This is the first legislative session the Center will have a dedicated staff member to focus on issues related to behavioral health. In this position I will research, analyze and advocate for policies and fiscal matters that enhance the quality
By Jeanie Donovan Two reports released today by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) show that Texas schools continue to serve a relatively high percentage of eligible students with the federal School Breakfast Program (SBP). Compared with all 50
By Jeanie Donovan More than 3.5 million Texans, including nearly 2 million children, rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure that they don’t go to bed hungry at night. Although the program has long been a reliable and
Today, we learned a little about what the House and Senate budget proposals included, as well as what the Legislative Budget Board estimates is necessary to cover 2014-15 growth. We spent some time at the Capitol today doing preliminary analysis and comparing what
This weekend, Eva’s piece ran in the Austin American-Statesman’s Legislative Preview series: We believe in Texas. We believe in the people of Texas. We know it’s hard for families, especially Texas families, to admit that they need and ask for help.
Last school year Texas’ school cafeterias served an astonishing 300 million breakfasts. But remarkably, that only covered 60 percent of the students who received free or reduced price lunches during the same year. This means that nearly one million of
Two years ago, the 2011 Texas Legislature enacted two measures to rein in the Wild West of payday and auto title lending by requiring licensing, standard disclosures, and data collection under the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner. The bill to address
On the face of it, “school choice” sounds like an intriguing concept. But, a key component of the school choice proposal presented by Senate leadership, which purports to allow for students to transfer within and between districts, offers few choices for