The state Supreme Court weighed in on a fight to stop the state from licensing detention centers as childcare facilities.
Michelle Pitcher is a staff writer at the Texas Observer, covering criminal justice, housing, and education. She received her master’s in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and was part of the team at The Marshall Project that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, FiveThirtyEight, The Dallas Morning News, and more. Michelle was born and raised in Dallas and is now based in Austin.
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In 2018, Austin created the Office of Police Oversight to try to increase police accountability. But has it really worked?
“Austin will, to the best of its ability, do all we can to protect our values and our people.”
Report shows school employees do not support arming staff.
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The decision reaffirms the state child welfare agency’s ability to investigate families who seek gender-affirming care for their kids.
Anti-“critical race theory” crusaders picked up seats in May elections around the state as part of a nationwide movement.