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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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Smart Start: Mentoring For New Teachers Benefits Kids

Smart Start: Mentoring For New Teachers Benefits Kids

To better understand mentorship best practices and the experiences of Texas teachers, Teach Plus Texas examined research on the effectiveness of mentoring programs and conducted a statewide survey of 147 teachers about their experience with mentoring early in their careers. In this report, Teach Plus Texas presents findings and a set of recommendations for states and districts.

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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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The Research is Clear: High-Quality Pre-K Pays Off

The Research is Clear: High-Quality Pre-K Pays Off

Research from Texas and across the U.S. shows that effective pre-k programs help students start kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed, boost early literacy and academic achievement, and reduce both grade retention and provision of special education services. This brief outlines examples of these research findings from throughout the country and here in Texas. It then concludes with a closer look at ways that Texas legislators should harness the power of early childhood education by funding full-day pre-k and taking other steps as they address school finance during the 2019 legislative session.

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Next Steps for Texas Pre-K: A Survey of School Districts' Pre-k Priorities and Challenges

Next Steps for Texas Pre-K: A Survey of School Districts' Pre-k Priorities and Challenges

In 2018, Texans Care for Children and the Commit Partnership conducted an online survey of Texas school districts to better understand their pre-k priorities and challenges. The survey included several questions about the impact of the Texas Legislature’s 2017 decisions to eliminate funding for the short-lived $118 million per year High Quality Pre-k Grant Program, as well as the $30 million supplemental pre-k funding, and to require all school districts to meet high-quality pre-k standards outlined in Rider 78.

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Evidence of Excellence: Using Data to Elevate Teacher Preparation in Texas

Evidence of Excellence: Using Data to Elevate Teacher Preparation in Texas

Teach Plus Policy Fellows across the nation designed a set of questions that would identify areas of need for more transparency about educator preparation programs (EPPs). This research informs a national policy report, however, all of the research and recommendations included in this paper come from Texas teachers only. Based on this research, Teach Plus developed recommendations to strengthen the public reporting of the most important data from EPPs.

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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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School Finance 86th Legislative Session

November 1, 2018 

Get Schooled! The Facts about School Finance - End of Course Exams

School Finance 86th Legislative Session

November 1, 2018 

Get Schooled! The Facts about School Finance - Funding for Facilities

School Finance 86th Legislative Session

November 1, 2018 

Get Schooled! The Facts about School Finance - Property Taxes

School Finance 86th Legislative Session

November 1, 2018 

Get Schooled! The Facts about School Finance - Money in Education Matters

School Finance 86th Legislative Session

November 1, 2018 

Get Schooled! The Facts about School Finance - Inflation

School Finance 86th Legislative Session

November 1, 2018 

Get Schooled! The Facts about School Finance - Early Grade Success

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