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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.

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    Capitol Update: October 7, 2019

    The Capitol Update provides you with expert insight and analysis on legislative issues impacting Texas public school students and educators. In this month’s edition, our policy experts report on the conversations they heard at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival.

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    Voices on Teaching: John Merrow

    Everyone had a teacher — whether they realized it or not — who changed their life. John Merrow is an accomplished broadcast journalist who has spent over 40 years covering education for PBS and NPR. And he still credits his high school English teacher, Mr. Sullivan, for his success today.

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    Raise Your Hand Texas Celebrates Full-Day Pre-K

    For more than a dozen years, our organization, along with many other business and education groups across the state, called for investment in high-quality, full-day pre-K for students who need it most. Legislators deserve a special recognition this session for funding full-day pre-K for our youngest at-risk learners. As a result, school districts are already enthusiastically transitioning to full-day programs. 

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    Voices on Teaching: Michael Bonner

    Mr. Bonner was featured on Ellen, has written and published a book on teaching, and is a sought-after speaker. Check out this Voices on Teaching interview to learn why he believes so much in the power and potential of teaching to create a ripple effect that lasts for generations. 

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    2019 Session Wrap-Up

    This past legislative session, we developed a list of priorities based on what our programs, objective research, and Texans said would improve public schools. We are happy to report it was a good session for the issues we believed would benefit Texas students and our state. Here’s a run-down of how our priorities fared during the session.

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    Voices on Teaching: Linda Ascencio

    Linda Ascencio, a fourth-grade teacher at Sanchez Elementary School, had a student who challenged her throughout the year. It seemed as if he was always getting in trouble and being sent to the office. However, she made an effort to know this student and his background. Through her efforts, she was able to gain his trust. Now, he is one of the students she misses the most.

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    Voices on Teaching: Shea Culpepper

    Shea Culpepper, a clinical director and professor of teacher education at the University of Houston, believes teachers have the awesome task of preparing students for a future that does not exist yet.

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    Voices on Teaching: Mark Henry

    "Good teachers live forever." Mark Henry, the superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, is not in the classroom anymore; however, he still appreciates and recognizes a teacher's lasting impact.

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    El Paso, we stand by you

    We have worked closely with many educators and schools in El Paso, and our hearts break for this beautiful city.

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    Capitol Update: August 7, 2019

    In this month’s Capitol Update, the Raise Your Hand Texas policy team reflects on their legislative checklist, discuss school finance expectations, and announce their plan for expanding pro-public education advocacy in Texas.

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