is a reporting fellow at the Texas Tribune, where she covers politics and policy through breaking news and enterprise stories. She is a recent graduate of Arizona State University, where she studied Journalism and Women and Gender Studies. Before the Tribune, Sydney covered state politics for the Arizona Capitol Times, and has reported for The Arizona Republic, Politico, USA Today, and Teen Vogue. When she’s not out on assignment or working on deadline, you can find her trying new taco places or getting lost in vintage stores around Austin.
Texas school districts hit hard by Hurricane Harvey may not have to worry as much about how well their students fare in this year's State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced Wednesday at a meeting of the State Board of Education.
The Texas National Guard plans to send hundreds more in coming days after President Donald Trump called for stronger U.S. military protection there. The federal deployments come after Texas lawmakers in recent years agreed to spend more than $2 billion in state money on border protection.
As a national debate swirls after the mass shooting in Florida, students across the nation join National School Walkout Day. With most Texas students on spring break, some did their walkouts last week.
State Rep. Pat Fallon beat state Sen. Craig Estes for a seat in the Legislature's upper chamber, while state Sen. Bob Hall held off state Rep. Cindy Burkett. Meanwhile, Angela Paxton won Texas' most expensive state Senate primary.
One of the two women running in the Democratic primary to unseat state Sen. Konni Burton backed Hillary Clinton in 2016. The other backed Bernie Sanders. Remnants of that divide from two years ago can be found in their current match-up.