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2021, 87th Legislative Session

Philanthropy Advocates empowers Texas' philanthropic community to invest and engage in public and higher education policy and advocacy. We work to protect, promote, and improve public and higher education so that all Texas students can achieve their educational goals from cradle to career.
 
Each biennium, we raise pooled funds from our members for our three policy work groups (early grade success, effective teaching, and pathways to college and career) that support our research and advocacy efforts leading up to and through each legislative session. The policy recommendations and related advocacy campaigns are the culmination of these work groups and all of the time, effort and monetary investments of our members over the last 18 months. 

These work group priorities are even more important in light of the challenges that COVID-19 has placed on our education system, our students and families, and our teachers.

We will advocate alongside our members, nine grantees and extended network of partners to advance these policy recommendations in the upcoming legislative session.

View our Philanthropy Advocates 2021 Policy Recommendations.

 

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.

Texas Transfer Efficiency: Estimating the cost of lost transfer credits

Texas Transfer Efficiency: Estimating the cost of lost transfer credits

Read an analysis of the cost of inefficient transfer to students and taxpayers.

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Texas Transfer Landscape: Setting the context of policies and partnerships addressing student transfer

Texas Transfer Landscape: Setting the context of policies and partnerships addressing student transfer

Read this report that provides an overview of the state policies supporting student transfers, a summary of key groups addressing transfer in Texas, and a discussion of strengths and challenges facing Texas students today.

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Transfer Survey Analysis: Report on the 2020 Texas Community College Transfer Survey

Transfer Survey Analysis: Report on the 2020 Texas Community College Transfer Survey

Read an analysis of findings from a student survey that examined how COVID-19 impacted community college-to-university transfers, a key factor in meeting the state’s 60X30 goals.

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Learning From Learners: Teacher Recommendations For Improving The Clinical Teaching Experience

Learning From Learners: Teacher Recommendations For Improving The Clinical Teaching Experience

Teachers are an integral part of the foundation for our public education system. Through research commissioned by Philanthropy Advocates and conducted by Teach Plus Texas, we are focused on key components of a teacher candidate's high-quality clinical experience to prepare effective teachers. Read findings from teacher focus groups with recommendations for improving the clinical experience to better prepare candidates for early-career effectiveness.

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Navigating the Texas Pandemic Recovery: Teacher Recommendations for a New Normal

Navigating the Texas Pandemic Recovery: Teacher Recommendations for a New Normal

Teachers are an integral part of the foundation for our public education system. Through research commissioned by Philanthropy Advocates and conducted by Teach Plus Texas, we are focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on the teaching profession, with an emphasis on the short-term and long-term impact of COVID-19 on effective teaching. Read findings from teacher focus groups about topics related to teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Texas Early Childhood English Learner Initiative Policy Roadmap

Texas Early Childhood English Learner Initiative Policy Roadmap

The report provides recommendations to the Texas Legislature, state agencies, school districts, charter schools, and child care centers to improve educational outcomes for early childhood English Learners (ELs). The recommendations focus on four key areas for pre-k, other early grades, and child care: improving the quality of early learning programs, strengthening the workforce, collecting better data, and retooling school finance.

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Summary of Recommendations - Texas Early Childhood English Learner Initiative Policy Roadmap

Summary of Recommendations - Texas Early Childhood English Learner Initiative Policy Roadmap

The report provides recommendations to the Texas Legislature, state agencies, school districts, charter schools, and child care centers to improve educational outcomes for early childhood English Learners (ELs). The recommendations focus on four key areas for pre-k, other early grades, and child care: improving the quality of early learning programs, strengthening the workforce, collecting better data, and retooling school finance.

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