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The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent, non-profit organization. Our mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity for every child through strong public schools that prepare all students to access and succeed in college. IDRA strengthens and transforms public education by providing dynamic training; useful research, evaluation, and frameworks for action; timely policy analyses; and innovative materials and programs.

See IDRA’s latest annual report, Keeping the Promise: Profiles in Leadership and Education.

IDRA’s President & CEO is Celina Moreno, J.D. – See her bio

Morgan Craven, J.D., is IDRA’s National Director of Policy – See her bio.

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Media contact: Christie L. Goodman, APR, christie.goodman@idra.org or 210-444-1710, ext. 1705

Tighter Census Bureau Deadline Delivers Blow to Communities with Hard-to-Count Populations

Aug 18, 2020

With Changes and Action, We Are Capable of Getting a Complete Census Count   Statement by Dr. Bricio Vasquez, IDRA … read more

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Supreme Court Ruling Widens the Door to Use Public Funds for Vouchers and Religious Schools

Jul 01, 2020

(San Antonio: July 1, 2020) Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must allow religious schools to participate in … read more

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IDRA Lauds Supreme Court Decision to Keep DACA Alive, Urges Schools to Affirm Immigrant Rights

Jun 18, 2020

San Antonio, June 18, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration improperly rescinded DACA, keeping … read more

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IDRA Praises Supreme Court Ruling Affirming Rights of LGBTQ Employees to be Free From Discrimination

Jun 15, 2020

San Antonio, June 15, 2020, 2020 – IDRA applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act … read more

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IDRA Statement in Support of Black Lives

Jun 05, 2020

Amidst the collective demonstrations demanding justice all over the country and the world, IDRA stands in solidarity with all who … read more

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Minneapolis School Board Unanimously Votes to Terminate Contract with Police Department

Jun 03, 2020

June 3, 2020 – Last night, the Minneapolis Board of Education voted unanimously to terminate its contract with the Minneapolis … read more

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Minneapolis School Board Resolution Would End Contract with Police Department – IDRA Statement

Jun 01, 2020

June 1, 2020 – In response to the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the Minneapolis Board of Education will consider … read more

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IDRA President’s Message Re: COVID-19 to Our Community Partners 

Mar 23, 2020

In the wake of the current public health crisis, IDRA is committed to the well-being and health of our staff … read more

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Court Decision on the “Public Charge” Rule Leaves Schools to Fill Gaps to Address Children’s Hunger, Housing Insecurity and Other Needs that Affect their Learning

Jan 27, 2020

(January 27, 2020) The U.S. Supreme Court issued a dangerous decision today to uphold the Trump Administration’s changes to the … read more

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Joint Letter to TEA Regarding Implementation of the Common Charter Application and Charter Waiting List

Oct 23, 2019

IDRA and 15 other organizations submitted the following recommendations to the Texas Education Agency regarding implementation of SB 2293 (86th … read more

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School Safety Measures Shouldn’t Harm Students

Jul 25, 2019

IDRA submitted the following letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs prior to the committee’s … read more

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New Texas School Finance Proposals Are a Start, But There is Still Work to Be Done to Ensure Fair Funding for All Students

Mar 11, 2019

See PDF version San Antonio (March 11, 2019) – For the past five decades, IDRA has stood at the forefront of … read more

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Reported STAAR Design Flaws in Reading Show Why High-stakes Punishments Should be Removed from the STAAR

Mar 04, 2019

San Antonio (March 4, 2019) – When tests are tied to high-stakes consequences, they can deny capable, motivated students the opportunity … read more

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Increase the Transparency and Efficiency of Charter Schools in Texas

Feb 19, 2019

Support a legislative agenda for all Texas students in 2019 and level the playing field for public schools In February … read more

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Board Statement on Dr. Robledo Montecel Retirement; Names Executive Search Firm

Mar 28, 2018

San Antonio (March 27, 2018) – IDRA President & CEO Dr. Marí­a “Cuca” Robledo Montecel has announced her intention to … read more

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Court Rules Again: Texas School Funding Must Serve All Students Equitably

Sep 28, 2014

• by Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel • IDRA Newsletter • September 2014 • IDRA Statement on the Texas District Court Ruling on … read more

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HB5 Does Not Have to Block Students from College

Apr 17, 2014

San Antonio City Council Encourages College Preparation for All Students Statement by Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Intercultural Development Research … read more

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Texas Must Provide

Jan 27, 2014

Texas Must Provide Equitable and Excellent Education for Children of All Backgrounds and Every Zip Code Paula Johnson, M.A., Austin … read more

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Cant Wait to Celebrate

Aug 10, 2012

Can’t Wait to Celebrate 100% Graduation in Texas Statement by Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO, on … read more

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