The OTL Campaign Blog

Thursday August 7th, 2014

In a recent commentary for Education Week, Kavitha Mediratta of Atlantic Philanthropies writes about the problems in our nation's discipline system – and the cities and communities that are changing things for the better.

Tuesday August 5th, 2014

Personalized learning might be hard to imagine in today's world of high-stakes testing and punitive accountability systems, but a new report shows how we could use "Personal Opportunity Plans (POPs)" to move our public education system in a new direction.

Friday July 25th, 2014

The small city of Lynn, MA, has become a local hotspot in the national immigration debate. On July 22, dozens of local parents, students and community members rallied on the steps of Lynn City Hall to protest city officials trying to scapegoat young immigrant students for the ails of a long-underfunded school system.

Friday July 25th, 2014

In the 25 years since the start of the Annie E. Cassie Foundation's KIDS COUNT project, America has made only "fragile progress" in improving the well-being of and opportunities available to young children and students.

Friday July 25th, 2014

Across the country, students, parents, and educators are organizing to change their school districts’ zero tolerance policies – and they’re winning. At the 2014 Netroots Nation conference in Detroit last weekend, advocates and organizers discussed the victories and continuing challenges in the movement for school discipline reform.

By Tom Mela, Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

On July 1, Massachusetts took a bold step forward in the national school discipline reform movement when its new Chapter 222 law went into effect. To help advocates in other states learn how they, too, might tackle the school-to-prison pipeline, here’s how our Massachusetts coalition came together, fought hard, and won reform.

Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

After more than a year of protests by parents, students and teachers, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will open a civil rights investigation looking at discrimination in the "One Newark" school reform plan.

Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Longtime NYC parent organizers Zakiyah Ansari and Ocynthia Williams have been named to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Community Schools Advisory Board. Congrats Zakiyah and Ocynthia!

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.

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