Trustees ap­prove ele­men­tary char­ter

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en­croach­ment,” said com­mu­nity mem­ber Mon­ica Guz­man. “The East Austin com­mu­nity has spo­ken. IDEA is a bad idea. The east side com­mu­nity ex­pect the board to can­cel the con­tract. East Austin is not, was not and never will be for sale.”

Un­der the con­tract signed last De­cem­ber, IDEA is to ex­pand into East­side Me­mo­rial High School next fall. Newly elected Trustee Jayme Mathias, how­ever, asked the board to con­sider con­fin­ing IDEA to the former Al­lan Ele­men­tary for an­other year to gauge whether the com­mu­nity wants it to re­main. Other trustees have ques­tioned the part­ner­ship, and it re­mained un­clear by print dead­line whether there would be a push by any of the trustees to end the part­ner­ship al­to­gether.

Trustees voted unan­i­mously Mon­day night to ap­prove a full-scale char­ter part­ner­ship for Travis Heights Ele­men­tary, the district’s sec­ond such part­ner­ship.

The char­ter, lauded by trustees and com­mu­nity mem­bers, will be man­aged by a board rep­re­sent­ing teach­ers, com­mu­nity mem­bers, the district’s la­bor group Ed­u­ca­tion Austin and Austin In­ter­faith. But un­like IDEA, school lead­ers agreed not to move for­ward on the char­ter un­less it had the sup­port of a ma­jor­ity of its teach­ers and the neigh­bor­ing com­mu­nity. The school’s lead­ers will have greater power over their bud­get and cur­ricu­lum, which next year will fo­cus on dual lan­guage in­struc­tion; tech­nol­ogy and dig­i­tal learn­ing; and ser­vice learn­ing, which teaches through com­mu­nity ser-

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