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Who Voted For and Against IDEA Charter School Deal

The Austin ISD school board.
Photo by Nathan Bernier, KUT News
The Austin ISD school board.

We received a few emails from people asking to know specifically which members of the Austin school board voted for and against a proposal to establish an in-district charter school program at Allan Elementary and Eastside Memorial High School.

We neglected to list the specific trustees in our story on the 6-3 vote to contract with South Texas-based IDEA Public Schools, so here’s how the vote panned out:

Voted for contracting with IDEA Public Schools:

  • Trustee Mark Williams, District 5, President of School Board
  • Trustee Vincent Torres, District 4, Vice President of School Board
  • Trustee Lori Moya, District 6, Secretary of School Board
  • Trustee Cheryl Bradley, District 1
  • Trustee Sam Guzman, District 2
  • Trustee Christine Brister, District 3

Voted against contracting with IDEA Public Schools:

  • Trustee Robert Schneider, District 7
  • Trustee Annette LoVoi, At-Large Position 8
  • Trustee Tamala Barksdale, At-Large Position 9
Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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