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2019, 86th Legislative Session

In 2018-2019, Philanthropy Advocates commissioned, conducted, and shared research on four policy priorities to the Texas Legislature for the 2019 Texas Legislative Session: Early Grade Success, College & Career Pathways, Effective Teaching and School Finance.

We are particularly proud of our members and partners for their dedicated advocacy leading up to and through the 2019 legislative session. The Texas Legislature passed an historic piece of legislation, “House Bill 3”, that increased Texas school finance funding and made meaningful reforms that will lead to increased student and teacher success. Each of our four policy work groups saw the issues we researched and advocated on reflected in “House Bill 3”.

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Philanthropy Advocates was formerly known as the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) until August 2020. Previously-created resources, documents and blog posts mentioning TEGAC are still provided on this website for your reference.

Executive Summary: Map My Path

Executive Summary: Map My Path

"The MapMyPath project is designed to make undergraduate degree pathways more transparent and streamlined for students across higher education institutions. The project consists of a research component and the development of a tool to aid students and advisers in navigating higher education transfers. First, it seeks to understand student experiences transferring between education institutions in order to provide new insights into the challenges that undergraduate students confront when transferring course credits between programs and institutions. These insights informed the policy recommendations designed to improve undergraduate transfer experiences. Second, the MapMyPath project will use the insights gathered through this research to develop a sustainable, web-enabled product to serve students and educators in understanding credit transferability across institutions and postsecondary degree and certificate program requirements."

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Understanding the Student Experience to Improve Pathway Tools and Policy

Understanding the Student Experience to Improve Pathway Tools and Policy

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Prioritizing Education, Prioritizing Texas: Teachers’ Views and Recommendations on School Funding in the Lone Star State

Prioritizing Education, Prioritizing Texas: Teachers’ Views and Recommendations on School Funding in the Lone Star State

Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellows studied how the mismatch between Texas' rapidly changing student population and the maintenance of the same school finance system have affected Texas’ classrooms.

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Consequences of the Texas Public School Funding Hole of 2011-16

Consequences of the Texas Public School Funding Hole of 2011-16

In 2011, the Texas Legislature cut $5.4 billion from the two-year public education budget. This report explores the consequences of these cuts, with a particular focus on equity as applied to school finance.

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