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Education Policy Briefs

Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs in Texas – What is Known; What is Needed
This IDRA study found that alternative educational programs in Texas are being used as dumping grounds for “undesirable” students who, once there, get little support. See policy brief.

Missing: Texas Youth – Dropout and Attrition Rates in Texas Public High Schools
This study presents an in-depth look at the dropout issue in Texas and provides national data as well. See policy brief.

Failing Our Children – Finding Alternatives for In-Grade Retention
This IDRA brief presents an in-depth look at the issue of in-grade retention (particularly in Texas), reviews research that finds this practice to be ineffective, and outlines alternatives to both retention and social promotion. See policy brief.

Students for Sale – The Use of Public Money for Private Schooling
This brief examines the dangers of publicly-funded voucher programs for children and neighborhood public schools. See policy brief.