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Stand for Children honored at SMU Simmons Luminary Awards

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Our CEO and co-founder, Jonah Edelman, was recently honored with a national award in Dallas from the Southern Methodist University. Even better, Jonah shared the spotlight with his inspiring mother, Marian Wright Edelman.

Stand for Children Welcomes Stacey Hodge to the Team!

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Stand for Children Texas is thrilled to welcome Stacey Hodge as its Dallas Director. 

#schoolfinancetrial - Texas must move forward

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Yesterday marked a huge win for over 600 school districts when the Honorable John Dietz said that the State doesn’t current fund public education adequately or efficiently. 

"There is no free lunch," Dietz said while issuing his ruling. "We either want increased standards and are willing to pay the price, or we don't."

Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline: It’s real and we know where it starts.

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As parents, we tell our kids that they can be anything they want, as long as they work hard.  As a kid, I believed it literally and was fortunate enough to enjoy an atmosphere in which I could live into that vision.

But is this motivational speech true for all Texas school children?  Can every child become anything they want just by working hard?

Houston Endorses Carol Alvarado in SD 6 Race

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Last week, several of our parent leaders whose children attend public schools (both traditional and charter) in Senate District 6, led our endorsement process to select an education champion to fill the seat left open by the late Senator Mario Gallegos. Together, we drafted a questionnaire and conducted in-person interviews in order to ask candidates where they stood on educational issues that were most important to us and Houston kids – school funding, access to high-quality pre-k, teacher quality and high-quality charter schools expansion and accountability.

In memory of Senator Mario Gallegos

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Yesterday, Texas lost a great public servant. Senator Mario Gallegos, the first Hispanic state senator elected to represent a Harris County district, died on Tuesday in Houston, Texas.

Brought to you by the letter P...

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Earlier this week, I participated in “Principal for a Day,” an initiative through the Dallas Independent School District that brings community leaders into schools across the district. The program hopes to raise awareness of the strengths and challenges our local schools face. It also allows community members, like myself, to make sure that Dallas has a quality public education for all students.

As I walked through classrooms, I was struck by a student’s work highlighted on a bulletin board. It made me laugh out loud.

Are you registered to vote?

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Imagine if the entire population of Chicago, Houston and Dallas didn’t vote in this year’s election. That would be pretty significant, right? Imagine the voices that would go unheard.  But in 2008, over 6 million (roughly the equivalent of Chicago, Houston and Dallas’ populations) votes weren’t cast because they forgot to or didn’t know how to register to vote.

Grads Within Reach – A principal’s perspective

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Life is full of unseen opportunities to change others’ lives for the better. Offering the simplest of gestures, or not, can sometimes be a deciding factor in whether the students I serve make it to graduation or not. As a high school principal, I experience this every day.

Victory in Houston!

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We did it! Last night, in a nail-biting, packed meeting where more than 60 community members testified, the Houston school board voted to place a $1.9 billion bond package on November’s ballot.

If voters approve in November, this bond – the largest in Texas history – will focus on rebuilding our city’s high schools, as well as investing in critical repairs and safety upgrades across HISD campuses.

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