Healthy school districts are diverse, community-centered, and are given the support they need to serve all students.
Many systems and policies – including segregated communities, unfair district accountability measures, and harmful student testing methods – make districts unhealthy.
Learn more about IDRA’s work to support healthy school districts below.
Healthy school districts are a critical part of strong communities – they involve diverse groups of families, students and other local partners in school governance, policy, and practice. But, punitive accountability systems, testing that punishes students and schools, and systems that take control away from communities without supporting their success create barriers to school district health.
School districts should be accountable to their own diverse communities. School success and student performance should not hinge on a letter grade. IDRA works to grow family leadership in education, supports research-based assessment systems that are not harmful to students and schools, and researches the impacts of inappropriate state intervention in local school districts.
Learn more about IDRA’s policy recommendations for Texas.
HB 3489 Supports Digital Health and Wellness, Which Are Essential to Supporting Students – IDRA comments in support of HB 3489, Submitted by Christina Quintanilla-Muñoz to the Texas House Public Education Committee, April 20, 2021
HB 4042 Harms Transgender Students by Prohibiting Their Participation in Team Sports Aligned with their Gender Identity – IDRA Testimony against House Bill 4042, Presented by Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., to the Texas House Public Education Committee, April 20, 2021
Joint letter by Texas Postsecondary Advocates Coalition, IDRA and others for HB 2126 to increase access to necessary health and wellness resources for students to pursue and complete a post-secondary education, April 13, 2021
Adopt HB 3638 to Establish an African American Studies Advisory Board – IDRA Testimony for HB 3638, Presented by Dr. Altheria Caldera to the House Public Education Committee, April 13, 2021
HB 3270 Could Compromise Community Input and Engagement in School District Accountability, IDRA Testimony on House Bill 3270, submitted by Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., to the Senate Education Committee, March 30, 2021
SB 29 Harms Transgender Students by Prohibiting Their Participation in Team Sports Aligned with their Gender Identity, IDRA Testimony against Senate Bill 29, submitted by Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., to the Senate State Affairs Committee, March 26, 2021
School District Accountability Cannot Compromise Community Input and Engagement, IDRA testimony against Senate Bill 1365, submitted by Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., to the Senate Education Committee, March 25, 2021
School Safety Funds Should Support Positive School Climates – IDRA Testimony on House Bill 1525: Relating to the public school finance system, submitted by Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., to the House Public Education Committee, March 23, 2021
Effective School Assessments and Accountability that Does Not Hurt Students, December 10, 2020
Purposeful Assessment and School Accountability – IDRA Texas Policy Priorities for 2021 and Evaluación intencionada y responsabilidad escolar – Prioridades de política de IDRA Texas para 2021, December 10, 2020
Joint Testimony: Teaching Quality, Texas House Higher Education Committee Interim Charge #3 (Questions 1-3), September 1, 2020
Acting on Research and Data
Habits of a Healthy School District Where All Students Thrive, by Celina Moreno, J.D., & Christie L. Goodman, APR, May 2020
Podcast: School District Takeovers History and Today, March 6, 2020