The OTL Campaign Blog

Thursday September 12th, 2013

A review of the first three years of the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) program finds that its key tenet of teacher and school accountability is "deeply flawed" because it fails to address the opportunity gap in access to educational resources that puts students of color and low-income students at a disadvantage.

Monday September 9th, 2013

Boston mayoral debates and forums

Monday September 9th, 2013

As Boston prepares to elect a new mayor this fall, education advocates and organizers need to put equity and access to quality public schools front and center in the mayoral debates. Here are candidates' social media handles so you can contact them directly and ask them how they plan to ensure all students have an opportunity to learn.

Monday September 9th, 2013

As Boston prepares to elect a new mayor this fall, education advocates and organizers need to put equity and access to quality public schools front and center in the mayoral debates. Here are the 6 questions every Bostonian should ask the candidates about their education policies.

Friday September 6th, 2013

Many policymakers like to herald charter schools as the cure-all solution to a struggling public education system. But even if you wanted to attend one, a charter might not want you. Check out our latest infographic to find out why.

Wednesday August 28th, 2013

In our national discussion around educational inequities, the narrative often focuses on the plight of boys and young men of color who face the worse injustices and lack of opportunity. Monique Morris, a Soros Justice Fellow and co-founder of the National Black Women's Justice Institute, thinks this focus on young men of color, while important, is rendering young women of color and the unique struggles they face invisible.

By Michael Holzman, Schott Foundation
Friday August 23rd, 2013

No student learns well in places where resources are systematically diverted from where they are needed to places where wealthier families live. The results of the Common Core-aligned 2013 New York State tests of students paint a stark picture of systemic inequality in access to education resources and opportunities.

Thursday August 22nd, 2013

In a first of its kind law, California has become the first state to require public schools to respect students' gender identity and ensure they are allowed to fully participate in school activities, sports teams and after-school programs. The School Success and Opportunity Act is a victory not just for transgender students, but for all advocates and organizers fighting for positive and supportive school environments for all students.

Thursday August 22nd, 2013

The best way to build a strong state economy isn't to cut taxes and hope businesses invest in your state and create jobs. Instead, the best way to ensure both economic prosperity and job creation is to invest in education. A policy brief by Peter Fisher of the Economic Policy Institute and Noah Berger of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (an OTL ally) has a simple message for state-level policymakers concerned about their state's workers: "If you educate them, jobs will come."

Tuesday August 20th, 2013

The following is a letter to U.S. Department of Education officials from the the Coalition for Teaching Quality, a broad-based coalition of over 90 local, state and national organizations (full list here), including the OTL Campaign, requesting the DOE collect data on the distribution of highly qualified teachers and those still in training.