• Knowledge is Power • January 20, 2022 •

IDRA’s research, training and policy advocacy work centers the principle that all students should be able to attend excellent, culturally-sustaining schools. When some policymakers began pushing so-called “anti-critical race theory” policies that promoted whitewashing history to deny the role racism and other forms of discrimination play in our society, we immediately recognized the threat to our efforts and to the work so many students, families and advocates have done.

We actively opposed classroom censorship policies, including leading a large coalition in Texas, participating in national strategy meetings, and working with partners to oppose bills filed in Georgia.

As our fellow advocacy organizations continue to fight against classroom censorship in their states and communities, our hope is that the lessons we learned and tools we used in our advocacy can help support others’ inclusive, community-centered work.

Please check out our new Advocacy Guide: Six Advocacy Lessons Learned from Fighting Against Classroom Censorship Policies.

For more information about IDRA’s policy, advocacy, and community engagement work, please email Morgan Craven, J.D., and encourage your friends to sign up for our advocacy network.

[©2021, IDRA. This article originally appeared in the January 20, 2022, edition of Knowledge is Power by the Intercultural Development Research Association. Permission to reproduce this article is granted provided the article is reprinted in its entirety and proper credit is given to IDRA and the author.]