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Education
1:37 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Comptroller Says New Online Tool Lets You Compare School Thrift

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs
Image courtesy Comptroller's Office

As state leaders look for places to trim spending underneath a looming budget shortage that could surpass $20 billion, the Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today unveiled a new online tool that she says will allow anyone to rate how well schools are using money.

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Education
3:31 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Crazy UT Kids Celebrate Last Day of Class

KUT News intern Nick Robertson was returning from a protest marking the anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy when he noticed a group University of Texas undergrads doing this over and over and over on Guadalupe Street. 

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Education
12:41 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Walkout and Protest at University of Texas Over Budget Cuts

Image by Nick Robertson for KUT News

A group of students, faculty, and staff walked out of their buildings and held a loud marching demonstration this morning on the University of Texas campus.  They were protesting existing and future budget cuts brought on largely as a result of the state's budget gap, a shortfall that could exceed $20 billion.

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Education
2:49 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Meet the Next Superintendent of Georgetown's Public Schools

Joe Dan Lee is the new superintendent of Georgetown ISD
Image courtesy Georgetown ISD

Georgetown Independent School District has a new superintendent. GISD's Board of Trustees elected Joe Dan Lee to serve as the district's top administrator. Lee was already acting-superintendent since the departure of Abbe Boring in July.

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health
11:58 am
Tue November 30, 2010

How Do We Make Austin's Overweight Kids Healthy Again?

University of Texas grad students created this map to look at the prevelance of unhealthy food choices in the Dove Springs neighborhood, which has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the city.

Childhood obesity is one of those extremely complicated issues that is affected by many interrelated factors like family income, where you live, and your level of education.  An annual study that looks at obesity rates across America says Texas has the 7th highest rate of childhood obesity in the country. 

As we've reported in the past, the southeast Austin neighborhood of Dove Springs has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the city.

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education
4:43 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Teachers Don't Want AISD to Cut Full Day Pre-Kindergarten

Education Austin will urge Austin School Trustees not to reduce full-day pre-kindergarten or cut back on teacher planning time.
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The Austin teachers' association Education Austin 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 full-day pre-kindergarten and not reduce planning time for high school teachers.

KUT’s Ben Philpott spoke with Rae Nwosu, co-president of Education Austin.

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education
11:53 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Many Office Trash Cans at UT Are Starting to Look Like This

Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Office-dwellers at UT today let out a collective groan as plans to cut back on custodial services were announced. Laurie Lentz, the communications coordinator for UT Facility Services, explained that the changes will predominantly affect offices.

“Where you’re really going to see the change is in the individual offices. For those offices we are going to gradually phase in a monthly cleaning as opposed to a weekly cleaning schedule” said Lentz.

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education
5:44 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Presenting Austin Community College's New Mascot

Image courtesy Austin Community College

Austin Community College unveiled its new mascot today, the Riverbat! They emailed us these photos this afternoon. Click on the image for a slideshow. 

Details on the event on their Facebook page

Tell us what you think in the comments below!

education
4:57 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Austin ISD Superintendent Delivers "State of the District" Address

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen delivered an annual speech to address the challenges facing the school district.
Photo by KUT News

The Austin Independent School District is making great strides academically but must better equip students to cope with future technology.  That's the assessment Superintendent Meria Carstarphen gave in her "State of the District" speech on the University of Texas campus this morning.  While noting that AISD schools have improved in meeting TAKS standards, the superintendent also said the problems are mounting for students and teachers.

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education
5:03 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Astronaut Sally Ride Urges Austin Girls To Pursue Science & Math

America's first female astronaut Sally Ride was in Austin today to inspire young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Image courtesy Sally Ride Science

The first American woman to travel in space was in Austin today. Dr. Sally Ride gave the keynote address at an annual luncheon for GirlStart, a local non-profit devoted to getting girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

Ride spoke by cellphone with KUT before catching a trip home to San Diego.

