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

Federal money to connect Texas schools to fiber at risk, officials say
 Delays and denials by the federal government are putting Texas schools at risk of losing millions of dollars in potential subsidies that would help pay for installing high-speed fiber internet in classrooms, according to state officials. Last year, state lawmakers approved $25 million to help school districts over the 2018-19 budget period...

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Delays and denials by the federal government are putting Texas schools at risk of losing millions of dollars in potential subsidies that would help pay for installing high-speed fiber internet in classrooms, according to state officials. Last year, state lawmakers approved $25 million to help school districts over the 2018-19 budget period...
Top contract oversight official at Texas health agency resigns
 The top procurement official for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has resigned — the fifth departure from the agency as it answers to multiple contracting flaps this month. Ron Pigott, deputy executive commissioner of procurement and contracting services, resigned Friday from the agency. Agency officials did not provide...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The top procurement official for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has resigned — the fifth departure from the agency as it answers to multiple contracting flaps this month. Ron Pigott, deputy executive commissioner of procurement and contracting services, resigned Friday from the agency. Agency officials did not provide...
Texas lawmakers rebuke state health officials for contract flap — again
 State lawmakers on Wednesday rebuked Texas Health and Human Services Commission officials for bungling millions of dollars in contracts, a problem revealed this month. Lawmakers called the contracting problems a systemic failure of the agency, which has struggled for years to follow proper procurement processes. Officials inaccurately scored...

Posted: 3 days ago

State lawmakers on Wednesday rebuked Texas Health and Human Services Commission officials for bungling millions of dollars in contracts, a problem revealed this month. Lawmakers called the contracting problems a systemic failure of the agency, which has struggled for years to follow proper procurement processes. Officials inaccurately scored...
A top Texas health official resigns amid contracting issues
 State lawmakers on Wednesday rebuked Texas Health and Human Services Commission officials for bungling millions of dollars in contracts, a problem revealed this month. Lawmakers called the contracting problems a systemic failure of the agency, which has struggled for years to follow proper procurement processes. Officials inaccurately scored...

Posted: 3 days ago

State lawmakers on Wednesday rebuked Texas Health and Human Services Commission officials for bungling millions of dollars in contracts, a problem revealed this month. Lawmakers called the contracting problems a systemic failure of the agency, which has struggled for years to follow proper procurement processes. Officials inaccurately scored...
Eyeing Congress, two Austin-area Democrats outraise Republicans
 Two years ago, in the midst of a hot-and-heavy presidential race, Democrat Mike Clark, running in a congressional district just north of Austin, raised $1,035 during the first quarter of 2016 on his way to getting crushed by incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. John Carter. In the first three months of 2018, Democrat Mary “MJ” Hegar...

Posted: 5 days ago

Two years ago, in the midst of a hot-and-heavy presidential race, Democrat Mike Clark, running in a congressional district just north of Austin, raised $1,035 during the first quarter of 2016 on his way to getting crushed by incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. John Carter. In the first three months of 2018, Democrat Mary “MJ” Hegar...
Eyeing Congress, two Austin-area Democrats outraise Republicans
 Two years ago, in the midst of a hot-and-heavy presidential race, Democrat Mike Clark, running in a congressional district just north of Austin, reported raising $1,035 in a six-week period ending in late March on his way to getting crushed by incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. John Carter. During the equivalent periodof 2018, Democrat Mary &ldquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Two years ago, in the midst of a hot-and-heavy presidential race, Democrat Mike Clark, running in a congressional district just north of Austin, reported raising $1,035 in a six-week period ending in late March on his way to getting crushed by incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. John Carter. During the equivalent periodof 2018, Democrat Mary &ldquo...
Report: Teen pregnancy rate 5 times higher among Texas foster youth
 The 2015 pregnancy rate among Texas teens in the foster care system was almost five times higher than the pregnancy rate for girls not in foster care, according to a report released Monday by Austin nonprofit Texans Care for Children. Researchers with the organization used state Medicaid data to determine that 5.7 percent of girls between...

Posted: 5 days ago

The 2015 pregnancy rate among Texas teens in the foster care system was almost five times higher than the pregnancy rate for girls not in foster care, according to a report released Monday by Austin nonprofit Texans Care for Children. Researchers with the organization used state Medicaid data to determine that 5.7 percent of girls between...
Texas panel gives final OK to Mexican-American studies course
 The State Board of Education officially approved the creation of a statewide Mexican-American studies course for high school students Friday. Before the 15-member board unanimously approved the course, board member Ruben Cortez, D-Brownsville, tried to persuade the board to call the course “Mexican-American Studies,” but nine...

Posted: 8 days ago

The State Board of Education officially approved the creation of a statewide Mexican-American studies course for high school students Friday. Before the 15-member board unanimously approved the course, board member Ruben Cortez, D-Brownsville, tried to persuade the board to call the course “Mexican-American Studies,” but nine...
Texas panel OKs controversially-named Mexican-American studies course
 The State Board of Education approved the creation of a statewide Mexican-American studies course for high school students on Friday. Before the 15-member board unanimously approved the course, board member Ruben Cortez, D-Brownsville, tried to get the board to call the course Mexican-American studies, but it failed with nine Republicans...

Posted: 8 days ago

The State Board of Education approved the creation of a statewide Mexican-American studies course for high school students on Friday. Before the 15-member board unanimously approved the course, board member Ruben Cortez, D-Brownsville, tried to get the board to call the course Mexican-American studies, but it failed with nine Republicans...
Panel: Mexican-American studies course OK, but not with that name
 The State Board of Education tentatively approved creating a statewide Mexican-American studies course for high school students Wednesday, but with a catch. The Republican-dominated board voted to name the optional elective “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent” to appease its more hyphen-averse members...

Posted: 10 days ago

The State Board of Education tentatively approved creating a statewide Mexican-American studies course for high school students Wednesday, but with a catch. The Republican-dominated board voted to name the optional elective “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent” to appease its more hyphen-averse members...
Texas panel tentatively OKs but renames a new Mexican-American course
 3 p.m. update: The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to create a statewide high school elective course for Mexican-American studies but with a catch. A majority of the board approved calling the Mexican-American studies course “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent.” Board member David...

Posted: 10 days ago

3 p.m. update: The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to create a statewide high school elective course for Mexican-American studies but with a catch. A majority of the board approved calling the Mexican-American studies course “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent.” Board member David...