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

After Hurricane Harvey, Port Aransas faces long road to recovery
 When the din of power saws and hammering had stopped, quiet filled the streets of Port Aransas on a recent warm Friday afternoon. Just blocks from the wrecked shops, restaurants and vacation rentals, the beach, cleared of debris, was empty. Seven weeks after the eye of Hurricane Harvey passed just north of this idyllic beach town of 4,000...

Posted: 3 days ago

When the din of power saws and hammering had stopped, quiet filled the streets of Port Aransas on a recent warm Friday afternoon. Just blocks from the wrecked shops, restaurants and vacation rentals, the beach, cleared of debris, was empty. Seven weeks after the eye of Hurricane Harvey passed just north of this idyllic beach town of 4,000...
After Hurricane Harvey, Port Aransas faces long road to recovery
 When the din of power saws and hammering had stopped, quiet filled the streets of Port Aransas on a recent warm Friday afternoon. Just blocks from the wrecked shops, restaurants and vacation rentals, the beach, cleared of debris, was empty. Seven weeks after the eye of Hurricane Harvey passed just north of this idyllic beach town of 4,000...

Posted: 4 days ago

When the din of power saws and hammering had stopped, quiet filled the streets of Port Aransas on a recent warm Friday afternoon. Just blocks from the wrecked shops, restaurants and vacation rentals, the beach, cleared of debris, was empty. Seven weeks after the eye of Hurricane Harvey passed just north of this idyllic beach town of 4,000...
Struggling after Harvey, Texas schools plead for relief from state
 Officials from more than a dozen school districts devastated by Hurricane Harvey pleaded with state lawmakers on Thursday for some relief as the districts slowly recover. Among the most common requests made to the Texas House Public Education Committee was for more money in anticipation of tax revenue loss; more money to help educate an increasing...

Posted: 5 days ago

Officials from more than a dozen school districts devastated by Hurricane Harvey pleaded with state lawmakers on Thursday for some relief as the districts slowly recover. Among the most common requests made to the Texas House Public Education Committee was for more money in anticipation of tax revenue loss; more money to help educate an increasing...
In South Texas, students await return to hurricane-ravaged schools
 Dylan Samora started his junior year at a new school. An athlete and straight-A student, he’s being challenged academically and has been invited to join the football team. But that doesn’t matter to the 16-year-old for one reason — he’s not in Aransas Pass High School. “The punch in the gut is not knowing when...

Posted: 11 days ago

Dylan Samora started his junior year at a new school. An athlete and straight-A student, he’s being challenged academically and has been invited to join the football team. But that doesn’t matter to the 16-year-old for one reason — he’s not in Aransas Pass High School. “The punch in the gut is not knowing when...
400,000 Texas children at risk of losing health insurance
 About 400,000 Texas children and pregnant women could lose health insurance coverage if the federal government doesn’t renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Congress missed the Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize funding for the program, commonly known as CHIP, leaving some states with enough money for the program...

Posted: 14 days ago

About 400,000 Texas children and pregnant women could lose health insurance coverage if the federal government doesn’t renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Congress missed the Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize funding for the program, commonly known as CHIP, leaving some states with enough money for the program...
Travis County DA asked to investigate anti-abortion group
 A government watchdog group has asked the Travis County district attorney’s office to investigate whether a Round Rock-based anti-abortion group, which was awarded $6.6 million in state contracts, misused taxpayer money. In the complaint filed Tuesday, Campaign for Accountability, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit examining &ldquo...

Posted: 21 days ago

A government watchdog group has asked the Travis County district attorney’s office to investigate whether a Round Rock-based anti-abortion group, which was awarded $6.6 million in state contracts, misused taxpayer money. In the complaint filed Tuesday, Campaign for Accountability, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit examining &ldquo...
Hegar: Harvey won’t hurt state revenue, but could hurt schools
 Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar was hesitant to give an estimate Saturday of how much Hurricane Harvey will cost the state, but he said the federal government will pick up most of the bill. Executive editor of the Texas Tribune Ross Ramsey asked Hegar during the Texas Tribune Festival if he believes the cost of past hurricanes will be comparable...

Posted: 24 days ago

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar was hesitant to give an estimate Saturday of how much Hurricane Harvey will cost the state, but he said the federal government will pick up most of the bill. Executive editor of the Texas Tribune Ross Ramsey asked Hegar during the Texas Tribune Festival if he believes the cost of past hurricanes will be comparable...
Shrugging off critics, Straus confident in Texas House speaker win
 A day after drawing an opponent for Texas House speaker, state Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, said Saturday he’s confident he will keep his role as speaker for a historic sixth term in 2019. “I wouldn’t run for re-election if I didn’t think I’d have a leadership role,” Straus said, answering a series of...

Posted: 25 days ago

A day after drawing an opponent for Texas House speaker, state Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, said Saturday he’s confident he will keep his role as speaker for a historic sixth term in 2019. “I wouldn’t run for re-election if I didn’t think I’d have a leadership role,” Straus said, answering a series of...
State to hand over foster care services in Bexar County, Abilene areas
 State officials announced Tuesday that they will relinquish major foster care services in Bexar County as well as 30 counties in the Abilene area to a nonprofit or local governmental entity. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will issue a request for applications in the Abilene area this month and for Bexar County in November...

Posted: 28 days ago

State officials announced Tuesday that they will relinquish major foster care services in Bexar County as well as 30 counties in the Abilene area to a nonprofit or local governmental entity. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will issue a request for applications in the Abilene area this month and for Bexar County in November...
Harvey an additional obstacle for Texas students with disabilities
 Disability rights advocates are urging families of special education students who were displaced by Hurricane Harvey to brush up on the kinds of services they are entitled to in public school. Advocates and families of children with disabilities have expressed concerns about replacing assistive technology in storm-damaged schools; children...

10:39 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

Disability rights advocates are urging families of special education students who were displaced by Hurricane Harvey to brush up on the kinds of services they are entitled to in public school. Advocates and families of children with disabilities have expressed concerns about replacing assistive technology in storm-damaged schools; children...
STATESMAN EXCLUSIVE: Improper teacher-student relationship cases soar
 Amid increasing scrutiny from top state officials of teachers accused of soliciting romantic relationships from students, the number of such cases has jumped for the ninth year in a row. In the one-year period that ended Sept. 1, the Texas Education Agency opened 302 cases against public teachers who have been accused of having improper relationships...

12:14 AM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

Amid increasing scrutiny from top state officials of teachers accused of soliciting romantic relationships from students, the number of such cases has jumped for the ninth year in a row. In the one-year period that ended Sept. 1, the Texas Education Agency opened 302 cases against public teachers who have been accused of having improper relationships...