is a disability reporting fellow, covering accessibility issues affecting Texans. Through a partnership with the National Center on Disability and Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and The New York Times, Neelam will spend the 2023-24 fellowship term based in Austin. She has previously reported on labor policy for Politico, national culture for CNN Digital, and covered abortion, COVID-19 and the 2021 winter storm as a past fellow for The Texas Tribune. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and a native of McKinney, Texas, Neelam spent the last year reporting on disability and general breaking news for the Times’ National Desk.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will allocate around $2.5 billion in food benefits to all eligible families. School districts will notify families about eligibility by June 2. Full Story
Texas officials mandated that students take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in person this year at monitored test sites, although millions of students are still learning remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Full Story
Early on, coronavirus transmission exploded at dialysis clinics, especially in the Rio Grande Valley. It has subsided some since, but many patients have no choice but to show up at clinics for the life-sustaining treatments. Full Story