– Popinski brings deep expertise in school finance and other public education policy matters –
AUSTIN, TX (July 31, 2018) – Raise Your Hand Texas today announced that Bob Popinski, former associate at Moak Casey and Associates, will serve as policy director at Raise Your Hand.
In his new role, Popinski will help develop Raise Your Hand’s policy strategies and priorities for improving teacher preparation and school leadership, encouraging school district autonomy and innovation, and expanding educational opportunity though programs including full-day high-quality pre-Kindergarten.
An expert on the Texas school finance system, Popinski provided Moak Casey with in-depth bill and policy analysis during the past seven legislative sessions and throughout the state’s two most recent school finance court cases. He specialized in helping districts interested in entering economic development agreements and has authored detailed studies on Texas’ fast growth school districts, tax appraisal limits, and its state school transportation funding system.
“Bob’s deep understanding of the school finance system and long experience analyzing education policy brings additional strength to the Raise Your Hand Texas team,” said Charles Butt, founder of Raise Your Hand Texas and The Holdsworth Center, and chairman and CEO of H-E-B. “As the 86th Legislative Session approaches, the continued expansion of our policy and advocacy team will help us bring an informed, research-based perspective to critical dialogue and debates surrounding public education. Texas public education is critical to the future of our communities, our workforces, and our economy, and Raise Your Hand is committed to advocating to advance these interests for all students.”
Popinski holds a Master of public affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University. He was a member of the Teach for America program and taught fourth grade and computer science in Phoenix.
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