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

Estas escuelas del centro de Texas reprobaron estándares académicos
 Cuatro escuelas del distrito de Austin reprobaron los estándares académicos del estado, la mitad de los planteles que reprobaron el año pasado, bajo la última rendición de cuentas difundida el martes 15. Las secundarias Burnet, Martin y Méndez, así como la primaria Govalle, recibieron una calificació...

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Cuatro escuelas del distrito de Austin reprobaron los estándares académicos del estado, la mitad de los planteles que reprobaron el año pasado, bajo la última rendición de cuentas difundida el martes 15. Las secundarias Burnet, Martin y Méndez, así como la primaria Govalle, recibieron una calificació...
Lanier High’s Tara Bordeaux named Texas teacher of year finalist
 Lanier High School audio-video production teacher Tara Bordeaux surprised her students, donning a pirate costume to help them feel more at ease on their first day back in school Monday morning. But Bordeaux got a surprise of her own as Superintendent Paul Cruz and Lanier Principal Ryan Hopkins made an unexpected visit to her classroom to...

Posted: a day ago

Lanier High School audio-video production teacher Tara Bordeaux surprised her students, donning a pirate costume to help them feel more at ease on their first day back in school Monday morning. But Bordeaux got a surprise of her own as Superintendent Paul Cruz and Lanier Principal Ryan Hopkins made an unexpected visit to her classroom to...
Austin students glimpse the solar eclipse during school watch parties
 The typical students’ hems and haws of the first day back in school were overshadowed by the excitement of solar eclipse viewings Monday, with live watch parties at campuses throughout the Austin area. In the Eanes district, Westlake High School students had a schoolwide event and pep rally, watching the eclipse from Chaparral Stadium...

Posted: a day ago

The typical students’ hems and haws of the first day back in school were overshadowed by the excitement of solar eclipse viewings Monday, with live watch parties at campuses throughout the Austin area. In the Eanes district, Westlake High School students had a schoolwide event and pep rally, watching the eclipse from Chaparral Stadium...
LIVE COVERAGE: Solar eclipse watch parties in Austin, Eanes schools
 Students will have a memorable first day at school today. Campuses throughout Central Texas are hosting live watch parties of the solar eclipse. In the Austin district, Burnet Middle School will have a school-wide watch party. Students will learn about the eclipse during class, then break outside the watch the eclipse, expected to peak at...

Posted: a day ago

Students will have a memorable first day at school today. Campuses throughout Central Texas are hosting live watch parties of the solar eclipse. In the Austin district, Burnet Middle School will have a school-wide watch party. Students will learn about the eclipse during class, then break outside the watch the eclipse, expected to peak at...
Austin’s Tara Bordeaux is named Texas Teacher of the Year finalist
 Superintendent Paul Cruz made a surprise visit Monday morning to Lanier High School to announce Tara Bordeaux, the school’s audio-video production teacher, is a finalist for the Texas Teacher of the Year. The announcement came on the district’s first day back to school. Bordeaux spent 10 years in Los Angeles, where she worked...

Posted: a day ago

Superintendent Paul Cruz made a surprise visit Monday morning to Lanier High School to announce Tara Bordeaux, the school’s audio-video production teacher, is a finalist for the Texas Teacher of the Year. The announcement came on the district’s first day back to school. Bordeaux spent 10 years in Los Angeles, where she worked...
First day of school arrives for Austin district students
 They’re baaaack! Austin district students are back in school this morning, returning a week earlier than usual. Summer break was shorter this year for Austin and a dozen other local school districts that earned special innovation designations from the state. Being a District of Innovation gave them the option to decide when school should...

Posted: a day ago

They’re baaaack! Austin district students are back in school this morning, returning a week earlier than usual. Summer break was shorter this year for Austin and a dozen other local school districts that earned special innovation designations from the state. Being a District of Innovation gave them the option to decide when school should...
Manor district launches two more New Tech schools to boost academics
 Praised by former President Barack Obama as an example for the nation, Manor New Tech High School has continued to buck national trends by graduating nearly all of its students, largely ethnic minority members who are low-income, and sending them to college. But the Manor district has struggled to translate achievement at its flagship...

Posted: 3 days ago

Praised by former President Barack Obama as an example for the nation, Manor New Tech High School has continued to buck national trends by graduating nearly all of its students, largely ethnic minority members who are low-income, and sending them to college. But the Manor district has struggled to translate achievement at its flagship...
Leander district approves $454.4 million bond for new schools, growth
 The Leander school board Thursday night approved putting a $454.4 million bond election before voters in November. The bond package, the first the district has called for in a decade, largely would fund projects for the district’s growth. The 39,100-student district, which stretches 200 square miles across Cedar Park, Leander and swaths...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Leander school board Thursday night approved putting a $454.4 million bond election before voters in November. The bond package, the first the district has called for in a decade, largely would fund projects for the district’s growth. The 39,100-student district, which stretches 200 square miles across Cedar Park, Leander and swaths...
Leander school board calls for $454 million bond election
 The Leander school board Thursday night unanimously approved putting before voters in November a $454 million bond package, the first in 10 years. The bond package calls for four new schools to be built in the next four years; land purchases for nine more schools; design work for two other secondary schools; secure entrances at all middle...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Leander school board Thursday night unanimously approved putting before voters in November a $454 million bond package, the first in 10 years. The bond package calls for four new schools to be built in the next four years; land purchases for nine more schools; design work for two other secondary schools; secure entrances at all middle...
BACK TO SCHOOL: Austin drivers cited $3.6 million for illegally passing school buses
 Austin area drivers paid $3.6 million in fines over a 17-month period for allegedly passing school buses illegally. Last year, the Austin district launched its School Bus Stop-Arm Safety program, which uses bus-mounted video cameras to identify vehicles that illegally pass a bus by not stopping after its flashing lights or its stop arm have...

Posted: 5 days ago

Austin area drivers paid $3.6 million in fines over a 17-month period for allegedly passing school buses illegally. Last year, the Austin district launched its School Bus Stop-Arm Safety program, which uses bus-mounted video cameras to identify vehicles that illegally pass a bus by not stopping after its flashing lights or its stop arm have...
Austin drivers cited $3.6 million for illegally passing school buses
 Austin-area drivers paid $3.6 million in fines over a 17-month period for allegedly passing school buses illegally. Last year, the Austin school district launched its school bus stop-arm safety program, which uses bus-mounted video cameras to identify vehicles that illegally pass a bus after its flashing lights or its stop arm have activated...

Posted: 6 days ago

Austin-area drivers paid $3.6 million in fines over a 17-month period for allegedly passing school buses illegally. Last year, the Austin school district launched its school bus stop-arm safety program, which uses bus-mounted video cameras to identify vehicles that illegally pass a bus after its flashing lights or its stop arm have activated...