AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin ISD's school board will vote Aug. 27 on plans to extend health insurance benefits to domestic partners and same-sex couples.
Superintendent Meria Carstarphen made the announcement to reporters Wednesday morning.
She said the district will offer benefits to "qualified individuals." It's a legal term used to stay in line with the Texas constitution.
One school board member told us he's excited about the change.
"We're hoping this will make us as a district more competitive," said Dr. Jayme Mathias. "Also, it'll be a symbol of how it is that we as a community embrace and celebrate diversity."
Texas Attorney Greg Abbott has warned that domestic partner benefits could violate the Texas Constitution.
But several other organizations are moving forward with the policy, including the city of Austin and the Pflugerville Independent school district.
The University of Texas Board of Regents adjourned Thursday without taking action on the job status of embattled UT President Bill Powers.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
Google brings its new wearable computer to Austin this from Saturday, Dec.14 to Sunday, Dec. 15.
Despite what seemed like a surge of controversies, the Austin Aquarium opened its doors to members Thursday for a private pre-entry showing.
Austin police are still looking for a teen wanted on murder charges in the 2011 stabbing death of a 13-year-old boy.
A North Texas juvenile court judge has sentenced a 16-year-old boy to probation for a drunken-driving crash that killed four people near Fort Worth last summer.