The OTL Campaign Blog

Friday October 31st, 2014

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
Thursday October 30th, 2014

"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:

Thursday October 30th, 2014

A new report from GSA Network and Crossroads Collaborative documents the discriminatory impact of harsh school discipline policies on LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students, including disparate discipline from school staff, higher levels of policing and surveillance and being blamed for their own victimization.


Tuesday October 28th, 2014

Our current federal accountability system unfairly penalizes schools without accounting for their student population, location and institutional resources. It places tremendous burden on schools disproportionately serving low-income students and students of color, leaving them under-resourced and ill-prepared to provide a college and career ready education for those most in need.

Thursday October 23rd, 2014

In a victory for parents and students fighting mass school closures and charter school expansion, the U.S. Department of Education has opened civil rights investigations in Chicago, Newark and New Orleans after organizers filed federal complaints in May.

Dignity in Schools Campaign
Tuesday October 21st, 2014

With over 100 events in 52 cities hosted by more than 70 organizations, this year's National Week of Action Against School Pushout was the biggest yet! Get inspired by reading some of this year's highlights and join the movement for school discipline reform.

Cassie Schwerner, Schott Foundation for Public Education
Wednesday October 15th, 2014

On October 3rd and 4th I had the great honor to attend the 3rd annual Arkansas OTL Summit. Arkansas' organizers and advocates really know how to put on a show!

Wednesday October 15th, 2014

Philadelphia's schools are under attack. Teachers and community members need your help. Take and share a "solidarity selfie" to show your support!

Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Over 40 organizations helped launch The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, which is pushing for Pennsylvania to adopt a fair, sustainable funding system for the state's schools. Learn more about the campaign at

Wednesday October 8th, 2014

After collecting more than 188,000 signatures, organizers in Mississippi have won a place on the state's November 2015 ballot for a fair school funding initiative.