IDRA Recognized on Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives

IDRA Recognized on Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives

US House of RepresentativesOn November 29, 2023, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Greg Casar recognized IDRA and our 50th anniversary. His words are recorded in the Congressional Record.

“Mr. CASAR. Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to call the attention of the House in recognition of the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. For over 50 years, IDRA has been steadfast in its commitment to equitable access to high-quality public education for every child and family that needs it. Both their research and advocacy focus on ensuring public schools have the tools necessary to succeed.

“Originally founded in 1973 by Dr. Jose A. Cardenas, IDRA quickly established itself as a singular voice for Texas students and parents in the field of education. In the early 1980s, Dr. Cardenas was an expert witness and, alongside IDRA staff, played a pivotal role in the Supreme Court’s decision on Plyler v. Doe, guaranteeing equal protection for immigrant children across the country to access education in our nation’s public schools.

“Since then, IDRA has continued working with lawmakers and policy advocates to help secure critical laws supporting bilingual education, equity in school funding, and the rights of immigrant students. Every year, IDRA supports the training of thousands of teachers and administrators on creating the best environment for our children to succeed, while connecting parents and schools so they have a seat at the table in shaping and supporting their child’s education.

“IDRA has spent decades working to create a more equitable system for millions of students across the country, including those in my district. As the Congressman for the 35th District of Texas, I am proud to congratulate them on their 50 years of transforming public education and empowering our communities.”