The OTL Campaign Blog

Friday December 7th, 2012

It's safe to say, our friends and allies in New York know how to put on an event! And man, do they know how to turn out the media to cover it! On Wednesday, hundreds of parents, students, teachers and advocates from across New York joined the Educate NY Now bus tour traveling to Albany to rally against cuts to the state education budget and to call for a renewed commitment from policymakers to provide every student with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. The tour stopped at more than 25 communities across the state and brought more than 700 people to the rally at the state capitol.

Wednesday December 5th, 2012

More than 700 students, parents, teachers and advocates from acros NY traveled to Albany today as part of the Educate NY Now bus tour and rally. Here is a press release from OTL ally Alliance for Quality Education as well as several pictures!

Wednesday December 5th, 2012

We have to hand it to our youth allies at the Boston Student Advisory Council who take their advocacy work with them everywhere they go, from rallies and press conferences all the way to the halls and classrooms of Harvard University. Several BSAC members recently held a class for students of the university's Graduate School of Education on the successful efforts of BSAC and other allied youth groups across Boston to get student voices incorporated into teacher evaluations.

Wednesday December 5th, 2012

Today's the day! Advocates from across New York, many of whom we're proud to count among our friends and allies, are boarding Albany-bound buses today heading to an Educate NY Now protest event at the state's capitol. Their mission: protest the inequities that are rampant in NY's public school funding system and that are denying children across the state access to a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. For live updates and photos, follow Educate NY Now on Facebook, or check out the #EducateNYNow hashtag on Twitter!

Bill Conway, Social Studies Teacher, Janesville Public School District
Tuesday December 4th, 2012

Budgets are like waterbeds. Push down in one area of the bed and it will just force another area of the bed to rise. And if you let out all the water, it will stop being a bed altogether. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is underfunding education (pushing down on one side of the waterbed) to balance the state budget, thereby raising the amount of funding that communities have to provide to continue educating their children. But what about communities that can't afford to assume the extra costs? Well, it's not a waterbed without water.

Friday November 30th, 2012

The following is a press release from OTL allies and education advocates in Arkansas in reponse to the recent ruling from the state Supreme Court that significantly undermines the state's equitable funding system and puts the fate of fair funding for public schools in Arkansas at risk.

Friday November 30th, 2012

Equitable funding in the state of Arkansas took a beating in a ruling from the state Supreme Court issued Thursday, one that puts the future of fair funding at risk and undermines decades of work by advocates and OTL allies in the state.

Thursday November 29th, 2012

In an interview about the Campaign for Fiscal Equity's ongoing work fighting for funding equity in NY public schools, David Sciarra, Executive Director of Education Law Center, said in no uncertain terms that his organization and allies wouldn't stand for education officials' lack of initiative in dealing with the persisitent and unjust funding inequities that are hurting schools in poor communities.

Tuesday November 20th, 2012

A new report from Ohio Communities United (OCU) is a perfect snapshot of what effective parent and community engagement looks like in public education reform. The report gathered input from parents and community members about the policies and practices they would like to see implemented in their schools and in which they want to be involved. Highlighted throughout the report are the powerful, personal stories of individual parents as well as features on programs across the country that have successfully engaged parents and community members to create stronger public schools.

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.

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