Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D.

Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D.

Deputy Director of Policy

Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., is IDRA’s deputy director of policy. She brings nearly a decade of experience of working in both K-12 and higher education settings, as well as in educational research and advocacy organizations. She focuses on IDRA’s state policy priorities for advancing equity in public education, including school finance, accountability, bilingual education, and issues of local school district governance. She has previously worked with education advocacy coalitions during Texas legislative sessions on issues ranging from access to in-state tuition for undocumented students to increasing bilingual education funding and to enhancing teacher preparation programs.

Dr. Latham Sikes earned her doctoral in the educational policy and planning program at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation examined how school district leaders understand and respond to the effects of immigration policies on their school communities. Her other research interests include student and community engagement in education, the intersections of immigration and educational policy, bilingual education funding, and socio-political influences on the education system and students. Her work has been published in the Oxford Handbook of US K-12 Law, Texas Education Review, and International Journal of Educational Management (forthcoming), among other publications. In 2021, she coauthored with Chandra Kring Villanueva, Creating a More Bilingual Texas – A Closer Look at Bilingual Education in the Lone Start State.

Dr. Latham Sikes is originally from Plano, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and global development studies from Grinnell College. She also holds a master’s of arts degree in cultural studies in education from UT-Austin.

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Recent Media Coverage & Writing

Podcast: Knowledge is Power: 50 Years of Advancing Education Equity with IDRA, by Scott Atnip, Weekly Witness by Texas Impact, October 27, 2023

Happy Hour 130: Why School Vouchers Are Bad For Texas, And How To Fight Back, Progress Texas Podcasts, October 6, 2023

Plano ISD runs a deficit. Why? It’s sending millions to the state, Caroline Love, KERA News, March 21, 2023 (also published by the Texas Standard, March 23, 2023)

Texas Democrats Double Down on Defending Public Ed, Simone Carter, Dallas Observer, February 27, 2023

Fact check: Democrat says MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech isn’t required reading in Texas schools. Accusatory tweet aimed at Gov. Abbott by Democratic strategist got 9 million views. by Nusaiba Mizan, Houston Chronicle, February 27, 2023

PolitiFact: Are Texas schools required to teach Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’?, by Nusaiba Mizan, Austin American-Statesman, February 14, 2023

How Texas Schools Are Funded – And Why that Matters to Collective Success – Issue Brief, By Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., August 2022

Making Waves: Districts as Policy Mediators in the Flow of School Gentrification, by Terrance L. Green, Chloe Latham-Sikes, Jeremy Horne, Andrene Castro, Emily Germain, Educational Policy, March 31, 2022

The Policy Possibilities to Confront the Racial Impacts of Gentrification, Chloe Latham Sikes & Terrance L. Green, Poverty & Race • Vol. 30, No. 3 • October-December 2021

Republican bill that limits how race, slavery and history are taught in Texas schools becomes law, Brian Lopez, Texas Tribune, December 2, 2021

As COVID-19 Strains School Budgets, Texas’ Historic Education Cuts Give Lessons, by Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media, June 18, 2020

Data Deficit: No A-F Grades for Districts or STAAR Exams for Students, Emily Donaldson, Rivard Report, April 16, 2020

Teenager at Harris County juvenile detention tests positive for coronavirus, Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, March 26, 2020