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    Session Toolkit

    The 86th Legislative Session has officially begun and it’s poised to be one of the most critical for public education in recent memory.

    We created this Session Toolkit to provide up-to-date information about what is happening at the Capitol and resources that can be used to support issues like increased funding for public schools and early childhood education. Our hope is that it can serve as a “one-stop-shop” for social media graphics, research, videos, and more. Bookmark this page and visit it often!

    And don’t forget to sign up for our legislative text alerts to stay informed at critical times during the session by texting RAISEMYHAND to 40649.

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      Capitol Update: October 7, 2019

      The Capitol Update provides you with expert insight and analysis on legislative issues impacting Texas public school students and educators. In this month’s edition, our policy experts report on the conversations they heard at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival.

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      2019 Session Wrap-Up

      This past legislative session, we developed a list of priorities based on what our programs, objective research, and Texans said would improve public schools. We are happy to report it was a good session for the issues we believed would benefit Texas students and our state. Here’s a run-down of how our priorities fared during the session.

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      Capitol Update: August 7, 2019

      In this month’s Capitol Update, the Raise Your Hand Texas policy team reflects on their legislative checklist, discuss school finance expectations, and announce their plan for expanding pro-public education advocacy in Texas.

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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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      Capitol Update: May 17, 2019

      In this month’s Capitol Update, you’ll find the latest information on this session’s school finance bill, a list of key dates of interest, and some highlights of the remarkable advocacy efforts of Texas students, teachers, and community representatives.

       

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      Capitol Update: April 30, 2019

      This month’s Capitol Update covers important dates as we approach the final month of the regular session, a review of the new substituted language in House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 4, and the work our Principal Advocacy Fellows are doing to champion public education.

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      Capitol Update: March 22, 2019

      This month’s Capitol Update will cover Texas Tribune’s upcoming event, “The Future of Public Education,” as well as a review of House Bill 3 and Monday’s “Power of Pre-K Day.”

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    • New Video Series: The Power of Pre-K

      It’s not just students, parents, and educators who recognize the power of high-quality pre-kindergarten, both to building the foundation for learning and for leveling the playing field among student groups for kindergarten readiness.

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