Big Ideas to Make Our Kids, Texas, the Southwest, & the U.S. Stronger

First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy organization that works to make children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, has released a new report called Big Ideas: Children in the Southwest. So why focus on just kids in the Southwest? Well, as is pointed out in the report, the Southwest states (California, Arizona, […]

The Budget Puzzle–Part Two

Public education is important in the Texas budget not just because it’s the biggest piece (42 percent of General Revenue spending), but because of its key role in preparing roughly 5 million students to be the college students, productive workers, and informed citizens of the future. Unfortunately, the 2011 Legislature made $5.3 billion in cuts […]

“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 […]