Farewell and Thank You from F. Scott McCown

Dear Friends, Today is my last day at CPPP. I want to thank all our friends and supporters who have fought with us over this past decade for a better Texas, where economic and social opportunity is available in fair measure for all. This fight goes on–for good jobs, for access to health care and […]

What can be done to help disadvantaged children succeed in school?

Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

What can be done to address the barriers that often make it difficult for disadvantaged children to succeed in school?   Noted education researcher Helen Ladd of Duke University proposes three steps, all backed by extensive research: Disadvantaged children often suffer from poor health and nutrition—which can be corrected by high-quality early childhood and preschool programs. […]

High percentage of uninsured hurts Texas’ ranking in CNBC’s Top States for Business

Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

Texas lost its top ranking as an attractive location for business in CNBC’s annual list because of its poor “quality of life” performance. Texas fell to #41 in that category because the state has the highest percentage of residents without health insurance, as well as poor air and water quality.  Texas also ranked #35 in […]

Steps In The Right Direction for Improving Schooling for Teen Parents

Working for a Better Texas

By Eric Bybee Texas has the fourth-highest rate of teen pregnancy in the nation, with a total of 48,586 teen births in 2010. Parenthood is a leading cause of school dropouts for female students. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, only about 51 percent of teen moms have a high […]

2013 Lege Wrap-Up: Public Education

Chandra Villanueva

As predicted, this session’s debates around school choice were used as a distraction from discussing real solutions to the state’s education challenges. Fortunately, all the different voucher proposals, which would divert state funds for public education to cover all or part of a student’s tuition at a private or religious school, were defeated. The legislature […]

2013 Lege Wrap-Up: Adult Basic Education & Literacy

CPPP Leslie Helmcamp

The 2013 Legislature brought big changes to the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and literacy system in Texas. SB 307 by Sen. Joan Huffman, effective September 1, transfers oversight of ABE programs from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The bill is a positive step towards strengthening Texas’ ABE and literacy programs […]

Preliminary Look at Public School Funding in the State Budget

In the state budget deal for 2014-15 that’s still a few pieces short of being finalized by the 83rd Legislature, public education would see a 7 percent biennial increase, from $52 billion in 2012-13 to $56 billion in 2014-15.  General Revenue support for public education would rise by 8 percent in SB 1, or 8.5 percent […]

Budget Conference Committee Proposal Doesn’t Account For Growth

With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative regular session, details and summary information on the 2013 and 2014-15 state budget deals are finally starting to emerge. The conference committee report for Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act for 2014-15, includes $94.6 billion in General Revenue spending, and an All Funds budget of […]

Will the Senate Choose Tax Breaks Or Investments in Texas’ Future?

Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

The Senate this week will consider tax giveaways that would reduce the amount available to support public services in the next state budget by $1 billion. Supporters claim these tax breaks bring businesses to Texas and encourage economic development, but every dollar lost in revenue is a dollar lost from funding for education and health […]

OPED–Lawmakers have an opportunity to do more for Texas kids

“When it comes to funding priorities for Texas children, legislators appear to be facing similar tough choices as they work to finalize the state budget. The Senate and House have proposed 2014-15 budgets that, at first glance, seem to highlight different priorities for Texas kids. For example, the House proposes more state money, about $1 […]