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.
Despite the meager pay and lack of societal support, 2015 Teacher of the Year recipient Shanna Peeples said the benefits of teaching are enough to call a new generation of educators to the profession. Full Story
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology is sponsoring the EdTech Developer’s Tour to inspire collaborations between entrepreneurs, developers, educators and students. Full Story
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. Full Story
Comedian Stephen Colbert has pledged $800,000 and has 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. Full Story
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. Full Story
Johnson & Johnson has appointed a leading bioethicist to head a panel to determine how to handle requests from people who are critically ill and want access to promising drugs before they are approved. Full Story
Six years after he explored the high cost of medical care in McAllen in “The Cost Conundrum,” The New Yorker's Atul Gawande returns and finds improvement has been made in cutting Medicare costs in the city. Full Story