With a unanimous vote, Austin school trustees advanced an initiative that finally will bring expert help to Eastside Memorial High School — sooner rather than later — and took significant steps to repair trust with the East Austin community.
Monday’s vote for the proposal to hire Talent Development Secondary of Johns Hopkins University was symbolic for the show of unity that emerged over the troubled high school, which is under state-mandated reconstitution as a condition of remaining open. All key stakeholders, elected trustees, Austin School Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and East Austin residents were on board. That unity, if it continues, provides a constructive way forward in dealing with tough issues facing the district. Now, Carstarphen and trustees have a solid victory on which to rebuild community trust that was significantly eroded over the past two years by crises involving Eastside Memorial High and other schools.
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