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Friday, 19 September 2014

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See IDRA’s latest annual report, The Power of Possibility: How IDRA and its partners are changing public education.



IDRA’s book, Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework™. See how communities and schools can work together to strengthen their capacity to be successful with all of their students. Visit the book’s web page to get a table of contents, excerpt, related podcasts and other resources related to this book.


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How the Common Core Must Ensure Equity by Fully Preparing Every Student for Postsecondary Success
The national network of equity assistance centers is urging educators and other stakeholders to examine how implementation of the Common Core impacts all diverse leaners. Of particular concern are those students who traditionally have been underserved by our education systems and underrepresented in positive outcomes, including students of color, ELL students, students with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students. This brief outlines recommendations to help educators meet the Six Goals of Educational Equity to ensure that every student is equally well served by the Common Core.



Dr. Robledo Montecel Receives San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Award
In July at its business awards event, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored IDRA President and CEO, Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, with its Advocacy Award. Upon receiving the award, she noted that the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber recently joined IDRA, MALDEF, Presente! and others to advocate for a San Antonio City Council resolution establishing college readiness as the gold-standard city-wide: “The resolution, adopted unanimously, signals that our city sees economic competitiveness and educational quality as inseparable.” She added: “Research tells us that schools that focus on college readiness for all their students are best at reducing high school dropout rates. Education is, in fact, an indispensable economic strategy.”


School Discipline Gone South – The Call for Restoration
New national data on school disciplinary practices show that millions of children are being removed from classrooms for increasingly minor behavioral issues. Estimates show that 10 percent of middle school and high school students were suspended at least once. And in Texas, only less than 3 percent of cases, removal from school – through suspension or expulsion – was legally required. Laurie Posner, MPA, highlights data on the scope of the problem across the country and in Texas and gives examples of family leaders, community organizations, children’s advocacy, and youth across the South who are taking action to bring a halt to punitive practices that they recognize as ineffective, unfair and unsafe.


Coca­-Cola Valued Youth Program Introductory Seminar October 1, 2014
See this highly-successful dropout prevention program in action and find out how you can strengthen your school’s holding power. At this one-day event, you will meet Valued Youth tutors, meet teachers who are using the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, learn who to get funding from federal and other sources, and see the program in action by visiting a school that is successfully implementing the program. Designed particularly for school and district administrators, teachers and community members.


See our Infographic on the Texas School Funding Equity Gap
In light of Judge Dietz’s ruling yesterday, see IDRA’s updated graphic showing how some children are considered more valuable than others in Texas. It doesn’t have to be this way. Texas can fund schools equitably! This infographic is also available in Spanish.



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