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    Welcome to the Raise Your Hand Texas blog, featuring news about our leadership programs and advocacy efforts, important and timely updates, and opportunities for you to join us in strengthening and improving public education in Texas. Feel free to sort the posts below by checking the category boxes in the left menu, then clicking “Filter.” For more immersive storytelling about public education leaders and issues, check out our Stories section.

    Who Really Funds Public Schools?

    Our new explainer video shows how we fund Texas schools and how the current system is not serving students or taxpayers. Understanding how public schools are funded is the first step to strengthening our investment in Texas students.

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    Thank You Educators – We See How You Give Rise To The Future

    If you know a teacher or school leader who deserves a little thank you, a little appreciation, we hope you'll share this video with them. And if you're an educator, this one's for you. We created this as one small way to show educators that we see all that they do, for every student, and that we honor them for preparing the future.

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    Q&A: A Campus Leader On Mindset Shifts and the Impact of Blended Learning on Students

    Principal Roy Moore describes blended and personalized learning as a “movement,” and says it has reignited his passion as an educator.

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    Reading Between the Line Items: Three things TEA’s budget request tells us about our public school system

    Now is the time to invest additional resources in our public schools. Reinvesting state savings due to local value growth back into our public schools would support innovative and impactful programs, including full-day pre-kindergarten.

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    Voices from the Field: Finding Renewed Purpose from Personalization

    Students, teachers, and school leaders at Shannon High School in Birdville ISDopen up about finding a renewed sense of purpose and success after transitioning to a personalized approach.

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    New Story: Back to School with One Voice, One Purpose

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    Voices From the Field: Empowering Young Women to Lead

    What does opening the first all-girls public school in El Paso mean to Principal Malinda Villalobos?

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    Raise Your Hand Testifies on Charter Funding and SB 1882 School/Community Partnerships

    The House Committee on Public Education is meeting today to discuss, among other things, charter school funding. David Anderson, General Counsel and Policy Analyst for Raise Your Hand Texas, was invited to share testimony about the issue. See his key points and access the complete testimony.

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    Raise Your Hand Texas Names Bob Popinski Policy Director

    In his new role, Popinski will help develop Raise Your Hand’s policy strategies and priorities for improving teacher preparation and school leadership, encouraging school district autonomy and innovation, and expanding educational opportunity though programs including full-day high-quality pre-Kindergarten.

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    Quality counts, but Texas isn’t investing in it.

    Texas schools will begin receiving A through F letter grades this year, based on academic performance. But who grades the state policies that oversee our public schools? Each year Education Week releases a report and ranking of the 50 states and D.C. on measures of achievement, including school finance, and assigns letter grades.

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