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Since 2012, Philanthropy Advocates has commissioned timely, relevant research to provide credible, reliable information to Texas legislators, their staff and other advocates and partners. View our Archived Research & Advocacy pages to view our work to date.

 

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.

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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Doing More With Less: Public Education in a New Fiscal Reality

Doing More With Less: Public Education in a New Fiscal Reality

The first collaborative project through TEGAC was an objective and thorough exploration of how $5.4 billion in cuts to public education impacted Texas schools and students after the 2011 Legislative Session. Member foundations from across Texas pooled their funds to commission a Houston-based nonprofit, Children At Risk, to undertake a year-long, mixed-methods statewide study to objectively assess how budget reductions impacted public schools – for better or for worse. Hundreds of school districts responded to the voluntary survey.

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