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Education Policy

Ensuring Excellent Educational Opportunities for English Learners

English learners have the right to excellent schools that support English mastery and develop and honor students’ home languages and cultures.  

Strong programs for English learners are well-funded, have high-quality teachers, and accurately track students’ progress and needs. 

Learn more about IDRA’s work to ensure excellent and equitable educational opportunities for English learners below. 

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English learners are a significant – and growing – portion of the student population in school districts across the country. These students have so much to offer their schools and communities – they have the capacity to be bilingual and biliterate and to share their languages and cultures with their fellow students. Yet, they are often in underfunded school programs that do not support their academic achievement, with under-qualified teachers who are ill-equipped to track their progress.  

IDRA works to ensure English learners are treated as the powerful individuals and community assets they are. We support the leadership of English learners and their families in schoolsWe advocate policies that increase funding for language programs for English learners, provide high-quality teachers and instructional materials, and accurately and fairly track student progress and learning needs.  

Learn more about IDRA’s policy recommendations for Texas.


Changing Policy

Texas Early Childhood English Learner Initiative 

Resources: Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Schools 

Testimony on English learner funding 

Testimony: Importance of Spending Guidance for English learner funds 

Testimony: Texas Must Seize the Opportunity to Improve Education for English Learners 

Acting on Research and Data 

Dual Language Funding Issue Brief 

English Learner Funding Data Dashboard 

Infographic/Resources: Welcoming Immigrant Students to Schools 

Engaging Communities

TLEEC Letter to TX Governor re Supporting Immigrant Students 

National Coalition letter re increasing Title III funds 

Communicating Effectively 

Op-ed: Not aiding DACA students merciless 

For more resources, see IDRA’s English Language Learner Education site.