OTL Campaign Applauds Commissioners' Bold Call for Equity
Issues Challenge to Policymakers:
Are You Serious about Equity for Kids or Are You Just Kidding?
There’s a new reality in the United States, one that hinges on changing demographics. 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 number of OTL allies in Massachusetts – including youth organizers from the Boston Student Advisory Council and the Boston-area Youth Organizing Project – are helping build grassroots pressure for revenue building initiatives and investments in communities and education.
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.
Racial Equity Impact Assessments (REIAs) are a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision. REIAs are a vital tool for preventing institutional racism and for identifying new options to remedy long-standing inequities. Communities across the country from Seattle to St. Paul to Connecticut have begun to use REIAs in their policymaking. Learn how you can implement them in your own community with this helpful toolkit from the Applied Research Center, an OTL ally!
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, Mr. President, is investing in our kids and ensuring each of them has a fair and substantive opportunity to learn.
I hail from Mark Twain country. Thus, a little satire for this week's posting. - Steve
With Valentine’s Day nearing, my family just took its annual love survey.
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.
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!
Score another legal victory in the fight for fair funding! A Texas state district court judge has ruled that the state's school funding system violates students' constitutionally-protected right to high quality education because it provides too little funding and distributes that funding unfairly.