November- December 2007 IDRA Newsletter – Enlightened Public Policy 

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Uncompromising Expectations for Graduating All Students – IDRA Principles Regarding Graduation and Accountability, by Albert Cortez

Educating America’s Immigrant Children – Policies, Challenges, and Answers, by Josie Danini Cortez

Getting 30 Warm Bodies to the Meeting? Parent Engagement is More that This!, by Aurelio M. Montemayor

New Online Tool Gives Actionable Data for School-Community Teams to Improve Texas Schools

October 2007 IDRA Newsletter – School Holding Power

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Texas Public School Attrition Study, 2006-07 – Texas School Holding Power Worse than Two Decades Ago, by Roy L. Johnson, M.S.

Texas Education Agency-Reported Dropout Count Swells, by Roy L. Johnson, M.S.

Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate – Texas Ranks 32nd in On-time Graduation in 2004-05, by Roy L. Johnson, M.S.

Parents Choosing Success for Their Children – Making Sure Title I Resources Improve the Education of All Children, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Tutors – Their Stories, by Roy L. Johnson, M.S., and Linda Cantú, Ph.D.

September 2007 IDRA Newsletter – Accountable Leadership

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Valuing Youth with Disabilities – Educational Outcomes and the Art of Culture,  Laurie Posner, MPA

Defying Conventions for Policies and Programs Intending to Strengthen School Dropout Prevention, by Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D., and Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D.

IDRA’s Family Leadership Principles, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

NCLB Parent Involvement Requirements – The Belief and Principles that Breathe Life into the Spirit of the Law, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

August 2007 IDRA Newsletter – Community Engagement

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Engaging Schools, Parents, Students and Communities – IDRA’s FLEChAS Project, by Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., and Frances M. Guzmán, M.A.

Telling the Truth – Framing It as We See It or Being Framed, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools

Texas Legislative Update 2007 – Lackadaisical Performance for Education Leadership, by Albert Cortez, Ph.D., and Anna Alicia Romero

June- July 2007 IDRA Newsletter – Governance Efficacy

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School Board Accountability for School Reform that Supports Educational Equity, by Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.

Graduation for All Students – Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement Strategies and the Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.

Stop the Merry-go-Round, Children Might Fall Off! – Parents as Stewards of Governance for School Reform that Supports Educational Equity, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed

Ten Percent Plan in Texas – IDRA Releases Policy Brief, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., Albert Cortez, Ph.D., and Josie D. Cortez, M.A.

May 2007 IDRA Newsletter – Teaching Quality

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Breaking the Bonds of Boredom in Science and Math, by Veronica Betancourt, M.A.

It Takes Two to Techno – Integrating Technology with FLAIR, by Juanita C. García, Ph.D.

This We Know – All of Our Children are Learning, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Parents and Students Examine Math Curriculum and Instruction at their High School

Expanding Blueprints for Action – Children’s Outcomes, Access, Treatment, Learning, Resources, Accountability, by Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., and Bradley Scott, Ph.D.

April 2007 IDRA Newsletter – Curriculum Quality

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A Tale of Two Centrals, by Brandon Love

Releasing the Mathematician and Scientist within Students, by Kathryn Brown and Veronica Betancourt, M.A.  

Technology Integration in Everyday Instruction, by Hector Bojorquez

Raising the Bar on Parent Engagement – Can Curriculum and Standards Meet It?, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed

Tools for Action

March 2007 IDRA Newsletter – Student Engagement

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You Can’t Win if You Don’t Get to Play – Effectively Engaging All English Language Learners, by A. Solís and K. Grayson

Valuing Youth – Reflections from a Professional Learning Community, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., and Josie Danini Cortez, M.A.

Engagement Sounds, Sparks and Movements – Intersections of Interest for Students and Families, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Tools for Action

February 2007 IDRA Newsletter – Fair Funding

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Equalizing Funding of Texas School Facilities – A Long-Standing, Long-Neglected Need, by Albert Cortez, Ph.D.

Principles for Fair Funding

Accountability and Equity in our Schools, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Myths in School Finance, by José A. Cárdenas, Ed.D.

January 2007 IDRA Newsletter – School Capacity Building

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Every Family Engaged = Every Child Ahead: Building School Capacity through NCLB Parent Participation Requirements, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Framing Systems Change for Student Success, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.

Informing Change Bringing School Data Online, by Laurie Posner, MPA