is an investigative reporter with a focus on income inequality. She joined the Tribune in November 2009, and has previously covered politics and public education.
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.
The two leading candidates for governor are making education a talking point in their campaigns. Attorney General Greg Abbott is exploring charter schools and virtual learning, while state Sen. Wendy Davis is focused on teacher recruitment.
Lawyers representing nearly two-thirds of Texas school districts in a lawsuit against the state argued Tuesday that not only was a 2013 legislative funding boost short term, but that other changes had increased costs for schools.
As the Texas school finance trial reopens Tuesday, it has become a political football in the state’s gubernatorial contest. State Sen. Wendy Davis' campaign has lobbed attacks at Attorney General Greg Abbott based on his role in the litigation.
Associa PAC, a political action committee formed by state Sen. John Carona and his company, contributed $30,000 to state Sen. Dan Patrick's bid for lieutenant governor over the last six months, according to recent campaign filings.
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.