Arkansas

Arkansas Passes School Discipline Reform Bill

Posted on: Wednesday April 17th, 2013

Great news coming out of Arkansas on the school discipline front! A soon-to-be-signed bill is heading to the governor's desk that will make big changes in how the state gathers, examines and acts on school discipline data. Under the new law, the state Department of Education will submit a report each year to the State Board of Education containing district-level data on suspensions, expulsions and referrals to law enforcement. The Department will provide districts with strategies and resources for implementing positive discipline reforms.

Great news coming out of Arkansas on the school discipline front! After being approved by the legislature, a bill is heading to the governor's desk that will make big changes in how the state gathers, examines and acts on school discipline data.

Out of School and Off Track – The Overuse of Suspensions in Schools

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2013-04-11
Author: 
The Center for Civil Rights Remedies – The Civil Rights Project
Type: 
Data
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

A new report from UCLA's Civil Right Project is a one stop shop for all the school discipline data advocates or organizers needto fight the overuse of out-of-school suspensions. Out of School & Off Track uses data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools for the 2009-2010 academic year and breaks it down by district, race, gender, elementary/secondary school level, English language learners, and disability status.

This is an incredibly useful and powerful report – download it here!

Juvenile Justice in Arkansas: Building on Success

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-04-03
Author: 
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

In the past five years, Arkansas has been deliberately and successfully moving toward a juvenile justice system that relies less on confinement and more on holistic, community-based approaches that effectively engage youth in constructive life choices. This report describes Arkansas's success in juvenile justice reform to date and summarizes the steps still needed to best serve Arkansas youth and their communities.

National Youth Incarceration Rates at Historic Low

Posted on: Wednesday March 20th, 2013

A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that "a sea change is underway in our nation's approach to dealing with young people who get in trouble with the law." Though the US still leads the industrialized world in youth incarceration rates, that rate has dropped more than 40 percent over a 15-year period. However, five states – Arkansas, Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota and West Virginia – bucked the norm and saw an increase in youth confinement.

A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, "Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States" finds that "a sea change is underway in our nation's approach to dealing with young people who get in trouble with the law." Though the US still leads the industrialized world in youth incarceration rates, that rate is declining rapidly and has dropped more than 40 percent over a 15-year period.

AR OTL Holds Education Advocacy Day in Little Rock!

Posted on: 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.

Arkansas OTL Campaign Holds Education Advocacy Day
Over 200 Organizers, Advocates & Policymakers Defend Public Schools

Arkansas OTL - Real Education Reform

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-02-20
Author: 
Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign
Type: 
Graph/Visual
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

Ahead of it's February 20th Advocacy Day in Little Rock, AR, the Arkansas OTL Campaign released this fantastic flier highlighting the progress the state has made in the past decade by adhering to sound education policy and the dangers of new proposals aimed at privatizing the state's public school system. Check it out!

Keeping Kids in Class: Fixing Racial Disparities in School Discipline

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2013-02-14
Author: 
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

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

Mark Your Calendars! OTL Webinar Racial Justice Training

Posted on: Tuesday February 12th, 2013

On February 27th, the Opportunity to Learn Campaign will be hosting a webinar on racial justice with the Applied Research Center, an OTL ally. The webinar will provide advocates and organizers with valuable tools for framing and combating racial disparities in our nation's education system. Sign up here!

On February 27th, the Opportunity to Learn Campaign will be hosting a webinar on racial justice with the Applied Research Center, an OTL ally. The webinar will provide advocates and organizers with valuable tools for framing and combating racial disparities in our nation's education system. Sign up here!

AR OTL Opposes Charter Expansion That Undermines Public Education

Posted on: Wednesday January 30th, 2013

The Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign and other education groups in the state held a press conference this week to voice their opposition to several bills introduced in the state legislature that would expand the state's charter school network and undermine the principles of equity and adequacy that have guided the state's progress in public education over the past decade.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2013 
Contact: Bill Kopsky 
(501)-658-8815

Hats Off to Our Allies at the AR OTL Summit!

Posted on: Tuesday January 8th, 2013

The Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Summit was a fantastic weekend of trainings, workshops and networking for over 200 education organizers and advocates. A big thank you to everyone who turned out! And for those of you who couldn't join, read on for a recap of the summit and pictures!

On November 30th, our allies in Arkansas gathered in Little Rock for the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Summit, a fantastic weekend of trainings, workshops and networking for over 200 organizers and advocates. A big thank you to everyone who turned out! And for those of you who couldn't join, read on for a recap of the summit and pictures!