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Statement on Gov Abbott Signing HB 4 Into Law

Raise Your Hand Texas commends Governor Abbott for signing House Bill 4, which will help Texas take a much-needed step toward higher quality prekindergarten programs across the state, and legislative leadership for passing this important legislation.

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Statement on Filing of Pre-K Quality Legislation

The filing today of companions bills (HB 4/SB 801) on pre-k quality in the House and Senate brings the focus on quality pre-kindergarten for Texas students to the forefront.

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How Does Texas Pre-K Stack Up? Research Says Not Well.

Raise Your Hand Texas recently released a report highlighting research-driven practices proven effective in public pre-kindergarten programs across the country, and comparing how Texas’ pre-k program stacks up. “Pre-Kindergarten for the Modern Age: A scalable, affordable, high-quality plan for Texas” was prepared by Dr. Robert Pianta, Dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and a leading expert on early childhood education.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Sponsoring 83 Principals to Attend Harvard

Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit advocacy organization working to support and strengthen public education, is sponsoring 83 principals from 53 school districts to participate in a summer program at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The principals were selected from across the state, out of a pool of almost 200 who applied.

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26 Principals Selected to Attend Rice University Program Through Raise Your Hand Sponsorship

Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit advocacy organization for public education, is sponsoring 26 principals from seven Houston-area school districts to attend the yearlong Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) Business Fellowship for School Leaders. The REEP Business Fellowship, offered through the Jones Graduate School of Business, empowers principals with leadership, innovation, organizational, marketing, and financial management tools to be successful campus CEOs.

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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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