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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.

Congrats to our YES Prep partners & members

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Houston charter network YES Prep has received the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools! The $250,000 award recognizes YES for their excellent work preparing low-income students for college.

Petition to HISD Board generates 1,000+ signatures!

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We have exceeded the goal we set for our petition to the HISD school board - more than 1,000 Houston community members have signed the petition calling on HISD to put a bond on the 2012 ballot!

Have you added your voice yet? Sign today and join us in demanding safe, healthy schools for Houston kids.

Local press is taking notice of our efforts!

Notes from the Field: Hitting the streets for Houston kids!

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This Saturday, a group of volunteers hit the streets with me in Houston's Third Ward, Sunnyside, and South Park neighborhoods to gather signatures for our petition to the Houston school board!

Braving the blazing sun, volunteers knocked on doors, spoke to fellow Houston residents, and gathered over 100 signatures encouraging the HISD school board to put a bond measure on the ballot in 2012. Learn more.

Help us get started in Houston's Third Ward, Sunnyside, and South Park communities!

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We're launching our work in the Third Ward, Sunnyside, South Park communities - and you're invited to join us as we get started!

Third Ward, Sunnyside, and South Park Team Launch
Wednesday, April 25, 6-8pm
Third Ward Multiservice Center, 3611 Ennis Street
Refreshments and childcare provided for attendees

RSVP to Fortécia at fsmith@stand.org or 832.289.8822

Inspiring us to do better for kids

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We were pleased to welcome our CEO, Jonah Edelman, to Texas in March! 

Jonah gave a lecture to a packed lecture hall at the UT-Austin School of Social Work on closing the achievement gap. Jonah shared a true story that brought home why this work is so important and inspired many in the audience:

Houston: What's Happening with the Budget

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Houston, like all cities and district in Texas, is grappling with massive budget cuts. As a parent or community member, it can be difficult to find good information on what's happening and how it will impact your child.

That's why we're pleased to see that HISD has created a comprehensive section on their website explaining where HISD schools stand, how it relates to the state budget crisis, and how you can follow and give input during the budget process. Many materials are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. 

Stand's Board Member, John Legend, on Black History Month and Education

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Black History Month is almost over, but Stand for Children Board Member John Legend makes a critical point in its remaining days: a successful future for black Americans depends upon a quality education. Read his op-ed here

Tracking STAAR

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Testing in Texas is a hot topic these days, with Commissioner Robert Scott making fiery comments and deferring implementation of the new 15% grading requirement connected to the new STAAR end-of-course examinations. While Stand hasn't yet taken a formal position, we're tracking the issue, and do support efforts to ensure schools are held accountable for results without creating an over-emphasis on standardized testing.

Here's a rundown of some recent press and information on STAAR. 

School Funding in Texas: Follow Up

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Our blog post yesterday focused on some of the major issues in Texas school funding. The topic is clearly a hot one across our state - this morning we awoke to a slate of headlines on the subject.

Here's a sampling of today's headlines: