By-District

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It's not often that state lawmakers admit they don't like the bill they just filed, but that's exactly what State Rep. Scott Hochberg (D-Houston) did today after filing HB 2485.  The bill is accompanied by a spreadsheet that shows how drastic cuts to public education would affect individual school districts.

"We'll be laying out a budget that cuts $9.8 billion out of the schools.  But that's a number that doesn't mean anything to a legislator unless they know that means you're taking between $500 and $2,500 dollars per WADA (weighted average daily attendance) out of their local district," Hochberg said.

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Austin News Brief
7:42 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Top Morning Stories for March 8, 2011

The Austin Community College Board has picked three finalists for ACC president.
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ACC Board Announces 3 Finalists for President

The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees selected three finalists on Monday night to replace retiring President and CEO, Dr. Stephen B. Kinslow.

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6:51 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Austin School Trustees Reject $10,000 Resignation Incentive

The sun rises over AISD headquarters. Last night, trustees opted not to offer $10,000 incentives to teachers who resign voluntarily.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News


The Austin Independent School District's Board of Trustees last night opted not to adopt a plan to pay contract educators $10,000 for resigning voluntarily, reports Community Impact News.

According to Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, the board's recommendation stems from the possibility of AISD paying both incentive packages and unemployment insurance benefits, which would not save the district money.

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12:32 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

AISD Board Votes Tonight On Paying Teachers $10,000 To Quit

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In an effort to alleviate the pain inflicted by deleting more than 1,100 jobs, Austin School Trustees will consider a proposal tonight that would offer $10,000 lump sum payouts to teachers who resign voluntarily. The money would be provided in lieu of unemployment benefits of up to $10,790 per employee. A similar plan enacted in Dallas has proven popular, but AISD could be hindered by its advance notification of employees whose jobs are up for elimination.

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5:56 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Top Morning Stories March 7, 2011

AISD's board will hear more tonight on an option to give some employees an incentive package to voluntarily resign.
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AISD Studying Resignation Incentives

Tonight the Austin Independent School District's board will get more details on an option to give certain employees an incentive package to voluntarily resign.  This would be offered to people already slated to lose their jobs. 

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5:22 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Top Morning Stories March 1, 2011

A Texas Senate Committee voted Monday in favor of keeping John Bradley as chair of the Forensic Science Commission.
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Head of Controversial Science Commission Keeps Post, For Now

After a contentious hearing Monday, the Texas Senate Nominations Committee voted 4-2 to recommend approving Forensic Science Commission Chairman John Bradley's appointment.  Bradley is also Williamson County's district attorney.  He faced heated questioning yesterday, especially from Sen. Rodney Ellis D-Houston, over his handling of the high profile Cameron Todd Willingham case. 

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4:27 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

AISD Adds to Job Cuts

Another 92 positions will be eliminated to recover the school district's 2011-12 financial shortfall.
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The Austin Independent School District has proposed cutting an additional 92 jobs, bringing to 1,104 the number of jobs that could be cut to close an expected budget shortfall.  AISD is bracing for a budget gap that could range from $94 million to $113 million.

"It’s hard to say exactly what the shortfall is, but when you have such a large percentage of your operation’s cost being paying for people, you’re not left with a lot of choices,” Trustee Robert Schneider told KUT News.

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7:15 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 17, 2011

The Austin City Council is voting on a resolution today for the city to help AISD during these tough budget times.
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City Council to Vote on AISD Budget Resolution

The Austin City Council is voting on a resolution today that would get the ball rolling for the city to help the Austin Independent School District deal with its projected $114 million budget shortfall.  Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and school board president Mark Williams met with the council yesterday.  The resolution, if approved, would direct the city manager to help AISD look for efficiencies and partnerships.

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5:16 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 15, 2011

The rotating power outages earlier this month will be under the microscope at the Capitol today.
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Texas Senators Investigating Power Outages

Two Senate committees will hear testimony this morning about the state’s power emergency earlier this month that led to rotating power outages. Senators are hoping to get to the bottom of why so many power plants went offline on February 2 and why the state's grid operator was slow to communicate about it.  KUT's Matt Largey has more in his story below.

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5:18 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Top Morning Stories February 14, 2011

Tonight AISD trustees will discuss a plan to axe more than 1,000 jobs.

AISD Considers 1,000 Job Cuts

Tonight the Austin Independent School District's Board will consider a plan to cut more than 1,000 jobs.  771 would be campus based positions, and 246 would be Central Office positions.  The District says it has to cut jobs to close a budget shortfall, estimated to be nearly $100 million. 

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4:38 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Austin ISD Superintendent Carstarphen Proposes More Than 1,000 Job Cuts

AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen (file photo) is proposing the elimination of over 1,000 district jobs. Photo by KUT News.


Grappling with a budget deficit currently projected at $114 million, Austin Independent School District Superintendent Meria Carstarphen will recommend school trustees eliminate 1,017 of its almost 12,000 positions.

Carstarphen was absent from an afternoon news conference to announce the proposal, because she was in New York City, according to district officials.  AISD human resources official Michael Houser spoke to the media in her absence.

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12:02 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Read Preliminary Draft Of Austin ISD Facility Master Plan Task Force Report

An Austin school district task force will submit a draft report to school board members Monday. The report looks at how the district could use facilities more efficiently, and raises it includes the option of school closures Read the 320-page report for yourself below. You can also view fullscreen or download on this page (look for the Download button).

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6:26 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 25, 2011

The Texas Senate released its first draft state budget proposal yesterday.
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Texas Senate Releases Its Draft Budget Proposal

First the House, now the Senate has released its projected cuts. The Texas Senate released its first draft state budget proposal yesterday, following the House's first draft budget released last week.  It's $2.3 billion bigger than the House proposal at $158.7 billion. 

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6:15 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 24, 2011

The Texas Senate is scheduled to debate voter ID legislation today.
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