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AISD Superintendent Recognized as Outstanding Texan

Austin, TX— Tuesday, the Texas Legislative Black Caucus (TLBC) honored Dr. Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, with the Outstanding Texan Award for her dedication to improving education in the Austin community. Each year, TLBC selects a number of exceptional Texans from across the state to recognize them for their contributions to the Lone Star State.

“I am honored to represent AISD and Texas,” Dr. Carstarphen said. “Thank you to Representative Dukes and the Texas Legislative Black Caucus for doing your part and representing your many communities in the Texas legislature.”  

Dr. Carstarphen was one of 22 Texans and former members of the Black Caucus celebrated for their achievements, which included physicians, principals, and other teaching professionals. State Representative Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) nominated Carstarphen for her proven abilities as an exceptional leader and being a role model for positive change in the Austin community.

“Carstarphen has gone above and beyond her responsibilities as superintendent by giving back to our community in ways that have improved the lives of all citizens, but especially students and families who are less fortunate,” said Representative Dukes.

The superintendent dedicates this award to the students of AISD.