Media Advisory – Issue Briefing

A Legislative Briefing on the Texas Dropout Crisis


Tuesday, January 23 • 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


E2.026 – Texas State Capitol, Austin


Organizations across the state are coming together to address the legislative community on the issues surrounding the high school dropout crisis.

See the set of nine principles for solutions, “Addressing the Dropout Crisis in Texas: Principles for Action.”

See the PowerPoint presentation used in the session covering an overview of the dropout crisis, the magnitude and impact of the problem, and rationale and principles for solutions.


Presented by: Children at Risk, the Intercultural Development Research Association, Rice University – Center for Education, the Center for Public Policy Priorities and the University of Texas –Texas Center for Educational Policy.

Agenda Overview:

8:15 to 9:45 a.m.
Welcome/A Vision for Our Children
Texas and the Dropout Crisis
Magnitude and Impact of the Dropout Problem
Rationale and Principles for Solutions
Call to Action/Closing

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Questions and further discussion

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
peakers will be available for individual media interviews


Dr. Eileen Coppola, Rice University, Center for Education
Dr. Albert Cortez, Intercultural Development Research Association
Dr. Frances Deviney, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Judge Scott McCown, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Representative Richard Joel “Rick” Noriega
Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Intercultural Development Research Association
Dr. Robert Sanborn, Children at Risk
Dr. Angela Valenzuela, University of Texas, Texas Center for Educational Policy

Media contact for IDRA: Christie L. Goodman, APR, at IDRA (210-444-1710)