Elec­tor turns in his bal­lot

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Texas pres­i­den­tial electors met Mon­day at the Capi­tol to cast their votes for pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent. Elec­tor Tim Mc­cord puts his pres­i­den­tial bal­lot into the box be­ing taken around by Brenda Hester. ALBERTO MARTÍNEZ / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN Con­tact Mel

vice projects.

The board also ap­proved Mon­day:

Con­tin­u­ing its part­ner­ship with Re­spon­sive Ed­u­ca­tion So­lu­tions for an alternative grad­u­a­tion pro­gram at Travis and Lanier high schools.

■ Ex­pand­ing the district’s Span­ish-English dual lan­guage pro­grams into more ele­men­tary schools and into mid­dle schools, as well as ex­pand­ing Man­darin Chi­nese into the mid­dle school level.

■ En­hanc­ing the district’s fine arts pro­gram by putting in place the Any Given Child ini­tia­tive, which joins the city and the school district to cre­ate arts-rich schools.

Ear­lier in the meet­ing, Board Pres­i­dent Vin­cent Tor­res an­nounced trustees will bring the pro­posal for an all-boys school back in Jan­uary, say­ing he didn’t mean to post­pone the op­tion “in­def­i­nitely” at an ear­lier De­cem­ber meet­ing. par­ents took their chil­dren to school and never to see them again is not right, and we have to do ev­ery­thing that we can to make sure that those types of evil are re­stricted the best that it can be,” said the gov­er­nor.

He said that tragedy was a stun­ning re­minder that “life is pre­cious and we just need to re­mem­ber to share with our loved ones just how much we love them.”

The newly elected of­fi­cials on hand only briefly re­ferred to the Con­necti­cut shoot­ings.

But what they did say was in line with Perry’s sug­ges­tion that new gun­con­trol laws were not the an­swer.

“It’s a ter­ri­ble thing for a com­mu­nity to have to deal with,” said Stephanie Klick, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive­elect from District 91.

“That be­ing said, we still have a right to pro­tect our­selves.”

“We can’t leg­is­late away evil,” said state Rep.-elect Gio­vanni Capriglione, who will rep­re­sent House District 98 in Austin.

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