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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
News September 4, 2019

#TribFest19: LBJ faculty, alumni and students hit the stage, audience and social media

The LBJ School is proud to have been a sponsor of the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, an annual buzzworthy event on politics and public policy in the heart of downtown Austin. The 2019 festival, which took place in downtown Austin Sept. 26–28, include panels and keynotes with leading policymakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

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Congressional candidate MJ Hegar met with second-year MPAff student Sarah Gonzalez Claytor at TribFest 2019
News September 4, 2019

#TribFest19: LBJ faculty, alumni and students hit the stage, audience and social media

The LBJ School is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, an annual buzzworthy event on politics and public policy in the heart of downtown Austin. The 2019 festival, which will take place in downtown Austin Sept. 26–28, will include panels and keynotes with leading policymakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

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LBJ students Kat Sisler, Annie Henson, Terri Parlett and Lucia Montes at the 2018 Texas Tribune Festival
News September 4, 2019

Application deadline for early funding is Dec. 15 — learn more

The application deadline for early funding for the 2020–21 academic year at the LBJ School of Public Affairs is Dec. 15. Here's an overview of the LBJ School's programs and application requirements.

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Members of the LBJ 2019-20 cohort with the UT Tower in the background at Gone to Texas 2019
News August 30, 2019

LBJ School, Foundation host forum on Austin Homelessness

On Aug. 29, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Foundation hosted a public forum featuring to discuss the city's plans to move forward with solutions for individuals experiencing homelessness in Austin. 

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The panel at the Public Forum on Homelessness in Austin in the LBJ Auditorium on Aug. 29, 2019
News August 28, 2019

LBJ School of Public Affairs welcomes new faculty

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin welcomes several new faculty appointments for the 2019–20 academic year. New faculty specializations span policy areas and include energy policy, national security and economic development in cities.

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New LBJ faculty, 2019–20: Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Celeste Ward Gventer, Steven Pedigo
News August 27, 2019

Aug. 29 at the LBJ School: Public forum on homelessness in Austin

The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Foundation invite you to a public forum featuring Mayor Steve Adler to discuss recent changes to Austin's public order ordinances and the city's plan to move forward with solutions for individuals experiencing homelessness.

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Downtown Austin skyline with pedestrian bridge

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