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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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New Raise Your Hand Texas Poll Reveals Texans’ Perceptions About Public Education

On the heels of a joint press conference in which Governor Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and House Speaker Bonnen announced this will be the legislative session of school funding and teacher pay, a new Raise Your Hand Texas statewide poll finds Texans are aligned with those broad interests, and have strong opinions about the specific ways legislators should proceed.

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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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