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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.

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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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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