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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.

March 23, 2017

Pre-K funding being asked for at Capitol rally, KXAN

KXAN


Advocates will rally at the Texas Capitol Thursday morning to make sure legislators know the importance of fully funding “high quality” pre-kindergarten.

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March 23, 2017

Texans fight to save state’s Pre-K program

KXAN


Texas leaders were fighting on Thursday to continue the state’s high-quality Pre-Kindergarten program after lawmakers in both chambers decided there wasn’t enough room in the next budget.

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March 18, 2017

Nelson: All eyes should be on Texas teacher preparation

The Houston Chronicle


Enhanced training needs to include better mentoring, mandatory tieredclinical experiences

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March 16, 2017

Trump budget cuts would hit Texas education service programs hard

Texas Tribune


President Trump's proposed budget would cut about $14 million from Texas programs designed to provide tutoring, mentorship and counseling for low-income students.

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February 17, 2017

Texas must fully fund pre-K for low-income kids

Dallas Morning News


Research makes clear that investing in quality pre-k is a smart.

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February 16, 2017

Business leaders call for early childhood education, Tyler Morning Telegraph

Tyler Morning Telegraph


Jobs are going unfilled - and Texans are out of work - because there's a "skills gap" between job seekers and job qualifications, business leaders said in Tyler.

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February 12, 2017

Abbott's pre-K push not reflected in early House, Senate budgets

Houston Chronicle


Under the pink Capitol dome with hundreds of eyes upon him, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an ultimatum to lawmakers mulling over how much to invest in the next two years on high-quality early education.

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February 12, 2017

Sabin, Harman: Texas can no longer rely on local property taxes to fund schools

Houston Chronicle


In 2011 the Texas Legislature reduced funding for public education by $5.3 billion - the largest blow ever suffered by our schools.

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February 9, 2017

Texas Lawmakers Want To Cut Pre-K Funding. Don't Let Them

Dallas Morning News


High-quality pre-K is an investment that can yield huge dividends, but it's underfunded in Texas. So why are lawmakers in Austin trying to cut funding rather than increase it?

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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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