Andrea Ball

Investigative reporter

Andrea Ball has worked for the Statesman since 1999, focusing on issues including mental health, poverty and nonprofits. Before that, she worked at newspapers in New York and North Carolina.

Latest from Andrea Ball

Texas special education chief fired after questioning no-bid contract
 The state’s new director of special education was fired Wednesday, one day after she filed a federal complaint claiming the Texas Education Agency wrongly entered into a $4.4 million, no-bid contract with a Georgia company to analyze private records for children with disabilities. Laurie Kash asked the U.S. Department of Education&rsquo...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The state’s new director of special education was fired Wednesday, one day after she filed a federal complaint claiming the Texas Education Agency wrongly entered into a $4.4 million, no-bid contract with a Georgia company to analyze private records for children with disabilities. Laurie Kash asked the U.S. Department of Education&rsquo...
Texas fires special education director, citing civil suit in Oregon
 The Texas Education Agency has fired its special education director. Laurie Kash, who started work in August, was recently accused in a lawsuit of trying to cover up child abuse allegations while she worked as a special education director at Rainier School District in Oregon. The $1.85 million suit claims that Kash ordered several employees...

Posted: 13 hours ago

The Texas Education Agency has fired its special education director. Laurie Kash, who started work in August, was recently accused in a lawsuit of trying to cover up child abuse allegations while she worked as a special education director at Rainier School District in Oregon. The $1.85 million suit claims that Kash ordered several employees...
Lyric Wardlow: Once-homeless teen needs help getting education
 Lyric Wardlow was 9 years old when she became homeless. After she and her mother were evicted from their South Bend, Ind., house, the pair spent years couch surfing, living in homeless shelters, staying in hotels and using temporary housing programs to keep a roof over their heads. They moved to Austin when Wardlow was in high school, but...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Lyric Wardlow was 9 years old when she became homeless. After she and her mother were evicted from their South Bend, Ind., house, the pair spent years couch surfing, living in homeless shelters, staying in hotels and using temporary housing programs to keep a roof over their heads. They moved to Austin when Wardlow was in high school, but...
TEXAS HOMES FOR DISABLED: After $269M in reforms, a glint of hope
 It was supposed to be over by now. In 2009, the State of Texas promised the U.S. Department of Justice that it would clean up its 13 institutions for people with developmental disabilities. Those homes — called state supported living centers — would have quality medical care, offer ample social activities, help residents become...

Posted: 6 days ago

It was supposed to be over by now. In 2009, the State of Texas promised the U.S. Department of Justice that it would clean up its 13 institutions for people with developmental disabilities. Those homes — called state supported living centers — would have quality medical care, offer ample social activities, help residents become...
After $269M in reforms, a glint of hope at Texas homes for disabled
 It was supposed to be over by now. In 2009, the State of Texas promised the U.S. Department of Justice that it would clean up its 13 institutions for people with developmental disabilities. Those homes — called state supported living centers — would have quality medical care, offer ample social activities, help residents...

Posted: 6 days ago

It was supposed to be over by now. In 2009, the State of Texas promised the U.S. Department of Justice that it would clean up its 13 institutions for people with developmental disabilities. Those homes — called state supported living centers — would have quality medical care, offer ample social activities, help residents...
Gov. Abbott asks Congress for $61 billion for Harvey damage
 Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a storm surge barrier in Galveston Bay. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to congressional leaders, asking for federal aid...

Posted: 22 days ago

Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a storm surge barrier in Galveston Bay. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to congressional leaders, asking for federal aid...
Gov. Abbott asks Congress for $61 billion for Harvey damage
 Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a coastal barrier to protect the Galveston Bay from hurricane storm surge. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes that were destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to...

Posted: 22 days ago

Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a coastal barrier to protect the Galveston Bay from hurricane storm surge. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes that were destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to...
Greg Kelley case fuels DA’s push for more scrutiny of felony charges
 With his about-to-be unveiled presentation beaming onto a big screen behind him, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick stood before two dozen police investigators for a candid conversation. The focus of the discussion was what Dick views as his office’s responsibility to thoroughly vet a police investigation before proceeding...

8:15 PM Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017

With his about-to-be unveiled presentation beaming onto a big screen behind him, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick stood before two dozen police investigators for a candid conversation. The focus of the discussion was what Dick views as his office’s responsibility to thoroughly vet a police investigation before proceeding...
Greg Kelley case fuels DA’s push for more scrutiny of felony charges
 With his about-to-be unveiled presentation beaming onto a big screen behind him, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick stood before two dozen police investigators for a candid conversation. The focus of the discussion was what Dick views as his office’s responsibility to thoroughly vet a police investigation before proceeding...

8:07 PM Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017

With his about-to-be unveiled presentation beaming onto a big screen behind him, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick stood before two dozen police investigators for a candid conversation. The focus of the discussion was what Dick views as his office’s responsibility to thoroughly vet a police investigation before proceeding...
Hundreds of true believers drawn to Greg Kelley sex assault case
 Each year, tens of thousands of child sexual assault abuse cases quietly churn through Texas courts, and sometimes, they also lead to appeals similar to that of Greg Kelley, who is seeking to have his conviction and mandatory 25-year prison sentence overturned. But in the four years since his arrest, Kelley’s case has sparked endless...

7:40 PM Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

Each year, tens of thousands of child sexual assault abuse cases quietly churn through Texas courts, and sometimes, they also lead to appeals similar to that of Greg Kelley, who is seeking to have his conviction and mandatory 25-year prison sentence overturned. But in the four years since his arrest, Kelley’s case has sparked endless...
Hundreds of true believers drawn to Greg Kelley sex assault case
 Standing on the back of a pickup at Leander High School with a Radio Shack megaphone in his hand and hundreds of people staring at him, Jake Brydon realized he had just done something either really good or really, really bad. It was the summer of 2014, and the Williamson County construction company owner had kick-started an effort to help...

7:37 PM Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

Standing on the back of a pickup at Leander High School with a Radio Shack megaphone in his hand and hundreds of people staring at him, Jake Brydon realized he had just done something either really good or really, really bad. It was the summer of 2014, and the Williamson County construction company owner had kick-started an effort to help...