Tonight: AISD Bond Info Session at Austin HS

First AISD Bond Info Sessions is tonight at Austin High School - details below

Building 21st Century learning spaces without a tax RATE increase.
AISD $1.05B Bond Information: Upcoming Community Sessions & Info

The bond is based on the district’s long-term, strategic Facility Master Plan, adopted April 3, 2017. Focus is on technology upgrades, modernization, community spaces, overcrowding relief, reinvention projects and critical facility needs.

Endorsed by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Council of PTAs, many school PTA’s (including Barton Hills Elem & Zilker Elem), local Democratic clubs, Education Austin, the Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Austin Board of Realtors, neighborhood associations and more.

Attend an upcoming open house to hear more details and meet the staff, Trustees and community members who support this effort.
https://www.austinisd.org/bond/meetings
(5:30p - 7:30p)
Oct. 3—Austin High School
Oct. 10—LBJ ECHS cafeteria
Oct. 12—Reagan ECHS cafeteria
Oct. 17—Rosedale cafeteria, meeting for special campuses

To learn more about the overall program and what is planned for specific schools in your area, click here: https://www.austinisd.org/bond

Nov 7 - Election Day. Early voting - Oct 23 - Nov 3. Last day to register to vote is Oct 10.

Below is a summary of the proposed Bond Investment for each High School vertical team (including all middle schools and elementary schools that feed into that HS)

  • Akins $ 106.5M or $11,870/student
  • Anderson $ 102.3M or $13,581/student
  • Austin $ 76.7M or $8,211/student (this includes Austin High, Barton Hills, Zilker, OHenry, Small, Oakhill, etc.)
  • Bowie $ 147.5M or $13,407/student
  • Crockett $ 44.7M or $6,253/student
  • Eastside Memorial $ 146.5M or $43,084/student
  • Lanier $ 20.4M or $3,017/student
  • LBJ $ 68.1M or $12,067/student
  • McCallum $ 75.5M or $9,125/student
  • Reagan $ 118.2M or $15,506/student
  • Travis $ 31.3M or $4,453/student
  • Special Campus (e.g. Rosedale, Ann Richards school, LASA) $ 122.1M
  • Special Facilities (e.g. athletic fields/stadiums, service center) $ 10.2 M
  • Districtwide (e.g. Technology, Safety/Security, buses) $ 64.5

See the Financial Frequently Asked Questions regarding tax rate impacts, how the district manages it finances, what happens if bond fails, and more:
(https://www.austinisd.org/bond/financefaq )

Campaign/donor info can be found at www.ourschoolsourfuture.com

The point Adler makes is that the maps are old, out dated, and contain bad data.

While that’s true and if we can’t do something about housing costs it very well may come to fruition, not too long ago Zilker was going to be shut down because it wasn’t full enough. Now there are lots of families moving into the neighborhood and the school is limiting transfers. Plus a lot of these schools are magnet schools that are being improved / expanded so they will provide programs for the city as a whole regardless of where you live.

There’s a saying that you inherited this world. Very few of us would be where we are without ancestors that benefited massively from public education. Add to this that a democracy really can’t work without education. And I think you have a pretty compelling case to fund it. I do agree critical thinking skills are undervalued in our current education environment. But I wouldn’t throw the children out with the bath water per se.

We have a duty as a society to ensure all of our population is educated. We all contribute to ensure we have new generations that can sustain us into the future. Even if one chooses not to have children, they will one day rely on someone else’s children to make policy decisions, help them in an emergency, help shape their community, etc… It’s shortsighted to think otherwise.

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Maybe instead of a school bond we should consider other options :slight_smile:

Oregon starts to distribute tax revenue from legalized marijuana.

Here’s a break down of where the money is going:

$34 million will benefit the state school fund.
$17 million will go to the mental health, alcoholism and drug services account.
$17 million to Oregon cities and counties.
$12 million will go to Oregon State Police.
$4 million will go to Oregon Health Authority.

The law lays out how the money will be continue to be distributed:

40 percent – Common School Fund
20 percent – Mental health, drug and alcohol treatment programs
15 percent – Oregon State Police
10 percent – Cities (for local law enforcement)
10 percent – Counties (for local law enforcement)
5 percent – Oregon Health Authority

Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov 7 election: http://www.votetexas.gov

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Austin Tech Alliance endorses bond:

http://austintech.org/aisdbond