It’s Back to School Time

//It’s Back to School Time

It’s August – time to wrap up those vacations, get the kids ready for school, and enjoy the Olympics! We’re doing our part here at CPPP. Helping kids start school ready to learn is one of the best ways to ensure all Texans have the chance to compete and succeed in life. Read Chandra Villanueva’s blog on the importance of more funding for Pre-K. 

Many Texas kids getting ready for school this month are cared for by grandparents who love them. Rachel Cooper explains how Texas can do a better job of supporting kinship caregivers, who care for over 268,000 children. Our research and advocacy on Pre-K and kinship care are just some of the issues that CPPP is tackling as we prepare for the 85th Texas Legislative Session.

Now you might think the Olympics are reserved for buff athletes, but we’ve proved wonks can compete too! Don’t miss the #WonkOlympics – from Fiscal Size Up Weightlifting to Fighting for Mental Health Care.

It’s been a delight to get to know B.A. Bentsen this summer as we prepare for our Legacy Luncheon on October 4 honoring the Bentsens. B.A. is still active and involved at age 94 – what an inspiration! And we’re particularly excited that Robert Rubin will be joining us to provide the keynote. Please send in your sponsorship today!

A renowned social justice lawyer, former philanthropy executive, and frequent public speaker and writer, Ann Beeson joined the Center in 2013. She was previously the Executive Director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations, where she promoted human rights, justice, and accountability nationwide. Beeson was the national Associate Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she worked from 1995-2007. She argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, litigated numerous cases around the country, and launched groundbreaking programs to stop the erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security and to protect free speech and privacy on the Internet. Beeson has been recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers by American Lawyer Magazine and the National Law Journal. A proud Texan, Beeson has embraced a wide range of innovative strategies to advance social change. Before joining the Center, she launched a new non-profit to involve the creative sector in social change. In 2012-13, she was a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas, where she co-produced a public media series to inspire more people to get engaged in their communities. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas. Beeson obtained her law degree from Emory University School of Law, and served as law clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, then chief judge of the Northern District of Texas.

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