Raise Your Hand Texas Accepting Applications for Principals to Attend Harvard Leadership Institutes

For the seventh year in a row, Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit advocacy organization for public education, is seeking school principals from across the state to participate in The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Principals, or those nominating principals, can access the application through the Raise Your Hand Texas website at RaiseYourHandTexas.org.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Sends 74 Principals From Texas Public Schools to Harvard For Summer Leadership Program

For the sixth year in a row, Raise Your Hand Texas is sending a cohort of top public school campus leaders to attend The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This latest cohort marks an investment of more than $4 million in over 600 Texas principals since 2008. The effort provides powerful leadership to an estimated 27,000 teachers and 460,000 students in Texas public schools.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Applauds Governor, Legislature on Signing of HB 5

Raise Your Hand Texas released the following statement from CEO Dr. David Anthony on the signing of HB 5 by Governor Perry: “Parents and students across Texas won a tangible victory today. The signing of HB 5 into law will have a real and positive impact in schools across the state by reducing high-stakes testing and providing students with needed flexibility to pursue their interests and career goals while maintaining high academic standards.”

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Raise Your Hand Texas Praises Senate Passage of Balanced Charter School Quality Legislation

Raise Your Hand Texas released the following statement from CEO Dr. David Anthony on the passage of SB 2 relating to charter school quality by the Texas Senate: “The passage today of SB 2 by the Texas Senate represents an important victory for quality, accountability and measured expansion of charter schools in Texas. SB 2 strikes an appropriate balance in encouraging the growth of high quality charter schools while ensuring that the Commissioner of Education has the necessary tools to provide effective quality control and oversight. Raise Your Hand Texas congratulates Senator Patrick for his leadership in balancing these interests, and in passing a strong bill for the benefit of Texas students.”

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Raise Your Hand Texas Congratulates Chairman Aycock, Texas House on Passage of HB 5

Raise Your Hand Texas released the following statement from CEO Dr. David Anthony on the passage of HB 5, major education reform legislation for Texas students: “Raise Your Hand Texas congratulates Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock and the members of the Texas House for their hard work and leadership in passing HB 5. This major education legislation will provide flexibility and rigor in graduation plans while reducing high stakes testing. The Texas House just put Texas one step closer to real and positive change for the 5 million students in our Texas public schools.”

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Raise Your Hand Texas Issues Statement on SB23/SB1410 (Patrick): New bill, New Name, Same Old Voucher

Raise Your Hand Texas released the following statement from CEO Dr. David Anthony on the filing of SB 1410 by Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) on Texas School Vouchers: “SB 23/SB 1410 by Senator Patrick is disappointing, but not surprising. New bill, new name, same old voucher. These corporate tax breaks are government subsidies for private schools at the expense of Texas taxpayers and students—all with no accountability. We need solutions that benefit all 5 million Texas school children, and not just a privileged few.”

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Texas Needs to Clean Up Existing Charter Schools Before Issuing New Ones

Raise Your Hand Texas released a statement from CEO Dr. David Anthony regarding the introduction of charter schools legislation (SB 2) today by Senate Education Committee Chair Dan Patrick (R-Houston).

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Raise Your Hand Texas: Rep. Aycock Bill a Major Step Forward on Key Public Education Issues

Raise Your Hand Texas released the following statements from CEO Dr. David Anthony and Dallas area business leader Albert C. Black on the introduction of major public education legislation (HB 5) today by House Education Committee Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen).

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Raise Your Hand Texas Applauds Introduction of Key Education Bill by Senator Seliger

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) Raise Your Hand Texas CEO, Dr. David Anthony issued the following statement on the introduction of SB 225 by Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo): “We applaud Senator Seliger for his leadership in introducing legislation to address some of the key education issues facing our state. His Foundation High School Program provides a strong core curriculum for all students, while allowing them to earn endorsements in their areas of interest like Humanities, Business & Industry, Human Services, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). This will better align our curriculum with Texas students’ post-secondary and career goals, which also benefits employers and our economy. Learn more »

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5 Million Reasons We Need Strong Public Schools

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) Today, Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit education advocacy organization, launched a new Advocacy page on its website (RaiseYourHandTexas.org) built around its 5 Million Reasons legislative advocacy campaign for the 2013 legislative session. The new Advocacy page features the Raise Your Hand Texas legislative agenda as well as issue briefs providing valuable background on key issues affecting public education. Learn more »

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