Tribpedia: Meria Carstarphen

Meria Carstarphen is the superintendent of the Austin Independent School District.  Carstarphen replaced former Superintendent Pat Forgione in July of 2009, after serving as superintendent of schools in St. Paul, Minn., for three years. Carstarphen is first African American and the first woman to serve as superintendent of Austin schools.

Carstarphen's first major challenge as superintendent came in her ...

Liveblog: Public and Higher Education at The Texas Tribune Festival

We'll be liveblogging throughout the weekend from The Texas Tribune Festival's public and higher education track — which includes panels on the role research should play at state universities, how to pay for public education, why teacher accountability matters and what's next for the controversial State Board of Education.