Monthly Archives: August 2010

Austin ISD trustees say no to tax rate election, yes to deficit spending

After considerable public debate, Austin ISD trustees voted Monday night to adopt an FY11 budget with no tax rate increase for maintenance and operations. As they did last year, trustees voted to dip into fund balance to cover a budget … Continue reading

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State Math Standards Need Immediate Attention

Texas’ math standards are “clearly inferior” to recently developed national Core Standards but the state’s English/language arts standards are considered better than Core Standards according to a report authored by the inestimable Sheila Byrd Carmichael, released last month by the … Continue reading

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Austin ISD Trustees To Vote on Tax Rate Election Monday: Be Heard

On Monday night, Austin ISD trustees will decide whether to hold a November election asking voters for permission to raise the tax rate by up to five cents per $100 of assessed value to fund district operations. The board will … Continue reading

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15% increase in financial aid submissions, more Austin-area students to enroll in college

More Austin-area students will head to college with financial aid in-hand thanks in part to a regional, Austin Chamber of Commerce-led effort to help more families complete federal and state financial aid forms. According to new U.S. Department of Education … Continue reading

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Why appraisal declines don’t wallop school districts’ operation budgets

For most other local government entities—ACC, the health district, the county, cities and MUDs—a drop in taxable values means a commensurate drop in tax revenues, assuming the entity does not raise its tax rate to cover the difference. School districts … Continue reading

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