Christine Ayala is a Texas Tribune fellow focused on newsletter production, previously a reporting fellow. Before joining the Tribune, Christine interned for the Austin American-Statesman features desk and Dallas Morning News public safety desk. She is a journalism senior at the University of Texas at Austin where she reported and edited for The Daily Texan.
In this week's Q&A, we interview Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. She was named the best out of more than 3 million U.S. teachers. President Obama presented Peeples with the title on April 29.
At a Las Vegas town hall meeting that included undocumented students, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised to expand on efforts to provide those students with a path to citizenship.
Comedian Stephen Colbert has pledged $800,000 andhas partnered with the Morgridge Family Foundation and the tech company ScanSource to fund nearly 1,000 classroom projects at over 375 schools across the state.