Arkansas

Keeping Kids in Class: Arkansas Ally Releases In-Depth Analysis of School Discipline

Posted on: 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.

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.

An Arkansas Student Bill of Rights

Posted on: Wednesday May 9th, 2012

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. "An Arkansas Student Bill of Rights" calls for the state government to be held accountable for providing all students with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. 

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. 

Lost Opportunity 50 State Report

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2009-09-23
Type: 
Report

In Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, the Schott Foundation for Public Education establishes a metric for determining the opportunity to learn for students. Providing a state-by-state comparison of both academic proficiency (percentage of students scoring at or above proficient on the eighth grade NAEP reading exam) and equity (as measured by the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Index, or OTLI), Lost Opportunity identifies the four baseline minimum resources that are necessary for a child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status – to have a fair and substantive Opportunity to Learn.

In the United States, every student should have the equal right to a high-quality education.  But as our most recent data demonstrates, for far too many students, quality and equity are aspirations, not realities.  Few states are providing public school educations that result in academic proficiency for students.  And even fewer states are providing access to a high-quality education to all students, particularly those from historically disadvantaged groups.

AR OTL Summit Recap: A Letter From Little Rock

Posted on: Wednesday October 15th, 2014

Cassie Schwerner, Schott Foundation for Public Education

On October 3rd and 4th I had the great honor to attend the 3rd annual Arkansas OTL Summit. Arkansas' organizers and advocates really know how to put on a show!


Cassie Schwerner speaking at the 3rd annual
Arkansas OTL Campaign Summit.

On October 3rd and 4th I had the great honor to attend the 3rd Arkansas OTL Summit. Arkansas' organizers and advocates really know how to put on a show! 

Understanding the Common Core: Resources from AR Ally

Posted on: Friday May 23rd, 2014

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia. To say they're contentious is to put it mildly. Admist a nationwide backlash, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a member of the Arkansas OTL Campaign, has released a short guide for parents to answer some of the biggest questions about the Common Core and its impact on their children's schools.

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia. To say they're contentious is to put it mildly. For various reasons, a nationwide backlash has taken hold and some states are reconsidering the standards.

AR Allies Set the Stage for Next Year's Pre-K Push

Posted on: Friday March 21st, 2014

OTL allies in Arkansas came close to securing more funding for the state's pre-k program this year, but unfortunately will have to try again in the next budget season. Despite the nationwide push to expand pre-k access, AR legislators instead put more funding towards expanding the state's prison system.


Sen. Joyce Elliott (Arkansas Times)

AR OTL Lays Out Next Steps for Improving Arkansas Education

Posted on: Friday January 17th, 2014

Education organizers in Arkansas held a press conference at the state capitol highlighting the improvement Arkansas schools have made over the past decade and how additional reforms like pre-k and afterschool programs can help all students succeed.

The Arkansas OTL Campaign held a press conference in December as part of the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education. Advocates and organizers spoke at the state capitol about the improvement Arkansas schools have made over the past decade and what work there is left to do to ensure every student has access to a quality education.

AACF to Host Nov. 6 Policy Cafe in Arkadelphia

Posted on: Friday October 25th, 2013

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is hosting a Policy Café in Arkadelphia on Nov. 6. Policy cafés are a self-guided mini-conference where participants can choose from discussions that center around issues that impact children and families in Arkansas. Register today!

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) is partnering with the Community Family Enrichment Center, Inc. and the Arkadelphia Public School District to present an AACF Policy Café in Arkadelphia.

Fixing Disparities in School Facilities

Posted on: Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

A new brief from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families shows the importance of school facilities in a child's education and how fixing disparities can help all students succeed.

Among the many ways that policymakers can help close the opportunity gap and ensure every student has access to equitable resources is to fix the disparities in school facilities.

Why School Facilities Matter: And What We Can Do to Fix the Disparities

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-10-23
Author: 
Jerri Derlikowski
Organization: 
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

The quality of school facilities can have a major impact on the education that our children receive and whether they succeed in school. Research, court decisions, and states have long recognized that disparities in access to basic school facilities can lead to differences in educational outcomes, especially for low-income students. This brief makes the case that state funding for school facilities in Arkansas should be increased to meet the needs of all districts. The official standards, that facilities need only be warm, safe, and dry, is not good enough.

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