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Sunday, 20 April 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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San Antonio City Council Passes Distinguished as Default Resolution
HB5 Does Not Have to Block Students from College – IDRA commends the San Antonio City Council for its resolution passed today to encourage local school districts to choose the distinguished level of achievement as the default in graduation plans for all of their students. The recommendation was made by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, ¡PRESENTE! and IDRA. This distinguished achievement designation signifies that high school students have taken Algebra II, which is required for them to be eligible for “top 10 percent” automatic college admission. Also the SAT and ACT require knowledge of Algebra II. Making the distinguished achievement designation the default affirms the intention of school districts to prepare all students for college.



Distinguished as Default – Real Choice is Preparing All Students Well 
 The Texas State Board of Education, which oversees the public education system, approved final graduation requirements under House Bill 5 in January. The new plan sets out a 22-credit foundation portion and four credits in one of five “endorsements.” In this article, Laurie Posner, MPA, points out that completion of this new graduation plan does not automatically qualify students for Texas’ Top 10 Percent public college admission or the Texas Grant unless they earn a “distinguished level of achievement.” Also, the state board has removed the Algebra II requirement and now only calls for Algebra II in two circumstances: for students seeking the STEM endorsement and the “distinguished achievement” designation.



The Power of Possibility: How IDRA and its Partners are Changing Public Education
IDRA’s latest annual report shares stories, models and accomplishments in our work to strengthen public education to work for all children. Together, IDRA and its partners are improving education across the spectrum from prekindergarten to higher education, fostering family-community-school leadership and partnerships, addressing inequalities and barriers in education policy and practice, and producing innovative solutions that produce better results for children. This work is made possible through the generous support and commitment of funders and partners. See the PDF for printing. 


Join Univision Contigo during its Children’s Action Month!
During the month of April, Univision will be encouraging parents to pledge to dedicate at least 15 minutes a day interacting with their children in order to develop the vocabulary and skills that will prepare them to be successful in school and in their lives. Help us get the word out and ask parents to take the pledge at and discover why 15 minutes are worth a million!



Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools, Alert for Registering Students for School
As schools are registering students for the next school year, this alert is a reminder that public schools, by law, must serve all children. The education of undocumented students is guaranteed by the Plyler vs. Doe decision, and certain procedures must be followed when registering immigrant children in school to avoid violation of their civil rights. Yet a number of schools are posting notices like these pictured here and on school websites that indicate Social Security cards and birth certificates are required before a family can register their child for school. Such practices are in direct violation of Plyler vs. Doe.



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