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Raise Your Hand Texas Calls on 88th Legislature to Increase Funding for Texas Public Schools

With less than one week left in the 88th Legislative Session, our elected officials must act now to provide Texas public schools the funding needed to attract and retain our teacher workforce, keep up...

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Senate Committee Substitute for HB 100

Raise Your Hand Texas submitted the following written testimony in response to the Texas Senate Committee on Education Hearing on May 22, 2023, regarding CSHB 100. Raise Your Hand Texas will continue to keep the...

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Across the Lawn – May 19, 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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House Committee Substitute Senate Bill 8 Verbal and Written Testimony by Dr. Michelle Smith

Raise Your Hand Texas was invited to provide testimony on Monday, May 15, 2023, Texas House Committee on Public Education Hearing on Senate Bill 8. Michelle Smith Ph.D., Raise Your Hand’s executive director, is...

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Across the Lawn – May 12, 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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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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Raise Your Hand Texas Statement on CSSB 8

CSSB 8 Abandons, Defunds, and Contains No Accountability Provisions Raise Your Hand Texas has received notice that on May 10, the House Public Education Committee will consider, without a public hearing, the most expansive...

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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 – May 5, 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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