Austin Sanders

Freelance Journalist

Location icon United States of America

I was born in Austin, TX, but that didn't stop my parents from naming me Austin. I am a freelance reporter in Austin, and I have had works appear in the Austin Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman, the Pflugerville Pflag and the Round Rock Leader. I am interested in the future of online journalism and how it can be used to keep the powers that be accountable. City governments and school districts are my beats, but I have also covered Texas state politics. I also watch movies frequently and occasionally write reviews about them.

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The Austin Chronicle

The Austin Chronicle
The School Board Shuffle

Geronimo Rodriguez named AISD board prez after Kendall Pace resigns

Soccer Volleys: Court Orders and Community Forums

Anthony Precourt's effort to bring MLS to Austin took a hit on Tuesday when Ohio Judge Jeffrey Brown issued a series of rulings in the lawsuit intended to prevent the Columbus Crew from leaving Ohio.

AISD's Suspension Situation

Data released by the U.S. Department of Education last week shows that black students in the Austin Independent School District are suspended and expelled at rates two-to-three times higher than their enrollment rates. Although black students account for roughly 8% of AISD's total enrollment, they make up nearly one-quarter of out-of-school suspensions and close to 20% of expulsions and in-school suspensions.

McKalla Place Eyed for Soccer Stadium

The big soccer news last week was that Precourt Sports Ventures announced McKalla Place as their new favorite site for an Austin stadium. The declaration, issued last Thursday, comes after failed attempts at securing parkland in the city's urban core - first at Butler Shores and then at Roy G.

Eckhardt: The State of the County Is ...

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt 's State of the County address last Thursday evening may well have been called a State of the County Within the State. "The state has stopped governing," proclaimed the county head, positioning the role of her office and court as increasingly important in a time when divisive politics render the statehouse immobile on issues like property taxes and government ethics.

Express Yourself? Texas Senate Committee Considers Free Speech on College Campuses

A Texas Senate committee met Wednesday to begin efforts to assess the state of free speech on college campuses throughout Texas. The committee was directed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to "ascertain any restrictions on Freedom of Speech rights that Texas students face in expressing their views on campus along with freedoms of the press, religion, and assembly."

Austin American-Statesman/Pflag/Leader

Texas House candidate James Talarico takes campaign to the streets

"I want to spend the next 15 minutes listening to you, but I am going to sit down," James Talarico told a crowd of Hutto voters Sunday afternoon. "Because I am a little tired." Talarico, the Democratic candidate running for the House District 52, had good reason to be tired.

Round Rock students: 'Enough is enough'

An Army veteran with 20 years of service, packs of concerned parents and grandparents and dozens of teachers and students were among those who gathered in downtown Round Rock Saturday to call for an end to gun violence in America.

Pflugerville ISD weighs bond, partnership with city

Four years after Pflugerville voters approved $287 million in education funding, city and school leaders are considering putting together another bond to help facilitate the school district's rapid growth. But unlike the 2014 bond, which entailed little cooperation between the school district and the city, Pflugerville school board President Vernagene Mott said a new bond - if it happens - could be handled differently.

Round Rock seeking $39M in federal funding for road projects

The city of Round Rock is requesting millions of dollars in federal funding for projects on some of the city's busiest thoroughfares. The Round Rock City Council approved a resolution on Jan. 25 to submit grant applications requesting over $39.5 million for road improvement projects.

Two incumbents face challenger in Hutto ISD board elections

Three candidates are vying for two open seats on the Hutto school board in the May 5 elections. Board trustees serve at-large, so the top two vote-getters will be seated on the board. Two incumbents, Byron McDaniel, 49, and Phillip Boutwell, 56, are asking voters for another three-year term on the board, with Edgar Padilla, 39, challenging them for one of the seats.

Other Publications

"Bathroom Bill" passes Texas Senate, faces uphill battle in the House

By Austin Sanders Texas senators successfully passed Senate Bill 6, commonly referred to as the "bathroom bill" or "Texas Privacy Act" March 14 with a 21-10 vote. This decision advances the bill to the House of Representatives, where it's one step closer to becoming law.

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