Megan Menchaca, Austin American-Statesman

Megan Menchaca

Austin American-Statesman

Dallas, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Megan:

High school STAAR results show some improvement over 2021, but still below pre-pandemic levels

In Algebra I, Biology, and U.S History, the percentage of students in the “meets grade level” category improved since last year during COVID-19. → Read More

Austin ISD names chief officer of schools Anthony Mays as interim superintendent

Anthony Mays, who currently serves as the Austin ISD chief officer of schools, has more than 20 years of public education experience. → Read More

Uvalde school police chief not responding to investigation into shooting response, DPS says

The Uvalde school district police department chief has not responded to the Texas Rangers in two days for a follow up interview. → Read More

Live updates Friday: 10-year-old Uvalde school shooting survivor released from hospital

Here's everything we know Friday about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead. → Read More

Live updates Thursday: What we've learned about the Uvalde school shooting

More details about the horror that unfolded in a Uvalde, Texas elementary school have come to light days after the school shooting left 21 people dead → Read More

Live updates Wednesday: What we've learned about Uvalde, Texas school shooting

A shooting at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school Tuesday marked the deadliest school shooting in the state's history. Follow along for the latest. → Read More

Uvalde school shooting updates: 18 children, 2 adults killed at elementary school

Follow for live updates on a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Authorities reported that at least 20 people were killed. → Read More

Uvalde school shooting updates: 18 children, 2 adults killed at elementary school

Follow for live updates on a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Authorities reported that at least 20 people were killed. → Read More

Austin ISD students walk out of classes to support abortion rights

Hundreds of Austin school district students walked out of class for 49 minutes to mark 49 years of Roe v. Wade. → Read More

Report: Austin ISD has not met minimum TX exam standards for disabled students in 4 years

A consulting firm conducted a review of AISD's Special Education Department and special education services during the 2019-2020 academic year. → Read More

Chipmaker NXP considers Austin for $2.6 billion expansion, up to 800 new jobs

The company, which already has a significant operation in Austin, is seeking tax breaks from the Austin Independent School District. → Read More

Survey: Nearly 1 in 3 University of Texas students lack access to affordable, healthy food

The report found that food insecurity at UT disproportionately affects students of color, LGBTQ students and first-generation students. → Read More

Austin Community College celebrates opening of new building at Highland Campus

The ribbon-cutting on Friday celebrated the opening of Building 2000, which includes performing arts venues and music recording labs. → Read More

Texas State University names Kelly Damphousse sole finalist after search for new president

The Texas State University System chancellor selected a single candidate after a six-month national search for the successor to Denise Trauth. → Read More

Austin Community College plans to lift mask mandate as COVID-19 cases decline

The decision to lift the requirement comes about a week after Austin-Travis County moved to Stage 2 of the area’s risk-based guidelines. → Read More

UT provides students with $26M in grants using federal COVID-19 relief funds

As part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, UT distributed $300 to $2,500 to more than 27,600 students. → Read More

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pledges to end tenure for new hires at Texas public universities

Patrick also is seeking to revoke tenure for any faculty who teach critical race theory, saying he has the support of a key lawmaker. → Read More

UT Faculty Council passes resolution supporting freedom to teach critical race theory

The resolution states that educators, not politicians, should make decisions about teaching and learning. → Read More

Gov. Abbott directs $123M in federal COVID-19 relief funding toward education in Texas

The final round of funding from the relief fund came through the CARES Act, which includes nearly $82 billion in aid for education. → Read More

University of Texas relieves nearly $5 million in student debt

The university discharged the debt of 8,144 students, with an average amount discharged of about $610 per student. → Read More