The OTL Campaign Blog

Monday April 13th, 2015

Teachers are front and center in every classroom - but they're not front and center in the latest draft bill to reauthorize the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In fact, as OTL's Policy Director Joe Bishop explains in a new Huffington Post column, there are some serious gaps in the proposed legislation as far as teacher preparation is concerned.

Monday April 13th, 2015

OTL allies held a Twitter rally last week after Eva Moskowitz, founder of Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which she tried to justify the use of harsh discipline policies in schools.

Friday April 10th, 2015

Federal lawmakers seem to be getting serious about a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The OTL Campaign was proud to join over 100 grassroots community and labor groups this week to release an open letter to Congressional leaders urging them to support the development of full-service community schools, end the school-to-prison pipeline, halt federal funding for charter school expansion, and maintain the Title I program.

Friday April 10th, 2015

Rich schools are getting richer, and poor schools are getting poorer. That's the gist of new data released by the US Department of Education, highlighting just how inequitably we fund our nation's public schools. Over the past decade, the funding gap between schools in rich and poor communities has grown 44% to an average $1,500 per student.

Wednesday April 1st, 2015

A short video from the Southern Education Foundation demonstrates how school vouchers, which allow private schools to siphon tax payer money away from public schools, threaten our nation's system of public education while only benefiting a small, select group of students.

Wednesday April 1st, 2015

After months of intense organizing in Albany and across the state, education organizers in New York got a mix of victories and setbacks in the new state budget.

Monday March 30th, 2015

A new study of charter schools in New Orleans illustrates how the city's "school choice" system has allowed administrators to selectively pick students and side step the central tenet of our nation's public education system: that schools are open to and serve all students.

Monday March 30th, 2015

While debate around the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act has focused mainly on issues like standardized testing, school accountability and funding, an op-ed by Louisiana education organizer Gina Womack raises another important issue for federal policymakers: addressing the discriminatory impact of harsh school disciplinary policies.

Wednesday March 25th, 2015

City Councilor Tito Jackson and the Boston Student Advisory Committee held a hearing this past Monday proposing that a second student representative should be added to the Boston School Committee, and that both student representatives should have full voting rights.

Wednesday March 25th, 2015

A new study from the University of Chicago found that while the overall number of out-of-school suspensions has decreased, suspension rates for African American male students remain especially high. This study illustrates the importance of organizing groups like Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), which just last week celebrated as a bill to end harsh school discipline advanced out of the Illinois Senate Education Committee.

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