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Downtrodden parts of Texas lead nation in challenging high school students

As seen in The Washington Post

By Jay Mathews, an education columnist and blogger for The Washington Post, his employer for 40 years.

There is no education news as interesting, at least to me, as the appearance of a group of astonishingly demanding charter schools in the poorest parts of Texas. The IDEA Public Schools began as one afterschool program in a small Rio Grande Valley town in 1998. They now have ...

IDEA Public Schools Participates in Summer Feeding Program

IDEA Public Schools will be participating in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. As participants, IDEA will provide free, nutritious meals for all children 18 years and younger during the summer at select campuses.

The Seamless Summer Option (SSO) was created to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast. N...

Teacher Spotlight – Kaila Velez

Kaila Velez is a kindergarten teacher at IDEA Rundberg Academy and an Austin, Texas native.  We sat down to chat about her time at IDEA Public Schools and why it is important to teach in the same neighborhood where she grew up. 

Join Kaila, and thousands of other IDEA educators, on the mission of College For All today!      

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