First Look — Senate Budget Update Improves Health, Higher Ed. Funding

Eva DeLuna Castro

Today the Senate Finance Committee approved its substitute for the Senate budget proposal (Senate Bill 1), the General Appropriations Act for 2018 and 2019. Total spending proposed for the next budget cycle in SB 1 is $217.7 billion, a 0.7 percent increase compared to the $216 billion in state and federal revenue budgeted for 2016-17. This means a real spending drop of almost eight percent, once population growth and inflation are taken into account. Total General Revenue spending would be $106.3 billion, which would be a 1.6 percent drop from 2016-17 even before any population or inflation adjustment.

School vouchers – by any name – are wrong for Texas children

Ann Beeson

On Tuesday morning, the Senate Education Committee will discuss Senate Bill 3, a dangerous proposal that would use taxpayer dollars to subsidize private school education. As the proud product of Dallas public schools, the daughter and granddaughter of public school teachers and principals, and the executive director of a non-profit policy group that believes deeply […]

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 […]

House Public Education Committee takes on School Finance Reform with HB 21

Chandra Kring Villanueva

You can print out a copy of this post as a 2-pager here. Delivering on their promise to address the minimally constitutional school finance system this session, the House Public Education Committee heard HB 21 by Chairman Dan Huberty. HB 21 is a good first step toward improving the school finance system because it aims […]

How Texas Education Chief Gave $100 Million to Rich Homeowners

Dick Lavine

Recently the Texas Education Commissioner changed the interpretation of a long-standing statue in order to give $100 million to wealthy homeowners in wealthy school districts. KEY TAKEAWAYS: *It’s understandable that school districts have concerns about the underfunding of the Texas public school finance system and want state leaders to make changes. *But a sudden, under-the-radar […]

Checking in on Pre-K and the 2017 Texas Legislature

Chandra Kring Villanueva

As Texas Senate and House committee hearings pick up, it’s worth checking in on early childhood education, specifically Pre-K. 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. Investing in Pre-K also means significant short and long-term returns […]

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 […]

Let’s renovate our school finance system

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Maintaining an old house is hard work. Everyone knows that for a home to retain its value and run efficiently it needs periodic repairs and updates. Our school finance system, in many ways, is similar to an old house that has fallen into disrepair. More than 30 years of legal challenges and legislative adjustments have […]

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Announces New Financial Education Resources in Dallas

Laura Rosen

I was thrilled to attend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) first town hall meeting on financial education in Dallas on September 7, co-hosted by Texas Appleseed. At the event, CFPB Director Richard Cordray shared findings from the Bureau’s new report, “Building Blocks to Help Youth Achieve Financial Capability.” At the meeting, a variety of […]

It’s back to school time

Ann Beeson

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 […]