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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 [link to new statement html page]

The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 5, the Student Success Act, which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and upgrade its latest iteration, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). But the measure passed by the House abandons key civil rights protections and turns back the clock on the progress achieved to date.

Key Issues in ESEA Reauthorization that Are Vital to Ensuring High Quality Education for All Students

The U.S. Congress plays a pivotal role in helping states achieve this goal as it considers reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). IDRA’s track record in educational pedagogy, research and policy on behalf of minority and at-risk school children and emerging communities forms a strong basis for its policy recommendations at the federal level. See the key issues IDRA has identified that must be addressed in any proposed federal policies impacting students.

IDRA Calls for Greater Federal Role in Education

In testimony presented before the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission, IDRA stated that it is imperative that new federal policies be adopted to protect the right to equal educational opportunities for all of our students in every state. “When families can’t count on their neighborhood public school to be funded equitably, something has gone deeply wrong in America.” See IDRA’s three recommendations.

Resources about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Elementary and Secondary Education Act
U.S. Department of Education website

Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Upcoming – Much Debate but Little Movement
By Albert Cortez, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter (January 2000)

Video: Signing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, April 11, 1965

The Latino Pursuit for Excellence and Equity in U.S. Public Schools: Mendez (1946) and Brown (1954) – Today and Beyond
Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, speech, October 10, 2003

Frontline: The New Rules – An overview of the testing and accountability provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act

No Child Left Behind
Education Week, September 19, 2011

Graduation for All Students – Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement Strategies and the Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act

Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA executive director, presented testimony before the Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, in Washington, D.C., in a hearing on “NCLB: Preventing Dropouts and Enhancing School Safety.”
Read five-minute verbal testimony
Read written testimony

Resources about Federal Court Rulings
The Right to Inclusion and Success in Education is Reaffirmed
Statement by Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO, on the Fifth Circuit Decision in Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin on the University of Texas’ Holistic Admissions Program, July 16, 2014

Affirming the Right to Inclusion and Success in Education
Statement by Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO, on the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin – June 24, 2013

IDRA Rejects Appeals Court Conclusions about Texas’ Education of English Language Learner Students
A Statement by Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO, March 25, 2010

Supreme Court Ruling in Horne vs. Flores is a Missed Opportunity – Fair Funding is Critical to Successful Education of English Language Learners
Statement by Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO, September 1, 2009

IDRA Statement – Affirmative Action: A Vision of Inclusion
March 4, 2003

Other Federal Policy News
How the Common Core Must Ensure Equity by Fully Preparing Every Student for Postsecondary Success
Recommendations from the Regional Equity Assistance Centers on Implementation of the Common Core State Standards, 2014

Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools
School opening alert and related resources

IDRA White Paper: The Cost of Inequity in Education
June 2010

Assuring Civil Rights Protection with State ESEA Flexibility Waivers
Bradley Scott, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter, May 2013

Building a Civil Rights Juggernaut Using the Common Core Standards
Bradley Scott, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter, February 2013

Dare to Dream: Open Paths to Higher Education for All Children
December 2, 2010

President Obama set to sign Executive Order on Hispanic Education – IDRA president & CEO, Dr. Robledo Montecel will join signing ceremony
October 19, 2010

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