Breakthrough’s policy and advocacy initiatives working to remove barriers to college access and success, build power, and improve the quality of life of Breakthrough students and their communities, continues across legislative, institutional and internal domains.
Here are some of our latest efforts:
- Breakthrough students and practitioners lent voice and expertise to public education and advocacy events that target key school funding and college access priorities from the current session in a TLEEC Town Hall Part 2 and Dollars and Sense: Funding Texas Schools. You can click here to rewatch or share the video recording of the event, and click here to download the presentation in both English and Spanish.
- The Austin College Access Network (ACAN) policy committee has finalized it’s first-ever co-constructed policy agenda. Breakthrough is an active member of ACAN — a coalition of community-based organizations, local higher education institutions (IHEs), school districts, the region’s education service center, and other organizations committed to promoting college-going and completion cultures.
- We’ve submitted a public comment on fully funding higher education through Article III to Senate Finance and House Appropriations committees
- We are supporting a coalition of organizations leading the Drive Texas Adelante campaign to advance conditional driver’s permit legislation for undocumented Texans and other communities who have difficulties accessing a driver’s.
- Breakthrough student advocates met with Central Texas legislative offices this month to advocate for doubling the Pell Grant through NCAN’s New Congress Virtual Advocacy Week.
- Our Student Immigrant & Refugee Support (SIRS) working group is exploring ways to support comprehensive immigration reform efforts through a variety of federal legislative vehicles
What’s coming up? On the horizon, we are excited to be coordinating with the Texas Postsecondary Advocates Coalition for Equity (PACE) to help host a student-facing advocacy event which will focus on the state budget and fully funding higher education and need-based student aid to make college accessible and affordable for all Texans. Stay tuned for our latest efforts!