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 […]

HB 4 and High Quality Pre-K

Chandra Kring Villanueva

We believe 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. While passage of HB 4 last session was a step in the right direction, it did not go far enough in terms of improving Pre-K quality and […]

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 […]

Texas Must Get Serious About Workforce Development

Garrett Groves

If Texas wants to remain one of the top states for business growth and job creation, then we must get serious about workforce development. We currently rank 40th in the nation with only 35 percent of adults attaining a postsecondary degree, compared to 41 percent nationally. And we trail every state except California in the percent […]

Talking about Race and Equity in Austin

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“There isn’t a silver bullet to fix everything. The state alone can’t fix it. The community alone can’t fix it. But, if they come together and each takes their part, change can occur,” said Garrett Groves, Director of Economic Opportunity at CPPP, during a panel discussion at the University of Texas’ Opportunity Forum discussing racial […]

Proposed Rules for High Quality Pre-K Released

Chandra Villanueva

After hearing testimony from stakeholders on December 1, 2015, the Texas Education Agency has released the Commissioner’s proposed rules on what should be included in the criteria to qualify for the High Quality Pre-K Grant Program (HB 4). Under the proposed rules, a high quality program is defined in terms of curriculum, teacher training, and […]

Pre-K Benefits are in the Details

Chandra Villanueva

If a mechanic told you she could make your car perform better, you would probably want more details before she started rearranging wires under your hood. Well, after the Texas Legislature passed the High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program (HB 4) this spring, many of us applauded the law as a good first step. Now it’s details […]

Texas Education Scorecard Grades County-level Education Success

This week CPPP released a new data tool, the Texas Education Scorecard, which compares counties on the policies and practices that affect school readiness, education funding, and transitions to college. The results are literally all over the map. All Texas kids should have a chance to succeed, but the capacity of Texas schools to prepare […]

Misguided Priorities

With four days left in the Texas legislative session, I recall my fervent hope back in January – that lawmakers would put aside their differences and focus on what all Texans believe in. We all want Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families. We all want a future for our […]

The Path to Pre-K in 2015

Chandra Villanueva

Today Gov. Abbott will sign HB 4, the much lauded Pre-K bill that topped the governor’s list of emergency items. HB 4 is designed to improve Pre-K quality through an optional program that provides grant funding to some school districts choosing to implement limited quality improvements. It’s a good start, and we applaud the state’s […]