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    Policy Paper: Test-Based Funding

    Keep School Funding Separate From High-Stakes Tests

    School finance policy that provides funding to K-12 students based on their performance on a high-stakes test has no basis in research. Funding any part of our school system based on student performance on a test, or “outcomes-based” funding, would create inequities and unintended funding consequences.

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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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      Capitol Update: February 7, 2019

      Welcome to the 86th Legislative Session! The Capitol Update will provide you with expert insight and analysis on legislative issues impacting Texas public school students and educators. Hear straight from our directors of gGovernmental relations, policy, and advocacy, and get receive the information you need to get involved and stay connected to what’s happening under the dome this session.

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    • We polled Texans about education—they responded loud and clear

      The Governor, Lt. Gov., and House Speaker recently held a joint press conference and announced that this legislative session would be the session of education funding and higher teacher pay. A public opinion poll we commissioned says the public is aligned with those overarching priorities, and that Texans have strong opinions about the specifics of how legislators should proceed.

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