Education as a Civil Right
Mass school closings have become a hallmark of today's dominant education policy agenda. But rather than helping students, these closures disrupt whole communities. And as U.S. Department of Education data suggests, the most recent rounds of mass closings in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia disproportionately hurt Black and low-income students.
What can you do to end these discriminatory and unacceptable school closures?
Black students in Arkansas schools are more likely to be suspended and receive corporal punishment than their White counterparts, according to a new report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF), a member of the AR OTL Campaign.
Accountability should go both ways. Students and teachers shouldn't be held accountable to high-stakes test scores and grades unless they have the resources they need meet those standards. Which means that state governments should be held to account for providing high-quality resources and opportunities for all children, regardless of where they live.
During Tuesday night's State of the Union Address, President Obama touched on education issues at several points in his speech. The Schott Foundation for Public Education today released its response to the President's education message:
On October 4, Rev. Dr. William Barber gave an inspiring keynote speech in defense of public education at the AFT's Civil, Human and Women's Rights Conference in Los Angeles. Click here for a full recap of the conference, which included an the all-day 2013 OTL Organizing Summit. Watch the video below!
OTL ally Citizens for Public Schools will be hosting renowned education historian Diane Ravitch in Cambridge, MA on Oct. 24th. The event is part of a book tour for Ravitch's new book, Reign of Error, which is a must read for education advocates and organizers. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.
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. Based on research from Dr.
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.
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.
Last week, New York education officials released scores from the first Common Core-aligned standardized state tests. Student scores showed a dramatic drop in performance from previous years. Statewide, just 31.1 percent of students tested proficient in English Language Arts, and 31 percent tested proficient in math.