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October 15, 2017

After 2011 Education Cuts, A Lost Half Decade

Rivard Report


When Texas lawmakers were eyeing billions in cuts to the state’s education budget in 2011, education officials warned of furloughs, increased class sizes and reduced course offerings.

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October 9, 2017

Funding cuts hurting students

KVUE


Public school students who need the most help simply aren't getting it. That's the conclusion from a study by the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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October 9, 2017

Funding cuts hurting students

KVUE Austin


Public school students who need the most help simply aren't getting it. That's the conclusion from a study by the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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October 9, 2017

Impact of School Funding Cuts

Fox 7


A new report is out that looked into the effects of the state legislature's massive budget cuts to public education in 2011.

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October 5, 2017

Study examines effects of funding cuts on Texas schools, students

Texas Public News Service


Funding cuts by state lawmakers left a five-year, $5 billion hole in the budget for Texas public schools between 2011 and 2016.

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October 5, 2017

Texas' 2011 cuts to schools still being felt, report finds

Associated Press


The Legislature's $5-plus billion in 2011 cuts to public education mean that Texas' classroom funding still lags behind its pre-Great Recession levels, with low-income students hit hardest.

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October 5, 2017

The Consequences of Underfunding our Public Schools

Center for Public Policy Priorities blog


Making sure our children receive a quality education is essential for the future prosperity of Texas. To be successful academically, many students rely on programs like tutoring or bilingual education.

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March 24, 2017

Lawmakers coming up woefully short on pre-K funding

Dallas Morning News


Political posturing and horse trading has left a $236 million grant program to improve pre-K on the cutting room floor in the Senate and the House.

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February 16, 2017

Business leaders call for early childhood education, Tyler Morning Telegraph

Tyler Morning Telegraph


Jobs are going unfilled - and Texans are out of work - because there's a "skills gap" between job seekers and job qualifications, business leaders said in Tyler.

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February 12, 2017

Sabin, Harman: Texas can no longer rely on local property taxes to fund schools

Houston Chronicle


In 2011 the Texas Legislature reduced funding for public education by $5.3 billion - the largest blow ever suffered by our schools.

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January 31, 2017

Advocates Praise Governor Abbott's Call To Invest In Optional, High-Quality PreK

Office of the Texas Governor


Governor Greg Abbott today listed investing in optional, high-quality PreK programs as one of his legislative priorities in his State of the State Address.

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January 13, 2017

RGV participation in HB 4 Texas Pre-k Grant Program is analyzed

Rio Grande Guardian


An analysis of Rio Grande Valley participation in the Texas High-Quality Pre-K HB 4 Grant Program has been made by the Children’s Defense Fund-Texas and other education groups.

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