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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.

June 24, 2016

My Family’s Foundation Entered the Policy Arena, and We Are Not Looking Back

Exponent Philanthropy

Like many family foundations, we receive several worthy requests that we turn down due to lack of funds.

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April 1, 2016

Principles For Effective Education Grantmaking, Joining Forces: How the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium is Engaging Funders in Education Policy

Grantmakers for Education

Joining Forces: How the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium is Engaging Funders in Education Policy

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February 6, 2016

Texas Education Grantmakers partner with Texans Care for Children for initial assessment of school district demand for new pre-k grants

Children's Care for Children

The Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) is pleased to announce it is awarding a grant in the amount of $90,000 to Texans Care for Children...

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November 16, 2015

Is Playing It Cool Holding Back Philanthropy?

Exponent Philanthropy

We have all heard the warning: In philanthropy, following the heart will lead you astray.

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July 25, 2015

Society pays price for lack of early childhood education

San Antonio Express-News

Early childhood education is highly correlated to success later in life for the students.

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May 14, 2015

Council for a Strong America: Pre-K is impediment to crime

Austin American Statesman

Report shows children who participate in high-quality preschool are far more likely to gain the math, literacy and social skills that support long-term academic success, meaning they’ll be far less likely to become involved in crime.

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May 7, 2015

Why after school programs are so critical for Texas

Austin American Statesman

Andy Roddick explains why after school programs are critical to Texas.

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April 30, 2015

Texas Kids Need More After School Options, Andy Roddick and Molly Clayton


This afternoon, while the Texas Legislature is busy debating important public policy, our students will leave school for the day. But where will they go?

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April 18, 2015

Investing in pre-K good for economy

Austin Statesman

A research report from the business leader group ReadyNation says that investing in quality pre-K programs yields as much as $26,000 in net long-term economic benefits for every child served.

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March 17, 2015

The Conservative Business Case for Early Education

Council For A Strong America

In an op­-ed in Roll Call, KPMG’s Randy Laszewski makes the business case for early childhood education and preschool.

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March 15, 2015

Good data will ensure quality pre-K

Houston Chronicle

All Texans should applaud the surging interest in pre-kindergarten in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott followed through on his campaign promises and declared early childhood education an emergency priority.

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March 9, 2015

The Source: Overwhelmed And Outnumbered, School Counselors In Texas

Texas Public Radio

The State of Texas lacks public school counselors. According to a study by the Ray Marshall Center for the study of Human Resources, they were the first positions eliminated after the deep public school funding cuts of 2011.

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