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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.

August 14, 2020

Rosser: COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges to rural communities

Waco Tribune-Herald


Philanthropy Advocates' Leadership Committee Chair, Dr. Wynn Rosser, calls on state leaders to prioritize equitable access to reliable broadband as one key lever in ensuring our state recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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January 2, 2020

RGV business community thanked for its role in school finance reform

Rio Grande Guardian


In RGV, TEGAC Director, Jennifer Esterline, refers to HB3 saying, "...This is the beginning of the story. We need to continue to talk about what else it is going to take to get us to the 60×30 goals that the state has identified.”

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December 15, 2019

The Work of Policy and Advocacy Requires a Really Big Tent

Anette on Education


Jennifer Esterline discusses philanthropy, advocacy, and our new home with Anette on Education.

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June 12, 2019

Advocacy group hosts legislative recap for educators, foundations

Lufkin Daily News


The Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium hosted an 86th Texas Legislative Session recap for educators and organizations at the T.L.L. Temple Foundation in Lufkin Tuesday morning.

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April 11, 2019

Pre-K is worth the investment in Texas [Opinion]

Houston Chronicle


The State Capitol this time of year faces no shortage of experts on a wide range of issues. And that’s certainly true for the debates swirling around public education.

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February 26, 2019

We've Built a Big Tent Now Let's Get Lawmakers to Act

Texas Tribune


Whether you’re a student, parent, property owner or run a business, you have a vested interest in what the Texas Legislature does to address public school finance this legislative session. Why should Texans care? In 2015, the state set a goal...

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January 6, 2019

To sustain the Texas Miracle, legislators must reform school funding

Dallas Morning News


For a state that boasts top tier rankings in other areas like business climate, we can do better in the area of talent development.

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November 14, 2018

Organizations host event to address lack of public school funding

The Panhandle Spirit


Amarillo Area Foundation and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce hosted an event Wednesday to address the issue of funding in public schools. Business leaders from all over were in attendance to support public schools.

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October 31, 2018

Education, business leaders take on fright of school finance in Halloween event

Waco Tribune-Herald


Hundreds of business, education and community leaders met on Halloween to discuss a frightening topic: public school finance in Texas....

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June 5, 2018

School Finance Event To Address Challenges of Public School Funding

Rivard Report


Texas educators have long complained about the State’s broken public school funding mechanism, and before the 86th legislative session starts in January, education advocates hope to attract business leaders’ voices to their calls for reform.

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May 9, 2018

How Finance Commission can create parity in Texas schools, Teach Plus Texas Teaching Policy Fellow

Austin American Statesman


For the past few weeks, the news media has been covering the stories of the educators from Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Arizona who are protesting for a livable wage within their state.

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October 20, 2017

UT report finds low-income students suffer most from $5.3 billion education cut

The Daily Texan


Low-income students and students in need of additional support have suffered most from an over $5 billion funding hole, according to a recent report by UTeach and the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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