Raise Your Hand Texas identifies and pilots promising ideas to improve public education, and supports the conditions and public policies needed to scale proven approaches to benefit all Texas students.
Texas public schools educate 90 percent of the state’s students. Those students represent the future of the Texas economy and our communities. Raise Your Hand is working to reinvent public education for the 21st century – because the future of Texas is in our public schools.
Strengthening and improving public education takes all of us. Join us in our pursuit of a high-quality public education for every Texas student.
The 84th Texas Legislature significantly expanded public school autonomy and innovation, and districts are taking advantage of the opportunity to be innovative. Districts of Innovation, as created by House Bill 1842, represents the next step in public school flexibility. The new law clears the way for districts to request the same exemptions from state law as open-enrollment charter schools and encourages districts and charters to collaborate across multiple campuses and with institutions of higher education pursuant to a locally developed plan.
In 2015, Raise Your Hand Texas launched a statewide blended learning grant initiative to showcase blended learning strategies across the state of Texas as a means to personalize instruction and improve student achievement. Five innovative school districts across Texas were selected to receive $500,000 each, plus comprehensive implementation support, to implement their blended learning strategies over the next three years. Fifteen additional pilot districts were selected for implementation support without grant funding. Take the video journey through the first year of the Raising Blended Learners initiative.
Many public education leaders are innovating and reinventing their schools 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 lives of students across the state. These are some of those stories.