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2023, 88th Legislative Session

Our members have met over the course of the past year and a half to develop these 2023 policy priorities, which serve as a signal of where we will prioritize our expertise and capacity to harness the power of philanthropy for systems change through state policy up to and through the next legislative session.

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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.

Policy Opportunities to Further Enable Success of Pre-K Partnerships

Policy Opportunities to Further Enable Success of Pre-K Partnerships

In the past several years, Texas leaders have taken multiple steps to bolster Pre-K partnerships between school districts and childcare programs. In 2019, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3 (HB 3), a school finance bill that included state dollars to prioritize early childhood education. This legislation coupled with other state efforts indicates momentum for Pre-K Partnerships as a strategy for increasing access to high-quality early childhood education across Texas. This document serves as an overview of policy opportunities to further enable success of Pre-K partnerships.

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Research: Exploring Systems for College Readiness in Texas

Research: Exploring Systems for College Readiness in Texas

Research by Texas Tech University, commissioned by Philanthropy Advocates, on Texas policies defining student coursework patterns and college readiness standards

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Research: Exploring Impact of Teacher Certification Policy on Educator Workforce

Research: Exploring Impact of Teacher Certification Policy on Educator Workforce

Research by University of Houston, commissioned by Philanthropy Advocates, on Texas teacher certification policies Through both preparation routes and policies permitting uncertified teachers to serve as classroom teachers, there are many routes to prepare teachers to meet workforce demand. In the face of staffing challenges, flexibility is available for school districts to hire uncertified teachers. We aimed to understand the impact of this practice on students and the overall teacher workforce pipeline.

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