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Big Tent 2.0: Restart and Reimagine Education

October 7, 2020

Back in 2018, Philanthropy Advocates constructed, convened and mobilized a “big tent” of advocates and allies in support of school finance reform leading up to and during the 86th Texas Legislature. The effort united philanthropy, the business community, public education advocates and other partners, driving home the message, grounded in data and research, that money matters in public education.

The landmark reforms that passed the Texas Legislature in 2019 demonstrated the power of Philanthropy Advocates’ members and the larger advocacy community to generate broad-based, bipartisan support for consequential, critical, historic reforms of our state’s public education system.

Now, 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.” 

COVID-19 poses immediate and ongoing challenges and costs for Texas students, public schools, and institutions of higher education. The pandemic is exposing the persistent inequity that plagues our K-12 and higher education systems, as well as our health care system and larger economy. It’s not an understatement to call the 87th Regular Session, the COVID Session, as the pandemic will drive the budget and policies debates across all aspects of state government next year.

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:

Pathways to College and Career Policy Work Group

  • Texas Association of Community Colleges

Effective Teaching Policy Work Group

  • Education Trust (EdTrust)
  • Deans for Impact
  • Leadership ISD

Early Grade Success Policy Work Group

  • Every Texan
  • Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA)
  • Leadership ISD

We look forward to sharing highlights and updates from their work in the weeks and months ahead as we prepare for the next legislative session.

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