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.
Republican lieutenant governor candidates Todd Staples and Dan Patrick are each expected to report roughly $3.1 million in cash on hand on their latest campaign finance reports, with Staples leading by about $300,000 in contributions.
Studying technology's impact on higher education and evaluating public school students' writing scores on state assessments are among the tasks Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst gave lawmakers in education-related interim charges Thursday.
To go along with news Monday that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst received the endorsements of three major Texas homebuilders organizations, his re-election campaign released a video celebrating his support of low government regulations.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst fielded an attack Monday from state Sen. Dan Patrick for failing to appoint a new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, saying the delay has prevented the committee from tackling the work it needs to do before the 2015 legislative session.
A new direction for standardized testing, expansion for charter schools, No Child Left Behind jettisoned and the aftermath of a cheating scandal: 2013 was a significant year for Texas public education policy.
All four Republican candidates vying for lieutenant governor said at a Thursday debate that religion should play a larger role in public education — and three said they believed that should include the teaching of creationism.