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Sunday, 31 August 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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Court Rules Again that Texas School Funding Must Serve All Students Equitably
The Texas District Court, Judge John Dietz presiding, ruled today that the Texas school finance system violates the Texas Constitution. Judge Dietz ruled that the current funding system is “constitutionally inadequate, unsuitable and financially inefficient.” Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President & CEO, said: “The state of Texas has struggled with inadequate, inequitable education funding for far too long – perpetuating funding schemes that value some groups of schools and students over others. That was the old Texas. It is time for the new Texas – one that provides equal educational opportunity not for just some – but for all of its children.”


The Power of Leadership in Schools
We need great leaders in schools who understand the demands of the day for education that prepares all diverse learners for higher and higher levels of schooling, for college going and completion, and for life success. We need great teachers and we need powerful principals who know how to lead a school to academic excellence and high student performance. In this article, Bradley Scott, Ph.D., speaks to the need for dynamic principals who can exercise powerful leadership on school campuses to move all students to high academic outcomes, college completion and successful lives.


“PTA Comunitarios are Born in their Communities” IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode 144
The national PTA president, Otha Thornton, recently visited several PTA Comunitarios in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and then, at the PTA national convention, presented an award to them for their work to improve schools in their communities. As this new model of parent engagement is sweeping across South Texas, others around the country are curious. In an earlier Classnotes podcast episode on how to start a PTA Comunitario, we outlined the three main phases. In this episode, Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate, and IDRA education associates Frances Guzmán, M.Ed., Hector Bojorquez, explore the first phase of establishing in a community base.



Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools, School Opening Alert
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. See IDRA’s bilingual School Opening Alert for details and share it with others. You can also get more information on our dedicated webpage.



Latest issue of the IDRA Newsletter Focusing on Change Strategies
Take a look at our latest newsletter with articles about principal leadership, school discipline gone South, Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools, and IDRA’s statement about the latest court ruling in the Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin case. Sign up to get the IDRA Newsletter by email today!


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