What impact do international students have on the US?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on July 09, 2020

Dr. Perryman describes issues with the ICE plan to bar international students from attending institutions moving fully online this fall. 

What does the Senate's version of the budget mean for the state, and how does the House's plan differ?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on March 28, 2017

The Senate has wrapped up work on its version of the budget, and Dr. Perryman notes that it includes massive cuts in higher education. He is intrigued by how this budget is balanced.

What issues should the legislature address regarding education?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on February 27, 2017

Strip away the social issues that have dominated this legislative session to date, and Dr. Perryman says there is no more important issue facing lawmakers than education.

What is the economic value of investing in Texas education?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 13, 2016

The Perryman Group found that every additional dollar the State spends for education returns about $49.

Back to School?
Column Published in syndication January 26, 2022

As with every other aspect of life, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the decision process of high school graduates as they weigh work-or-school choices. May 2020 was the worst of the downturn, with millions of jobs disappearing overnight. Simultaneously, most colleges had shifted at least partially to online classes. Family financial strains due to COVID-19 disruptions were also prevalent. It was something of a perfect storm.

Falling STAAR
Column Published in syndication June 30, 2021

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for spring 2021. (See https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/2021-staar-analysis-presentation.pdf for a summary.) The tests cover mathematics and reading for grades 3–8 as well as writing and science for some grades, 8th grade social studies, and high school end-of-course exams in Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, and US History. The results indicate abysmal outcomes pretty much across the board when compared to 2019, as districts struggled to deal with disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Show Us The Money
Column Published in syndication April 07, 2021

Even before the pandemic, Texas schools faced daunting challenges. About 88% of students were economically disadvantaged. Two ethnic groups that comprised about two-thirds of enrollment (and rapidly growing) held less than 8% of the state's wealth. Many districts had massive infrastructure deficiencies, while others struggled to keep pace with explosive growth. As if that weren't enough, Texas ranked 41st nationally in spending per student.

Universities and COVID
Column Published in syndication July 22, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged this spring, college campuses across the United States swiftly sent students home in droves and switched to online distance learning. The quick transition came with hopes and expectations that things would be largely back to normal by the fall. However, such is not the case, and uncertainty is growing as the time to prepare is diminishing.

COVID Slide
Column Published in syndication July 15, 2020

The debate surrounding reopening schools this fall seems to intensify daily. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, and government officials are struggling to weigh questions of safety against the realities of remote learning. It's a difficult issue with no easy or universal answers.

Nonprofits: A Closer Look
Column Published in syndication February 12, 2020

In a recent column, I talked about the enormous economic benefits of Texas nonprofit entities. We estimate that when multiplier effects are considered, ongoing operations of Texas nonprofits include $110.0 billion in annual gross product and nearly 1.4 million jobs (about one-eighth of all private-sector jobs in the state). In response to several requests, let's take a closer look at the types of organizations and their positive impacts.