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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.

    New Story: From Migrant Farmer to Future Teacher

    If you go by statistics, Raquel Perez wasn’t supposed to be a success story. She wasn’t supposed to be an educational inspiration. Raquel is a migrant farmworker from one of the poorest regions in the country. She never experienced a complete school year in one state.

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    VIDEO: This is Where the Future Begins

    Anyone who recently has set foot in a public school knows incredible and important work is unfolding under increasingly challenging circumstances. And inside the school walls, teachers and school leaders know that this is where the future begins.

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    VIDEO: Greatness Starts in Pre-K

    From scales to symphonies. From counting to calculus. The seeds of greatness are planted early. High-quality, full-day pre-K provides an environment where the seeds of greatness can take root. Where talent, innovation, ingenuity, and critical thinking are nurtured and developed.

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    5 things needed in any Texas school finance plan

    As we’ve traveled the state during the interim, people have told us they are primarily concerned about two things: property tax relief and school finance.

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    Voices from the Field: Building Relationships with Families

    A proud father in El Paso, Texas reflects on the impact of his principal's emphasis on family engagement strategies.

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    The Student Voice – Students across Texas describe the blended learning experience in their own words

    Students across Texas describe the blended learning experience in their own words.

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    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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