"Dr. Cárdenas' life was dedicated to his vision that
every child deserves an excellent education, which requires strong instructional programs and school finance equity," said Celina Moreno, IDRA President & CEO. "We are so pleased to name Dr. Rodríguez
as our fellow to advance research that informs IDRA's work and honors the legacy of its founder."
Dr. Cristóbal Rodríguez is an associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies and is the director of graduate studies in the School of Education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. His research centers on diverse demographics and explores how policy and leadership influence equity and access for diverse populations throughout the educational pipeline. He received his Ph.D. in educational policy and planning at the University of Texas at Austin, with an emphasis on education research, evaluation and policy analysis with a social and cultural historical focus.
"It is a distinct honor and blessing to have the opportunity to work with IDRA and the scholars leading this longstanding distinguished research organization that is centered in serving children across multiple communities." Dr. Rodríguez said.
As IDRA's school finance fellow, Dr. Cristóbal Rodríguez will analyze the relationship of school finance policies and practices and their influence on equitable access to college readiness courses. Since its founding in 1973, IDRA has been at the forefront of legislative and litigation efforts to
achieve equal educational opportunity through strong public schools that prepare all students to access and succeed in college.
IDRA's fellowship was established to fund school finance research that builds cross-disciplinary and inter-sector perspectives on equity. Fellows dedicate themselves to a period of intense study and writing in school finance, culminating in an annual symposium that includes release of the fellow's research. The paper and findings will be published in the symposium proceedings and disseminated to the education research and policymaker community throughout the country.