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

Hays school district gives YMCA $5 million for joint-use natatorium
 With access to just one swimming pool, Hays school officials are working with the YMCA of Austin to build a joint-use natatorium, a 10-lane, 25-yard indoor pool facility. The Hays school district will spend $5 million from its reserves for the $6.2 million facility, which will be operated and maintained by the YMCA. The YMCA will cover the...

Posted: 16 hours ago

With access to just one swimming pool, Hays school officials are working with the YMCA of Austin to build a joint-use natatorium, a 10-lane, 25-yard indoor pool facility. The Hays school district will spend $5 million from its reserves for the $6.2 million facility, which will be operated and maintained by the YMCA. The YMCA will cover the...
Lake Travis High teacher honored at Texas Teacher of the Year ceremony
 Megan Holden, a Lake Travis High School English and art history teacher, was among the six state finalists for 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year. Holden was selected from among 40 regional teachers of the year and was honored Friday along with the other five finalists at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Holden, who has taught for 21 years...

Posted: 3 days ago

Megan Holden, a Lake Travis High School English and art history teacher, was among the six state finalists for 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year. Holden was selected from among 40 regional teachers of the year and was honored Friday along with the other five finalists at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Holden, who has taught for 21 years...
AISD administrators want to modernize Sanchez instead of Metz, Zavala
 East Austin elementary schools Metz and Zavala, which have seen sharply declining enrollment in recent years, could be passed over for renovations, raising the specter that they could be shuttered if low enrollment persists. At the same time, school district administrators are expected to recommend giving Sanchez Elementary, another...

Posted: 4 days ago

East Austin elementary schools Metz and Zavala, which have seen sharply declining enrollment in recent years, could be passed over for renovations, raising the specter that they could be shuttered if low enrollment persists. At the same time, school district administrators are expected to recommend giving Sanchez Elementary, another...
Ten candidates compete for four Leander school district board seats
 Ten candidates are vying for a place on the Leander school board. Four of seven at-large board seats are contested on the Nov. 6 ballot. Those elected will serve three-year terms for no pay and will oversee the district’s continued fast growth, as 1,100 new students are projected to enroll each year. Trustees in the Leander district...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ten candidates are vying for a place on the Leander school board. Four of seven at-large board seats are contested on the Nov. 6 ballot. Those elected will serve three-year terms for no pay and will oversee the district’s continued fast growth, as 1,100 new students are projected to enroll each year. Trustees in the Leander district...
Ten compete for spot on Leander district school board
 Ten candidates are vying for a place on the Leander school board. Each of the four at-large board seats up for election will be contested on the Nov. 6 ballot. Those elected will serve three-year terms for no pay and will oversee the district’s continued fast growth, as another 1,100 new students are projected to enroll each year. Incumbent...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ten candidates are vying for a place on the Leander school board. Each of the four at-large board seats up for election will be contested on the Nov. 6 ballot. Those elected will serve three-year terms for no pay and will oversee the district’s continued fast growth, as another 1,100 new students are projected to enroll each year. Incumbent...
Activists: Overhaul AISD school boundaries or split district into two
 A group of community activists Wednesday morning will call on Austin district leaders to redraw school boundaries to end long-standing segregation or allow eastern Austin to form its own school district. The demands are among a list of changes the coalition — which includes leaders of the NAACP, League of United Latin American Citizens...

Posted: 13 days ago

A group of community activists Wednesday morning will call on Austin district leaders to redraw school boundaries to end long-standing segregation or allow eastern Austin to form its own school district. The demands are among a list of changes the coalition — which includes leaders of the NAACP, League of United Latin American Citizens...
Teacher groups sue state over turnaround partners for failing schools
 Two teacher labor groups are suing the Texas Education Agency over allegations that Education Commissioner Mike Morath is leaving teachers and staff vulnerable to termination at certain failing schools. The suit, which questions the way Morath has rolled out a 2017 law known as Senate Bill 1882, was filed Wednesday in state District Court...

Posted: 18 days ago

Two teacher labor groups are suing the Texas Education Agency over allegations that Education Commissioner Mike Morath is leaving teachers and staff vulnerable to termination at certain failing schools. The suit, which questions the way Morath has rolled out a 2017 law known as Senate Bill 1882, was filed Wednesday in state District Court...
Austin school taxes jump $400 this year, up 54 percent since 2012
 The average homeowner in the Austin school district is expected to pay about $400 more in school taxes this year, the seventh consecutive annual increase. The rise in school taxes will come on top of expected tax increases by Travis County’s other main taxing entities. The increase in Austin school taxes is 54 percent higher than...

Posted: 20 days ago

The average homeowner in the Austin school district is expected to pay about $400 more in school taxes this year, the seventh consecutive annual increase. The rise in school taxes will come on top of expected tax increases by Travis County’s other main taxing entities. The increase in Austin school taxes is 54 percent higher than...
AISD commits to save mental health centers in jeopardy of closure
 The Austin school board Monday night approved an agreement with Integral Care to keep 16 campus mental health centers open this school year. The campus centers were in jeopardy of closure after the school district in June approved a $7.1 million student health services plan with Seton Healthcare Family that discontinued funding for 16 of...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Austin school board Monday night approved an agreement with Integral Care to keep 16 campus mental health centers open this school year. The campus centers were in jeopardy of closure after the school district in June approved a $7.1 million student health services plan with Seton Healthcare Family that discontinued funding for 16 of...
Average Austin district homeowner to pay 9% more in school taxes
 The owner of the average-value home in the Austin school district is expected to pay about $400 more in school taxes this year. Despite the school board adopting the same tax rate as last year, taxpayers will shell out more as their home values increase. The board on Monday night adopted a tax rate of $1.192 per $100 valuation, with $1.079...

Posted: 21 days ago

The owner of the average-value home in the Austin school district is expected to pay about $400 more in school taxes this year. Despite the school board adopting the same tax rate as last year, taxpayers will shell out more as their home values increase. The board on Monday night adopted a tax rate of $1.192 per $100 valuation, with $1.079...
Austin school board votes to keep open 16 campus mental health centers
 The Austin school board Monday night approved an agreement with Integral Care to keep 16 campus mental health centers open this school year. The campus centers were in jeopardy of closure after the school district in June approved a $7.1 million student health services plan with Seton Healthcare Family that discontinued funding for 16 of...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Austin school board Monday night approved an agreement with Integral Care to keep 16 campus mental health centers open this school year. The campus centers were in jeopardy of closure after the school district in June approved a $7.1 million student health services plan with Seton Healthcare Family that discontinued funding for 16 of...