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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]