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“Key Issues in the Texas School Funding Trial” IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode 155
Texas in the midst of the largest school finance lawsuit in the state’s history. Over 500 school districts enrolling three-fourths of Texas school children, as well as parents, students, the Texas Charter School Association and others, sued the State for failing to ensure a quality education for all students. On the eve of oral arguments before the Texas Supreme Court, David Hinojosa, J.D., IDRA national director of policy, gives a quick outline of key issues facing the court and the state. The hearing comes 369 days after the Texas District Court ruled that the state’s funding system is “constitutionally inadequate, unsuitable and financially inefficient.” Much is at stake as the court decides whether or not to ensure that the state provides equal educational opportunity not for just some, but for all, of its children.

 

Coca-­Cola Valued Youth Program Introductory Seminar October 7, 2015
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.

 

Building STEAM – Changing the Equation for College and Career Readiness for All
Imagine a child who learned fractions by incorporating the foundations of musical notes or the student who learns about force of motion through interpretive dance. In this article, Paula Johnson, M.A., describes the movement that is underway to bring innovation to STEM education through the integration of the arts: STEM + Arts = STEAM. Championed by the Rhode Island School of Design, STEAM education has the potential to transform the 21st century economy just as science and technology did for the 20th century.

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Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools School Opening Alert
As schools are opening their doors for a new 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. As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Plyler vs. Doe, public schools may not: deny admission to a student during initial enrollment or at any other time on the basis of undocumented status; treat a student differently to determine residency; engage in any practices to “chill” the right of access to school; require students or parents to disclose or document their immigration status; make inquiries of students or parents intended to expose their undocumented status; or require Social Security numbers from all students, as this may expose undocumented status.

 

Latest issue of the IDRA Newsletter Focusing on College Preparedness
Take a look at our latest newsletter with articles about college preparedness. Schools are responsible for preparing all students for college, regardless of race, income, gender, etc. In other words, schools must not withhold or deny students opportunities for education that prepares them for college. This issue of the IDRA Newsletter includes articles on STEAM education, school advising on graduation requirements, supporting students transitioning to college, immigrant students’ rights to attend public schools, and our staff feature: Meet Dr. Nilka Avilés, IDRA senior education associate.

 



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