The OTL Campaign Blog

Thursday November 15th, 2012

Let's hear it for the advocates in Wisconsin who are pushing a proposal for fair funding for the state's public schools! "Fair Funding for Our Future," put forward by State School Superintending Tony Evers, aims to restore the funding lost in recent years to budget cuts, close loopholes in the funding system, and establish a sustainable and equitable funding system for the future.

Wednesday November 14th, 2012

Join advocates from Education Law Center and Education Voters of Pennsylvania for an exciting community forum event on Tuesday, November 20th, in Pittsburgh! The event is an opportunity for parents, youths and school personnel to learn more about school climate issues such as exclusionary school discipline policies and the racial disparities in the school-to-prison pipeline.

Tuesday November 13th, 2012

Today's must-watch video is a touching short film that elevates the voices of those at the center of America's education crisis – namely, the parents, teachers and students who must bear the brunt of today's standards-based reform agenda (which includes standardize testing, school closures, merit pay, competitive grants, inequitable funding, etc.) without the supports they need meet those standards or provide every student with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn.

Tuesday November 13th, 2012

Now that the 2012 elections are over, advocates across the country are expressing a strong desire for President Obama to move away from the market-based education reform vision of his first term. This compelling open letter from activist and education theorist Bill Ayers articulates the importance of the President shifting from a competitive frame on educational change to one of that is driven by supports-based reforms and equity for all children. He challenges the President to use his second term to exercise leadership in pushing an education agenda that ensures all students an opportunity to learn, not just a select few.

By Joseph Bishop, Policy Director, Opportunity to Learn Campaign
Monday November 12th, 2012

The November elections are over, and the results are in on 188 education-related ballot measures that appeared before voters in 38 states. Here are five things we learned on November 6th about what the American public values when it comes to education, opportunity and the continuing campaign for equity and excellence in education for all children.

Friday November 9th, 2012

On Wednesday, Sept. 26th, two of our New York OTL allies, Citizen Action and the Alliance for Quality Education organized a rally with parents, students, activists, and community members on the steps of the Buffalo City Hall to call for a revision to the current Code of Conduct. Both AQE and Citizen Action are signatories to Solutions Not Suspensions, an initiative calling for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions, and have been deeply involved in discipline-related advocacy work in Buffalo.

Friday November 9th, 2012

New York City policymakers and education officials seem convinced that their choice-based reform agenda and "no excuses" attitude is doing wonders to expand access to educational resources for the city's students. But a new report from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) shows that demography still trumps choice and until the city takes seriously the need for more a equitable distribution of resources, a student's zip code and education redlining will continue to determine his chances for educational success. Accompanying the report is an interactive map tool from the Coalition for Educational Justice that highlights the relationship between the college readiness of high school graduates and the socio-economic makeup of their communities.

Thursday November 8th, 2012

Our friends and allies at the Boston Student Advisory Council and the Boston Area Youth Organizing Project hit the streets as part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign's National Week of Action on School Pushout. For the annual Listening Project event, the youth advocates went to three subway stations across the city and interviewed over 400 students about their experiences with their schools' discipline policies.

Tuesday November 6th, 2012

Do you follow Deborah Meier's Education Week blog religiously? Have you read every one of her books? Want to hear her speak in person? Then head to the Brookline Public Library on December 3rd at 6:30 PM! Citizens for Public Schools will be hosting an evening event featuring a fantastic panel of education thinkers and policymakers discussing the future of democracy, how to stop the privatization of education and how to empower parents, teachers and communities to ensure all our students have an opportunity to learn.

Derrick Johnson, State President of Mississippi NAACP
Friday November 2nd, 2012

Meridian, MS is a community long divided by racial strife and hostility. For years, Meridian families reported to the Mississippi NAACP that their children were routinely and unfairly denied educational opportunities, criminalized and even subjected to incarceration, including children as young as ten years old and children with disabilities. As such, we celebrate the groundbreaking lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in Meridian to protect the rights of vulnerable children and end the city's unconscionable operation of a school-to-prison pipeline.

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