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Pearland ISD is selected for Raise Your Hand Texas Trustee Advocates Program Cohort

Raise Your Hand Texas Pearland ISD 2024 Announcement

Pearland Independent School District was announced on January 26 as a Raise Your Hand Texas Trustee Advocates Program cohort participant. This initiative trains Texas school districts and their locally-elected trustees to educate, engage and activate their school districts and local communities to amplify their voices in state public education policy and advocacy.

“Pearland ISD sees the Raise Your Hand Texas Trustee Advocates Program as an exceptional opportunity to deeply and meaningfully engage with our local community and with state leaders to elevate and advocate for public schools, our students and our teachers,” Pearland ISD Superintendent Larry Berger said.

School districts from all regions of the state applied, and Raise Your Hand Texas leadership selected eight school districts, including Pearland ISD, through the application and interview process. The cohort will also include Corsicana ISD, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, Plano ISD, Port Aransas ISD, Prosper ISD, Temple ISD and Tomball ISD.

Over the course of the 18-month fellowship, Trustee Advocates will learn to build a local public education advocacy network that encourages community connectedness and influences state legislative outcomes. Trustees and Superintendents will have the opportunity to learn and build relationships with others across Texas, as well.

The Trustee Advocates Program is issue-based and non-partisan. The program will be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. As a Texas Education Agency-registered provider of continuing education, Raise Your Hand Texas will award continuing education credit to participants for the hours spent in training. The program will not represent any expenses for the district as participation in the program includes a grant to cover transportation, food and accommodation costs.

For more information about the program, visit www.raiseyourhandtexas.org/advancing-public-education/advocate/trustee-advocates-program.

Raise Your Hand Texas supports public policy solutions that invest in our students, encourage innovation and autonomy, and improve college and workforce readiness. For more information, visit RaiseYourHandTexas.org.

(01/26/2024)

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