In the spring of 2011, the Texas legislature cut education funding the first time in over four decades. Regardless of the opportunity to end funding disparities, nearly $6.6 billion in cuts were made, pushing millions of Texas children aside. In response to nearly $6.6 billion budget cuts, communities across Texas are taking action to make sure that schools are equipped to guarantee that all children graduate ready for college and career.
Fair Funding Now! is an initiative led by the Intercultural Development and Research Association (IDRA). Based in San Antonio, Texas, IDRA is led by Dr. Maria “Cuca” Robledo Montecel and continues to be a state leader in providing educational research and resources that aim to strengthen public schools for all students since its inception in 1973.
IDRA’s efforts have brought together notable state leaders such as League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Mexican American School Board Members Association (MASBA) and Texas Center for Educational Policy (TCEP) to hold a series of roundtable discussions across the state. The goals of these roundtables are to educate multiple stakeholders on the budget crisis and provide them with tools to respond within their respective schools and districts.
Co-sponsors: the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) and the Center for African American Studies (CAAS).