Tito Jackson, Boston City Councilor

In this interconnected world all children, and particularly those who stand at the margins, need a diverse teaching force if they are going to be able to be competitive globally. I’m glad to report that a seemingly contentious hearing yielded a true partnership between Boston Public Schools, local community members, researchers, and myself and colleague City Councilor Ayanna Pressley to create and implement an accountability structure that ensures we recruit, support, and, most importantly, retain highly qualified teachers of color.

This week, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools—a broad coalition of, parents, students, teachers, community and faith-based groups, and labor unions—will be taking action in 15 cities across the country as part of a nationwide week of action to call for sustainable community schools.

Thanks to the hard work of the Urban Youth Collaborative, Make the Road NY and other allies, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law new requirements for the city's department of education to report data on students' access to school counselors.

After years of hard work by local organizers fighting for better school resources, NYC Mayor Bill de Balsio announced the city will dedicate $150 million to equip 94 struggling schools with a broad spectrum of wraparound supports to help them improve. 

The best indication of a state's priorities is its budget, and as far as most state budgets go, our nation's priorities lie with prisons rather than schools.

By John H. Jackson, Schott Foundation for Public Education

"Accountability" in public education shouldn't mean punishing students, educators and schools. It should mean ensuring equity and opportunity for all. To that end, this is a big week in the fight for quality education for all children:

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