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Latest issue of the IDRA Newsletter – This month’s focus: The Promise of Public Schooling

Public schooling is the cornerstone of freedom, democracy and economic opportunity.
Its imperfections are not reasons to give up on public education. Instead, the best way to strengthen public schools is to strengthen public schools – schools that are accountable to us all.

This issue of the IDRA Newsletter has stories on how we can improve graduation rates by changing key policies and practices, how families are working together to transform their public schools and IDRA’s six priority policy issues for Texas in 2017 along with news about the upcoming Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute™.

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America Does Not Have to Stay Stuck at Losing One in Four High Schoolers, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.

Families Transforming Public Schools – Gathering Data, Informing Policy and Practice, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

IDRA Priority Policy Issues for Texas for 2017

Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute™

Learn about the IDRA Education CAFÉ (formerly named “Comunitario PTAs”)

Jan 2017

by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed. Given the current challenges in public education and the critical need that our public schools … read more

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Jan 2017

by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D. “Look to your left… Look to your right… Look behind you. One of you … read more

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Dec 2016

by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D. The school principal is central to providing an equitable learning experience for all students. Research identifies … read more

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Dec 2016

Kristin Grayson, Ph.D. School leaders have been increasingly facing new challenges with the rapid changing demographics of their schools. Sometimes, … read more

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Dec 2016

Meet Sulema Carreón-Sánchez, Ph.D., Senior Education Associate “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong … read more

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Oct 2016

Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Winning Essay Editor’s Note: IDRA sponsored a national essay competition among participants in the IDRA Coca-Cola … read more

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Oct 2016

Instruction for Secondary English Learners – Major Challenges, Solutions and Possibilities Kristin Grayson, Ph.D. Simultaneously learning English and academic content … read more

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Oct 2016

 In-Grade Retention in the Early Years – What’s Holding Children Back? by Paula Johnson, M.A. How willing are you to … read more

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Oct 2016

Texas Public School Attrition Study, 2015-16  High School Attrition Inches Up to 25 Percent Roy L. Johnson, M.S. The overall … read more

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Oct 2016

Open Source Learning Tools Make STEM Possible in Underserved Schools Mark Barnett One of the major obstacles to providing a … read more

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