Julie Chang, Austin American-Statesman

Julie Chang

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Julie:

Which Austin-area ZIP codes have the most coronavirus cases and why

The coronavirus pandemic is battering communities of color in Central Texas at a disproportionately higher rate, highlighting disparities in health care → Read More

35 group homes for disabled Texans have coronavirus cases

Thirty five government-funded homes for individuals with disabilities in Texas -- including the Austin Supported Living Center -- have had a positive case → Read More

Coronavirus in Austin: Overall arrests dip, domestic violence spikes

Austin has seen a dramatic dip in crime amid orders to stay at home, but domestic violence arrests have seen a spike.During the last half of March, the → Read More

Here’s how get tested for coronavirus in Austin

Where can I find a testing site? Austin Public Health won’t provide a comprehensive list of places to get tested so as to not overload them with walk-ups. Austin Regional Clinic has published their testing sites and are exploring more. They are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday:• 3828 South First St., near Ben White Boulevard in South Austin• 4100 Everett St. in Kyle• 6835 Austin… → Read More

Coronavirus in Austin: Weekslong waits for some test results

Sick Austin area residents are waiting up to two weeks to hear if they have COVID-19 as private labs grapple with a deluge of samples to be processed. The → Read More

BREAKING: Central Texas schools to extend closures amid coronavirus concerns

Several Central Texas schools have announced they will close schools beyond Spring Break for an extra week or more. District officials said the closures → Read More

More than 80% of Texas nursing homes cited recently for infection control problems

More than 80% of Texas nursing homes were cited in the last three years by the federal government for not following proper protocol to prevent infections, → Read More

Travis Co. GOP chairman on Robert Morrow: 'I will light myself on fire'

Robert Morrow already has caused a firestorm among the local Republican Party and he hasn’t yet been elected to office.Matt Mackowiak, head of the Travis County GOP, tweeted that he would set himself ablaze if Morrow, an anti-Trump provocateur and defacto menace to local Republicans, wins the May 26 runoff.we will crush him on May 26 or I will light myself on fire— Matt Mackowiak… → Read More

Robert Morrow, anti-Trump provocateur, leads in State Board of Education GOP race

Robert Morrow is leading in the Republican primary races for the State Board of Education District 5 seat, which represents an area spanning Austin to San → Read More

Robert Morrow, anti-Trump provocateur, holds on to lead in state education GOP race

Robert Morrow, who has been a thorn in the side of the GOP, is presumed to clinch a spot in the May 26 Republican primary runoff for the State Board of → Read More

Texas primaries set up high-stakes test for GOP hold on education board

The Republican-dominated State Board of Education could see up to two-thirds of its members replaced this election cycle. It would be a seismic political → Read More

Texas women’s program lost funding for kicking out Planned Parenthood. The Trump administration just restored it.

The Trump administration Wednesday restored federal funding to the state’s health care program for low-income women. A previous version of the program had lost the money seven years ago after Texas officials excluded Planned Parenthood from the program.The $350 million boost to Healthy Texas Women will be distributed over the next five years. State officials had defended the move, saying public… → Read More

Travis County GOP: Don’t vote for ‘vulgar,’ ‘misogynist’ Robert Morrow for education board

Travis County Republicans are opposing the candidacy of fellow GOPer Robert Morrow, who they say has employed vulgar and misogynist language, and have → Read More

Foster children are still sleeping in state offices amid shortage of homes

The number of Texas foster care children who slept in state offices, hotels and other temporary housing spiked last year, as the child welfare system continues to grapple with recruiting and retaining specialized foster homes.Last year, the monthly count of foster care children who did not have a home for at least two nights totaled 678, a 49% increase from 2018, according to data from Child… → Read More

How Austin school closures became more ‘palatable’

Austin school district officials for months have promoted the pending school closures as a part of a multifaceted plan that includes improving special → Read More

Conflicts of interest have shrouded Austin school closures, critics say

The Austin school district has awarded $3 million to a company headed by the business partner of the district’s operations officer since he was → Read More

Austin equity officer: School closures are not equity strategies

Austin school district officials released on Monday its chief equity officer’s equity analysis of the school closures decision process, three weeks → Read More

Did the Austin chamber influence school closures?

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce for years has quietly pressed plans to close Austin schools, culminating this summer with an offer of financial → Read More

STAAR is mostly readable, UT researchers say

University of Texas researchers have found that the state’s standardized tests that public students must take annually is not too advanced for → Read More

Texas’ oldest school: Austin board to determine fate of Pease Elementary

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, fourth grader August Gupton and his friends were eager to lead a tour of their school Pease Elementary, pointing out the → Read More