Today, IDRA begins its first Education Policy Fellows Program. Five fellows will gain real-world advocacy experience and training during the 2021 Texas legislative session, because we know state policymakers can make stronger education policy decisions by working with advocates who are connected to impacted communities.
“We are thrilled to introduce our inaugural class of IDRA Education Policy Fellows, and we're so proud of the caliber of the incredibly talented applicant pool,” said IDRA President & CEO Celina Moreno. “This legislative session will be particularly challenging because of the pandemic and economic downturn, so it is more critical than ever that voices of advocates and communities of color are centered."
Students of color make up most of the Texas public school population – about 72% – and Texas grows more diverse each year. Yet, advocates of color often are not present in the rooms where decisions about the lives and opportunities for students of color are made.
IDRA’s ground-breaking program seeks to change that picture during the next legislative session. Our Education Policy Fellows will work with coalitions, students and families to craft a community-centered education policy agenda and join a network of advocates and policy influencers focused on improving racial equity in education policymaking spaces.
The IDRA Education Policy Fellows Program is generously supported by the Trellis Foundation and in partnership with the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship, facilitated by Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service.