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A+ FCU Partners with University FCU to Support RAISEup Texas
Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:00 AM

$500,000 Investment Will Help Transform Middle School Teaching and Learning

A+ Federal Credit Union (A+FCU) has partnered with University Federal Credit Union (UFCU) to invest half a million dollars in the Central Texas expansion of RAISEup Texas, an E3 Alliance education program. RAISEup Texas is a school-wide approach that uses research-validated tools to help middle school students “learn how to learn.”

RAISEup Texas, a privately-funded 3-½ year demonstration effort, has already impacted nearly 13,000 students in six Central Texas school districts. The 2014 Texas Education Agency’s Closing Performance Gaps accountability indicator determined that 75 percent of RAISEup Texas demonstration schools, three times the rate of middle schools across the region, qualified for the Closing the Performance Gaps distinction.

Kerry Parker, CEO of A+FCU, stated, “A+FCU is honored to support an education model that helps children of all abilities learn more effectively and achieve academically. The improved performance of students that use the RAISEup Texas gain the benefits of the program."

“This unprecedented partnership between two key financial institutions in our region to invest in RAISEup Texas sends an important message to our community,” said Susan Dawson, president and executive director of E3 Alliance. “It says loud and clear: our business community cares for our kids and their success. And the community will take notice.”

About A+ Federal Credit Union

A+ Federal Credit Union was founded in 1949 by 50 Austin, Texas, teachers. Over 65 years later, A+FCU has 120,000 members that include not only educators, students, and their families, but other members of the community as well. A+FCU has over $1 billion in assets and nearly 20 branches. A+FCU continues to have close relationships with local schools and provides free financial education curricula for educators, engaging financial education presentations for students, real-life money management simulations for youth, high school branch locations and unique financial products designed for teachers. Learn more at aplusfcu.org.

About Education Equals Economics (E3 Alliance)
Education Equals Economics (E3 Alliance) is a regional, data-driven, education collaborative based in Austin, Texas. E3 Alliance is leading the effort to build the strongest educational pipeline in the country to drive economic prosperity for Central Texas by using objective data and focused community collaboration to align education systems so that all students can succeed. Together with the Central Texas community, E3 Alliance has created The Blueprint for Educational Change, the region’s strategic plan to build the strongest educational pipeline in the country. For more information about RAISEup Texas visit raiseuptexas.org.