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education
12:11 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

School Finance Expert "Shocked" Over Report of Rich Districts Withholding Cash

A close-up of a dollar bill. An AP report found rich school districts in Texas withheld 40 million of these from poor districts.
Image courtesy Paul Sepiano http://www.flickr.com/photos/peasap/

An AP investigation published in several papers this morning found that dozens of "property-wealthy" school districts held on to money they were supposed to send to the state under the so-called Robin Hood law.

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education
4:25 pm
Fri November 12, 2010

Austin ISD to Dedicate New Southwest Elementary School

The Austin Independent School District will officially dedicate its newest elementary school on Sunday at 2 p.m. Ross F. Baldwin Elementary was constructed over the course of a year at 12200 Meridian Park Blvd.

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Education
11:37 am
Fri November 12, 2010

UT Outsourcing Email to Google, Offering Address to Alumni

The University of Texas says it plans to offer UT-branded GMail services to students, faculty, staff and alumni in Spring 2010.

Ask someone with a University of Texas email account to speak honestly about the service, and they might struggle to contain their frustration. While major web-based email services like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail have quickly advanced their features and storage capacity, the University of Texas and its Microsoft Exchange service has fallen behind.

Undergrads, for example, get only 150 MB of storage, which means they often have to delete old emails to send new ones. The features offered by UT's web-based email are also limited.

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immigration
2:11 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Immigrant Students Reveal Undocumented Status To Support DREAM Act

Several students at the University of Texas at Austin revealed they were undocumented immigrants today to make a point about supporting a bill that could grant them a path to citizenship.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Undocumented immigrant students attending the University of Texas at Austin took the risky step of coming out before news cameras today to announce their status and call for swift passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act).

The DREAM Act would provide a six-year conditional path to citizenship for young people who qualify. They would need to complete a college degree or perform two years of military service.

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education
1:33 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Austin School Board to Hear That Few Want Schools Closed

The Austin ISD's Carruth Administration Center will host a school board meeting tonight during which trustees will be told that community input sessions yeilded little support for closing schools to deal with under crowding.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

When the Austin Independent School District constructs a school, it doesn't always know how many children that building will have to serve in ten, twenty, or thirty years' time.

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Education
12:00 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Following Bond Defeat, Eanes ISD Considers Spring Bond Election

Logo courtesy of the Eanes Independent School District

Last night voters in the Eanes Independent School District said no to three bond proposals totaling about $150 million.  Wednesday morning Eanes ISD Board President Paul Stone told KUT News that another, smaller bond proposal could be in the works for early next year.

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education
3:46 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Google Map of Campus Shootings

An Austin police officer patrols the University of Texas campus after student Colton Tooley shot himself with an AK-47.
Image by Caleb Bryant Miller for KUT News

Our friends at Reporting Texas, an internet news site edited by journalism graduate students at the University of Texas, just put together this interactive Google Map of college shootings across America.  It seems particularly timely, given that it's been a little over a month since 19-year-old Colton Tooley brought his AK-47 to the UT-Austin campus.

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education
11:35 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Eastside Memorial Teachers Organize Against Principal

An empty hallway at Eastside Memorial High. Teachers in the Global Tech High on the campus have filed a group grievance against their principal.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Austin School Trustees are holding a special meeting tonight to discuss a personnel matter that pits some teachers at Eastside Global Tech High against the school's principal.

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education
4:27 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

UT Breaks Ground on New Computer Science Building

UT-Austin broke ground today on a new $130 million complex for the computer science department.
Image courtesy University of Texas

Students and faculty in UT's computer science program are currently spread across seven different buildings. That will all change in 18 to 24 months when the new Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex opens.

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texas
4:47 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Gunman Scare at Texas A&M Over "Replica Rifle"

A scare at Texas A&M University this afternoon after a bus driver called police and reported what he thought was a gunman carrying an AK-47-like weapon.

A&M campus police issued an alert and instructed students to "shelter in place". Uncertainty swirled for about an hour, as police searched for the reported 'gunman'. Adding to the concern was the scheduled ribbon cutting involving Fmr. President Bush Sr., his wife and daughter-in-law.

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