By Amanda Cloud / May 20, 2016

Why did you join TEGAC? Amanda Cloud, Senior Program Officer, Simmons Foundation, Houston, TX

The Simmons Foundation’s mission is to partner with organizations that strengthen women, youth and families while building an educated, tolerant and resilient community.

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By Jennifer Esterline / March 20, 2016

Texas Primary Highlights

Texas held its March primary contests and the will bring some interesting changes for public education. Confirmed and likely new leadership at Governor, Lieutenant Governor and key committee chairs, means new ideas and priorities during the 2015 Texas Legislature.

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By Jennifer Esterline / October 20, 2015

Bringing Big Texas Thinking to Education Advocacy, Jennifer Esterline, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

You’ve heard that “everything is bigger in Texas,” but let me put this into context: Texas has over 1000 school districts, 202 charter operators and 8,571 campuses (including 588 charters).

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By Jennifer Esterline, Austin Community Foundation guest blogger / September 28, 2015

Envisioning Success for Every Student, By Jennifer Esterline, Austin Community Foundation guest blogger

During back-to-school orientation, Jennifer Esterline’s son’s third-grade teacher asked parents to complete a questionnaire with their student’s help. One question asked about the student’s goals for the year. This made her pause to think.

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By Andy Roddick and Molly Clayton / March 28, 2015

Why after school programs are so critical for Texas, By Andy Roddick and Molly Clayton

Why after school programs are so critical for Texas, By Andy Roddick and Molly Clayton This afternoon at 3 p.m.,...

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By TEGAC / January 20, 2015

February Blog

What an exciting start of 2014 for the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium! Fresh off an amazing Texas Capitol launch of our pre-kindergarten research project, terrific meetings about parent engagement around the new high school, and growing support for our work around out-of-school-time policy, there’s so much to tell you!

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By Children at Risk / August 28, 2014

The State of Pre-K: Texas Can Do More

This month, CHILDREN AT RISK is excited to release “The State of Pre-K: Realities and Opportunities in Texas,” a report on the current state of public pre-kindergarten programs in Texas and policy recommendations for maximizing their return on investment.

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By Rev. Charles Foster Johnson, Executive Director, Pastors for Texas Children / August 28, 2014

TEGAC Advocacy Partner: Pastors for Texas Children, A Unique Perspective on Pre-K

Pastors for Texas Children is privileged to join the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium in advancing Pre-Kindergarten public educational instruction in Texas and promoting legislation in the upcoming legislative session to ensure that comprehensive pre-K programs are made available to all the families of Texas.

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By Andy Carroll, Senior Program Director, Exponent Philanthropy / May 28, 2014

A Call to Philanthropists Who Advocate: Empower Your Peers to Get Involved

There are so many myths and misconceptions about foundations doing advocacy, that when a funder who is skillful and savvy achieves success, it’s a great opportunity to cut through the confusion and re-affirm the power of this work.

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