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Wednesday July 16th, 2014

A new lawsuit in New York is challenging teacher tenure, but advocates and organizers point out that the case is merely a distraction from the real inequities that are hurting the state's public schools. Writing in the Times Union, Billy Easton (Alliance for Quality Education) and David Sciarra (Education Law Center) explain what the case gets right––and what it gets completely wrong.

Friday July 11th, 2014

Advocates and organizers in Philadelphia came close to scoring a victory for the city's public schools – only to have legislative tinkering get in the way.

By: Dr. Travis J. Bristol
Tuesday July 8th, 2014

There's no doubt that diversity at the front of the classroom is as important as having a diverse student body. But nationally Black men account for only about 2 percent of all public school teachers, and there is little research that explores these teachers’ experiences in schools.

Monday June 30th, 2014

Alongside recent victories in Los Angeles and San Francisco that limited out-of-school suspensions, in the past year Oakland, Pasadena and San Francisco have all made sweeping changes to their rules for school police officers.

Thursday June 26th, 2014

As part of the 50th Anniversary Freedom Summer conference, organizers in Mississippi are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would put the right to education and fair school funding in the state's constitution.

Wednesday June 25th, 2014

Education was a center-stage issue in the New York City 2013 mayoral election thanks to the hard work of advocates and organizers across the city. Now those advocates are making a film chronicling their victory and they need your help! Watch the teaser trailer for "Vision to Victory" and help support the film's production!

Wednesday June 25th, 2014

Over the next several years, New York City will invest $52 million to double the number of community schools in the city. These schools act as hubs for all types of wraparound supports from medical services and tutoring for students to English language classes and job training for parents.

Tuesday June 24th, 2014

Over the past year, St. Paul, MN, has emerged as a leader in creating powerful labor-community partnerships. A new report from the St. Paul Federation of Teachers details how teachers, parents and students banded together and used the union's 2014 contract negotiations to secure key resources and opportunities for all students.

Monday June 23rd, 2014

Media Mobilizaing Project's four-part video series highlights the dedicated educators, parents and community members who are working to improve Philadelphia's schools and continue the fight for better resources for all students.

Tuesday June 17th, 2014

The world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast in 2005. But for New Orleans’ public school students, parents, and teachers, the tragedy of Katrina was just the beginning.