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Latest News Releases

Low Funding for Educating ELLs Affects Students Across Texas – February 24, 2015

Texas High School Attrition Rates Dip One Percentage Point – Texas Public School Attrition Study, 2013-14, October 28, 2014

Six Teens Win 2014 National Essay Contest Award, May 30, 2014

New IDRA Report… PSJA Proves that a School District Can Assure that All Students are College Bound, February 25, 2014

IDRA Calls on Texas State Board of Education to Ensure All Students Have Access to High Quality Curriculum – Texas Endorsement System Threatens to Track Poor and Minority Students, November 20, 2013

Overall Texas High School Attrition Rates Take Another Step Forward – October 29, 2013

Tracking, Endorsements and Differentiated Diplomas – When ‘Different’ Really is Less – October 11, 2013

IDRA’s Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Expands to Chicago, Detroit, L.A., New York City & Sacramento – October 3, 2013

Latest Statements

Court Rules Again: Texas School Funding Must Serve All Students Equitably – August 28, 2014 

HB5 Does Not Have to Block Students from College – San Antonio City Council Encourages College Preparation for All Students – April 17, 2014

Texas Must Provide Equitable and Excellent Education for Children of All Backgrounds and Every Zip Code – January 27, 2014

The Texas Latino Education Coalition Expresses Disappointment with the State Board of Education’s Vote to Exclude Algebra II in the Default Curriculum – November 26, 2013

The Texas Latino Education Coalition Supports Inclusion of Algebra II in All Endorsement Tracks – November 12, 2013

Texas Students Need Our Support – Not New Barriers – to Get an Excellent Education – November 12, 2013

Statement on Fisher Ruling: Affirming the Right to Inclusion and Success in Education – June 24, 2013

Court Rules: Texas School Funding Must Serve All Students Equitably – April 5, 2013



Latest Testimony and Speeches 

Texas Parents and Civil Rights Groups Call for High Quality Curriculum – January 28, 2014

Texas Endorsement System Threatens to Track Poor and Minority Students – Testimony by Dr. Albert Cortez, IDRA Director of Policy, presented to the Texas State Board of Education, November 20, 2013

IDRA Director of Policy, Dr. Albert Cortez, Testifies in School Finance Case -- December 5, 2012 

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Who is IDRA?
IDRA is an independent, private non-profit organization, directed by María Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., assuring educational opportunity for every child. We are deeply concerned with the education and well-being of all children and youth – particularly those who are poor, minority or limited-English-proficient.

We work hand-in-hand with schools, families, and communities to ensure that all students succeed in school and graduate. And IDRA conducts ground-breaking research to inform school improvement.

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