Decisions made by state-level officials have a profound impact on the quality of education the state provides to its students. Key policies involve how education is funded, the curriculum teachers use, the types of instructional programs schools must offer and much more. Many policies and practices have led to inequitable educational opportunities for students.
Since its founding almost 50 years ago, IDRA has provided analysis and guidance to policymakers nationally while engaging with communities, educators and students on policy issues to ensure all students have access to equitable and excellent education.
Learn more about IDRA’s policy recommendations for Texas (En Español).
How Texas Schools Are Funded – And Why that Matters to Collective Success – Issue Brief, By Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., August 2022
Video gallery: Student Testimony Against Classroom Censorship
Video gallery: Student Testimony Against Transgender Sports Exclusion Bills
Video gallery: IDRA Education Advocacy and Testimony
• Policy Comments and Testimony in 2022
Texas Must Build a Strong Bilingual Teacher Workforce – IDRA Testimony on interim charge regarding the teacher shortages in public schools, presented by Lizdelia Piñón, Ed.D., to the Texas House Public Education and Higher Education Committees, September 20, 2022 (Slidedeck)
Texas Social Studies Content Recommendations Set a Strong Course for Student Success – IDRA Testimony on Workgroup D and E Recommendations for Kindergarten Through Eighth Grade Social Studies and Ethnic Studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, presented by Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., to the Texas State Board of Education, August 1, 2022
Recent State Policy on Curriculum Leads to Classroom Censorship in Schools – IDRA Testimony on Interim Charge to Monitor State Policy on Curriculum and Instructional Materials Used in Public Schools, Re: HB 3979 (87R) and SB 3 (87, 2), submitted by Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., to the Texas House Public Education Committee, July 26, 2022
Authentic Family Engagement is Parent Empowerment – IDRA Testimony on House Public Education Committee Interim Charge #3 regarding meaningful parent involvement in public schools, submitted by Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., to the Texas House Public Education Committee, July 26, 2022
Defunding Texas’ Public Schools is Not Relief to Taxpayers – IDRA Testimony on Interim Charge on Property Tax Relief, Submitted to the Texas Senate Finance Committee, May 23, 2022
Texas Social Studies Curriculum Should Include Black, Latino, Indigenous and Women – IDRA Testimony on Proposed Framework for Kindergarten Through Grade 8 Social Studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, Submitted to the Texas State Board of Education, May 16, 2022
Migrant Students Have the Right to Attend Texas Public Schools Under the U.S. Constitution – IDRA Comment on Interim Charge on Impact of Migrant Children on Public Schools, Submitted to the Texas House Public Education Committee, April 26, 2022
Rules for Active Shooter Drills and Exercises in Schools Should Incorporate Best Practices for Student Safety and Positive School Climates – IDRA public comments on the proposed amendment to 19 TAC §103.1209 concerning mandatory school drills, related to implementing Senate Bill 168 (87R). Submitted to the Texas Education Agency, March 3, 2022
Letter to Austin ISD Superintendent regarding budget cuts, submitted by the BASS Coalition (Building Austin School Systems, education sub-committee of Austin Justice Coalition), including IDRA, March 3, 2022
Joint letter: Don’t Hide Future Costs of Chapter 313 Tax Break, submitted by Every Texan, IDRA and nine other organizations, December 13, 2021
Joint letter to the Williamson County Commissioners Court concerning its decision to discontinue allocating millions of dollars in federal CARES Act funding to Leander and Round Rock ISDs, based on an issue du jour of the ongoing culture war in public education. Submitted by IDRA, Texas Freedom Network, Every Texan, and Children’s Defense Fund Texas, December 20, 2021
• Policy Comments and Testimony in 2021
IDRA partnered with other civil rights and educational equity organizations to demand that school districts immediately stop their anti-LGBTQ+ activities and policies.
IDRA partnered with other civil rights and educational equity organizations to demand that school districts immediately return the books they had removed from its school library shelves. Most of the books focus on histories of racism and discrimination and the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community and people of color.
- Keller ISD (41 books), August 18, 2022
- Katy ISD (118 books), April 20, 2022
- North East ISD (414 books), April 20, 2022
- Klein ISD (67 books), April 20, 2022
- Granbury ISD (125 books), February 28, 2022
Organizations Opposing Texas HB 3979, May 10, 2021
Historians, parents say Texas bill limiting instruction about race and current events hurt, by Gabriela Vidal, CBS Austin, May 21, 2021
Historians decry Texas bill that would restrict school lessons on race, racism, by Jeremy Blackman, Brittany Britto, Staff writers, San Antonio Express-News, May 21, 2021
Critical Race Theory Ban in Classrooms Approved by Senate Committee, Stripped of Democrat Changes, by Isiah Mitchell, The Texan, May 20, 2021
What new laws will impact Texas students? Experts weigh in on what to watch as legislators wrap up work, Emily Donaldson, Dallas Morning News, May 19, 2021
Knowledge is Power is IDRA’s national resource for educators and advocates to help you do your work for equity and excellence in education in the midst of classroom censorship policies.