Spring 2017

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ast, diverse, limitless: the state of Texas boasts many strengths, and all allude to its expansive resources and rich diversity. We have countless ideas to share and invaluable resources to utilize. Despite all that Texas has to offer, however, our educa- tion system continues to face systemic problems. We hope to find solutions through our initiative, the Rather Prize, which seeks to reward high-quality ideas from Texas students, teachers, and administrators. Founded by journalist Dan Rather and his grandson Martin Rather, the Rather Prize and our partners at Rice University in Houston seek a nonpartisan avenue for empowering local-level voices in education. To ac- complish this goal, we encourage idea submis- sions from students, teachers, and adminis- trators—anyone who learns or works in a Texas education institution—across the state. After public voting on fi- nalists, we award the winner a $10,000 prize and an addition- al $10,000 in implementa- tion support from Rice University's Center for Civic Leadership. THE RATHER PRIZE 18 ATPE NEWS Innovative Ideas from Students, Teachers, and Administrators to Improve Education in Texas BY DAN RATHER, MARTIN RATHER, & RICE UNIVERSITY

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