The OTL Campaign's official blog
Wednesday May 29th, 2013

The Arkansas OTL Campaign has had an eventful past year and has drawn wide attention to a variety of education issues from fair funding to school discipline. A report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF), an AR OTL member, details the impact and success advocates have had in pushing for systemic change and opportunity for all.

Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Advocates in Colorado lost an eight year legal battle over the state's inequitable funding system this week when the CO Supreme Court ruled that the state's funding system was constitutional, overturning a trial court's finding that the system was not only unconstitutional but "fundamentally broken."

Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Proponents of charter schools and charter expansion consistently overlook serious issues with how these schools can selectively shape their student enrollment. A report from the National Education Policy Center describes 12 practices that charter schools use to push out or discourage enrollment of students with special needs, those with low test scores, English learners, or students in poverty.

Tuesday May 28th, 2013

Parents and community groups from New York City filed a federal civil rights complaint against the city's Department of Education charging that the high school admissions process is concentrating high-needs students in schools that can't meet their needs, thereby setting hundreds of schools up for failure and denying students a fair opportunity to learn.

Thursday May 23rd, 2013

Chicago education officials voted on May 22nd to close 50 public schools, the largest instance of mass school closures in the country and one that disproportionately affects students of color and low-income students. If the protests in the months leading up to the vote and the actions since then are anything to go by, partents, students, teachers and whole communities have a different opinion about how to fix their schools – by investing in them rather than closing them.

By Gina Palazzari and Tom Beebe, Institute for Wisconsin's Future
Thursday May 23rd, 2013

Organizers in Wisconsin are becoming increasingly frustrated with policymakers using school funding to advance bad policy programs like vouchers rather than striving to fund all schools fairly and adequately.

Wednesday May 22nd, 2013

Chicago education officials will vote today on the fate of 54 public schools slated for closure. The vote comes after several weeks of inspiring actions including city-wide student walkouts, teacher-led marches, and even the filing of federal lawsuits.

Friday May 17th, 2013

May 17th is the 59th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Decades later, students, parents, teacher and advocates are still fighting against education policies that leave students of color and low-income students deprived of the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. But a grassroots revolution is brewing, what blogger Jeff Bryant has been calling an "education spring," and this past week has seen headline-grabbing victories and inspiring actions.

Friday May 17th, 2013

Thousands of students in Philadelphia are staging a massive, city-wide walkout today to protest the under-resourcing of their schools and school closures. A number of OTL allies are participating in the event, including the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change, two of the largest student organizing groups in the city. Follow #walkout215 on Twitter for for live updates!

By Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network
Thursday May 16th, 2013

A national grassroots movement of parents, students, teachers and advocates against high-stakes testing and standards is growing, propelled by widespread grievances about inequity, unfairness, and public disempowerment. As the resistance swells, so does the call for sensible policies that support teachers and schools and provide all students with access to key resources and opportunities.