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.


    2019 Charles Butt Scholars Symposium Recap

    Our inaugural Charles Butt Scholars Symposium brought together students from 10 universities around Texas who have been selected to receive the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. The weekend at Lost Pines was filled with thought-provoking sessions, engaging conversations, team-building activities, and well-known speakers.

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    Statement on the Texas Legislature’s Passage of House Bill 3

    Raise Your Hand Texas applauds the work of the 86th Texas Legislature in passing a comprehensive school finance bill without the threat of a court order.

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    A graduation surprise she’ll never forget

    A first-generation college student’s father misses his first day of work in 28 years to surprise her at graduation. 

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    Capitol Update: May 17, 2019

    In this month's Capitol Update, you’ll find the latest information on this session’s school finance bill, a list of key dates of interest, and some highlights of the remarkable advocacy efforts of Texas students, teachers, and community representatives.  

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    Five Classrooms Show Us the Best of #ThisIsTexasPreK

    Check out the five winners from our #ThisIsTexasPreK social sharing contest.

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    New Story: Teaching from the Heart

    A family’s love fosters a future teacher’s gift.

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    Power of Pre-K Case Study: Cleburne ISD

    Our internal study is another piece of evidence that helps to validate a much larger body of research. We believe now is the time to give fund high-quality, full-day pre-kindergarten and give every student the opportunity to start their educational journey on a solid foundation.

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    Power of Pre-K Case Study: Mansfield ISD

    "We realize that not all pre-K classrooms in the state are fortunate enough to include a spaceship or a submarine. Many classrooms in MISD are not. However, we believe the instructional design of The Academy can be successfully replicated in pre-K classrooms across our district and the state." - Mansfield ISD

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    National Teacher Appreciation Week — Thank a Teacher

    May 6-10 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. This week, we released a new series, and several new pieces, to honor the importance of teachers. We hope you’ll take some time to enjoy them, to share them with your friends, and to thank your favorite teacher.

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    Voices from the Field: All Students Have Strengths

    Learn why a special education teacher in El Paso calls blended learning transformational for her students.

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