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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.

    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

    See what it looks like when more than 100 community partners join forces to help families get ready for back to school.

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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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    Finance and Innovation: RBL Year 1 Cohort – Level Analysis

    As school districts, charter school networks, and even single schools adopt new, innovative academic models, it’s important that leadership teams develop thoughtful plans to ensure that the initiative is implemented in a financially and operationally sustainable way.

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    Working Together: Supporting Grant Applicant Teams through the Application Process

    Why host a finance workshop early in the school design process? In 2016, Afton facilitated over 30 workshops with school teams that were in the process of building business plans to support blended learning at their district or network.

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    Finance and Innovation: The Role of Finance in the Early Stages of Academic Innovation

    A common misconception many school teams have in the early stages of developing innovative school models is their pilot is too small or the timing is too early to contemplate financial sustainability. However, this is exactly the time for school teams to begin considering how the model can be sustained in the long-term.

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    New Story: High School at a Higher Degree

    An Early College High School in El Paso, Texas is changing what students and their families believe is possible.

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