Current Events

The Texas Scholars Strategy Network Under the Dome

Tuesday, February 3, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Texas Capitol, Lt. Governor’s Room, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas

We are officially launching the Texas (statewide) chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) at the Texas State Capitol. We invite you to join us at an elegant reception in the Lt. Governor’s room from 5:30-7:30 pm.  This event will offer you the opportunity to join the Texas SSN and to network with others who are interested in using research to shape and improve public policy. Why should you join the SSN (  Public policy is too important to be left only to think tanks and professionals clustered in Washington, DC. The SSN gives scholars, researchers and others interested in using research to improve public policy all over the United States opportunities and tools to contribute to policymaking and public debates at the national, state, and local levels. The SSN combines national membership and regional chapters, like many other federated civic organizations that have had a major impact in American history.


Parking information:

Parking is available in the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage (just east of the grounds) at 1201 San Jacinto located between Trinity and San Jacinto Streets at 12th and 13th streets. Parking is free for the first two hours and $1.00 for each half hour thereafter (maximum daily charge: $8.00); accessible parking is available with accessible routes to the Capitol. Metered spaces are available throughout the complex. Rates are subject to change during special events on weekends.


Assuring High Quality in Publicly Funded Child Care and Preschool: A Cautionary Tale

Monday, February 9, 2014 from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Room 3.122

CHASP welcomes Dr. Rachel Gordon, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, the University of Illinois at Chicago, who will present a seminar on her research, “Assuring High Quality in Publicly Funded Child Care and Preschool: A Cautionary Tale.”  Dr. Gordon has evaluated the validity of the most commonly used, high stakes measures of preschool and child care quality, such as those used in  federal Head Start policy andstate Quality Rating and Improvement  Systems. Her research has broad implications for how help guide parents to make good choices in child care and preschool for their children, as well as for how we direct public resources to support families in security high quality child care and early education for their children. Lunch will be provided (RSVP required).