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Davis, Cassie – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2019
Located on the U.S.-Mexico border, Webb County is an international trading center, bursting with culture and opportunities. But the county's future success depends on whether every Webb County child has access to opportunities that help them reach their full potential. Ensuring the well-being of all Webb County's children--across neighborhood,…
Descriptors: Well Being, Children, Child Health, Metropolitan Areas
Villanueva, Chandra – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2019
Education is the bedrock of an informed democracy and the bridge to lifelong learning. To ensure that every Texan reaches their full potential, it's important that all families have access to high-quality education--regardless of their ZIP code. However, efforts to expand educational options for Texas families in the form of charter schools have…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, State Aid, State Government
Villanueva, Chandra – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2019
Now that competing versions of HB 3 have been passed in each chamber, it is up to the House and Senate to work together to smooth out the differences. While there is a lot of agreement within the two versions of this bill, there are glaring discrepancies. This brief describes the discrepancies of the House and Senate bills in the following…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Legislation, Taxes, Teacher Salaries
Villanueva, Chandra; Fillion, Nicole; Pfeiffer, Abby – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
Texas has a large and growing population of adults who do not have a high school diploma or something equivalent. Recent changes to the national GED test and the introduction of additional exams in Texas have potentially exacerbated the problem. This report presents information derived from a community assessment of the Austin and San Antonio…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Community Study, Change Strategies, State Policy
Marder, Michael; Villanueva, Chandra Kring – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
Math scores of Texas 8th graders rose to lead the nation in 2011, but they have been dropping ever since. This report examines plausible explanations for this rise and fall, ranging from the family income of students to funding cuts by the Texas Legislature. [This document was prepared by the Center for Public Policy Priorities for the Texas…
Descriptors: STEM Education, National Competency Tests, Mathematics Tests, Grade 8
Villanueva, Chandra – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
Beginning in 2018, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, comprised of 13 members inside and outside of the legislature, will begin the task of studying and making recommendations to improve the school finance system. This five-part series prepares readers to engage with lawmakers and the school finance commission by providing background…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Court Litigation, State Legislation, Public Schools
Villanueva, Chandra – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
Beginning in 2018, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, comprised of 13 members inside and outside of the legislature, will begin the task of studying and making recommendations to improve the school finance system. This five-part series prepares readers to engage with lawmakers and the school finance commission by providing background…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Public Schools, Financial Support, Taxes
Villanueva, Chandra – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
Beginning in 2018, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, comprised of 13 members inside and outside of the legislature, will begin the task of studying and making recommendations to improve the school finance system. This five-part series prepares readers to engage with lawmakers and the school finance commission by providing background…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Legislation, Public Schools, Financial Support
Villanueva, Chandra – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
Beginning in 2018, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, comprised of 13 members inside and outside of the legislature, will begin the task of studying and making recommendations to improve the school finance system. This five-part series prepares readers to engage with lawmakers and the school finance commission by providing background…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Legislation, Public Schools, Financial Support
Villanueva, Chandra; Lavine, Dick – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
Beginning in 2018, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, comprised of 13 members inside and outside of the legislature, will begin the task of studying and making recommendations to improve the school finance system. This five-part series prepares readers to engage with lawmakers and the school finance commission by providing background…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Court Litigation, State Legislation, Public Schools
Crockett, Anna; Villanueva, Chandra – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
To promote success among all students, schools hire an array of support staff, professional personnel, and administrators. The majority of a school's budget is dedicated to personnel costs, so when the Legislature cuts education funding, they are also cutting staff. However, changes in staffing have not been consistent over time or within staffing…
Descriptors: Retrenchment, Budgeting, Educational Finance, Job Layoff
Tingle, Kristie; Zhang, Amy; Deviney, Frances – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
We all want Texas kids to have a bright future, but Texas is consistently ranked in the bottom ten states for child well-being. Texas decision makers must create policies that improve conditions for all Texas kids and put them on the road to success. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Texas ranks 43rd in overall child well-being (based on…
Descriptors: Children, Well Being, Educational Policy, Child Development
Villanueva, Chandra – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2018
Texas is large, diverse, and enjoys a growing economy. We need a public school finance system that gives all students a fair shot, regardless of where they live. Though it is the state's responsibility to provide a substantial share of school funding, Texas relies heavily on local property taxes to fund our schools. Because property values vary…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Equity (Finance), School District Wealth, Taxes
Tingle, Kristie; Haynes, Madeline; Li, DongMei – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2017
Located on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Rio Grande Valley is a place of rich culture and possibilities. However, on many indicators of children's health, education and financial security, the Valley is not doing as well as Texas overall, revealing a pattern of disinvestment in children's futures. In order to "raise the bar" in child…
Descriptors: Well Being, Children, Child Health, Metropolitan Areas
Lee, Jennifer; Sohn, Bo La – Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2016
Fort Worth is a city that prides itself on its heritage, resiliency and growth, from its birth as a small military outpost to the global city it is today. Despite the area's economic resources, the data also show gaps in children's health, education and financial security across race and ethnicity. In order to "raise the bar" in child…
Descriptors: Race, Equal Education, Well Being, Child Health
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