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News October 10, 2019

LBJ faculty talk future of public policy at 2019 NASPAA Conference

Several professors from the LBJ School of Public Affairs will lead conversations on innovations in public policy and emerging challenges involved in training students to build sustainable and inclusive democracies at the 2019 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference. The conference, "Reconstructing Governance for the Next 50 Years," will take place in Los Angeles Oct. 16-19, 2019.

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Eight LBJ School faculty who will be at NASPAA 2019: Jenny Knowles Morrison, Sherri Greenberg, Varun Rai, Dean Angela Evans, Kate Weaver, Don Kettl, Bill Shute, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto
News October 9, 2019

LBJ student: Visiting sold me on coming to the school

Finding the right graduate school and master's program can seem like it's all about the data, from rankings and internships to fellowship opportunities and faculty-to-student ratios. But no amount of collected information can answer as many questions or give you as good a feel for a school as visiting. Come and see for yourself what makes the LBJ School so special during our 2019 Open House Nov. 14–15. 

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LBJ MPAff student Sam Lee at the students-only session with Hillary Clinton on Nov. 13, 2018
News October 7, 2019

LBJ School students can earn new professional development certificate, gain edge in job search

Students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs have new opportunities to formally participate in a robust array of professional development activities and programming designed to give students an edge in their job search through the newly launched Professional Development Certificate Program.

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An LBJ student and alumni introduce themselves during the 2019 LBJ School Career Fair
News September 23, 2019

Outstanding Alumni Awards: Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98) and Rudy Metayer (EMPL '16) talk public service, citizenship, LBJ legacy

The LBJ School honored two of its extraordinary graduates on Friday, Sept. 20, presenting Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98) with the Distinguished Public Service Award and Rudy Metayer (EMPL '16) with the Rising Leader Award in a reception that kicked off Alumni Weekend.

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Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98), recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Public Service Award, and Rudy Metayer (EMPL '16), recipient of the 2019 Rising Leader Award
News September 20, 2019

Evaluation of CCCCO's Financial Literacy Pilot Initiative webinar

On Sept. 17, 2019, RMC researchers Ashweeta Patnaik, Cynthia Juniper and Greg Cumpton conducted a webinar for the evaluation of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office's Financial Literacy Pilot. The webinar was hosted by Ruby Nieto from the California Community College Chancellor's Office. Attendees included representatives from the 16 colleges participating in the pilot.

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News September 20, 2019

Beyond the classroom: Health services in schools and how they pay for them

My first year in the classroom, like those of most teachers, was filled with phlegm. I was managing not only my own cycle of sore throats and stomach bugs, but also those of the class — 22 small bodies with individual allergies, behavioral ticks and swiss-cheese holes of attendance gaps. As the place where these children spent the bulk of their waking hours, school was the discovery point for new ailments as well as the rehabilitation center to put kids back into the flow of learning after a period of illness.

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Elementary school children in a classroom
News September 19, 2019

Texas public school finance: the special education struggle

The state of special education in Texas is grave. Following federal investigation, Texas was found to be in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in January 2018. For the past 15 years, Texas policy has effectively capped special education enrollment at 8.5 percent, violating requirements for the state to provide a free and appropriate education to every student (FAPE) and to identify every child with a disability in the state (Child Find).

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Desks and chairs in a school classroom
News September 18, 2019

Promising practice to address child welfare outcome disparities

Based on data collected through its Statewide Intake Division, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) reported racial and ethnic disparities for children referred to and accessing Child Protective Services (CPS) in 2018. The four most populous counties in Texas (Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Bexar) reported slightly higher disproportionality than the state on average, while Travis County had significantly disproportional outcomes: African-American children were 7.6 times more likely to be removed from their homes than Anglo-American children.

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Close-up of a child's hands drawing a heart on an orange piece of paper
News September 18, 2019

LBJ School’s Civic Engagement Series hosts DACA policy brief

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the LBJ School hosted its first Civic Engagement Series event of the semester: a policy brief on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program created by President Obama by executive branch memorandum in 2012.

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LBJ Professor Victoria DeFrancesco Soto moderates the DACA Policy Briefing on Sept. 10, 2019. Panelists Alejandra Apecechea of King & Spalding LLP, LBJ School student Juany Torres (MPAff '21) and Brian Stansbury, also of King & Spalding LLP
News September 16, 2019

Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98) and Rudy Metayer (EMPL '16) to receive LBJ School outstanding alumni honors

Former Democratic nominee for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams and Plugerville city councilmember and community advocate Rudy Metayer will be honored as outstanding alumni of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin on Sept. 20.

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Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98) and Rudy Metayer (EMPL '16), recipients of the 2019 LBJ Outstanding Alumni Awards