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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.

March 1, 2015

Let schools, not the Travel industry, set start dates


The Texas Legislature will delve into education this session, and there’s a lot of ground to cover. Issues like school finance, investment in pre-kindergarten and high school counseling are already grabbing headlines.

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October 15, 2014

Despite Financial Challenges, Pre-K Programs Expand in Texas

The Texas Tribune

Pre-K education opportunities have expanded nationwide in recent years, with Texas being no exception.

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September 29, 2014

Study Due Tomorrow Says It’s Time Lawmakers Restore Full-Day Pre-K Funding


Early education is a hot topic these days and it’s about to get hotter.

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September 29, 2014

Texas philanthropists support pre-K quality

Houston Chronicle

In response to budget cuts to public education in 2011, 25 foundations and philanthropists from across the state joined together to create the Texas Education Advocacy Grantmakers Consortium.

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September 23, 2014

Pre-K funding "above and beyond" what Texas offers

San Antonio Express-News

Many Texas school districts augment inadequate state funding to improve pre-kindergarten access and quality or increase it from half-day to full-day, according to a survey by the Houston-based nonprofit CHILDREN AT RISK.

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May 16, 2014

A Call to Philanthropists Who Advocate: Empower Your Peers to Get Involved


There are so many myths and misconceptions about foundations doing advocacy, that when a funder who is skillful and savvy achieves success, it's a great opportunity to cut through the confusion and re-affirm the power of this work.

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April 28, 2014

Foundation Trustees Protect Education, Find Their Policy Voice

Exponent Philanthropy

Three years ago in Texas, foundations confronted a profound crisis.

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June 10, 2013

Challenges remain for schools

Houston Chronicle

The last time the Texas Legislature convened, public education lost. Unprecedented budget shortfalls forced across-the-board cuts to the state budget, with $5.4 billion taken from public education.

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