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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.

January 6, 2019

To sustain the Texas Miracle, legislators must reform school funding

Dallas Morning News

For a state that boasts top tier rankings in other areas like business climate, we can do better in the area of talent development.

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January 2, 2019

TEGAC Releases 2019 Priority Policies


TEGAC released its 2019 Policy Priorities. You can read them HERE.

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December 11, 2018

Report: State Pre-K Cuts Hurt Students

Texans Care for Children

A new report shows that Texas school districts are facing difficulties after Texas lawmakers cut pre-k funding during the 2017 legislative session while simultaneously adding new pre-k requirements for school districts.

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November 14, 2018

Organizations host event to address lack of public school funding

The Panhandle Spirit

Amarillo Area Foundation and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce hosted an event Wednesday to address the issue of funding in public schools. Business leaders from all over were in attendance to support public schools.

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October 31, 2018

Education, business leaders take on fright of school finance in Halloween event

Waco Tribune-Herald

Hundreds of business, education and community leaders met on Halloween to discuss a frightening topic: public school finance in Texas....

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October 1, 2018

The Research is Clear: High-Quality Pre-K Pays Off

Texans Care for Children

Research from Texas and across the U.S. shows that effective pre-k programs help students start kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed, boost early literacy and academic achievement, and reduce both grade retention and provision of special education services.

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October 1, 2018

Understanding the Student Experience to Improve Pathway Tools and Policy

Texas OnCourse

As Texas’ definitive resource for college and career preparedness, Texas OnCourse equips middle and high school students for postgraduation success.

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June 5, 2018

School Finance Event To Address Challenges of Public School Funding

Rivard Report

Texas educators have long complained about the State’s broken public school funding mechanism, and before the 86th legislative session starts in January, education advocates hope to attract business leaders’ voices to their calls for reform.

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May 9, 2018

How Finance Commission can create parity in Texas schools, Teach Plus Texas Teaching Policy Fellow

Austin American Statesman

For the past few weeks, the news media has been covering the stories of the educators from Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Arizona who are protesting for a livable wage within their state.

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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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