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

Democrats outraise Republicans in seven GOP-held U.S. House districts
 Seven Texas Democratic congressional candidates outraised their rivals in Republican-held districts in the second quarter of the year, including four Democrats who amassed more than $1 million, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend, with most becoming available Monday. “I don’t think that’s happened...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Seven Texas Democratic congressional candidates outraised their rivals in Republican-held districts in the second quarter of the year, including four Democrats who amassed more than $1 million, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend, with most becoming available Monday. “I don’t think that’s happened...
Central Texas suspensions of young students raise concerns
 A year after Texas lawmakers prohibited schools from suspending most young students, some Central Texas districts are still using the practice, including one that reported a surprisingly high 571 suspensions in the 2017-18 school year. Starting last fall, school officials could no longer suspend students in prekindergarten through second...

Posted: 9 days ago

A year after Texas lawmakers prohibited schools from suspending most young students, some Central Texas districts are still using the practice, including one that reported a surprisingly high 571 suspensions in the 2017-18 school year. Starting last fall, school officials could no longer suspend students in prekindergarten through second...
Texas lawmakers weigh bolstering school security, mental health
 State lawmakers weighed ideas to bolster security in Texas schools and improve student mental health services during a series of legislative hearings Thursday. Proposals to expand the state’s school marshal program — school personnel authorized to keep a gun in a safe on school premises — and to hire veterans and retired...

Posted: 18 days ago

State lawmakers weighed ideas to bolster security in Texas schools and improve student mental health services during a series of legislative hearings Thursday. Proposals to expand the state’s school marshal program — school personnel authorized to keep a gun in a safe on school premises — and to hire veterans and retired...
Texas House focuses school safety conversation on mental health
 More mental health professionals, partnerships among community organizations and expansion of telemedicine would improve mental health services among Texas students, educators and experts told House lawmakers Thursday. In the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting that killed 10 on May 18, state lawmakers have repeatedly heard the call...

Posted: 18 days ago

More mental health professionals, partnerships among community organizations and expansion of telemedicine would improve mental health services among Texas students, educators and experts told House lawmakers Thursday. In the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting that killed 10 on May 18, state lawmakers have repeatedly heard the call...
Amid complaints, Texas panel scrutinizes companies who run Medicaid
 For-profit companies paid by the state to coordinate services for Medicaid patients have denied disabled Texans critical care, advocates and families told state lawmakers Wednesday. The House General Investigating and Ethics Committee and a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee heard hours of testimony, including from the Texas...

Posted: 19 days ago

For-profit companies paid by the state to coordinate services for Medicaid patients have denied disabled Texans critical care, advocates and families told state lawmakers Wednesday. The House General Investigating and Ethics Committee and a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee heard hours of testimony, including from the Texas...
In first talk since Santa Fe, Texas House panel weighs gun law changes
 For the first time since the Santa Fe High School shooting, state lawmakers on Monday weighed changing laws to prevent potentially dangerous people from possessing firearms and encourage safer gun storage. Dozens of gun control advocates and opponents packed the Capitol hearing room of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee as lawmakers...

Posted: 21 days ago

For the first time since the Santa Fe High School shooting, state lawmakers on Monday weighed changing laws to prevent potentially dangerous people from possessing firearms and encourage safer gun storage. Dozens of gun control advocates and opponents packed the Capitol hearing room of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee as lawmakers...
Poll: Majority of Texans support expanding Medicaid
 More than two thirds of Texans want state leaders to expand Medicaid coverage, a move that Republican officials have been reluctant to pursue over the years, according to results of a poll released Thursday. The poll conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation and Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation also found that rising costs is the biggest...

2:59 PM Thursday, Jun. 14, 2018

More than two thirds of Texans want state leaders to expand Medicaid coverage, a move that Republican officials have been reluctant to pursue over the years, according to results of a poll released Thursday. The poll conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation and Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation also found that rising costs is the biggest...
Texas panel tentatively OKs using ‘Mexican American’ in course title
 Heeding the calls of scholars and activists who said a proposed name for a Mexican-American studies course was insulting, the State Board of Education tentatively approved changing the name Wednesday. Instead of “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent,” the high school social studies elective course will be...

10:55 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

Heeding the calls of scholars and activists who said a proposed name for a Mexican-American studies course was insulting, the State Board of Education tentatively approved changing the name Wednesday. Instead of “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent,” the high school social studies elective course will be...
Texas panel tentatively OKs restoring ‘Mexican American’ in course title
 Heeding the calls of scholars and activists who said a proposed name for a Mexican-American studies course was insulting, the State Board of Education tentatively approved changing the name Wednesday. Instead of “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent,” the high school social studies elective course will be...

8:28 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

Heeding the calls of scholars and activists who said a proposed name for a Mexican-American studies course was insulting, the State Board of Education tentatively approved changing the name Wednesday. Instead of “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent,” the high school social studies elective course will be...
Autoridades frustran violencia potencial en escuelas centro de Texas
 Después del tiroteo en la preparatoria Santa Fe en Texas, muchos se preguntan qué fue lo que pasó y qué más se puede hacer para prevenir futuras tragedias. Pero por cada tiroteo en masa, muchos más actos de violencia potencial se ven frustrados en las escuelas de Texas, dando valiosas lecciones sobre...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

Después del tiroteo en la preparatoria Santa Fe en Texas, muchos se preguntan qué fue lo que pasó y qué más se puede hacer para prevenir futuras tragedias. Pero por cada tiroteo en masa, muchos más actos de violencia potencial se ven frustrados en las escuelas de Texas, dando valiosas lecciones sobre...
Will Republican-led Texas panel put ‘Mexican-American’ in course name?
 Dozens of scholars and activists called Tuesday on the State Board of Education to change the name of a new statewide Mexican-American studies course to include the term “Mexican-American.” The Republican-led board voted in April to start developing the curriculum for a high school social studies elective course called &ldquo...

9:39 PM Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018

Dozens of scholars and activists called Tuesday on the State Board of Education to change the name of a new statewide Mexican-American studies course to include the term “Mexican-American.” The Republican-led board voted in April to start developing the curriculum for a high school social studies elective course called &ldquo...