Julie Chang

State education, social services reporter

Julie Chang writes about the state’s public education system and social services for the Austin American-Statesman. Since joining the newspaper in 2013, she has covered crime and K-12 education. She also previously reported for the Beaumont Enterprise newspaper. Born and raised in Houston, Julie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors. 

Latest from Julie Chang

Mom, girls sought by police had fled foster care danger, dad says
 Fear for her daughters’ safety inside a South Austin foster home prompted Sarah Marcella Jordan of Cedar Park to violate a court order last Tuesday when she picked them up after school and drove them to Florida, triggering a multi-state search that ended in her arrest, her husband said. Authorities found Jordan’s daughters safe...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Fear for her daughters’ safety inside a South Austin foster home prompted Sarah Marcella Jordan of Cedar Park to violate a court order last Tuesday when she picked them up after school and drove them to Florida, triggering a multi-state search that ended in her arrest, her husband said. Authorities found Jordan’s daughters safe...
Mom, girls sought by police had fled foster care danger, dad says
 Fear for her daughters’ safety inside a South Austin foster home prompted Sarah Marcella Jordan of Cedar Park to violate a court order last Tuesday when she picked them up after school and drove them to Florida, triggering a multistate search that ended in her arrest, her husband said. Authorities found Jordan’s daughters safe...

Posted: a day ago

Fear for her daughters’ safety inside a South Austin foster home prompted Sarah Marcella Jordan of Cedar Park to violate a court order last Tuesday when she picked them up after school and drove them to Florida, triggering a multistate search that ended in her arrest, her husband said. Authorities found Jordan’s daughters safe...
Texas leaders unhappy with White House hurricane spending plan
 Gov. Greg Abbott and several fellow Texas Republicans in Congress on Friday blasted a $44 billion disaster relief proposal by the White House, calling it inadequate to cover the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey. The White House Office of Management and Budget asked Congress on Friday to sign off on the additional money for states and...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott and several fellow Texas Republicans in Congress on Friday blasted a $44 billion disaster relief proposal by the White House, calling it inadequate to cover the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey. The White House Office of Management and Budget asked Congress on Friday to sign off on the additional money for states and...
Former homeland security secretary Tom Ridge hospitalized in Austin
 Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, 72, was in critical condition Thursday after undergoing an emergency heart procedure at Dell Seton Medical Center. Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania, is in Austin attending the Republican Governors Association annual meeting at the JW Marriott Austin. At about 7 a.m. Thursday, he called...

Posted: 3 days ago

Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, 72, was in critical condition Thursday after undergoing an emergency heart procedure at Dell Seton Medical Center. Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania, is in Austin attending the Republican Governors Association annual meeting at the JW Marriott Austin. At about 7 a.m. Thursday, he called...
Niños discapacitados de Texas se quedan sin recursos, tras recortes
 Los servicios de Medicaid para los niños en Texas que tienen algunas de las discapacidades más severas han disminuido drásticamente en los últimos años, después de que los líderes estatales promulgaran varias medidas para reducir los costos. Uno de los mayores golpes, de acuerdo a los defensores...

Posted: 4 days ago

Los servicios de Medicaid para los niños en Texas que tienen algunas de las discapacidades más severas han disminuido drásticamente en los últimos años, después de que los líderes estatales promulgaran varias medidas para reducir los costos. Uno de los mayores golpes, de acuerdo a los defensores...
Officials don’t budge on pleas for STAAR reprieve to Harvey-hit schools
 Despite pleas by some officials from school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey, the state education commissioner told lawmakers Tuesday that it will be difficult to delay student testing or suspend testing requirements altogether this school year. Commissioner Mike Morath told members of the House Public Education Committee that he doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Despite pleas by some officials from school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey, the state education commissioner told lawmakers Tuesday that it will be difficult to delay student testing or suspend testing requirements altogether this school year. Commissioner Mike Morath told members of the House Public Education Committee that he doesn&rsquo...
State concerned about giving STAAR reprieve to Harvey-affected schools
 Despite pleas from some school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey, the state education commissioner told lawmakers on Tuesday that it will be difficult to delay student testing dates or suspend testing requirements altogether. Commissioner Mike Morath told members of the House Public Education Committee that he doesn’t have the...

Posted: 5 days ago

Despite pleas from some school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey, the state education commissioner told lawmakers on Tuesday that it will be difficult to delay student testing dates or suspend testing requirements altogether. Commissioner Mike Morath told members of the House Public Education Committee that he doesn’t have the...
State board dumps another Mexican-American studies textbook
 The State Board of Education rejected on Friday a Mexican-American studies textbook for Texas high school students that members had said wasn’t comprehensive enough and had contained too many errors. Instead the board will start discussions in January on implementing a statewide Mexican-American studies course that could go into effect...

Posted: 9 days ago

The State Board of Education rejected on Friday a Mexican-American studies textbook for Texas high school students that members had said wasn’t comprehensive enough and had contained too many errors. Instead the board will start discussions in January on implementing a statewide Mexican-American studies course that could go into effect...
Sutherland Springs Sunday service only open to area community members
 2:40 p.m. update: Sunday service at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs will be closed to media, according to a spokesman for the church. The spokesman who did not want to be named told the American-Statesman that the small service is just for members left of the congregation and the Sutherland Springs commmunity and neighboring areas...

Posted: 9 days ago

2:40 p.m. update: Sunday service at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs will be closed to media, according to a spokesman for the church. The spokesman who did not want to be named told the American-Statesman that the small service is just for members left of the congregation and the Sutherland Springs commmunity and neighboring areas...
Austin concert on Sunday to benefit hurricane-devastated Port Aransas
 Bands from the Austin and Corpus Christi areas will hold a fundraiser in South Austin on Sunday to benefit hurricane-devastated Port Aransas. Austin resident Debra Watson said she organized the event after noticing that Port Aransas was not getting the same level of attention and help like Houston, Corpus Christi and Rockport, which were...

Posted: 10 days ago

Bands from the Austin and Corpus Christi areas will hold a fundraiser in South Austin on Sunday to benefit hurricane-devastated Port Aransas. Austin resident Debra Watson said she organized the event after noticing that Port Aransas was not getting the same level of attention and help like Houston, Corpus Christi and Rockport, which were...
Texas panel gives initial thumbs down to Mexican-American textbook
 The State Board of Education on Wednesday tentatively rejected another Mexican-American studies textbook for Texas high school students over concerns that it isn’t comprehensive and contains errors. If the board rejects the book in a final vote Friday, it will be the second time in as many years the board has turned down a Mexican-American...

Posted: 11 days ago

The State Board of Education on Wednesday tentatively rejected another Mexican-American studies textbook for Texas high school students over concerns that it isn’t comprehensive and contains errors. If the board rejects the book in a final vote Friday, it will be the second time in as many years the board has turned down a Mexican-American...