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Statewide education advocacy group to arrive Monday

By Carolina Astrain
April 4, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2013 at 11:05 p.m.


IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Raise Your Hand Texas

• WHEN: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday

• WHERE: Room D, VISD Conference Center, 1110 Sam Houston Drive

• COST: Free

• NOTE: Dinner will be included if you RSVP with tkeeling@raiseyourhandtexas.org ASAP

A statewide advocacy group hopes to inform the public about hot-button education issues being discussed by the state Legislature.

Raise Your Hand Texas, lead by CEO David Anthony, has scheduled State Board of Education member Ruben Cortez Jr. and Victoria School District Superintendent Robert Jaklich to speak at Monday's event.

VISD school board president Tami Keeling, a grassroots ambassador volunteer for Raise Your Hand Texas, has been working to get city officials, representatives from the Victoria County Sheriff's Office and the education community to come hear what the group has to say.

The group's legislative agenda items include reasons why the state should restore $5.3 billion lost in funding as a result of the 2011 funding cuts, cut down on testing and stay away from any sort of voucher system that could potentially take money away from public schools, according to its website.

"They're a bipartisan group interested in finding good solutions to education policy," Keeling said. "Everything they present is based on research, not emotion."

The school board president said she expects at least 70 community members to be present at the Monday evening event.

"This is the first event like this to come to Victoria during my eight years on the board," Keeling said.

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