On Wednesday April 9, Uplift Board Members and staff, led by CEO Yasmin Bhatia traveled to Austin to meet with state Legislators in both houses to advocate on behalf of our scholars, parents, and staff. The Texas Charter School Association provided essential support and helped brief the group on the status of several bills that have been submitted and assigned to committee.
During the day, the team met Representative Rafael Anchia, of District 103 which includes Uplift Williams Preparatory, Representative Ramon Romero, of District 90 which includes Uplift Meridian and Uplift Mighty, in addition to many other lawmakers.
Uplift Peak Preparatory alumnae Brenda Barron ’10 spoke about the challenges that she has been prepared to overcome in college as a result of attending an Uplift school. Brenda’s relationship with Uplift has come full circle as she currently serves as a teacher’s aide at Uplift Peak after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Texas Woman’s University in 2014. She aspires to become a full-time teacher with the network in the near future, and is a great example of the newest chapter in Uplift’s mission as scholars begin graduating from four-year universities in greater number this spring.
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