• IDRA Newsletter • November-December 2023 •

City of San Antonio Declares IDRA Day

In recognition of IDRA’s 50th anniversary gala celebration, the City of San Antonio issued a proclamation declaring November 2, 2023, to be “IDRA Day.” See the proclamation and the video message from Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

Texas Capitol staff team 2023

In the gallery of the Texas Senate, when on March 1, 2023, the Texas Senate recognized IDRA’s 50 years of work for education equity. (l-r) Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., deputy director of policy; Celina Moreno, J.D., IDRA president & CEO, with her baby,Yazmín Moreno Del Toro; Morgan Craven, J.D., national director of policy, advocacy and community engagement; Diana Long, education policy fellow; Thomas Marshall III, M.Ed., policy communications strategist; Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., chief legal analyst; Steve Kemgang, education policy fellow; Alisha “Tuff” Tuff, education policy fellow.

Bexar County Commissioners Court Recognizes IDRA

During IDRA’s 50th anniversary and gala, Bexar County Judge Peter Sakai presented a proclamation recognizing the contributions of IDRA for 50 years at the local, state and federal levels.

Texas Senate Recognizes IDRA’s 50 Years of Work for Education Equity

On March 1, 2023, the Texas Senate adopted Resolution 262 to recognize IDRA’s 50th anniversary in 2023 and celebrate its commitment to education equity and excellence. The resolution was filed by Sen. José Menéndez and co-authored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini and Sen. Roland Gutierrez. See the resolution and video.

CM SG SABJSan Antonio Business Journal Honors IDRA

The San Antonio Business Journal recognized IDRA’s community leadership during its non-profit awards ceremony. The event video featured IDRA’s new VisionCoders program in eight San Antonio middle schools.

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Lizdelia Piñón, Ed.D., IDRA’s bilingual education and bilingual special education specialist, and Joanna Sánchez, Ph.D., senior policy researcher

TABE Advocate Award

The Texas Association for Bilingual Education honored IDRA with the Joe J. Bernal TABE Community Advocate Award. Now more than ever, IDRA remains committed to supporting bilingual education through policy, research, celebrating our emergent bilingual students and supporting our bilingual teachers. The award was particularly special since its namesake, Dr. Bernal, is a former IDRA board member.

Media Coverage Highlights

A number of media outlets featured IDRA and our 50-year legacy. Here are some headlines. The full list and links to stories are online.

Fox KABB 2023

Celina Moreno, J.D., IDRA President & CEO, and Morgan Craven, J.D., national director of policy, advocacy and community engagement

IDRA President and CEO Celina Moreno | ¡Nosotros! with Elaine Ayala

Commentary: Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, 93 and ‘still raising hell,’ by Nancy M. Preyor-Johnson, San Antonio Express-News

50 Years of Strengthening Education in SA, Nation, by KABB-TV Focus on South Texas

Podcast: Knowledge is Power: 50 Years of Advancing Education Equity with IDRA, by Scott Atnip, Weekly Witness by Texas Impact

IDRA 50th Anniversary with host Martha Tijerina, CTSA Catholic Television of San Antonio

A 50-year-old court case still shapes Texas school funding today, by Camille Phillips, Texas Public Radio

Latinas in Education, ¡SALUD!, KLRN-TV

Bridging the Gap – KDRY Radio, San Antonio

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Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate

How YOU can impact education policy –  Empowering student voices, The Nicest Nick

‘This is our legacy” — Commemorating 50 years of the fight for school finance equity in Rodríguez vs San Antonio ISD, Texas Public Radio: Fronteras

[©2023, IDRA. This article originally appeared in the November-December 2023 edition of the IDRA Newsletter 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.]