November 30th - December 1st in Little Rock, AR – Join advocates from the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign for their 2012 summit in Little Rock! Panels and workshops will cover everything from policy issues such as access to pre-k, afterschool and summer programs to parent empowerment and youth leadership development. The Arkansas OTL is a coaltion of statewide organizations, community leaders, parents, studenets, educators, policy-makers and otheres who are committed to public education in Arkansas and dedicated to ensuring its viability.
November 30th - December 1st in Little Rock, AR – Join advocates from the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign for their 2012 summit in Little Rock! Panels and workshops will cover everything from policy issues such as access to pre-k, afterschool and summer programs to parent empowerment and youth leadership development.
In case we needed any further proof that advocacy and organizing do make a difference, a report from the National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy says that for every dollar invested in advocacy in the Gulf/Mid-South states, communities saw a $114 return on the investment.
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Schott Foundation Releases "The Urgency of Now: 50 State Report on Black Males and Public Education"Posted on: Wednesday September 19th, 2012
Great news for children in Arkansas! A new campaign is fighting to ensure that all students are reading proficiently in third grade by 2020. The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, coordinated by the Winthrop Rockerfeller Foundation and supported by several OTL allies, is pushing for better access to early childhood education and summer programs, a reduction in chronic absenteeism and an increase in parent and community engagement.
The National Opportunity to Learn Campaign and the Dignity in Schools Campaign Launch National Initiative on School Discipline
The Dignity in Schools Campaign Model Code on Education and Dignity presents a set of recommended policies to schools, districts and legislators to help end school pushout and protect the human rights to education, dignity, participation and freedom from discrimination. The Code is the culmination of several years of research and dialogue with students, parents, educators, advocates and researchers who came together to envision a school system that supports all children and young people in reaching their full potential.
In her annual Message on Public Education, Jan Resseger, Minister for Public Education and Witness at the United Church of Christ Justice, denounces the privatization of public education as the abdication of our responsibilities as citizens of a democratic nation to provide all children with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn.
This report analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights on school discipline and suspensions in the 2009-10 school year to reveal the unconscionable disparities regarding which students are pushed out of the classroom through out-of-school suspensions.The source data covers 7,000 school districts and represents 85 percent of all public school students, making this report the first and most comprehensive analysis of the impact of out nation's school discipline policies.
17 percent of all African-American students received out-of-school suspensions in the 2009-2010 school year compared to 7 percent of Latino students and just 5 percent of White students. Even more shocking, 25 percent of African-American students with disabilities were suspended the same year.