The OTL Campaign Blog

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.

Wednesday March 18th, 2015

The Education Law Center of Pennsylvania and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCP) filed a suit on behalf of six school districts, two associations, and seven parents against the state in an attempt to prove that the government has failed to provide the "thorough and efficient" public educational system promised in the state constitution.

Wednesday March 18th, 2015

A rally at the Arkansas capitol building turned into an impromptu victory party as organizers and supporters received word that the bill they were protesting, House Bill 1733 had been withdrawn from consideration in the legislative session. The bill would have transferred control of struggling districts to private organizations and left these districts and the communities they serve without a voice in school reform efforts. 

Monday March 16th, 2015

Chanting "We Can't Wait!" and marching through downtown Albany, over 2,000 teachers, advocates, parents, and students rallied last Wednesday for an increase in state funding for public schools. Despite a 2006 ruling from the New York state supreme court that held that New York had failed to provide public schools with adequate educational resources under the state constitution, many schools have yet to receive the required level of funding.

Wednesday March 11th, 2015

Opportunity to Learn Campaign and seven other organizations have penned an open letter about the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to Representative John Kline, chairman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The letter urges Rep. Kline and Sen. Alexander to refocus ESEA on its original, civil-rights purpose of addressing inequities in education funding.

Monday March 9th, 2015

As Congressional debate around the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) continues, grassroots coalitions like the Journey for Justice Alliance are demanding that the act discard the failed and ineffective education policies of ESEA's current iteration, No Child Left Behind

Friday March 6th, 2015

As part of its ongoing KIDS COUNT project, The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a research brief on a new way to measure poverty, one that would help us more accurately understand how many students and their families could use extra supports and how our schools might be able to provide those additional resources.

Wednesday March 4th, 2015

University of Massachusetts professor Mark Warren has published a valuable primer for understanding how our schools and students are impacted by broader inequalities in our society and how the seeds of an emerging education justice movement can take root and flourish into a political force to be reckoned with.

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