Published: Oct. 10, 2012
Austin American-Statesman

By Jody Serrano

A committee is mulling a set of possible bond projects that include up to $176.9 million in improvements to sports facilities in the Austin school district’s secondary schools.

Published: Jan 29, 2012
Austin American-Statesman


The Austin school district has overhauled its communications apparatus, giving it a new name Department of Public Relations and Multicultural Outreach a new mission and a new funding source.

The department — which has a staff of 23 and a 2011-12 budget of about $2 million, including $1.4 million for salaries — is now being funded with about $192,000 of Title I money, federal funds given to support programs and services at high-poverty schools.

Published: Jun 18, 2011
The Dallas Morning News

By MATTHEW HAAG, Staff Writer,

From four-star hotel rooms high above Times Square to luxurious suites overlooking San Diego Bay, Dallas ISD employees have racked up large bills on trips to conferences, conventions and visits to other school districts.

Published: Jul 19, 2011
The Gonzales Cannon

By Dave Mundy/

LULING —The Luling school district’s board of trustees on Monday voted 5-2 to place superintendent David Davis on paid administrative leave pending negotiations to dismiss the remainder of his contract.

The action followed the board’s review of a Texas Education Agency audit and a lengthy three-hour closed session.

Published: Jun. 28, 2011
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By Sandra Engelland

KELLER -- More than 100 employees will keep their jobs for another year as Keller school district officials plan to use $4.8 million in federal money to offset a failed election to raise taxes.

Published: June 29, 2011
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By Rep. Kelly Hancock

Special to the Star-Telegram - Posted Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2011

The Sunday commentary by state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth about our state's education budget is a wonderful work of fiction and a textbook example of politicians who pander to the people and tell voters what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear. (See: "Drowning out the voices of common sense")

Did you notice how she avoided any mention of our economic recession and called anyone who disagrees with her an "extremist"?

Published: June 22, 2011
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By Aman Batheja

The decisive defeat of a suburban Tarrant County school district's effort to raise their tax rate to cover a state funding shortfall is viewed by many as a possible sign that similar revenue raising efforts by other Texas school districts will face the same stiff opposition from voters.

Published: June 18, 2011
The Dallas Morning News

Restaurant food and catered meals: $2.2 million.

Hotel stays and room rentals: $2.3 million.

Registration fees and travel costs: $3.8 million.

Consultants and other outside help: $44 million.

And there’s more.

Published: June 8, 2011
San Antonio Express-News

Judson ISD trustees decided Tuesday night at a special meeting to postpone cutting more positions or putting a hiring freeze in place.

Published: May 16, 2011
Texas Tribune

Just like the Texas Legislature, school districts have deadlines to meet in setting budgets for the fall.