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Seeking Proposals: Research in Effective Teaching

November 10, 2021
As part of its ongoing efforts to provide objective and non-partisan data on public and higher education in Texas, Philanthropy Advocates is immediately seeking proposals to contract with an experienced research organization to conduct quantitative and policy analysis focused on addressing this question:

How do state laws and regulations, including those that permit individuals to serve as classroom teachers without preparation or certification, contribute to the supply of classroom teachers and what is the impact of those policies?

Further details are outlined in this Request for Proposal.

Applications are due by end of day Friday, December 3, 2021.  
Applicants should submit proposals via email to Becky Calahan, Deputy Director of Philanthropy Advocates, at Please reach out to Becky as necessary with questions in advance of submission.

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.

May 7, 2018

Time for a reality check on public education


Across the nation, there is a simmering discussion about education funding. In places — Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, West Virginia — that simmer has reached the boiling point.

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April 24, 2018

Business and education leaders renew calls for increased school funding

Spectrum News Austin

Business and public education leaders are once again calling on the state to spend more on its public schools.

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March 27, 2018

The Texas Legislature took away $118 million in pre-k funding. Now districts are scrambling

Texas Tribune

School officials are accessing other grants, pulling from local taxpayer dollars and diverting funding from different parts of their budgets to meet state pre-K requirements. They’re making things work for now, but they anticipate problems.

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March 27, 2018

Will Texas invest in schools or lose its competitive corporate edge?

Dallas Morning News

Academic progress has declined dramatically since 2011, when the state cut education spending by $5 billion, one expert said.

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March 23, 2018

After the bathroom bill and voter turnout, business turns to education

Dallas Morning News

With employers scouring for top talent, how can Texas remain a laggard on schools?

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March 22, 2018

Why it's 'so doggone hard' to fix school finance, and what DFW businesses are doing to help

Dallas Morning News

Education matters to businesses looking for the best and brightest workers to fill their job needs. And money matters in education.

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March 19, 2018

71 Percent of Texans Want State to Provide More Education Funding

Spectrum News

Public education advocates are calling on state lawmakers to increase public school funding, and say the majority of Texas voters are behind them.

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March 9, 2018

Most Texans want the state to boost its school funding share

Austin American Statesman

Most Texans support increasing funding for the state’s public schools, according to results of a survey released by the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium on Monday.

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January 7, 2018

Why money matters in public education

Austin American-Statesman

Texas, like much of the country, is struggling with funding for public education. Some state leaders point out that Texas is putting in more money than ever before.

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October 28, 2017

Public school finance woes carry longterm implications

San Antonio Express-News

Texas most needy and struggling students are the most severely affected when public education funding is shortchanged. And there is usually a price to paid for that.

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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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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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