AISD, city leaders encourage open dialogue with community:
Austin leaders engage residents through Conversation Corps program:
Meanwhile, the City has yet to give any dates for meetings on their website:
Which does not bode well for the new initiative. The problem has never been a lack of community meetings. It has been a:
1) refusal to schedule meetings on weekends and weeknights when more people can attend
2) refusal to hold meetings in places (like downtown) that won't put an burden on people who don't live in the core
3) refusal to hold regularly scheduled meetings in the 10 zipcodes with the greatest population:
4) Refusal to give citizens at least 45 days notice on meetings, so they can ask for time off of work, and arrange for childcare.
5) a lack of alternative methods for citizens who do not have regular access to internet, such as a robo-call service, posting meeting info at rec centers and libraries, using Austin Energy bills to communicate, or asking public schools to include the information in their weekly communication (generally through backpacks) to families.