“A Fighting Chance” Is Now Online

Last week, our documentary “A Fighting Chance” aired on KLRU-Austin PBS, followed by a moving Civic Summit panel discussion about the struggles Texas families face just to meet their basic needs. The full 26-minute documentary is now live on our YouTube channel, and you watch the Civic Summit on KLRU’s website. We want to thank […]

High Youth Unemployment is Unaffordable for Texas and the Nation

Working for a Better Texas

By Andrea Mayo In 2011, nine percent of Texas teenagers age 16 to 19 were neither in school nor in the workforce.  Unless Texas takes action, these young people will likely face substantial personal challenges to success and impose a large cost on taxpayers in the short- and long-term. According to a new KIDS COUNT report […]

Welcome to the new CPPP.org

BetterTexas

We are excited to announce that CPPP.org got a makeover! We have completely redesigned our website, and we’re officially launching this brand new BETTER TEXAS Blog, where our staff spark conversation and inform the debate on issues important to Texas families. With both of these online tools, we’ll be able to share more information with […]

Election Day is about kids

By Frances Deviney Election Day pretty much feels like a day dedicated to adults. Only adults can register to vote. Only long-time adults tend to run for public office. And, frankly, adults are typically the only ones who become emotionally invested in what happens on Election Day. But if there was ever a day that […]

TexasForward and the Petition to Restore Education and Health Care

TexasForward Coalition Meeting

By Mia Ibarra TexasForward, a broad-based revenue coalition promoting a balanced approach to state budget decisions, held its quarterly membership meeting on Friday, October 26. Representatives from many of the coalition’s 53 member organizations gathered in Austin to strategize for the upcoming legislative session. While the Texas economy is recovering and 2012 sales tax revenue […]

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, […]

What We Should Be Talking About When We Talk About Public Ed

Chandra Villanueva

By Chandra Villanueva Texas is responsible for educating 5 million kids, and 60 percent of those kids are poor. We have an obligation to ensure that every child succeeds in school today so they can be ready for college and careers. As we approach this legislative session, the conversation around Texas public education has been […]

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 […]