Earlier this year, Austin made history when the city council passed the first paid sick days ordinance in Texas. Businesses and communities benefit from this common-sense policy because paid sick days improve the health and well-being of working people
All Texans should be able to care for themselves or a loved one if they get sick, regardless of what kind of job they do or how much they earn. Approximately 4.3 million Texas workers – or 40 percent of
This blog was written by Economic Opportunity Intern Anna Crockett and Economic Opportunity Director Chandra Villanueva. Texas has one of the highest poverty rates in the country, despite having some of the country’s hardest workers. Though our state is a national
This blog post was written by Communications Intern Bianca Lopez. It’s been seven years since the Texas Legislature made deep budget cuts to public education, leaving local school districts scrambling to work around a funding hole over five billion dollars deep.
We’re thrilled to announce that Chandra Villanueva, previously one of our Senior Policy Analysts, is our new Program Director of the Economic Opportunity Team. Chandra is widely acknowledged by lawmakers and education advocates as one of the state’s leading experts on
This post was written by CPPP Communications Intern Bianca Lopez. Photo credit: Glenn Strong, Flickr. CC license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0 In general, math scores are a pretty good indicator of students’ future academic success. Rise and Fall of Texas STEM Education: Evidence from
On Tuesday, January 23, the new Texas Commission on Public School Finance will hold its first meeting in Austin. The Commission has the chance to hold important conversations about how to remodel our state’s public school finance system. Better funded schools