School board candidates talk referendum and achievement gaps – Austin Daily Herald

Editor’s Note: This is the first part of a Q&A featuring Austin School Board candidates on issues facing the school district.

This week are Al Eckmann, Carolyn Dube and Cece Kroc.

1. The school board has given the green light for putting an operating levy referendum on the Nov. 3 ballot. How do you sell the need for the referendum to the public?

Al Eckmann: For the past few years Austin Public Schools has been living on a budget that had a small growth in revenue because of an increasing student enrollment. Currently we have a decreasing number of total students served by approximately 220. The same forecast is predicted for future years.

We are currently last in the Big Nine Conference of operating referendum per student with $800 to a high at Winona of $3,594. And our Unassigned Fund Balance has also been dropping because of declining enrollment. Our

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Texas Education Agency assigns monitor over Manor school district – News – Austin American-Statesman

After a yearlong investigation into the alleged wrongdoing of the Manor school board president, the Texas Education Agency is assigning a monitor to oversee the Manor district and its school board members, according to a correction action plan sent to Manor this month and obtained by the American-Statesman.

A monitor, conservator or board of managers typically are assigned to a district for continuous low academic performance. Monitors are appointed by the education commissioner “to participate in and report to the agency on the activities of the board of trustees or the superintendent,” according to the agency.

The Texas Education Agency in August 2019 began reviewing complaints lodged against the Manor district after three district officials — two human resources employees and a trustee — said board President Elmer Fisher conspired with two other employees and other board trustees to oust the former superintendent, violating the Open Meetings Act by discussing

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Airtable to add jobs in Austin after raising $185M

a drawing of a cartoon character: San Francisco-based software maker Airtable has raised $185 million for growth that includes expanding its Austin office by adding 100 workers. [CONTRIBUTED]

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San Francisco-based software maker Airtable has raised $185 million for growth that includes expanding its Austin office by adding 100 workers. [CONTRIBUTED]

Software maker Airtable says it plans to expand its Austin presence after raising $185 million for growth.

Founded in 2012, the San Francisco-based company offers a cloud collaboration service that lets customers build their own custom apps and workflows with no coding required.

Over the next year, Airtable plans to add 100 employees to its Austin office, which currently has 30 workers. The company has a total workforce of 300 employees.


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Airtable opened a customer engagement center in Austin in April. As part of the expansion, the company hired Brian Hagen as the office’s general manager.

Hagen previously led sales teams at Nextdoor, Twitter and Google. Most recently he led the sales team at Austin consumer app developer Dosh.

Airtable considered

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Chariot Energy Announces Collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin to Further Advance its Smart Technology Platform | Business


Chariot Energy, an affiliate of 174 Power Global, today announced a collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin to research the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to enhance the buying process and customer experience for Texans in the market for retail electricity.

“Our team consists of some of the brightest minds in retail electricity, and it’s a privilege to collaborate with students of a best-in-class educational institution focused on technology and engineering,” said Chariot Energy President and CEO, Henry Yun, PhD. “It’s incredibly important to bring technology to the forefront of the highly competitive deregulated energy industry to better understand consumer buying behavior, which gives us to the opportunity to tailor products and better serve customers based on their individual needs. This opportunity supports our team’s effort in improving the overall experience for our customers, starting when they first hear about Chariot Energy.”

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Wendler: The other education: engagement, sense of family – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Eighth in a series on the reopening of West Texas A&M University in the midst of COVID-19.)

A recent NICHE study found after surveying 20,000 students, 78% said in-person classes were appealing, and 29% found online courses appealing. The findings could be challenged as the survey took place coinciding with the COVID-19 induced explosion of online coursework with no “settling in” time. We see a different world as Labor Day approaches.

It is abundantly clear, however, that students seek peer engagement and varied college-level experiences. This is sometimes referred to as “the other education.” David Brooks’ 2009 New York Times editorial pointed out the nuances of formal, classroom education and the life-situating experiences occurring alongside of that during the university years. His personal story shares the impact of Bruce Springsteen as a “second education.” I call it “The Other Education.”

Brooks’ credit to “The Boss” is a moot

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