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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.

February 8, 2017

“They Quit on Me”: The Toll on Students of Weak Teacher Preparation

The Huffington Post

To have successful students, we need teachers prepared to help them succeed. No story better illustrates this connection than that of Htoo Eh.

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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 29, 2017

Texas Lawmakers Could Trim Funding for Pre-K, Despite New Research

Houston Public Media

Advocates hope to see strong support from Governor Greg Abbot soon. He made early education a top priority last session.

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January 14, 2017

Groups Push Texas Legislature to Fund Full-Day Pre-K

El Paso Herald Post

Children’s advocates are aiming to convince the Texas Legislature to fund all-day pre-kindergarten classes in the 2018-2019 budget and beyond.

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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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December 23, 2016

More money, certainty needed to upgrade pre-K, study finds

Texas Tribune

Most school districts in Dallas County took advantage of a new state grant program to bolster early education programs, but limited funds produced limited results.

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December 12, 2016

For every $1 spent on preschool, we see a benefit of more than $6, Nobel Prize-winning economist finds

Dallas Morning News

His research concludes that investing in preschool is worth the cost, with boys seeing the biggest benefits.

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December 5, 2016

Guest View: Quality pre-K needs sustained funding, commitment

Dallas Morning News

Lawmakers added $118 million in emergency grants to improve prekindergarten.

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November 30, 2016

Quality pre-K works but needs sustained funding and commitment

Dallas Morning News Editorial

One-time grants provided in HB4 were a good first step. But lawmakers need to make a longer-term investment to really move the needle on achievement for more Texas children.

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August 16, 2016

Pre-K program funds rolling out


As the school year begins, many districts will benefit from an expansion of high quality pre-Kindergarten championed by Gov. Greg Abbott last session.

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July 14, 2016

Abbott’s Pre-K ‘Gold Standard’ is Showing Some Rust

Texas Observer

On the campaign trail, Greg Abbott pledged an extra $1,500 a year for each pre-K student. But schools will actually see just $367 per child.

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July 5, 2016

Texas Announces Hundreds of Schools Receiving Pre-K Grants

Texas Tribune

The state will divvy up $116 million among 578 school districts and charters to bolster high-quality pre-kindergarten programs, Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced Tuesday.

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