“Degrees of Debt: What to Do About Rising College Debt in Texas” is a three-part data series by the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Part 3/3Part 1: Why Is Texas Investing Less and Expecting Better College Graduation Rates?
Higher education is a critical tool for economic prosperity for all Texans. The outcome of the 2019 Texas legislative session, during which lawmakers determine state financial support in 2020 and 2021 for higher education and other state-supported services, has a significant impact on
The Texas Public School Finance Commission adopted its final report on December 19, 2018. The commission met all year, with CPPP closely involved, to develop recommendations for the 2019 Legislature around supporting the needs of our state’s
As 2018 winds down, there’s been a flurry of activity on the Texas Public School Finance Commission. At CPPP, we have been tracking the commission’s work all year, testifying at meetings, providing analysis and submitting recommendations. Recall that the Legislature set
There is no greater tool than education for boosting opportunity and combating poverty. Figuring out how to pay for higher education, especially as the costs rise and state supports drop, is a critical challenge. Investing for future education expenses is a
A high school diploma is critical for all Texans to be self-sufficient and provide for their families. In 2015, Texas launched 60x30TX, the state’s strategic higher education plan aimed at ensuring 60 percent of Texan adults between
Though it is the state’s responsibility to provide a substantial share of school funding, Texas relies heavily on local property taxes to fund our schools. Because property values vary greatly from one community to the next, some districts are better