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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

House panel OK’s bill that would create ‘do not hire’ teacher registry

Posted: 15 hours ago

A bill that would create a “do not hire” list of teachers who have been convicted of improper relationships with students has advanced to the Texas House. House Bill 1799, filed by Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park, seeks to curb the growing number of improper relationships between teachers and students across the state by expanding...
House’s special education school choice bill garners criticism, cheers
 Parents, educators and advocacy groups Thursday night both lauded and lambasted a Texas House bill that would create a school choice program for special education students. House Bill 1335 filed by Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, would spend state money to help parents of special education students pay private school tuition, among other...

Posted: a day ago

Parents, educators and advocacy groups Thursday night both lauded and lambasted a Texas House bill that would create a school choice program for special education students. House Bill 1335 filed by Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, would spend state money to help parents of special education students pay private school tuition, among other...
House panel weighs bill that would allow guns in school parking lots
 The House Public Education Committee heard testimony Thursday for a bill that would allow handguns on public school property in certain situations. House Bill 1692, filed by state Rep. Cole Hefner, R-Mt. Pleasant, would allow licensed individuals to store a firearm in a locked car that is parked in a school parking lot. The bill has 43 authors...

Posted: a day ago

The House Public Education Committee heard testimony Thursday for a bill that would allow handguns on public school property in certain situations. House Bill 1692, filed by state Rep. Cole Hefner, R-Mt. Pleasant, would allow licensed individuals to store a firearm in a locked car that is parked in a school parking lot. The bill has 43 authors...
Senate OK’s bill that would spend $100 million for school facilities
 The Texas Senate passed a bill Thursday that would dole out $100 million to traditional school districts and charter schools to build and maintain facilities over the next two years. Currently, charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated, can’t levy property taxes like traditional school districts to pay for construction...

Posted: a day ago

The Texas Senate passed a bill Thursday that would dole out $100 million to traditional school districts and charter schools to build and maintain facilities over the next two years. Currently, charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated, can’t levy property taxes like traditional school districts to pay for construction...
Senate approves bill to alleviate charter school construction costs
 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Wednesday that he would push for more money for Texas charter schools during budget negotiations between the House and Senate. Officials from public charter schools, which are privately operated, have been pleading for the last few legislative sessions for more funding to help them build and maintain facilities...

Posted: a day ago

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Wednesday that he would push for more money for Texas charter schools during budget negotiations between the House and Senate. Officials from public charter schools, which are privately operated, have been pleading for the last few legislative sessions for more funding to help them build and maintain facilities...
Special education school choice bill draws crowd to House hearing
 Parents, educators and advocacy groups Thursday night both lauded and lambasted a House bill that would create a school choice program for special education students. House Bill 1335 filed by Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, would spend state money to help special education students pay for private school tuition, among other non-public school...

Posted: a day ago

Parents, educators and advocacy groups Thursday night both lauded and lambasted a House bill that would create a school choice program for special education students. House Bill 1335 filed by Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, would spend state money to help special education students pay for private school tuition, among other non-public school...
Bill would loosen gun restrictions on public school property
 The House Public Education Committee heard testimony Thursday for a bill that would allow handguns on public school property in certain situations. House Bill 1692, filed by state Rep. Cole Hefner, R-Mt. Pleasant, would allow licensed individuals to store a firearm in a locked car that is parked in a school parking lot. The bill has 43 authors...

Posted: a day ago

The House Public Education Committee heard testimony Thursday for a bill that would allow handguns on public school property in certain situations. House Bill 1692, filed by state Rep. Cole Hefner, R-Mt. Pleasant, would allow licensed individuals to store a firearm in a locked car that is parked in a school parking lot. The bill has 43 authors...
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick vows to push for charter school funding
 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Wednesday that he would push for more money for Texas charter schools during budget negotiations between the House and Senate. Officials from public charter schools, which are privately operated, have been pleading for the last few legislative sessions for more funding to help them build and maintain facilities...

Posted: 2 days ago

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Wednesday that he would push for more money for Texas charter schools during budget negotiations between the House and Senate. Officials from public charter schools, which are privately operated, have been pleading for the last few legislative sessions for more funding to help them build and maintain facilities...
NOT IN BUDGET: Hundreds flock to Capitol to support charter school funding
 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Wednesday that he would push for more money for Texas charter schools during budget negotiations between the House and Senate. Officials from public charter schools, which are privately operated, have been pleading for the last few legislative sessions for more funding to help them build and maintain facilities...

Posted: 3 days ago

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Wednesday that he would push for more money for Texas charter schools during budget negotiations between the House and Senate. Officials from public charter schools, which are privately operated, have been pleading for the last few legislative sessions for more funding to help them build and maintain facilities...
Lawmakers consider bill that would reduce the number of STAAR tests
 A Central Texas lawmaker has filed a bill that would scale back the number of state standardized tests, including social studies and writing. More than two dozen lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, have signed on as co-authors of House Bill 1333, filed by Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs. The bill was heard in the House Public...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Central Texas lawmaker has filed a bill that would scale back the number of state standardized tests, including social studies and writing. More than two dozen lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, have signed on as co-authors of House Bill 1333, filed by Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs. The bill was heard in the House Public...
Lawmakers to consider bill to scale back STAAR requirement Tuesday
 The Texas Senate could have considered a bill on Tuesday that would continue a policy that allows high school students to graduate even if they fail state standardized tests. The Senate did not debate the bill on Tuesday but it could do so in the coming days. Senate Bill 463 filed by Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, would allow schools to graduate...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Texas Senate could have considered a bill on Tuesday that would continue a policy that allows high school students to graduate even if they fail state standardized tests. The Senate did not debate the bill on Tuesday but it could do so in the coming days. Senate Bill 463 filed by Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, would allow schools to graduate...