reports on politics and education for the Tribune, which she joined in November 2009. She writes about the effects of the state budget, school finance reform, accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Her political coverage has included congressional and legislative races, as well as Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which she followed to Iowa and New Hampshire.
In 2013, she received a National Education Writers Association award for "Death of a District," a series on school closures. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from Wellesley College, she moved to Austin in 2008 to enter law school at the University of Texas.
A San Antonio native, her work has also appeared in Slate, where she spent a year as an editorial intern in Washington D.C.
Premont High School cheerleader Stacy Morales. 17 and student basketball team member Ernesto Gonzalez leave the gym after Tuesday's game.
In a state where the football field is hallowed turf, Premont ISD has suspended all athletics — including football — to improve its struggling finances.
The Premont High School Cowboys beat the Hebronville Longhorns 44 to 39 in Tuesday's game which was the last basketball game for Premont. Premont ISD is terminating its athletics programs to save money and focus on academics as it tries to meet drastic improvements required by the state.
In a daring and rare move in a state where the football field is hallowed turf, a superindent has suspended all athletics to help his South Texas district improve its struggling finances.
photo illustration by: Todd Wiseman
This year, for the first time, students' scores on standardized tests will count 15 percent toward their final grades. It sounds straightforward, but how some districts are applying the so-called 15 percent rule threatens to spark the next political battle over a test that has seen plenty of them.
Sophia Lara and her father Ricardo look at a display in the dairy processing plant at the Austin Children's Museum.
Cultural institutions that once counted on revenue from student field trips are feeling the hit of the state's multibillion-dollar education cuts.
Both came ready to brawl. But neither Gov. Rick Perry nor U.S. Rep. Ron Paul managed to nudge Mitt Romney out of the limelight at this morning’s debate.
Gov. Rick Perry unfolding a Texas map on Dec. 31, 2011, to show Des Moines residents where his hometown of Paint Creek is located.
As his bus tour rolls to a stop and his campaign readies for the critical Iowa caucuses on Tuesday, the Texas governor appears to be hitting his stride after months of bumbles.
Gov. Rick Perry gives his last speech of 2011 in Boone, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 2011.
After the last two scheduled stops of his tour today, Gov. Rick Perry made an impromptu visit to a local precinct leader and knocked on a few doors in a West Des Moines neighborhood.
A casual candidate Rick Perry poses for photographs with Iowans December 29, 2011 in Marshalltown.
Amid renewed attacks on Rick Santorum today, Gov. Rick Perry answered a question that's been on many minds since July: the whereabouts of his signature cowboy boots.
The San Antonio Riverwalk looking south from the Commerce St bridge, Thursday, December 22, 2011.
In the last decade, companies have flocked to San Antonio, making it an economic center rivaling Houston and Dallas, and rattling the Alamo City's pre-existing inferiority complex.
Republican candidate Rick Perry, right, speaks to Washington, Iowa voters on December 29, 2011.
On the heels of a CNN/Time poll showing Rick Santorum climbing into third place in Iowa, Gov. Rick Perry took a swipe at him during the first stop of his bus tour today.
Gov. Rick Perry campaigning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Dec. 28, 2011.
In front of an energetic crowd in Cedar Rapids, Gov. Rick Perry was taken off guard by a question on a famous Supreme Court case striking down anti-sodomy laws.
Rick Perry speaks in Indianola, Iowa on December 28, 2011
Save for a few veiled swipes at his Republican rivals, Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday reserved most of his ire for President Obama, and threw in a new criticism — that the president had failed to give troops returning from Iraq a parade.
Rick Perry clasps his hands while leaving the Glenn Miller Museum in Clarinda, Iowa on December 27, 2011
At an Iowa town hall meeting tonight, Gov. Rick Perry said his views on abortion had undergone a "transformation" — and that he no longer supported it in cases of rape or incest.
Gov. Rick Perry and Sheriff Joe Arpaio campaign in Creston, Iowa on December 27, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry kicked off the second leg of his Iowa tour today with a familiar companion: Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011
It's been a year marked by high profile wars waged by UT President Bill Powers — to some, the university’s Dumbledore; to others, a bee in the bonnet of higher education reformers. The latest drama is unfolding in the law school he used to run.