San Antonio (January 7, 2019)
- IDRA welcomes Morgan Craven, J.D., as the new IDRA National Director of Policy. Ms.
Craven is an attorney and director of Texas Appleseed's School-to-Prison Pipeline Project.
At IDRA, she will develop leadership within communities, schools, and policymaking bodies to advocate policies that ensure educational opportunity for every child.
"IDRA is delighted that Ms.
Craven will be leading our policy work with her commitment to access to equitable, high-quality education for all children," said Dr. María "Cuca" Robledo Montecel, IDRA President & CEO. "She brings over a decade of experience in research and providing legal advice on issues of equity, particularly education access, school discipline, and systemic and structural inequities."
As new IDRA National Director of Policy beginning January 22, Ms.
Craven will support the integration and coordination of national and state policy reform efforts impacting the education of all students, with special emphasis on minority, low-income, English learner and recent immigrant populations.
IDRA's work connects with policymakers at all levels of government, public and private educational institutions, advocacy organizations, the broader research community, the media, and individual practitioners in education and related fields. IDRA provides information on policy issues, training on the effective integration of research information and advocacy, and technical assistance in identifying policy issues and developing reform strategies.
"I've always been so impressed and inspired by the excellent work done at IDRA," stated Ms.
"I'm excited to be part of the team
and work on important issues that impact children."
At Texas Appleseed, Ms.
Craven led and supported local- and statewide campaigns to address the practices and systems that push children out of school and into the justice system. She has presented research and data to policymakers, collaborated with community-based, state, and national advocacy organizations, and developed policies related to school discipline, school policing and school climate.
Prior to her work at Texas Appleseed, Ms. Craven served as a briefing attorney for Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson at the Supreme Court of Texas and as a staff attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, where she represented students with disabilities, and individuals and families in housing and public benefits cases.
Ms. Craven received a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Stanford University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
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Christie L. Goodman, APR, at IDRA, 210-444-1710; firstname.lastname@example.org