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

AISD superintendent issues apology, rethinks school closure timelines
 After days of public criticism prompted by the Austin district’s plans to close and consolidate a handful of East Austin schools, Superintendent Paul Cruz on Thursday issued an apology, promising to change timelines and involve parents and community members in the process. “I realize the excitement and eagerness to get to work...

Posted: 8 days ago

After days of public criticism prompted by the Austin district’s plans to close and consolidate a handful of East Austin schools, Superintendent Paul Cruz on Thursday issued an apology, promising to change timelines and involve parents and community members in the process. “I realize the excitement and eagerness to get to work...
AISD Superintendent issues apology, rethinks school closure timelines
 After days of public criticism prompted by district plans to close and consolidate a handful of East Austin schools, Superintendent Paul Cruz on Thursday issued an apology, promising to change timelines and involve parents and community members in the process. “I realize the excitement and eagerness to get to work, coupled with aggressive...

Posted: 9 days ago

After days of public criticism prompted by district plans to close and consolidate a handful of East Austin schools, Superintendent Paul Cruz on Thursday issued an apology, promising to change timelines and involve parents and community members in the process. “I realize the excitement and eagerness to get to work, coupled with aggressive...
AISD backs away from plans to consolidate six schools in 2018
 After pushback from community leaders and parents, Austin district administrators are moving away from plans that would have shuttered or consolidated up to six schools by next August — but at least one campus building will still be closed. Brooke Elementary, however, will not close and those students will not be sent to three other...

Posted: 9 days ago

After pushback from community leaders and parents, Austin district administrators are moving away from plans that would have shuttered or consolidated up to six schools by next August — but at least one campus building will still be closed. Brooke Elementary, however, will not close and those students will not be sent to three other...
AISD backs away from plans to shutter, consolidate six schools in 2018
 After pushback from community leaders and parents, Austin district administrators are moving away from plans that would have shuttered and consolidated up to six schools by next August — but at least one campus will still be closed. Brooke Elementary will not close and those students will not be sent to three other schools in the 2018-19...

Posted: 10 days ago

After pushback from community leaders and parents, Austin district administrators are moving away from plans that would have shuttered and consolidated up to six schools by next August — but at least one campus will still be closed. Brooke Elementary will not close and those students will not be sent to three other schools in the 2018-19...
AISD to shutter, consolidate 6 East Austin schools, starting in August
 Austin district administrators have put plans in motion to shutter a handful of East Austin elementary schools as early as next August and rebuild three of them. All six of the schools chosen for consolidation — Brooke, Norman, Sims, Metz, Sanchez and Zavala — have low enrollment, which qualifies them for closure under a district...

Posted: 14 days ago

Austin district administrators have put plans in motion to shutter a handful of East Austin elementary schools as early as next August and rebuild three of them. All six of the schools chosen for consolidation — Brooke, Norman, Sims, Metz, Sanchez and Zavala — have low enrollment, which qualifies them for closure under a district...
AISD moves to shutter, consolidate two East Austin schools
 Austin district administrators have started plans to consolidate two East Austin schools into a single campus. Under the plan, the district will build a new school and either Norman or Sims elementaries would close and consolidate into the other that would be rebuilt. A planning team whose charge is to develop a plan to consolidate the schools...

Posted: 15 days ago

Austin district administrators have started plans to consolidate two East Austin schools into a single campus. Under the plan, the district will build a new school and either Norman or Sims elementaries would close and consolidate into the other that would be rebuilt. A planning team whose charge is to develop a plan to consolidate the schools...
AISD plans headquarters move to South Austin as soon as next summer
 The Austin school district could begin moving its administrators into a new headquarters as soon as next summer. The school board Monday night approved the $28.4 million purchase of the Southfield Building, near the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and Ben White Boulevard in South Austin, as the site for the headquarters. District officials...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Austin school district could begin moving its administrators into a new headquarters as soon as next summer. The school board Monday night approved the $28.4 million purchase of the Southfield Building, near the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and Ben White Boulevard in South Austin, as the site for the headquarters. District officials...
Austin district approves sales of district headquarters, Baker
 The Austin school board Monday night approved the high-profile sales of district headquarters, the Baker Center and the Millett Opera House (home of the Austin Club), among other surplus properties. The school board in an 8-0-1 vote, with Trustee Julie Cowan abstaining, directed staff to execute the sale of the Carruth Center on West 6th...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Austin school board Monday night approved the high-profile sales of district headquarters, the Baker Center and the Millett Opera House (home of the Austin Club), among other surplus properties. The school board in an 8-0-1 vote, with Trustee Julie Cowan abstaining, directed staff to execute the sale of the Carruth Center on West 6th...
Austin ISD eyes Southfield building for new district headquarters
 Austin school leaders are eyeing the Southfield building, near the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and Ben White Boulevard in South Austin, as the potential site for a new district headquarters. Austin school board members tonight will vote on selling the district’s current headquarters, the Carruth Administration Building on West...

Posted: 18 days ago

Austin school leaders are eyeing the Southfield building, near the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and Ben White Boulevard in South Austin, as the potential site for a new district headquarters. Austin school board members tonight will vote on selling the district’s current headquarters, the Carruth Administration Building on West...
Family abductions are No. 2 cause of missing children in U.S.
 Family abductions make up the second-largest number of children who are reported missing in the United States, with the first being runaways, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. About 230,600 children were abducted by family members in the United States in 2013, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study...

Posted: 23 days ago

Family abductions make up the second-largest number of children who are reported missing in the United States, with the first being runaways, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. About 230,600 children were abducted by family members in the United States in 2013, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study...
Pflugerville, Round Rock ISDs lift college readiness rates
 Just over 41 percent of Central Texas high school graduates are ready for college, a double-digit decline from two years ago. Schools in nine Austin-area districts, including Pflugerville and Round Rock, fared slightly better than the statewide average; only 39 percent of Texas graduates in 2016 were ready for college, according to the latest...

Posted: 25 days ago

Just over 41 percent of Central Texas high school graduates are ready for college, a double-digit decline from two years ago. Schools in nine Austin-area districts, including Pflugerville and Round Rock, fared slightly better than the statewide average; only 39 percent of Texas graduates in 2016 were ready for college, according to the latest...