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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

Latest Statements

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 

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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.

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