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Sunday, 25 January 2015

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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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Tracking the Learning and Tracking the Dollar – A School Board Member’s Priorities
Among the many responsibilities of school boards, monitoring student achievement and allocating funds responsibly are critical. In this article, taken from an interview conducted by Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., Velma Vela Ybarra, a school board member for Harlandale ISD, relates her motivation and experiences in this key post.



Students’ Civil rights is a Matter of Good Governance
School boards of education must protect and guarantee the civil rights of all learners. In this article, Bradley Scott, Ph.D., recounts the recent efforts of the South Central Collaborative for Equity with five school districts to create or revise critical policy concerns to ensure the protection of students’ civil rights in several areas. 



Sign up for the IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow Program Symposium Feb 2
IDRA will convene a the inaugural symposium for the IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow Program on February 2, 2015, in San Antonio. Dr. Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos will present his research findings on securing educational equity & excellence for English language learners in Texas secondary schools. An assistant professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, Dr. Jimenez-Castellanos has published extensively in the area of K-12 education finance, policy and parent engagement and its impact on opportunity, equity and outcomes in low-income ethnically and linguistically diverse communities. The event will also be streamed live.


Start the New Year Right and Sign up for Free Education News from IDRA
Sign up today for one or all of IDRA’s has three email newsletters. The IDRA Newsletter is now available in email form. IDRA e-News gives you occasional updates, alerts, resources and education news you can use to help create schools that work for all children. And Graduation for All (English-Spanish) focuses on the nation's dropout problem and action people are taking to turn the tide.


Texas Can Fund Schools Equitably
As the Texas legislative session kicks off today, see IDRA’s graphic showing how some children are considered more valuable than others in Texas. It doesn’t have to be this way. “It is unfortunate – scandalous in fact – that it takes litigation to convince our state leaders to invest in education, to invest in children – all children, to invest in the future of Texas.” IDRA has focused on this issue since its founding almost four decades ago. We will not stop until Texas truly has a strong public school system that provides an excellent education for all children.



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