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Latest News Releases
Almost 100,000 Students from the Class of 2015 were Lost from Texas High Schools – 30th Annual Texas Public School Attrition Study Released by IDRA, October 29, 2015
New Research and Recommendations for Education of English Language Learners – June 8, 2015
Low Funding for Educating ELLs Affects Students Across Texas – February 24, 2015
IDRA Analyses Show Texas Equity Gaps would Widen under Proposed School Funding Measure – April 14, 2015
Recommendations and Advice for the U.S. Department of Education to Consider in Issuing Regulations and Guidance under Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act, IDRA Letter to U.S. Department of Education – January 20, 2016
ESEA Reauthorization Measure Fails to Protect Student Civil Rights or to Promote Student Success – IDRA Statement on the U.S. House of Representatives Passage of the Student Success Act – July 13, 2015
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
Latest Testimony and Speeches
Ways to Improve Teacher Preparation, Retention and Shortages in the State of Texas – Teacher Preparation, Retention, and Shortages Joint Interim Charge, Testimony of IDRA before the Texas Senate Education and Higher Education Committees, March 29, 2016
Texas Must Seize the Opportunity to Improve the Education for English Language Learners – Testimony of IDRA on English Language Learners before the Texas Senate Education Committee, February 10, 2016
The State of Texas Open-Enrollment Charter Schools and a Modest Proposal to Diversify and Improve Public Charter Schools Charter School Interim Charge - December 7, 2015
Texas Underfunding of Education for English Language Learners Must End – April 28, 2015
Testimony of IDRA on Senate Bill 1868 – April 21, 2015
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
Bio and Photos
Dr. María "Cuca" Robledo Montecel, IDRA President & CEO
Dr. María "Cuca" Robledo Montecel photos
Christie L. Goodman, APR, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-444-1710, ext. 1705.
Published Research Studies
- Regional attrition study: Highest School Attrition Rates Are in Regions with the Most Students, 2014-15
- The Status of School Finance Equity in Texas – A 2009 Update (see related news release) (Texas, 2009)
- Post-Legislative Session Summary on Proposed Changes to Texas Bilingual Education Monitoring Procedures, Secondary Level ESL Program Reforms, and Related Litigation (Texas, 2009)
- Education of English Language Learners in U.S. and Texas Schools – Where We Are, What We Have Learned and Where We Need to Go from Here – A 2009 Update (National & Texas, 2009)
- Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs in Texas – A 2009 Update (Texas, 2009)
- Top Ten Percent Plan in Texas, multiple reports (Texas, 2009)
- IDRA Early Childhood Centers of Excellence Model (2005-06)
- The New State of Illiteracy in San Antonio and in the Nation (National & San Antonio, 2005)
- Good Schools and Classrooms for Children Learning English (National, 2001)
- Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs in Texas - What is Known; What is Needed (Texas, 1999)
- Missing: Texas Youth - Dropout and Attrition in Texas Public High Schools (Texas, 1999)
- Failing Our Children - Finding Alternatives to In-Grade Retention (National, 1999)
- Students for Sale - The Use of Public Money for Private Schooling (National, 1999)
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Who is IDRA?
IDRA is an independent, private non-profit organization, led 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.