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Policy Paper: Test-Based Funding

Keep School Funding Separate From High-Stakes Tests 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...

Texas Public School Choice Spinner

International studies. Career and technology pathways. Dual language elementary education. And on and on. Texas public schools are dynamic and diverse, and they continue to add new options and innovative programs to meet the...

Session Toolkit

The 86th Legislative Session has officially begun and it’s poised to be one of the most critical for public education in recent memory. We created this Session Toolkit to provide up-to-date information about what...

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...

5 things needed in any Texas school finance plan

As we’ve traveled the state, people have told us they are primarily concerned about two things: property tax relief and school finance. They also recognize these two issues are intertwined—both need to be addressed...

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Raise Your Hand Testifies on Charter Funding and SB 1882 School/Community Partnerships

The Texas House of Representatives' Committee on Public Education met today to discuss, among other things, charter school funding. David Anderson, general counsel and policy analyst for Raise Your Hand Texas, was invited to...

Quality counts, but Texas isn’t investing in it.

Texas schools will begin receiving A through F letter grades this year, based on academic performance. But who grades the state policies that oversee our public schools? Each year Education Week releases a report and ranking...

Texas Again Fails to Realize Pre-K’s Potential

Report shows statewide support inadequate and inconsistent Texas met only four of 10 benchmarks for quality and dropped two places relative to other states in pre-K investments in 2016-17, according to a State of...

Texas Student Enrollment Data

Who Educates Texas Students They are educated in diverse settings by teachers of all types. While homeschooling and private/religious schools are popular choices in Texas, the vast majority of Texas students attend public schools,...

Stakes High for Texas Students

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TAKES UP RULES IMPLEMENTING HB 5 THIS WEEK Among the changes in Texas public schools passed by the Texas Legislature as part of HB 5, the reduction in high-stakes end-of-course...

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