Families & Communities

Texas Education CAFE Advocacy Network

Family & community advocacy network focusing on education issues in the 2021 Texas legislative session

IDRA’s family leadership in the education process, Education CAFE™, supports parents and caregivers to understand and influence public school policy and practice. This January, families in Texas will have various opportunities to inform legislators and staff about their priorities, needs and hopes for the education of their children, from birth through college graduation.

Due to COVID-19, there likely will be a drastic change in how the general public will be able to interact with policymakers during the Texas legislative session. Now more than ever, policymakers need to hear from the very people their decisions will impact.

IDRA is launching a family and community advocacy network focusing on education issues in the Texas legislative session. We invite families and community advocates to join in. Start by signing up to receive our new email alerts, which will be available in English and Spanish.

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Weekly Texas Education Policy Update – Advocacy News

Digitally Divided – Community United – Video Advocacy Campaign

A new digital equity video campaign will uplift the voices of Texas community members impacted by the digital divide. The Texas Legislature is considering measures to support broadband access. Using a virtual platform, we are inviting students, families, community members and educators to share their stories about how the digital divide has impacted their learning and their lives. Education equity is a key component of the digital divide.

This campaign uses Sendspark, a video outreach platform. To record testimony, community members click on our campaign link and will follow the instructions on the screen to record a 15-second video clip of themselves on any device that has a camera. Find out how to participate and spread the word!

Education Policy Testimony Help – Virtual Office Hours

IDRA is holding virtual office hours to walk you through the process of submitting public comments online. Each week, committees in the Texas Legislature consider specific bills related to public education. You can add your voice to advocates across the state calling for high-quality public education for every student. The sessions take place Monday afternoon and are in English and Spanish. Get details and sign up!