Big Week for the Budget

Eva DeLuna Castro

When you’re in a hole – especially a self-induced one – stop digging. The Senate should boost investments in the services Texans need and stop pushing for new cuts to revenue.

Texas Children in Immigrant Families: Five Things to Know

Mia Ibarra

As the state’s economy and population grow, the future of Texas depends on the health, education and financial security of all our children. But we cannot raise the bar for all kids if we don’t look specifically at how children of color are faring and how our public policies impact the 2.4 million children of […]

Tweens at Risk of Dropping out before High School

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Texas students in grades four through eight (known as “the middle grades”) are considered at-risk in the education pipeline. These “tweens” are at a make or break period for determining future academic success. Research has shown that students who are not proficient in reading by the beginning of fourth grade are four times more likely […]

House Public Education Committee takes on School Finance Reform with HB 21

Chandra Kring Villanueva

You can print out a copy of this post as a 2-pager here. Delivering on their promise to address the minimally constitutional school finance system this session, the House Public Education Committee heard HB 21 by Chairman Dan Huberty. HB 21 is a good first step toward improving the school finance system because it aims […]

How Texas Education Chief Gave $100 Million to Rich Homeowners

Dick Lavine

Recently the Texas Education Commissioner changed the interpretation of a long-standing statue in order to give $100 million to wealthy homeowners in wealthy school districts. KEY TAKEAWAYS: *It’s understandable that school districts have concerns about the underfunding of the Texas public school finance system and want state leaders to make changes. *But a sudden, under-the-radar […]

Checking in on Pre-K and the 2017 Texas Legislature

Chandra Kring Villanueva

As Texas Senate and House committee hearings pick up, it’s worth checking in on early childhood education, specifically Pre-K. Helping kids start school ready to learn is one of the best ways to ensure all Texans have the chance to compete and succeed in life. Investing in Pre-K also means significant short and long-term returns […]

Let’s renovate our school finance system

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Maintaining an old house is hard work. Everyone knows that for a home to retain its value and run efficiently it needs periodic repairs and updates. Our school finance system, in many ways, is similar to an old house that has fallen into disrepair. More than 30 years of legal challenges and legislative adjustments have […]

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Announces New Financial Education Resources in Dallas

Laura Rosen

I was thrilled to attend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) first town hall meeting on financial education in Dallas on September 7, co-hosted by Texas Appleseed. At the event, CFPB Director Richard Cordray shared findings from the Bureau’s new report, “Building Blocks to Help Youth Achieve Financial Capability.” At the meeting, a variety of […]

When debating school finance, don’t leave out Pre-K

Chandra Kring Villanueva

One of the most effective ways we can help kids compete and succeed in life is to make sure they are ready to start Kindergarten. Research has shown positive results from the state-supported Pre-K program, yet Texas regularly receives low marks for quality in the National Institute for Early Education Research’s (NIEER) annual State of […]

Free Meals for All Students through the Community Eligibility Provision

Rachel Cooper

Kids and parents might be focused on summer fun right now, but school leaders are busy making plans for how to make next school year a success. That’s where the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) can help. Through CEP, high-need schools can provide all of their students with free meals—both breakfast and lunch—without having to collect […]