WHAT ROLE DOES THE CONSORTIUM PLAY IN TEXAS PHILANTHROPY AND EDUCATION POLICY?
The Consortium bridges the gap between pragmatic advocates and impact-oriented foundations to support advocacy to protect and improve public education in Texas.
WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE CONSORTIUM?
The Consortium’s members include 54 family, corporate, community, and private foundations from across Texas. To our knowledge, the Consortium represents the largest foundation policy collaborative anywhere in the country.
WHAT DOES THE CONSORTIUM DO? HOW ARE ACTIVITIES PAID FOR ?
The Consortium is a campaign, not a new nonprofit. Membership dues of $5,000 per year plus optional research and advocacy grants support.
The Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (“TEGAC” or the “Consortium”) is a funders’ collaborative that was created in 2012 to unify grantmakers around a multi-year effort to build support for and improvement in public education in Texas in response to the historic cuts made to public education by the Texas legislature during the 2011 session. Foundations are directly impacted by these cuts and are responding with a united and respectful voice of concern.
The Consortium’s work is changing public education policy in Texas and, maybe even more importantly, changing how philanthropy more broadly approaches public policy. Now is the moment for education grantmakers to make their voices and concerns heard. Policymakers want to hear from philanthropy – particularly from the benefactors and trustees of foundations. Foundation leaders working to make grants in the field of public education should consider themselves to be a resource for Texas policymakers. It is our responsibility as experts in understanding what works in the field of public education to speak up as advocates and thought leaders in the public education space.
View our Membership FAQ to learn how to join TEGAC.Our mission is to empower Texas philanthropy to invest and engage in effective public education policy and advocacy at the state level.
The Consortium’s vision is to protect, promote, and improve public education in Texas so that all Texas students can achieve their educational goals from cradle to career.
Lead grantee for TEGAC's Early Grade Success Policy Work Group, Texans Care for Children, featured in the Austin-American Statesman discussing the important need for education leaders and the state to support young students, particularly English Learners, on their educational path.
"So education leaders should make our youngest students — including young English learners — a priority this school year and during the next legislative session."
TEGAC and Texans Care for Children are pleased to announce the Texas Early Childhood English Learner Initiative!
See full announcement here.
To ensure more Texas children are successful inside and outside the classroom and to maximize the impact of the historic education investments in HB 3, we are partnering with a variety of stakeholders to develop a coordinated, bipartisan, and collaborative effort to strengthen Texas early childhood systems — including child care, Head Start, pre-k, and kindergarten through third grade— for English Learner (EL) children.
This work is particularly urgent now. During the coronavirus pandemic, closures of schools and child care, as well as broader social isolation, have disrupted English Learners’ access to effective and equitable bilingual education during the critical window of early childhood.
Drawing on our experience working on early childhood education policy, we are convening community voices and experts on English Learners, early childhood, and education policy through a Steering Committee and series of larger workgroup meetings throughout 2020. The Initiative will produce recommendations in late 2020. During 2021 and subsequent years, we will work on those proposals with legislators, state agencies, school districts, child care centers, and other stakeholders. This Initiative is made possible by the generous support of our TEGAC Early Grade Success Policy Work Group funders, the Rainwater Foundation, and the Alliance for Early Success.
Building a Big Tent Around Reopening
TEGAC Supports Call for Statewide Task Force to Address Public Schools, COVID
Just as TEGAC built a big tent coalition advocating for school finance reform, we’re seeing public education advocates coalesce around the need for immediate support for Texas public schools as they navigate reopening and the continuing public health and safety threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
TEGAC is proud to join 18 other business and public education organizations from across our state in a call to action for public schools. We’re urging state leaders to mobilize a statewide task force to focus on critical challenges posed by COVID-19.
Now is the time to convene experts in public education, public health and technology to help provide the guidance and support our Texas public schools need now to best prepare for the new school year.
There are six key areas that TEGAC and our allies are calling on state leaders to immediately address, including maintaining funding, connectivity and technology, professional development, assessments, health and safety, and the economic costs of inaction.
Read the joint letter and learn more about the priority areas for action: Business and Education Associations Join Together to Call for a Statewide Public Education Recovery Task Force
As an initiative of Educate Texas, TEGAC stands in solidarity with the Black community and with our partners who are working to solve the systemic issues that have not equally valued Black people.
Mark your calendars for TEGAC's Fall Members Meeting online. We will announce more details to our members and partners soon.
On August 21, from 10:00 - 11:00AM CT, TEGAC will host an advocacy update for our members and partners, with HillCo Partners presenting the latest on education related policy and advocacy issues in Texas.
TEGAC staff will send out details for this virtual event to our members and partners.