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Abuse by Credit: The Problem of Coerced Debt in Texas

One in three adult Texans has experienced family violence.  In 2016, Texas family violence programs received 172,573 hotline calls, and in the following year, 136 Texas women were killed by intimate partners. Though domestic violence is commonly characterized by physical and emotional abuse, economic abuse has gained increasing recognition as a prevalent and serious mechanismContinue reading “Abuse by Credit: The Problem of Coerced Debt in Texas”

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Driven by Debt

Julie’s license troubles started in 2011, when she got a ticket for letting her car insurance lapse. Despite being a single mother with tight finances, Julie got insurance and saved up to pay off the ticket in 2013. But in 2017, she was pulled over again. Julie was shocked when the officer told her thatContinue reading “Driven by Debt”

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Out of Alignment

Female motorists in Texas with perfect driving records often pay significantly more for auto insurance than male motorists with identical driving records and other characteristics that insurers use to price auto insurance, according to Texas Appleseed’s research. Testing also found companies use added pricing penalties based on marital status, with unmarried women paying the highestContinue reading “Out of Alignment”

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Young, Alone, and Homeless in the Lone Star State: Policy Solutions to End Youth Homelessness

The mental struggle that kids like me endure is not cliché.  It is not something you can be taught.  People’s thought processes are exclusive to their struggle.  Since you are not that person.  Since you have not endured what they have endured, you will not be able to understand where they come from.  Even ifContinue reading “Young, Alone, and Homeless in the Lone Star State: Policy Solutions to End Youth Homelessness”

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Dangerous Discipline

Texas Appleseed and Texans Care for Children work to address the policies and practices that push Texas youth out of school, increasing the likelihood of grade retention, dropout, and a number of other negative consequences. These policies, practices, and consequences are part of the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a process through which harmful classroom removals, school police,Continue reading “Dangerous Discipline”

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Dangerous Discipline: Executive Summary

Texas Appleseed and Texans Care for Children work to address the policies and practices that push Texas youth out of school, increasing the likelihood of grade retention, dropout, and a number of other negative consequences. These policies, practices, and consequences are part of the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a process through which harmful classroom removals, school police,Continue reading “Dangerous Discipline: Executive Summary”

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Suspended Childhood 

In schools across the country, very young students are being suspended and expelled at alarming rates. Even children in preschool are being pushed out of their classrooms, usually for minor behaviors that should be addressed through school-based supports and interventions. Unfortunately, Texas public schools are no different in the way they punish very young children.Continue reading “Suspended Childhood “


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