is a fellow on the data visuals team at The Texas Tribune. She studied Computational Data Journalism for her Post-Baccalaureate at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Political Science for her Bachelor’s at Colorado College. In the past, Shelly has interned at The Wall Street Journal, where she pitched and produced enterprise interactive visual and data stories about politics and business. Shelly is excited to cover the 86th session of the Texas Legislature at the Tribune.
In Texas, parents can get their children exemptions from the vaccines required to attend public and private schools for "reasons of conscience." Use our lookup tool to see how exemption rates have changed in school districts and private schools across the state. Full Story
Texas has resisted recent attempts to change its vaccine laws, allowing parents to get their children exemptions for "reasons of conscience." Use our lookup tool to see how exemption rates have changed in school districts and private schools across the state. Full Story
Is Texas really a swing state? To explore the question, we looked at nearly 20 years of election data to assess the competitiveness of every congressional and legislative district in the state. Take a tour of some of the state's hot spots and then type in your address to find out the lay of the land in your districts. Full Story
Texas tries to track the number of students with vaccine exemptions every year, but the data is incomplete and doesn't include the opt-out rates for individual public schools. Amid a recent rise in measles cases across the country, some in the Legislature are calling for more detailed reporting. Full Story