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...

Time to Reduce High-Stakes Nature of STAAR is Now

Raise Your Hand Texas announces recommendations to reducehigh-stakes nature of STAAR in state’s accountability system On October 25, Raise Your Hand Texas released A Report from the Measure What Matters Assessment & Accountability Council....

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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...

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2023 SXSW Edu panel picker vote

Vote for RYHT PanelPicker Idea and become a public education advocate Up Vote for each of our panels in the Policy & Civic Engagement Track. You are allowed to vote once for each panel....

Dala Henry and Claudia Ureño-Olivas serve as discussion panelists at the Measure What Matters Conference held at the Holdsworth Center.

Rethinking School Assessment and Accountability

On January 18, 2022, Raise Your Hand Texas hosted our first-ever policy conference, the Measure What Matters: Assessment and Accountability Conference. The event was part of a statewide listening and engagement campaign created to...

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...

Vouchers Hurt

Why Does A State Like Texas Reject School Vouchers?

We’re Smarter Than That. If there’s one thing Texans take pride in, it’s their individuality. Their freedom. Their communities. Their tradition for doing things better and in their own way.  And when it comes...

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A new year brings new changes to our organization!

    Dear Friends of Raise Your Hand Texas and the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, We are excited to share some news about how the Charles Butt family of philanthropic organizations is expanding....

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! ¡Feliz mes de la herencia hispana!

To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, Raise Your Hand Texas is celebrating and honoring the voices from the Hispanic/Latinx community shared with us and reflected in public schools across Texas. Today, we know that Hispanic/Latinx...


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