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

5 Democrats running with hopes to unseat U.S. Rep. Roger Williams
 Five Democrats, ranging from political newcomers to a Central Health board member, are running to unseat U.S. Rep. Roger Williams in the staunchly Republican 25th Congressional District. Austin defense attorney Chris Perri leads the pack of Democrats in money raised — $102,668, which includes $16,890 he made in personal loans to his...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Five Democrats, ranging from political newcomers to a Central Health board member, are running to unseat U.S. Rep. Roger Williams in the staunchly Republican 25th Congressional District. Austin defense attorney Chris Perri leads the pack of Democrats in money raised — $102,668, which includes $16,890 he made in personal loans to his...
Paxton: 3 Texas school districts illegally supported candidates
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday sent cease-and-desist letters to three Texas school districts — Brazosport, Holliday and Lewisville — that he said had illegally used school resources to advocate for political candidates and measures. “My office fully encourages Texas schools to educate their students on civic...

Posted: 3 days ago

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday sent cease-and-desist letters to three Texas school districts — Brazosport, Holliday and Lewisville — that he said had illegally used school resources to advocate for political candidates and measures. “My office fully encourages Texas schools to educate their students on civic...
Paxton: Three Texas school districts illegally endorsed politicians
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday sent cease and desist letters to three Texas school districts — Brazosport, Holliday and Lewisville — which he said are illegally using school resources to advocate for certain political candidates and measures. “My office fully encourages Texas schools to educate their students...

Posted: 3 days ago

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday sent cease and desist letters to three Texas school districts — Brazosport, Holliday and Lewisville — which he said are illegally using school resources to advocate for certain political candidates and measures. “My office fully encourages Texas schools to educate their students...
Estas tres maestras están al frente de las aulas gracias a DACA
 Karen Reyes cuenta en voz alta y en lenguaje de señas mientras sus cinco estudiantes de preescolar brincan un lunes por la mañana. “Esta es la mejor profesión”, dijo Reyes, una maestra de Educación Especial para niños con sordera de la escuela preescolar Lucy Read en el norte de Austin. A Reyes...

Posted: 3 days ago

Karen Reyes cuenta en voz alta y en lenguaje de señas mientras sus cinco estudiantes de preescolar brincan un lunes por la mañana. “Esta es la mejor profesión”, dijo Reyes, una maestra de Educación Especial para niños con sordera de la escuela preescolar Lucy Read en el norte de Austin. A Reyes...
Texas teachers defend public schools on Twitter
 Over the last several days, many Texas public school employees have reported receiving letters asking them to report their colleagues for using public money to illegally endorse political candidates. By Tuesday, scores of public school employees and their supporters had taken to Twitter to express their dismay at Empower Texans, the conservative...

Posted: 9 days ago

Over the last several days, many Texas public school employees have reported receiving letters asking them to report their colleagues for using public money to illegally endorse political candidates. By Tuesday, scores of public school employees and their supporters had taken to Twitter to express their dismay at Empower Texans, the conservative...
George P. Bush reaped $111,000 from contractors at the agency he leads
 Since George P. Bush took over the Texas General Land Office in 2015, the agency has awarded about $164 million worth of state contracts to 12 companies with employees or political committees that have donated to Bush’s campaign, public records show. Together, the 12 companies and their employees have given at least $111,175 to Bush&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Since George P. Bush took over the Texas General Land Office in 2015, the agency has awarded about $164 million worth of state contracts to 12 companies with employees or political committees that have donated to Bush’s campaign, public records show. Together, the 12 companies and their employees have given at least $111,175 to Bush&rsquo...
George P. Bush reaped $129,000 from contractors at the agency he leads
 Since George P. Bush took over the Texas General Land Office in 2015, the agency has awarded about $164 million worth of state contracts to 12 companies with employees or political committees that have donated to Bush’s campaign, public records show. Together, the 12 companies and their employees have given at least $129,000 to Bush&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Since George P. Bush took over the Texas General Land Office in 2015, the agency has awarded about $164 million worth of state contracts to 12 companies with employees or political committees that have donated to Bush’s campaign, public records show. Together, the 12 companies and their employees have given at least $129,000 to Bush&rsquo...
Abbott calls for crackdown on sexual misconduct, crimes
 Responding to growing reports of sexual misconduct raised by the #MeToo movement, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday unveiled a series of proposals that included creating a “do not hire” list for school employees convicted of inappropriate student relationships and allowing the Texas Rangers to investigate harassment claims against state...

Posted: 11 days ago

Responding to growing reports of sexual misconduct raised by the #MeToo movement, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday unveiled a series of proposals that included creating a “do not hire” list for school employees convicted of inappropriate student relationships and allowing the Texas Rangers to investigate harassment claims against state...
Patterson: Bush shouldn’t have accepted campaign money from contractor
 Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush shouldn’t have accepted $27,500 in campaign contributions from executives with a company that landed a big contract with the agency that Bush runs, according to his Republican primary rival Jerry Patterson. Patterson, former land commissioner who is running to get his job back, said he doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush shouldn’t have accepted $27,500 in campaign contributions from executives with a company that landed a big contract with the agency that Bush runs, according to his Republican primary rival Jerry Patterson. Patterson, former land commissioner who is running to get his job back, said he doesn&rsquo...
Special report: How DACA put these Austin teachers in the classroom
 Karen Reyes counts along verbally and through sign language as her five prekindergarten students jump in place on a recent Monday morning. Most of the children hop with great effort — so much so, some tumble over in a fit of giggles. Reyes laughs too as she often does in the classroom. “This is the best profession,” said...

Posted: 15 days ago

Karen Reyes counts along verbally and through sign language as her five prekindergarten students jump in place on a recent Monday morning. Most of the children hop with great effort — so much so, some tumble over in a fit of giggles. Reyes laughs too as she often does in the classroom. “This is the best profession,” said...
Elizabeth Warren, in Austin, urges more Texas women to run for office
 Drawing on her own experiences as a young working mom in Houston, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for more affordable child care — and more Texas women to run for office to push for it — during a speech Friday in Austin. The Massachusetts politician, a darling of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, was the keynote...

Posted: 15 days ago

Drawing on her own experiences as a young working mom in Houston, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for more affordable child care — and more Texas women to run for office to push for it — during a speech Friday in Austin. The Massachusetts politician, a darling of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, was the keynote...