Senator Watson (D-Austin) envisions a massive investment in Austin to create a medical school, complete with a state-of-the-art training hospital, in collaboration with Seton Healthcare. The University of Texas would provide the medical degree and educational components of the plan. While he recognizes the challenge he is up against, he expressed a strong desire to move this past talk and into action.
We have been covering the potential closures of a number of schools with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) since the initial rumors began circulating. After all of the heated discussions and town hall meetings, AISD administrators are proposing to change course from the original planning approach and is now suggesting that decision making about facilities occur on a yearly basis, rather than formulating a 10-year plan. Continue reading