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The Rather Prize is a $10,000 cash prize to a student, teacher, or administrator in Texas who provides the best idea to improve Texas Education.

The prize is open to anyone answering the question “What is your idea to improve education in the state of Texas?”

The initiative was developed in 2016 by Rice University student, Martin Rather and his grandfather, journalist Dan Rather. Click on the tabs at the top of the page to learn more about the Rather Prize and see the winning ideas from previous winners.

When you come up with your idea, please submit a form at: If you have questions or concerns, email The deadline for applications is January 20, 2020.

The next Rather Prize winner will be announced on March 9, 2020 at the South By Southwest EDU Conference in Austin.

The winner of the 2020 Rather Prize for the best idea to improve education in Texas is … Armin Salek of Akins High School in Austin, Texas.

Akins HS will receive a $10,000 award to expand its Legal Eagles law program and to serve as a model to other schools in Texas and nationwide.

Congratulations to Armin Salek and Akins High!