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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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Raise Your Hand Texas: Commitment to Fund Enrollment Growth Is First Step in the Right Direction

Raise Your Hand Texas released the following statement in response to announcements by Senate and House leaders that funding of enrollment growth has been included in the base budget for the appropriations bill (SB 1/HB 1) for the coming biennium.

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Statement on Senator Patrick’s Plans for Education Legislation

Dr. David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas, had the following comments regarding the Press Conference held by Lt. Governor Dewhurst and Senator Patrick in Austin today: “Our public schools educate 5 million students. Texas families want real solutions that strengthen public schools for all of our students. Corporate tax breaks that rely on our tax dollars to subsidize private schools for the benefit of a few students do not meet this test. It’s a distraction and will slow progress on other needed reforms.”

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2013 RYHT Leadership Program Applications Available

For the sixth year in a row, Raise Your Hand Texas will send over 50 top public and charter school campus leaders to The Principals’ Center, Harvard Graduate School of Education to participate in one of three Summer Institutes. The Summer Institutes will expose participants to leading national and international experts in the fields of education and leadership.

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Raise Your Hand Texas Releases “Full-Time Virtual Schools In Texas: Good For Kids or Merely Good For Profit?”

Today, Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit education advocacy organization working to strengthen schools on behalf of Texas students and families, released a policy paper entitled, “Full-Time Virtual Schools in Texas: Good for Kids or Merely Good for Profit?”

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