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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

New Austin charter school gets state approval to open three campuses
 The State Board of Education on Friday gave a charter school permission to open three new campuses in Austin, likely pulling students from the Austin school district, which has for years endured declining enrollment. The state panel last approved a new charter school for Austin in 2014, although existing charter schools — which are...

Posted: 5 days ago

The State Board of Education on Friday gave a charter school permission to open three new campuses in Austin, likely pulling students from the Austin school district, which has for years endured declining enrollment. The state panel last approved a new charter school for Austin in 2014, although existing charter schools — which are...
NEW NOW: New Austin charter school wins approval of state panel
 The State Board of Education on Friday approved a charter school to open three new campuses over a five-year period in north and south Austin. The state panel hasn’t approved a suite of new charter schools, which are privately-run public schools, in Austin since 2014 even though existing charter schools have opened new campuses throughout...

Posted: 5 days ago

The State Board of Education on Friday approved a charter school to open three new campuses over a five-year period in north and south Austin. The state panel hasn’t approved a suite of new charter schools, which are privately-run public schools, in Austin since 2014 even though existing charter schools have opened new campuses throughout...
Already pinched, Texas parks not getting promised state money
 The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department won’t see $36 million in promised state money over the next two years even as the agency grapples with millions of dollars in backlogged park maintenance. In 2015, state lawmakers passed a law to dedicate 94 percent of sporting good tax money to the state parks department, but that portion...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department won’t see $36 million in promised state money over the next two years even as the agency grapples with millions of dollars in backlogged park maintenance. In 2015, state lawmakers passed a law to dedicate 94 percent of sporting good tax money to the state parks department, but that portion...
Already pinched, Texas parks not getting promised state money
 The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department won’t see $36 million in promised state money over the next two years even as the agency grapples with millions of dollars in backlogged park maintenance. In 2015, state lawmakers passed a law to dedicate 94 percent of sporting good tax money to the state parks department, but that portion has...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department won’t see $36 million in promised state money over the next two years even as the agency grapples with millions of dollars in backlogged park maintenance. In 2015, state lawmakers passed a law to dedicate 94 percent of sporting good tax money to the state parks department, but that portion has...
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is running for re-election
 George P. Bush announced Monday that he will seek re-election as land commissioner in 2018. Bush, 41, has served since 2015 as head of the state agency that oversees state lands and natural resources, which are used, among other purposes, to provide revenue for the Permanent School Fund. The $37 billion fund is the nation’s largest...

Posted: 9 days ago

George P. Bush announced Monday that he will seek re-election as land commissioner in 2018. Bush, 41, has served since 2015 as head of the state agency that oversees state lands and natural resources, which are used, among other purposes, to provide revenue for the Permanent School Fund. The $37 billion fund is the nation’s largest...
George P. Bush announces reelection bid for land commissioner
 George P. Bush has officially announced that he will run for reelection as land commissioner in 2018. Bush, 41, has served since 2015 as head of the state office that oversees state lands and natural resources, which are used, among other purposes, to maintain revenue for the Permanent School Fund. The $37 billion fund is the largest education...

Posted: 9 days ago

George P. Bush has officially announced that he will run for reelection as land commissioner in 2018. Bush, 41, has served since 2015 as head of the state office that oversees state lands and natural resources, which are used, among other purposes, to maintain revenue for the Permanent School Fund. The $37 billion fund is the largest education...
Sandra Bland Act signed into law to address mental health of prisoners
 Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law the Sandra Bland Act which, among several provisions, requires more training for jailers on mental health issues of prisoners. “It is time that we make progress in criminal justice reform that will keep both law enforcement and the public safe and prevent future tragedies like Sandra Bland&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law the Sandra Bland Act which, among several provisions, requires more training for jailers on mental health issues of prisoners. “It is time that we make progress in criminal justice reform that will keep both law enforcement and the public safe and prevent future tragedies like Sandra Bland&rsquo...
Religious-refusal of gay foster parents now allowed under Texas law
 A bill that would allow faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to decline to place children with gay, lesbian and transgender households has become law. Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 3859 on Thursday. During the legislative session, lawmakers who supported the bill said that it would protect the free practice of religion...

Posted: 13 days ago

A bill that would allow faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to decline to place children with gay, lesbian and transgender households has become law. Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 3859 on Thursday. During the legislative session, lawmakers who supported the bill said that it would protect the free practice of religion...
Bill that scales back how the state grades schools becomes law
 Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into a law a bill that scales back the way the state will grade school districts and campuses. House Bill 22, which addresses the A-F accountability system, reduces the number of categories from five to three under which school districts and campuses are evaluated. It also postpones implementing the system for...

Posted: 13 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into a law a bill that scales back the way the state will grade school districts and campuses. House Bill 22, which addresses the A-F accountability system, reduces the number of categories from five to three under which school districts and campuses are evaluated. It also postpones implementing the system for...
Parents can soon see how their kids answered on the STAAR
 The Texas Education Agency has revamped an online portal so it will allow parents, for the first time, to see how their kids answered on the most recent administration of state standardized tests. Starting June 30, parents of third- through eighth-grade students will be able to log on to texasassessments.com and see how their child...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Texas Education Agency has revamped an online portal so it will allow parents, for the first time, to see how their kids answered on the most recent administration of state standardized tests. Starting June 30, parents of third- through eighth-grade students will be able to log on to texasassessments.com and see how their child...
Parents can soon see how their kids answered on the STAAR
 The Texas Education Agency has revamped an online portal so it will allow parents, for the first time, to see how their kids answered on the most recent administration of state standardized tests. Starting June 30, parents of third- through eighth-grade students will be able to log on to texasassessments.com and see how their child answered...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Texas Education Agency has revamped an online portal so it will allow parents, for the first time, to see how their kids answered on the most recent administration of state standardized tests. Starting June 30, parents of third- through eighth-grade students will be able to log on to texasassessments.com and see how their child answered...