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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.

Texas Reskilling & Upskilling Through Education

During the interim, Chairman Brandon Creighton, chair of the Texas Senate Committee on Higher Education, visited San Jacinto College to hear from higher education practitioners, students and partners. 

Now, during the 87th Texas Legislature, Chairman Creighton is championing an initiative that reflects much of what was reflected in this visit. This effort, the Texas Reskilling & Upskilling through Education (TRUE) initiative, leverages the expertise of community colleges, as well as their existing industry partnerships and labor market data, to develop credentials that return displaced Texans back to the workforce on an accelerated timeline.

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Texas Early Childhood English Learner Initiative Policy Roadmap

New Initiative Urges TX Legislators, Schools, and Child Care to Support Young English Learners

To make the most of the great steps the Legislature took on pre-k last session, we need to have smart strategies in place for educating English Learners. The Texas Early Childhood English Learner Initiative policy recommendations — based on months of listening to educators, researchers, and other experts — will help the Legislature meet its goal of ensuring Texas kids are strong readers by third grade.

Read the release of a new intitative, the Texas Early Childhood English Learner Iniatiative, supported by Philanthropy Advocates. 

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Texas Higher Education – Partnerships & Supports

With Chairman Chris Turner and Tarrant County College

Watch highlights of a conversation between Chairman Chris Turner, Chair of the Texas House Higher Education Committee, practitioners, students and business partners. 

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Protecting HB 3

State’s Economic Recovery Requires Strong Public-School Recovery

Philanthropy Advocates is standing alongside a coalition of educators, public education advocates, businesses and allies in hopes that lawmakers will decide to maintain funding for all of House Bill 3's transformational reforms.

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Philanthropy Advocates: Restart and Reimagine Public Education

2021 Policy Recommendations

As the Texas Legislature returns to Austin this month, it’s not an understatement to call the 87th Regular Session, the COVID Session. The ongoing global pandemic will drive the budget and policies debates across all aspects of state government next year.
It’s time to restart and reimagine education, and Texas philanthropy is ready to stand with state leaders to help make it happen.

Read our 2021 Philanthropy Advocates Policy Recommendations.

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Texas Higher Education – Partnerships & Supports

With Chairman Brandon Creighton and San Jacinto College

Watch highlights of a conversation between Chairman Brandon Creighton, Chair of the Texas Senate Higher Education Committee, practitioners, students and business partners. 

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Big Tent 2.0: Restart and Reimagine Education

As we confront a new set of challenges facing our state’s public education and higher education systems in the age of COVID-19, we’re ready to reassemble the many varied voices, experts, advocates, allies and funders to help “Restart and Reimagine Education.” 

Our collective voice as advocates for public education and higher education – from cradle to career – is strengthened by the research and work of our grantees, and we’re thrilled to announce our most recent round of awards. 

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The Interim - Committee Requests for Information

Philanthropy Advocates Responds to Requests for Information

View responses from Philanthropy Advocates on committee requests for information to inform members of the legislature on issues important to public and higher education policy. 

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TEGAC Is Now Philanthropy Advocates

New Name, Renewed Commitment to Core Mission to Advocate for Texas Students from Cradle to Career

“Since our founding nearly a decade ago, Philanthropy Advocates has harnessed the power of philanthropy and data-driven research to achieve our vision. Our name may have changed, but our commitment to our core mission is unwavering. We advocate to ensure Texas students achieve their educational goals from cradle to career,” said Jennifer Esterline, Director, Philanthropy Advocates.


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Building a Big Tent of Support for Schools in a Pandemic

TEGAC Supports Call for Statewide Task Force to Address Public Schools, COVID

TEGAC is proud to join 18 other business and public education organizations from across our state in a call to action for public schools. We’re urging state leaders to mobilize a statewide task force to focus on critical challenges posed by COVID-19.


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In Times of Uncertainty, Texas Philanthropy Unites

Today, amidst the uncertainty and devastation that COVID-19 is unleashing across the world, we are seeing Texas philanthropy once again unite to amplify support efforts in communities across Texas.

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Give Thanks for Our Friends

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, TEGAC gives thanks to our friends, specifically to Friends of Texas Public Schools (FOTPS).

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