Statement on TEA’s Legislative Appropriations Request

According to the Texas Education Agency’s recent budget request, the state will realize an estimated windfall of $3.7 billion, primarily due to increased revenues from local property growth and higher school district recapture payments.

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Statement on Long-Range Steering Committee Recommendations

Raise Your Hand Texas applauds the tireless work of the members of the Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee and we support their recommendations. We share their goals for all students to have access and equity in opportunities to prepare for college, career, and beyond.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Names Bob Popinski Policy Director

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.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Names Dr. Tim Miller Superintendent in Residence

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation today announced that Tim Miller, Ed.D., former director of educator preparation and program accountability at the Texas Education Agency, will serve as superintendent in residence at Raise Your Hand.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Sponsors 109 Educators for Harvard Institutes

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, a non-profit organization working to strengthen public education, announced today it will sponsor 109 educators from 51 school districts and three Education Service Centers across Texas to attend weeklong summer institutes at the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Awards First 100 Charles Butt Scholarships for Aspiring Teachers

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation today announced the first 100 recipients of the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. The inaugural cohort was chosen from a pool of 350 candidates through a competitive selection process, which included a written application, interviews, group activities, and a demonstration teaching lesson. All scholars are committed to teaching in high-needs Texas public schools or in hard-to-fill subject areas. They will receive an $8,000 scholarship each year, as well as ongoing training, mentorship, and networking opportunities facilitated by the Foundation.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Announces New Staff to Lead Advocacy & Outreach Efforts in Upcoming Session

Raise Your Hand Texas today announced that Dr. Michelle Smith, a lobbyist with HillCo Partners, will serve as Director of Governmental Relations, and Dr. Libby Cohen, an Oxford graduate and a dynamic community organizer, will serve as Director of Advocacy and Outreach. Smith will lead the organization’s efforts to fight for Texas public schools in the upcoming legislative session while Cohen focuses on organizing a broad base of grassroots support among civic leaders, educators, business leaders, parents and other advocacy organizations.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Announces New Leadership

Raise Your Hand Texas today announced that Dr. Shari Becker Albright, chair of the Trinity University Department of Education, will lead the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, a charitable organization that supports initiatives to identify, pilot and scale systemic improvements in public education.

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Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers Application Process Opens at 10 Universities

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation today announced applications are open for the Charles Butt Scholarships for Aspiring Teachers. The scholarships are part of the Raising Texas Teachers initiative, a program to provide $50 million over the next 10 years in scholarship funding for students committed to a career in teaching, and technical support for premier Texas teacher preparation programs.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Announces Raising Family Partnerships Fellowship to Improve Student Achievement by Redesigning Family Engagement

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation today announced Raising Family Partnerships, a fellowship bringing together public school leadership teams from across Texas to transform their family engagement efforts and improve academic achievement. Research shows strong family, school, and community partnerships represent critical components of improving student outcomes.

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