San Antonio is the place where the battle for fair funding of schools in Texas was born with the Rodríguez vs. San Antonio ISD case and the series of Edgewood cases that followed. This community was at the front of what turned out to be a hard and often bitter fight that has continued for decades – the fight to assure that children in this and other communities like it would not continue to suffer under a bad and unjust system of financing schools.
On the 50th anniversary of this momentous ruling, IDRA, Trinity University and its Center for Education Leadership, Edgewood ISD and the National Coalition on School Diversity hosted a commemorative event to reflect on the case, its impact, and its legacy of struggle and activism.
This case led to IDRA’s founding, also 50 years ago. Learn more.
Watch the video of the event below. The agenda is further below or see the event program (PDF).
See the third panel’s slide deck: A Call to Community Action for Equitable School Funding (PDF)
The interactive data maps that were demonstrated are here:
Hear Texas Public Radio interview: Fronteras: ‘This is our legacy’ — Commemorating 50 years of the fight for school finance equity in Rodriguez vs San Antonio ISD
Learn more about the court case including a timeline, a video & podcast discussion, and highlights from a Twitter chat on IDRA’s Rodríguez vs. San Antonio ISD – The Law in Education page.
IDRA also co-hosted a Twitter Chat with the National Coalition on School Diversity on Monday, March 20. Search #RodriguezAt50 to see the chat.
Phil Chavez, Edgewood ISD, Deputy Superintendent
Enrique Alemán, Jr., Ph.D., Trinity University
Celina Moreno, J.D., IDRA, President & CEO (moderator)
Chandra Kring Villanueva, Every Texan, Director of Policy & Advocacy
Al Kauffman, J.D., Professor of Law, St. Mary’s University
Albert Cortez, Ph.D., Former Director of Policy IDRA – Retired
Enrique Alemán, Jr., Ph.D., Trinity University, Professor (moderator)
Former Trustee Roy Soto, Edgewood ISD
Patricia Rodríguez, Edgewood ISD teacher & Daughter of Demetrio Rodríguez
Alejandra López, President, San Antonio Alliance
Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., IDRA Deputy Policy Director
Diana Long, IDRA Policy Fellow & UT Austin Educational Policy graduate student
Joanna D. Sánchez, Ph.D., IDRA, Senior Policy Researcher