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Advocacy and the 2021 Legislative Session

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Digital Divide Podcast Part 1

Bridging the Digital Divide: What Challenge Does Texas Face? (Part 2)

Deep in West Texas is the tiny town of Presidio – a remote community that is 90 miles away from the nearest McDonald’s and more than 150 miles away from the nearest Walmart. So what does a remote city like Presidio have in common with more urban areas hundreds of miles away in the Rio […]

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Digital Divide


From students using restaurants’ WIFI to parents spending hundreds of dollars a month on hotspots for their children’s schoolwork, our state’s public education system has been changed forever by the pandemic. In this podcast episode of Intersect Ed (part 1 of 2), we focus on the digital divide — what it is, who is affected […]

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The Future of Virtual and Remote Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed what schooling has looked like over the past year. It has entirely upended instructional models and brought about a myriad of new issues regarding the equity and accessibility of online instruction. For some students and families, pandemic schooling has been unimaginably difficult. Other students, however, may have thrived off […]

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Who Vouchers Hurt — and Where School Choice Really Works

In the 86th legislative session, Texas lawmakers committed to increase funding for public schools by passing House Bill 3. That unity led to teachers getting raises, school districts getting funds to offer or expand full-day pre-K programs to eligible 4-year-olds, and taxpayers getting property tax relief. This year, the pandemic presents major budget challenges for […]

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Teacher Workforce


Educators are telling us it will take teachers – lots of skilled, well-trained teachers – to close the learning gaps sustained during the last year. But will those teachers be there when the districts start to hire? The pandemic didn’t create the challenges facing the teacher pipeline in Texas, but it has certainly made addressing […]

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The Misconceptions of the “Missing Students”

Our latest episode of Intersect Ed examines the misconceptions around students who are “missing” from their public school. Critics often place blame on educators saying they are not doing enough to find their students. What we know is the exact opposite: educators are going above and beyond to stay connected to their students. As conversations […]

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Education Experts Go Deep on Texas’ Second Annual Public Education Poll

We’ve said since the beginning that the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Poll is for everyone. It is for educators, researchers, lawmakers, and communities. It represents the voices of all Texans about an issue that impacts all Texans. It is Texas’ poll. The eighth Intersect Ed podcast episode features education experts from a variety of […]

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Pre-K: The Essential Pandemic Response

It was March 2019 and early childhood education supporters, dressed in “pre-K purple,” flooded the State Capitol, asking legislators to “Stop the Yo-Yo” and fund full-day pre-Kindergarten for eligible 4-year-olds. We called it the Power of Pre-K Day. Thanks to this and the efforts of so many in the early childhood field, the yo-yo finally […]

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Time to Act: Why We Need the State To Ho-Ho-Hold Schools Harmless This December

Our latest podcast explains what the “hold harmless” does, why it won’t break the budget, and how schools are worried, for lack of a better description, that they might find nothing but coal in their stocking this year if the state doesn’t act. This school year, due to the pandemic, Texas public schools have seen […]

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The COVID-19 Crunch

As schools reopen for in-class instruction, school leaders face rising costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From PPE to plastic partitions, the cost per student is rising. Meanwhile, lower enrollment and potentially massive budget cuts threaten progress made for schools and students during the last legislative session. In our fifth episode of Intersect Ed, we […]

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