RAISE Texas Summit – a recap

Don Baylor

By Don Baylor Jr. As we wrapped up the RAISE Texas Training and Summit at the Federal Reserve Bank in Houston, several things came to mind: One is the maturity of the network. Ten years ago at the first meeting, 25 people attended the Texas IDA Network to focus on one issue.  This year’s summit, […]

The Case for Limiting Title Loan Fees

Don Baylor

By Don Baylor, Jr. Payday and auto title loans are unaffordable for most Texans who use these products. First, Texans pay about 50-75 percent more than people in other states, with Texas short-term loans being the most expensive in the U.S. Second, most Texans are unable to pay back these loans when they are due, […]

OP-ED: The Darker Side of Texas’ Job Market

Don Baylor

By Don Baylor & Leslie Helmcamp This Labor Day we hear that the Texas unemployment rate has remained below the national average. We also hear that Texas has added new jobs every month for the past two years. What we don’t hear is that 1 in 7 working families in Texas lives below the poverty line. […]

Adult Basic Education Innovation, Training and Policy

Leslie Helmcamp

The adult basic education system can be a bright spot for many Texans looking to better their career prospects, find stable employment, and earn a thriving wage. In fact, Texas’ adult basic education providers—anchored in local nonprofits and community colleges— are moving the state forward in getting adult learners into higher wage work by braiding […]

OpportunityTexas Connects with the Texas College Access Network

Our guest blogger this month is Alejandra Barbosa, the Operations and Program Manager at Educate Texas. She coordinates the Texas College Access Network initiatives in San Antonio and north Texas. I recently had lunch with a friend who is Dean of Enrollment at a local university who shared with me her excitement about the upcoming […]

Eliminating America’s Playbook

Frances Deviney

By Frances Deviney, Ph.D., Texas KIDS COUNT Director Football is a longstanding tradition in Texas, with high expectations for rigor, skill, and success. But what if I told you that one day, all of the playbooks and player stats would just disappear? Coaches would no longer  have information on how the opposing team is performing. […]

OP-ED: Why Texans Need More Medicaid

Cheasty Anderson, our health care outreach coordinator, co-authored this piece with our Texas Well and Healthy colleagues for the Austin-American Statesman. The piece ran on Sunday, Aug. 4. Why Texans Need More Medicaid Lately when state leaders talk about health care, one thing that almost never comes up is health. Every generation wants for the […]

Turning a “D” Into an “A” at Texas Colleges and Universities

Texas’ colleges and universities just received their report cards and the grades are mixed. While Texas leads much of the country on transparency and accountability, our two-year institutions made low grades for student access and success. Even though Texas’ four-year institutions made a satisfactory grade on student access and success, just under half (49 percent) […]