The promise of quality education is our nation’s promise not to the privileged few but to all our children.
Federal education policies impact funding for schools that serve marginalized students, enforcement of critical civil rights protections, and important data collection requirements. Federal agency and court decisions impact how schools across the country serve students. IDRA works to ensure these laws, rules and court decisions are equitable and expand educational opportunities for all students.
Learn more about IDRA’s work to build safe and welcoming schools for all students below.
While state laws and education agency rules influence much of how schools function, federal policies and court decisions also play a critical role in how students are served in elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools.
Federal laws, like the Every Student Succeeds Act, the CARES Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, provide funding, protections and programmatic support to schools with historically underserved students, including students of color, students from families with limited incomes, immigrant students, English learners and students with disabilities.
Federal agency rules and guidance provide instructions for schools about how departments interpret and enforce federal law, including important civil rights protections for students. And decisions made by federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, influence how schools, districts, municipalities, states and many others comply with laws.
IDRA’s national policy work brings research, data, and student and family experience to federal bodies to ensure equitable policymaking at every level.
Learn more about IDRA’s national priority policy recommendations.
Joint Letter to U.S. Department of Justice urging for the end federal funding for police in schools, with American Civil Liberties Union and 150 other organizations, February 25, 2021
IDRA Gives Recommendations to Members of the President-elect Biden Education Transition Team – Incoming administration should focus on much-needed COVID-19 relief and policies that promote systemic educational equity, December 9, 2020
10 Ways the Biden/Harris Administration Can Prioritize School Integration in its First 100 Days, National Coalition on School Diversity (IDRA is a member), December 2020
President-Elect Joseph R. Biden regarding Federal School Discipline and Climate Recommendations, signed by Open Society Policy Center, IDRA and almost 100 other organizations and individuals, December 18, 2020
Comments in Response to Interim Final Rule on CARES Act Programs; Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools, Leadership Conference Sign-On Letter, July 30, 2020
Joint Letter to Congress Regarding Next Round of COVID-19 Funding, with Southern Education Foundation and others, July 27, 2020
Joint Statement on Educational Equity During COVID-19, April 29, 2020
IDRA CARES Act Letter to Congressional Leaders, April 20, 2020
Signing on to Legislation
Recommendations from the Federal School Discipline and Climate Coalition (FedSDC) in Response to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Request for Information Regarding the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline, July 23, 2021
The Federal School Discipline and Climate Coalition’s (FedSDC) comments in response to OCR’s, Request for Information Regarding the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline — Docket ID ED–2021–OCR–0068, July 23, 2021
Acting on Research and Data
Policy Primer: Ensuring Education Equity During and After COVID-19, IDRA’s living document listing policies to preserve and promote educational equity
Influencing Agency and Court Actions
Letter urging the Office for Civil Rights to make changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) timing and survey instrument, sent by Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, IDRA and 28 other organizations, March 22, 2021
IDRA Lists Concerns with Proposed Amendments to Title IX Gender Equity Regulations – Comments on Title IX Regulations to the Department of Education, January 30, 2019
Civil Rights Data Collection Comment to the Department of Education, November 18, 2019
IDRA Amicus Brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, October 30, 2015
Joint letter supporting the confirmation of Miguel Cardona to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education, by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, IDRA and the 108 other organizations, March 1, 2021
Supreme Court Ruling Widens the Door to Use Public Funds for Vouchers and Religious Schools, Statement on Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, July 1, 2020
Commentary: Not aiding DACA students merciless, by Celina Moreno, for the San Antonio Express-News, May 13, 2020
Eradicating the School-to-Prison Pipeline through a Comprehensive Approach to School Equity, Arkansas Law Review, by Morgan Craven, J.D., Paula Johnson, Ph.D., & Terrence Wilson, J.D., Summer 2020
How Should Schools Respond to ICE Raids? Some Advice, Corey Mitchell, Education Week, August 9, 2019
Protect college admission laws that reward merit, hard work [op ed], Celina Moreno, J.D., Texas Tribune, April 4, 2019