Analysis: What the New Census Data Tell Us

Like taking your temperature, reporting the annual poverty rate is a broad measure of how economically healthy Texas families are. This week’s U.S. Census release showed a small but significant decrease in Texas’ poverty rate of less than one percentage point. The 2013 poverty rate is 17.5 percent, or 4.5 million Texans living in poverty, […]

New national poll shows concern for school underfunding, vouchers

Chandra Villanueva

This week PDK/Gallup released the findings of their 46th annual Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. The nationwide poll, administered to 1,001 Americans, asked questions on important education policy issues such as school funding, teacher quality, standardized testing, and vouchers. The Texas Legislature will debate many of these issues when the legislative […]

Texas Is a Tough Place to Be a Kid (or a Parent)

A new report from the National KIDS COUNT Project shows that Texas is one of the toughest places to be a kid. The conclusion comes from crunching the numbers in health, education, economic security and the stability of families and communities. But let’s start with the good news. Texas is making progress for kids in […]

Pilot Program to Address Runaway Loan Default Rates Among Texas Students

By Alejandra Cerna This month, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will begin to shape the Student Loan Default Prevention and Financial Aid Literacy Pilot Program which will formally kick off in January 2014. THECB is currently accepting comments on the proposed rules until December 1.  The pilot program was established during the last legislative session […]

Investing in the First Eight Years is Critical for Children to Succeed

Working for a Better Texas

By Anthony Vincent LeClair The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT policy report, The First Eight Years: Building a Foundation for Lifetime Success shines a light on our nation’s troubling lack of investment in the earliest years of our children’s lives. As a nation, we have ignored decades of research consensus on brain and child […]

Sizing Up The Texas Budget: Medicaid and CHIP

Millions of Texans rely on Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) for their health care coverage. Unfortunately, the 2014-15 state budget fails to undo the deepest cuts made to these vital services in 2011 and is marked by both new and ongoing austerity measures. Our state’s inability to pay frontline health care workers a […]

Attention Community and Consumer Groups–Navigator Funding Announcement Released

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Three of four people who will be eligible for coverage through the new online health insurance marketplace opening in October say they want in-person assistance to help them learn about and enroll in coverage. Navigators—in-person assistance providers who will help consumers and small employers enrolling in the marketplace—are one of the ways the Affordable Care Act […]

NEWS–CPPP’s McCown Announces Transition

Former state district judge and staunch child advocate returning to work in child welfare (AUSTIN, Texas)–The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) Executive Director F. Scott McCown, a formidable champion of Texas children and families, announced today that he will be stepping down from his post at CPPP by August. He has accepted an offer […]

Message From Scott McCown: District Court Agrees Texas Is Not Investing Enough in Education

(AUSTIN, Texas)—February 4, 2013—The Center for Public Policy Priorities Executive Director F. Scott McCown, retired state district judge who presided over the Edgewood school finance lawsuit, released the following statement regarding the ruling by State District Judge John Dietz on whether Texas is meeting its state constitutional requirements to provide an equitable and adequate education […]

Legacy Lunch is Almost Sold Out, So Act Fast!

By Deirdre Anderson We are just 10 days away from our Eleventh Annual Legacy Lunch. We hope you’ll be with us at the Four Seasons to honor Ben Barnes, former Lieutenant Governor of Texas, and to welcome Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley as our Keynote Speaker. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are almost sold out, so be […]