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Business and Education Associations Call on State Leaders to Address Public Education Recovery

Texas is a state built on grit, resiliency, and optimism. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texans are manifesting this spirit and determination in so many important ways, large and small. We are proud that public education in Texas—both educators and students—is at the vanguard of our state’s efforts to keep Texas strong and its future bright.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Selects 62 School Leaders for Harvard Institutes

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, a non-profit organization working to strengthen public education in Texas, has announced the 62 school leaders from across Texas selected as the 2020 cohort of educators the Foundation will be sponsoring to attend summer Institutes at the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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First-Of-Its-Kind Poll Reveals Texans Trust Teachers, and Have Concerns About School Testing and Funding

A new statewide poll on Texans’ attitudes toward public education found they appreciate teachers, but have concerns about testing and the lack of funding.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Hosting 40+ State Legislative Candidate Events Across the State

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation is coordinating a series of nonpartisan For the Future candidate forums and town halls in the weeks leading up to the March 3, 2020, primary election.

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30 School District Finalists Selected for $6 Million in Grant Funding for Raising Blended Learners Initiative

AUSTIN, TX (December 19, 2019) – The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation today announced 30 finalist school districts for the second cohort of the Raising Blended Learners demonstration initiative.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Awards 134 New Charles Butt Scholarships For Aspiring Teachers

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation announces the second cohort of those receiving the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. More than 370 candidates submitted a written application

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Statement on the Texas Legislature’s Passage of House Bill 3

Raise Your Hand Texas applauds the work of the 86th Texas Legislature in passing a comprehensive school finance bill without the threat of a court order.

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Statement on House Bill 3’s Passage in the Texas Senate

“Raise Your Hand Texas thanks the Senate for advancing House Bill 3 on Monday. We hope the members of the conference committee will continue improving this school funding legislation, which is critical for the 5.4 million students in Texas."

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Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Launching Second Application for Blended Learning Initiative with $6 Million in Grant Support for 20 School Districts

Applications open May 1 for a year-long competitive process for up to 20 grants. The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation today opened the second application for the Raising Blended Learners grant initiative. After a year-long competitive process — consisting of a written application, semi-finalist and finalist workshops, and a resulting business plan — up to 20 districts will be chosen to each receive up to $300,000 in grant funding and three years of comprehensive implementation support. Applications are due June 30 and up to 75 semi-finalist teams will be selected by August 1.

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Statement on House Bill 3

Texas House Public Education Committee Chair Huberty on Tuesday, March 4, 2019 filed House Bill 3, to address school finance needs across the state.

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