This blog post was written by Communications Intern Bianca Lopez. It’s been seven years since the Texas Legislature made deep budget cuts to public education, leaving local school districts scrambling to work around a funding hole over five billion dollars deep.
Many Texans are poor, not because they don’t work, but because their work pays too little to raise a family out of poverty. To ensure economic prosperity, Texas public policy must support work, make work pay, and help families build their assets.
One of the biggest challenges facing the Texas economy is the lack of career and college readiness for adults and K-12 students. To increase postsecondary access and success, Texas must build a more durable pipeline across our educational and workforce systems to prepare Texans for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
We’re thrilled to announce that Chandra Villanueva, previously one of our Senior Policy Analysts, is our new Program Director of the Economic Opportunity Team. Chandra is widely acknowledged by lawmakers and education advocates as one of the state’s leading experts on
This post was written by CPPP Communications Intern Bianca Lopez. Photo credit: Glenn Strong, Flickr. CC license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0 In general, math scores are a pretty good indicator of students’ future academic success. Rise and Fall of Texas STEM Education: Evidence from
On Tuesday, January 23, the new Texas Commission on Public School Finance will hold its first meeting in Austin. The Commission has the chance to hold important conversations about how to remodel our state’s public school finance system. Better funded schools
Texas has the highest percentage of adults in the country that lack a high school diploma or equivalent. Changes to the national GED test in 2014 exacerbated this problem by making the test more expensive, computer-based only, and harder to
On September 5, the Trump Administration announced that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the program for immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. DACA grants immigrant youth temporary relief from
When examining the cost of basic needs for several different types of working families in the state’s largest metro areas, it is clear that far too many jobs don’t pay enough for families to pay for their most basic
According to a new CPPP and RAISE Texas report, too many Texas workers are living in financial insecurity, which leads to financial stress that can result in reduced productivity on the job. Other negative effects of financial insecurity include missed
A majority of Texans are not saving adequately for retirement. One key reason is that half of working Texans do not have the opportunity to save at work, which is the best and most common way individuals build retirement savings. National