Press Conferences, Rallies, and more


May 20, 2022

Texas State Board of Education held a hearing as it considers social studies standards. IDRA Deputy Director of Advocacy, Michelle Castillo, Ed.M., presented testimony. 

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Press Conference

April 28, 2022

IDRA, ACLU of Georgia and the Southern Poverty Law Center held a press conference when the Governor signed the state’s classroom censorship law. 

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Press Conference

March 29, 2022

Press conference video featuring Georgia students who were denied the chance to testify against classroom censorship (HB 1084)

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March for Education

March 12, 2022

Student-led march and rally at the Texas Capitol, Austin, March 12, 2022. Michelle Castillo, Ed.M., was an invited speaker. 

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Students Tell Texas Attorney General that Racial Discrimination in School is Real

September 29, 2021

Students Want Schools to Teach Inclusive Truth – IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode 213

September 29, 2021

In this podcast episode, we feature two students who spoke at a recent press briefing held by IDRA and the TEACH Coalition. Thomas Marshall III, IDRA policy communications strategist, talks with high school senior, Autumn, and high school junior, Emaan, as they describe their experiences with discrimination and bias. They also discuss how classroom lessons in history and other courses already exclude people of color and other groups. Students’ last names and schools are kept confidential.

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99 organizations who opposed Texas HB 3979/SB3

June 11, 2021

Coalition Against Texas HB3979 Virtual Press Conference

The coalition against #HB3979 held a virtual press conference featuring students, teachers, educators and superintendents who oppose HB 3979 (Texas 87th) prior to the Texas Senate’s anticipated floor debate.

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Save Civics! Virtual Town Hall

Community members made their voices be heard on HB 3979. Many constituents did not get to testify about why practical, real-life civics education is important to them. As the Texas Senate was about to debate this bill that would limit speech and engagement in Texas classrooms, we held our own hearing.

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