2017 Legislative Areas of Focus

Data Collection
Collect data to help measure and maintain an after school and summer landscape.

  • Increase and improve data sharing amongst agencies (for example, Texas Education Agency, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Workforce Comission) and the provider community to track resource allocation and student performance.
  • Better data collection and collaboration are necessary to discern where afterschool and summer programs exist, and if they are effectively achieving the state’s
    goals.

Resources
Secure funding for afterschool and summer programs.

•Support leadership initiatives that aim to bring industry, school districts and students together in a collaborative effort to further student achievement.
• Preserve existing funds for current programs and encourage public-private partnerships as a part of a state funding strategy.
• Modify current funding streams to allow support of afterschool and summer programs.
• Secure a dedicated funding stream for comprehensive afterschool programming in Texas.

Investments in afterschool and summer programs equalize opportunities for youth in need by providing access to high-quality programs that would not otherwise be available in their community. Exploring public-private partnerships that would support sustainability and innovation while bolstering pathway programs and high school endorsements would enrich the school day experience for participating students. Current funding streams could also be modified to allow for the support of afterschool and summer programs while still sustaining effective programs that are already operating successfully.

Accountability
Prioritize high-quality afterschool and summer programs as a strategy in the state’s consolidated plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with a focus on Title I and Title IV.

Include afterschool and summer program data as an indicator of a school’s health.
• Allow school districts to implement high-quality afterschool and summer programs as a strategy to increase ratings and provide state resources for a demonstration grant program to support districts in implementing high-quality programs.

If Texas allowed school districts to implement high-quality afterschool and summer programs as a strategy to increase accountability ratings, school districts and program providers would be incentivized to supplement school day learning with meaningful, high-quality programs.