The OTL Campaign Blog

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.

Thursday February 21st, 2013

OTL allies from across New York convened in Albany last week for a conference on educational opportunity. "Averting Educational Crisis: Successful Strategies for NY," focused how to implement policies that would expand opportunity, increase access to high quality early childhood education, and reform school discipline to keep students in the classroom rather than barring them from school.

Tuesday February 19th, 2013

Congress’ Equity and Excellence Commission released a powerful report that decries our nation's lack of commitment to equity in education for all students. "For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence" is a seminal report and a nationwide call to action. But will policymakers act?

By Gerrit Westervelt, Executive Director, BUILD Initiative
Tuesday February 19th, 2013

The year 2011 was the first in which more infants of color were born than White, non-Latino infants. That diversity will only continue to grow, so it is increasingly urgent that we address the disparities in access to high quality educational resources and opportunities that children of color and children living in poverty face. A good first step is creating early childhood systems that are responsive to the needs of all children.

Thursday February 14th, 2013

A number of OTL allies in Massachusetts – including youth organizers from the Boston Student Advisory Council and the Boston Youth Organizing Project – are helping build grassroots pressure for revenue building initiatives and investments in communities and education. The move is particularly exciting following MA Governor Deval Patrick's recent call for a nearly $2 billion investment in the state's education system and transportation infrastructure.

Thursday February 14th, 2013

Black students in Arkansas schools are more likely to be suspended and receive corporal punishment than their white counterparts, according to this comprehensive state-level analysis from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF), a member of the AR OTL Campaign. School disciplinary policies that disproportionately keep students of color out of school reduce their opportunities to learn and increase gaps in educational achievement. As this report shows, Arkansas schools rely far too often on disciplinary approaches that bar students from the classroom.

Wednesday February 13th, 2013

If President Obama's State of the Union speech was about one thing, it was about investing in our nation's future and the search for a viable economic plan. The one sure-fire investment our country needs to make is investing in our kids and ensuring each of them has a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. We'll have a full response to the President's State of the Union Address later today. In the meantime, here are some great reactions from OTL allies across the country who were live-Tweeting the speech last night!

By Steve Strieker, WI Teacher
Wednesday February 13th, 2013

With Valentine’s Day nearing, my family just took its annual love survey. Using a privately-run, publicly-funded love rating system, my family members and I rate our love for one another using a scale of 1 to 5. While the surveys are done individually and anonymously, the answers are compiled collectively and the results are shared publicly. Why, you may ask, do we go through this annual ritual and analysis of our family love? Because who better to turn to in matters of love than business-minded reformers. These data meisters profess that we must measure what we value. In our family, we value love, so – hence – the love meter matters.

Tuesday February 12th, 2013

Tax policy may not sound like the most interesting topic in the education reform world, but it is essential to ensuring our schools and teachers have the necessary resources to give every student a high-quality opportunity to learn. For a case in point, check out this recent op-ed in the Boston Globe from OTL ally Noah Berger, President of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

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