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

Texas CHIP money good through February; Cornyn promises long-term fix
 The Children’s Health Insurance Program in Texas will be funded one month longer than expected, according to a recalculation by the federal government. The program, which insures more than 400,000 low-income children and pregnant women in the state, will be funded through February. Originally, the Texas Health and Human Services had...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The Children’s Health Insurance Program in Texas will be funded one month longer than expected, according to a recalculation by the federal government. The program, which insures more than 400,000 low-income children and pregnant women in the state, will be funded through February. Originally, the Texas Health and Human Services had...
Students in 47 counties will get STAAR reprieve because of Harvey
 Public school students in 47 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey won’t be held back a grade if they fail state standardized tests this school year. Typically, students in the fifth and eighth grades must pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. Mike Morath, head of the Texas Education...

Posted: a day ago

Public school students in 47 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey won’t be held back a grade if they fail state standardized tests this school year. Typically, students in the fifth and eighth grades must pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. Mike Morath, head of the Texas Education...
Abbott: Testing requirements should be dropped for Harvey-hit schools
 Gov. Greg Abbott is putting pressure on the Texas Education Agency to give students in school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey a reprieve from state testing requirements. Students in the fifth and eighth grade must pass the math and reading State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. In a letter on...

Posted: 3 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott is putting pressure on the Texas Education Agency to give students in school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey a reprieve from state testing requirements. Students in the fifth and eighth grade must pass the math and reading State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. In a letter on...
Abbott urges TEA to give Harvey-hit schools a reprieve from STAAR
 Gov. Greg Abbott is putting pressure on the Texas Education Agency to give students in school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey a reprieve from state testing requirements. Students in the fifth and eighth grade must pass the math and reading State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. In a letter on...

Posted: 3 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott is putting pressure on the Texas Education Agency to give students in school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey a reprieve from state testing requirements. Students in the fifth and eighth grade must pass the math and reading State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. In a letter on...
In Austin, Joe Biden talks about loss of son, but not presidential run
 Let’s just get it out of the way: Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t use his stop in Austin on Friday night to announce a bid for president in 2020. Biden’s remarks, during his second visit to Austin in as many months, were centered on the contents of his memoir “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose...

Posted: 6 days ago

Let’s just get it out of the way: Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t use his stop in Austin on Friday night to announce a bid for president in 2020. Biden’s remarks, during his second visit to Austin in as many months, were centered on the contents of his memoir “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose...
Ted Cruz does what Texas Legislature could not: expand ‘school choice’
 The U.S. Senate this month did what the conservative Texas Legislature couldn’t do earlier this year: pass legislation expanding what proponents call private school choice. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tacked onto the Senate’s version of the tax overhaul bill a provision that would allow parents to use college savings accounts...

Posted: 7 days ago

The U.S. Senate this month did what the conservative Texas Legislature couldn’t do earlier this year: pass legislation expanding what proponents call private school choice. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tacked onto the Senate’s version of the tax overhaul bill a provision that would allow parents to use college savings accounts...
Ted Cruz does what Texas Legislature could not: expand ‘school choice’
 The U.S. Senate this month did what the conservative Texas Legislature couldn’t do earlier this year: pass legislation expanding what proponents call private school choice. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tacked on to the Senate’s version of the tax overhaul bill a provision that would allow parents to use college savings accounts...

Posted: 7 days ago

The U.S. Senate this month did what the conservative Texas Legislature couldn’t do earlier this year: pass legislation expanding what proponents call private school choice. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tacked on to the Senate’s version of the tax overhaul bill a provision that would allow parents to use college savings accounts...
Nope, Joe Biden’s stop in Austin wasn’t to announce a run for president
 Let’s just get it out of the way: Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t use his stop in Austin Friday night to announce a bid for president. Biden’s visit, the second to the city in as many months, was centered around the contents of his memoir “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” which...

Posted: 7 days ago

Let’s just get it out of the way: Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t use his stop in Austin Friday night to announce a bid for president. Biden’s visit, the second to the city in as many months, was centered around the contents of his memoir “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” which...
Texas retired teachers leaving state health program in droves
 About 7,800 retired Texas teachers are abandoning the health insurance program the state has created for them — long one of the top benefits for Texas public school teachers — a troubling development for a health care system that faces a $700 million funding shortfall. The abnormally large wave of requests to leave the health...

Posted: 8 days ago

About 7,800 retired Texas teachers are abandoning the health insurance program the state has created for them — long one of the top benefits for Texas public school teachers — a troubling development for a health care system that faces a $700 million funding shortfall. The abnormally large wave of requests to leave the health...
Unos 400,000 niños se quedarían sin seguro de salud CHIP en Texas
 Unos 400,000 niños y mujeres embarazadas de Texas perderían su seguro de salud si el gobierno federal no renueva los fondos para el Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). El Congreso dejó pasar el plazo del 30 de septiembre para reautorizar los fondos para el programa, conocido como CHIP, lo que ha dejado a...

Posted: 10 days ago

Unos 400,000 niños y mujeres embarazadas de Texas perderían su seguro de salud si el gobierno federal no renueva los fondos para el Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). El Congreso dejó pasar el plazo del 30 de septiembre para reautorizar los fondos para el programa, conocido como CHIP, lo que ha dejado a...
Despite improvements, CPS missing mark on timely investigations
 More caseworkers are staying on the job and employee workloads have dropped, but the state’s troubled child protection agency is still missing the mark on seeing children in potential danger in a timely manner. Late last year, the Legislature approved $150 million that gave caseworkers, including child abuse investigators, in Child...

Posted: 10 days ago

More caseworkers are staying on the job and employee workloads have dropped, but the state’s troubled child protection agency is still missing the mark on seeing children in potential danger in a timely manner. Late last year, the Legislature approved $150 million that gave caseworkers, including child abuse investigators, in Child...