The IDRA Newsletter is published 10 times a year. Each edition focuses on issues in education, striving to provide many different perspectives on the topics covered and to define its significance in the state and national dialogue. The IDRA Newsletter can only be mailed to U.S. addresses, but pdf and web copies are available online.
Newsletter Executive Editor
María "Cuca" Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.
Fair Funding is Essential to Having Excellent Schools for All Texas Students In a statement, Dr. Robledo Montecel, IDRA President, applauds MALDEF for filing its lawsuit against
on behalf of four poor school districts. “It is unfortunate – scandalous in fact – that it takes litigation to convince our state leaders to invest in education, to invest in children – all children, to invest in the future of Texas.” IDRA has focused on this issue since its founding almost four decades ago. We will not stop until Texas
truly has a strong public school system that provides an excellent education for all children.
Groups Challenge Texas System for Funding Public Schools… Again
In this newsletter article,
, Ph.D., compares the four lawsuits that have been filed in Texas
challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school funding system. Combined, the plaintiffs schools represent close to half of the students and school districts in the state. This clearly reflects the overall poor disgust with the state legislature’s poor handling of the school funding crisis in the 2011 session.
Fair Funding Now! Building Grassroots Leadership for Funding Equity In this newsletter article, Laurie Posner, M.P.A., gives an update on IDRA’s Fair Funding Now! initiative. In gathering across the states, participants have shared a concern for children whose schools face serious cuts; expressed frustration with school funding policy; and proposed plans to spread the word, share their story, pass a resolution or mobilize others.
EquityCenterRadio Highlights Funding Needs for Education of ELLs – Listen to this two-part interview with Dr.
, IDRA director of policy, on Equity Center Radio. Dr. Cortez is interviewed by Ray Freeman, deputy executive director for the
, about funding for the education of English language learners. Part 1Part 2