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.


    Capitol Update: February 7, 2019

    Welcome to the 86th Legislative Session! The Capitol Update will provide you with expert insight and analysis on legislative issues impacting Texas public school students and educators. Hear straight from our directors of gGovernmental relations, policy, and advocacy, and get receive the information you need to get involved and stay connected to what’s happening under the dome this session.

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    Policy Paper: Test-Based Funding

    School finance policy that provides funding to K-12 students based on their performance on a high-stakes test has no basis in research. Funding any part of our school system based on student performance on a test, or “outcomes-based” funding, would create inequities and unintended funding consequences.

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    Voices From the Field: Reaching Students and Families Through a Shared Culture

    A school leader in Cleburne ISD used her background and experiences to empower Hispanic students and families on her campus.

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    Texas Public School Choice Spinner

    Texas public schools are dynamic and diverse, and they continue to add new options and innovative programs to meet the needs and passions of Texas students, the future of our state.

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    We polled Texans about education—they responded loud and clear

    The Governor, Lt. Gov., and House Speaker recently held a joint press conference and announced that this legislative session would be the session of education funding and higher teacher pay. A public opinion poll we commissioned says the public is aligned with those overarching priorities, and that Texans have strong opinions about the specifics of how legislators should proceed.

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    Session Toolkit

    We created this Session Toolkit to provide up-to-date information about what is happening at the Capitol and resources that can be used to support issues like increased funding for public schools and early childhood education. Our hope is that it can serve as a “one-stop-shop” for social media graphics, research, videos, and more. Bookmark this page and visit it often!

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    Meet the Charles Butt Scholars

    The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers recipients are not only impressive students, but they are also inspiring individuals

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    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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    Letter to the Texas Commission on School Finance

    Raise Your Hand Texas appreciates the work of the Texas Commission on School Finance. We recently sent a letter to members of the commission expressing our gratitude and outlining our considerations prior to the final adoption of their recommendations next week.

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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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