Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Fair Funding Now School Finance Campaign

Communities and schools must work together to strengthen their capacity so that schools work for all children. Courageous Connections highlights events, resources, initiatives and projects that show how communities and schools are able to spark and sustain changes.

In the spring of 2011, the Texas legislature cut education funding the first time in over four decades. And given the chance to end funding disparities, they walked away – pushing millions of Texas children aside.

But communities across the state 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 of IDRA. We are holding a series of roundtables this fall in collaboration with the 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).

On this website, we will share resources and stories stemming from the initiative.

Interactive Online and Social Media Tools

Share your story: How are funding cuts affecting your school?
A collaborative, crowdsourced mapping project – Your stories (reports) and comments can be posted to the map in several ways:

Web - on the web, visit:
Email - By sending an email to
Twitter - By sending a tweet with the hashtag #TXequity Phone App - By phone app: download Ushahidi Maps “app” on your smartphone, then look for Texas School Funding Map and post your story.

Visit IDRA’s OurSchool portal to see funding information and compare school districts.

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