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Investing in Teacher Mentorship Leads to Stronger Classrooms

An increased investment in mentorship is essential at this point in the Texas teacher workforce crisis. It is imperative that we retain new teachers in the field and provide the best possible instruction to...

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Senate Bill 9 Written Testimony by JoLisa Hoover

Raise Your Hand Texas submitted the following written testimony in response to the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Public Education Hearing on May 9, 2023, regarding Senate Bill 9. Raise Your Hand Texas will...

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Texas Teachers Share Salary Concerns with Elected Officials

They know the stakes are high, and the urgency in their voices is unmistakable. “As a single mother, I worry,” said Deetrice Thomas, a teacher from Duncanville ISD. “I have a college degree and...

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Across the Lawn – April 21, 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...

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Hundreds of Public Education Advocates Under the Dome

Our 2023 Leadership Symposium brought together more than 275 dedicated school leaders from across Texas to Austin to connect, collaborate, and advocate for public education. The 15th Annual Symposium included alumni from Charles Butt...

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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...

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Advocacy Fellowship Empowers, Elevates Public School Principals

Eleven principals, alumni of the Charles Butt Foundation (formerly Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation) programs, will embark on a nine-month fellowship focused on growing community leaders and advocates on behalf of public schools in...

Natalia Ramback

An Educator’s Journey to Reclaim Her Roots

Natalia Gómez Ramback is the youngest of 10, raised by her grandparents in Papalote, Texas, a small community about 40 minutes north of Corpus Christi. From the time Natalia was four or five, she...

Please tell the Governor to HO-HO-HO-Hold Our Schools Harmless

Please tell the Governor to HO-HO-HO-Hold Our Schools Harmless Santa, Six years ago, we wrote to you to ask for high-quality, full-day pre-K across Texas for eligible kids. And you helped deliver on that...

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The 2020 Election Season is Finally Over — the Real Work Starts Now

Higher political engagement across Texas could bring changes during the next legislative session, but one thing remains intact: Strong support for public education. By Dr. Michelle Smith Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Raise...


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