The OTL Campaign Blog

Wednesday March 6th, 2013

Inequities between wealthy and low-income districts in New York has resulted in a gaping $8,601 per pupil spending gap. "Confronting the Opportunity Gap," a new report from the Alliance for Quality Education and the Public Policy and Education Fund, lays out how New York is a leader in educational inequity and how the state could go about reforming its education system to ensure access and opportunity for each and every student.

Wednesday March 6th, 2013

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center's new Children's Budget is an expansive database of government services and programs for children and their families that impact their access to high quality educational opportunities. Covering everything from early childhood education, fair funding, expanded learning time, healthcare, affordable housing and juvenile justice, this database is a potent tool worth replicating in other states, and it drives home the need for supports-based, not standards-based, education reform.

Monday March 4th, 2013

A national coalition of students of color and allies from around the country will hold a rally on the U.S. Capitol Grounds today to call on Congress to reject school safety policies that promote an increase in police, school resource officers (SRO’s) and armed guards in our nations’ public schools. They urge policymakers to instead focus on proven positive measures like positive behavior intervention and supports, social and emotional learning, restorative justice, and the hiring and training of counselors, social workers, and community intervention workers.

Friday March 1st, 2013

Thanks to all those who joined us for an exciting webinar this week with Terry Keleher and Jermaine Toney from the Applied Research Center! Here's a quick recap of what we discussed, tools for you to use in your advocacy and organizing work, and a video of the webinar to share!

By Steve Strieker, WI Teacher
Tuesday February 26th, 2013

Tying school funding to performance and making repeated allusions to the mythical Free Market Fairy don't constitute systemic, supports-based reform. That's a nonsensical proposal that presumes that staff in high-needs schools are failing because educators lack the motivation or know-how to help students succeed. Let's stop fooling ourselves and start provide students, teachers and schools with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.

By Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network
Tuesday February 26th, 2013

What happened this weekend in the Texas capital of Austin revealed a groundswell of resistance, from multiple political factions, against what has been heretofore defined as “education reform.” A rally brought thousands of people into the streets to hear education historian Diane Ravitch declare Texas, the place where reform “madness” started, would be where “the vampire gets … a stake in its heart.”

Friday February 22nd, 2013

Following the release of the Equity and Excellence Commission's seminal report on the lack of equity and opportunity in our schools, OTL ally Linda Darling-Hammond and Congressman Michael Honda have published an op-ed in the Washington Post echoing the report's call for policies that increase access to key opportunities and resources for every child and provide supports for recruiting, training and retaining high quality teachers.

Friday February 22nd, 2013

Megan Allen is a 5th grade teacher and the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year. On February 21, she testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and spoke passionately about the life-changing supports schools and teachers should be able to offer struggling students and about the need to safeguard those supports from budget cuts and the looming Sequester.

Thursday February 21st, 2013

Over 200 members of the Arkansas OTL Campaign made their way to Little Rock this week for an Education Advocacy Day! Their goal: show their support for education reforms that provide every student with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn and highlight the progress the state has made in the past decade by implementing sound, research-based policies.

Thursday February 21st, 2013

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has unveiled a funding proposal for K-12 public education that will weaken schools and diminish opportunities for students. After years of devastating cuts to the education budget, general aid will be increased by only $129.2 million – hardly making a dent in the $1 billion in cut over the last two budgets alone.

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