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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...

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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...

Advocacy and the 2021 Legislative Session

As the 87th Legislative Session kicked off last January, there was one word that could be used to describe how many were feeling — uncertain. Uncertain about school funding due to COVID budget woes....

Issues with Virtual Schools Resurface as School Year Starts

Like most Texans, educators were hoping for a relatively normal start to the school year. But the explosive growth in Delta variant infections has increased demand for remote learning options, leaving schools scrambling because...

Questions Still Remain on Federal Stimulus Funding for Public Education

Proposals impacting the timing and method of distributing stimulus funds are still being debated. We are almost to the finish line on the discussion of federal stimulus funding for education. But while districts now...

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A Strong Texas Recovery Takes All Three

What is the most crucial leg of a stool? The one that is missing. A strong Texas recovery starts with the recovery of our public schools. Right now, Texas has only secured two funding...

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Three-Legged Stool Day at the Capitol

What is the most crucial leg of a stool? The one that is missing. A strong Texas recovery starts with the recovery of our public schools. Right now, Texas has only secured two funding...

Who Vouchers Hurt — and Where School Choice Really Works

Through the passing of House Bill 3 last session, lawmakers committed to increase funding for public schools. However, the pandemic has presented major budget challenges for public schools, and districts can’t afford to lose...

It’s Time to Ensure Stability for Our Public Schools

Like a steady stool needs three strong legs, our schools need Texas leadership to follow through on three simple commitments. They say a productive life is all about balance. And all of us, including...

Texas Schools Show Resiliency Through Yet Another Crisis

It was just after midnight when the phone rang. The winter storm had knocked out power, causing rolling blackouts across Waxahachie — and across Texas. A local nursing home lost power and didn’t have...

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