College students deserve to learn, not fear deportation

Ann Beeson

We call on elected leaders to vote no on SB 4, and to support an amendment that would remove campus police from the bill. Instead of frightening college students and families, let’s return to our strong tradition of embracing immigrant culture and leading the nation with common-sense policies that provide a pathway to opportunity for young people of all backgrounds.

Texas Children in Immigrant Families: Five Things to Know

Mia Ibarra

As the state’s economy and population grow, the future of Texas depends on the health, education and financial security of all our children. But we cannot raise the bar for all kids if we don’t look specifically at how children of color are faring and how our public policies impact the 2.4 million children of […]

It’s Getting Harder to Find a Job that Pays the Cost of Living in Texas

Garrett Groves

As Texans, we pride ourselves on working hard and being self-sufficient. But too few workers are able to earn enough to support themselves and their families. From 1979 to 2014, the share of low-wage jobs grew by 15.5 percent in Texas. At the same time, the share of jobs that paid middle wages dropped more […]

Tweens at Risk of Dropping out before High School

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Texas students in grades four through eight (known as “the middle grades”) are considered at-risk in the education pipeline. These “tweens” are at a make or break period for determining future academic success. Research has shown that students who are not proficient in reading by the beginning of fourth grade are four times more likely […]

Honoring Women through Common-Sense Policies

Frances Deviney

On March 8 we observe International Women’s Day, which “celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women.” Why am I telling you this? First, I have to acknowledge that as a woman with a daughter who comes from a family of all daughters, I think that the idea of International Women’s Day is […]

State Higher Education Agency Recommends Implementing Off-Campus Work-Study Pilot Program

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Connecting Students with Jobs: CPPP Supports State Higher Education Agency’s Recommendation to Implement Off-Campus Work-Study Pilot Program The Texas economy depends on a skilled workforce—and off-campus work-study positions are a neglected tool in Texas’ higher education system that we could use more broadly to provide career-relevant work experience for students and newly trained skilled talent […]

Why the Texas Middle Class is Shrinking

Garrett Groves

Report shows keys to reducing wage disparities and promoting economic growth Over the past 30 years, the largest share of jobs at the center of the U.S. economy – known as “middle-skill jobs” – have been declining according to a report released today from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Center for Public […]

New Report: Income Inequality Especially Bad in Texas

Dick Lavine

Texas is among the states with the highest income inequality, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Texas ranks 10th in the country, with its richest residents— the top five percent of households— having average incomes 15 times as large as the bottom 20 percent of households and five […]

United Ways’ Pathways to Work Initiative

Garrett Groves

CPPP Director of Economic Opportunity Garrett Groves presented to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas quarterly funders’ forum. Garrett provided a community profile of the Dallas-Fort Worth region on changing demographic and economic trends. The presentation focused in particular on building regional talent pipelines to help address the shrinking middle class in Texas. The event […]

Lessons from School-Based Children’s Savings for College Programs in Texas

Laura Rosen

Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) for College offer a promising strategy to get more Texas students to college and help students and parents build financial skills. CPPP and RAISE Texas have made several advances over the past five years to develop a model to expand access to CSAs, particularly in kindergarten through 8th grade alongside Texas’ […]