Public Education

Public Education

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Diann Andy (San Antonio) Issue Chair

Public Education Action Paper:

Financing Public Education Action Paper 2019

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Coalitions & Resources

  • Coalition for Public Schools  The Coalition for Public Schools stands strong in our efforts to ensure that ALL Texas children receive the opportunity for a quality, public education.
  • Texas Cares for Children  Texas Cares for Children provides education and advocacy concerning child protective services; juvenile justice; mental wellness; health and fitness; and early childhood education and opportunities.
  • Center for Public Policy Priorities At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all.
  • Children's Defense Fund  The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
  • Raise Your Hands Texas  Raise Your Hand Texas is a non-profit education advocacy organization working to strengthen public education in Texas. We train public school leaders to lead transformational change at the campus level, and advocate for public policies that make public schools better for all Texas students.
  • The Texas Education Agency The State Board of Education (SBOE) sets policies and standards for Texas public schools.
  • The Texas Parent Teacher Association PTA To make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
  • School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)  Compiled by the SHAC, the Resources section provides the most authoritative information, best practices, technical support, references, research and legislative outcomes currently available to support school leaders in their efforts to promote and practice health education and health services within the school setting.
  • Texas Association of School Boards  Created in 1949, the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) is a voluntary, nonprofit, statewide educational association that serves and represents local Texas school districts.
  • Texas Forward We're a coalition of organizations that believes Texans deserve strong, safe, and healthy communities, and the opportunity to realize their full potential.
  • Texas Freedom Network  Founded in 1995, the Texas Freedom Network is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of more than 100,000 religious and community leaders. Based in Austin, the Texas Freedom Network acts as the state's watchdog, monitoring far-right issues, organizations, money and leaders. The organization has been instrumental in defeating initiatives backed by the religious right in Texas, including private school vouchers and textbook censorship at the Texas State Board of Education.
  • National Center for Science Education NCSE defends the integrity of science education against ideological interference. We work with teachers, parents, scientists, and concerned citizens at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that topics including evolution and climate change are taught accurately, honestly, and confidently.
  • Texas Association of Rural Schools  Advocates for Fair Funding for Rural Schools


  • Texas Tribune; Trib + Education  Trib+Edu is a newsletter published every two weeks by The Texas Tribune and the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Trib+Edu includes the top news, events, research, data and other features on public education in Texas, as well as relevant issues across the region and nation.
  • Student Health Advisory Council of Texas The Texas School Health Advisory Committee (TSHAC) provides active leadership in the identification and dissemination of school health best practices and resources for school policy makers. For weekly updates on school health, sign up for the "Friday Beat".

Education Acronyms 

History of LWVTX Action on Public School Finance

History of LWVTX Action on Public School Testing & Accountability