Raise Your Hand Texas is a public school advocacy group based in Austin.  Among the many things they are involved in is an on-going effort to tell the story of today’s schools and what teachers are asked to cope with.

As they say: “Being an educator in today’s schools is hard work. Harder than ever. The expectations are high, and rightfully so. The future of Texas is in our public schools – the future of our economy, communities, and citizenry – and so the responsibility of educators to prepare students to be successful after graduation is tremendous.

The work of educators is made more challenging by inadequate funding for public education, a long history of misguided negative rhetoric about our schools, fast-changing student and family demographics, and a shifting accountability landscape. And yet, every day they face these challenges head-on. They dig deep into their own pockets to provide students with classroom essentials. They work diligently to deliver a high-quality education to every student. And they go way beyond their job descriptions to address student needs.

For that, educators deserve our respect and support.

If you know a teacher or school leader who deserves a little thank you, a little appreciation, we hope you’ll share this video with them. And if you’re an educator, this one’s for you. We created this as one small way to show educators that we see all that they do, for every student, and that we honor them for preparing the future.”

Please watch this video of less than two minutes.  And even better, share it with others, especially local elected officials and legislators.  Alabama teachers face the same challenges as their counterparts in Texas.