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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

Average Austin property tax bill hits $7,600, up $517 from last year
 The Johnson family didn’t want to leave Austin. They loved their home nestled in the popular Circle C neighborhood, with close friends as neighbors, a short commute and good schools. But after 10 years of living in their 2,800 square-foot south Austin home, the property taxes increased so much that they became greater than the actual...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The Johnson family didn’t want to leave Austin. They loved their home nestled in the popular Circle C neighborhood, with close friends as neighbors, a short commute and good schools. But after 10 years of living in their 2,800 square-foot south Austin home, the property taxes increased so much that they became greater than the actual...
Pro-AISD bond group raises $186,000 in campaign funds
 A political action committee supporting the Austin district’s school bonds has raised $186,000 to lobby voters to approve the $1.1 billion bond measure, with substantial support from the city’s business community, especially those in the building trade. The Committee for Austin’s Children PAC has spent about $76,000 on flyers...

Posted: 4 days ago

A political action committee supporting the Austin district’s school bonds has raised $186,000 to lobby voters to approve the $1.1 billion bond measure, with substantial support from the city’s business community, especially those in the building trade. The Committee for Austin’s Children PAC has spent about $76,000 on flyers...
DPS steps up enforcement on drivers who pass school buses illegally
 Texas state troopers are stepping up their efforts to catch drivers who pass school buses illegally as a part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs through Friday. From January 2016 through mid-October of this year, the Department of Public Safety issued 1,100 citations for drivers who illegally passed a stopped school bus. The Austin...

Posted: 5 days ago

Texas state troopers are stepping up their efforts to catch drivers who pass school buses illegally as a part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs through Friday. From January 2016 through mid-October of this year, the Department of Public Safety issued 1,100 citations for drivers who illegally passed a stopped school bus. The Austin...
DPS steps up enforcement on drivers who pass school buses illegally
 Texas state troopers are stepping up their efforts to catch drivers who pass school buses illegally as a part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs through Friday. From January 2016 through mid-October of this year, the Department of Public Safety issued 1,100 citations for drivers who illegally passed a stopped school bus. WATCH...

Posted: 6 days ago

Texas state troopers are stepping up their efforts to catch drivers who pass school buses illegally as a part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs through Friday. From January 2016 through mid-October of this year, the Department of Public Safety issued 1,100 citations for drivers who illegally passed a stopped school bus. WATCH...
AUSTIN SCHOOL BOND FORUM: Questions of segregation, inequity addressed
 School and community leaders Wednesday night debated whether the Austin school district’s $1.1 billion bond measure  would benefit students equally across the district, and raised issues such as the bond’s tax impact, segregation in the schools and how to address underenrolled schools. Trustee Ted Gordon said that while he has...

Posted: 8 days ago

School and community leaders Wednesday night debated whether the Austin school district’s $1.1 billion bond measure would benefit students equally across the district, and raised issues such as the bond’s tax impact, segregation in the schools and how to address underenrolled schools. Trustee Ted Gordon said that while he has...
School, community leaders debate equity in $1.1B Austin district bond
 8:20 p.m. UPDATE: School and community leaders Wednesday night debated whether there is equity in the Austin school district’s $1.1 billion bond measure, and raised issues such as district segregation, the tax impact of the bond and school closures. Trustee Ted Gordon said that while he has concerns with aspects of the bond, its failure...

Posted: 9 days ago

8:20 p.m. UPDATE: School and community leaders Wednesday night debated whether there is equity in the Austin school district’s $1.1 billion bond measure, and raised issues such as district segregation, the tax impact of the bond and school closures. Trustee Ted Gordon said that while he has concerns with aspects of the bond, its failure...
Ex-Council Member Zimmerman joins East Austin foes to oppose AISD bond
 An unlikely alliance has formed to oppose the Austin school district’s $1.1 billion bond measure in November. The Save East Austin Schools political action committee, which says the bond proposal will worsen segregation and do little for the district’s neediest students, says one of the group’s stronger allies is the Travis...

Posted: 10 days ago

An unlikely alliance has formed to oppose the Austin school district’s $1.1 billion bond measure in November. The Save East Austin Schools political action committee, which says the bond proposal will worsen segregation and do little for the district’s neediest students, says one of the group’s stronger allies is the Travis...
Diverse group of opponents rally against Austin ISD’s $1.1 billion bond
 A group of about 20 community leaders gathered outside LBJ High School Tuesday afternoon to voice their opposition to the Austin school district’s $1.1 billion bond measure. Some in the group have very different political views than others, but said they are unified in their desire to defeat the bond package that will go before Austin...

Posted: 10 days ago

A group of about 20 community leaders gathered outside LBJ High School Tuesday afternoon to voice their opposition to the Austin school district’s $1.1 billion bond measure. Some in the group have very different political views than others, but said they are unified in their desire to defeat the bond package that will go before Austin...
Developer sues Austin ISD over Alamo Drafthouse dealings
 A developer is suing the Austin school district over the Baker Center, a former school that is one of the surplus properties the district is considering selling or leasing. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Colina West Limited, owned by developer David Kahn, alleges the district chose Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a “significantly lower bid&rdquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

A developer is suing the Austin school district over the Baker Center, a former school that is one of the surplus properties the district is considering selling or leasing. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Colina West Limited, owned by developer David Kahn, alleges the district chose Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a “significantly lower bid&rdquo...
Developer sues Austin ISD over Alamo Drafthouse dealings
 An Austin developer is suing the Austin school district over the Baker Center, a former school that is one of the surplus properties the district is considering selling or leasing. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Colina West Limited, owned by developer David Kahn, alleges the district chose Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a “significantly...

Posted: 11 days ago

An Austin developer is suing the Austin school district over the Baker Center, a former school that is one of the surplus properties the district is considering selling or leasing. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Colina West Limited, owned by developer David Kahn, alleges the district chose Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a “significantly...
Authorities find, arrest man accused of sexual assault of a child
 A man accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl last month in East Austin was found and arrested Saturday in Kyle without incident. Martin Michael Flores, Jr., 26, of Austin, was arrested by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force on a charge of aggravated sexual assault and promotion of child pornography, a first degree felony, according to Austin...

Posted: 13 days ago

A man accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl last month in East Austin was found and arrested Saturday in Kyle without incident. Martin Michael Flores, Jr., 26, of Austin, was arrested by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force on a charge of aggravated sexual assault and promotion of child pornography, a first degree felony, according to Austin...