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Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2012
Public education is the foundation of our democracy and the engine of our economy, and Texans have a collective responsibility to ensure that public education is adequately supported. This responsibility needs to be fairly distributed among Texas families in a way that supports economic growth. Recently, some have proposed that Texas replace local…
Descriptors: Taxes, Democracy, Public Education, Economic Progress
Helmcamp, Leslie – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2012
Financial aid enables thousands of Texans with limited financial resources to pursue postsecondary education, but need-based grant aid is under attack at state and federal levels. With new restrictions on need-based aid coupled with state budget cutbacks, financial aid rationing threatens college access, persistence, and success for a young and…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Eligibility, Colleges, Federal Aid
Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2012
Texas households experience food insecurity at a rate of nearly 19 percent (one of the highest in the nation). Kids without access to meals are less likely to perform well in school and more likely to be at risk of poor health. While most children have access to meals during the year through the national school lunch program, participation in…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Hunger, Nutrition, Summer Programs
Helmcamp, Leslie – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2012
The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) provides written testimony on the Senate Higher Education Committee interim charges exploring student financial aid and the issue of student loan debt Texas institutions of higher education. This paper highlights recommendations for strengthening and improving the financial aid system in Texas to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Financial Aid, Public Policy, Debt (Financial)
Deviney, Frances; Hattemer, Kori – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2012
The 2012 data book explores how our kids have fared during the last decade--some outcomes are positive, some negative. But positive or negative outcomes for kids don't just happen. They are the inevitable results of effective or failed policy choices. The State of Texas Children 2012 combines data and policy to tell the story of Texas kids. It's…
Descriptors: Well Being, Child Welfare, Population Trends, Counties
Deviney, Frances; Phillips, Pace; Dickerson, Carrie; Tibbitt, Laura – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2011
On February 4, the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) released the 18th annual Texas KIDS COUNT data book, "The State of Texas Children 2011." The annual data book and free data warehouse provide the latest look at more than 80 different measures of child well-being in Texas and every county in the state. This year, the opening…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Social Indicators, Child Development, Human Capital
Deviney, Frances; Phillips, Pace – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2011
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every man, woman, and child to track the growth of our national, state, and local populations. Between 2000 and 2010, Texas' total population grew at twice the national rate to more than 25 million people. A large part of Texas' growth is due our child population, which grew by 16 percent to 6.9…
Descriptors: Population Trends, Children, Ethnic Diversity, Population Growth
Helmcamp, Leslie – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2011
Texas faces numerous challenges, but also abundant opportunities to build the middle class and increase prosperity. Unfortunately, too many Texans are sidelined, lacking access to opportunities to learn, earn, and save to secure a prosperous future for themselves and their families. A college education provides opportunities for Texans to obtain…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Access to Education, Money Management, Employment
Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2011
For the 2012-2013 biennium, legislative proposals would cut the state budget overall by more than 15 percent compared to 2010-11, and are at least 30 percent below the General Revenue levels needed to main critical services such as education, health and human services, and public safety. This brief analysis focuses on House Bill 1's proposed 12…
Descriptors: Safety, Budgets, Income, Human Services
Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2011
Expanding economic opportunity in Texas depends on our state's ability to increase the college graduation rate for the thousands of college freshmen arriving on campuses each year. The pending budget bills would hamper college access for thousands of Texans through severe cuts to successful financial aid programs, including TEXAS Grants (Towards…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Grants, College Freshmen, Graduation Rate
Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2010
Although two-thirds of Texas college-bound high school graduates are prepared for college work, a large number of recent graduates and adults returning to pursue higher education are not college ready. Those underprepared for college face the hurdle of completing remedial courses--known as developmental education--in one or all core subject areas…
Descriptors: Skilled Workers, Technical Institutes, Community Colleges, High School Graduates
Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2010
Texas faces numerous challenges but also has abundant opportunities to build the middle class and increase prosperity. Unfortunately, too many Texans are on the sideline, lacking access to opportunities to learn, earn, and save to secure a more prosperous future for themselves and their families. To create jobs, increase income, and promote…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Public Policy, Statewide Planning, Social Indicators
Baylor, Don – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2010
The old saying, "You have to learn to earn," underscores the importance of investing in higher education. Yet rising tuition, limited financial aid, and a lack of savings keeps college out of reach, and out of mind, for many Texas families, especially low-income families. Although the Legislature created the Texas Tuition Promise Fund…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Incentives, Paying for College, Economically Disadvantaged
Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2009
The most important natural resource Texas has is Texans. Unfortunately, the state suffers from a "brain drain" as many of the best and brightest students leave to further their education. A contributing cause is a lack of "tier one" universities in Texas. Proposition 4 (a constitutional amendment to create a National Research…
Descriptors: Taxes, State Universities, Research Universities, Research and Development
Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2009
The Summer Food Program is a federally funded program that provides more than $40 million each year to help low-income communities in Texas serve nutritious meals to children in safe, enriching environments during the summer. In Texas, where one-in-four children are at risk for hunger, the Summer Food Program is critically important to ensure…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Nutrition, Low Income Groups, Federal Programs
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