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

Panel: Remember the Alamo, but cut Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller?
 Texas high school students would no longer be required to learn about Hillary Clinton’s role as the first woman nominated for president by a major political party, according to proposed curriculum standards  given preliminary approval by the State Board of Education on Friday. Also eliminated from the proposed social studies standards...

Posted: 3 days ago

Texas high school students would no longer be required to learn about Hillary Clinton’s role as the first woman nominated for president by a major political party, according to proposed curriculum standards given preliminary approval by the State Board of Education on Friday. Also eliminated from the proposed social studies standards...
SBOE: Remember the Alamo, but cut Hillary Clinton, Barry Goldwater?
 Texas high school students would no longer be required to learn about Hillary Clinton’s role as the first woman nominated for president by a major political party, according to proposed curriculum standards given preliminary approval by the State Board of Education on Friday. Also eliminated from the proposed social studies standards...

Posted: 4 days ago

Texas high school students would no longer be required to learn about Hillary Clinton’s role as the first woman nominated for president by a major political party, according to proposed curriculum standards given preliminary approval by the State Board of Education on Friday. Also eliminated from the proposed social studies standards...
Amid criticism, state panel tentatively OKs restoring Alamo teachings
 The State Board of Education decided in a preliminary vote late Wednesday to continue requiring students to learn about heroism and a letter by William B. Travis in lessons about the Alamo. The unanimous vote came a day after several people pleaded with the board to retain such language in the Texas history curriculum standards that middle...

Posted: 5 days ago

The State Board of Education decided in a preliminary vote late Wednesday to continue requiring students to learn about heroism and a letter by William B. Travis in lessons about the Alamo. The unanimous vote came a day after several people pleaded with the board to retain such language in the Texas history curriculum standards that middle...
Republican education board officials at odds with George P. Bush
 Some Republican members of the State Board of Education say Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, a fellow Republican who is running for re-election, is taking undue credit in funding Texas public schools. Tensions have been fueled by a recent decision by the School Land Board, which is housed under the General Land Office and made up of...

Posted: 6 days ago

Some Republican members of the State Board of Education say Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, a fellow Republican who is running for re-election, is taking undue credit in funding Texas public schools. Tensions have been fueled by a recent decision by the School Land Board, which is housed under the General Land Office and made up of...
State Board of Education under fire over Alamo curriculum
 Heeding concerns by conservatives that the State Board of Education is trying to water down how Texas history is taught in middle school, a board-nominated committee has backtracked on a recommendation to remove references to heroes and a letter by William B. Travis in lessons about the Alamo. More than 60 people signed up to testify before...

Posted: 6 days ago

Heeding concerns by conservatives that the State Board of Education is trying to water down how Texas history is taught in middle school, a board-nominated committee has backtracked on a recommendation to remove references to heroes and a letter by William B. Travis in lessons about the Alamo. More than 60 people signed up to testify before...
References to heroism restored in teachings of Alamo, group recommends
 12 p.m. update: Heeding an outcry from conservatives, a work group nominated by the State Board of Education has backtracked on its recommendation to remove references to “heroic defenders” and a letter by William B. Travis from the Texas school curriculum on the Alamo. Stephen Cure, former director of education with the Texas...

Posted: 7 days ago

12 p.m. update: Heeding an outcry from conservatives, a work group nominated by the State Board of Education has backtracked on its recommendation to remove references to “heroic defenders” and a letter by William B. Travis from the Texas school curriculum on the Alamo. Stephen Cure, former director of education with the Texas...
36,000 retired teachers have left Texas health insurance program
 About 36,000 retired teachers and their dependents abandoned their state-created health insurance system this year after Texas officials enacted higher deductibles and premiums. Most of the retirees who left were 65 or older and opted to choose cheaper Medicare plans elsewhere, putting the Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ health...

Posted: 12 days ago

About 36,000 retired teachers and their dependents abandoned their state-created health insurance system this year after Texas officials enacted higher deductibles and premiums. Most of the retirees who left were 65 or older and opted to choose cheaper Medicare plans elsewhere, putting the Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ health...
Texas lawmakers to discuss rising retired teacher health costs
 Texas House lawmakers are expected to discuss Wednesday funding problems within the state health insurance program for retired teachers. Among the issues that the House Appropriations Subcommittee could discuss include a proposal by the Teacher Retirement System board to increase premiums by $600 a year for retired teachers under the age...

Posted: 13 days ago

Texas House lawmakers are expected to discuss Wednesday funding problems within the state health insurance program for retired teachers. Among the issues that the House Appropriations Subcommittee could discuss include a proposal by the Teacher Retirement System board to increase premiums by $600 a year for retired teachers under the age...
Vaccine exemptions in Texas quadruple in last decade, state data show
 The rate of Texas students forgoing vaccinations has soared over the past decade, with more parents questioning the wisdom of vaccinating their children, even as public health experts warn of the dangers of opting out. Slightly more than 1 percent of Texas public and private school students received conscientious exemptions from state-mandated...

Posted: 16 days ago

The rate of Texas students forgoing vaccinations has soared over the past decade, with more parents questioning the wisdom of vaccinating their children, even as public health experts warn of the dangers of opting out. Slightly more than 1 percent of Texas public and private school students received conscientious exemptions from state-mandated...
Vaccine exemptions in Texas quadruple in last decade, state data show
 The rate of Texas students forgoing vaccinations has soared over the past decade, with more parents questioning the wisdom of vaccinating their children, even as public health experts warn of the dangers of opting out. Slightly more than 1 percent of Texas public and private school students received conscientious exemptions from state-mandated...

Posted: 17 days ago

The rate of Texas students forgoing vaccinations has soared over the past decade, with more parents questioning the wisdom of vaccinating their children, even as public health experts warn of the dangers of opting out. Slightly more than 1 percent of Texas public and private school students received conscientious exemptions from state-mandated...
Report: Texas schools beef up security, expand school marshal program
 Three months after the Santa Fe school shooting, Texas school districts have beefed up security at their campuses, including tripling the number of teachers and other staff members authorized to carry a gun onto school property, according to a report Gov. Greg Abbott’s office released Thursday. The 13-page document catalogs the measures...

Posted: 18 days ago

Three months after the Santa Fe school shooting, Texas school districts have beefed up security at their campuses, including tripling the number of teachers and other staff members authorized to carry a gun onto school property, according to a report Gov. Greg Abbott’s office released Thursday. The 13-page document catalogs the measures...