Legislative Agenda

Texas public schools educate 5 million students.

That’s 5 million reasons we need strong Texas public schools. Raise Your Hand Texas believes our public schools remain the best tool we have as a state to create the most opportunity for the most people. Raise Your Hand Texas is working to make the changes below through the Texas legislature to strengthen our public schools.

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5 million reasons to restore $5.3 billion for Texas schools.

Texas public schools educate 5 million students. Texas ranks second nationally in total public school enrollment, but 45th in the nation in per-student spending in 2011-2012. Texas schools continue to suffer as a result of 2011 funding cuts of $5.3…Learn more »

5 million reasons for less testing and smarter accountability.

These students need meaningful coursework, not endless exams. Support an accountability system that emphasizes actual learning, not “teaching to the test.”… Learn more »

5 million reasons Pre-K matters.

Texas public schools educate 5 million students. Investment in Pre-K gives us a chance to close the achievement gap before it starts. Research shows that participation in Pre-K cuts the school readiness gap in half on entry into kindergarten. Pre-K…Learn more »

5 million reasons vouchers won’t get the job done.

Texas public schools educate 5 million students. In terms of meeting that goal, school vouchers aren’t a solution – they’re a distraction. Vouchers are for the few, not the many. School vouchers benefit a small handful of students while doing…Learn more »

5 million reasons to expand options for career/tech.

Texas public schools educate 5 million students. These students are the future of our state and the engine for our economy. But the current one-size-fits-all curriculum provides little room for career and technical courses that could lead to an industry…Learn more »

5 million reasons to support effective charters, close failing ones.

Texas public schools educate 5 million students. Texas doesn’t need more charters. It needs more high-performing charter schools. Acting swiftly to close failing charter schools protects Texas students and families while creating more opportunities for high-performing charter schools to serve…Learn more »

5 million reasons virtual schools don’t work.

Texas public schools educate 5 million students. While full-time virtual school providers educate only a small fraction of them, their enrollment has grown rapidly despite poor academic results and little transparency. Rapid Expansion, Poor Performance Enrollment in full-time virtual schools…Learn more »

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