The future of Texas
is in our public schools.

More than 90% of Texas kids are educated in a public school. All kids deserve a fair shot at success in school and in life. Strengthening public education takes all of us.

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Our Mission

Raise Your Hand Texas advances public education by igniting fiercely innovative leadership and advocacy for our state’s 5 million+ students.

We are unique among education organizations because of the investments we make spanning research, programs, and advocacy in pursuit of a high-quality public education for every single Texas student.

Improving public schools takes all of us. If you’re ready to get engaged, join us to help strengthen and improve public schools for all Texas students. Raise Your Hand is 100 percent privately funded, so we will never ask you for a donation.

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Raising Blended Learners Initiative

Blended learning refers to the blend of online learning and brick-and-mortar schooling. Raise Your Hand recently launched a $5 million+ demonstration initiative showcasing blended learning strategies for improving student achievement across diverse student demographics and geographic regions in Texas, particularly among districts with persistent achievement gaps. Through a statewide competitive application process, five schools or districts will receive $500,000 grants and technical support over three years.


We rely on intensive research conducted by objective expert organizations, academic institutions and individuals, and in-house research staff to shape our positions on the advancement of public education in Texas.


Policy Briefs

Our policy briefs offer condensed analyses of issues that impact public education in Texas, and often synthesize existing research and interviews with key stakeholder groups.


Position Papers

Position papers reflect our stance on important policy issues surrounding public education and considered by the Texas Legislature. Our official positions stem from intensive research conducted by objective expert organizations, academic institutions and individuals, and in-house research staff.



During legislative sessions and interim sessions, Raise Your Hand Texas representatives testify regularly in front of Texas House and Senate committees on key issues impacting public education.



For decades, the rhetoric about educators and public schools has not matched the reality, and the other side of the story has gone untold. Until now. Education leaders are innovating to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Community and business leaders are working to develop a strong future for Texas through our public schools. And public policy issues are impacting the work of schools and lives of students. These are some of those stories.