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

Lawmakers provide little extra money for Austin-area school districts
 Despite talk of teacher raises and a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Texas House that would have infused $1.8 billion into Texas schools, lawmakers left Austin this week without moving the needle much on education funding. At the end of the 29-day special legislative session this week, the Legislature passed a scaled back version of House...

Posted: a day ago

Despite talk of teacher raises and a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Texas House that would have infused $1.8 billion into Texas schools, lawmakers left Austin this week without moving the needle much on education funding. At the end of the 29-day special legislative session this week, the Legislature passed a scaled back version of House...
Legislature sends $563 million education bill to Abbott
 After hours of closed-door negotiations, the Texas House reluctantly agreed on Tuesday to a Senate plan to inject $351 million into the public education system over the next two years — a far less than House leaders had wanted to spend. “To say I’m disappointed is an understatement,” said Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston...

Posted: 3 days ago

After hours of closed-door negotiations, the Texas House reluctantly agreed on Tuesday to a Senate plan to inject $351 million into the public education system over the next two years — a far less than House leaders had wanted to spend. “To say I’m disappointed is an understatement,” said Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston...
With 2 days to go, here’s what to watch in special legislative session
 With most pieces of legislation dead or passed swiftly onto Gov. Greg Abbott, property tax relief and public education are the two of the largest remaining issues that lawmakers will tackle in the final two days of the special legislative session. All work must be completed by midnight Wednesday, when the 30-day special session must end....

Posted: 3 days ago

With most pieces of legislation dead or passed swiftly onto Gov. Greg Abbott, property tax relief and public education are the two of the largest remaining issues that lawmakers will tackle in the final two days of the special legislative session. All work must be completed by midnight Wednesday, when the 30-day special session must end....
Legislature OKs $563 million bill for retired teachers, schools
 6:30 p.m. update: The Texas House reluctantly agreed on Tuesday to a $1.5 billion cut to one of its bills that would now inject $351 million into the public education system over the next two years. “To say I’m disappointed is an understatement,” said Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, the author of House Bill 21. “The biggest...

Posted: 4 days ago

6:30 p.m. update: The Texas House reluctantly agreed on Tuesday to a $1.5 billion cut to one of its bills that would now inject $351 million into the public education system over the next two years. “To say I’m disappointed is an understatement,” said Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, the author of House Bill 21. “The biggest...
Texas House tentatively approves Senate bill to study school funding
 The Texas House on Monday tentatively approved 142-2 Senate Bill 16, which would create a 15-member commission to study and make recommendations on the state’s beleaguered school finance system. The commission would be comprised of lawmakers, teachers and school officials as well those from the business and civic communities. The commission...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Texas House on Monday tentatively approved 142-2 Senate Bill 16, which would create a 15-member commission to study and make recommendations on the state’s beleaguered school finance system. The commission would be comprised of lawmakers, teachers and school officials as well those from the business and civic communities. The commission...
Texas House tentatively approves bill to study school funding
 The Texas House on Monday tentatively approved 142-2 Senate Bill 16, which would create a 15-member commission to study and make recommendations on the state’s beleaguered school finance system. The commission would be comprised of lawmakers, teachers and school officials as well those from the business and civic communities. The commission...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Texas House on Monday tentatively approved 142-2 Senate Bill 16, which would create a 15-member commission to study and make recommendations on the state’s beleaguered school finance system. The commission would be comprised of lawmakers, teachers and school officials as well those from the business and civic communities. The commission...
Bill restricting insurance coverage of abortions goes to Gov. Abbott
 The Senate on Sunday advanced to Gov. Greg Abbott a bill prohibiting insurance coverage for abortions in private plans, insurance offered to state workers and coverage purchased under the Affordable Care Act, unless the mother’s life is in danger. House Bill 214, which passed the Senate 20-10, would still allow women to purchase supplemental...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Senate on Sunday advanced to Gov. Greg Abbott a bill prohibiting insurance coverage for abortions in private plans, insurance offered to state workers and coverage purchased under the Affordable Care Act, unless the mother’s life is in danger. House Bill 214, which passed the Senate 20-10, would still allow women to purchase supplemental...
Tree bill in trouble; annexation bill sent to Abbott
 Legislation to limit city tree ordinances ran into a potentially fatal problem and House Republicans scrambled to overcome trouble for the long-sought conservative goal of capping state spending as the Legislature, entering the final sprint of the special session, worked into the night again Sunday. Several of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities...

Posted: 5 days ago

Legislation to limit city tree ordinances ran into a potentially fatal problem and House Republicans scrambled to overcome trouble for the long-sought conservative goal of capping state spending as the Legislature, entering the final sprint of the special session, worked into the night again Sunday. Several of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities...
As special session deadline looms, lawmakers work late Saturday
 With a midnight Wednesday deadline looming for the special session, the Legislature worked into the night Saturday, debating and voting on bills related to a half-dozen of Gov. Greg Abbott’s conservative priorities. The House gave final approval Saturday to a bill limiting cities’ annexation powers, while the Senate gave preliminary...

Posted: 6 days ago

With a midnight Wednesday deadline looming for the special session, the Legislature worked into the night Saturday, debating and voting on bills related to a half-dozen of Gov. Greg Abbott’s conservative priorities. The House gave final approval Saturday to a bill limiting cities’ annexation powers, while the Senate gave preliminary...
Senate tentatively OKs bill banning insurance coverage of abortions
 The Senate on Saturday tentatively approved 20-10 House Bill 214, which would ban insurance coverage of abortions. The bill was approved along party lines with Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, abstaining. Under House Bill 214, private and state employee health plans as well as plans in the Affordable Care Act may not include coverage...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Senate on Saturday tentatively approved 20-10 House Bill 214, which would ban insurance coverage of abortions. The bill was approved along party lines with Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, abstaining. Under House Bill 214, private and state employee health plans as well as plans in the Affordable Care Act may not include coverage...
Texas Senate panel cut $1.5 billion from House school finance proposal
 The Texas Senate Education Committee Friday gutted a House bill that would have injected $1.8 billion into the public education system. The Senate version of House Bill 21 would spend $311 million — instead of the original $1.8 billion proposed — over the next two years, further highlighting the mounting discord between the...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Texas Senate Education Committee Friday gutted a House bill that would have injected $1.8 billion into the public education system. The Senate version of House Bill 21 would spend $311 million — instead of the original $1.8 billion proposed — over the next two years, further highlighting the mounting discord between the...