Melissa B. Taboada

K-12 education reporter

Melissa B. Taboada writes about K-12 public education for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the newspaper since 1999, previously covering suburban and county government, child welfare issues and the housing market, as well as writing a family life column for several years. Melissa studied journalism at the University of North Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Cedar Park with her husband and their two sons.

Latest from Melissa B. Taboada

Austin schools start Aug. 21 this year, a week earlier than in the past

Posted: a day ago

The Austin school district is starting the 2017-18 school year on August 21, one week earlier than in the past. The state requires districts to not start school prior to the fourth Monday in August. While charter schools have the flexibility to alter their start dates, traditional public school districts have less leeway to start earlier...
Why Austin school board won’t hedge its bet on a $1 billion bond
 The Austin school board in November will place before voters a single $1.1 billion bond proposition, a departure from previous bond elections when the district tried to hedge its bets. Instead of offering one big bond, past Austin school boards in the last 15 yearsbroke their funding requests into several distinct propositions, expecting...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Austin school board in November will place before voters a single $1.1 billion bond proposition, a departure from previous bond elections when the district tried to hedge its bets. Instead of offering one big bond, past Austin school boards in the last 15 yearsbroke their funding requests into several distinct propositions, expecting...
Why Austin school board won’t hedge its bet on a $1 billion school bond
 The Austin school board in November will place before voters a single $1.1 billion bond proposition, a departure from previous bond elections when the district tried to hedge its bets. Instead of offering one big bond, past Austin school boards in the last 15 years broke their funding requests into several distinct propositions, expecting...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Austin school board in November will place before voters a single $1.1 billion bond proposition, a departure from previous bond elections when the district tried to hedge its bets. Instead of offering one big bond, past Austin school boards in the last 15 years broke their funding requests into several distinct propositions, expecting...
Austin-area educator named Texas PTA Elementary Teacher of the Year
 Natalie Mahany, a third grade teacher at Rooster Springs Elementary in Dripping Springs, has been named the 2017 Texas PTA Elementary Teacher of the Year. Mahany has been a teacher for 18 years. She will continue into her 19th this fall and has served in the district for nearly all of her teaching career. She previously was honored as the...

Posted: 14 days ago

Natalie Mahany, a third grade teacher at Rooster Springs Elementary in Dripping Springs, has been named the 2017 Texas PTA Elementary Teacher of the Year. Mahany has been a teacher for 18 years. She will continue into her 19th this fall and has served in the district for nearly all of her teaching career. She previously was honored as the...
Dropping STAAR scores in Texas raise questions — and testing angst
 Texas elementary and middle school students did worse on state standardized tests this year on all subjects except for math. The percentages of students in grades three through eight who passed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in the spring were lower in most subjects compared to last year’s results. Students struggled...

Posted: 16 days ago

Texas elementary and middle school students did worse on state standardized tests this year on all subjects except for math. The percentages of students in grades three through eight who passed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in the spring were lower in most subjects compared to last year’s results. Students struggled...
Drops in Texas STAAR scores raise questions — and testing angst
 Texas students did worse on state standardized tests this year on all subjects except for math. The percentages of students who passed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in the spring were lower in most subjects compared with last year’s results. Students struggled the most on reading and English tests, with the statewide...

Posted: 16 days ago

Texas students did worse on state standardized tests this year on all subjects except for math. The percentages of students who passed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in the spring were lower in most subjects compared with last year’s results. Students struggled the most on reading and English tests, with the statewide...
Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation gives $50 million to future teachers
 The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation will invest $50 million over the next decade to provide scholarships for future teachers. The new Raising Texas Teachers initiative, announced at the University of Texas on Monday, will award $8,000 annual scholarships to college students pursuing a teaching career through the Charles Butt Scholarship...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation will invest $50 million over the next decade to provide scholarships for future teachers. The new Raising Texas Teachers initiative, announced at the University of Texas on Monday, will award $8,000 annual scholarships to college students pursuing a teaching career through the Charles Butt Scholarship...
Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation gives $50 million for future teachers
 The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation is pumping $50 million over the next decade into scholarships for future teachers. Through the new Raising Texas Teachers initiative, college students pursuing a teaching career can get $8,000 annually in scholarship funding through the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. Raising Texas Teachers...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation is pumping $50 million over the next decade into scholarships for future teachers. Through the new Raising Texas Teachers initiative, college students pursuing a teaching career can get $8,000 annually in scholarship funding through the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. Raising Texas Teachers...
POLL: Most voters blame state for school money woes, support bond
 Nearly 3 in 4 of Austin voters blame the state, and not the school district, for driving up their property taxes, according to a poll commissioned by a political action committee pushing for a November school bond. That sentiment could play to the district’s favor as it seeks more than $1 billion in a November bond package that...

Posted: 22 days ago

Nearly 3 in 4 of Austin voters blame the state, and not the school district, for driving up their property taxes, according to a poll commissioned by a political action committee pushing for a November school bond. That sentiment could play to the district’s favor as it seeks more than $1 billion in a November bond package that...
Poll: Most voters blame state for school money woes, support bond
 Nearly 3 in 4 of Austin voters blame the state, and not the school district, for driving up their property taxes, according to a poll commissioned by a political action committee pushing for a November school bond. That sentiment could play to the district’s favor as it seeks more than $1 billion in a November bond package that would...

Posted: 22 days ago

Nearly 3 in 4 of Austin voters blame the state, and not the school district, for driving up their property taxes, according to a poll commissioned by a political action committee pushing for a November school bond. That sentiment could play to the district’s favor as it seeks more than $1 billion in a November bond package that would...
TOPS IN TEXAS: AISD expands its services for dyslexic students
 A multiyear effort to identify dyslexic students and better provide them with tools to learn has led to nearly five times as many students receiving dyslexia intervention services in Austin schools, and 80 evaluators with specialized training to help them. In the fall, the school district will go a step further as it launches its first specialty...

Posted: 22 days ago

A multiyear effort to identify dyslexic students and better provide them with tools to learn has led to nearly five times as many students receiving dyslexia intervention services in Austin schools, and 80 evaluators with specialized training to help them. In the fall, the school district will go a step further as it launches its first specialty...