Education Policy

Using inclusive, cutting edge and broad based strategies, IDRA develops leadership within communities, schools, and policymaking bodies to create collaborative and enlightened educational policies that work for all children.

Quality Schools Action Framework

IDRA’s Quality Schools Action Framework™ shows how we can strengthen public education for all students. The framework – or theory of change – is grounded in school reform research and practice. Developed by IDRA president and CEO Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel,...

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Texas Latino Education Coalition

The Texas Latino Education Coalition (TLEC) is a collaborative of organizations and individuals who advocate the rights of Latinos at the local, state and national levels. The coalition was organized to focus specifically on critical educational issues in Texas and...

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English Language Learner Education

Public schools have a responsibility to educate all students who enter their doors. This naturally includes children who arrive at school speaking a language other than English. Many educators have the training and skills they need to help students learn...

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Fair Funding for the Common Good

Fair Funding for the Common Good Americans agree that a child's future should not depend on his or her heritage, parents' income or neighborhood. Our sense of justice insists that America be the land of opportunity where all citizens are...

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Public Funding for Public Schools (non-privatization)

Keeping the Public in Public Schools Diverting public money for private schools takes money away from our communities resulting in higher taxes for homeowners and businesses in the community. Investing in our neighborhood public schools is investing in our community....

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Accountability that Doesn’t Hurt Children

Accountability that Doesn’t Hurt Children We must make sure our schools are doing a good job with all of our students. But it is not necessary to test all students in order to hold schools accountable for producing good results....

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Student Tracking Policies Weaken Curriculum

After years of research and practice have demonstrated the failure of student tracking policies, Texas has returned to the practice under the guise of helping unsuccessful students be able to earn a minimal diploma. But the state of Texas is...

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Dropout Prevention & School Holding Power

School Holding Power Texas schools are losing 11 students per hour Nationally, our schools are losing one of every four students. This lack of school holding power affects every one of us. With the magnitude of this loss, what is needed is...

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College Access for Success

Access to College Many students are unable to get into college. Among those who do get in, many are unable to finish. In order to be economically competitive, our nation needs more college graduates. And we need more graduates from...

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