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6:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Non-Profit Ranks Austin Metro Area Public Schools

Harmony Science Academy, ranked top public high school by Children at Risk.
Voices Empower with Alice Linahan/flickr

In a new statewide ranking of schools, Austin has some of the best grades and some of the worst.

The group – Children at Risk – grades schools on an A through F scale. Out of the four major metro areas in Texas, the Austin area has the highest percentage of campuses with A's.

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Education
6:04 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

AISD Considers Putting Ads on School Buses

AISD is considering placing advertising on school buses at its board meeting tonight
KUT News

The Austin School Board tonight will consider contracting with a company to put advertisements on the side of school buses. 

Cynthia Calvert owns the company Steep Creek Media. AISD is recommending the board approve a three year contract with the company.

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Education
2:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Austin 5th Grader Represents Texas in National Geographic Bee

Chinmay Murthy, the Texas finalist in the National Geographic Bee.
National Geographic

Update: Chinmay Murthy, the 5th grader representing Texas in the National Geographic Bee, did not move on past the preliminary round of the Bee.  He missed a chance to qualify in the Top Ten by two questions. Murthy is vowing to try again next year.

Original Story (9:18 a.m.): Monday marks the start of the three-day National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C.

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Education
12:27 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Texas Students Solve Math Problems for West Recovery

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams at a check presentation ceremony. Students raised money for West, Texas disaster relief.
Texas Education Agency

Students across Texas helped raise $11,367 to the American Red Cross  West, Texas Relief Fund.

How'd they do it? By solving math problems. 

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Education
6:54 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

UT Football Great Vince Young Graduates

Vince Young during his glory days with the Longhorns
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Former Longhorn quarterback Vince Young graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Friday with a bachelor’s degree in Youth and Community Studies. He Tweeted a blurry photo of himself receiving his diploma and thanked "everyone who supported me through the good and bad."

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Education
4:44 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

This Austin Community's 'Bike Train' Means Safety in Numbers

Rachel Houston, left, and some Brentwood Elementary students biking to school. Houston and her husband, Greg, lead a Bike Train every morning to school.
Kate McGee, KUT News

As heard on KUT 90.5 FM

When you drive around Austin, it's hard not to notice the growing number of cyclists next to your car.

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Education
5:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

AISD Opens 'First of a Kind' Outdoor Learning Center

The quarter-acre center is next to Pleasant Hill Elementary School.
courtesy Austin ISD

The Austin school district is opening a district-wide outdoor learning center this evening next to Pleasant Hill Elementary school in South Austin. The quarter-acre center (PDF) includes 150 species of native plants, 22 habitat sites and a rainwater harvesting system.

Marya Fowler with the National Wildlife Federation says it’s the first of its kind in Central Texas.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Prop 2 Defeat Puts Brakes on New South Austin High School

Lockers at Bowie High School. Parents and community members want a new high school constructed in the area to relieve overcrowding at that school, among others.
Nathan Bernier/KUT News

Some Austin school board members say the failure of bond Proposition 2 means the opening of a new high school in South Austin will most likely be delayed.

The proposition included $8 million for studies to design the new high school. Officials say now the district will have to wait until the next bond election.

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Education
9:31 am
Wed May 15, 2013

AISD’s Prop 4 Failure Means Less Money for Special Ed Schools

The Rosedale School for disabled children. If the entire bond package passed, it would've received $8.5 millon for renovations. Now, it will receive $400,000.
flickr.com/cool.as.a.cucumber

This failure of AISD bond Proposition 4 means the district's two schools for disabled children won't be getting as many renovations and repairs as the district had proposed.

Prop 4 would've put $10 million toward the district's two schools for disabled children, the Rosedale School and the Clifton Career Development Center. It also would have earmarked money for Career and Technical and Fine Art programs.

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Education
5:30 am
Wed May 15, 2013

UT Tightens Security for Commencement, Bans Bags

The University of Texas is putting additional safety procedures in place at the commencement ceremonies.
Liang Shi, KUT News

In response to recent national events, the University of Texas is putting additional safety procedures in place at the commencement ceremonies.

Backpacks, tote bags or any other kind of bag larger than 12 inches on any side will not be allowed into commencement. Anyone carrying a big this large will be turned away. Additionally, smaller bags including purses, camera cases and diaper bags will be inspected and searched.

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Education
6:43 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

What Does AISD Bond Vote Mean?

Money for school buses was one measure approved by voters Saturday
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Interview with education reporter Laura Heinauer

Austin voters rejected two out of four school bonds on Saturday. At $892 million, it was the largest proposed bond in AISD history.

We spoke with local education reporter Laura Heinauer to learn more. Click the player above to hear our conversation as it aired on KUT. 

Education
8:22 am
Mon May 13, 2013

For One Austin School, Funding Hangs on Affordable Housing

Travis Heights Elementary could see enrollment slide if nearby housing prices rise.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Residents at the Oak Creek Village apartments in south Austin are waiting to see if the state grants a developer tax incentives to construct a new, larger complex in its place.  The developer, Eureka Family Group, wants to keep 173 units as affordable housing — which would allow current residents to stay in their homes.

But, if the state doesn't approve the project, many residents might have to move.  Educators and parents at the nearby school — Travis Heights Elementary — are also concerned.

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Education
7:44 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

AISD Bond Election Results

It's Election Night for AISD
KUT News

Update (10:30 pm): The Greater Austin Chamber has released its response to tonight's vote. The Chamber says it's excited about the technology upgrades being provided by the passage of bonds 1 and 3. While lamenting that Prop 2 lost by about 200 votes saying, "we should remember that only 7.2% of registered voters cast a ballot. Those who thought someone else would solve this problem were mistaken. Every vote matters."

Update (10:20 pm): With all votes counted, AISD only won 2 of the 4 bond propositions on the ballot today.

Winners:

Prop 1: $140 million for Health, Environment, Equipment and Technology
Prop 3: $350 million for Academic and Building Infrastructure Renovations

Losers:
Prop 2: $234 million for Safety and Security and Relief from Overcrowding
Prop 4: $169 million for Academic Initiatives, Fine Arts and Athletics

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Education
7:00 am
Sat May 11, 2013

The AISD Bond Election is Here

AISD's $892 Million dollar bond is up for a vote Saturday
KUT News

Polls are now open across Austin for AISD's $892 million dollar bond election. 

Registered voters can vote with a voter registration card, driver’s license or official photo ID, birth certificate, United States citizenship papers or passport, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, or other official document that shows the name and address of the voter. There are many voting locations across Austin.

The bond is separated into four propositions. Each prop would use that money for different projects -everything from basic repairs to constructing new schools. 

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Education
3:39 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

New Targets of College Divestment Movements: Oil, Gas & Coal

The Santa Rita oil pump at the University of Texas. A new divestment movement targets university investments in fossil fuel companies.
flickr.com/mr-pi

College is a time for classes, house parties and questionable dorm food. But as some students at UT and across the country are demonstrating, it’s also a time for activism.

Journalist and activist Bill McKibben and his environmentally-minded group 350.org are promoting a “Fossil Free Divestment Movement” to encourage American universities to withdraw their stock holdings from the top 200 coal, oil and gas companies. The group first gained notoriety when it held an International Day of Climate Action in 2009.

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