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ACROSS THE LAWN Feb. 3, 2023

Raise Your Hand Texas has a front-row seat to the Capitol. From our vantage point, public education policy issues have never been more important, and this is why we must make every session a...

State Capitol of Texas, located in Austin, TX

Teacher Voices at the Texas Capitol

State Capitol of Texas Starting on Monday, Feb. 6, and throughout each week of the 88th Legislative Session, Raise Your Hand Texas will welcome teachers from across the state as they visit Austin to...

Across the Lawn

Across the Lawn Jan. 27, 2023

Raise Your Hand Texas has a front-row seat to the Capitol. From our vantage point, public education policy issues have never been more important, and this is why we must make every session a...

Raise Your Hand Texas guide participants of the Trustee Advocates Program through a mock committee hearing.

Trustee Advocates Program Provides In-Depth Training with Legislators

This month, Raise Your Hand Texas welcomed the inaugural cohort of its Trustee Advocates Program to the Texas Capitol for some hands-on advocacy training in preparation for the 88th Texas State Legislature. The Trustee...

A teacher from Hernandez Middle School in Round Rock ISD lectures at the board in class.

2023 Legislature: Texas Still Faces a Teacher Workforce Crisis

As more educators leave the profession and fewer students choose teaching as a career, Texas is in and will continue to face a severe shortage of certified teachers willing to teach. Teachers name low...

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What to Expect During the 2023 Texas Legislative Session

Every two years the Texas Legislature meets to pass new laws impacting our state, including public schools. The legislative session lasts only 140 days beginning on the second Tuesday of January, and the 88th...

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Growth of CTE Programs Provides Choices for Texas Students

Opportunities to receive skills training, certifications benefit students and Texas workforce Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are the vital bridge between our K-12 education system and our students' next steps after high school...

Vouchers Hurt

Vouchers Leave Texas Students Behind

What to Know: School vouchers divert public funds to private schools and vendors. School vouchers undermine public schools and students. School vouchers lack taxpayer oversight of financial and academic performance.  vOUCHers Hurt! It doesn't...

Valerie Torres-Solis, Paredes Middle School

Don’t Be Fooled. Vouchers Hurt All Texas Students.

Don’t be fooled. No matter what an education voucher is called, the policy is the same. Vouchers are a scheme that divert public funds to private schools and vendors, and then continue to undermine...

Establishing Middle Ground for Testing and Accountability in Texas

Establishing Middle Ground for Testing and Accountability in Texas

The STAAR test is Texas’ statewide student testing program. Each year more than 5.4 million students sit at their desks and try to focus on this post-mortem, end-of-year high-stakes test as they go heads-down...

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