Carstarphen to Address State of the District Wednesday
If previous years are any indication, don’t expect big surprises during Austin schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s State of the District address tomorrow. She is likely to talk about AISD’s efforts to improve academic performance at struggling schools and how those endeavors align with the district’s desire to better manage its 12 million square feet of facilities.
This will also be Carstarphen’s first State of the District address since Texas lawmakers slashed $4 billion in public education funding as part of their effort to balance the state’s budget without raising taxes. The cuts obliterated $35 million in state funding for AISD this year, resulting in hundreds of layoffs.
Carstarphen delivered last year’s State of the District address from the University of Texas Alumni Center. This year, she’s scheduled to speak at a new performing arts center that opened in September at McCallum High School in North Austin.